Name: Thomas III MENDENHALL Mildenhall
Given Name: Thomas III
Birth: 1630 in Marridge Hill,Mildenhall,Ramsbury, Wiltshire,England
Death: May 6 , 1682 in Somerset House, London, Middlesex, England
Burial: June 30, 1682 -Lanbourne, England Ramsbury, Mildenhall, Wiltshire,England
Christening: 1630 at Ramsbury Parish 2 miles east of Marlborough, Eng.
(Source: MFA Dean Leonard GEDCOM, a pt. of the MFA GEDCOM Collection): Thomas' surname was variously spelled Mildenhall, Minoll, and Minall. Thomas Mendenhall was reported to "the church" (referring to Church of England) authorities in 1662 and in 1664 as a recusant, one refusing to take communion in the Church of England. However, he is not listed in Quaker church records as having been imprisoned and, therefore, he may have conformed as far as paying tithes to the Church of England, which was the subject of Quaker passive resistance at the time.
In his later years, Thomas Mendenhall/Mildenhall was a member of the Ramsbury Church (today known as Holy Cross Church), and just before he died he gave a special gift to the church alms house.
(source: Genealogy.com WFT Vol. 46, Ed. 1, Tree #1654) The church of Ramsbury, Wiltshire, England, is the site of several Mendenhall (sp. Mildenhall)burials, and is now called Holy Cross Church. It is where Thomas and Joane (Strode) Mildenhall worshipped before they became Quakers, and was an Anglican church in the 1600's. It lies 4 miles east of Mildenhall, and like Mildenhall, lies on the Kennet River. Marridge Hill, where the early Mildenhall manor is said to be, is about 2 miles north of Ramsbury.
The Quaker movement (Society of Friends)was organized by George Fox and began as a movement in England in the late 1640's; it was created in large part because of the oppressive requirement that all citizens worship at the Church of England. The Kennet valley bacame a stronghold of those that had joined the movement; it was primarily because of the Quakers, and William Penn, that the Mildenhall/Mendenhalls, along with many other Quakers, made their way to America.
After leaving the Anglican Church in Ramsbury, Thomas Mildenhall attended the nearest Quaker meeting, which was just across the county line in Berkshire- about 2 miles from his home in Marridge Hill. It is in the Quaker records of the Berkshire archives where we find most of the information about Thomas Mildenhall. On a marker adjoining the church today it is inscribed: "In memory of Charles Mildenhall, who died at Salisbury, October 29th, 1895 in the 71st year of his age. He now lies in rest in the cemetery of that city. For many years he held an appointment under the late Duke of Wellington at Stratfield-Saye Hants. This stone was erected by Thomas White Waldron, esq. of Eastridge." (It is unknown who the father of Charles Mildenhall was--several early Mildenhalls are buried here also, though the stone markers are no longer readable, including Thomas Mildenhall b. 1630, his wife, Joane (Strode), and their son, Moses Mildenhall - Holy Cross Church, Ramsbury, England).
In 1676, Thomas Mildenhall purchased a cottage that was part of the Manor of Ramsbury, Wiltshire, England, sold by the 7th Earl of Pembroke, a heavy gambler and owner of the Manor--he needed over 30,000 pounds to pay his debts. Thomas Mendenhall (Mildenhall) was a tenant yeoman farmer who was able to purchase part of the property (the Mildenhall family had owned the manor and estate 200 years earlier, but had lost it in a family war between the house of York and the house of Lancaster about 1460).
Thomas Mendenhall left a will on June 30, 1682 for the "disposition of such temporal assets as the Lord in mercy hath lent me, I give and dispose thereof as follows: after debts and funeral charges are paid, he left to his first son, Thomas Mildenhall, of W. Hundred in county of Wilts and his heirs, the cottage and land it was on; to his son, John and his heirs, the fee simple of all that cottage and two gardens lying in Marridge, and one close of land or pasture by five acres or thereabouts, and close of arable pasture (part of Rashlett Coppice in parish of Ramsbury-7 acres), and half of all tithes and tenths the said seven acres and half of arable or pasture ground "towards his better preferment in marriage." John Mildenhall shall and will pay to his bro
Father: Thomas (jr.) MENDENHALL b: Dec. 10 or 24, 1609 in Ramsbury, England
Mother: Anne ? b: abt. 1610 in England
Joane STROUD (STRODE Stroode) b: 1634 in Mildenhall, Ramsbury, Wiltshire, England
Aug. 12, 1649
in Aldbourne Parish, Wiltshire Co., England
- John MENDENHALL Mildenhall b: Aug. or Oct. 30, 1659 in Mildenhall, Ramsbury, Wiltshire/Marridge Hill, England
- Margery MENDENHALL b: Dec., 1655 in Ramsbury, England
- Thomas MENDENHALL b: 1657 in Ramsbury, Mildenhall, Wiltshire, England
- Joane (Joan) MENDENHALL b: abt. 1655-1661 in Ramsbury, Mildenhall, Wiltshire, England
- Benjamin MENDENHALL b: Feb. 14, 1661-62 in Ramsbury, England
- Stephen MENDENHALL b: Aug. 21, 1664 in Ramsbury, England
- Moses MENDENHALL b: Nov. 24, 1666 in Ramsbury, England
- Aaron MENDENHALL b: July or Sept. 14, 1669 in Ramsbury, Mildenhall, Wiltshire,England
- Mary MENDENHALL b: 1670 in Ramsbury, England
- George MENDENHALL b: March 21, 1662-23 in Mildenhall, Ramsbury, Wiltshire, England