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Judge James Bogan Mendenhall, the son of William Mendenhall and Mary Lowry.  William Mendenhall descends from the Gardner - Coffin families, prominent Sea Captains, and whalers of Nantucket Island.  William's family was in Wadesboro, Anson county, North Carolina when James was born in October of 1812   Sometime between 1830 and 1840, James relocated to Simpson county in Mississippi.  James married 16-year-old Winnifred "Wincy" Dunlap in 1837.  On November 2, 1843, he was appointed the Postmaster of the small town of Westville, Simpson county.    James and Wincey would have at least five known children, the first four being born in Mississippi while the last was born in Mobile, Alabama in 1857.  The family had relocated, prior to 1857, to Mobile where James was a schoolteacher (1860 Census).  It is unclear whether or not James served during the Civil War.  There are several James Mendenhall soldiers from Alabama listed in various records but known specific enough to point to James Bogan Mendenhall.  He was a bit old at the time to have enlisted.

After the war in July of 1867, he and hia family, except eldest daughter Louisa and eldest son, Henry Clay, who remained in Mobile, made the journey to Brazil on The Red Gauntlet.  They were recruited by Lansford Warren Hastings as part of a colonizing effort to Santarem, Para, Brazil.  Sometime after sailing, and prior to 1868, Major Hastings married the daughter of James and Wincey. Hastings died of yellow fever and had named J. B. Menden-hall as the successor to lead the colony.  Unfortunately, Brazilian authorities refused to acknowledge the leader-ship role by the Judge, leaving the colony leaderless.  

After trying to make a go of it, the family gave up and moved back to the United States by 1876.  Laura, the widow Hastings, had remarried to Joseph Lyons McGee, son of wealthy Louisiana planter, John Logan McGee. Joseph died not long after in 1878.   The Mendenhall family relo-cated to Gulf Hannock, Levy, county, Florida, choosing to not return to Mobile.  There, they and their descendants prospered very well.  The Judge became Superintendent for Instruction for Levy county until his death while serving in 1882.  He was buried in Savannah, Georgian would be followed by his wife a few years later in 1887.

Laura would remarry a third time to Capt. John Brown Johnston and have their only child, Ernest Clyd Johnston, born in Gulf Hammock.  Capt. Johnston would be a news-paperman and Mayor of Dade City, Florida.  He was also a state representative and served as a speaker of the House, Florida.  

The other children, Mary and George, would marry and have children, living mainly in the same general part of Florida.


James Bogen Mendenhall


BIRTH OCT 1812 • Wadesboro, Anson, North Carolina, USA

DEATH 5 FEB 1882 • Gulf Hammock, Levy, Florida, USA

Buried:  CemeteryLaurel Grove Cemetery North, Section A

Savannah, Chatham County, Georgia, USA

Source:  Find A Grave  # 187377346

Married:  31 Oct 1837

Winifred "Wincy" Anne Dunlap


BIRTH 9 MAY 1821 • Wadesboro, Anson County, North Carolina, USA

DEATH 8 AUG 1887 • Savannah Chatam, Georgia, USA

Buried:  CemeteryLaurel Grove Cemetery North, Section A

Savannah, Chatham County, Georgia, USA

Source:  Find A Grave   #187377237

Daughter of George Bryant Dunlap and Hannah Pines Ingram

John Bogan Mendenhall  53

Winney Mendenhall           47

L  Mendenhall

Mary Mendenhall                 13

George Mendenhall              10


Census Records

 1850 United States Federal Census

Name:  James Mendenhall

Gender:  Male

Race:  White

Age:  36

Birth Year:  abt 1814

Birthplace:  North Carolina

Home in 1850:  Simpson, Mississippi, USA

Occupation:  Farmer

Industry:  Agriculture

Real Estate:  5000

Line Number:  40

Dwelling Number:  182

Family Number:  182

Household Members   Age

James Mendenhall  36

Winnifred Mendenhall  28

Louisa J Mendenhall  (Died 1868)

Laura J Mendenhall  5

Henry Clay Mendenhall  3

Christian Moore  37

Thomas L Mendenhall  18  (Brother)

William J Good  26

Elizabeth Fortenberry  25

Oscage Moore  3

1860 United States Federal Census

Name  James B Mendenhall

Age  46

Birth Year  1814

Gender  Male

Race  White

Birth Place  North Carolina

Home in 1860  Southern Division, Mobile, Alabama

Post Office  Mobile

Dwelling Number1037

Family Number  822

Occupation  Schoolteacher

Real Estate Value  5000

Personal Estate Value  30000

Household members

Name  Age

James B Mendenhall  46

Winifred Mendenhall  40

Lon J Mendenhall  17  (Louisa?)

H Clay Mendenhall  13

Mary D Mendenhall  6

Laura Mendenhall   (15)

George D Mendenhall  (7)

1900 United States Federal Census

Name  Mary D Jakabie

Age 40

Birth Date Jul 1859

Birthplace Alabama, USA

Home in 1900 Bronson, Levy, Florida

House Number 1

Sheet Number 8

InstitutionLevy County Jail (Lines 95 to 99 Inclusive)

Number of Dwelling in Order of Visitation1

Family Number 228

Race White


Relation to Head of HouseWife

Marital Status Married

Spouse's Name Joseph H Jakabie

Marriage Year 1883

Years Married17

Father's Birthplace North Carolina, USA

Mother's Birthplace South Carolina, USA

Mother: number of living children 2

Mother: How many children 3

Can Read Yes

Can Write Yes

Can Speak English Yes

Household Members

Joseph H Jakabie   46

Mary D Jakabie   40

Oliver M Jakabie   15

Constance M Jakabie   7




 1.   Louise Josephine Mendenhal                                                                                                                                               2.   Laura Mendenhall                                                                                                                                                                   3.   Henry Clay Mendenhall

 4.  Mary Delphina Mendenhall

 5.   George Dunlap Mendenhall


Louisa Josephine "Lula" Mendenhall


BIRTH 21 FEB 1843 • Westville, Simpson, Mississippi, USA

DEATH 7 FEB 1869 • Mobile, Mobile, Alabama, USA

Death date needs verification

Married:  5 May 1866 • Mobile, Mobile, Alabama, USA

William Edward Thomas


BIRTH 1841 • Leakesville, Greene, Mississippi, USA

DEATH 19 OCT 1883 • Leakesville, Greene, Mississippi, USA

Died of Consumption

Son of James R Thomas and Mary Ann Perry

Lula and William had one child - died. as an infant

Mary Winifred Thomas


BIRTH JAN 1868 • Mobile, Mobile, Alabama, USA

DEATH JUNE 1868 • Mobile, Mobile, Alabama, USA

William Edward Thomas would marry 2nd

Olivia T. Blankenship and have at least eight children

U.S., Civil War Soldiers, 1861-1865

Name  William E. Thomas

Side  Confederate

Regiment State/Origin  Mississippi

Regiment  3rd Regiment, Mississippi Infantry

Company  D

Rank In  First Lieutenant

Rank Out  Captain

Film NumberM232 roll 40


3rd Mississippi Infantry Regiment

The men of the 3rd Mississippi Infantry were a long way from home. Oystermen, fishermen, and residents of coastal Mississippi had been swept away from the marshlands and waterways of the Mississippi Gulf Coast to fight for Southern independence on faraway fields of battle. None was bloodier than the field of fire they faced on November 30, 1864, at the Battle of Franklin. The regiment was part of Brigadier General Winfield Scott Featherstone's Brigade, in General, W.W. Loring's Division of the Army of Tennessee, and joined in the disastrous Confederate assault at Franklin with the rest of General John Bell Hood's army.
"As [we] marched on down through an open field toward the rampart of blood and death, the Federal batteries began to open and mow down and gather into the garner of death as brave, and good, and pure spirits as the world ever saw," recalled a Confederate survivor of Franklin. "A sheet of fire was poured into our very faces, and for a moment we halted as if in despair, as the terrible avalanche of shot and shell laid low those brave and gallant heroes... [The] scene was lit up by fires that seemed like hell itself.... Our troops were on one side of the breastworks, and the Federals on the other..,,"


"A Grand Holocaust of Death"

The ground over which the men of the 3rd Mississippi had to charge at Franklin was swept by "a terribly destructive crossfire" from Federal artillery. Casualties were severe, but the regiment pressed on to the enemy parapet, where they remained until daylight. At dawn, the Mississippians and the other Southern survivors of the night s slaughter discovered that the Northern army had withdrawn. But one look at the battlefield was enough for the most hardened veteran to realize that the Battle of Franklin had been a Confederate disaster.  "When the morrow s sun began to light up the eastern sky with its rosy hues, and we looked over the battlefield, 0h, my God!" recalled an eyewitness. "What did we see? It was a grand holocaust of death.... I was never so horrified in all my life."

The 3rd Mississippi Infantry was organized in Enterprise, Mississippi in the spring of 1861, and was recruited from the population of Mississippi's Gulf Coast. "The Third Mississippi Regiment is composed largely of the fishermen, oystermen, and sailors of Louis Bay, Biloxi, Ocean Springs, etc.," observed Confederate General Lovell Mansfield.  Although initially posted to the Department of Southern Mississippi and East Louisiana, the men of the 3rd Mississippi eventually found themselves far from home as participants in some of the most ferocious fighting of the War Between the States. Several companies of the regiment were exposed to combat at Biloxi and Pass Christian in April of 1862, and the regiment was engaged at Vicksburg and at Chickasaw Bayou later that year. Assigned to Brigadier General Winfield Scott Featherstone's Brigade of General W.W. Loring's Division in 1863, the 3rd Mississippi took part in the defense of Vicksburg. The regiment was engaged at Champion Hill and the Siege of Jackson but escaped capture when Vicksburg was surrendered to Federal forces on July 4, 1863.


"Gallant and Meritorious Conduct"

In the spring and summer of 1864, the regiment was active in the Atlanta Campaign. By the time Atlanta fell to Federal forces in early September, the regiment had fought in the battles of New Hope Church, Kennesaw Mountain, Peachtree Creek, Ezra Church, and Jonesboro. Posted on the crest of Kennesaw Mountain on June 27, 1864, the 3rd Mississippi made a stubborn stand and, despite serious losses, helped hold off a series of powerful Federal attacks. On July 2, 1864, while on picket duty at Kennesaw Mountain, troops from the 3rd Mississippi stubbornly defended their position and were again acclaimed for courage in the face of the enemy. When reports of the regiment's action at Kennesaw Mountain reached Confederate officials in Richmond, the regiment was officially cited on the Confederate Roll of Honor for "gallant and meritorious conduct." The citation was read to troops on dress parade throughout the Confederate armies.  At the Battle of Peachtree Creek, the regiment endured fierce Federal fire in a charge against the enemy's works.  Among the wounded was the regiment's commander, Colonel Thomas A. Mellon. At the bloody Battle of Franklin, the regimental color-bearer distinguished himself by planting the 3rd's battle flag atop the Federal works. The color-bearer was shot down and the regiment's flag was captured. After Franklin, surviving members of the regiment were again engaged in fierce fighting at the Battle of Nashville on December 15-16,1864. After the disastrous battles of Franklin and Nashville, the 3rd Mississippi, which had once totaled almost 600 troops, was reduced to a mere 71 men.
The survivors fought General William T. Sherman's powerful army during the Carolinas Campaign of 1865, as part of the shredded ranks of the Confederate Army of Tennessee under General Joseph E. Johnston. So depleted was the regiment by the war's end that it had to be consolidated with two other Mississippi regiments. By the time Johnston surrendered to Sherman at Durham Station, North Carolina, on April 26, 1865, all that was left of the 3rd Mississippi Infantry was a proud handful of its original members.


Alabama, County Marriage Records, 1805-1967

Name  Louisa J Mendenhall

Gender  Female

Marriage Date  5 May 1866

Marriage Place  Mobile, Alabama, USA

Spouse  William E Thomas

Film Number  001294424


Laura Jane "Jennie" Mendenhall    


BIRTH 27 DEC 1845 • Westville, Simpson, Mississippi, USA

DEATH AUG 1906 • Dade City, Pasco, Florida, USA

Laura Jane, known as Jennie was the second daughter of James and Winnie.  she was married first to Lansford W. Hastings, the leader of the troubled Santeram Colony settlement.  He died in 1870 in St. Thomas on his fourth colonization trip. 


While in Brazil, she married Joseph Lyons McGee, the son of Confederado Thomas Logan McGee of the Aurora Plantation just outside of New Orleans.  Joseph died in Brazil in 1878.  He arrived in 1870 (along with Laura's younger sister) with his wife, Mary, and young child Clarence.  Apparently, Mary died shortly after their arrival.  Laura and Joseph married in Brazil and looked to have had several children, none of them surviving infancy.  Clarence too, died when he was only 13 years old.

The Mendenhall family returned to the United States about 1875 and on December 10, 1882, Laura married for the third time, Capt. John B. Johnston.  He was a widower with several children.  The Johnstons were living in Levy County, near or with the Mendenhall family when their son was born in 1885.  Capt. Johnston was a prominent Newspaper Editor and politician, becoming a speaker of the lower chamber of the Florida legislature.  Laura would pass away in August of 1906 at their home in

Dade City, Pasco County, Florida


Married 1st:  

Major Lansford Warren Hastings


BIRTH ABT. 1818 • Mount Vernon, Knox, Ohio, USA

DEATH 1870 • St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands

Son of Waitstill Hastings and Lucinda Wood




Born to Dr. Waitstill and Lucinda (Wood) Hastings in Mount VernonOhio, he was a descendant of Thomas Hastings who came from East Anglia in England to the Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1634. Hastings was trained as a lawyer. In 1842, he traveled overland to Oregon. While there, he briefly represented Dr. John McLoughlin, preparing his land claim near Willamette Falls and surveying Oregon City, Oregon (which would become the first incorporated city west of the Rocky Mountains). He left in the spring of 1843 for Alta California, a sparsely populated province of Mexico. By the time he returned to the United States in 1844, he had decided to help to wrest California from Mexico and establish the independent Republic of California, with himself holding high office

Hastings wrote The Emigrants' Guide to Oregon and California to induce Americans to move to California, hoping they could effect a bloodless revolution by sheer numbers. He described California in glowing terms and gave practical advice to overland travelers. In his book, he wrote: "The most direct path would be leaving the Oregon route, about two hundred miles east of Fort Hall; thence bearing west-southwest, to the Salt Lake; and thence continuing down to the bay of San Francisco." (Hastings, pp. 137–138). Hastings wrote this statement before he had traveled the route himself, and he was unaware of the difficulties in crossing the Wasatch Range and the salt flats of western Utah. His first attempt was only from Salt Lake City to Fort Bridger, which he did in mild weather, without time constraints, and without ever attempting to cross the desert portion. Afterward, he eagerly spread the word that his overland route was faster and better than any other. According to historian Thomas F. Andrews, "It was Hastings’s renown as an author and trail leader, coupled with his presence on the trail…that helped persuade the [Donner] emigrants to undertake the cutoff that now bears his name." Hastings's dream of the empire soon collapsed when California was conquered by the United States military during the Mexican–American War. In 1848, Mexico ceded California to the United States under the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo.  A home of his in California, the Hastings Adobe, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.


After serving as a captain in the California Battalion during the Mexican War, Hastings again took up the practice of law. He married Charlotte Toler in 1848 and was a delegate to the 1849 California Constitutional Convention. In the late 1850s, he moved his family to Yuma, Arizona, where he served as postmaster and as a territorial judge. During the Civil War, Hastings sided with the South. In 1864, he traveled to Richmond, Virginia, where he met with Confederate President Jefferson Davis to gain his support for a plan to sepa-rate California from the Union and unite it with the Confederacy. Upon meeting him, President Davis promoted Hastings to the rank of Major in the Confederate States Army and asked him to assemble a military unit in Arizona, with the aim of defending California. However, the so-called Hastings Plot came to little, as the war ended early the following year.

After the end of the war, many disgruntled former Confederates left the United States to establish colonies in Brazil. Hastings visited the region, made arrangements with the Brazilian government, and wrote The Emigrant's Guide to Brazil (1867) to attract potential colonists. He died at St. Thomas in the Virgin Islands in 1870, possibly of yellow fever, while conducting a shipload of settlers to his colony at Santarém.

Married 2nd:  Brazil

Joseph Lyons McGee


BIRTH SEP 1847 • New Orleans, Orleans, Louisiana, United States

DEATH 1878 • Brazil

Married:  Brazil

Son of Confederado Thomas Logan McGee and Madora Aurora Lyons

Married 3rd:  

Capt. John Brown Johnston  (Sometimes spelled Johnson)


BIRTH 27 SEP 1841 • Fort Gaines, Clay, Georgia, USA

DEATH 22 NOV 1922 • Tampa, Hillsborough, Florida, USA

Son of William James Johnston and Mary Ann Amanda Henderson

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The Tampa Tribune, Thu.  Jan. 6, 1910,  Page 7


     Capt. James M. Cathcart, commanding Camp Loring, will be the master of ceremonies.  Capt. John B. Johnson, the veteran legislator, journalist, and orator of Dade City, was invited yesterday by Capt. Cathcart to be the orator of the occasion and has accepted.  There is no stauncher veteran in Florida than he and a treat is promised all who hear him.      Capt. Johnson is a gifted speaker and has long been identified with the work of Confederate veterans in the state, attending all the reunions and taking a  prominent part in the deliberations.   General  J,C. Davant,  of Brooksville,  commanding the veterans of Florida,  has  also been  invited to attend and  will also deliver an address.   Other  well-known  visitors will

also, attend the exercises. 

The Tampa Tribune, Thu.  Oct. 5, 1920,  Page 6

     Capt. John B. Johnson, of Tampa, for several years publisher and editor of the Dade City Democrat, and well known by all our older residents, rounded out his 80th year last Monday.  He was in his usual good health and celebrated the important event by coming to Dade City and taking dinner with his son, E.C. Johnson and family -- Dade City Banner. 

The Tampa Tribune, Sat.  Oct. 28, 1922,  Page 5


     Having fallen and dislocated his hip, several days ago while walking on Franklin street, Hon. John B. Johnson, who was speaker of the lower house of the legislature in 1893, and who is eighty-two years old, is now confined to Dr. H.M. Cook's sanitorium.

    While his injuries are painful, attending physicians are confident that he will recover, although on account of his advanced age recovery may be slow and painful.

     During the Civil War, Mr. Johnson was seriously wounded in the same leg in the battle of Chickamauga.  Mr. Johnson formerly resided in Dade City.  He is prominently known all over the state as an able lawyer and has been considered one of the greatest orators in the South.  He will be pleased to receive any of his many friends while he is confined in the hospital.

The Tampa Tribune, Wed.  Nov. 22, 1922,  Page 15


--Funeral services for Capt. John B. Johnston, 81, pioneer Floridian and newspaper man, who died Monday night, were held from the chapel of Mortician F.T. Blount Wednesday morning.  Internment was made in Woodlawn cemetery.  The deceased is survived by four sons, W.J. and J.A Johnston of Dallas, Tex., C.G. Johnston, Miami, and E.C. Johnston, Croon.  Captain Johnston, a Civil war veteran, was born in Georgia.  He came to Florida in 1883 and became an active figure in the political life of the state.  He was also editor of several newspapers in Florida.

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Lansford Warren Hastings (1819–1870) was an American explorer and Confederate soldier. He is best remembered as the developer of Hastings Cutoff, a claimed shortcut to California across what is now the state of Utah, a factor in the Donner Party disaster of 1846. He was a Major in the Confederate States Army during the American Civil War.

John B. Johnston was born at Fort Gaines, Georgia in the County of Early, now Clay County, on September 27, 1840. Johnston applied to and became a cadet of West Point.........After graduation from West Point,. Johnston enlisted in Company H. of the 5th Georgia Volunteer Regt. In 1865 during detailed services to Macon, Johnston was shot and wounded in the left thigh and captured by Union Forces. Johnston was imprisoned in Macon and was paroled on April 24, 1865.............. He moved to Florida on June 28, 1882. Johnston settled in Alachua County where he engaged in the newspaper business........ Johnton moved to Dade City, where he established the Pasco County Democrat in 1887 after the formation of the new county. The Pasoco Democrat was published for nearly 20 years . In 1893 Johnston was elected to the Florida State Legislature, representing Pasco County, serving for three terms. In 1895 Johnston was elected Speaker of the House of Representatives for Florida. On December 15, 1888 Johnston was elected to serve as the first Mayor of Dade City ; Johnston served two terms as Mayor of Dade City. By 1910 Johnston had become an active member in the Dade City Confederate Veteran Camp No. 57. By 1915 Johnston had moved to Tampa and was living on Franklin Steet. John B. Johnston passed away in 1922 while living in Tampa.



John Arthur Johnston


William James Johnston


Charles G.  Johnston

Child by Laura Jane "Jennie" Mendenhall


Ernest Clyde Johnston

BIRTH 10 JAN 1885 • Gulf Hammock, Levy, Florida, USA

DEATH 23 NOV 1966 • Citrus County, Florida, USA


Cornelia Enfield Trowfield


BIRTH 26 JUL 1888 • Gault, Santa Rosa County, Florida, USA

DEATH 7 FEB 1952 • Inverness, Citrus, Florida, USA


Helen Johnston


BIRTH ABT 1909 • Florida, USA


Mr. Hanberry


Louise Johnston


BIRTH ABT 1910 • Florida, USA

DEATH Unknown


Mr. Cooper


Margueritte Johnston


BIRTH 3 MAR 1912 • Dade City, Pasco, Florida, USA

DEATH Unknown

Married 1st:  29 Dec 1929 • Marion County, Florida, USA

Robert Henry Matson Jr


BIRTH 19 SEP 1907 • Inverness, Citrus, Florida, USA

DEATH 27 AUG 1934 • Tampa, Hillsborough, Florida, USA  (Age 27)

Son of Robert S Matson Sr and Frances "Fannie" Elizabeth Dampier

The Tampa Tribune, Tue., Aug. 28, 1934  Page 2


R. H. Matson, Jr., of Inverness, died yesterday afternoon at a Tampa hospital.  Besides his widow, he is survived by a daughter, Bobby Frances; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. R.H. Matson Sr., and a brother, John Matson, all of Inverness, and one sister, Mrs. George Pierce, of Tampa.  Funeral services will be held this afternoon at 3 o'clock at the Inverness Baptist church with the Rev. Tay Garrett conducting the services.  The interment will be in the Inverness cemetery....

Married 2nd:  25 Nov 1938 • Nassau County, Florida, USA

Theodore Roosevelt Tate


BIRTH 15 FEB 1900 • Jacksonville, Duval, Florida, USA

DEATH 16 NOV 1964 • Jacksonville, Duval, Florida, USA

Son of Edwin Tate and Louise Lillian Wimberly


Clyde Julius Johnston


BIRTH 22 OCT 1918 • Wauchula, DeSoto, Florida, USA

DEATH 4 JUL 1994 • Inverness, Citrus, Florida, USA

Married:  27 Oct 1940 • Citrus County, Florida, USA

Irene E Forbes


BIRTH 4 APR 1921 • Florida, USA

DEATH 4 SEP 2011 • Inverness, Citrus, Florida, USA

Daughter of Charles Lee Forbes and Fanny Edna Guynn

The Newscaster  "Squawk Box"  Wed. Jun 22, 2011  Page 1 & 8


     My father, Clyde Julius Johnston, was born in Wauchula, Florida to Ernest and Cornelia (Trowbridge), Johnston in October of 1918.  His paternal twin, Ernest, and he were the youngest and last children in the family which included three daughters. He was raised in Inverness where he and his brother were integral parts of the Citrus High School football team that won the Gulf Coast Conference in 1934, 35, and 36.

     He was a fullback and his twin was the quarterback on these teams.  Long-time football coach at CHS and Brooksville High School, (where he played and later coached) Eddie McIntire played against my father.  He once told me that my dad was the toughest player he ever faced.

     My Dad married his high school sweetheart, Irene Forbes Johnston, right after high school.  My mother was the homecoming queen at CHS not once, but twice.  They moved to Jacksonville after marriage and in December of 1941 my oldest sister was born.  Mom and Dad were inseparable; Until Hitler marched across Poland and Japan bombed Pearl Harbor.  

     Daddy and Uncle Ernest entered Officer's Training Corp and were commissioned in the United States Army in 1942.  They marched off to war and both the very young Lieutenants were sent to the South Sea Islands to lead forces into combat.  Uncle Ernest fared a little better than my Dad.  He would finish his tour of duty as a major while my Dad earned the rank of Captain.

     My Dad suffered wounds in 1943 and was sent home to the army hospital in Seattle, Washington.  The army flew my mother to Washington and she stayed by his side until he was well enough to re-enter the fight.  She rarely left his side and the doctors told her that he wouldn't have pulled through if she had not been there.  He never completely recovered.

     Daddy never flinched when Japan bombed Pearl Harbor.  He was living a dream with his beautiful wife and young daughter,  But men and women from that era understood the meaning of sacrifice, honor, and love of country.  The war took its toll on my Dad.  He fought the demons of war for the rest of his life.  He and my  Mother brought three more children into the world, but Daddy would never leave Inverness again.  He took whatever jobs he could find, and there weren't many in Inverness and worked hard to provide our family with the necessities of life.  We were not rich, but my sisters and I were well provided for and we all were afforded the opportunity to grow healthy and happy.

    I regret only one thing in my life; I wish I had spent more time and energy with my Dad.  He was a truly great person and in my younger days, I was not smart enough to realize that.  He died on July 4th, 1994.  How fitting for a true patriot to die on Independence Day.  Thank God I was able to tell him I loved him the day before he perished.  I wish he were here to celebrate Fathe's Day. 


Ernest Mendenhall Johnston


BIRTH 22 OCT 1918 • Wauchula, Hardee, Florida, USA

DEATH 20 MAY 1999

Married 1st:  28 May 1936 • Duval County, Florida, USA

Divorced:  1942 • Duval County, Florida, USA

Dorothy A Kolar

Married 2nd:  20 Mar 1950 • Duval County, Florida, USA

Helen Bright


BIRTH 6 SEP 1925 • Florida, USA

DEATH 14 MAY 2014

Daughter of Earl W. Bright and Maggie Belle Perry


Henry Clay Mendenhall


BIRTH 18 JAN 1847 • Westville, Simpson, Mississippi, USA

DEATH 31 MAY 1915 • Mobile, Mobile, Alabama USA

Married:  21 Oct 1868 • Mobile, Mobile, Alabama, USA

Elizabeth "Lizzie" Dora Bonsall


BIRTH 8 SEP 1852 • Norfolk, Virginia, USA

DEATH 3 OCT 1933

Daughter of John Bonasl and Sarah Dawley



Henry Bonsal Mendenhall


BIRTH 30 DEC 1870 • Corinth, Alcorn, Mississippi, USA

DEATH 8 FEB 1957 • Mobile, Mobile, Alabama, USA

Married:  6 Oct 1891 • Mobile, Mobile, Alabama, USA

Frances “Fannie” E McNeill


BIRTH 21 MAY 1871 • Baldwin County, Alabama, USA

DEATH 2 DEC 1960 • Daphne, Baldwin, Alabama, USA

Daughter of  William Stoddard McNeill and Laura Sibley



Henry Clay Mendenhall Jr


BIRTH 27 MAR 1894 • Mobile, Mobile, Alabama, USA

DEATH 25 NOV 1963 • Columbia, Richland, South Carolina, USA

Married:  15 Feb 1927 • Wake County, North Carolina, USA

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Elsie Watson


BIRTH 18 OCT 1894 • North Carolina, USA

DEATH 9 MAR 1991 • Hillsborough County, Florida, USA

Daughter of Frederick A Watson and Charlotte Elizabeth Nichols


Laurance Bonsal Mendenhall


BIRTH 28 APR 1896 • Mobile, Mobile, Alabama, USA

DEATH MAR 1968 • Baltimore, Baltimore City, Maryland, USA

Married:  6 Feb 1917 • Montréal, Québec

Mary Marjorie McGillis


BIRTH 25 APR 1892 • Montreal, Quebec, Canada

DEATH NOV 1969 • Baltimore, Baltimore City, Maryland, USA

Daughter of Robert Andrews McGillis and Jessie Auld


Ernest Dunlap Mendenhall


BIRTH 24 JUN 1873 • Corinth, Alcorn, Mississippi, USA

DEATH 15 OCT 1960 • Marin County, California, USA

Married:  16 Apr 1900 • Alameda County, California, USA

Mazel "Mazie" May E Otey


BIRTH 28 AUG 1878 • San Francisco, San Francisco, California, USA

DEATH 20 APR 1956 • Coronado, San Diego, California, USA

Daughter of William Newton Mercer Otey and Geraldine Gage



Lee Otey Mendenhall


BIRTH 30 AUG 1905 • Oakland, Alameda, California, USA

DEATH 25 JUN 1925 • Kobe, Kōbe-shi, Hyōgo, Japan

Not Married - Died at 19 years old - Ship accident


Ernest Dunlap Mendenhall Jr


BIRTH 22 APR 1911 • Oakland, Alameda, California, USA

DEATH 16 DEC 1997 • Greenbrae, Marin, California, USA

Married:  27 Sep 1935 • San Francisco, San Francisco, California, USA

Helen Stine


BIRTH 7 DEC 1909 • San Francisco, San Francisco, California, USA

DEATH 7 NOV 1978 • San Francisco, San Francisco, California, USA

Daughter of Oliver Charles Stine Sr and Sarah Isabel Longdon


Elizabeth Case "Liz" Mendenhall


BIRTH 19 JAN 1885 • Mississippi, USA

DEATH 18 JULY 1968 • Ocean Springs, Jackson, Mississippi, USA

Married:  25 Feb 1911 • Mobile, Mobile, Alabama, USA

Charles Grady Parlin


BIRTH 22 MAY 1880 • Apalachicola, Franklin, Florida, USA

DEATH 5 JUN 1940 • Ocean Springs, Jackson, Mississippi, USA

Son of Charles Henry Parlin and Cornelia Elizabeth Grady



Henry Grady Parlin


BIRTH 12 APR 1912 • Mobile, Mobile, Alabama, USA

DEATH 14 JUN 1984 • Modesto, Stanislaus, California, USA

Married:  5 Jul 1946 • San Francisco, San Francisco, California, USA

Lucretia Eggleston Money


BIRTH 13 NOV 1908 • Washington City, District of Columbia, USA

DEATH 28 JAN 2002 • Jackson, Hinds, Mississippi, USA

Daughter of Hernan Deveaux Money and Lucretia Kerchival Eggleston


Elizabeth Bonsal Parlin


BIRTH 25 DEC 1914 • Mobile, Mobile, Alabama, USA

DEATH 3 DEC 2011 • Wiggins, Stone, Mississippi, USA


Clay Mendenhall "Budgy" Parlin


BIRTH 19 APR 1918 • Mobile, Mobile, Alabama, USA

DEATH 26 JUL 1969 • Ocean Springs, Jackson, Mississippi, USA

Married:  Mar 1944 • Bedwellty, Monmouthshire, Wales

Betty M Powell


BIRTH 7 SEP 1923 • Wales

DEATH 13 APR 2010 • Ocean Springs, Jackson, Mississippi, USA



Clay Malcolm Parlin


BIRTH 6 JUN 1950 • Ocean Springs, Jackson, Mississippi, USA

DEATH 31 AUG 2010 • Moss Point, Jackson, Mississippi, USA


Charles Darrah Parlin


BIRTH 20 JUN 1920 • Mobile, Mobile, Alabama, USA

DEATH 10 FEB 1978 • Jackson, Hinds, Mississippi, USA

Married:  19 Jul 1958 • San Diego, San Diego, California, USA

Jean Mahood Fullbrook


BIRTH 18 OCT 1926 • Lincoln, Lancaster, Nebraska, USA

DEATH 19 SEP 1991 • San Diego, San Diego, California, USA

Daughter of Earl Stanfield Fullbrook and Ruth E Mahood


Mary Delphina Mendenhall


BIRTH 30 JUL 1854 • Westville, Simpson, Mississippi, USA

DEATH 2 MAY 1944 • Williston, Levy, Florida, USA

Married:  20 Nov 1883 • Levy County, Florida, USA

Joseph Hayes Jacobie


BIRTH 11 OCT 1852 • Covington, Kenton, Kentucky, USA

DEATH 10 APR 1919 • Williston, Levy, Florida, USA




Oliver Mendenhall "Ollie" Jacobie


BIRTH 28 DEC 1884 • Gulf Hammock, Levy, Florida, USA

DEATH 27 SEP 1950 • Chiefland, Levy, Florida, USA

Married 1st:  5 Nov 1909 • Leon County, Florida, USA

Divorced: 1929,  Leon County, Florida, USA

Mary Elizabeth Lewis


BIRTH 6 MAY 1890 • Florida, USA

DEATH 11 JAN 1977 • Leon County, Florida, USA

Pensacola News Journal,  Wed., Nov. 10, 1909,  Page 7


Special To The Journal

     Tallahassee, Nov. 9 -- The marriage a few days ago of Mr. O.M. Jacobie to Miss Elizabeth Lewis was equal in sensation to a thunderbolt out of a clear blue sky.  Mr. Jacobie, a very efficient and popular clerk in the office of the commissioner of agriculture, Hon. B.E. McLin, has been an intimate friend of the family of Mr. J. Stuart Lewis, a fellow clerk, for several years, but was not suspected of being a suitor for the hand of either Mr. Lewis's charming young daughters.  When it became known that he had quietly walked off with Elizabeth, the elder of the two, and had made her his wife without previous intimation of his intention to her family or their friends, it was an immense surprise.

     The young couple was married in St. John's Episcopal Church by the rector, Rev. S. Moran, in the presence of Mr. John Costa, a friend of the groom, and Miss Sallie Stuart Lewis, the bride's sister, who had been hurriedly summoned by telephone from the Women's college for the purpose of acting as bridesmaid to her sister.

     Mr. and Mrs. Jacobie were immediately received by the bride's parents, who would have made no objection to the match had they been consulted.     

Tallahassee Democrat,  Wed., Jan. 12, 1977  Page 12


     Elizabeth Lewis Jacobie, 87, of 452 W. Colleg ave. , died Tuesday at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital after a lengthy illness.  Mrs. Jacobie was a native of Ocala and lived in Tallahassee for 82 years.  She was a member of St. John's Episcopal Church.  Culley and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Married 2nd:

Nellie Atkinson


BIRTH 17 AUG 1893 • Dale County, Alabama, USA

DEATH 4 JAN 1947 • Levy County, Florida, USA

The Tampa Tribune, Thu., Sep 28, 1950  Page 2


CHIEFLAND, Sept. 27 - (Special) -  Ollie Mendenhall Jacobie, 65, a member of the University of Florida's first football team, died here this morning.  He was a veteran state department of agriculture employee, having organized the citrus inspection post at Fanning Springs, where he was stationed for 15 years.  Mr. Jacobie retired this year.  He was a member of the Methodist church, Chiefland; the Elks lodge, and the Wissiston Masonic lodge.  For the past three years, he had lived here with his sister, Mrs. D.P. Mckenzie, his only survivor.



Lewis Mendenhall Jacobie


BIRTH 14 NOV 1910 • Leon County, Florida, USA

DEATH 13 AUG 1930 • Leon County, Florida, USA

Tallahassee Democrat, Wed.  Nay 29, 1929 Page 4



June 18th will be a big day for the Tallahassee Capitals.  Lewis M. "Jake" Jacobie, who received his V.M.I. letter during the last get-together of the V.M.I Athletic Association, and a native son of Tallahassee, is billed to fill the station at first base for the Caps during the remainder of the season.  June 10 is when he is expected to arrive.

     "Jake" won fame this year by mooching the V.M.I varsity first sacker out of the way and earning a permanent position there this season.  He starred in games for the Caps during the North Florida League last year and was also captain of the Leon Baseball Lions during his Senior year at Leon High School.  Lewis is due a big reception at his home on 352 West College avenue as soon as he arrives.

The Key West Citizen, 13 Aug. 1913  Wed.  Page 1



TALLAHASSEE, Aug. 13 - Lewis Jacobie, 20 Virginia Military Institute baseball star, and resident here, was killed today when an automobile in which he was riding collided with a car occupied by negroes at a street intersection.  Richard Vanbrunt, driver of the Jacobie car, was injured but none of the negrroes were hurt.


Constance Mary Jacobie


BIRTH 16 MAY 1893 • Florida, USA

DEATH 19 MAR 1994 • Alachua County, Florida, USA

Married:  24 Apr 1947 • Brooks County, Georgia, USA

Daniel Patterson McKenzie


BIRTH 14 MAY 1881 • Florida, USA

DEATH 13 SEP 1957 • Chiefland, Levy, Florida, USA

The Tampa Tribune, Sat. Sep. 14, 1957  Page 2


     Chiefland, Sept. 13, (Special) - D. P. McKenzie, 76, former legislator and known as Levy County's "grand man" because of his generosity to his fellow citizens, died yesterday in an Ocala hospital.

     A developer, financier, lumberman, and turpentine operator, Mr. McKenzie entered the hospital two weeks ago suffering from a heart ailment.  He served as a house member from Levy County in 1945, 1947, and 1951 legislative sessions, being elected the last two times without opposition.  He had resided in the county since 1916.

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George Dunlap Mendenhall


BIRTH 20 JAN 1857 • Mobile, Mobile, Alabama, USA

DEATH 17 MAY 1949 • Lakeland, Polk, Florida, USA


Eliza Josephine Drummond


BIRTH 12 DEC 1861 • New York, New York, USA

DEATH 10 APR 1930 • Tampa, Hillsborough, Florida, USA

Daughter of John Alonzo Drummond and Mary Jane Lewis

Tallahassee Democrat,  Wed. May 18, 1949  page 9

H D Mendenhall's Father Succumbs

     George D Mendenhall died in Lakeland Monday night, May 16, at the age of 92.  Survivors are two sons, Herbert D Mendenhall, Tallahassee; Fred D Mendenhall, U, S. Engineers, Jacksonville; one daughter, Mrs. Mable M Sullivan, Tampa, and several grandchildren.

     Mendenhall was born in Mobile, Ala, and was one of the groups of southerners who composed the colony that went to Brazil after the Civil war and which has been mentioned frequently in recent years.  After returning to the United States in 1876, he settled with his parents in Florida where he resided until the time of his death.

     He has been a civil engineer and land surveyor during all of his mature years.  He was a registered professional engineer and land surveyor in Florida and was a charter member of the Florida Engineering Society.

The Tampa Times, Thu. Apr. 10, 1930  Page 2

MENDENHALL - Funeral services for Mrs. Elizabeth J. Mendenhall, of Lakeland, who died at a local hospital, will be held at 3 o'clock tomorrow afternoon from the funeral home of B. Marion Reed.  Dr. Thomas Turrell, pastor of the Unitarian church, will officiate.  Besides her husband, George D. Mendenhall, she is survived by one daughter, Mrs. B. M. Sullivan, of Tampa; two sons, Herbert D. Mendenhall, Lakeland, and Fred D. Mendenhall, of Tampa. Burial will be in Myrtle Hill cemetery. 



Mabel Georgia Mendenhall


BIRTH 14 OCT 1886 • Gulf Hammock, Levy, Florida, USA

DEATH 5 JAN 1979 • Tampa, Hillsborough, Florida, USA


Benjamin Martin Sullivan


BIRTH 15 MAY 1869 • Pelzer, Anderson, South Carolina, USA

DEATH 10 JUN 1952 • Tampa, Hillsborough, Florida, USA

Son of John Dunklin Sullivan and Penelope L. McDavid

The Tampa Times, 9 Jan. 1979,  Tue.  Page 11


Memorial services for Mabel M. Sullivan, 93 of Tampa will be held today at the chapel of B. Marion Reed, 258 Plant Ave., at 2:00 p.m. with Rev. Paul J. Wagner, Pastor of Temple Terrace Community Church, officiating.  A native of Gulf Hammock, Levy County, Fla., Mrs. Sullivan had lived in Tampa since 1900.  She was the widow of the late Benjamin M. Sullivan.  She is survived by her sons, Dr. Benjamin H. Sullivan, Sarasota, and Harold M. Sullivan, Tampa; daughter, Nellie S. Humphreys, St. Petersburg; brother, Fred D. Mendenhall, Tampa; 7 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren.

The Tampa Times Tampa, Florida 20 Jun 1952, Fri • Page 2



     Benjamin Martin Sullivan, 83, 1010 W. Henry Ave., prominent civil engineer and a resident of Tampa since 1905, died yesterday at his home.  He headed the engineering firm of Sullivan, Humphreys, and Sullivan until his death.

         A graduate of Erskine College and a veteran of the Spanish-American War, Mr. Sullivan worked in China and the Philippines for five years as a civil engineer.  He served as assistant city engineer of Tampa for three years before going into practice for himself.

     Mr. Sullivan was a member of John Darling Masonic Lodge, Gen. Joe Wheeling Camp No. 2, Spanish American War Veterans, Scottish Rite, Egypt Temple Shrine, Executive Club, one of the original members of the City Zoning Board, and a member of the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce.  He was active on the local zoning board until he recently resigned because of ill health.

     In addition to his widow, Mrs. Mabel M. Sullivan, he is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Nellie Humphreys, Riverview; two sons, Harold M. Sullivan, Tampa, and Dr. Benjamin H. Sullivan, St. Petersburg; a sister, Mrs. Frank Royall, Greenville, S.C. and for grandchildren....




Herbert Drummond Mendenhall


BIRTH 7 FEB 1883 • Gulf Hammock, Levy, Florida, USA

DEATH 12 JUL 1969 • Tallahassee, Leon, Florida, USA

Married:  22 Nov 1921 • Lakeland, Polk, Florida, USA

Lucy Kingdon Conibear


BIRTH 29 APR 1891 • Morton, Tazewell, Illinois, USA

DEATH 22 SEP 1966 • Tallahassee, Leon, Florida, USA

Daughter of Dr. William Henry Conibearand Mary Amelia


Tallahassee Democrat, Mon., Jul. 14, 1969,  Page 24


      Herbert Drummond Mendenhall, 718 W. Pensacola St. nationally known civil engineer, is dead at the age of 86.  He died Saturday of leukemia at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital following a short illness.  Mendenhall's distinguished career included service in the U.S. Engineers in this country and in Central and South America, serving in the U.S. Army in World War I and World War II which brought him the Legion of Honor from the Republic of France in 1919 and the Legion of Merit from his own country in World War II.  

     While in private practice as a civil engineer and architect he designed the Commodore Point Terminal on the St. Johns River, Jacksonville.

     He first came to Tallahassee in 1930 to design campus improvements for Florida State University, then the Florida State College for Women.  He was recalled to the Army in 1941 and retired in 1943 as a colonel.  Mendenhall returned to FSU as a resident engineer, a position he held for 10 years until his retirement in 1953.  He continued in consulting work with many engineering firms.  He was a native of Gulf Hammock.

     He was a charter member of the Florida Engineering Society and is believed to be the only man to have served the organization twice as president.  He was a director of the American Society of Civil Engineers, past president of the Florida Board of ZEngineer Examiners, member of the Society of American Military Engineers and Florida Association of Architects, and was listed in Who's Who in Engineering.  

     He was a member of First Presbyterian Church, The Tallahassee Historical Society, Quarterback Club, American Legion, and Reserve Officers Association.  He was a Mason and a member of Knights Templer, Lake City.  He graduated from the University of Texas with degrees in Civil Engineering and a Bachelor of Science.

     Surviving is a daughter, Mrs. T.H. Wood, Merion, PA., three grandsons, David, Robert, and Scott Wood; sister, Mrs. Benjamin Sullivan, and brother Fred Mendenhall, both of Tampa.  His late wife was Lucy Conibearr Mendenhall, sister of Mrs. J.CD. Kellum of Tallahassee....

Tallahassee Democrat, Mon., Sep 26, 1966  Page 3


     Mrs. Lucy Conibear Mendenhall, 75, a resident of Tallahassee for 34 years died Sunday night at her home, 718 Pensacola St.  Graveside services are planned at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Oakland Cemetery with the Rev. R. Davis Thomas officiating.  Burial will follow under the direction of J.A. Culley and Sons Funeral Home.

     Mrs. Mndenhall was a native of Morton, Illinois.  She taught school in Illinois and in Tampa before her marriage to Col. Herbert D. Mendenhall of this city.  She was a resident of Lakeland for 20 years and moved to Tallahassee in 1932.  She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, the Garden Club, DAR, and the Dames Club at Florida State College for Women.

     Surviving besides her husband are one daughter, Mrs. Thomas H. Wood, Merion Station, PA.; one brother, Henry C. Conibear, Lakeland; two sisters, Mrs. J.G. Kellum, Tallahassee, and Mrs. G.C. Williamson, Lakeland, and three grandchildren....   




Mary Lucy Mendenhall


BIRTH 5 NOV 1924 • Lakeland, Polk, Florida, USA

DEATH 9 JAN 2012 • Wynnewood, Montgomery,

Pennsylvania, USA

Married:  May 1951 • Tallahassee, Leon County,

Florida, USA

Thomas Hamil Wood Ph.D.


BIRTH 22 JUN 1923 • Atlanta, Fulton, Georgia, USA

DEATH 5 JUL 2012 • Haverford, Montgomery, Penn-

sylvania, USA

Son of Edwin McCain Wood and Abigail Sherman Huckaby

The Philadelphia Inquirer, 11 Jan 2012, Wed  •  Page B06

 WOOD - Mary Lucy Mendenhall, of Merion Station, PA, died on Monday, Jan 9th, 2012, at age 87.  She is survived by her husband, Thomas H. Wood; sons, David M., Robert B., and Scott D. Wood; and 3 grand-children.  A memorial service will be held at a later date at Merion Friends Meeting.


Herbert Drummond Mendenhall Jr


BIRTH 16 AUG 1928 • Lakeland, Polk, Florida, USA

DEATH 16 JUL 1930 • Black Mountain, Buncombe, North Carolina, USA

Died at 2 years old of myocardial failure



Nellie Winifred Sullivan


BIRTH 30 MAY 1911 • Tampa, Hillsborough,

Florida, USA

DEATH 24 DEC 1996 • Saint Petersburg, Pinellas,

Florida, USA

Married 6 Sep 1941 • District of Columbia, USA

Curtis Groff Humphreys


BIRTH 12 AUG 1910 • Pocomoke, Somerset,

Maryland, USA

DEATH 25 JULY 2011 • St Petersburg, Pinellas, Florida, USA

Son of Rev. Gideon Ireland Humphreys S and Flora August Hollett.  He was also affiliated with his father-in-law in the engineering firm of Sullivan, Humphreys and Sullivan.

High Point Enterprise, 8 Sep. 1941,  Mon.  Page 6



     Dr. and Mrs. G.I. Humphreys with their daughters, Nell Marrie and Charlene returned to their home, 821 College Drive, last night from Washington, D.C. where they attended the marriage of their son, Curtis Groff Humphreys to Miss Nellie Winnifred Sullivan of Tampa, Fla. which was solemnized Saturday after-noon, September 6, at 2:30 o'clock in the Rhode Island Avenue Methodist Church in Washington.  Dr. Humphreys was the former pastor of this church and officiated at his son's wedding Saturday.

     The ceremony was characterized by simplicity and dignity and immediately afterward an informal reception for the relatives and out-of-town wedding guests was held at the home of the bride's sister, Mrs. E. Ralph Cross, the couple leaving afterward for a short bridal trip.

     The bride is the only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. B.M. Sullivan of Tampa, Fla., and a young woman of personal charm.  She is a graduate of Woman's College of the University of Florida at Tallahassee, Fla.

     Mr. Humphreys is a graduate of High Point College and has many friends in this city.  He will leave this week with his bride for San Juan, Puerto Rico, where he has accepted a position as an associate health engineer.

The Tampa Bay Times, 28 Dec., 1996, Sat.  Page 43


     85, of St. Petersburg, formerly of Riverview, did Tuesday (Dec. 24, 19996) at Westminster Shores Nursing Home.  She was born in Tampa and lived in Riverview for20 years.  She was a legal secretary for Brown and Grayson Law Offices, Tampa, and a Protestant.  Survivors include her husband, Curtiss G. Humphreys, St Petersburg; a daughter Flora Gene Mummery, Coral Gables; two brothers, Benjamin H. Sullivan, Sarasota, and Harold M. Sullivan, Tampa; and two grandchildren.



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Flora Georgene Humphreys


BIRTH 17 FEB 1943

Married1st 10 Feb 1966 • Dade County, Florida, USA

Divorced:  4 Jun 1986 • Miami-Dade, Florida, USA

David Bulluss Ledwith


BIRTH 28 JUN 1941 • Hartford, Hartford, Connecticut, USA

DEATH 5 JAN 2011 • Islamorada, Monroe, Florida, USA

Married 2nd:  26 Aug 1989 • Miami-Dade, Florida, USA

Charles Raymond Mummery


BIRTH 11 JUL 1932 • Columbus, Franklin, Ohio, USA


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Georgene Elizabeth Sullivan


BIRTH 31 AUG 1912 • Florida, USA

DEATH 23 JAN 1934 • Tampa, Hillsborough, Florida, USA


Benjamin Herbert Sullivan


BIRTH 28 SEP 1914 • Tampa, Hillsborough, Florida, USA

DEATH 22 NOV 2004 • Sarasota, Sarasota, Florida, USA

Married:  29 Aug 1949 • Duval County, Florida, USA

Elsie Marie Swieky


BIRTH 29 JAN 1922 • New York, New York, USA

DEATH 1 MAY 2005 • Florida, USA

Daughter of Edward Swieky and Sylvia Cashin

The Tampa Tribune Tampa, Florida

05 Nov 1944, Sun • Page 26



     Capt. Benjamin H. Sullivan,  son of  Mr. and  Mrs.

B.M. Sullivan of 1010 W. Henry Ave., has received a

citation  from  Lt. Gen  Mark  Clark  for giving aid to

the wounded under fire.  The citation reads as follows:  "On June 29, 1944, at Mt. Polomo, Italy, Capt. Sullivan and another medical officer went forward under enemy mortar fire to give aid to the wounded.  His courage and efficiency under enemy fire resulted in the treatment and evacuation of eight soldiers.  The courageous action of Capt. Sullivan reflects credit on the medical corps of the army."  Sullivan is a graduate of Emory Medical school and had just completed his internship at Kings County Hospital, Brooklyn, when he was called into the army two years ago.


Harold Mendenhall Sullivan


BIRTH 18 DEC 1917 • Tampa, Hillsborough,

Florida, USA

DEATH 30 JUN 2015 • Tampa, Hillsborough,

Florida, USA

Married:  10 Jan 1943 • Hillsborough County,

Florida, USA

Mary Elizabeth Stapleton


BIRTH 23 APRIL 1921 • Zephyrhills, Pasco,

Florida, USA

DEATH 2 JAN 2000 • Tampa, Hillsborough,

Florida, USA

Daughter of Lee Dobson Stapleton and Geraldine Stuart Stebbins





The Tampa Tribune   06 Jan 2000, Thu  Page 17



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     Mary Elizabeth Stapleton Sullivan, former director of USF Instructional Materials Center died at her home Sunday evening, January 2, following several weeks of treatment for cancer.  Mrs. Sullivan was born in Zephyrhills, Fla. in 1921 and lived there with her parents Mr. and Mrs. J.W. Kerr until her marriage to Harold M. Sul-livan in 1943, during Mr. Sullivan's service in the United States Air Force, the couple was stationed in Florida, Mississippi, Oklahoma and Salt Lake City during World War I and established their home in Tampa in 1945.  Mrs. Sullivan received her bachelor's degree in music in 1942 from the Florida Tate College for Women (now Florida State  University)  and her  Master of  Arts degree

in 1970, from the University of South Florida in 1970.  From 1966 to 1979, Mrs. Sullivan worked at USF's Instructional Materials Center serving before her retirement as its director.  She then served for several years as a private research librarian for J.K. Stuart of Bartow, Fla. She also assisted Ms. Caroline Stuart in research for the "Florida Cookbook", co-authored by Ms. Stuart and published by Alfred A. Knopf (New York, 1993).  

     Mary Sullivan was a devoted wife and mother and was actively involved in church and community. , including PTA and scouting with her children, Marilyn Bickel, Marty Sullivan, and Carl Sullivan.  Mr. and Mrs. Sullivan were married for 56 years.  In addition to her immediate family, she is survived by four grand-children, Brian Bickel, Elizabeth Sullivan, Jeffrey Sullivan, and David Sullivan, two sisters, Virginia Williams of Hendersonville, N.C., and Jane Nash of Brevard, N.C., and one brother, James w. Kerr Jr. of Marietta, Ga.  A memorial service is scheduled at Blount Funeral Home 5101 Nebraska Avenue in Tampa at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 6, 2000.... 

The Tampa Times, 24 Jan. 1934,  Page 10


21, a student nurse at Tampa Hospital died last night at the hospital.  Funeral services 10:30 A.M. tomorrow at the B. Marion Reed Funeral chapel, Rev. Louis J.Richards, pastor of the Unitarian Church at Tarpon Springs, offi-ciating.  Burial in Myrtle Hill Cemetery.  Pallbearers:

Dr. H.A. Bieker, Walter Forrest Lucas Jr.., Gregory Lucas, William Meredith, Thomas Wait, and Allen Patterson Stucky.  Survivors are her parents, Mr. and Mrs. B.M. Sullivan, 1010 W. Henry St.: a sister, Mrs. Nellie Sullivan Cook; two brothers, B Herbert and Harold Sullivan, all of Tamp, and her grandfather, George D. Mendenhall of Lakeland.

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James Sullivan


Marilyn Sullivan


Carl Harold Sullivan


BIRTH 16 OCT 1951 • Tampa, Hillsborough,

Florida, USA

DEATH 20 JUNE 2007 • Orlando, Orange,

Florida, USA

Married:  30 Sep 1984 • Sarasota, Sarasota,

Florida, USA

Denise Downing

Daughter of Edward Thomas Downing

and Betty June Mueller


The Tampa Tribune  24 Jun 2007, Sun • Page 30


     He was born October 16, 1951, in Tampa, a fifth-generation Florida, died June 20, 2007.  He was raised in Seminole Heights on the Hills-borough River, where he and his siblings played and swam.  He grad-uated from Hillsborough High School in 1969 and was a National Merit Scholar at Florida State University, where his son, Jeffrey, will attend.  After graduating Phi Beta Kappa in 1973, he celebrated by bicycling across the nation.  Upon his arrival in California, he ducked into a bookstore and returned to find his bike was gone.  His parents wired him bus fare for the return trip to Tampa, giving his legs a rest.  He began his career as an actuary in Connecticut, where he met his wife, Denise.  They married in 1984 and returned to Connecticut where they had two sons.  They moved to Orlando in 1993 to join Hannover Life Reassurance.

     Although he missed mountain biking in the hills of Connecticut, he frequently biked the Snow Hill Road area on the Econlockhatchee River.

     He was an accomplished pianist.  As a young child, he practiced next door on his grandmother's grand piano, and in return, his grandmother required him to learn "Fantasi" - Eventually, the piano found a home at Carl's house in Orlando.  Carl is survived by his wife, Denise Downing Sullivan; sons, Jeffrey Michael Sullivan, 18, and David Thomas Sullivan, 15; sister, Marilyn Bickel of Petersburg, wife of Robert D. Bickel; and brother, Marty Sullivan of Winter Park, husband of Circuit Judge Maura Smith.

     He was the son of Harold M. Sullivan of Tampa and the late Mary Stapleton Sullivan.  He was uncle to seven nieces and six nephews, and great-uncle to two boys.  He was deeply loved by his wife, Denise, and deeply admired by his sons, Jeffrey and David.  He was a devoted father who worked hard and made a good life for his family.  In lieu of flowers, his family asks that donations be made to Susa G. Komem for the Cure. 



Fred Dunlap Mendenhall


BIRTH 10 OCT 1890 • Gulf Hammock, Levy, Florida, USA

DEATH 2 AUG 1986 • Tampa, Hillsborough, Florida, USA

Married:  02 Apr 1882 • Gulf Hammock, Levy, Florida, USA

Iola May Pomeroy


BIRTH 17 FEB 1893 • Amberg, Marinette, Wisconsin, USA

DEATH 30 JUN 1986 • Tampa, Hillsborough, Florida, USA

Daughter of Francis Virgil "Frank" Pomeroy and Margaret

Ellen Reveler

The Tampa Tribune,  Tue., Dec. 19, 1986, Page 1


     Mr. Fred Mendenhall, 95, of Tampa, passed away Saturday afternoon.  Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 12:00 noon from the chapel of the F.T. Blount Company Funeral Home, 5101 Nebraska Ave., with Rev. Paul J. Wagner, Temple Terrace Community Church, officiating.  The family will receive friends at the Funeral Home Wednesday from 11-12 Noon.  In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the charity of your choice.

     A native of Gulf Hammock, Fl., Mr. Mendenhall had lived in the bay area since 1900.  He served with the U.S. Army during W.W. II and held Distinguished Service Cross; member of the Florida Engineering Society; Retired from the United States Corps of Engineers in 1966; Graduated from M.I.T.; lifetime member of the American Military Engineers; Charter Member of  American Legion, Post 111. 

     He is survived by his daughter, Jane M. Dennis, Bradenton, Fl.; three grandchildren, Stephen, Seattle, Washington; Kyle, Evanston, Illinois and Kerry, Bradenton, Florida; two nephews, Dr. B.H. Sullivan, Sarasota, Fl. and Harold M. Sullivan, Tampa, Fl; two nieces, Nellie Humphreys, St. Petersburg, Fl. and Mary Lucy wood, Philadelphia, Pa., cousin, Constance McKenzie, Chiefland, Fl. 

The Tampa Tribune, Fri., Jul. 4, 1986, Page 34


     Mrs. Iola M. Mendenhall, 93, of Tampa, passed away Monday night.  Funeral services will be held Saturday at 12:00 Noon from the Chapel of the F.T. Blount Company Funeral Home at 5101 Nebraska Ave.  Cremation will follow. The family will receive friends at the Funeral Home Saturday from 11-12 Noon.

     Mrs. Mendenhall is survived by her husband, Fred D. Mendenhall, Tampa; Daughter, Jane M. Dennis, Bradenton, Fl; three Grandchildren, Stephen Dennis, Seattle, Wash., Kyle Dennis, Evanston, Ill., and Kerry Dennis, Bradenton, Fl.; two Nephews, Dr. B.H. Sullivan, Sarasota, Fl. and Harold M. Sullivan, Tampa, Fl.; two Nieces, Nellie Humphreys, St. Petersburg, Fl. and Mary Lucy Wood, Philadelphia, Penn.; several Nieces and Nephews in Wisconsin and Oregon.



Virginia "Jane" Mendenhall


BIRTH 29 AUG 1920 • Denver, Denver, Colorado, USA

DEATH 4 OCT 2010 • Bradenton, Manatee, Florida, USA

Married:  1 Sep 1945 • Chicago, Cook, Illinois, USA

Divorced:  28 Feb 1985 • West Palm Beach, Palm Beach,

Florida, USA

Maurice Wendell Dennis


BIRTH 26 DEC 1908 • Duluth, St Louis, Minnesota, USA

DEATH 1 JUN 1970 • Alachua County, Florida, USA

Son of Stephen Henry Dennis and Dagmar Maria Nirdstrom

The Bradenton Herald, 5 Oct. 2010 Page 12


Jane Mendenhall Dennis died October 4, 2010.  Born in Denver, CO. on August 29, 1920, she came to Florida with her parents in 1924.  She attended Tampa schools and graduated from Florida State University in 1942.  She moved to Bradenton with her husband, Wendell M. Dennis.  After his death she worked in the Sarasota and Venice offices of A.C. Nielson Media Research, retiring after 25 years.  She was a member of the Srasota-Manatee Phi Beta Kappa association and a longtime member of the Manatee County Humane Society.

     She is survived by her sons, Stephen G. Dennis of Seattle, WA., Kyle C. Dennis of Washington, D.C., and Kerry B. Dennis of Bradenton, her daughters-in-law, Sherry and Amy, and three grandsons.

     Services will be private.  Memorial donations may be made to the Humane Society of Manatee County or to the Manatee Red Cross...  

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The Tampa Tribune

Tampa Florida

Sat. Sep. 13, 1919  Page 14

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The Tampa Tribune,  Tampa, Florida

12 Oct 1947, Sun  •  Page 52




The Weekly Advertiser

(Montgomey, Alabama)

Tue., Jul 7, 1868   Page 2

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From the Nashville Union and Dispatch.

The Brazil Enterprise.

The following letter, written to a friend in this city, by a young man formerly connected with the Quartermaster’s Department at this point, and who left Nashville some months ago for the tropics, will be read with interest.  The accounts, if true, and we do not doubt them, will be apt to abate the South American fever to some extent in this locality.  We give it almost verbatim:

UTICA, N.Y., June__, 1868.

Dear ___: You will probably be somewhat surprised to receive a letter from me from the above place.  I have been to South America, to Brazil, and have just returned from there.  There were three families of us in the company, and we have all returned.  We found there was not of truth in the reports we heard in Nashville, in regards to the Hastings colony at Santarem.  When we arrived in Para we found several of the families from that colony there, and in the most destitute circumstances, trying to support their families by what little work they could get to do, and with small pay barely receiving enough to keep from starving, on the coarsest kind of miserable food, such as dried fish, farina, and the like.

Out of one hundred and sixty families that once composed the colony only four now remain, but are not doing much.  Hastings died and the colony appointed his father-in-law, Mr. Mendenhal, his successor, but the government refused to recognize any successor, and consequently, the colony is without a head.  The government withdrew all assistance, refused to cut and make the roads they had agreed to, stopped all aid in the way of provisions, etc.,  and of course, those who bought the land of Hastings can get no title until the whole tract purchased by him is paid for which I fear will never be.  Yet this colony is in no worse condition than every other colony we could get information of everyone are failures.  And why? Simply because it is no country for the American people.

We have here a miserable set of uncivilized beings, whose right to the title of human is half questionable,  being a mixture of a number of uncivilized races that should be classed as follows: First, the Indian, (which predominates,) then the negro, then the native Brazilian, which, in many instances are but from their degeneration, vastly inferior to either of the former and lastly, the Portuguese, much inferior to the Brazilians.  There are a few french, but no Jews, as the only family of Jews that ever settled there actually starved to death..

I attended the market in Para regularly and such a market!--- cabbage the size of a door knob, a few miserable sickly looking peas, with about two peas in the pod; beans, the same; corn, the ears about three inches long; eggs five cents each (two dozen would glut the market,) and beef! Poor, black, thin, and tasteless—not worthy the name of beef; potatoes full as large as marbles, not any larger; no butter, milk, or chickens, and, with the exception of bananas, no fruit as good as we find in any of our markets on almost any day--- I am speaking of tropical fruits.  The oranges are inferior, nor near so rich and juicy as ours; neither are the lemons; besides, everything is brought to market green.  I did not see a dozen pineapples in Para; yet, on my return to New York, I saw wagon loads.

We stopped at the first-class hotel in Para, and found the fare, not one half so good as our common soldiers or sailors have every day; but what was lost in fare was more than made up in the companionship of pleasant(?) visitors, such as lizards, vampire bats, scorpions, and ants.  Some of them were with us all together.  Gentlemen from Santarem told us that it was impossible to make a living by tilling the soil and that they had been compelled to abandon their farms on account of the prevalence of innumerable reptiles.  Tomatoes as large as an egg have been taken off by the lizards and swallowed, and what the lizards and grasshoppers left the ants would be sure to “gobble up.”

We only remained in the country a short time, but I think we know as much of the prospects of the American people in that country as we would have, we have remained two years.  I am fully satisfied that it is a perfect swindle and that the Brazilian Government is not alone to blame, for I believe there are persons in the United States as much and more to blame than they, for they are deceiving their own people by writing such glowing descriptions of the country in order to entice them to go.  I think something ought to be done to stop emigration to such an abominable country.  Why, the sun is so hot, so excessively hot, that none save Indians and negroes can work under it.  If our people could stand collecting rubber, they might do well and even make money at it, but it grows only upon low wet ground, underwater half of the time, and when that is not too deep, they have to wade up to their knees in the mud to procure it, which will kill any white man in a very short time.

I saw a Mr. Simpson, from Santarem.--- He had a little money than most of the emigrants, and he had bought a plantation, with some improvements.  He said he liked the place ever so much, but his family who were still in the States, would not come to him, therefore he had about made up his mind to sell out if he could, and join his family, and when he found that we were coming back anyway, he told us that it was the wisest thing that we could do, and freely acknowledge that it was no country for Americans, and spoke of his intention of leaving for the States whether he received any money for his place or not, as soon as the government paid him his dues for surveying, etc.

When we arrived at Para we found the steamer Tartar there with emigrants from New Orleans.  Some few families stopped at Para, and the rest went to Rio.  There was quite a number who wanted to stop, but as they had shipped for Rio the Brazilian government refused to let them off at Para.

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