8. Joshua M. Mendenhall was born on 9 July 1829 in Huntington, Huntington, Indiana. He died on 27 February 1907 in South Bend, St. Joseph, Indiana. He was buried in City Cemetery in South Bend, St. Joseph, Indiana. He married Elizabeth Youghar on 25 May 1850 or 1851 in Huntington county, Indiana. [Parents]
Sources of information:
1. Records and information in possession of granddaughter
2. Film # 1254309; 1880 Census, Portage Township, St. Joseph, Indiana; page 54, Supervisor District # 5, Enumeration District # 16 3. Huntington County Marriage Records, 1837-1883, Vol. 1; 971271-B25h
4. Elizabeth Youghar Tradition
5. Records and information of grandson.
6. 1850 Census of Indiana; Film 58038, pt. 18, page. 84.
7. Records in possession of great granddaughter.
8. Letter received from Mrs. Joan Keefer, Indiana Room, Huntington City/Township Public Library, 200 West Market Street, Huntington, Indiana 45750
9 International Genealogical Index
10. From the family notes of Kurt Otto Schelle, Jr.
11. Research of Cecil Burdette Cunday Sr.
Source 1: "He was a Quaker."
Source 2: Aged 50, married, laborer, unemployed, home sick with long fever. Joshua was a Laborer, unemployed, born in Indiana; His father was born in North Carolina, as was his mother
Source 8: Letter received from Mrs. Joan Keefer, Indiana Room, Huntington City/Township Public Library, 200 West Market Street, Huntington, Indiana 45750. "Huntington is now in Huntington County"; "Born: Wayne Co. Indiana; Died: No record of his death at this place; Marriage: 24 May 1849, Huntinton County, Indiana"
Source 10: Joshua was a farmer most of his life. After he moved to South Bend, Indiana in 1879 or 1880 he spent the remainder of his working years as a laborer. It appears that until about 1870 he worked for other farmers, most likely his father and/or his father-in-law. However, he was not listed in the 1860 census for Huntington County, Indiana. At that time he may have been in Ohio with his sister and brother-in-law (Charles and Mary Ann Taylor). In any event by 1870 he was back in Huntington County. Per the 1870 census and probably living on the Yaughgar farm. My grandmother said they lived on the "Banks of the Wabash" (River) when she was born in 1866. The Yaughgar farm was in Dallas Township, which the Wabash River flowed through.
Joshua and Elizabeth Mendenhall homesteaded 60 acres just outside the village of Penn in Cass County, Michigan. They moved there sometime during 1870. However, before they could move, Joshua took the older boys with him to Michigan to build a house and barn so the family would have a place to live. The 80-90 mile trip was made via oxen drawn wagon. (We have a picture of this home that was taken about 1928-29). When we took Grandmother up to see if we could find it, the people who lived there were very gracious and invited her, Mom, and Aunt Bess in to look around. Don, Uncle Irvin, and I remained in the car down by the road .In the early 60s we took Mom up again (about 30 miles from Goshen) but the place was abandoned, the barn had fallen in its tracks and the house needed a lot of repair (the original house had fallen in its track stoop).
The move was made via the same ox drawn wagon(s) with Great-Grandmother and the small children aiding in the wagon and Great-Grandfather and the older children walking alongside or in front of the wagon. What livestock they had walked too. I don't know about chickens, ducks, etc...perhaps they were replaced in Michigan. However, they did have to eat along the way.
Joshua believed in sending his daughters to school as well as his sons. On the frontier this was not a universally held belief. In fact, according to information from within the family he taught in the school during the winter months. Consequently, Grandmother had the advantage of the education that was available to her. By today's standards it was very inadequate.
Joshua and Elizabeth raised their family in the Dunkerd Brethren Church. Whether this is the church Francis and Mary Mendenhall attended after the quakers disowned them or it was the church of the Yaughgar family is unknown. I have been told the Dunkerds are about as close to the Quakers as you could get. Also, I have been told the Yaughgar's were "Pennsylvania Dutch". As such they could easily have belonged to the Dunkerd Brethren Church which allegedly had roots in Germany. It could have been either way or a combination of the two. Joshua and Elizabeth met somewhere and their homes were not very close to each other by the standards of that time.
Things seemed to be going well on the farm in Cass County when son, John, left home rather abruptly. A short time later a neighbor showed up to claim the entire year's crop. He had a bill of sale signed by John. John had sold the crop, pocketed the money, and disappeared to parts unknown. Joshua said "if my son sold the crop it is the same as if I sold it." So he honored the transaction, turned over the crop, and lost the farm. This was the reason for the move to South Bend, where work could be found.
The 1880 census for St. Joseph County, Indiana lists Joshua Mendenhall as a laborer and indicates he had "lung fever" (pneumonia). It lists his wife and the following children: Joshua, Elizabeth, Anna, Lucinda, and Elihu.
Joshua managed to support his wife and himself and family until they left home. Joshua and Elizabeth celebrated their golden wedding anniversary in 1899 and Joshua died in 1907 about 5 months shore of his 78th birthday.
9. Elizabeth Youghar was born on 25 March 1831 in Ohio. She died on 19 December 1921 in South Bend, St. Joseph, Indiana. She was buried in South Bend, St. Joseph, Indiana. [Parents]
Sources of information:
1. Personal Knowledge of Marie Louise Augusta Jurgens
2. Film # 1254309; 1880 Census, Portage Township, St. Joseph, Indiana; page 54, Supervisor District # 5, Enumeration District # 161, Line 17
3. Records in possession of great granddaughter.
4. International Genealogical Index
5. Genealogy Research of Kurt Otto Schelle, Jr.
Source 1: Pictures of Family bible lost in flood, "She was a Quaker."
Source 2: Father's birthplace, New Jersey; Mother's birthplace, Pennsylvania; married, keeping house
Source 3: Elizabeth's last name could be spelled many different ways... Yager, Yauger, Yaugher, Yaughar, Yougher, Youehger.
Source 5: Elizabeth was a sickly child (lung problems). The doctors prescribed smoking tobacco as a cure for her lung disease. Consequently she smoked a pipe from childhood to the end of her life. One must wonder how long she would have lived without the smoking. She bore 12 children and they all survived to adulthood. Three did die as young adults. This was under conditions that today would be considered unbearable.
Her tobacco habit was an addiction. The story is told that while living with her daughter Elizabeth she ran out of tobacco during the evening. Knowing her need for tobacco, my Grandfather, who never smoked himself, bundled up and went out on foot in a blizzard to get her some tobacco so should wouldn't have to do without. About 1919 or 1920 son John surfaced and came to South Bend to visit her. She was nearly blind but recognized him by his voice after all those years. When asked if she knew who it was she spit out "It's John" - shew as still very angry with him. She was living with my Great Uncle Joshua at the time of her death. I vaguely remember being introduced to her shortly before she died. It was a special event to meet my Grandmother's Mother. So it stuck with me even thought I was very young. I also knew Uncle John, who was forgiven by his siblings, Uncle Moses, Uncle Joshua, and Aunt Anna (Annie), and Grandmother.
They had the following children:
F 1. Mahala Mendenhall was born on 25 April 1851 in Huntington, Huntington, Indiana. She died on 30 April 1926.
M 2. Henry Mendenhall was born on 5 April 1853 in Huntington, Huntington, Indiana. He died on 12 February 1877.
M 3. John Mendenhall was born on 26 March 1855 in Huntington, Huntington, Indiana. He died on 28 January 1940.
F 4. Mary Ester Mendenhall was born on 15 May 1857 in Huntington, Huntington, Indiana. She died on 3 June 1899.
F 5. Rachel Mendenhall was born on 26 March 1858 in Huntington, Huntington, Indiana. She died on 16 July 1942 in , Pokagon Township, Michigan. She was buried in Pokagon Township, Michigan.
M 6. George Mendenhall was born on 26 July 1861 in Huntington, Huntington, Indiana.
M 7. Moses Mendenhall was born on 18 December 1862 in Huntington, Huntington, Indiana. He died in 1932.
M 8. Joshua Mendenhall was born on 21 August 1864 in Huntington, Huntington, Indiana. He died on 15 February 1940.
F 9. Elizabeth Mendenhall was born on 17 June 1866 in Huntington, Huntington, Indiana.
F 10. Anna Mendenhall was born on 5 April 1868 in Huntington, Huntington, Indiana.
F 11. Lucinda Mendenhall was born on 30 July 1872 in Huntington, Huntington, Indiana.
M 12. Elihu Mendenhall was born on 9 August 1874. He died on 9 April 1909.
10. Peter Mummy [Photos] was born 12 December 1837 in Union county Ohio. He married Margaret A. Hadley after 9 September 1872. He died 3 October 1913 in South Bend, St. Joseph, Indiana.[Parents]
SOURCES OF INFORMATION:
1. 1850 census, Mill Creek, Union, Ohio.
2. International Genealogical Index
3. Ancestral File Number: M4R1-ZF
4. Research of Donna Wills
Source 4: Obituary of Frederick Raymond Mummey
South Bend Tribune January 17, 1946
Frederick Raymond Mummey, age 53, of 2808 Pleasant Street, died in Healthwin hospital at 2:30 a.m. today after three years' illness with tuberculosis. Born in Bremen, Ind., July 2, 1892, he came to South Bend from Lapaz, Ind. 45 years ago. He was a world war I veteran. Surviving are five sisters, Mrs. Ora Marshman, of Argos, Ind.; Mrs. Myrtle Johnson, of Mishawaka; Mrs. Goldie Boocher, Mrs. Minnie Boocher and Mrs. Sylvia Powell, all of South Bend, and a brother, Omar, of Mishawaka. Friends may call at the Hillis chapel Friday night. The funeral will be held there at 2 p.m. Sunday with Rev. W.A. Shipe, pastor of River Park Free Methodist church officiating. Burial will be in Fairview cemetery, Mishawaka
Source 4: Notes on Donna Wills: On 23 June 1863, Peter was 23 years old, a farmer, when he enlisted in the 88th Ohio Volunteer Infantry, Civil War. Discharged 3 July 1865. Peter joined his 2 brothers, promoted to corporal, 8 October 1864. Moved to Indiana in 1880, German Township, Marshall County. Moved to South Bend in 1899, 1901, 1906.
Source 4: Divorce Document from Donna Wills: Peter Mummey vs. Nancy Mummey; filed in Marshall county, Indiana, 9 September 1872, married in Delaware county, Ohio, 1863.
Source 4: Obituary for Peter Mummey.
02 Dec 1837 - 03 Oct 1913
The South Bend Indiana Tribune, Wednesday, October 8, 1913
Peter Mummey, aged 76 years, died at 3:20 o'clock Tuesday afternoon at his home, 1214 South Fourteenth Street, River Park. Death followed an illness of several months with paralysis. Mr. Mummy was born in Ohio, Dec. 2, 1837, and had lived in South Bend for 15 years, coming here from Plymouth, Ind. He was married 41 years ago to Miss Margaret Hadley, who survives him with the following children: Sylvia, Omar and Fred, living at home; Mrs. Mendenhall, Mrs. Ella Harker, Mrs. Della Johnson, Mrs. Irvin Coocher and Mrs. Arthur Bradstreet. The funeral will be held tomorrow afternoon at 2 o'clock from the residence. Rev. Mr. Bean officiating. Burial will be in the Mishawaka cemetery.
South Bend Tribune, Thursday, October 9, 1913.
Services for Peter Mummy were held this afternoon at 2 o'clock from the family residence, 1214 South 14th Street, River Park. Rev. Mr. Bean officiating. Burial was in the Mishawaka cemetery.
11. Margarite A. Hadley was born 10 June 1855. She died 31 Dec 1913 in South Bend, St. Joseph, Indiana.[Photos] was born in June 1855 in Indiana.
SOURCES OF INFORMATION:
1. June 7, 1900 Census
2. International Genealogical Index
3. Research of Donna Wills
Source 4: Obituary for Margerite Mummey
10 June 1855 - 31 Dec 1913
The South Bend Indiana Tribune, Thursday, January 1, 1914
Mrs. Margerite Mummy, aged 56 years, died at her home 930 South Fourteenth Street at 11:30 o'clock Wednesday evening, after a week's illness with diabetes. She was the wife of the late Peter Mummy and had lived in River Park 13 years. She leaves seven children: Sylvia Mummy, Fred Mummy, Owen Mummy and Mrs. Broadstreet at home; Mrs. Ella Harker, Mrs. Irvin Booker and Mrs. E. Mendenhall of South Bend. Funeral arrangements have not been completed.
South Bend Indiana Tribune, Friday, January 2, 1914
The funeral of Mrs. Margerite Mummy will be held at the residence, 930 South Fourteenth Street, at 2:30 o'clock Saturday afternoon. Rev. Mr. Bean officiating. Interment will be in Mishawaka cemetery.
They had the following children:
F 1. Ora Elizabeth May Mummy was born on 20 May 1875. She died on 10 February 1948.
F 2. Cora Ellen Mummey was born 30 August 1878 in Indiana. She died in December 1945.
F 3. Myrtle Mummey was born in November 1878 in Indiana.
M 4. Wilbur Daniel Mummey was born 1884 in Indiana. He died shortly after his birth in 1884.
M 5. Acksel Omen Mummey was born 14 January 1887 in Indiana. He died 21 December 1947 in Indiana.
F 6. Minnie Abell Mummey was born 31 October 1889 in Indiana.
M 7. Fredrick Raymond Mummey was born 2 July 1892 in Bremen county, Indiana. He died in 17 January 1946 in South Bend, St. Joseph, Indiana. He was buried in Fairview Cemetery in Mishawaka, St. Joseph, Indiana.
F 8. Goldie Ethyl Mummey was born 31 December 1894 in Indiana. She died 27 November 1949 in Mishawaka, St. Joseph, Indiana.
F 9. Sylvia Susan Ann Mummey was born 22 October 1897 in Indiana. She died 2 January 1988. She is buried in Fairview Cemetery in Mishawaka, St. Joseph, Indiana.
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