Selected Families and Individuals



1.  In 1804, John and his family moved from Springfield Meeting in North Carolina to southwestern Ohio, settling in Greene County somewhat south of the present small city of Zenia.

2.  A small Friends meeting was soon organized in their community, which, was commonly known as "Mendenhall's Meeting".

3.  John's Will:

I, John Mendenhall, of the county of Greene and state of Ohio, being in good health and sound mind and memory but calling to mind the certainty of death and the uncertainty of the time it may happen, have determined to make my last will and testament in the manner following, to wit:
    To my two sons, Nathan Mendenhall and Benjamin Mendenhall, I give and devise all the tract of land on which I now live to be equally divided between them, as to quantity, Nathan to have the home place, or half on which I now reside and Benjamin the part on which my son, William, lately lived, to them their heirs and assigns forever.  My wagon and implements of husbandry, I give and bequeath to the aforesaid Nathan and Benjamin to be equally divided btween them.  
     My four eldest sons Richard Mendenhall, Joseph Mendenhall, Aaron Mendenhall and William Mendenhall, have already got their portion of my estate.  It would therefore be doing an injustice to the rest of my family to give them anything more.
    All the personal property that I may be possessed of at the time of my death, the above mentioned wagon and implements of husbandry excepted, I direct to be sold and the money arising from said sales after my debts,  funeral charges and necessary expenses of administration are paid, I give and bequeath to my three daughters, Margaret Barnett, Ruth Stanfield, and Catherine Walton, to be equally divided among them, share and share alike to them their heirs and assign forever.
    And I do appoint William Mendenhall and Nathan Mendenhall to be executors of this, my last will and testament whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 31st day of August, 1832.  Signed, sealed, published and declared by the said John Mendenhall as and for his last will and testament in the presence of William Scarff, Peter Babb, and James Mendenall.
                             John Mendenhall (Seal)