Sunday, November 20, 2011

Joseph Henderson Hendricks Family Sheet

Family Group Sheet

Husband: Joseph Henderson Hendricks
Born: July 26, 1814
Married: April 18, 1840
Died: February 19, 1872
Father: Abraham Hendricks
Mother: Sarah Elizabeth "Eliza" Henderson
in: Li onier, Westmoreland Co., PA
in: Madison, Jefferson Co, IN
in: Kankakee, Kankakee Co., IL
Wife: Sarah Ann Hendricks
Born: March 21,1818
Died: Aft. 1900
Father: William Hendricks
Mother: Anne Parker Paul
in: Ligonier, Westmoreland Co., PA

1 Name: Sarah Ann Hendricks
F Born: Abt. 1841 in: Madison, Jefferson Co, IN
Died: July 1847 in: Madison, Jefferson Co, IN
2 Name: Eliza Mary Hendricks
Born: Abt. 1843 in: Madison, Jefferson Co, IN
Married: in: Kankakee, Kankakee Co., [L
Spouse: Charles T Hurd
3 Name: John Joseph Hendricks
M Born: Abt. 1846 in: Madison, Jefferson Co, IN
Died: in: lA
4 Name: Eliza Mary Hendricks
F Born: Abt. 1849 in: Madison, Jefferson Co, IN
Died: in: Madison, Jefferson Co, IN
5 Name: Sarah Dickson Hendricks
Born: Abt. 1852 in: Madison, Jefferson Co, IN
F Died: May 01, 1932
Married: in: [indianapolis, Marion Co., IN
Spouse: Henry Ketcham
6 Name: William Abram Hendricks
M Born: Abt. 1854 in: Madison, Jefferson Co, IN
7 Name: Virginia Fitch Hendricks I
F Born: November 1858 in: Madison, Jefferson Co, IN
Died: September 02, 1940 in: Excelcior, MN
8 Name: Walter Lowrie Hendricks
M Born: Abt. 1860 in: [Madison, Jefferson Co, IN

Sunday, March 01, 2009

Write a Letter!

You are probably asking yourselves, why is he saying that? The answer is real simple; they are a slice or just a small tid-bit of history that you are making. They give historians a small glimpse of life at the time the letter is written. I''m sure the next question would be; with all this technological media around why send a letter? Let me ask you, when was the last time you saved a text message with all the abbreviated spelling.

I am a writer and there is something about the motion of writing a letter or in a journal long hand. It not only brings what life is like at the moment but it gets the creative juices flowing and you leave behind a small amount of emotion - or a large amount if you would like. For us genealogists they are very important. Why don't we leave something behind for our great-grandchildren. For some reason, paper seems to last longer than electronic media.

Let me give you a snippet of why letters are import. I am going to quote a letter from former Madison, Jefferson County, IN resident William Chalmers Hendricks to his wife Susan Elizabeth "Lizzie" (Glass) Hendricks dated at Fort Bridger Sunday, July 17, 1881.


"My dearest Lizzie

As Jones had (illegible word) in my letter from Salt Lake the Major conducted under invitaion of Genl George Crook, to stop over a day or so here. I was the less reluctant for the reason that I found myself improving in heart & health & was willing to loose tim to that end, and also that the extreme hot wave may have passed away east before we reached it.

After finishing my letter to you from Salt Lake day before yesterday, we accepted the invitation of Genl Bain & son Doctor Bain, for a drive over the city and out to Camp Douglas. After whic with a larger party we took the train at 5 p.m. acrossabout 20 miles to the sotherly point of Salt Lake for a bath & swim. Found the water a little cold, but wonderfully bouyant, being at least 0/5 salt -- jsut the opposite of Lake Bridger. There the water is so light that a person can scarcely swim in it & if they drown go to the bottom & never rise. But in Salt Lake a person can scarcely sink themselves; the principle danger being of strangling from the excessively salt water. I could gloat without the least difficulty on exertion on my back with my head, hands & feet - in fact all the upper surfaces of my body out of water. Had a delightful trip; only sorr that you & the boys were not along. After returning at 8 p.m. with a small party of gentlemen including Gov Murry (one of the easiest pleasantest gentlemen I ever met) We were taken by Genl Bain to his residence for a coffee cake & ice cream lunch. The next morning (yesterday) we returned to Ogden and on to Cantin's Station where a govt ambulance was waiting to tak us over to Fort Bridger about 10 miles. There was an army officer along who introduced us to three lady passengers from the Fort -- One the wife of Captain stationed here -- another a married lady vistor at the Fort, & her sister.

They were dispenced to be very lively & social. I had not entirley recovered my natural health & life; and while the Major was in his glory I felt that I was a restraining element & determined that I would banish the clouds for a while at least & join them. On the principle that one extreme is apt to succeed while in the opposite direction an inspiration of funny anecdote & thought took possession of me & effected them the more because they had obsessed me as a serious old codger, in front of whom neither wished to sit. It not only lasted me through the ride to the fort, but during the evening & at the supper table full of army officers & strangers.

It seemed to me that every funny thing that I had ever heard came up accompanied by plenty of new. I could hover on the edge of the vulgar & profane without pentrating either. Had them all convulsed. For once I took a social bulge on the Major, who remarked when we retired to our room, that he was astonished at the development of a new man.

Excuse the above little egotism, but it is only to give hope that the changed feeling may at least partially last & mark the permanent breaking up of a depressed feeling that cannot possibly be productive of any good. I will try & am (illeible word) I can succeed, not withstanding my stomac trouble & draw back. Find Genl Crook very interesting in converstaion though dignified and quiet. He (illegible work) all as very pleasant & cordial & determined to keep the Major several days -- I will try however to get him off tomorrow. He id off with Capt Bisby for a ride & fidh & i am putting in the day alone peacebly, reading & writing you --

Denver Col July 21st

Monday the 18th in company with Genl Crook & Captain Bisby (commandent of the fort) we drove eight or ten miles over onto a tributary of Green River fishing, caught in all 127 trout. Tuesday 19th spent about trout until about when we drove back to tthe station. The Captain's wife put us up a very nice little lunch (Sage hen, Saratoga potatoes & ) and she and her lady visiting friend Mrs Miller accompanied us (over)to the station. Was much surprised to meet Luce on train -- we traveled together until about 2 pm next day when the Major & I left that train at Cheyenne for his place, where we arrived about 11 last night.

The first person I met this morning when I got up was Prof W F Stewart. We were both glad to meet so unexpectedly.

I have spent today very pleasantly with the Major and Proffessor & a Mr Hale of this place looking over thid Young City of 40,000 or 50,000 inhabitants. Even here at an altitude fo over 9000 fee the themometer was yesterday and day before over 100. Today is cooler & I am in hopes tht extreme hot spell has past. We go on tomorrow. Am getting anxious to get to Indianpolis & get letter from you.

Affectionately, Will Iam"


As you can see, it doesn't matter if you spell everything correctly or have perfect grammar, the thoughts get through. How about we all write a letter to our wives, husbands or children and ask that they keep them and then to pass them on later in life. This really gives me important information about my great-grandparents relationship.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Labor Intensive Process

For those of you Hendricks researchers, there is a labor intensive process called entering names in your database. This is important enough to take your time and to do it right the first time. Entering the names dates, spouses, children and on down the line for as many generations and children you have is time consuming.

As much as you would like to cut that time down, I warn you don't do it. Making sure the dates, places and names are correct is very important and will stand the test of time. Then you can compare what you have with other researchers. The other part that you really need to add is the documentation.

You may ask why this is important? It's important because you'll want your research and information to withstand any scrutiny by others who challenge your claim. By keeping copies of all the letters and information from my great-grandfather, William Chalmers Hendricks I have been able to prove that the research that I and another member of the family of Abraham Hendricks and Sarah Elizabeth Henderson is correct.

How correct is your data? Checking, double checking and triple checking does not hurt your cause. It improves it. So do the labor and enjoy the results for a long, long time.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Persistence and Patience Pays Dividends

I want to share with all other Hendricks researchers what I just posted my Jefferson County Indiana Genealogy blog at WordPress; which is linked to the Indiana GenWeb Project for Jefferson County of the US GenWeb Project:

I have mentioned this before and will mention it time and time again in the future; having bulldog persistence and the patience of Job pays off when pursuing your family genealogy. This week I have been the recipient of both. I have been trying diligently to develop the ancestry of Jefferson County resident, Sarah Elizabeth "Eliza" (Henderson) Hendricks. I have been working on this off and on over the last 20 years. I think that satisfies both categories. I have been very patient and putting the words of Winston Churchill into action, I never, never gave up!

This week, I hit the mother lode! And, yes I want to shout it from the roof tops so the whole world can hear. I have found the family of Eliza's father, Joseph Henderson. First, I have confirmed that he was a Presbyterian minister and that he attended Princeton College in New Jersey. I have confirmed that he was married to Mary Breckenridge. I have confirmed he was born in Franklin County, Pennsylvania. I have confirmed where he was ordained as a minister, where he began his ministry and where he went from there to end up in the home county, where Eliza was born. I have learned his father's name and that of his siblings and his roots back to the "Old World". I have found out not only that; but the family and roots to the "Old World" for his wife, Mary. Now that we have found that out, we are working on proving it.

Now that I have crowed; I'd like to hear what successes have you enjoyed?

Wednesday, December 31, 2008

We may hide for a whie but never go away

Good morning, all. I haven't posted out here for a long time. For that, I am sorry. I have not been far away - I just haven't been doing that much research lately. I have been writing and getting our photography business off the ground. Those two activities tend to take up a lot of my time. I promise to try to post more often during 2009.

I have started a group out at Facebook where we can share successes, failures and frustrations. I welcome all to join Facebook and stop by here's the link to the group - I am listed under Dry Fly Photography:

There is the availability to conduct live chats out there also.


Tuesday, January 23, 2007

The cost of doing research

Don't get me wrong, everyone doing Hendricks research has been wonderful in sharing information. There is only so much one can do on the computer when it comes to family research. Most of what is out here that has no cost has been found or uncovered by someone else. That is wonderful. The cost for one individual to be a member of each site that has a large database of names, dates and facts not associated with someone's research is prohibitive. On top of that once the information is found the researcher needs to spend additional monies to get copies of all the source material for that information. I don't know about you; but I don't have the resources to be able to foot all those costs and then I also don't have the necessary vacation time and gas money to travel to the locations to obtain that information first hand, let alone to have the money to pay for the documentation once the information is found. We are in a Catch-22.

Getting this documentation is vital to the serious Family Researcher! I personally don't care if I have a photocopy, fax copy or a computer generated JPG file as long as I know who and where the original is. Everyone has been so generous with their files and time of what they have been able to document to date. However, the pickings are getting slim for those "Lone Wolf" ancestors with no descendant families and no indication where they went when they left the fold.

Since we are already collaborating on our information, etc., I would like to make a suggestion and see where the cards fall. I live in the far Southeastern corner of the sparsely populated State of South Dakota in her largest city, Sioux Falls. If any of you have research needs in this neck of the woods, I would be happy to gas up my horse and go see what I can find, as I am sure you would do the same for me. I would like to see a list of who lives where and where they could go to look something up for another of our intrepid troupe of researchers.

In addition, who would be willing to support a single membership in one of the on-line database sites (such as:,, MyFamily and many others) and be the researcher for all of us at those sites? The cost would be about $16 - $18 per month so one could access all areas of the site. I've been thinking about becoming a member at but cannot do it for at least another 90 days.

I'll share my frustration with you. I have a relative who has done a lot of research and has gotten many relative friends on-line who she has shared information with. She has a lot of information, but it is like pulling teeth to get her to be forth coming with that information. As an example, I found out the date and place of my Irish great-great-grandparents marriage and her maiden name (Finally after 15 years of looking). I mentioned that to this cousin-in-law and was told "Oh, I've known that for years. Yet, every time I ask about that family I get nothing. Whenever I find or uncover something the first people I share it with is my sisters and first cousins.

I want to say a special thanks to Carol, Martin, Judy and Kathy Ann for helping me join the Massachusetts line of Hendricks. Each in their own way has been more than forth coming. I was just thinking we could all help each other out and make this a fun pursuit of genealogic truth. What I like to find in my family is that skeleton noboby claims or that rogue that has some shady history. That makes everything we do more colorful. It is so much fun to share those stories with others and to have them shared with me.

What do you think of my idea of volunteering for one another and getting a list going as to who can do what and where? We can share documents, names, locations, leads, etc. When I got a copy of the Kalamazoo. MI paper from around 1901 or 1902 and found that my very prim and very proper banker grandfather who was a 32nd degree Mason had gotten a girl pregnant while in high school and ran off to Kentucky to marry her, I laughed for a week. I laughed even harder when I found out his father chased him all the way there and brought the two back un-mmarried. I recieved that from someone in Kalamazoo who was helping me on another angle of that family.

This is what makes this whole genealogy thing fun. Again this is just an idea - sort of a shot in the dark to get others opinions.


Monday, January 22, 2007

Scott, the National Geographic Society has a very interesting DNA project going on tracing ancient ancestral migrations. Men can trace either their maternal or paternal lines. Because women do not have a Y (male) chromosome, they can trace only their maternal line. It's easy to participate and involves swabbing in the mouth just like the test you did. Cost is $100. I enrolled for my maternal line. It might answer questions about where our paternal line originated. We do match the Nordic catagory. Vikings invaded the British Isles, so that's one possibility.

I've wondered if T.A. was descended from old South Henry. That may have been the embarassment T.A. had in his closet. Henry is supposed to have had 20 children, I think the last one was born when he was in his 80's. Story is that Henry was old and so poor, with so many kids, even the pillagers with General Cornwalis had instructions to leave them alone. Carol
It is always difficult to admit that your research led you to wrong conclusions. Every genealogist makes a leap of faith from time to time and then backtracks to prove that assumption from the other direction. From the beginning I not only knew who my grandparents were and when and where they were born. I also knew the names of all my great-grandparents and their children. You see my mother was a high school history teacher and her home was just an extension of her classroom; with one exception, she was more demanding on us than them when it came to personal history. My mother, Beatrice (Brundage) Hendricks made huge leaps of faith and then went about proving those leaps. Unfortunately, she died before she was done with the proving stage.

I inherited her love of history and all the documentation that she had done. She was short on maintaining documentary evidence, but she was good at documenting the sources of that inormation. The biggest inigma of her search was my fathers family. They were not knowledgable about their family history and his paternal grandparents died before he was born or not long after. His mother, Georgia Kenney (Hammon) Hendricks died seven months after George (my father) was born. His father was ill-equiped to raise a child on his own and his father was already dead and his mother quite elderly, with little resourses to raise a child. George ended up being raised by a nanny (at that time a nanny was referred to as a governess) in the home of his maternal grandparents, Wendell Philucious "WP" Hammon and Augusta Mary "Gussie" or "Mur to family members" (Kenney) Hammon. George rarely saw or associated with his father, who had become somewhat of a west coast playboy. George knew his paternal grandmother, Elizabeth Susan "Lizzie" (Glass) Hendricks. She died when he was still a young boy. George's education was at various military academies: mainly, Black Fox Military Academy in Hollywood, CA and New Mexico Military Academy in Roswell, New Mexico. He didn't know his paternal cousins until later in life. So my mother pursued that avenue because she knew it was important.

My mother was able to get George's line back to Abram Hendricks m. Sarah Elizabeth "Eliza" Henderson. She found out that they moved from Westmoreland County (Or around Pittsburgh), PA. She was unable to get any further than that. She also knew that George's grandfather, William Chalmers Hendricks was related to V.P. Thomas Andrews Hendricks. She never shared with her children how she knew that. It wasn't until my father donated WC's files to the California Historical Society and he photocopied those files for the writer of this blog, that I found out they were first cousins.

I started to trace the line past Abram Hendricks of Madison, Jefferson County, Indiana. I found that he was fourth son of Col. Abraham "Abram" Hendricks and Ann Jamison. It wasn't long there after I was able to make the connection to Daniel, Sr. After searching for ten years I ran across a book call the Frontier Hendricks by Dr. John Scott Davenport. I obtained both copies of the book and found that he touched on the ancestry of Thomas Andrews Hendricks. I knew that by tracing backwards on TA was going to be easier than Abram's. Dr. Davenport made a leap of faith when he made an assumption that Daniel, Sr. was a part of the Henry Hendricks line son of James (first son of Albertus Hendrickson) because of the proximity of where he found land records and where he lived.

We pursued that angle and became convinced that was the family from whom we descended. With the advent of Y-DNA testing we found that our family was no match for that of Albertus Hendrickson. Since I was the only male with irrefutable evidence of the family connection to TA, we decided to have the 37 marker Y-DNA test done. That test is now back. I was surprised to find out that all the research over the last ten years ended with the wrong conclusions. It is clear that my line of family belongs to the line of Daniel Henry Hendrick b. Oct 16, 1610, d. Jul 1663 Ipswich, Essex Co. MA. m. approximately 1642 Haverhill, Essex Co., MA Dorothy M Pike daughter of John Pike and Dorothy Day b. Abt. 1617 Bridgewater, Landford, Wiltshire, England d. June 5, 1659 Havehill, Essex Co., MA.

This has caused me to question all of my research to date. At first, I was in a state of consternation. But then, Carol Wilson, who I met on line over the years sent me an e-mail welcoming me to her line. I had found out years ago of two additional children for Daniel Sr., Absolem and Daniel Jr. Carol's family is descended from Absolem.

My point of this whole essay is: Always question what you do and don't hesitate to go back and make sure all your documentation is in place. Y-DNA testing only gives you direction; it does not provide the answers to you questions. We still need to do our due diligence when it comes to documenting the lines we come from. It does not mean we cannot share information and collaberate with other. What we need to do is to make sure when we have tenuous connections is to keep going back and question who, what, where and why.

Please share your comments and bring other Hendricks/Hendrix/Hendrick researcher over to lend their opinions, frustrations, comments and recent finds.