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Jesse Otto Mendenhall
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Birth: Dec., 1853
Hamilton County
Indiana, USA
Death: 1932
Hamilton County
Illinois, USA

Jesse Otto (or Earl) Mendenhall was born on December __, 1853 in Hamilton County, Indiana, the son of Peter Mendenhall, who was born on November 3, 1801 in Guilford County, North Carolina, and Matilda L. (Bray) Mendenhall, who was born on February 1, 1817 in __________, Tennessee.
Peter Mendenhall was born on Nov. 3, 1801 in Springfield, Guilford County, North Carolina, possibly the son of Richard Mendenhall and Mary "Polly" (Clemmons) Mendenhall.
Richard Mendenhall and his family moved from North Carolina to Ohio about 1819 and then to White Lick, Indiana about 1823. Peter Mendenhall was married 1st to __________ Landers about 1828, probably in Morgan County, Indiana. Ms. Landers is believed to have been born c. 1810 in Morgan County. One child;
1. Eliza Jane Mendenhall, was born in 1829 in Morgan County, Indiana to them.

Peter Mendenhall was married 2nd to Anna Priest c. 1830. They are known to have had a child;
2. James Peter Mendenhall, who was born August 11, 1831 in Morgan County, Indiana.

Peter was married 3rd to Matilda L. Bray on July 24, 1836 in White Lick, Indiana. They had the following children;
3. Melissa D. Mendenhall born ___________ __, 1837 in Morgan County, Indiana.
4. Sarah MENDENHALL b: 1839 in Hamilton Co., IN
5. Ellis MENDENHALL b: Aug. 6, 1840 in Hamilton Co., IN
6. Thomas D. MENDENHALL b: 1843 in Hamilton Co., IN
7. Martha MENDENHALL b: Oct. 20, 1844 in Hamilton Co., IN
8. Peter Bray MENDENHALL b: May 5, 1845-46 in Tipton, Hamilton Co., IN
9. Elizabeth J. MENDENHALL b: 1847 in Hamilton Co., IN
10. William D. MENDENHALL b: 1849 in Hamilton Co., IN
11. Barbara Adeline MENDENHALL b: Feb. 4, 1851 in Hamilton Co., IN
12. Jesse Otto (or Earl) MENDENHALL b: 1853 in Hamilton Co., IN
13. Mary MENDENHALL b: 1854 in Hamilton Co., IN
14. Alonzo D. MENDENHALL b: 1857 in Hamilton Co., IN

By 1840, the Mendenhalls moved to White River Township in Hamilton County, Indiana. They are found there in the 1840 and 1850 census records. Peter Mendenhall died on Sept. 19, 1873 in Hamilton County, Indiana.
At the time of the 1850 census, this is the way the Mendenhall family appears in White River Township, Hamilton County, Indiana;
Peter Mendenhall M 50 North Carolina
Matilda Mendenhall F 36 Tennessee
James Mendenhall M 19 Indiana
Malissa Mendenhall F 13 Indiana
Sarah Mendenhall F 11 Indiana
Ellis Mendenhall M 9 Indiana
Thomas Mendenhall M 7 Indiana
Martha Mendenhall F 5 Indiana
Peter Mendenhall M 4 Indiana
Elizabeth Mendenhall F 3 Indiana
William Mendenhall M 1 Indiana

At the time of the 1860 census of Hamilton County, Indiana, this is the Mendenhall family as it appears;
Peter Mendenhall, 59, NC
Matilda Mendenhall, 45, TN
Sarah Mendenhall, 21, IN
Ellis Mendenhall, 19, IN
Martha Mendenhall, 16, IN
Peter Mendenhall, 14, IN
Barbara Mendenhall, 9, IN
Jesse Mendenhall, 6, IN
Mary Mendenhall, 3, IN
Alonzo Mendenhall, 1, IN

At the time of the 1870 census of Hamilton County, Indiana, this is the Mendenhall family as it appears;
Household Gender Age Birthplace
Peter Mendenhall M 68y North Carolina
Matilda Mendenhall F 55y Tennessee
Jesse Mendenhall M 16y Indiana
Mary Mendenhall F 13y Indiana
Alonzo Mendenhall M 11y Indiana
James Gordon M 17y Indiana

Jesse Otto (or Earl) Mendenhall was married 1st to Mary Jane Sowers on February 27, 1881 in Tipton County, Indiana. This can be found on familysearch.com in Indiana Marriage Records. The license date was February 25, 1881. Mary Jane Sowers was the daughter of George W. Sowers and Elizabeth (__________) Sowers. At the time of the 1880 census, the Sowers family is found in Cicero, Tipton County, Indiana;
Self G. W. Sowers M 46 Indiana
Wife Elizabeth Sowers F 40 Indiana
Son James H. Sowers M 20 Indiana
Son Almon L. Sowers M 18 Indiana
Daughter Mary J. Sowers F 17 Indiana
Daughter Maney E. Sowers F 10 Indiana
Son John E. Sowers M 7 Indiana
Son George Sowers M 0 Indiana

Jesse O. Mendenhall and Mary Jane (Sowers) Mendenhall had six children; Their children were;
1. Winifred "Winnie" Mendenhall, born December __, 1884 in Tipton County, Indian; Winifred is found with the family at the time of the 1900 census in Cicero Township, Tipton County, Indiana; Nothing more is known about her at this time.

2. Florence E. "Flossie" Mendenhall, born October __, 1886 in Tipton County, Indiana; In the early 1900's, Flossie was married to Harry J. "Harris" Slater; At the time of the 1910 census, Flossie, and her husband, Harris Slater, are found in Ward 2 of the City of Peoria, Peoria County, Illinois.;
Head Harris Slater M 22 Illinois
Wife Flossie E Slater F 23 Indiana
Daughter Gertrude E Slater F 2 Illinois
Brother-in-law Fred E Mendenhall M 19 Indiana
Sister-in-law Ruth Mendenhall F 12 Indiana

At the time of the 1920 census, the Slaters are found in Ward 2 of the City of Peoria, Peoria County, Illinois;
Head Harry Sleater M 32 Illinois
Wife Flossie E Sleater F 33 Indiana
Daughter Gertrude E Sleater F 12 Illinois
Daughter Flossie M Sleater F 8 Illinois
Son Harry G Sleater M 6 Illinois

At the time of the 1930 census, the Slaters are found in two places. 1st they are found in Peoria, Peoria County, Illinois;
Head Harry J Sleater M 42 Illinois
Wife Flossie E Sleater F 43 Indiana
Son Harry G Sleater M 17 Illinois
Daughter Lois E Sleater F 6 Illinois

And 2nd, the Slaters are also found in Ashmore, Coles County, Illinois in the 1930 census;
Head Harry Slater M 42 Illinois
Wife Flossie Slater F 39 Illinois
Son Sidney Slater M 10 Illinois
Daughter Lois Slater F 10 Illinois
Mother Eliza Henry F 70 Illinois

Harry G. Slater was married to Freida ____________ in the 1930's, most likely in Peoria County. At the time of the 1940 census, Harry and Frieda are found in Ward 5 of the City of Peoria, Peoria Township, Peoria County, Illinois;
Head Harry G Sleater M 27 Illinois
Wife Frieda Sleater F 25 Illinois
Son James Sleater M 3 Illinois

In the 1930's, Harry and Flossie moved to Ashmore Township in Coles County, Illinois, where they are found at the time of the 1940 census;
Head Harry Slater M 51 Illinois
Wife Flossie Slater F 49 Illinois
Son Sidney Slater M 20 Illinois
Daughter Lois Slater F 18 Illinois

Nothing more is known about the Slaters at this time. It is not known when they died or where their mortal remains are buried.

3. Jesse Earl Mendenhall, born December 14, 1887/89 in Atlanta, Hamilton County, Indiana; A Jesse E Mendenhall is found in the 1910 census in Basin, Boyd County, Nebraska. He was born in Indiana as were his parents;
Head Jesse E Mendenhall M 22 Indiana
Wife Nellie Mendenhall F 20 Illinois
Son Laura Mendenhall M 2 Illinois

Jesse Earl Mendenhall was registered for the Draft for WWI in Peoria County, Illinois. He is listed as having been born on December 14, 1889 in Atlanta, Indiana.
Jesse Mendenhall is known to have been married to Louise E. Schnely in Knox County, Illinois on July 21, 1921. He is listed as being 32 years of age and was born in Atlanta, Indiana. His father's name is listed as Jesse Mendenhall and his mother's as Jennie Sowers. Louise E. Schnely is 18 and was born in Peoria, Illinois, the Frank Schnely and Nellie Porlier.
At the time of the 1940 census, there is a Jessee E. Mendenhall living in Ward 1 of the City of Gary, Calumet Township, Lake County, Indiana. He is widowed, is Lodging with a family and was born in Indiana c. 1888. His last place of residence is listed as Long Beach, Los Angeles, California. Nothing more is known about Jesse Earl Mendenhall at this time.

4. Fred Ellis Mendenhall, born June 19, 1891 in Atlanta, IN

5. Esther E. Mendenhall, born November 17, 1892 in Arcadia, Hamilton Co., Indiana; Esther was married to Clyde H. Taylor on January 16, 1911 in ___________ County, __________; Clyde is very likely the Clyde Howarth Taylor, who was born on September 10, 1892/93 in Edwards, Peoria County, Illinois; Seven children were born to Esther and Clyde. They include;
A. Barbara L. Taylor, born c. 1912/13 in Canada.
B. James Maurice "Mun" Taylor, born May 8, 1913 in Maple Creek, Sask., Canada; died in Peoria, Peoria County, Illinois on November 1, 1992.
C. Harry L. Taylor, born c. 1915/16 in Wisconsin.
D. Betty J. Taylor, born c. 1917/18 in Illinois.
E. Mary Lou Taylor, born c. 1929/30 in Illinois.
F. Bruce Taylor, born c. 1933/34 in Illinois.

At the time of the 1920 census, the Taylors are found in Peoria Ward 2, Peoria County, Illinois;
Head Clyde H Taylor M 27 Illinois
Wife Esther E Taylor F 27 Indiana
Daughter Barbara L Taylor F 7 Canada
Son James M Taylor M 6 Canada
Son Harry L Taylor M 4 Wisconsin
Daughter Betty J Taylor F 2 Illinois

In 1930, Esther was a stenographer at a garage in Peoria and in the 1930 census are found in Peoria, Peoria County, Illinois;
Head Clyde H Taylor M 37 Illinois
Wife Esther E Taylor F 37 Indiana
Daughter Barbara Croson F 18
Son Maurice Taylor M 17
Son Harry L Taylor M 14 Wisconsin
Daughter Rebecca Taylor F 13 Illinois
Daughter Mary L Taylor F 0 Illinois

At the time of the 1940 census, the Taylors are found in Peoria Heights, Richwoods Township, Peoria County, Illinois;
Head Clyde H Taylor M 47 Illinois
Wife Esther E Taylor F 47 Indiana
Son Maurice Taylor M 26 Canada
Daughter Mary Lou Taylor F 10 Illinois
Son Bruce Taylor M 6 Illinois
Lodger Lyle Fix M 26 Pennsylvania

Esther E. (Mendenhall) Taylor died on __________ __, 1956 in Peoria, Peoria County, Illinois, while Clyde died on __________ __, 19__; It is not known where their mortal remains were laid, possibly in Springdale Cemetery in Peoria, Illinois.

6. Ruth Mendenhall, born October __, 1898 in __________, Indian; Ruth was very likely married in Peoria County, Illinois in the 1910's; Nothing more is known about her.

Mary Jane (Sowers) Mendenhall died between October of 1898 and the summer of 1900. Her mortal remains may very well lie in the Fairview Cemetery in Tipton, Tipton County, Indiana.

At the time of the 1900 census, Jesse and his children are found in Cicero Township, Tipton County, Indiana. Jesse's birth is given as December of 1853. He is listed as widowed;
Jesse Mendenhall M 47 Indiana
Winnie Mendenhall F 16 Indiana
Flossie Mendenhall F 14 Indiana
Earl Mendenhall M 13 Indiana
Ellis Mendenhall M 9 Indiana
Esther Mendenhall F 8 Indiana
Ruth Mendenhall F 2 Indiana

In 1910, Ruth, Esther and Ellis are all found living with their older sister, Flossie, and her husband, Harris Slater, in Ward 2 of the City of Peoria, Peoria County, Illinois. It appears that their father has remarried and has started a new family. Here is what is found on the Mendenhalls in Peoria;
Head Harris Slater M 22 Illinois
Wife Flossie E Slater F 23 Indiana
Daughter Gertrude E Slater F 2 Illinois
Brother-in-law Fred E Mendenhall M 19 Indiana
Sister-in-law Ruth Mendenhall F 12 Indiana

Again, the reason the children were sent to Peoria is because it appears that Jesse Mendenhall got remarried.
Jesse was married 2nd to Lenora Princeton Jeffries on April __, 1906. Lenora was born on March 2, 1881 in Thurlow, Green County, Kentucky, the daughter of ___________ Jeffries and __________ (__________) Jeffries.
Three children are known to have been born to Jesse and Lenora. They include;
7. Edith Martha Mendenhall, born January 14, 1907 in Kirklin, Clinton Co., Indiana

8. Lenora May Mendenhall, May 22, 1913 in Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana; Lenora was married to Morris Everett in the 1930's; At the time of the 1940 census, Morris, Lenora and their family are found residing in Ward 1 of the City of Indianapolis, Center Township, Marion County, Indiana;
Head Morris Everett M 39 Indiana
Wife Lenora Everett F 26 Indiana
Daughter Carolyn Everett F 6 Indiana
Son George Everett M 2 Indiana
Daughter Susan Everett F 0 Indiana

Carolyn Louise Everett was born on April 21, 1934 in Indianapolis, Indiana and died on April 10, 1998 in Laramie, Albany, Wyoming.
Lenora May (Mendenhall) Everett died on January 4, 1989 in Redlands, San Bernardino County, California and her mortal remains were laid in the _______________ Cemetery in ___________, ___________.

9. Samuel Mendenhall, born c. 1916/17 in Indianapolis, Indiana; In 1920, Samuel is found living with his parents in Indianapolis. In the 1920's his parents were divorced and in the 1930 census, Samuel is found living with his mother in Indianapolis; At the time of the 1940 census, a Samuel O. Mendenhall is found residing in Ward 20 in the City of Indianapolis, Washington Township, Marion County, Indiana;
Head Lee E Evertt M 45 Kentucky
Wife Martha E Evertt F 33 Indiana
Daughter Gloria L Evertt F 10 Indiana
Daughter Margaret J Evertt F 7 Indiana
Lodger Samuel O Mendenhall M 23 Indiana
Lodger's wife Anna H Mendenhall F 22 Indiana
Lodger's daughter Beverly A Mendenhall F 3 Indiana
Lodger's daughter Nancy C Mendenhall F 1 Indiana

On April 7, 1945, Samuel O. Mendenhall was inducted into the service in Indianapolis Indiana near the end of WWII. He is listed as having been born in 1916 in Indiana, as having had three years of high school and as currently being employed as a Machinist. He is also listed as being married.
Samuel O. Mendenhall was born on November 23, 1916 and died on April 12, 2009. His last place of residence was Daphne, Baldwin County, Alabama. It is not known where his mortal remains were laid.

At the time of the 1910 census, Jesse and Lenora are found in what is called Ward 15 of the City of Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana;
Head Jessie Mendenhall M 56 Indiana
Wife Lenora P Mendenhall F 29 Kentucky
Daughter Edith M Mendenhall F 3 Indiana
Stepdaughter Lena F Patterson F 9 Indiana

At the time of the 1920 census, Jesse and Lenora are found in Ward 1 of the City of Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana;
Head Jesse Mendenhall M 66 Indiana
Wife Lenora Mendenhall F 40 Kentucky
Daughter Lera Mendenhall F 18 Kentucky
Daughter Martha Mendenhall F 12 Indiana
Daughter Lenora Mendenhall F 6 Indiana
Son Samuel Mendenhall M 3 Indiana

Jesse and Lenora were divorced in the 1920's. A Lenora Mendenhall who was born on March 2, 1881 with the Social Security Number: 307-18-3810 died on June 12, 1963 in Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana. Lenora Princeton (Jeffries) Mendenhall's mortal remains were laid in the Washington Park North Cemetery in Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana.

At the time of the 1930 census, Lenora and her youngest child, Samuel, are found residing in Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana. She is listed as Divorced and her parents as both having been born in Kentucky;
Head Lenora Mendenhall F 50 Indiana
Son Samuel Mendenhall M 13 Indiana

In the "Indiana, Marriages, 1780-1992" found on familysearch.org we find that Jesse Mendenhall was married 3rd to Nola M. (Welch) Smith on December 8, 1928. This is definately our Jesse Mendenhall as his parents are listed as Peter Mendenhall and Matilda L. Bray, while Nola's parents are listed as Robert Welch and Mary Whitker, both of whom, according to the 1930 census, were born in Kentucky.

At the time of the 1930 census, Jesse and Nola are found in Noblesville, Hamilton County, Indiana;
Head Jessie Mendenhall M 65 Indiana
Wife Nola Mendenhall F 55 Kentucky
Stepson Roy Smith M 31 Kentucky
Stepson Carl Smith M 20 Kentucky

Nola M. (Welch) Smith, who was born in 1874, had been previously married to John W. Smith, who was born in 1848. John and Nola had a number of children together. John died in 1927 and then she and Jesse were married in 1928. John W. Smith's mortal remains were laid in the Riverside Cemetery in Noblesville, Hamilton County, Indiana.

At the time of the 1910 census, this is the way the Smith family appeared as they lived in Ward 3 of Noblesville, Hamilton County, Indiana;
Head John W Smith M 56 Kentucky
Wife Nola M Smith F 35 Kentucky
Son William R Smith M 18 Kentucky
Son Newton Foster Smith M 16 Kentucky
Son Luther P Smith M 14 Kentucky
Son Roy S Smith M 12 Kentucky
Son Freddie Smith M 9 Indiana
Son Elzie G Smith M 4 Indiana
Son Carl Smith M 0 Kentucky

On October 14, 1930, Roy Smith, who was born on October 1, 1898 in Kentucky, the son of John Walter Smith and Nola May (Welch) Smith Mendenhall, was married to Grace Reeve, who was born on August 23, 1910 in Marion County, Indiana, the daughter of Joseph Reeve and Elizabeth (Ward) Reeve, in Hamilton County, Indiana.

It is said that, "Jesse was a holistic veternarian who used natural medicines. He loved to work with horses and had quite a reputation with horse owners in the Indianapolis, Indiana area. He died penniless because he refused to take the required courses to keep his license current." Jesse Otto (or Earl) Mendenhall died on ____________ __, 1932 at __________, Indiana. His mortal remains are believed to have been laid to rest in the Arcadia Cemetery in Arcadia, Hamilton County, Indiana. However, on May 3, 2014, a Find A Grave Contributor informed me that the "Cemetery Records at Hamilton East Public Library show no burial for him." So, it is not known if his remains were laid here or not.

Nola M. (Welch) Smith Mendenhall died on __________ __, 1954 at __________, __________ and her mortal remains were laid beside those of her first husband, John W. Smith, in the Riverside Cemetery in Noblesville, Hamilton County, Indiana.

by Baxter & Marilou (Mendenhall) Fite

(Baxter and Marilou would enjoy hearing from any descendants of Jesse Otto Mendenhall.)

 
 
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 Parents:
  Peter Mendenhall (1801 - 1873)
  Matilda L. Bray Mendenhall (1817 - 1878)
 
 Spouses:
  Mary Jane Sowers Mendenhall (1863 - 1899)
  Lenora P Mendenhall (1881 - 1963)
  Nola M. Smith (1874 - 1954)
 
 Children:
  Jesse Earl Mendenhall (1889 - 1965)*
  Fred Ellis Mendenhall (1891 - 1969)*
 
 Siblings:
  John Milton Mendenhall (1827 - 1906)**
  James Peter Mendenhall (1831 - 1906)**
  Malissa Mendenhall Eshelman (1837 - 1881)*
  Ellis Mendenhall (1840 - 1939)*
  Jesse Otto Mendenhall (1853 - 1932)
 
*Calculated relationship
**Half-sibling
 
Burial:
Arcadia Cemetery
Arcadia
Hamilton County
Indiana, USA
 
Created by: Baxter B. Fite III
Record added: Dec 24, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 102528254
Jesse Otto Mendenhall
Added by: Baxter B. Fite III
 
 
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My 3rd great grand uncle
- WichitaFalls
 Added: Oct. 22, 2013
 
 
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