Sunday, July 5, 2020

California Birth Index, Mendenhall Surname, Part 3

~Continuing from previous posts:  Part 1 & Part 2

~Dates 1900-1920, Page 3






41. Harold Fredrick Mendenhall- already in tree- 6th cousin, 3x removed
born: 07 Sep 1917 Los Angeles County, California
died: 31 Dec 1995 Los Angeles County, California, age 78
Son of Winfred Guy "Fred" Mendenhall (1894-1951) & Icle Irene Romine (1898-1982)

42. Leonard Lee Mendenhall- already in tree- 7th cousin, 5x removed
born: 02 Jul 1918 Los Angeles County, California
died: 01 May 1992 Acton, Los Angeles, California, age 73
Son of Jacob Franklin Mendenhall (1878-1943) & Carrie May Lee (1884-1960)

43. Irvan Frank "Irv" Mendenhall- already in tree- 7th cousin, 5x removed
born: 21 Jun 1918 Compton, Los Angeles County, California
died: 29 Jul 2014 Solana Beach, San Diego, California, age 96
Son of Kenneth Mendenhall (1884-1968) & Roxie Mae Young (1885-1943)

Picture from Findagrave.com


44. Eva L. Mendenhall- couldn't find in tree.
born: 13 Jun 1919 in Riverside County, Mother's maiden name Jewell.

45. Barbara F. Mendenhall- already in tree- 5th cousin, 4x removed
born: 09 Jul 1919 San Diego County, California
died: Unknown
Daughter of Sylvester Charles Mendenhall (1884-1963) & Nellie Belle Griswold (1883-1954)

46. Beverly Mendenhall- found in tree- 8th cousin, 4x removed
born: 07 Nov 1920 Los Angeles County, California
died: unknown
Daughter of Earl Mendenhall (1895-1989) & Ruth C. Willis (1895-1932)

47. Cecil Robert Mendenhall- found in tree- 6th cousin, 4x removed
born: 07 Jun 1920 Santa Rosa, Sonoma, California
died: 12 Sep 1996 Solano County, California, age 76
Son of Roy Mendenhall (1893-1978) & Sylvia Branstetter (1896-1986)

48. Max Kebert Mendenhall- already in tree- 5th cousin, 4x removed
born: 30 Jul 1920 Upper Lake, Lake, California
died: 16 Jan 2011 Temple, Bell, Texas, age 90
Son of Bert Mendenhall (1877-1958) & Eleanor Kebert (1885-1967)

Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery
San Antonio, Bexar, Texas

49. John Louis "Jack" Mendenhall- already in tree- 5th cousin, 5x removed
born: 14 May 1920 San Francisco County, California
died: 10 Apr 2011 Livermore, California, age 90
Son of Earnest Darwin Mendenhall (1879-1939) & Henrietta Wetmore (1888-1945)
Twin of #54- Ernest C. Mendenhall

Roselawn Cemetery
Livermore, California


50. Carl "Karl" Daniel Mendenhall- already in tree- 7th cousin, 5x removed
born: 27 Jul 1920 Los Angeles County, California
died: 24 Nov 1975 Redondo Beach, Los Angeles County, California, age 55
Son of Jacob Franklin Mendenhall (1878-1943) & Carrie May Lee (1884-1960)


Inglewood Park Cemetery
Inglewood, Los Angeles, California



51. Warren Dale Mendenhall Jr.- already in tree- 6th cousin, 3x removed
born: 31 Dec 1920 Los Angeles County, California
died: 29 Jun 1995 Fair Oaks, California, age 74
Son of Warren Dale Mendenhall (1895-1972) & Leta Mae Holbrook (1899-1982)

Fair Oaks Cemetery
Fair Oaks, Sacramento, California


52. Donell S. is actually Donald Stewart Mendenhall- already in tree- 8th cousin, 4x removed
born: 05 Sep 1920 Red Bluff, Tehama, California
died: 03 Jun 1989 Bend, Deschutes County, California, age 68
Son of Rush Bert Mendenhall & Elsie Daniels

53. Donald Poujade Mendenhall- couldn't find in tree- 
Son of Edwin Rhodes Mendenhall (1868-1940) & Clara Poujade (1887-1950)
Edwin was orphaned as a child, living with Shillady family- no clue who his parents really are. Donald and Clara had 5 children total- 
Alta Leone (1906-1992), Bayard Leroy (1910-1997), Walter Edwin (1923-2004), Donald, and Harold Keith (1928-2010).


54. Ernest C. Mendenhall is Charles Ernest Mendenhall- already in tree- 5th cousin, 5x removed
born: 14 May 1920 San Francisco County, California
died: 09 Mar 1977 San Luis Obispo County, California, age 56
Son of Earnest Darwin Mendenhall (1879-1939) & Henrietta Wetmore (1888-1945)
Twin of #49- Max B. Mendenhall

Roselawn Cemetery 
Livermore, California



55. Sylvester J. Mendenhall- already in tree- 5th cousin, 4x removed
born: 05 Mar 1919 Escondido, San Diego, California
died: 08 Aug 1989 San Bruno, San Mateo, California, age 70
Son of Lucius Carlisle Mendenhall (1886-1972) & Retha May Newlin (1891-1946)

Golden Gate National Cemetery
San Bruno, San Mateo, California


56. Barnard E. is actually Raymond Emmett Mendenhall- already in tree- 
7th cousin, 5x removed
born: 26 Feb 1908 Los Angeles County, California
died: 16 Oct 2004 Phoenix, Maricopa, Arizona, age 96
Son of Jacob Franklin Mendenhall (1878-1943) & Carrie May Lee (1884-1960)

Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Hollywood Hills)
Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California


57. Douglas Elwood Mendenhall- already in tree- 7th cousin, 4x removed
born: 02 May 1908 Whittier, Los Angeles, California
died: 21 Mar 1988 Los Angeles County, California, age 79
Son of Montford Mendenhall (1860-1937) & Katherine Pearl Pond (1881-1950)

Holy Sepulcher Cemetery 
Orange, Orange, California
Section G, Tier 34


58. Esther Annie Mendenhall- already in tree- 5th cousin, 4x removed
born: 28 Feb 1913 Santa Ana, Orange, California
died: May 1974 Long Beach, Los Angeles, California, age 61
Daughter of Sylvester Charles Mendenhall (1884-1963) & Nellie Belle Griswold (1883-1954)

Inglewood Park Cemetery
Inglewood, Los Angeles, California


59. Della M. is Dorothy Ella "Della" Mendenhall- found in tree- 5th cousin, 5x removed
born: 02 Dec 1907 Los Angeles County, California
died: 04 Apr 2000 California, age 92
Daughter of James A. Mendenhall (1853-1934) & Della Gleason (1868-1930)


60. Alta Leone Mendenhall (1906-1992)- Couldn't find in tree-
Brother was #53- Donald Poujade
Parents were Edwin Rhodes Mendenhall (1868-1940) & Clara Poujade (1887-1950)






Saturday, July 4, 2020

A Million Mendenhalls #1418: Charles Ross Mendenhall (1877-1954)


(From A-Z, Charles Ross is Mendenhall #1418 in my Mendenhall Tree)

~Charles Ross Mendenhall
born: 25 Oct 1877 Salem, Henry County, Iowa
died: 22 Jan 1954 Denver, Denver County, Colorado

Charles, date unknown


Charles was the 4th child of James Mendenhall (1849-1942) & Margaret A. Hockett (1853-1922). He had 12 siblings!
1. Milton Amos (1872-1943)
2. Cora Evelyn (1873-1937)
3. Lila Maud (1875-1962)
4. Cordelia "Delia" (1880-1922)
5. Ella Mae (1882-1968)
6. Ruth Ethel (1882-1952)
7. Nellie Grey (1887-1964)
8. Chester G. (1888-1959)
9. Marion (1890-1965)
10. Ervin Smith (1893-1971)
11. Jason (b. 1895)
12. Violet Grace (1896-1961)


Charles had many professions (listed down below with the census records). He married Sylvia Ursula Starbuck (1880-1953) on 10 Jun 1903. She was the daughter of Millard Fillmore Starbuck (1848-1943) & Ruth Bogle (1850-1944).



Charles and Sylvia had 7 children: 
1. Norris R. "Skip" (1904-2002)
2. Merle Milton (1906-1947)
3. Warren Millard (1909-1933)
4. Eugene Victor (1911-2007)
5. Gladys Mildred (1912-1985)
6. Harold LeRoy (1917-2006)
7. Donald Lee (1922-1924)






Census Records~

1880: 19 June- Paradise, Rooks County, Kansas.
2 year old Charles is living with his father James (30), a farmer, mother Margaret (26) and 3 siblings, Milton (8), Corah (6), and Maud (4). 

1900: 01 June- Corning, Rooks County, Kansas.
21 year old Charles is living with his parents- James (50), a farmer, mother- Margaret (44) and 7 siblings: Ruth E. (17), Ella M. (15), Nellie (13), Chester (10), Marion (8), Irven (6) and Violet (4).

1910: 20 April- Macksville, Stafford, Kansas.
31 year old Charles is head of household. He works in a jewelry shop. He lives with his wife Sylvia (28) and 3 sons Norris (6), Merle (4) and Warren (1). 

1920: 02 January- Denver, Denver, Colorado.
42 year old Charles is head of household. He works as a garage mechanic. He and his family live at 4670 Elm Court- home is rented. He lives with his wife Sylvia (39) and 6 children: Norris (15), Merle (13), Warren (11), Eugene (8), Tiny (7) and Harold (2). (Tiny is Gladys)

1930: 07 April- Precinct 29, Jefferson County, Colorado.
52 year old Charles is head of household. He works as a poultry man on a poultry farm. He lives with his family on First 6th Ave, home is owned and valued at $2500. He lives with his wife Sylvia (49) and 4 sons: Norris (25- electrician), Warren (21-Laborer), Eugene (19-(unreadable occupation)) and Harold (18).

1940: 06 May- Golf Club, Jefferson, Colorado.
63 year old Charles is head of household. He doesn't work. He lives with his wife Sylvia (61) and son Merle (33). None of them have an occupation listed.


Military Registration Cards:



WWI Draft Registration Card 


WWII Registration Card 



Charles died on 22 Jan 1954 at the age of 76 in Denver Colorado.  He is buried in Fowler Cemetery in Fowler, Kansas. (no photo). 


~Charles is my 7th Cousin, 5x Removed



Using Findagrave.com to Add to My Family Tree

This post explains how I used the website  Findagrave.com to add more people to my family tree.




So, I understand the "norm" isn't to add as many people to your tree as you can find. Most people just stick to their direct line and maybe they'll branch out to aunts, uncles, 1st cousins, etc. I branch out as far as I can go. Everyone is different in how they "genealogy", respect mine and I'll respect yours :) 

Findagrave.com is a great resource tool that I use often. However, that being said, I use it merely as a starting point or a stepping stone...a secondary source. I add it and confirm it then or go back to it later. Because anyone and their mother can add information, it shouldn't be used as a primary source or used as fact. 

In August 2017, I started using Findagrave.com to add more people/cousins to my Mendenhall family tree. I went from A-Z - starting with Alabama. On the main page on the website where you can search for a person or cemetery, I typed "Mendenhall" into the "Last Name" search bar and then in the "Cemetery Location", I typed in "Alabama". I also put a check mark to include "maiden name". When clicking "search", I was able to see all Mendenhalls buried in Alabama (that is on the website of course). 
I would go person-to-person on the list from that state and (1) see if they were already in my tree, (2) or if they weren't, locate the relation and add them. I would also add spouses and children found on the site as well. It took me until May 14, 2018 to complete this project, so almost a year.



Here are my findings for all states: 

~Alabama- 45 Mendenhalls
    34/45 found in my tree, added 91 persons

~Alaska- 4 
    Was unable to find any relation to these individuals- I kept notes in my notebook about what I was able to find about them in case I wanted to go back for more research later.
    0/4 in my tree, added 0 persons

~Arizona- 49 
    36/47 in my tree, added 96 persons

~Arkansas- 178 
    133/178 in my tree, added 226 persons

~California- 636 
    446/636 in my tree, added 943 persons

~Colorado- 172 
    161/172 in my tree, added 92 persons

~Connecticut- 1 
    1/1, added 4 persons

~Delaware- 48 
    42/48 in my tree, added 154 persons

~District of Columbia- 8 
    8/8 in my tree, added 21 persons

~Florida- 95 
    79/95 in my tree, added 322 persons

~Georgia- 54 
    47/54 in my tree, added 108 persons

~Hawaii- 6 
    5/6 in my tree, added 6 persons

~Idaho- 203 
    179/203 in my tree, added 351 persons

~Illinois- 718 
    572/718 in my tree, added 1,189 persons

~Indiana- 1669  
    1364/1669 in my tree, added 3,025 persons

~Iowa- 682 
    594/682 in my tree, added 1303 persons

~Kansas- 550 
    471/550 in my tree, added 974 persons

~Kentucky- 34 
    28/34 in my tree, added 78 persons
   
~Louisiana- 8 
    6/8 in my tree, added 22 persons

~Maine- 3 
    1/3 in my tree, added 2 persons

~Maryland- 24 
    17/24 in my tree, added 58 persons

~Michigan- 101
    74/101 in my tree, added 203 persons

~Minnesota- 68
    60/68 in my tree, added 129 persons

~Mississippi- 10 
    5/10 in my tree, added 2 persons

~Missouri- 644 
    538/644 in my tree, added 948 persons

~Montana- 104
    83/104 in my tree, added 106 persons

~Nebraska- 183
    146/183 in my tree, added 214 persons

~Nevada- 29
    27/29 in my tree, added 64 persons

~New Hampshire- 0

~New Jersey- 42
    32/42 in my tree, added 82 persons

~New Mexico- 36
    26/36 in my tree, added 96

~New York- 45
    35/45 in my tree, added 67 persons

~North Carolina- 706
    612/706 in my tree, added 107 persons

~North Dakota- 3 
    2/3 in my tree, added 0

~Ohio- 1254
    1042/1254 in my tree, added 1,397 persons

~Oklahoma- 353
    293/353 in my tree, added 503 persons

~Oregon- 247
    210/248 in my tree, added 370 persons

~Pennsylvania- 796
    634/796 in my tree, added 2,294 persons

~Rhode Island- 5
    0/5 in my tree, added 2 (Don't remember how this happened LOL)

~South Carolina- 108
    71/108 in my tree, added 120 persons

~South Dakota- 40 
    26/40 in my tree, added 66 persons

~Tennessee- 109
    82/109 in my tree, added 147 persons

~Texas- 237 
    203/237 in my tree, added 435 persons

~Utah- 260
    242/260 in my tree, added 719 persons

~Vermont- 0

~Virginia- 79
    59/79 in my tree, added 77 persons


With Findagrave.com, I added 17,622 people to my tree!




    
    
    

Gone too Soon, #5- Charles Robert Mendenhall (1924-1935)




Charles Robert Mendenhall "Robert"
born: 09 Nov 1924 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
died: 10 Apr 1935 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, age 10

Cause of death: Pneumonia 

Death Certificate 


Charles was the son of Edward Joseph Mendenhall (1896-1999) & Eileen Augusta O'Connor (1902-1969). He had 2 younger sisters: Dorothy (1927-1928) & Teresa (1942-2014).

Charles is buried in Holy Cross Cemetery in Yeadon, Pennsylvania, sharing a gravestone with his mother:









Charles Robert is number 1415 in my family Mendenhall Family tree. He's my 8th Cousin, 4x Removed.






A Million Mendenhalls #1416: Charles Robert Mendenhall (1884-1957)

 
(From A-Z, this "Charles Robert" in my tree is Mendenhall #1416)


~Charles Robert Mendenhall
born: 28 Apr 1884 Illinois
died: 15 Aug 1957 Jasper County, Illinois

Charles is the one in front, far right.



Charles was the first child of Jeremiah Mendenhall (1859-1891) & Eliza Jane Smith (1861-1953). He had 3 siblings: Murray Orlando (1884-1957), Lydia Adeline (1887-1951) and Tom Benjamin (1889-1966).

Charles was a farmer. He married Mary Alice Griffith on 08 Jul 1907. Mary Alice Griffith (1889-1972) was the daughter of William Griffith (1845-1923) & Sarah Ellen Mondon (1848-1926). Charles and Mary had 5 children: 

1. Freda Juanita (1908-1985) 
2. Cletus Naomi Fern (1910-1988)
3. Letha C. (1916-1983)
4. William Jeremiah (1924-1985)
5. Melvin Lee (1927-1989)

Census records: 

1910: 28 April- Crooked Creek, Jasper County, Illinois. 
26 year old Charles is head of household, working as a farmer on a "rented farm". He lives with his wife Mary (22) and daughter Freda (2). 

1920: 10 January- Crooked Creek, Jasper County, Illinois.
35 year old Charles R. is head of household, working as a farmer on a farm. He lives with his wife Mary A (33) and 2 daughters Cletus N. (9) & Letha C. (3). 


1930: 19 April- Crooked Creek, Jasper County, Illinois.
46 year old Charles is head of household. He's changed professions- is now "hauling" as a team- I can assume hay. His home is rented. He lives with his wife Mary (42), daughter Letha (13) & two sons William (6) & Melvin (2). 


1940: 15 April- Crooked Creek, Jasper County, Illinois.
55 year old Charles is head of household. He is back to being a farmer- home is still rented. He lives with his wife Mary Alice (50) and 2 sons William (16) & Melvin Lee (12). 


Military Registration Cards: 

WWI Registration Card



WWII Registration Card


Charles died at the age of 73 years old. He was buried in Songer Cemetery in Rose Hill, Jasper County, Illinois.




Charles is my 3rd Cousin, 4x Removed.



A Million Mendenhalls Introduction & My Mendenhall Notebooks


Hi! Happy 4th of July!

I started researching my family tree around 2003, when I was a Senior in high school, but didn't really get fully into genealogy until I became a mother in 2011. Now, I'm addicted. I try to work on my research daily, although it gets difficult sometimes. I don't always have time. 

In  Feb 2015, I started fully researching my Mendenhall side of the family. I've kept notebook logs of everyone I've researched. 

Mendenhall Notebooks


First Book~
The first book is the smallest notebook I have. It covers dates Feb 2015-Aug 2017. Obviously, I didn't work on it too often. I also didn't SOURCE. This was a huge thing I had to fix once I really got into Genealogy and doing it RIGHT (I didn't do this until later). 
Was only in the "A's" of my Mendenhall family- A initial to Anna (1805-1857).
Total in my tree after book one- 54,279

Second Book~
In my second notebook, I cover dates August 2017-Dec 2017. This one went faster because I covered and went through all the graves on Findagrave.com. Some people  I couldn't add to my tree because I couldn't find the connection. This book covers only Alabama- 1/2 of Iowa and I added 9,252 people to my tree- equally 63,531.

Third Book~
My third book is my largest one- a 5 subject notebook where most of the pages weren't torn out. It dates Dec 2017-July 2018 and finishes the Findagrave.com project and I started back with the "A's" in the Mendenhall line (ending with Asenath Mendenhall (1828-1918). At the end of the book, I had 71,492 people in my tree. 

Fourth Book~
I am currently using this notebook. I started it July 9, 2018- so it's been almost 2 years. This is also a 5 subject notebook, but unfortunately, pages have been torn out :( I am currently in the "Ch" of the Mendenhall line- Through the years, I have returned to the beginning of the "A's" and sourced everything. Hence, why it's taken me this long to get to the "Ch's". :)


So now, I have decided to dive back into my Million Mendenhall's project that I started- I used to blog about it all the time while doing my research, but then stopped blogging about it (although, I was still researching). You can see previous posts here. This new look is going to be a bit different. I will make a separate Page on my blog where you can view the posts. 



Friday, July 3, 2020

Killed, Part 6- Deadly Fire Takes 14 Lives


Date: 04 Sep 1904
Place: 164 Attorney Street, Manhattan, New York




I came upon this news article while searching for something awhile back. It actually comes from a newspaper in Scranton, Pennsylvania. 
A five-story tenement house caught fire at 2:40 in the morning from a candle that was left burning in the hallway on the third floor- worship for the Jewish New Year celebration the next day. The lower floors were torn out to make room for an arcade while the upper levels housed 13 Hebrew families crowded into three upper rooms. Apparently, when the fire broke out, many of the adults were at the synagogue while the children slept, hence why so many children died. The fire escapes were removed from the East side of the house pending all of the lower renovations. 

(I highly suggest reading the whole article- there are more details about more details on escaping & heroic acts- I will post the article towards the end of the post)


Obviously the building is no longer there because it burned down, but this is the current location of where the building was in New York.



The Victims: 




(I was going to research each person/family, like I usually do in these types of posts, but the information available is just so little. The number one thing I could find on most of the victims- Their name, death date and "about" birth year on the "New York, New York, Extracted Death Index". These families were probably fresh immigrants and hadn't really been documented in census records (my assumption)).

Full Article- The Tribune (Scranton, Pennsylvania)
05 Sep 1904, Mon