Name: John sr. MENDENHALL Mildenhale
Given Name: John sr.
Birth: abt. 1536 in Wiltshire Co., England
Death: est. 1564-1627 in Marridge Hill, Wiltshire Co.,England
m. to unknown wife, John Mendenhall (or Mildenhale as surname was sometimes spelled)was a landowner in Marridge Hill, Wiltshire Co., England. He was named in the will of the Earl of Pembroke and in the dissolution of the Earl's property in 1565.
(source: Thornberry/Benvenuto Family tree @ ancestry.com ; genealogy.com WFT Vol. 46, Ed. 1 ): John Mildenhale/Mendenhall was knighted and thus had the title of "Sir". The Mendenhall family had its origins in England, although the name may have existed in Germany prior to England. Early English Mendenhalls were warriors and knights, as they were attached in service to their sovereigns--often spelling their surname "Mildenhall" (from the Manor of Mildenhall, Ramsbury, Wiltshire, England).
References to Mildenhalls are recorded as far back as 1066 at the Battle of Hastings when William, Duke of Normandy, defeated Harold and became King of England; one of his knights, John (Johannes) de Mildenhall, was granted a manor ("Mildenhall") in England for his services.
John Mendenhall b. abt. 1536, was knighted "Sir John" by Edward I, king of England. At that time (mid-1500's), the Mendenhall family acquired a coat of arms (yellow helmet with 2 plumes encircling a shield bearing the family motto and seal), and the original coat of arms is still on record in the Tower of London, England.
Other references to the Mendenhall name:
1301, during the reign of Edward III, Sir John de Mildenhall presented a minister to the Rectory of Mildenhall, near Marlborough;
1313, Geffry de Mildenhall and John de Mildenhall accompanied the king to "foreign parts beyond the sea";
1326, John de Mildenhall was issued letters of protection and attorney to magistrate when he accompanied the King of England (Edward III)to France;
Sir John de Mildenhall traveled as farrier to King Edward III on trips to France;
1330, King Edward confirmed to John de Mildenhall, 58 and 1/2 acres of land in the Royal Wyndesore Forest in consideration of 19 shillings, 6 pence per year;
1339, Thomas de Mildenhall received letters of protection to accompany Phillippa, Queen of England, to France;
1341, Robert de Mildenhall, keeper of the jewels, is directed by the King to deliver 2 chests of ornaments to Calais for service in the chapel on Feast of Easter;
1347, King issued a warrant for the delivery of 200 bows and 400 quivers of arrows to Robert de Mildenhall, Chaplain to the King, for the service if the French War; and in 1351, 940 quivers of arrows for service at the tower (of London).
The original Mildenhall estate (manor house and grounds) were lost to the family in a struggle between the houses of York and Lancaster abt. 1460. (see Thomas Mendenhall and Joane Strode family story for recovery of some of the lost estate lands in mid-1600's, 200 years later).
Father: Thomas MENDENHALL b: abt. 1500 in England
- John jr. MENDENHALL b: 1560 in of Great Bedwin, Wiltshire, England
- Robert MENDENHALL b: abt. 1558 in England