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Hendersons and related families in middle TN

Posted: 1 Aug 2009 1:23PM GMT
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Items of possible interest to those researching Chandlers in Kentucky and Tennessee, particularly in middle Tennessee and even more specifically Group 7A

"It was about this time (1779) that James Robertson and certain other members of the Wautauga community decided to pick up stakes once again and head west. This was no spur of the moment decision, however. Several years earlier, in 1775, Richard Henderson, a wealthy Virginian and organizer of the Transylvania Company, had purchased practically the entire state of Kentucky and most of present-day Middle Tennessee from the Cherokees for room full of trade goods. This was the real estate deal which allowed Jacob Brown to buy the previously leased lands referred to earlier. Although Henderson's purchase was still technically illegal in view of the Proclamation of 1763, the later Treaty at Hard Labor had left the impression in many minds that the King's edict was no longer in effect. Henderson cared not for legalities and promptly sought to bring settlers onto his massive holdings with the view in mind that once the land was occupied, there was very little that could be done about it in the years to come.
In 1778 Virginia ruled that most of Henderson's purchases in what was later to become Kentucky was illegal. Consequently, he decided to push hard for settlement of those parts south of there, namely, Middle Tennessee. With this decision came the formation of the Robertson-Donelson party which migrated to future Nashville in 1779-1780." James A. Crutchfield, Early Times in the Cumberland Valley, p. 52 (Source #1)


ROBERT CHANDLER Will. 5 August 1805. Heirs: dearbeloved wife Parthenia; sons Josiah, Isaac, Parks, Ryland, and Baley Chandler; daughter Fanny; grandsons Baley and Eddins Chandler; sons in law -- James Henderson and William Eddins. Witnesses: Will Bloodworth and Sarah Cole. Recorded 7 October 1805. Wilson County, Tennessee Wills & Inventories, Book 1 (1802 - 1814), Pages 67-68 (Source #6)

AGNES WILLIAMS Will. 29 March 1802. Former resident of Granville County, North Carolina. Heirs: daughters Frances Ridley, Elizabeth Burton, and Agatha Burton; granddaughters Sarah Ridley, Elizabeth Burton, Francis R. Burton, Polly Ridley, Nancy (Salenhite), Elizabeth Alexander; grandsons James Ridley, Robert Ridley, John Henderson, Leonard Henderson; great granddaughter Frances (Francis R. Burton); and great grandson Frank N. M. Burton. Francis R. Burton is the daughter of James Menes Burton and Elizabeth his wife. Witnesses: Thomas Mitchell and John Petteway. Executor: great grandson Frank N. M. Burton. Recorded 24 October 1838. Wilson County, Tennessee Wills & Inventories, Book 9 (1837 - 1839), Pages 317-321 (Source #6)

JAMES MAYFIELD - NC - No. 101 - Reg. Mar. 4, 1788
For 10 lbs per 100 acres paid by James Mayfield, granted unto James Mayfield a tract of land containing 640 acres in Davidson County on the head of the west fork of Mill Creek. Beginning at Thomas Denton's north boundary, and William Overall's line, crossing a branch of the west fork of Mill Creek, John Henderson's line. Surveyed for James Mayfield Mar. 3, 1785 by John Buchanan, D. S., in consequence of a Warrant No. 245. Located and entered Jan. 6, 1784. Davidson County, North Carolina Deeds from the Register's Office, General Records, Vol. A, Page 145 (Source #3)

PLEASANT HENDERSON - Territory of the United States &c - May 19, 1794
North Carolina No. 403. For 10 lbs per 100 acres paid by Pleasant Henderson was granted a tract of land containing 640 acres in Davidson County adjoining the public land of Nashville on the south side of the Cumberland River. Warrant No. 106 and entered Jan. 15, 1784. Said land joining Elijah Robertson's corner and John Rains' corner and also the academy line. Surveyed for Pleasant Henderson Dec. 7, 1791 by Anthony Foster in consequence of a Warrant No. 106, Entered Jan. 15, 1784. Dated June 26, 1793. Davidson County, North Carolina Deeds from the Register's Office, General Records, Vol. C, Page 280 (Source #4)

Inventory of estate of Spilsby Tribble, deceased
Delivered by Shadrack Tribble, Administrator.
Several items listed
Among persons listed as purchasing items were : Thomas Chandler, Bailey Chandler and John Chandler. July Term 1799. Davidson County, Tennessee Wills & Inventories, Vol. 2, Page 154 (Source #5)



All of the following from "Rutherford County, Tennessee Pioneers Born Before 1800, In Commemoration of Rutherford County, TN Bicentennial 1803-2003", Rutherford County Historical Society, Compiled by Susan G. Daniel (Source #2)

2479. James Henderson, b. ca. 1735, probably m. Violet Lawson, b. 1738 - d. 1812 in Rutherford Co. (Vol. 3 Cemeteries of Rutherford Co, TN). [See also James Gibson family Rutherford County History and Families, p. 182]. Violet Lawson is said to be the wife of James Henderson and mother of William Henderson and Logan Henderson, among others.

2484. John Henderson & Sarah McEwen, applied for a marriage license on 18 Sep 1810 (Rutherford County Marriages). He was listed in the 1820 census for Rutherford Co. b. 1775-1795. He wrote his will dated Sep. 12, 1825 and probated Nov. 1828, naming his wife, Sarah, and brother, Logan Henderson. [Rutherford County, Tennessee Record Book 8, Page 4]

2487. Logan Henderson, b. 1780-1790 - d Dec. 8, 1846 in Rutherford Co., the son of James Henderson & Violet Lawson. His brother was John Henderson who d. ca. Nov. 1858 [Rutherford County Record Book 8, Page 4]. Logan m. Margaret Johnston, daughter of Colonel James Johnston of Lincoln County, North Carolina who was granted land in Rutherford County, Tennessee in 1771. Logan built a long house out of yellow poplar and cedar logs on this land about 1816. Today the house is located at 3600 Manchester Highway and called "Farmington". Their son, James Franklin Henderson inherited the house and expanded it. [Bicentennial Tour of Homes by APTA]. He was listed on the 1830 census for Rutherford County, Tennessee.

2492. Pleasant Henderson was on a list of letters at the post office in Jefferson, Rutherford County, Tennessee Feb. 15, 1811 [Genealogical Abstracts from Tennessee Newspapers 1803-1812, compiled by Sherida K. Eddlemon]. He may be the Pleasant Henderson of McMinnville, TN, who m. Agnes Watts Robards. Pleasant Henderson signed the Cumberland Compact, May 1780.

2493. Richard Henderson, b. Dec. 28, 1765, son of Samuel Henderson, Sen. and Mary Ann Waldrup, m. May 22, 1794, Mary "Polly" Tinsley. Richard Henderson signed the Cumberland Compact, 1780. He witnessed the will of Samuel Moody of Rutherford County, Tennessee, Sep. 9, 1815 [Rutherford County, Tennessee Record Book 3, Page 121]. There were 14 children: Preston Henderson (b. 1795); Parmelia Henderson (b. 1796); Margaret Henderson (b. 1798); Sarah Henderson (b. 1799); Isaac Henderson (b. 1800); Elizabeth Henderson; James Henderson; Samuel Henderson; Mary Ann Henderson; Richard Henderson, Jr.; Robert McNease Henderson; Caroline M. Henderson; Susanna Henderson; Martha Henderson.

2495. Samuel Henderson, Sen. b. in (?Hanover Co., VA and moved to Granville Co.,NC?) 1737, moved to Laurens Co., SC prior to the Rev. War - d. in Rutherford Co., TN ca. Fall 1820, leaving a will [the original exists in the Rutherford County, Tennessee Clerk's office], written 16 May 1818, probated Dec term 1820. He m., in 1757, Mary Ann Waldrup, b. 1738 - d. 1821 in Bartow Co, GA. They came to Rutherford Co., TN about 1803. He served as Lieut. 2nd Co., 2nd SC Regt under Col. Francis Marion in the Revolutionary War. He was also named a Patriot for furnishing provisions in Laurens Co., SC. He was on the 1810 census of Rutherford Co, TN and owned 244 acres on the 1809 & 1811 tax lists. Children: Samuel Henderson, Jr. (m. Sally); Richard Henderson; James Henderson (b. 1785, m. a cousin, Fannie Henderson); Mary Henderson (m. Robert McNeese); Nancy Henderson (m. William Rodgers); Patience Henderson (m. Andrew Rogders [sic]); Susanna Henderson (m. John Rodgers); Christine/Christian Henderson (m. John Caleb Davis); Sallie Henderson (m. A. M. King [Andrew M. King?]} [Rutherford County, Tennessee Record Book 5, Page 96], ["My Findings Volume 2" by Lillian Brown Johnson}, [DAR records].

2497. William Henderson, b. 1775-1784, son of James Henderson & Violet Lawson, owned 408 acres on the 1809 & 1811 Rutherford Co, TN tax lists. He was listed on the 1810 & 1820 census. He was appointed as juror for the Rutherford County Court of Pleas & Quarter Sessions, Oct. 10, 1812. He was a commissioner for Rutherford County, TN 1 June 1814 [Rutherford County, TN Record Book 1, Page 168]. Mary Gibson, b. ca. 1783, daughter of James Gibson, Sen. m. 1805, William Henderson [Rutherford County History & Families, Page 182]

Source Material (from my personal library):

1. Crutchfield, James A.; Early Times in the Cumberland Valley, A special Bicentennial Edition published by First American National Bank; 1976 by First American National Bank, First American Center, Nashville, Tennessee, 37237

2. Daniel, Susan G.; Rutherford County, Tennessee Pioneers Born Before 1800, In Commemoration of Rutherford County, TN Bicentennial 1803-2003, Rutherford County Historical Society, Published 2003 by Rutherford County Historical Society, P. O. Box 906, Murfreesboro, TN 37133-0906,

3. Marsh, Helen C. & Timothy; Land Deed Genealogy of Davidson County, Tennessee, 1783-1792, Volume 1; 1992 by Southern Historical Press, Inc., c/o The Rev. Silas Emmett Lucas, Jr., 275 West Broad Street, Greenville, SC 29601; ISBN 0-89308-461-1

4. Marsh, Helen C. & Timothy; Land Deed Genealogy of Davidson County, Tennessee, 1793-1797, Volume 2; 1992 by Southern Historical Press, Inc., c/o The Rev. Silas Emmett Lucas, Jr., 275 West Broad Street, Greenville, SC 29601; ISBN 0-89308-462-X

5. Marsh, Helen C. & Timothy; Davidson County, Tennessee Wills & Inventories, Volume One, 1783-1816; 1990 by Southern Historical Press, Inc., c/o The Rev. Silas Emmett Lucas, Jr., 275 West Broad Street, Greenville, SC 29601, ISBN 0-89308-644-9

6. Partlow, Thomas E.; Wilson County, Tennessee, Wills, Books 1-13, 1802-1850; 1986 by The Rev. Silas Emmett Lucas, Jr.; Reprinted 1998; Please Direct all Correspondence & Orders to: Southern Historical Press, Inc., P. O. Box 1267, 375 West Broad Street, Greenville, SC 29602-1267


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