John and Charity Mendenhall Mills of North Carolina, Tennessee and Illinois

John and Charity Mendenhall Mills Families

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John Mills (IV) was son of John Mills (III) and Sarah Millikan Mills of Guilford County, North Carolina and Jefferson County, Tennessee.

Charity Mendenhall was daughter of Mordecai Jr and Hannah Mendenhall Mills of Guilford County, North Carolina and Jefferson County, Tennessee. Charity's brother Mordecai (III) married Alice Mills sister of John Mills (IV). Charitys sister Hannah married Zachariah Mills, brother of John (IV).

John Mills IV
born 7/30/1774 Guilford Co, NC
died 9/19/1846 Vermilion Co, Il
buried Vermilion MM
Charity Mendenhall
born 9/20/1777 Guilford Co, NC
died 11/5/1858 Vermilion Co, Il
buried Vermilion MM
  Married: Licensed to marry 12/19/1795 in Jefferson County, Tennessee. Married probably at Lost Creek Meeting House since license date is carried in Lost Creek meeting minutes

Children: (records from Quaker Meeting Minutes)
Ruth Mills born 7/6/1796 Jefferson Co, Tn; married John Larrance 3/26/1816 Jefferson Co, Tn
William Mills born 10/5/1798 Jefferson Co, Tn; married Jane Unknown about 1816 in Tennessee
Hannah Mills born 1/26/1801 Jefferson Co, Tn; died 6/2/1823 Vermilion Co, Il
Sarah Mills born 8/26/1804 Jefferson County, Tn
Ira Mills born 12/4/1806, Jefferson Co, Tn; married (1) Unknown (2) Mary Dillon 12/28/1837 Vermilion Co, Il
Miriam Mills born 6/12/1809 Jefferson Co, Tn; married David Haworth 3/12/1835 Vermilion Co, Il (first marriage at Vermilion MM)
Rebecca Mills born 11/8/1812 Jefferson Co, Tn; married John Mendenhall 11/24/1831 Vermilion Co, Il
Milliken Mills born 12/27/1814 Jefferson Co, Tn; married Martha P. Smith 1/14/1841 Vermilion Co, Il
John Marshill Mills born 8/4/1817 Jefferson Co, Il; married Elizabeth Mendenhall 7/4/1839 Vermilion Co, Il
Lanty Mills born 1/26/1820 Jefferson Co, Tn; died 8/23/1821 Jefferson Co, Tn (probably a male as Ruth Mills Larrance named a son Lanty)
Charity Jane Mills born 3/5/1825 Vermilion Co, Il; died 7/3/1830 Vermilion Co, Il

The Move to Indiana

There is an entry at Honey Creek Monthly Meeting in Howard County, Indiana, on 4/10/1824 that John Mills and sons William, Ira, Millikan and John Marshall were received on certificate from Lost Creek Monthly Meeting. Women's certificate information is not available. There is no further entry at Honey Creek but the entire family is documented in full at Vermilion Monthly Meeting in Vermilion County, Illinois so their certificate may have simply been endorsed over to Vermilion. The list of children at Vermilion adds Charity Jane to the list from Lost Creek.

More on the Children of John and Charity Mendenhall Mills

Ruth Mills Lorrance

According to Jefferson County Families and History, Ruth Mills married John Larrance on 3/26/1816 in Jefferson County. He was son of Richard and Jane Hammond Larrance. Both Ruth and John were Quakers but were dismissed for their marriage contrary to discipline at Lost Creek MM in 1816. Both made their peace with the Quakers and were granted certificates to Vermilion Monthly Meeting in Vermilion County, Illinois. The certificates were received on 2/7/1829 at Vermilion. John's certificate enumerated sons Moses, Leroy and William and Ruth's certificate enumerated daughters Edith, Charity and Jane. John was complained of on 5/5/1832 for distilling spiritous liquors. He was dismissed on 9/1/1832 with power to appeal. John Larrance is listed as deceased at the marriage of his son William to Mary Hester on 3/5/1849 at Vermilion.

Ruth Mills Larrance continued her Quaker membership and was appointed overseer at Vermilion MM on 5/4/1844. In the 1850 census in Vermilion County Ruth is living alone near son Moses. With her is another son Jonathan Larrance, age 17, born Illinois. We will obtain more information from the Vermilion records.

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