here is an extract from "The History of Haverfordwest" by John Brown,
revised by J.W.Philips & Fred J Warren.
"Among others sprung from lowly origin, there was a family, the sons of
a weaver at the Merlins Bridge, of the name of Mends, four of whom at
least attained distinction in the service of their country.
The eldest left the old home,and, without patronage or friendship, rose
from one step to another in the Royal Navy, until he became an admiral.
For many years he was in command of the gallant "Arethusa" so well
known in naval song.
One day the admiral, when out on one of our naval stations, had, in the
discharge of his duty, to perform the not very agreeable task of
boarding a merchantman with a pressgang, Stepping on deck, he inquired
what seamen were willing to serve the king. Among others who olunteered
was a young man of the name of Mends. The admiral requested him to go
below with him, when he discovered that he was his own brother, who had
left the rooftree after him; and he too rose to high command in the
Another brother was captain of the Royal Marines; and a fourth was
captain in the Peninsular war with the Duke. He, I believe, built
himself a residence at Merlin's Vale, and was married to Miss Bowen of
Just for reference the Peninsular war was 1810 - 1814 - so that gives a
bit of a time frame for the above account.
The one in command of "Arethusa" was Capt. Robert Mends , I think later
Sir Robert Mends 1767 - 1823.
I was born in Merlins Bridge - hence my interest - I sent this extract
to someone else quite few years ago. I think I also collected some other
references I'll see if I still have them somehere in my very untify
In message <F52C55AF850240B0A48CB61FAC6F33A6@MumsComputer>, Valerie
Harvey <valerie-harvey(a)sky.com> writes
Hi I have been researching my ancestors and have found a lot of
them from Google as they were Admirals in the Royal Navy or seemed to have been
part of the early Methodist movement. I have got back to a David Mends Clothier,
who had sons, Christopher and William Mends ( the Methodist link) born 1724ish
in Hasguard and their brother a Robert Mends born around 1733 also a Clothier
whose 14 sons went into the Royal Navy.
>From papers held at the family history society and reference in a book written
in 1899 by a Mends ancestor the family name seems to go back to a David Mends
1485 who was the first esquire of Templeton followed by a James Mends, who was
instrumental in the civil war in the defence of Pembroke Castle , who was
defeated and hung on a tree in his own land in 1651. There is a family tree
written by a Mends family member in 1913 showing the above James Mends, then a
David MEnds and his son a David Mends being the same David as I have got back to
as above. The author of the letter says he got this info from the Heralds
Then also mentioned is a "trace of descendants" shown on a tablet at St Michaels
Church , I think Pemberton, which is no longer there but showed the Mends family
of 4 generations from 1651 to 1786. Also a mention of a mayor of Pembroke a
Robert Mends 1664-1668.
Can anyone help me tie this information together and get proof of the lineage
etc or point me in the right direction to follow this up?
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