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Mendenhall boys killed by indians 1773

Mendenhall boys killed by indians 1773

Jerry E. Davis Jr. (View posts)
Posted: 1037850119000
Classification: Query
I came across A John and Richard Mendinhall in the book "Daniel Boone" By John Mack Faragher. They were on the initial trek to establish a settlement in Kentucky with Boone. On October 9 1773, Boone had sent them back with his son James and five other Men to bring back more supplies. That night they were attacked by Indians. Here is an abbreviated description of what happened to the group.

John and Richard Mendinhall were killed in the first fire.
Isaac Crabtree, A hired hand and experienced woodsman was Injured and escaped into the woods with another hired hand Drake, who was also injured.
Adam (Slave?) Escaped into the woods
Charles (Slave) was captured by the Indians and was killed later.
James Boone and Henry Russell were both tortured and killed

The Survivers were Isaac Crabtree and Adam.

The Mendinhall boys were described as Little more than boys on their first trip into the wilderness and also from North Carolina.

A newspaper article printed in December described what had occurred and that the emigrants were from the Yadkin.

Does anyone know who their parents are? I have absolutely no clue. I cant match them up with any of the families in North Carolina at that time.


Re: Mendenhall boys killed by indians 1773

Mike (View posts)
Posted: 1039363290000
Classification: Query
To the best of my knowledge:

Richard (b. 1737 d. 1773) and John (b. 1739?) were the children of Mordacai Mendenhall and Charity Beeson.

Richard Mendenhall was my 5th greatgrandfather.

-Richard (m. Jane Thornbrugh 1758)
--Joseph (was almost 3 when Richard was killed)
----John S
-----Louisa(aka Dolly) Mendenhall Cruzen (my GGM)

A good acount of the First Massacre at Powell's River can be found at


Re: Mendenhall boys killed by indians 1773

Jerry E. Davis Jr. (View posts)
Posted: 1039401229000
Classification: Query
Surnames: Mendenhall Davis Huff Rich Thornburgh Benbow Manlove Moore Bruce
Thanks for the reply. I reread the passage in the book and it does imply that the Mendenhall Brothers were very young. after reviewing my file i found that They are brothers of Aaron Mendenhall, my 5ggrandfather.

Here's my Line

Aaron Mendenhall/Miriam Rich
James Mendenhall/Rachel Thornburgh
David Benbow/Miriam Mendenhall
Benjamin Benbow/Caroline Manlove
Daniel Huff Davis/Laura Benbow
Jay dea Davis/ Nellie Estell Moore
Jerry E. Davis/Anne Bruce

Thanks again for the reply and the link

Re: Mendenhall boys killed by indians 1773

Posted: 1083620787000
Classification: Query
Surnames: Mendenhall
This Richard is my 6th GG (I'm a little new at this). Here's my line:
my father, James Denver Mendenhall
my grandfather, Edward Stanley
my GG, Richard Clinton (married Mary Ann Jackson)
my GGG, Isaac
my GGGG, Richard (married Elizabeth Brown)
my GGGGG, John
my GGGGGG, Richard (married Jane Thornburgh)*killed by Indians
my GGGGGGG, Mordecai
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