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Capt Joseph "The Fighting Quaker" Mendenhall
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Birth: Nov. 29, 1746
Kennett Square
Chester County
Pennsylvania, USA
Death: Oct. 12, 1840
Fayette County
Pennsylvania, USA


He enlisted in Sept, 1777 as a private under Capt. Isaac Taylor in PA, and again in Sept. of 1778 as teamster under Capt. Taylor

In 1778, he was pressed into the service with his wagon and team and was engaged in hauling from (likely Kennett) to Lancaster most of the time. From May 10, 1780 through 1781 , Joseph earned his Captain's Commission in the 3rd Battalion of Chester County, Pennsylvania Militia from the Supreme Executive Council of Pennsylvania. In this capacity he served three tours of duty of two months each. In May 1780, he was ordered to Philadelphia to march into New York. However, after two months he was remarched home. In the spring of 1781 Capt. Joseph Mendenhall's company patrolled above the Head of Elk. In the fall of 1781 he was under march to but never reached Yorktown before Cornwallis capitulated on 19th of Oct 1781. Later, Joseph was commissioned twice more in the Chester County Militia, once on May 1, 1783, as Captain of Company of Foot in 7th Battalion and on May 1, 1786 as Captain of Foot 6th Company, 5th Battalion. He also engaged at the battle of Brandywine.
Soon after the close of the war, he moved to Menallen Twp., Fayette Co., PA, bought a farm and built a saw mill.
The place, as of 1948, was called "Mendenhall's Mill Dam".
This and his fiery disposition won him the name, "The Fighting Quaker". ( Ellis History of Fayette, Co.)

Although he was a Quaker, he was a good soldier and patriot, and enjoyed telling his friends about the war.
On Jan 14, 1834, when Joseph was 88 years old, he applied for a military pension, which was granted for $126.66 per year with payment in arrears from Mar 4, 1831 to Sept 4, 1833 of $380.09.

He lived to be 99 years old, and in true Quaker tradition, his grave bears no mark, except a stone to mark head & foot.

-- These comments are a compilation provided by Dean Leonard, longtime historian to the Mendenhall Family Association, DAR record 188,352 (Sarah C. Miller Gorley).
and thanks to Terry Mendenhall for sharing some of this informaiton. 
Family links: 
  Isaac Mendenhall (1719 - 1803)
  Martha Robinson Mendenhall (1725 - 1766)
  Jane Collins Mendenhall (1741 - 1832)
  Jane Mendenhall Johnson (1779 - 1845)*
  Martha Mendenhall Jeffries (1780 - 1854)*
  John Mendenhall (1790 - 1870)*
  Joseph Mendenhall (1746 - 1840)
  Isaac Mendenhall (1748 - 1810)*
  Thomas Mendenhall (1752 - 1827)*
  Noah Mendenhall (1754 - 1820)*
  Benjamin Mendenhall (1756 - 1756)*
  Martha Mendenhall (1756 - 1756)*
  Dinah Mendenhall (1758 - 1759)*
  Aaron Mendenhall (1760 - 1827)*
  Caleb Mendenhall (1764 - 1766)*
*Calculated relationship
Sandy Hill Cemetery
Fayette County
Pennsylvania, USA
Maintained by: L Evans
Originally Created by: Have Paws will travel !
Record added: Jun 02, 2011
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Capt Joseph The Fighting Quaker Mendenhall
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- ~Judy Calhoun Bresch~
 Added: Aug. 24, 2016
Joseph was my 4 times great grandfather via his daughter Jane who was married to Daniel Johnson, Simon Johnson/Jane Jefferies, Joseph Mendenhall Johnson/Hannah Ganoe, Kate Shellie Johnson/Wilson Atkinson, Elmer Atkinson/Lila Docken then me. Thank you for ...(Read more)
- Kathy Crownover
 Added: Feb. 18, 2015
RIP Patriot Mendenhall
- Pam Saba
 Added: Jan. 17, 2015
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