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Thomas Nathan Mendenhall

Thomas Nathan Mendenhall

Male 1854 - 1924  (69 years)

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  • Name Thomas Nathan Mendenhall  [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
    Born 12 May 1854  near Greenwood, Arkansas Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Gender Male 
    Occupation Dairy Farmer, Teamster 
    Died 17 Mar 1924  Pacoima, California Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried 19 Mar 1924  Glendale, California (Grandview Cemetary) Find all individuals with events at this location  [10
    Person ID I1656  Carley Bisher's Ancestry
    Last Modified 20 Mar 2015 

    Father Jacob Robert "Jake" Mendenhall,   b. 14 May 1821, near Gastonia, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Jan 1860, Arkansas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 38 years) 
    Mother Eliza Lavina Harkey,   b. 17 Jun 1830, near Concord, Cabaras Co., North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Dec 1888, Jenny Lind, Arkansas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 58 years) 
    Married 1847  [6
    Family ID F720  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Alice Eudora "Dora" Lemmons,   b. Abt 1861, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Mar 1887, Los Angeles, California Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 26 years) 
    Married 23 Dec 1877  Greenwood, Arkansas Find all individuals with events at this location  [11
    Children 
     1. Ada Mendenhall,   b. near Greenwood, Arkansas Find all individuals with events at this location,   bur. Jenny Lind Cemetery, Arkansas Find all individuals with events at this location
    +2. Jacob Franklin "Frank" Mendenhall,   b. 12 Sep 1878, Fort Smith, Arkansas (near Greenwood) Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Dec 1943, Los Angeles, California Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 65 years)
    +3. Annie Lee Mendenhall,   b. 13 May 1885, Forth Smith?, Arkansas Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Mar 1940, San Fernando, California (807 Pacoima Ave.) Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 54 years)
    Last Modified 16 Jul 2020 
    Family ID F243  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Photos
    Mendenhall, Thomas Nathan
    Mendenhall, Thomas Nathan

    Documents
    MENDENHALL, Tom letter to relatives in Arkansas, July 13, 1921, p1
    MENDENHALL, Tom letter to relatives in Arkansas, July 13, 1921, p1
    MENDENHALL, Tom letter to relatives in Arkansas, July 13, 1921, p2
    MENDENHALL, Tom letter to relatives in Arkansas, July 13, 1921, p2
    MENDENHALL, Tom letter to relatives in Arkansas, July 13, 1921, p3
    MENDENHALL, Tom letter to relatives in Arkansas, July 13, 1921, p3
    MENDENHALL, Tom letter to relatives in Arkansas, July 13, 1921, p4
    MENDENHALL, Tom letter to relatives in Arkansas, July 13, 1921, p4

  • Notes 
    • A family rumor has it that Thomas Mendenhall's mother had a farm in Greenwood, AK. When she sold it they mined coal & industrial diamonds there. Thomas had a farm near Ft. Smith, AK. He moved to Los Angeles in the late 1880's and had a dairy on Macy St. (near the current freeway.) (Arkansas family says Tom sold his farm to his older brother, John Robert, and that it was called the "lower 80 acres" or "old home place.") After his wife's death he never remarried. Thomas homesteaded a ranch in Las Virgines Canyon where Tapia Park is now. On it, he and Frank built "Brent's Mountain Craig", which was a resort camp or dude ranch. Much of the land is now Malibu Creek State Park. Ray Mendenhall spent a lot of time with his grandfather and remembers him frying onion rings and potatoes for him. (He told Ray he had an engineering degree and that he was born and educated in Germany and left Germany during a purge of Meninites - this may relate to the Harkey ancestry somehow. He also told Ray he could speak seven languages without an accent.) Thomas baby-sat for his son, Frank, and cooked with Frank and Carrie went out. He was very nice, according to Ray. "Very much like his son, Frank. A little stronger headed, quicker temper. He never swore though. When he said 'By doggies!' he was swearing. When he had said 'By doggies' three times - watch out!" Ray quotes him as follows: "By doggies, you better stop doing that!", pause, "By doggies, I told you to stop doing that!", pause, "By doggies!" ... WHAM! He was very short and very strong and tough. He was very smart: nobody could outspell him and he was very quick with "figures." Ray's story about his "Paw" (his name for his grandfather): One time Frank bought a sorrell horse for Fred (light red body and a dark red mane) at Alameda and Slauson/Mateo at a horse barn. It kicked in the front of the wagon. The horse kicked the hat off Thomas' head and he just kept beating it. He was mad because it was ruining his wagon. If the horse had hit him it would have killed him. Ray saw it and yelled, "Paw, don't do that! Let's stop! That horse doesn't have any sense! Paw!" Then, finally, Tom stopped. Then Frank came out and Tom said, "By doggies, Frank, we're gonna have to get rid of that horse. I can't work with him." Tom could almost always communicate with animals, but not this one. It had been eating loco weed. (They ended up making it into dog food.) In later years Thomas lived on 1st Street near the corner of Sunset Blvd. east of Western in Hollywood where Fox Studios is (Sorrano St.?) His pet granddaughter (according to a letter he wrote his half-brother in 1921) was Stella Lee. One day he was working on 1st west of Bellvue demolishing an old bank building so a woman could put up some garages. She brought out some ice cold lemonade because it was very hot. Thomas was almost 70 years old at the time. He drank too much and had a stroke. He never fully recouperated. He went to live with his daughter, Annie Lee, in Pacoima after that. He died there of pneumonia. Annie chose Grandview Cemetary in Glendale because it was so pretty.

      Research: No grave marker - Grave 8, Lot 107, Section H at Grandview Cemetary. Thomas' death certificate and his daughter, Annie's, indicate he was in Los Angeles from 1883. However, his wife's death certificate would indicate they came in 1887. Ruth Walker's genealogy shows him born 21 May 1854 - however she has the wrong date for his death.

      Tom sold his homestead by May, 1906 to the Chapman family.

      Tom lived with daughter Annie Lee in 1910.

  • Sources 
    1. [S46] Interview with Betty Mendenhall Stierhoff and Marie Mendenhall Bisher, (EF#7, SN#7, 1 Jan 1977).

    2. [S240] Death certificate forJacob Franklin Mendenhall, (EF#98, SN#168, 10 Jun 1977).

    3. [S429] Phone conversation with Sue Fecko of Nevada, descendant of John Robert Mendenhall, (EF#160, SN#242, 17 Sep 1977).

    4. [S107] Interview with Ray & Dessie Mendenhall and Barbara & Gene Davis., (EF#62, SN#111, 23 Apr 1977).

    5. [S100] Interview with Ray and Dessie Mendenhall with M & N M, (EF#62, SN#74, 9 Apr 1977).

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

    7. [S230] Visit to Hollywood Memorial Park, Hollywood, CA to locate the graves of John H. Lee and William Lee., (EF#4, SN#197, 10 Jul 1977).

    8. [S542] Letter from Mike and Noreen Marshall with Family Group Sheets for Lees and death certificates, (EF#65, SN#121, 16 May 1977).

    9. [S589] 1910 United States Federal Census, Ancestry.com, (Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2006).

    10. [S716] Asked at Grandview Memorial Park in Glendale, CA for information about Thomas Mendenhall, (EF#5, SN#62, 21 Mar 1977).

    11. [S815] Marriage record of Thomas N. Mendenhall and Alice Eudora Lemon, (EF#204, SN#355, 12 Apr 1978).