Virginia History #1
Courtesy Linda Arnold
GENEALOGY OF THE HENDERSON FAMILY
Early in the settlement of America, about the year 1611, Alexander Henderson
came from Aberdeen, Scotland, and settled at Jamestown, Virginia, and
afterwards settled at a place called Blue Springs, near the same place. The
said Alexander Henderson was the father of a numerous family and among them
Richard Henderson, who married Polly Washer and raised a family in Hanover
County Virginia. They had four sons, Edward, Samuel, Nathaniel and Lenard and
one daughter who married a man named Trevillian and moved to South Carolina.
Samuel Henderson was born in Hanover, VA in 1700 and was High-Sheriff of that
county for several years. In 1732 he married Elizabeth Williams a daughter of
a rich (for the time) Welchman from whom all the Williams family in Virginia,
North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennesee sprung. Said Samuel and wife
Elizabeth moved in 1740 to the colony of North Carolina and settled on Nut
Bush creek in what is now Granville County and took with them the first hogs
and the first apple trees to that colony. The children of Samuel and
Elizabeth Henderson were; Mary, married to Joab Mitchell, and who had seven
sons and four daughters. Richard born in Hanover County, VA, April 25th, 1735.
He was a great lawyer and was known as "The Treaty Maker." He, with his
brothers Nathaniel, Samuel and other associates, formed the "Transylvania
Company," and by the treaty which gave him his title of "The Great Treaty
Maker" purchased from the Cherokee Indians for the sum of ten thousand pounds
sterling the territory comprising the present state of Kentucky. Daniel Boone
went to Kentucky in their employ.
Richard Henderson married Elizabeth Keeling of Granville North Carolina, and
had four sons and two daughters, to-wit; Richard, Archibald, Lenard, John and
Fanny who married McKay, and Elizabeth who married Alexander. Judge Richard
died in 1785. Nathaniel born in Hanover County, VA, December 1st, 1736. He
was associated with his brothers Richard and Samuel in the Transylvania
Company. He had by his first marriage one son, Nathaniel, and by his second
marriage one son Samuel and one daughter Elizabeth who married Young. He died
while a member of the NC Convention from Tippa County in December 1789.
Elizabeth born in Hanover County, VA, 19th of Feb. 1738, and married John
Beckham who moved to SC. Ann, who married her cousin Dan'l Williams, and moved
to SC. She had six sons and four daughters.
Susan; born in Granville County, NC, April 23rd 1742, she married Reuben
Searcy and had five sons and four daughters.
John: born in Granville County, NC, Oct. 24th, 1744 and had one son and two
Samuel born in Granville County, NC, Feb. 6th, 1746, he was associated with
his brothers Richard and Nathaniel in the Transylvania Company. He married
Margaret Elizabeth Galloway of Boonsboro, Kentucky, two weeks after her re-
capture from the Indians who had captured her and Daniel Boone's daughter.
Their first child Fanny was born in Boonsboro in 1777 and was the first white
child born in Kentucky. She married Gillespie. The sons were Richard,
Pleasant and Alfred. The other daughters were Susan; married -- Spikes.
Betsey, married -- Dixon, Sally, married -- Rivers; Julia, Darcia and
Estelle. He died at Winchester, Tenn aged 80 years.
William born in Granville County, NC, 1748. He married widow Nelson of
Nelsons Ferry on Santee River, SC and had one daughter Betsy, who married
Tatler and moved to Attucapas, LA.
Thomas: born in Granville County, NC, 19th of March, 1752. He married Jane
Martin, the daughter of Colonial Governor Martin of NC and she was the sister
of James, Alex, Robert, Thomas and Samuel Martin all of whom were prominent in
their day. Thomas and Jane Henderson's children were: Samuel, Alexander and
Thomas, and daughters Polly who married -- Lacy. Jane married -- Kendrick.
All born in Rockingham County, NC. Fammy married -- Springs. He died in his
The above record was written by Col. Thos. Henderson of Mt. Pinson, Tenn.
from whose record it was copied by me,
H. M. Henderson
(prob. Harry McCorry Henderson, great-grandson of Thomas)
Thomas Henderson was born in Rockingham County, NC, moved to Raleigh where he
published the "Raleigh Star" the first newspaper published in NC. He married
Ann Fenner, the daughter of a celebrated doctor, her brother Dr. Erasmus
Fenner was a celebrated doctor and surgeon of New Orleans, where he died about
1870. His only son Judge Charles Fenner is now practicing law there. He was
commander of the famous Washington Artillery during the civil war, and has
been Chief Justice of the Louisiana Supreme Court since. Her other brother Dr.
Robert Fenner was a celebrated physician at Jackson, Tenn. None of his
children survive. Thomas Henderson and wife moved to West [,?] Tenn and
settled on the famous Indian Mound Mt. Pinson in what is now Henderson
Country, which was named for him. He was prominent in the early days of West
Tenn. His children were Richard, who was a graduate of West Point and was
killed in Florida at the Dade Massacre in the Seminole war. Calvin who has no
children surviving him. Wm. Fenner born in Raleigh, [NC?] and [5-10 illegible
words] to Texas in 1836, surveyed land and fought Indians in the early days
and afterwards practiced law until the Civil War, but never resumed the
practice afterwards as he said he would never address negros as "Gentlemen of
the jury". He died at Corsicana, Texas in 1890, 73 years of age.
Wm. F. Henderson first married Mary McCorry of Jackson, Tenn, by whom he had
two children: Harry McCorry Henderson, who was born in Corsicana, Tex., Sept.
13th, 1848, and is said to have been the first white child born in that
county. He is the writer of this, but has to take hear-say testimony for that
fact, for while he was present, his memory doesn't run that far back. The
other child of Wm. F. and Mary Henderson is a daughter Corinna Henderson, who
lives at Jackson, Tenn. By his second wife, Louisa Edwards of Lafatte [sp?],
Christian County, KY, Wm. F. Henderson had a son, Calvin, and a daughter,
Jennie, who live at Fort Worth, Texas. The other children of Col. Thos.
Henderson of Mt. Pinson were Thomas who was a wholesale merchant in New
Orleans before the war. When the war broke out, he organized the Henderson
Scouts, and was wounded at the Battle of Shiloe [sp?]. His Scouts made such a
reputation that the company of which his brother Sam'l was first Lieutenant
was divided. He was made chief of Scouts for Gen'l Forrest, and Capt. Sam
made Chief of Scouts for Gen'l Jas. E. Johnson. Capt. Tom was married three
times, leaving one daughter Susan by his second marriage. She married Wm.
Butler of Jackson, Tenn. By his last marriage he left two sons, Thomas and
William, both of who live in Memphis, Tenn. After the war Capts. Tom and Sam
Henderson formed the Cotton Commission and Brokerage Firm of Tom & Sam
Henderson, which did a large business until 1873 when it failed in the great
panic of that year. Samuel, whose history is listed above with his brother
Tom, died in New Orleans, leaving a large family.
[The next section is in poor condition -- missing portions are approximated
with X's or educated guesses.]
One son, Samuel, is a lawyer and XXX partnership with Judge Charles Fenner and
his son under the firm name [Fenner?], Henderson and Fenner. I do not know
what his other children XXXX.
Alex Henderson was a soldier, XXX XXX XXX XXX [Mexican w?] XXX XXX XXX. He
was a lawyer and died at [Seguin? (, Texas)], XXX XXX XXX XXX [sons?, Na.]
lawyer and surveyor at Wichita Falls, Texas, and XXX XXX XXX XXX [his] farm
near Austin, Texas. He also left three daughters, Corinna, Bruch and Maria.
Nathaniel, who was a stockman in Texas, and a sugar farmer in Louisiana where
he died in New Iberia. I do not know how many children survive him.
Corinna Henderson married Judge Henry McCorry of Jackson, Tenn. She left two
sons, Thomas who was killed during the civil war, and Henry who was a
prominent lawyer and died there, leaving a large family. She also left two
daughters, Mary who married Judge Freeman, and is now a widow with two
children, and Corinna who never married