Categories: English Quakers.
THOMAS MILDENHALL was born in 1630 in Mildehall Marridge Hill, Wiltshire, England. He died in 1682 in Marridge Hill, Wiltshire, England. He married Joane Stroud on 12 Aug 1649 in Aldbourne Church, Ramsbury, Wiltshire, England. She was born in 1634 in Aldbourne, Wiltshire, England. She died in 1682 in Marridge Hill, Wiltshire, England.
note: some say Thomas died at Somerset House, London, Middlesex, England
In 1682, two sons and a daughter of Thomas emigrated to America; Benjamin, John, and Mary. They landed at Philadelphia in the fall of 1682. Benjamin and John purchased 2000 acres of land from William Penn for the sum of three pounds of English money for every one-hundred acres, and a tax of ten shillings a year to England on every one-hundred acres.
The land was located on the east and west sides of the Brandywine in Chester County, Pennsylvania. Later it was divided into farms and occupied by a number of the descending families.
It has all passed out of the family name, except Springdale Farm which is located among the hills and fertile fields of southeastern Pennsylvania, Close to the beautiful historic Brandywine, where Washington and Lafayette played so important a part during the Revolutionary War.
Another son, Moses and his older sister Margery and her husband, Thomas Martin and their four young daughters arrived on the ship, Unicorn, from Bristol, England on Dec. 16, 1685.
As the Mendenhalls were Quakers or members of the Society of Friends, of high standing, they were opposed to war, refused to bear arms and were not active participants in the Revolutionary nor Civil Wars. However, they often provided medical care for the wounded of the battles and some of the Mendenhalls used their teams to haul cannon and supplies at the Battle of Brandywine which was fought upon and around the original Mendenhall Farm.
Some of them were cast out of the Friends Meeting at Kennett, Pennsylvania, for their activities in the revolution, helping General Washington and Lafayette.
Thomas' will, dated June 2, 1682, was proved in Perogative Court of Canterbury at Somerset House, London, England, Nov. 17, 1682.
HOLY CROSS CHURCH, Ramsbury, England
The church at Ramsbury, Wiltshire, England, is the site of several Mildenhall burials. Ramsbury is about four miles east of Mildenhall and like Mildenhall, lies on the Kennet River. Marridge Hill where the early Mildenhall manor is said to be is about two miles north of Ramsbury. It is now called Holy Cross Church and is where Thomas Mildenhall and his wife Joane worshiped before they became Quakers. At that time it was an Anglican church.
The Quaker movement began in England in the late 1640's . The Society of Friends, as it was called, was organized by George Fox. The organization was created in large part because of the oppressive requirement that all citizens worship the Church of England. The Kennet valley became a stronghold of those that had joined the movement. It was primarily due to one of the Quakers, William Penn, that the Mildenhalls along with many other Quakers made their way to America, subsequently settling on land that had been granted to William Penn in what became Pennsylvania.
After leaving the church in Ramsbury, Thomas Mildenhall attended the nearest Quaker Meeting which was just across the county line in Berkshire, a distance of about two miles from his home in Marridge Hill. It is in the Quaker records of the Berkshire archives that we find most of the information about Thomas Mildenhall.
In the cemetery that adjoins the church is a marker that is inscribed: "In Memory Of Charles Mildenhall, Who Died At Salisbury, October 29th, 1895 In The 71st Year Of His Age. He Now Lies In~Rest In The Cemetery Of That City. For Many Years He Held An Appointment Under The Late Duke Of Wellington At Stratfield-Saye Hants. This Stone Was Erected By Thomas White Waldron, Esq. Of Eastridge."
Just who the father of Charles was is unknown. Most of the markers that remain in the cemetery are no longer readable. However, it is known that several of the early Mildenhalls are buried there possibly including Thomas Mildenhall, b. 1630, his wife Joane and their son Moses.
". Thomas was reported to the authorities in 1662 and 1664 as a recusant, one refusing to take communion in the Church of England. He is not listed in Quaker records as having been imprisoned and therefore may have conformed as far as paying tithes to the Church, which was the subject of Quaker passive resistance."
Only "Five children of Thomas and Joane Stroud Mildenhall emigrated to the Pennsylvania Colony in the years ca. 1682-1685,: John, Benjamin, Margery (Mendenhall) Martin, Mary who married Nathaniel Newlin, and Moses. Moses returned to England ca. 1686 after only a few months in Pennsylvania."  It is at this point the Mendenhall version of the name started to be used by the children of Thomas who immigrated to America
Will of Thomas Mildenhall, 1682:
The use of the surname Mendenhall came about by the immigration of Thomas children John and Benjamin Mildenhall to the United States. From that point the spelling of Mendenhall was used for John and Benjamin and their descendants.
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On 10 Feb 2015 at 02:55 GMT Jacqueline Clark wrote:
On 7 Feb 2015 at 03:02 GMT Andrew Collier wrote:
On 14 Sep 2014 at 23:13 GMT Jacqueline Clark wrote:
On the Mendehall site he is not listed as a child of the parents we have
On 13 Mar 2014 at 16:53 GMT Jacqueline Clark wrote:
Lets revisit Thomas and his parentage.
On 11 Mar 2014 at 16:59 GMT Maggie N. wrote:
On 11 Mar 2014 at 16:16 GMT Jacqueline Clark wrote:
On 3 Mar 2014 at 22:45 GMT Jacqueline Clark wrote:
On 17 Dec 2013 at 03:15 GMT Maggie N. wrote:
SOURCE : History of Chester County, Pennsylvania, with Genealogical and Biographical ... By John Smith Futhey, Gilbert Cope. Page 635.
On 17 Dec 2013 at 00:32 GMT Maggie N. wrote:
Best one I have seen yet online that cites sources as well.
On 17 Dec 2013 at 00:32 GMT Maggie N. wrote:
Cites sources to construct Mendenhall/Mildenhall Family
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