Monday, October 20, 2014

Mappy Monday- Jamestown, North Carolina

My 6th great grandfather Joseph Mendenhall was born on 18 Dec 1770 in Jamestown, Guilford, North Carolina. 

Jamestown, NC

Jamestown was actually named after my 1st cousin, 10x removed- James Joseph Mendenhall (1718-1782). The town was settled in 1752 and his son George named the town in honor of his father in 1816. 

There are several historical landmarks that you can see when you visit Jamestown: 

~The Old School- which is now the Jamestown Public Library

~The Madison-Lindsay House (built in 1817)- notable for being home to a series of medical schools.

~The Mendenhall Plantation- the home of my ancestors! 

~The Oakdale Cotton Mill- began operation after the Civil War

~Oakdale Church- built in 1915

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Surname Saturday- Messier

My 6th great grandmother was Sarah Messier (1702-1782). Her grandfather- Pieter Jansen Mesier (1640-?) came to America from Holland, Netherlands. I was surprised because this name sounds French to me. 


~All U.S. and Canada, Passenger and Immigration Lists Index:
There are 23 names with the last name Messier; here are a few:

Name                              Birth            Arrival year and place

Marie-Anne Messier                                                      Canada
Jacque Messier                                    1606-1706          Quebec
Jacques Messier               1797             1827                  New York
Aug D. Messier                                    1886                  Illinois
Richard J. Messier                                1900                  Colorado
Joseph Messier                                      1910                  Montana

There are 1,182 results for Messier as a surname.

The name Messier can be traced to the Old French word Messier- which means harvester. It reached England during the great wave of migration following the Norman Conquest of 1066. It means someone who is employed in reaping or harvesting. 

Spelling Variations: 
Messer, Mesher, Messor, Mersser, Masar, Messier, Meisser, Measure and more.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Friday Funny

Happy Friday!

This is one of my favorites because it's SO true for me! :) 

Thursday, October 16, 2014

One Person at a Time...Elizabeth (Continued...)

~Even though I have a lot of people in my family tree, I also have a lot of "holes" that need more research. Over the next few months, I am going to attempt to patch up those holes by doing research one person at a time- starting at the beginning of the list~

Today's Name: Elizabeth (Continued...)

13. Elizabeth
Before Research:
Elizabeth married Joseph Brown and they had one daughter- Deborah (1793-1842).

After Research:
Elizabeth Michener was born on 16 Mar 1762 in Plumstead, Bucks, Pennsylvania and died on 07 Jul 1811 in New Garden, Pennsylvania. Her parents were Mordecai Michener (1723-1795) & Sarah Fisher (1721-1812). Elizabeth had 8 siblings:

1. William (1749-1782)
2. John (1750-1837)
3. Sarah (1752-1784)
4. Deborah (1757-1828)
5. Mordecai (1759-1854)
6. Hannah (1760-1790)
7. Robert (1763-1849)
8. Katherine (1766-1850)

Elizabeth married Joseph Browne (1762-1851) and they had 12 children:

1. Sarah (1784-1826)
2. Mary (1786- ?)
3. Benjamin (1788-1861)
4. Hannah (1788- ?)
5. Elizabeth (1790-?)
6. Rebecca (1792-1792)
7. Deborah (1793-1842)
8. Joseph (1796-1856)
9. Esther (1799-1842)
10. Rebecca (1800- ?)
11. Tabitha (1803- ?)
12. Rachel (1805-?)

14. Elizabeth
Before Research:
Elizabeth was born about 1739. She married John Mendenhall (1739-1825)- my 7th great grand uncle and they had 3 children:
1. John (b. 1765)
2. Susanna (b. 1767)
3. Richard (b. 1770)

After Research:
Elizabeth Elmore was born about 1739 in North Carolina. This is the only new information that I was able to find.

15. Elizabeth
Before Research:
Elizabeth married Richard Dillon and they had one son- Oliver (B. 1842). He married Minerva Ann Mendenhall (b. 1842)- my 3rd cousin, 6x removed.

After Research:
Elizabeth Unthank was born on 11 Apr 1811 in New Garden, Indiana and died on 28 Nov 1840 in Summerton, Indiana. Her parents were John Unthank (1780-1841) & Mary Mason (1782- 1849). Elizabeth had 10 siblings: 

1. Leveicy (1804-1850)
2. Ann (1806-1832)
3. Jonathan (1807-1853)
4. Sarah (1809-?)
5. Mary (1813-?)
6. Joseph (1815-?)
7. Rebecca (1817- ?)
8. John Allen (1819-1902)
9. Beulah (1821-1823)
10. William M. (1824-1891)

Elizabeth married Richard Dillon (1809-1845) in 1834 in Indiana. They had 4 children:

1. Allen (1835-1899)
2. Jane Ann (1836-?)
3. Harriet (1838-?)
4. Oliver (1840-1906)

16. Elizabeth
Before Research:
Elizabeth married Oliver Matthews and they had one son- Walter Matthews (1710-1781). Walter married Mary Mendenhall (b.1712)- my 8th great grand aunt.

After Research:
Elizabeth Thomas was born in 1663 and died in 1709 in New Castle, Delaware. Her parents were Tristram Thomas (1629-1686) and Ann King (1638-1708). Elizabeth had 4 siblings: 

1. Anne (b. 1667)
2. Stephen (1669-1740)
3. Elizabeth (1671-1709)
4. Martha (1680-1739)

Elizabeth married Oliver Matthews (1667-1708) and they had 7 children:

1. Daniel
2. Thomas (1693-1776)
3. John (1694-1761)
4. William (1697-1739)
5. Edward (1700-1726)
6. Dorcas (1704-1804)
7. Walter (1710-1781)

Another New Grave Found!

Happy Thursday Evening!

I am very excited to say that I have found yet another important grave!  It is the grave(s) of my 3rd great grandparents- 

Stanislaw "Stanley" Ellert (1849-1930) &
Pauline (ULN) (1853-1937) 

(Both were born in Russia)

They're buried in:
 Holy Cross Cemetery in San Diego, Ca
4470 Hilltop Drive
Plot: St. Paul, Lot 567

I found this grave on I didn't find this grave sooner because I didn't think of another name that Stanislaw could have gone under...Stanley- DUH! Once I figured this out, I not only found the grave, but some census records as well. 

This makes a lot of sense why he would have changed his name to a more "American" name. My 3rd great grandfather- Gerhard Jeckering (1829-1898) also did this when he moved to America from Germany- he went by George. 

How I'm related to Stanley and Pauline Ellert: 

Carrie Jeckering Smith (Me)
My parents
Paul George Jeckering & Dorothy Jean Hendricks
Gerhard Cletus Jeckering & Josephine Mary Dabuliewicz
Josef Dabuliewicz & Stephania Ellert
Stephania's parents were Stanley and Pauline Ellert. 

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks: Week 23: Richard Mendenhall (1737-1773)

Richard Mendenhall - 7th great grandfather
b. 01 Nov 1737 Frederick Co., Virginia
d. 10 Oct 1773 Lee Co., Virginia

Parents: Mordecai Mendenhall (1713-1803) & 
                 Charity Grubb Beeson (1715-1809)

1. John (1739-1825)
2. Thomas (1741-1783)
3. Moses (1743-1835)
4. Stephen (1744-1822)
5. Mordecai Jr. (1746-1818)
6. Maris (1749-1750)
7. Aaron (1751-1793)
8. Charity E. (1754-1836)
9. Isaac M. (1756-1833)

1755 (age 18): Rowan Co., North Carolina
1759 (age 22): Rowan Co., North Carolina
1762 (age 25): Rowan Co., North Carolina

Wife: Jane Thornbrugh (1737-1796), married on 24 Jun 1758
Daughter of: Walter Thornbrugh (1711-1783) & Margaret Beeson (1708-1780). 

Margaret was Charity's sister, so Richard and his wife Jane were 1st cousins. 

Richard and Jane had 8 children: 

1. John (1759-1835) 
2. Richard Jr. (1761-1845) 
3. Jane (1763-1793) 
4. Benjamin (1765-1835) 
5. Charity (1767-1853) 
6. Margaret (1768- ?)
7. Joseph (1770-1833) 
8. Aaron (1772-1840) 

and (at least) 63 grandchildren!!

Richard was part of a scouting party led by James Boone.

Here is an excerpt found online:  (I found this excerpt online several years ago and unfortunately, I didn't cite my source).

Richard was part of a scouting party led by James Boone, son of Daniel, which was ambushed by Indians at Wallens Creek, VA. During the American Revolution Daniel Boone made arrangements to sell what property he could not move with him and persuaded some of his wife's family, the Bryans, to join him on a trip to claim new land in Kentucky. He was joined by his brother, Squire, Squire's wife, Jane, and their three children, along with Benjamin Cutbeard and his wife, who was a niece of Daniel's. Making a total of five or six families, along with about 40 men who each had a horse or two to help carry all the supplies. Among these 40 men were John and Richard Mendenhall. Richard was 36 years of age and John, a first cousin, was 25.
The party left the Yadkin on 25 Sep 1773. Travel was slow as the trail was only wide enough for the pack horses, walking single file and all who were able-bodied had to walk. When they reached Wolf Hills, now Abingdon, VA, Daniel sent his seventeen year old son, James, along with John and Richard Mendenhall to go to Castle Woods, which was off the trail to the north about 25 miles. They were to pick up supplies and meet the main party further west. The main party would follow the old wilderness trail, through Moccasin Gap, over Wallens Ridge at a point about 10 miles east of the Cumberland Gap, where they would make camp and leave the women and children to rest until James and the Mendenhall party overtook them. They feared that if the Indians would attack it would be in that area and for protection they wanted the party to be together.
Upon arriving at Captain Russell's home on the Clinch River, Henry Russell, the seventeen year old son of Captain Russell, a man by the name of Isaac Crabtree and two Negro slaves named Charles and Adam, joined James Boone and Richard and John Mendenhall to help out with the supplies and farm tools. Captain Russell himself said he would follow along later as he had some necessary work to do at home before leaving. He would join David Gass who lived eight miles down the Clinch River.
James Boone and the Mendenhall party set out on 8 Oct 1773, following the old Fincastle Trail down past David Gass's place and crossed Clinch River at Hunters Ford, now Dungannon. From that point they passed through Rye Cove and took the Wilderness Trail over Powell Mountain to the head waters of Wallens Creek.
James and his companions could see signs, probably made by his father's party and he knew that the place of rendezvous was but a few miles ahead. However, darkness overtook them and fearing they might lose their way, they set up camp the evening of 9 Oct. Early in the morning of the 10th, Indians rushed up with knife blades raised and guns cracking. A man by the name of Drake and Richard Mendenhall were killed out right. James Mendenhall crept off mortally wounded. He had been attacked by a big Indian who he knew to be Big Jim, a Shawnee, who had roamed the Yadkin Country and had pretended to be a friend of his father. Henry Russell was shot through the hips and brought down. All in the party were killed except Isaac Crabtree and the two Negroes slaves, Adam and Charles.

Richard was killed in the ambush by the Indians and was buried in the woods near Lee Co., Virginia- 10 miles East of Cumberland Gap. He was only 35 years old.

Here is a gravemarker marking the spot where the ambush happened. 

How I'm related to Richard: 

Carrie Jeckering Smith (Me)
My parents
Harold Earl Mendenhall & Helen Ruth Seaver
Earl Dwight Mendenhall & Edna Grace Niles
Marion Richard Mendenhall & Louella Ida Munn
Richard Mendenhall & Margaret Frances Pierron 
Aaron Mendenhall & Christena Spielman
Richard Mendenhall & Sarah Pearson
Joseph Mendenhall & Deidamia Hill
Richard Mendenhall (7th great grandfather)

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Wednesday's Portrait: Fordell Castle

Today's Portrait: Fordell Castle- the chapel

Fordell Castle is located in Fife, Scotland. My 14th great grandfather- William Henderson (William 2nd Lord of Fordell) (1520-1547) was married in the Fordell Caslte and then buried in the Fordell Castle Chapel Crypt.