Friday, October 31, 2014

Friday Funny

HAPPY HALLOWEEN EVERYONE!!!!!

LOL Thought this was appropriate for today!!!

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Happy Halloween: 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks: Grace Hendricks



Happy Halloween (1 day early)- In memory of my grand aunt- Grace Hendricks who died on Halloween night at the young age of 13.


Grace Hendricks- my grand aunt

b. 1904 in Jeffersonville, Indiana
d. 31 Oct 1917 in Jeffersonville, Indiana



Child Death: Age 13


Parents: Issac Hendricks Jr. (1883-1942) & 
              Myrtle May Hyman (1884-1953)


Siblings:

1. Harry Oliver (1903-1971)
2. Ida Pauline (1906-1975)
3. Mary Kathaleena (1908-1976)
4. Catherine Virginia (1913-1989)
5. Charles Woodrow (1917-1973)
6. Edna Viola (1919-1919)
7. Melvin Clifford (1922-2002)
8. Dorothy Jean (1926-2010)-- Read more about her Here

1910 U.S. Census: 
Age 6 
417 Spring Street, Jeffersonville, Clark, Indiana
(I tried to find this house on Google maps, but it came up with a bunch of shops and a parking lot where 417 should be so I'm assuming this house was torn down).


Grace died on Halloween night. She had been suffering from the flu and then it turned into pneumonia. This was during the Flu Epidemic of WWI. 


Here are some interesting 1917 Halloween photos I found on Google:








Wednesday, October 29, 2014

One Person at a Time...Ellen Louisa

~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: Ellen Louisa

Before Research: 
Ellen Louisa married William Minall (1871-1950) and they had 2 daughters- Frances Mary (b. 1907) and Ruby (b. 1908).


After Research:
Ellen Louisa Upstell was born in 1883 in Gosport, Hampshire, England and died in Mar 1955 in Norton, Somerset, England. Her parents were William Upstell (1845-1923) & Ann (ULN) (1865-1928). Ellen had 6 siblings:

1. Agnes Grace (1885-1893)
2. William George Jesse (1889-1916)
3. Lily A. (1890-bef 1901)
4. Alfred Charles (1892-1917)
5. Edward Oliver Ernest (1897-1898)
6. Albert Leonard (1905-1948)


Ellen married William Minall (1872-1950) in 1906 in Bath, England. William was my 11th cousin, 7x removed. Ellen was his second wife. They had 2 daughters: 

1. Frances Mary (1907-1989)
2. Ruby (1908-1987) 

Wednesday's Portrait: Early 60's Childhood



Today's Portrait:

My dad~ This was Christmas 1962-- the picture looks like it's been cut and tattered a bit but it's still a great picture! 



Monday, October 27, 2014

Mappy Monday: Deep River, North Carolina


Last week, I wrote about my 6th great grandfather- Joseph Mendenhall (1770-1833) and how he was born in Jamestown, NC. During the 1810 Census, he lived in Deep River, Stokes, North Carolina. 

Deep River, North Carolina




Deep River is along the Cape Fear River which is 125 miles long. It is named after the Indian name Sapponah, which means "Deep River". 





Sunday, October 26, 2014

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun (On Sunday)

It's time for another Saturday Night Genealogy Fun from Randy's Genea-Musings! Last night's challenge- Photographs Through the Generations:

1) How many generations do you have photographs or portraits of your ancestors and descendants?  It can be any line...it just can't be broken!

2) Tell us the line, or better yet, show us the unbroken line. Provide birth-death years, and the approximate date that the photo was made.

3) Share your generation picture line in a blog post of your own, or in a Google+ or Facebook post, or in a comment to this post.


Here's mine! (I love this challenge!!)


1) My 3rd Great Grandfather: Gerhard J. Jeckering (1829-1898)- Immigrated from Germany- photo was taken in the 1880's I think.





2) My 2nd great grandfather: Joseph Herman Jeckering (1870-1931) of Dayton, Ohio- I'm not sure when this photo was taken.





3) My Great Grandfather: Gerhard Cletus Jeckering (1900-1967) of Dayton, Ohio- This is a portrait of he and his wife Josephine at their 50th wedding anniversary (I think).




4) My Grandfather- Paul George Jeckering (1925-1954) of Dayton, Ohio. I think this is a picture from high school- abt 1944



5) My Father- Michael Lee Jeckering (1950- Living). This is high school graduation year book photo- 1969.



6) Me: Carrie Jeckering Smith- this picture was taken last year- 2013



7) My one descendant (so far): Jack- this picture was taken last month- 2014










Surname Saturday (On Sunday): Seaver



 My maternal grandmother was Helen Ruth Mendenhall (nee Seaver) (1923-1981). 

 Here is Helen's Lineage: 

 Parents: Otto Watson Seaver (1901-1972) and Ruby Mae Henderson (1901-1990)
 G-parents: Frank Buchanon Seaver (1856-1936) and Harriett Olive Watson (1856-1915)
 GGP: Greenberry M. Seaver (1823-1905) and Mary Douglas (1827-1862)
 3xGGP: Jacob Seaver (1773-1854) and Esther Croberger (1780-1854)
 4xGGP: Henry Seaver (1743-1810) and Elizabeth Myers (1747-1777)

Helen's 4x great grandfather - Henry Seaver came to America from Hannover, Germany.



Seaver

 Ancestry.com

 (All U.S. and Canada, Passenger and Immigration Lists Index): 
There are 766 results, but here are a few: 

 Name                     Birth Year          Arrival Year and Place

 Louis S. Seaver                                                         South Dakota
 Robert Seaver                                 1633-1634        Massachusetts 
 Robert Seaver                                 1633-1634        New England
 Hugh Seaver                                    1637                 Virginia 
 Joseph Seaver                                 1851                  Pennsylvania


 House of names: 

 Spelling Variations: Sever, Sevior, Sevyer, Seeviour, Sivier, Siver, Sivyer, Saviour, Seyvior, Sceviour, Scievor and many more.


 Randy from Genea-Musings did a blog post about the surname as well: 
 Seaver Surname- Origin, Meaning, Famous People, Localities


Thursday, October 23, 2014

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks: Week 24: Joseph Mildenhall (1801-1875)


Joseph Mildenhall- my 4th cousin, 8x removed

b. 25 Nov 1801 in Berkshire, England
d. 11 Jun 1875 in Fort Beaufort, Eastern Cape, South Africa

Parents: Jonathan Mildenhall Jr (1764- ?) & Mary (1770-?)

Siblings: 

1. Daniel (b. 1793)
2. George (b. 1795)
3. Susan (b. 1797)
4. Sarah (b. 1799)
5. Ann Maria (b. 1806)
6. James (b. 1808)
7. Thomas (b. 1811)


Family~

Joseph moved to South Africa and married Rebecca Hinton on 29 Jun 1837.

Rebecca Hinton
b. 14 Jan 1810 in Wilton, Wiltshire, England
d. 31 Dec 1877 in Cape, South Africa

~Daughter of Richard Hinton (1780-1822) & Sarah Viney (1787-1841).


Joseph and Rebecca had 8 children:

1. Mary Maria (1840-1919) ~ Read more about Mary  Here 
2. Joseph Jr. (1843-1928)
3. Jessie Susannah (1845-1884)
4. Henry Josiah (1847-1901)
5. Emily Rebecca (1850-1852)
6. Letitia Emily (1852-1920)
7. Emma Rebecca (1854-1961)
8. Edwin George (1856-1882)

I found a little excerpt of Joseph's life on Ancestry.com:

~Joseph immigrated to South Africa in the Thornhill party on the ship Zoraster. He died on the Klu Klu Farm. Joseph and his wife Rebecca spent the early part of their lives in Alice, as Joseph had a contract to supply food to the soldiers. They lived on the banks of the Tyumie near the present bridge. Their eldest son, Joseph, attended Mr. Templeton's school at Lovedale, which he ran for a time. Later, Joseph went into partnership with Mr. Simpson and a Mr. Stanton and they bought three farms- one near Alice, another Alph Aytoun near Fort Beaufort and the third- Klu Klu- named after the chief from whom they bought it from. They bought it for a wagon and a span of oxen. 

Joseph built a two story house. Having no glass, the windows were covered with calico. At one of the windows  he had a gun mounted on a stand; the muzzle is now in the Fort Beaufort museum. One night, when Rebecca was alone with her children, she heard the Kaffirs among the cattle, so she fired off a few shots which dispersed them. In times of danger, the Klu Klu farm was a meeting point for soldiers and settlers. 

Joseph and his sons took part in all the fighting in the Fort Beaufort area. Once he narrowly escaped wiht his life near the Warden's farm. He was being attacked by a party of Xhosa with assegais, but escaped down the river, slipped off his horse and hid in the reeds. The Xhosa rushed up and down jabbing their assegais into the rushes. Finally, he got home.

The Mildenhall home at Klu Klu was built of stone, with beams and flooring of yellow-wood cut in the Katberg. The walls are two feet thick, the windows heavily barred and the front door, made in two sections so that the bottom portion only can be closed, is of amazing thickness and is locked with a huge heavy key. 

Behind the homestead lies Tower Hill, on the top of which was built a stone fort from which a distant view could be obtained. In those days, Fort Beaufort was just a military post, consisting of the Fort, barracks, a shop and a few houses. Below the homestead lies the grave of the Hottentot whose arm was chopped off by the Xhosas to release the man who was manacled to him- in the incident which sparked the War of the Axe in 1846. The Xhosa had stolen an axe from Holiday's Store in Fort Beaufort, and was being taken to Grahamstown for trial. The body of the Hottentot was pulled out of the river and buried by Joseph Mildenhall. Later, a stone was erected on which was written: "War of the Axe" with a carving of an axe. 





Joseph Mildenhall died at the age of 73 on 11 Jun 1875 in Fort Beaufort, South Africa. 

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Wednesday's Portrait: Earl Dwight Mendenhall



Today's Portrait: 
Earl Dwight Mendenhall- my great grandfather
b. 21 Feb 1894 in North Star, Ohio
d. 26 Nov 1972 in Dayton, Ohio



I got this picture from my mom. She said this is a picture of her grandfather- Earl Mendenhall- who she said was a chiropractor, although, I couldn't find this information in any census records. I don't know what year this was either. 

Tuesday, October 21, 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...)


17. Elizabeth
Before Research:
Elizabeth married Godwin Walter. Their son William (1707-1781) married Rachel Newlin (1712-1802)- my 2nd cousin, 10x removed.

After Research:
Elizabeth Sanghurst was born in 1679 in Concord, Chester, Pennsylvania and died in 1732 in Chester County. Her parents were John Sanghurst (1639-1688) & Mary (1640-1660). 
I read that she was born in Concord, yet found her name on a passenger list from England at age 3...don't know if this is the same Elizabeth or not...
Elizabeth married Goodwin Walter (1675-1769) on 02 Sep 1696 in Concord. They had 8 children:

1. Elizabeth
2. James 
3. Lydia
4. John (b. 1696)
5. Sarah (b. 1701)
6. William (b. 1707)
7. Rachel (b. 1709)
8. Joseph (b. 1711)


18. Elizabeth
Before Research:
Elizabeth married James Quick. Their son Warren Thomas (1834-1905) married Henrietta Hyman (1840-1918)- my 2nd great grand aunt.

After Research:
Elizabeth McClure was born on 29 Jul 1806 and died in 1881 in Brookville, Franklin, Indiana. Her parents were James McClure (1778-1840) & Phoebe Eads (1782-1839). Elizabeth had 9 siblings:

1. Samuel (1799-1809)
2. William (1802-1882)
3. Mary Ann (1804-1860)
4. Lucinda (1808-1839)
5. Jane (1810-1828)
6. James E. (1811- ?)
7. Lewis Deweese (1813-1901)
8. David (1819-1819)
9. Gibson Henry (1821-1821)

Elizabeth married James QUick (1803-1869) in 1829 in Brookville. They had 13 children:

1. Lydia Ann (1824-1893)
2. Infant son (1826-1826)
3. Mary Jane (1827-1914)
4. David Oliver (1829-1910)
5. William Allen (1831-1915)
6. Harrison (1833-1834)
7. Warren Thomas (1934-1905)
8. John (1837-1922)
9. Phoebe (1839-1842)
10. James Madison (1842-1897)
11. Sarah Elizabeth (1844-1904)
12. Carrie (1846-1876)
13. Infant Son (1852-1852)



19. Elizabeth
Before Research:
Elizabeth was born about 1725. She married Willoughby Broughton (1725-1804) about 1748 in Virginia. They had 5 children: Catherine, Jesse, John, Job, and Winnifred.


After Research:
Elizabeth Christman was born in 1730 in Virginia and died in 1776 in Macon, North Carolina. Her parents were Jacob Christman (1706-1778) & Magdalena Hite (1713-1771). 
Elizabeth married Willoughby Broughton (1725-1804) in 1740 in Virginia. They had 5 children: 

1. Nancy Catherine (1746- ?)
2. Jesse (1748-1778)
3. John (1750-1820)
4. Job (1755-1837)
5. Winnifred (1761-1843)


20.Elizabeth 
Before Research:
Elizabeth married J.F. Wall (b. 1824). Their daughter was Artie Pricilla Wall (1856-1917).

After Research:



21. Elizabeth
Before Research:
Elizabeth was born in 1578 in Taunton, Bristol, Massachusetts and died in Apr 1671 in Boston, Massachusetts. She married Charles Turner (1574-1600) in 1599 in Taunton. They had one son- John (1600-1691).


After Research:
I wasn't able to find much on this woman...unfortunately.



22. Elizabeth Ellen
Before Research:
Elizabeth Ellen was born in 1896 and died in 1955. She married Edwin Minall (1891-1967) and they had 2 kids- Lily Ada (b. 1924) and unknown (b. 1919). 

After Research:
Elizabeth Ellen was actually Nellie LIvesey. Nellie was born in 1896 and died in 1955 in England. She married Edwin Minall (1891-1967) in 1914 in Clutton, England and they had 2 children: 

1. Edwin James (1917-1979) 
2. Lily Ada (1923-1981)

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. 


Messier

Ancestry.com:

~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



Findagrave.com:

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


Houseofnames.com:

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 Findagrave.com. 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)

Siblings:
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)


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


Family: 
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)