Joseph Hoyle Mendenhall

Male 1811 - 1865  (54 years)


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  • Name Joseph Hoyle Mendenhall  [1, 2, 3
    Born 30 Oct 1811  Lincoln Co., North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Gender Male 
    Died 23 Nov 1865  [3
    Buried Douglas Cemetery, Jenny Lind, Arkansas Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Person ID I1859  Bishir Family
    Last Modified 19 Aug 2019 

    Father Robert Mendenhall,   b. 20 Jan 1779, York Co., North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Apr 1859, Gaston Co., North Carolina? Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years) 
    Mother Anna Hoyle,   b. 12 Aug 1785,   d. 1857  (Age 71 years) 
    Married 22 Apr 1804 
    Family ID F84  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Abigail Rebecca "Abi" Rudisill,   b. 18 Jan 1810, North Carolina or Georgia? Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Nov 1860  (Age 50 years) 
    Married 27 May 1834  Lincoln Co., North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Children 
     1. Thomas N. Mendenhall,   b. 5 Mar 1835, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Dec 1863  (Age 28 years)
    +2. Rebecca Louisa "Lolly" Mendenhall,   b. 3 Feb 1837, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Nov 1899  (Age 62 years)
     3. Mary L. "Molly" Mendenhall,   b. 21 Jan 1841, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location
    +4. Jacob Feemster Mendenhall,   b. 18 May 1843, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Jan 1925, Grandview, Washington Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years)
    +5. Anna Susannah Mendenhall,   b. 10 Mar 1845, Arkansas Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1911  (Age 65 years)
     6. Nathan L. Mendenhall,   b. 20 Oct 1845, Arkansas Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Dec 1863  (Age 18 years)
    +7. Joseph DAVIS Mendenhall,   b. 27 Feb 1850, Arkansas (probably Carroll Co.) Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Jun 1915, Waco, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 65 years)
     8. Robert Jasper Mendenhall,   b. 19 Apr 1939, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Oct 1840
    Last Modified 19 Aug 2019 
    Family ID F976  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Esther L. O'Daniel,   b. 7 Jan 1816 
    Married 16 Jul 1861  Sebastian Co., Arkansas Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Last Modified 19 Aug 2019 
    Family ID F977  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Joseph moved to Arkansas from North Carolina in the early 1840's along with his brother, Jacob. He may have at first settled in the Russellville area with Jacob, but later (1850) moved to Carroll County. When Jacob moved to the Fort Smith area, Joseph came also - he was there by 1860. Joseph died in 1865 in the Jenny Lind area. Joseph was a farmer, but some of his descendents were coal miners. Sebastian County history indicates that Joseph ran for local office and, in 1858 and 1860 ran unsuccessfully for the state legislature. The following is quoted from Merrill Anderson's genealogy:

      "The Sebastian County history states that when the Civil War broke out in April of 1861, a citizen's group met 'to consider what course they should pursue in connection with the war.'

      Joseph was appointed to a committee to draft resolutions 'expressive of the sense of the meeting. After due deliberation the committee reported as follows:

      WHEREAS, The administration of Lincoln, with a spirit of duplicity equaled only by its total disregard of every patriotic duty, has inaugurated a policy of coercion and subjugation by force of arms, arraying brothers against brothers: therefore be it,
      RESOLVED, By the citizens of Sebastian County, of all parties, in mass assembled, that we will resist such policy on the part of the administration even to the death! And to this end we pledge our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor!!

      The county history reports 'In the atrocities of war a number of defenseless men were killed in Sebastian County.' It goes on to list several instances of killings or 'bushwackings' committed by both sides, and adds "other persons not herein named were also killed. Some desperate outlaws were executed by the citizens for mutual protection.' Perhaps this was the fate of three men responsible for the deaths of two of Joseph and Abi's sons. In the family bible it is recorded that Thomas N. and Nathan L. Mendenhall were 'murdered in T.N.'s own house on the night of the 13th December 1863, supposed to be done by Isaac & James Stroud and Jacob Ridge.' (The name Stroud might be Strand.) Family tradition says the three were "Jayhawkers" or guerrilla soldiers or sympathizers with the Union cause."

      An alternative story was passed down through another branch of the family. The following story was told to Beulah (McKaughan) Bowling by her mother. They are descendants of daughter Anne Mendenhall Beatty:

      Joseph H. & Rebecca(?) Rudicill were separated during the civil war. The mother was at home with teenage sons Nathan (aged 16) and Davis. One day Davis was not at home, but brother Thomas (aged 22), a school teacher who was married and living away from home, was visiting. Two mexican bandits came into the home and robbed Rebecca of a "little chest of gold that stood under the bed." She probably put up a fight for it and they killed her. They also killed the two sons, Thomas and Nathan. Davis, returning home, discovered the bodies of his mother and two brothers. He waited until dark and followed the murderers to their camp site. Then, either before or after they went to sleep, he shot and killed them.

      Research: Descendant of Joseph H. Mendenhall: Beulah Gertrude McKaughan Bowling, 743 Debarr, Norman, OK 73069 - was living in 1969. Ruth Walker shows a "Lucinda who might have been from a second marriage," however this could be Rebecca L. since she is not mentioned by Ruth and the surnames of the husband match. Ruth also mentions a Davis Mendenhall who does not appear in the 1850 census, although a Joseph Mendenhall does. Merrill Anderson shows a Joseph Davis who was born about 1850. It's probable that they are all the same person. Marriage date of Joseph & Abie was either 27 or 29 May, 1834. Beeson shows Joesph's birth day as Oct 31. However the J.H. Mendenhall family bible gives Oct 30. The bible also records that the marriage between J. H. and Abi occurred on the 29th of May, 1834 rather than the 27th, which was recorded in the county marriage records.

  • Sources 
    1. [S577] Genealogy of Ruth Talkington Walker of Greenwood, Arkansas., (EF#167, SN#301, 7 Feb 1978).

    2. [S556] Genealogy and notes from Merrill Anderson of Bellvue, Washington, who was researching the Mendenhall ancestry of Nathan Mendenhall, (EF#502, SN#502, 15 Aug 1995).

    3. [S888] The Mendenhalls, Henry Hart Beeson, (EF#52, SN#67, 24 Mar 1977).