John Mendenhall
(Abt 1536-)
John Mendenhall


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John Mendenhall

  • Born: 1560, Little Bedwin, England
  • Marriage: Elizabeth
  • Died: Jun 1614, Ajmer, India at age 54

bullet  General Notes:


John was a self-styled ambassador to India, appointed by the East India
Company in 1599; he claimed to be the representative of Queen Elizabeth I. In
addition to his child born in England, he had two illegitimate children by a
Persian woman. A son and daughter were still living with their mother in Persia
at the time of John's death. John left London 12 Feb 1599 in the "Hector" with
Richard Parsons as its master. On 27 Apr they arrived at Zante where John hired
a "saettia" and went to Izmir, Turkey and on to Constantinople, arriving 29 Oct
1599. He stayed in Constantinople for six months, resuming his journey and
arriving at Aleppo 24 May 1600. He left Aleppo and arrived at Bir at the edge
of the Euphrates River with about 600 people. According to the East India
Company records, John made a second trip to India early in 1614. It was on this
trip that he fell ill and died. His body was buried in the Catholic Cemetery.


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The Mendenhall Family, Thomas A. Valentine, 485 Ramsdale Drive, Roswell GA
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John married Elizabeth. (Elizabeth was born about 1562 in England and died in 1602 in Little Bedwin, England.)

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