Tuesday, September 1, 2015

A Million Mendenhall's #38 & 39

Mendenhall #38: Abner Mendenhall (1769-1842) 

Birth: 22 Oct 1769 in Kennett, Chester, Pennsylvania
Death: 26 May 1842 in Greenwood, Columbia, Pennsylvania
        72 Years Old

Relation to Me: My 3rd Cousin, 9x Removed

Parents: Samuel Mendenhall (1722-1787) &
          Mary Baily (1737-1787)

(Abner's father- Samuel married twice)
1.Beulah (1771-1850)
2. Jane (1773-?)

1. Benjamin (1746-1801)
2. Amos (1748-1845)
3. Edith (1750-1833)
4. Jehu (1755-1825)
5. Samuel Jr. (1760-1822)
6. Sarah (1762-?)

Marriage: 28 Nov 1793 in Chester County, PA
Abner married Lydia Carleton (1772-1854)-- daughter of Thomas Carleton & Lydia Gregg. 

Abner and Lydia had 10 Children:
1. Joshua Baily (1794-1872)
2. Thomas Carleton (1796-1883)
3. Mary (1798-1869)
4. Eli (1801-1887)
5. Mark Carleton (1803-1844)
6. Martha (1805-1891)
7. Abner Jr. (1807-1850)
8. Lydia Carleton (1809-1894)
9. James (1811-1905)
10. Samuel (1816-1895)

Residence(s) & Occupation(s):

~1793 (28 Nov) (age 24): Kennett, Chester, PA
Marriage with Lydia Carleton- Kennett Meeting House

~1800 (age 31): Catawissa, Northumberland, PA
8 total people in household, no slaves.

~1840 (age 71): Huntington, Luzerne, PA
7 total people, no slaves.

Story from Esther L. Edgerton (granddaughter of Abner):

My father often told me that his father, Abner Mendenhall when a boy, was riding with his father, Samuel Mendenhall, one day, when they met Washington (General George Washington) and his staff some where near a public house. The General made a grave and courteous salutation and was riding on when his attention was caught by the fine horse my great-grandfather rode. Instantly he drew rein and with a bow said: Sir, that is a fine mount you have, will you sell him? No General, came the reply. I bred him myself and have no wish to part with him. Ah so, but then with a pleasant manner yet there be men who would sell the house that had carried them to safety, even to life: and then catching sight of several negro laborers in the field he turned to the boy Abner saying: So you have hoe-heels up here! The boy probably thought he meant Indians for he replied quickly, Oh no General, those are black men who are working in the fields. My grandfather said the great man gave him a keen look that made him think of the eyes of a hawk tho' they were blue and then he smiled and said: Quite right my boy, they are men true enough, and then passed on.
Did any prescience in that whisper to the great chief that before a hundred years had passed the descendants of that boy and the sturdy farmers would stand shoulder to shoulder against the men of his State to prove that those Africans were men?


Mendenhall #39: Abner Mendenhall (1810-1851)

Birth: 1810 in Maryland
Death: 1851 in Williamsport, Washington, Maryland
        41 Years Old

Relation to Me: My 5th Cousin, 7x Removed

Parents: Jacob Mendenhall (1780-1860) &
          Barsheba Silver (1778-1859)

1. Francis S. (1807-?)
2. Amos P. (1812-1854)
3. Elijah (1814-?)
4. Mary Ann (1816-?)
5. Samuel (1818-1901)
6. Thomas Farmer (1828-1894)

Marriage: Unknown date.
Abner married Elizabeth Gallaher (1811-1900) and they had 7 Children:
1. Corbin (1835-1860)
2. Mary S. (1837-1906)
3. Anna E. (1841-1877)
4. Hannah Taylor (1843-?)
5. Alice V. (1845-1870)
6. Margaret Emma (1846-?)
7. Georgianna (1847-?)

Residence(s) & Occupation(s):

~1850 (16 Jul) (age 40): District 9, Berkeley, Virginia
Plasterer, Living with Wife and 6 Children.

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