JAMES HENDERSON, Sr. - My fifth great grandparents were Hannah
Sollars and James Henderson, Sr.
James and Hannah were the parents of least
John* the oldest being born circa
1778; I am descended from John Sr. & his brother James Jr. when John Sr.'s son, John Jr.
married James Jr.'s daughter Mary Ann Henderson.
Samuel born 1785;
James* born 1791;
I am descended from John Sr. & his brother James Jr. when John Sr.'s son, John Jr.
married James Jr.'s daughter Mary Ann Henderson.
James Henderson, Sr., in 1787,
settled on the south side of the Nolachucky River in Greene County in what would later
become the state of Tennessee. The famous frontiersman, Davy Crockett, was born on
the bank of the Nolichucky River in foothills of the Great Smokey Mountains in Greene
County in 1786 so it is quite possible that the Henderson family was acquainted with the
1787 - Grant # 377 - The State of North Carolina to all whom these
presents shall come
..Greeting: Know ye, that we, for and in consideration of the sum
of Ten Pounds for every hundred acres hereby granted, paid into our Treasury by James
Henderson - __?__ given and granted and by these presents do give and grant unto the said James
Henderson a tract of land containing two hundred acres lying and being in one county of
Greene on the south side of Nolachucky River, beginning near the bank at a walnut
__?__ __?__ thence south ?one or five? hundred and ?forty? poles to a black oak. Thence
west firty two poles to an Ash thence south twenty poles to a red oak. Thence _?_ back to
the beginning. ?Thence? down the river including the meanders of said river two hundred
and _?_ six poles to a black oak. Thence south firty ?five? east two hundred and ?eighty
poles to the corner of the closing line. As by the _?_ hereunto annexed doth appear
together with all woods, waters, mines, minerals, _?_ and appertanences to the said land
_?_ _?_ appertaining to hold to the said James Henderson his heirs and assigns ?forever?
Yeilding and paying to us such sums of money yearly or otherwise as our General Assembly
from time to time may direct provided always that the said James Henderson shall _?_ this
grant to be registered in the Registers office of our said County of Greene within twelve
months from the date here of otherwise the same shall be void and of ?no
effect?. In Testimony Whereof, we have caused these, our letters to be made patent
and our Great Seal to be hereunto affixed. Witness: Richard _?_
Esquire, our Governor, Captain General and Commander-in-Chief at Kingston this 20th
day of September, in the 12 year of our Independence and in the year of our Lord
1787. By his Excellencys Command. J. Glasgow, Secretary
Richard _?_ County: Greene Roll#: 12 Book 1 Page 265 Type Record:
North Carolina Land Grant Tennessee State Library and Archives
1791 - Greene Co., Tn. - Taxables of Capt. Samuel
Gragg's Company: James Henderson, 100 acres, one white person, one negro. (From Greene
Co., Tn. GenWeb)
1791 - James Henderson,Jr., (son of Hannah & James) is
born. (1850 & 1860 St. Francois Co., Mo. census)
1792 - Greene Co., Tn. - Taxables of Capt. Samuel
Gragg's Company: James Henderson, 100 acres, one white person, one negro. (From
Greene Co., Tn. GenWeb)
1793 - James Henderson mortally wounded by
1793 - James Henderson's
Will ~ Pictures of the original will
1795 - Court Records - Greene County, Tennessee - 1795 - pg.
476 "William Love enters into bond with Benjamin Armstrong his security in the
sum of two hundred dollars for the maintenance of a bastard child born of Hannah
Henderson." (From: Henderson descendant Lin Johnson)
1796 - Greene Co., Tn., - Taxables in Capt. Samuel Gragg
Company - James Henderson estate, 100 acres. (From Greene Co., Tn. GenWeb)
1797 - Greene County Tennessee Minutes of the Court of Common
Pleas, 1797-1807 - May - "Hannah Henderson is allowed the sum of thirty three and one
third dollars (for the maintenance of a Bastard Child born of her the said Hannah)
for one year; Including the expense of lying in. William Love being charged in law
to be the reputed Father is ordered to pay her the same in payments as follows Viz - to be
paid at the experation of four months." (From: Heidi Henderson - see Henderson Index)
1799 - One other from Samuel Henderson and Saml. McKemy
executors of the last Will and Testament of James Henderson Decd. To John Henderson Dated
July 22nd, 1799 for one hundred acres of land was duly acknowledged in court
and admitted to record.
A Bond from James Henderson to John Henderson was duly proven by the
oath of Samuel Henderson and is in these words viz: Know all men by these presents that I
James Henderson of Greene County and State of North Carolina am held and firmly bonded
unto John Henderson of the County and Colony aforesaid in the _?_ sum of two hundred
pounds good and lawful money of the same to be paid unto the said John Henderson his
certain attorney his heirs, Executors & _?_ which payment will and truly to be made
and done I bind myself my heirs Executors administrators and assigns firmly by these
presents Sealed with my seal and dated with my date this 17th day
of June _?_ Domini 1788.
The condition of the above obligation is such that if the above bound Samuel Henderson
do or shall make or cause to be made unto the said John Henderson his heirs & a
sufficient title to a certain piece of land containing one hundred acres it being part of
a survey that James Henderson formerly lived on and the part that John Henderson now lives
on, lying on the south side of Chucky River joining Chamberlains and Kellys lines,to be
divided beginning on the river bank at the lower corner of John Hendersons bottom field
and _?_ with that fence to the foot of the hill and from thence as a course shall direct
to contain one hundred acres; The Title to be made when the above mentioned James
Henderson shall have a convenient opportunity after he obtains his right for the same
lands from the office, upon the performance of these conditions the above obligation shall
be void otherwise to remain in full force and virtue. (Signed & Sealed) James
Henderson Signed Sealed and delivered in the presence of us Saml. Henderson Peter X Holt
See file of Bonds for original and Copy. [County: Greene Roll# 107 Book 1797 1799
Page: 176 177 Type Record: County Court Minutes Tennessee State Library &
1799 - Conveyors Samuel Henderson of Knox
County & Samuel McKemy of Greene County, Tennessee, executors of the estate of James
Henderson, to John Henderson of the County of Greene for 100 acres of land on the south
side of Nolachuckey River. (County: Greene, Roll # 180, Book 4 Feb. 1790 - May1802, Page
278 - 279, Type Record: Deed, Tennessee State Library & Archives - Original Material
[for this document] in poor condition [made] best copy available.)
1799 - Hannah Henderson marries James Tallant on 3 December
1799 in Greene County - Early East Tennessee Marriages, Vol. 1, Page 356.
1800 - Taxables of Capt. Gragg's Co. - Samuel McCamy for
James Henderson's estate, 100 acres. (From Greene Co., Tn. GenWeb)
1800 - Taxables of Capt. Gragg's Co. - James Tallant - one
white person, 6 town lots. (From Greene Co., Tn. GenWeb)
1800 - 2 April - Jinny Henderson marries Philip
Ohaver. (From: Henderson descendant Mac Elliott)
1802 - John Henderson settles on Little Rock Creek in that
part of St. Louis County Missouri that later became Jefferson County in the St. Louis
District. (From Goodspeed's History of Jefferson County, Mo.)
1802 - Rachel Henderson Murphy left the vicinity of Knoxville
& is in the Murphy Settlement, Farmington, St. Francois County, Missouri in the Ste.
1804 - Philip Ohaver & Jensy Henderson sell
"The one sixth part of the land left by James Henderson at his decease." to Wm.
Kilgore & it was entered into record in 1808 - Roll # 182 Book 8 Nov. 1806 - Apr
1809, Page 305 Type Record: DEED. (The foregoing Ohaver info is from Henderson
descendant Mac Elliott.)
1804 - Samuel Henderson (son of Hannah & James) marries
Mary Goforth in Greene County on 20 December 1804.
1807 - Hannah & James Tallent are residing in Ste.
Genevieve District of Missouri.
1809 - 28 Sept. - John Henderson of Upper Louisianna
[Missouri] & Ste. Genevieve District & Samuel Henderson, Greene Co., Tn., one part
& William Kilgore Greene Co. other part, tract on S. side Nolachuckey River, and part
of 100 acre tract surveyed by James Henderson, decd., beginning on bank of river near a
fall called The Big Sholl at lower corner John's fence, tract containing 100 acres.
Witness: John Henderson,Sr., Samuel Henderson, Sr. (From Henderson descendant Mac Elliott)
1809 - Conveyance: Samuel McKemey to John & Sam'l.
Henderson for 100 acres of land on Chuckey River. This indenture made and entered
into this second day of October one Thousand Eight Hundred and Nine Between Samuel McKemey
of the County of Greene and State of Tennessee of the one part and John Henderson of the
upper Lucianna [Missouri] and District of Saint Genevieve and Samuel Henderson of the
County of Greene and State aforesaid of the other part. Witnesseth that the said Samuel
McKemey for and in consideration of the sum of one Hundred and thirty Dollars to him in
hand paid before the signing Sealing and delivering of these presents the receipt whereof
is hereby acknowledged, hath Bargained sold aliened Released and confirmed unto the said
John Henderson and Samuel Henderson their Heirs and assigns all his Right, Title, Claim,
Interest, Estate and Demand in or to a Certain tract or parcel of Land lying in Greene
County State of Tennessee on Chuckey River, Containing one Hundered Acres, formerly the
property of James Henderson Deceased, and the Land on which the above mentioned Samuel
Henderson now lives. To Have and to hold unto the said John Henderson and Samuel Henderson
their Heirs and assigns forever. In Withness whereof I the said Samuel McKemey hath
hereunto Set my hand and seal the day and Year above written. Signed, Sealed and Delivered
Samuel McHemey (seal) In presence of John Henderson, William Kilgore State of
Tennessee Greene County Court April Sessions 1810 Then notes the execution of
this Conveyance duly proven in open Court by the Oaths of John Henderson and Willaim
Kilgore the subscribing witnesses and admitted to Record, Let it be Registered. Attest:
Andw. Patterson Clk By his Deputy Vale Sevier
Registered this 18th Day of December 1810 Attest: George ?Browne,
?BGC? County: Greene Roll #:
183 Book: 9 July 1810 - Mar. 1814 Page:
85 - 86 Type Record: Deed Tenessee State
Library & Archives
1810 - James Henderson,Jr., (son of Hannah & James) is in
St. Francois County, Missouri in the Ste. Genevieve District. (From Missouri Petitioners
1810 - Samuel Henderson (son of Hannah & James) is in
Caledonia, Washington County, Missouri in the Ste. Genevieve District. (From
Missouri Petitioners 1810)
1814 - James Tallant (husband of Hannah Sollars Henderson) is
in the Murphy Settlement, Farmington, St. Francois County, Missouri in the Ste. Genevieve
District. (St. Francois Co., Mo. Deed record)
1824 - Hannah Sollars Henderson Tallent dies.
1826 - John Henderson - [maybe this is
James Henderson Sr.'s brother?] Probated 23 June 1826 - Executors: Son John,
son-in-law Merryman Payne - To daughter Elizabeth Chapman, slave Lucy and her increase, at
Elizabeths death Lucy to go to grandson, John Chapman. To son, Samuel, 45 acres
adjoining George Masoner and formerly to Jno. Wilson. To daughter, Jean wife of William
Kilgore, $500 as she needs it. To daughter, Lide, wife of John Kilgore, $500 as she needs,
if not used to go for support of her son, Thomas Kilgore. To daughter, Sarah Hall, wife of
William Hall. To daughter, Mary, wife of Jacob Rinehart, 67 acres then to her son
John Rinehart. To daughter, Dorcas, wife of Merryman Payne, my negro boys Tom and Need. To
son, John, 800 acres I purchased from Benjamin Armstrong and George Gordon. To daughter
Charlotte, wife of Henry Hennegar, 100 acre plantation I purchased of Anderson Walker and
30 acres of Samuel Walker. To daughter Bathsheba, wife of Joseph Craigmiles, their sons,
William and Pleasant Craigmiles, two negroes. To daughter, Abigail, wife of William Grant,
all land deeded me by George Gordon adjoining Busler Nelson, also negro boy Manners.
William Kilgore, son of James, to learn to read at an English school, rite and cifer thru
rule of 3 at expense of my estate. Test: Peter X Masoner, John H. Kilgore, Samuel Kelly.
Dated: 7 August 1824 Signed: John Henderson. (From: Page 11, Greene County Tennessee
Wills 1783 1790, Compiled By: Goldene Fillers Burgner)
1830 - Philip Ohaver is
in Jefferson County, Missouri. (From: 1830 Jefferson Co., Mo. census). Very likely was
there long before 1830.
PLEASE NOTE MY THEORY ON AGES OF CHILDREN OF HANNAH & JAMES HENDERSON:
I have been in touch with a LOT of Henderson researchers the last couple of years all of
whom focused on Hannah's & James' son Samuel as the oldest child being born 1785.
Possibly this was because Samuel's birthdate was the only birthdate they had up to
this point as very little if any research had been done on Samuel's brothers John &
James. .However, I believe that John is the oldest son & possibly the oldest child of
Hannah & James. Here is why I think this: John went to Missouri &
settled in Jefferson County circa 1802. For John to have been of an age to settle in
Missouri in 1802 & appears to be the first of Hannah's & James' children to do
this it would indicate that John was considerablly older than his brothers Samuel &
James. Another point to consider is: In James Henderson,Sr.'s, will dated 1793
it states: "I give & bequeath to my beloved son John a brown mare & colt, my
saddle & gun." It lists no other children by name only specifying that the
remainder of the estate be divided equally between James' wife, Hannah, & other
children. It was usually the custom of the time to list the children in a will in
order of their age with oldest being first on the list. Sometimes the sons were
grouped together & sometimes daughters were grouped together usually in order of
oldest to youngest. Applying this theory would indicate John as the oldest
son. Samuel would have only been 8 years old at the time of his father's
death. It is unlikely that James Sr. would have left a horse, saddle & gun
to a young child & with son John being the only son mentioned by name in the will
& inheriting a horse, saddle & gun it would indicate that John was older than
Samuel. Also I was told by another Henderson researcher not too long ago that a Henderson bible record states that
John is Hannah's & James' oldest son being born circa 1778 so this helps to
confirm my theory. Another point: Many people have estimated Hannah's
& James' marriage date as 1784 based on the birthdate of Samuel & as him being the
oldest. With James death in 1793 this would be nine years after the marriage which
would mean that Hannah & James had six children in nine years. Possible but not
likely. With John's supposed birth date of 1778 this would make it a 15 year
marriage which would better accomodate the birth of six children. And with James,Jr.,
being born in 1791, two years before his father's death that would make James Jr. the
youngest son & likely the youngest child.
There were other Hendersons in Greene County, Tennessee besides James and Hannah. There
was John Henderson (died 1826 believed to be the brother of James, Sr.), Robert Henderson,
Rev. Henderson, Daniel Henderson, and Joseph Henderson & probably other Hendersons.
In Greene County, Tennessee there was a Henderson's Station, Henderson's Depot, and
According to the LDS Ancestal File James Henderson,Sr.'s father was Samuel Henderson
born 1740 and died 1782. I have not yet begun researching this generation of
Hendersons so have no verification on the information.
|From: JohnandMary Nash
Sent: Tuesday, July 8, 2008 4:59 PM
Subject: James Henderson's Father
several decades all we knew for certain is that James
Henderson's father was named Samuel; information that
came from the Nauvoo baptism list.. I know of
researchers who have been looking for the correct Samuel
since the 1940's; and so far we have several
possibilities, but insufficient proof. The most commonly
accepted parent has been Samuel Henderson (d. 1782) who
md Jean/Jane (Leeper or Thompson or Long or Elliott).
When we look at the children of this Samuel, it does not
work correctly to make him our ancestor.
Some recent research now indicates that the correct
father is Samuel Henderson of Franklin County Virgina.
This Samuel died in March/April 1808! I have a copy of
his will and summaries of the probate records, all of
which provide strong, but circumstantial evidence that
he is the correct ancestor. This material is found in
"Franklin County Virginia Wills - 1786-1812." See Will
Book #1: pp 325, 369, 434, 437, 438
P. 325 is an inventory of his estate taken 18 April
1809 (includes 13 slaves, 8 cattle, two pair spectacles
(he could read), other stuff, with total value at 110
lbs (English value).
P. 369, is his will, dtd 8 Jul 1806. Key info here is
a list of his heirs: sons John,William, Samuel. It lists
5 daughters - Jean, Margrit, Nancy, Sarah, Martha. The
bulk of the estate went to Nancy, then Sarah and Martha
(wording indicates that Nancy was either a favorite, or
more likely a widow). The executor was son William,
indicating that either he was the oldest, or the oldest
living close enough to be the executor. (John is listed
A second paragraph dtd 3 Apr 1808 indicates that the
three witnesses to Samuel's will testified that Samuel
Henderson had died.
P. 434. 29 Apr 1809: lists the sale of the Samuel
Henderson property, with executor Wm Henderson as one of
P. 437, 438: Accounting of proceeds of the estate. It
mentions debits to three people of interest to us (1)
John Henderson; (2) "Sam Mason per receipt in full of
Jean's legacy" (implies that Jean was an heir, but
deceased. and was probably a daughter); (3) WILLIAM
KILGROVE PER RECEIPT IN FULL OF JAME'S HENDERSON'S
LEGACY (meaning James Henderson was an heir, but
deceased, and quite probably a son).
While this list of male heirs is not final proof, it
does give us the first strong evidence that this Samuel
is our correct ancestor. It mentions William, who is
close enough to Franklin County to be the executor, then
refers to John, Samuel; and then the reference to a
A key question is concerning the identity of William
Kilgrove who owns James Henderson's legacy. A legacy is
a dower right, which means that when a male landowner
dies 1/2 of the property goes to his widow. Okay, by
1809, the dower rights that went to James' widow Hannah
has been sold at least twice, and is now in the hands of
William Kilgore of Tennessee, who was son-in-law to John
Henderson (James brother).
If we can find proof that William Kilgrove of the will
and William Kilgore of Tennessee are the same person,
then we have sufficient proof of ancestry.
I have had Teresa Brown of the Franklin County Court
search for the original hand-written will and accounting
documents to see if translators to the typed and
published version had erred. It would be extremely easy
to mistake an early 19th century "r" for a "v". She
could not find the original in her limited time. I hired
Beverly Merritt, an independent researcher from the
County seat to make an independent search - and she was
unable to locate it. Beverly is well-aquainted with
archival material in Franklin County and she told me
that the original could be in the State Archives in
She is also quite certain that Kilgrove and Kilgore
are the same person, that whoever copied out the
original will misread the hand-written name......... she
said, "the name is too close not to be the same person.
I have worked on names a good many years, this is not a
common name and misspelling it and mispronouncing it
would be "normal"".
In an essay I distributed a few years ago I listed James
Henderson's known relationship with any Henderson in
Tennessee known as John or Samuel... Some of those
associations gives a strong hint to a family
For example: 1779 Samuel Henderson is granted the first
land south of the Nolichucky River in Tennessee. John
Henderson helped survey the land.
1783 James Henderson is granted 200 acres of land
adjacent to Samuel Henderson. Later, John Henderson ends
up with land adjacent to James' land, then James
borrowed money from John and put half of his acreage up
1786 James Henderson makes bond the for the Samuel
Henderson/Lucy Ryckman marriage in TN. I do not know if
it is the same Samuel Henderson who first settled in the
1793 James Henderson is killed in TN. His land was
divided six ways: 1/2 to John Henderson, (the mortgaged
100 acres). this leaves 100 acres. It was divided
between his widow Hannah, and four children (John,
Samuel, Jean/Jensy (used both ways in the deeds), and
James. By law, her widow's "legacy" was half the land,
with the remaining divided four ways, about 15 acres
The final distribution of the James Henderson estate was
not completed until 1809. I have written about why it
took so long. It was a convoluted red tape process, but
I am suggesting that the timing of the final resolution
gives us additional evidence that Samuel H. of Franklin
County VA is our correct ancestor.
Here is the time line that suggests the association:
Oct 1803 - Hannah Sollars Henderson, now md to James
Tallent, sold her dower rights (50 acres) to Samuel
McKemey (James' executor).
1804 - Jean/Jensey Henderson O'Haver sold her 15 acres
to William Killgore (sic), (John Henderson's
1807-08?? John Henderson, who had moved to Missouri
about 1805, return to Tennessee, and with his Tennessee
brother Samuel (my ancestor) makes final the settlement
of their father's estate. And then Samuel who had a
family with Mary Goforth, moved to Missouri.
Jan 1808 William Kilgore sold Jensey's 15 acres to John
and Samuel Henderson.
March/April 1808? Samuel Henderson of Franklin County VA
died (proved in court 3 Apr 1808)
29 Apr 1809: final sale of Samuel Henderson estate in
Franklin County done and accounting made shortly after.
This is where the William Kilgrove surname is found.
28 Sep 1809 By now John and Samuel Henderson have
re-purchased Jensy's 15 acres, added theirs, plus the
few acres left to their younger brother James. They sold
everything to William Kilgore, son-in-law to John
Henderson (James' brother).
I do not know when or to whom Samuel McKemey sold the
legacy land he purchased from Hannah in 1803. I do not
know if he sold it to John and Samuel (the sons), or
directly to William Kilgore. The implication of Samuel
Henderson of Franklin County will is that William
Kilgrove (Kilgore ?) owned the legacy land sometime
prior to April 1809.
I make all this to be possible evidence of the
connection to Samuel Henderson of Franklin County. It
took sixteen years to make a final settlement of James'
estate - but why 1808-09? Perhaps it is tied to the
fact that part of the Samuel Henderson estate goes to
whoever owned the James Henderson legacy land. If this
is the case, then that could why John returned all the
way to Tennessee just to sell the 15 acres of land he
owned. It would not have been to see his mother because
she lived in Missouri, and so did their younger brother
James. His brother Samuel was his closest relative still
in Tennessee. However, their Uncle John still lived
there, and evidence found in the Nauvoo baptism list
indicates a reasonably close relationship between James'
son Samuel and the John Henderson family of Tennessee.
There is more, still inconclusive, evidence suggesting a
Kilgrove/Kilgore relationship. Many of the genealogical
websites place both surnames on the same page. I found
another will where a Kilgore had a Kilgrove as his
executor. This is far from proof but it does encourage
the search for clear proof.
There is more to do. I have found reference to a
Samuel Henderson living on Payne Creek in Franklin
County Virginia. I have not been able to locate it, and
my two contacts did not find it. I have asked them to
forward my query to the proper County agency that could
locate it, but I never received an answer.
Location becomes important because Franklin County was
created out of Bedford and Henry County in 1785, and
Henry County was created out of Pittsylvania County in
1777. I do not know how long Samuel Henderson lived in
Payne Creek, but if it was prior to 1785, then research
must shift to other counties. Also, if we can find a
church or small village on Payne Creek, then some
records might be available.
If they were in the area prior to 1781, the Parish
records would have more key information that would the
County records. Location would help determine Parish.
The initial suggestion that Samuel Henderson of Franklin
County might be our correct ancestor came from Linda
Arnold. Also, she adds that he md Jean/Jane Stephenson
abt 1755. She is said to be the daughter of John
Stephenson. This is a second marriage. The first was to
Mary McLure, and at least one child was hers.
In the official State Library of Virginia in Richmond
VA, there is an "Index to Franklin County Records found
in the Archives of the Library of Virginia (2002). The
Index lists "Henderson Family Genealogical Notes"
compiled by Haller Shelton Henderson in 1950.
I contacted a Richmond researcher, Brigitte Burkett, to
search these and other records. She located the missing
Samuel Henderson will and the several pages of
accounting for the settlement of the estate. I now have
copies. Two things are quite clear. the will reads "Kilgrove",
not Kilgore. It is also clear that the will is a
handwritten official copy of the original, which means
that the copier could have erred. Evidence for copying
is twofold. I know that many documents were copied in
1830's and 1840's because they were deteriorating. This
information was given me by the curator in the library
in Greene County TN. I expect it to be roughly the same
in Virginia. That the hand-written will is a copy is
evidence by three things. The seal is not there, but it
is written "seal". On the margin is a book keeping entry
titled "Samuel Henderson Will." The signature on this
book keeping entry is the same as the signature to the
actual will. Also, the 1809 accounting sheet, a year
following Samuel Henderson's death, is in the same hand
I fully agree with Brigitte Burkett's conclusion, "James
Henderson is almost certainly the son of Samuel
Henderson who died in Franklin County in 1808."
The documents I received shows an error that is a bit
intriguing. The published versions of the will gives
estate money to Samuel, son of Samuel. The actual copy I
received from VA says, "Samuel, son of James." The
deceased James mentioned in the will has either a single
son alive in 1806 when the will was written, OR, perhaps
James other two sons - John and James - were so far
away in Missouri that they were ignored. The latter
conclusion is feasible.
Another thought from Brigette. She finds no earlier
evidence of Samuel Henderson anywhere in VA. She wonders
where he might have originated - perhaps out of state.
She sent me two pages of a Henderson history in the VA
archives. This is the genealogy that has been around for
a while of three brothers (John, Samuel and James), sons
of Wm Henderson and Margaret Bruce, and who settled in
VA. This Samuel d. in 1782 and is usually given as our
ancestor. He is not a correct ancestor. The children are
wrong. I can find no tie in this history to the Franklin
County Hendersons to this.
Two professional researchers have now told me that they
believe that Samuel Henderson who died in 1808 is the
correct ancestor to our James Henderson. I have reached
the same conclusion; HOWEVER, we do not have the smoking
A final point. The Nolichucky River in Greene County TN
where James Henderson lived, is barely sixty miles
southeast of the center of Franklin County VA, where
Samuel Henderson lived - and the Blue Ridge vallies
connect the two locations.
I have new information on our Sollars ancestor. Sebert
Sollars family bible has been located. It has been
reviewed by Megan Cook who has given the info to Tammy
Henderson who gave it to me. There is good info here,
plus some additional information about Sebert's life.
This is helpful because it is the record of Hannah
Sollars Henderson's brother.
The heart of the information says Sebert (various
spellings) was born in 1758 in Augusta County VA, the
part that became Botetourt County. His parents were John
and Ellen Marshall Sollars. The probability is that
this John Sollars is the one born in Anne Arundel County
Maryland, 24 Jan 1699 to Robert and Mary Shelby Sollars.
And he descends from John Sollars who left England for
Maryland about 1650. There are some gaps of proof here.
Perhaps we can find it.
Your thoughts are invited, and so is your research. I
have listed the areas of research earlier in this
document. Please let me know what you find - or do not
find. John D.
It is said that Sabert Sollars, Rev. War &
brother of Hannah Sollars Henderson Tallent, died in St. Joseph, Missouri.
For additional information visit Rand Henderson's
Henderson Family Web Site
Foggy Mountain Breakdown
Counting From: Nov. 2002