Selected Families and Individuals



1.  Thomas left the following will:

    Be it remembered that I, Thomas Mendenhall, of Guilfird County in North Carolina, being weak in body but sound in sense hath called to mind this eighth day of the tenth month in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and eighty two, the mortality of my body, do therefore make this as my last will and testament and my will is that:
     First, all my funeral charges and lawful debts be paid.
    And then I give and bequeath unto my wife, Phebe Mendenhall, all my free hold land, house and household goods, all my plantation implements, all my shop tools,  my horses, cattle, hogs, and sheep to have and hold as myself during her life and after her decease, I give and bequeath unto my son, Mordecai Mendenhall, sixty eight acres of land off the west end of my tract dividing it by a north and south line, also I give and bequeath to Seth Mendenahll sixty-six acres of land joining into Mordecai's divided off by a north and south line, also I give and bequeath unto my son Enos Mendenhall, sixty six acres of land adjoining to Seth's on the east end of my tract and after the decease of my wife my will is that all my moveables be equally divided amongst all my daughters to wit Mary, Jane, Ruth, Phebe, Beulah, and Asenath and if one of my sons should decease under age, the land is to be equally divided between the other two, the elder holding the west end.
    Also I make and ordain y wife, Phebe Mendenhall, to be my whole and sole executor.
    Given under my hand and seal and we who are present as witnesses hath here unto set our hand the day and date above written.
                                Thomas Mendenhall (signed and sealed)


1.  Phoebe left the following will:

    Be it remembered that I, Phoebe Mendenhall, of the county of Guilford  and state of North Carolina being of sound and perfect mnd and memory, do this 21st day of the 7th month in the year of our Lord 1816 make and publish this my last will and testament in manner and form following that is to say:
     First, I will and bequeath unto my daughter, Ruth Mendenhall, forty five acres of land it being part of a tract or lot of land which descended to me from my brother, William Rudduck, deceased, lying on the waters of Mordecai's Creek in the county aformentioned, beginning in Nathan Hunt's line four poles south of the lowest spring, the spring meant is down the branch below the present causway on the Great Road running thence west so far as to leave the house and garden lot lately created and now occupied by my daughter, Beulah Mendenhall, thence south far enough to make forty five acres by turning west to Isaac Mendenhall's line thence round my line northwest to the beginning.
    Second, I will and bequeath unto my daughter, Beulah Mendenhall, thiry acres of land being another part of the above and first  described tract beginning in Nathan Hunt's line on the corner above described four rods south of the lower spring  running from thence south with Nathan Hutt's line far enough to make thirty acrews by turning west to Ruth Mendenhall's new line including the house and garden wshere she, Beulah,  now lives.   
     Third, I will and bequeath unto my daughter, Phebe Ricks, all the remaining part of the first above described tract of land which residue being twenty acres.  And, as I have given unto my daughters that are deceased, to wit, Mary Kester and Jane Ricks all that I intended them, it is my will that their children shall not have any of my present estate.
    Also, my three sons, Mordecai Mendenhall, Seth Mendenhall and Enos Mendenhall having received their full portion of our estate it is my will that they nor neither of them shall not received  any part of my present estate.
     A nd lastly, I ordain and appoint my friend Zebulor Hunt, executor to this my last will and testament.  In witness whereof I, the said Phoebe Mendenhall, have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal the deay and year above written.
                                       Phebe Mendenhall (Marked and Sealed)


1.  Stephen was a member of the Quakers New Garden, Springfield and Deep River Monthly Meetings in Guilford County, North Carolina and later the Piney Grove Monthly Meeting in South Carolina.  In 1915 he moved to Lick Creek monthly Meeting in Washington County, Indiana.