Note: Buried, Concord, Pennsylvania Benjamin was one of the original Mendenhall immigrants to America, having arrived in Chester County, Pennsylvania about 1682. Benjamin sold 100 acres of the Harding tract to his brother, Moses, on November 27, 1686 (the acreage and timing intentionally matched that of brother John's sale to Thomas Martin). This transfer was nullified on February 5, 1688, almost certainly because by then Moses had returned to England. Benjamin bought 250 acres in Concord Township from William Hitchcock (who bought the land from William Penn in England) on February 8, 1702. Benjamin bought 500 acres west of the Brandywine in Kennett (now Pennsbury) Township from Isaac Few on March 23, 1703 with financial assistance from his father-in-law, Robert Pennell. They jointly received title on June 15, 1703 and quickly sold off 100 acres to Thomas Hope on August 20, 1703. Benjamin was trained as a wheelwright and made his living in that trade until he accumulated enough land to farm. A trunk that Benjamin made shortly after his arrival still exists and is in the possession of the Historical Society in WEst Chester, Pennsylvania. It is carved with his initials, B.M. and the date 1684 on the front and has wire hinges. This trunk was mentioned in his wife's will. In 1713 Benjamin and his wife built a substantial home on the western end of the 250 acres he had bought. The home is still standing and contains a date sonte in the gable in the shape of a half circle which reads, "1713 Mendenhall, Ben and Ann". In 1714, Benjamin was a member of the Provincial Assembly and in 1730 he was tax collector for Concord Township. When he died he was the sixth wealthiest person in Concord Township.
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