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AfriGeneas Brick Wall Forum

Re: emancipated Mendenhalls of NC

Thanks, I have indeed seen this document, which led me to actually going to the area where the Mendenhall plantation was in Jamestown, NC. George C. Mendenhall was said to be the largest slave owner in Guilford County. One of his neighbors was Levi Coffin! I am trying to determine exactly how the slaves came to Geo. Mendenhall. Most documentation indicates that his first wife Elizabeth (Eliza) W. Dunn Mendenhall brought the slaves with her. That is where my brickwall is...or did he purchase the slaves? And if so, from whom? I know that Eliza Dunn's mother was Anne Dunn Prichard. I also believe that there may have been a male family member living south of Jamestown. The Dunn's may have been from Virginia, but I have not been able to confirm this.Finally, James Ruskin Mendenhall (b. 1825)was the only child born to George and Eliza. Eliza died in 1826 and Geo. remarried a 'good Quaker' women Delphine. After Geo.Mendenhall's drowing in 1860, it may be that James tried to stop the emancipation of slaves on the grounds that they were part of his inheritance. This is something that I can't confirm either, I read this in only once source. Any other suggestions for next steps?

Thanks again,
Kay Mason


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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