JOHN HENDERSON SR.
My 4th great grandfather
Tennessee ~ Missouri ~ Arkansas ~ Mississippi ~ Louisiana
1778 - John is born to parents:
Sollars & James Henderson Sr. Greene Co., Tennessee
1785 - John's brother, Samuel Henderson, is born
1791 - John's brother, James Henderson Jr., is
1793 - John Henderson's father, James Henderson
Sr., is killed by Indians in Tennessee.
1795 - John's sister is born: 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)
1799 - John's mother marries James Tallent
John Henderson was married to Elizabeth
Wilson daughter of Samuel WILSON.
1802 - John Henderson, Sr., settled on Little Rock creek, another
branch of the Maramec, the early actual settlers were all Americans, thus we find
Wilson and his son John (1801);
John Henderson (1802); John Gillmore (1803); George Smirl,
senior, (1801); James Smirl (1802); and George, junior, in the St. Louis District of what
is now Jefferson County, Missouri (from "History of Missouri",
pg. 76, by Louis Houck).
1803 - had three children
1805 - John Henderson listed on 1805 Missouri
1806 - John Wilson
duly sworn says that one Henderson settled the
said tract of land in the beginning of 1802,
that he did prior to and on the 20th day of December 1803, actually inhabit
and cultivate the same that he had then a wife and 3 children, and further
that in the year 1801, one Samuel Wilson, the
father-in-law of said Henderson obtained from
the commandant a permission to settle for himself and his children.
1808 - John's son, Samuel Wilson Henderson, is born.
1810 - John Henderson Jr. is born
1810 - George Smirl, Jr. (John Wilson's
granddaughter married into the Smirl family and they were tied by marriage
to the Herringtons), assignee of John Henderson,
claiming 1003 arpens of land. John Wilson
affirmed says that John Henderson inhabited and
cultivated this land in 1802, and continued to do until 1805. In 1803, had a
wife and 3 children, that the said John Henderson
is the son-in-law of Samuel Wilson, Sr. and
came to this country with the remainder of said
1810 John Henderson was the signer (as were
his brothers James &
Samuel Henderson) of a
petition to the Land
Commissioners of Louisiana Territory [Missouri] (from "Missouri Miscellany",
Vol. 1, Pg. 88-93, by Mrs. Howard W. Woodruff)
1810 - 7 June - Receives settlement
rights to survey 783 on Little Rock Creek in JeffCoMo
John Henderson received his settlement rights to
640 acres on Little Rock Creek in what is now Jefferson Co., Mo. (From "Early Settlers of Missouri As Taken From Land
Claims In The Missouri Territory" by Walter Lowrie) This land is
near the west edge of what is now
Mastodon State Park.
1812 - 16 March - Amariah K. Henderson is
1815 - The John Henderson family was in either the state of
or Arkansas where his daughter Elizabeth was born according to census records.
1821 - John Henderson & family were residing in
Ouachita Parish, Louisiana when John sold property in Jefferson Co.,
Mo. to Murray McConnell who then sold it to William Wright
(from Jefferson Co., Mo. deed
1830 - John Henderson is on a Jefferson County Missouri delinquient
tax list for 100 acres of land.
1830's - The Henderson family returned to Missouri in the 1830's this
time settling in Washington County where three of his four children were married.
(Washington Co., Mo. marriage records). John Henderson Jr. was married in & settled in
adjoining St. Francois County.
1838 - John Henderson,Sr., was deceased by 1838.
It is unknown at this time if he died in Missouri, Arkansas,
Mississippi, Louisiana. A law
suit over John Hendersons estate property on Little Rock Creek, JeffCoMo is on file in the
Ste. Genevieve Missouri Archives
File #'s 494, 792.
1838 - John Henderson Jr. is appointed
guardian of his sister's minor children
1842 - The law suit over boundary
lines between Henderson heirs & William Wright is settled.
1847 - John Henderson Jr. dies after
purchasing the property next to that of his father-in-law, James Henderson
Jr., in St. FranCoMo.& putting the deed in the names of his children Geo.
W., James M., & Elizabeth Henderson. Since there is no mention of
his daughter, Almeda, she must not have been born yet.
1852 - Court proceedings between John Henderson
Sr. heirs -
Jefferson County Circuit Court Record
1855 - Remaining 290 acres of John Henderson Sr.'s
property is sold on court house steps to Mason Frissell
1856 - Mason Frissell pays off property & amount
goes to David Murphy curator for minor heirs of John Henderson Jr.
1863 - Money is divided between
surviving heirs of John Henderson Sr.
& John Henderson Jr.
John Henderson,Sr.'s children:
Sarah - b: 1802 was daughter of John Henderson Sr. She was married to
Thomas Chance & they had at least one child, a daughter named Sarah.
Hannah - 1804 was daughter of John Henderson Sr. She was married to a
man by the last name of Reeves. They had a son Samuel H. Reeves &
another son named James M. or H. Reeves. James was a minor in 1842. From:
County Circuit Court Record sent to me by Beth Wilson & Ste. Genevieve Archives
File #'s 494, 792.
James - baptized by
proxy 1841 by his brother Samuel W. Henderson
Samuel Wilson Henderson
was born 1808 in Missouri. He married Hannah HARRIS in Washington County,
Missouri 10 Feb.1833. They went to Illinois in 1839 when the Mormons fled Missouri. Samuel died
at Nauvoo 8 April 1843 of inflammatory fever & is buried in the
John Henderson,Jr.* was born in
Missouri circa 1810. He married his cousin, Mary Ann HENDERSON, in St.
Francois County, Missouri in 1839. They resided next door to her parents.
John and Mary Ann were the parents of four children. John Jr. died in 1847 before the birth of his fourth
Amariah K. Henderson
was born 16 March 1812 in either Missouri or the state of
Louisana. He married Amanda TENNISON in Washington County, Missouri 7 July 1837.
They resided northwest of Belgrade. Amanda was supposed to be a relative of President
John ADAMS. Amariah and Amanda became the parents of six
children. Amariah died in 1894 and is buried in
Jane Bryan Cemetery.
Elizabeth "Betsy" Henderson Hargrove was
the daughter of John HENDERSON, Sr. Betsy was born circa 1815 in either the state of Arkansas or
Mississippi. Elizabeth died in Iron County, Missouri sometime between 1870 -
1876. She married Jesse HARTGROVE in Washington County, Missouri in 14
June1835. They first resided in Washington County then Kaolin Township in Iron
County. They probably didn't even move as they lived in the southern part of
Washington County & that became part of Iron County when Iron County was formed.
Betsy & Jesse were the parents of ten children: Margaret E. who married Wm.
BURNHAM; Amanda; Emily who married Samuel SMITH; Eveline; George W. (b:1845) who married Missouri
Jane VEST; Maria R.; Amariah, Americus or Emory who married Elizabeth HARTGROVE; John L.;
William L. who married Sarah MAYFIELD; and Ruth C.
In May, 1992 Gene and I took a trip to
Lafayette, Louisiana and our route went right through Ouachita Parish. Of course we just had to
stop at Monroe so I could poke around through the courthouse records for a few hours! We
stopped briefly at Bosco to observe some very cute rare dwarf cats before proceeding on to
Alexandria. While there we learned there was a Henderson family cemetery near the
campground we were staying at. While visiting this cemetery I was bitten on the top of my
foot by a fire ant. Now I know how they got their name....it burned like fire! It also
left a red, itchy bump on my foot for more than a year.
While in Lafayette we toured
the Atchafalaya swamp which coincidentally happened to be at the town of Henderson! We
also enjoyed an airboat tour of Fosse Point Swamp, saw a lot of alligators and even an
alligator nest. We toured the Konriko Rice Mill, the Tobasco Factory at Avery
Island, danced to Cajun music at Prejean's and at Belizaire's
Restaurant we even got up enough nerve to sample fried alligator! (Yep, tastes like
chicken!) We had a marvelous trip!
Unfortunately the joy of our trip was quickly lost after we came home.
We had boarded our dog, Sandy, and our cat, Missey, while we traveled. We had had them
both for nine years. We called every few days to check on them and were always told
everything was all right. But during our trip Missey had become ill and two days after
our return she died. We were devastated. We have no living children and she was like
a baby to us. We still miss her and think of her. Later we adopted two adorable kittens
from the Humane Society of the Ozarks in Farmington. Candy and Brandy are grown now and
frequently "help" me with my genealogical research. They "help" by
sorting the papers on my desk for me (by throwing them in the floor!) They also
"help" me write my ancestral stories by tramping across the keyboard while I'm
typing! So I'll blame all of my typos on them!