James Delos Mendenhall a leading citizen and one of the honored pioneers of Rock County, Wisconsin, was born in Columbia County, PA, December 14, 1811. Two brothers named Mendenhall emigrated from England to America in the early days of the history of the Colony of Pennsylvania and settled in t that state. They belonged to the Society of Friends, and from these brothers the Mendenhall family in America has sprung. They and their descendants were prominently identified with the early history of the settlement of Pennsylvania and several members of the family took part in the Revolutionary War.
The parents of our subject Abner and Lydia (Carleton) Mendenhall, adhered to the religious views of their ancestry and were strong in support of their faith. The father was a native of Philadelphia, born in 1769, and his wife was also born in that city in 1772. Mr. Mendenhall was a farmer by occupation and during pioneer days of Columbia County, purchased a heavily timbered tract of land and there developed a farm on which he resided until his death, which occurred in 1842. His wife survived her husband for four years, when she too passed to her final rest. They were the parents of ten children, seven sons and three daughters, all of whom grew to years of maturity, while five lived beyond the age of four score years. At present time, 1889, there are four of the family living – Martha who is now 83; Lydia, 80; James, 78; and Samuel, who is 74 years of age. With the exception of our subject, all are residents of Pennsylvania... Full article available online at
↑ "Wisconsin, County Marriages, 1836-1911," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QK85-MZ4H : 15 March 2018), James Mendenhall and Margaret C Rice, 28 Mar 1842; citing Rock, Wisconsin, United States, Wisconsin Historical Society, Madison; FHL microfilm 1,275,527.
↑ "Wisconsin, Death Records, 1867-1907," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XLNN-TWR : 10 March 2018), James Mendenhall, 1905; citing Death, Janesville, Rock, Wisconsin, Wisconsin State Historical Society, Madison; FHL microfilm 1,311,654.
↑ "United States Census, 1850," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M4DG-NZX : 12 April 2016), James Mendenhall, Clinton, Rock, Wisconsin, United States; citing family 1102, NARA microfilm publication M432 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
↑ "United States Census, 1880," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MNH6-VVH : 14 September 2017), James Mendenhall, 1880; citing enumeration district ED 184, sheet 178A, NARA microfilm publication T9 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d), roll 1444; FHL microfilm 1,255,444.
↑ "United States Census, 1900," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MM24-P49 : accessed 21 August 2019), James Mendenhall in household of Thompson Anderson, Janesville city Ward 1, west side, Rock, Wisconsin, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 174, sheet 5A, family 97, NARA microfilm publication T623 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1972.); FHL microfilm 1,241,814.