||Henry & Anna Bennett Henderson|
|Henry Henderson was born 16 Feb 1824 near North Harpersfield, in Delaware County, New York. His parents were Robert and Margaret (Harkness) Henderson. He was baptized on 04 Jul 1824 at the Gilchrist Presbyterian Church.
Henry grew up in Delaware County, and most likely attended school for a time. He learned to be a carpenter, and probably worked as a hired laborer for neighbors until he was old enough to be on his own.
Henry was a carpenter and farmer. His carpentry needs may have taken him to a nearby sawmill that supplied logs for the area. This sawmill was located on the farm of Joseph Bennett in nearby Delaware County. Perhaps this is where Henry met Joseph’s daughter, Anna Bennett, whom he married in 1853.
Anna Bennett was born 27 Aug 1837 on the family farm south of Worcester, Otsego County, New York. She was the daughter of Joseph and Lydia (Birdsall) Bennett. Anna’s family can be traced back to Robert Bennett, a tailor who came from England to America in 1639. Anna was a Mayflower descendant; her great great grandfather John Bennett was married to Thankful (Soule) Bennett, a great great granddaughter of George Soule. George Soule was one of the Mayflower passengers who landed on Plymouth Rock in 1620. At least two of Anna's direct ancestors fought in the Revolutionary War.
Henry and Anna (Bennett) Henderson
On 27 April 1853, Henry Henderson and Anna Bennett were married. Henry was 29 years old; Anna was 15. They farmed near Davenport, New York. Their first child, John Ira, was born there on 10 Apr 1854, followed by George, born 13 Oct 1855. Between 1855 and the spring of 1860, Henry and Anna relocated to Jones County, Iowa, as the 1860 Federal Census shows them living in Castle Grove Township, at least by July 1860. They settled in Section 20 of Castle Grove Township, about 10 miles west of Monticello. William Henderson was born 09 Jul 1862, and Emma was born 10 Oct 1865.
Between late 1860 and 1862, Anna’s mother, Lydia, came to live in Iowa with her son, Phineas. This occurred sometime after the 1860 Census was taken. Later, she came to live with Henry and Anna. Lydia Bennett died on 13 Dec 1862, and was buried in a small cemetery, the Castle Grove Baptist Cemetery, about 7 miles west of Monticello.
The 1880 Federal Census shows:
The 1885 Iowa State Census lists these family members:
The 1890 Census was largely destroyed; therefore there is no census information for Jones County for 1890.
Henry Henderson died on 22 Nov 1891, and was buried in the Castle Grove Baptist Cemetery near Lydia Bennett.
Written and submitted by: Jane K. Wendell
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