Martha (Wright) Mendenhall

Martha (Wright) Mendenhall (1713 - 1794)

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Martha Mendenhall formerly Wright
Born in E Nottingham, Chester, Province of Pennsylvaniamap
Ancestors ancestors
Wife of — married 1750 in Frederick, Colony of Virginiamap
Descendants descendants
Died in Martinsburg, Berkeley, Virginia, United Statesmap
Profile last modified 9 Feb 2020 | Created 20 May 2011
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Martha was a Friend (Quaker)
The Mendenhalls: A Genealogy, Henry Hart Beeson, 1969[1]
Martha the daughter of James and Mary (Bowater) Wright. She was called to the work of the Quaker ministry at age 19. Being diligent in the attendance of meetings, both for worship and discipline and humbly attentive to the pointings of truth in the exercise of her gift, she became an able minister of the gospel and sometimes visited the meetings of Friends in other parts of this continent. She was often enabled in the decline of life, and even about a week before her departure, to communicate to the consolation of those present, her testimony being sound and edifying. She was a tender parent, a nursing mother in Israel, being humble and meek in deportment, she was beloved by most who knew here. Her final illness was short, in which she several times expressed her desire to be unclothed of mortality and that she was satisfied she had not her day work to do. A few moments before her departure, she was heard to say, "This is the happiest day I ever experienced; now Father, thou art come; I have been looking for thee all this day, then quietly departed this life, a minister for about 62 years and was the next day interred in Friends' burying ground at Tuscarora.[2]
Her birth is recorded as 14 Second 1713 in Chester, Pennsylvania[3].
Her husbands Will. The bequests that he makes to his wife, Martha, are for her to have "as long as the sun shines and water runs and wood grows. Johns will page 2
Her death is recorded as 28 Tenth 1794 [4] it does say Baltimore Maryland. A Find A Grave memorial shows her as buried in the Providence Quaker Cemetery, Martinsburg, Berkeley County, West Virginia, USA[5]

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  • Pioneers of old Monocacy : the early settlement of Frederick County, Maryland, 1721-1743 Page 79
  • U.S., Hinshaw Index to Selected Quaker Records, 1680-1940; Name Martha Wright; Birth Date 14 Feb 1713[14 Apr]; State Pennsylvania; Monthly Meeting New Garden Monthly Meeting.
  • U.S., Quaker Meeting Records, 1681-1935; Name Martha Wright; Birth Date 14 Apr 1713; Birth Date on Image 14 Second 1713; Birth Place Chester, Pennsylvania; Father James Wright; Mother Mary Wright; Event Type Birth; Monthly Meeting New Garden Monthly Meeting; Historical Meeting Data New Garden Monthly Meeting; Yearly Meeting Philadelphia Yearly Meeting; Meeting State Pennsylvania; Meeting County Chester; Household Members: Name: Martha Wright.
  1. IV. third generation : page 11
  2. HOPEWELL FRIENDS HISTORY 1734-1934 Frederick County, Virginia CHAPTER XIII FRIENDS OF EMINENCE page 181
  3. New Garden Monthly Meeting. Swarthmore College; Swarthmore, Pennsylvania; Minutes, 1746-1768; Collection: Philadelphia Yearly Meeting Minutes; Call Number: MR-Ph 339
  4. Baltimore Yearly Meeting. Haverford College; Haverford, Pennsylvania; Minutes, 1783-1842; Collection: Philadelphia Yearly Meeting Minutes; Call Number: 1116/26
  5. Find A Grave: Memorial #32508902

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