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5. RICHARD2 HENDERSON (James1); born 1784–1787, probably in what is now Northern Ireland; died circa 1865; married VIOLET HUNTER, born 4 November 1789 in Pennsylvania; died in the 1850s.14 Violet was a daughter Robert and Elizabeth (Park) Hunter—see the section "Robert Hunter and other early Hunters of Venango-Forrest and Warren counties, Pennsylvania." Hence Richard and Violet were first cousins.
Richard Henderson settled in what is present–day Southwest Township, Warren County. He was taxed in 1806 in that area.15 In 1810 Richard, wife and one child (son, this would be James), were living in Brokenstraw Township, Warren County, Pennsylvania.16 No indication that Richard's mother was living with the family at this time. In 1820, Richard and Violet and family were living in Conewango Township (now part of present–day Southwest Township), Warren County;17 in 183018 and 1840, they were in Deerfield Township (now part of present–day Southwest Township), Warren County; and in 1850 they were living with their son John in Southwest Township, Warren County.19 By 1860, Violet had died, and Richard was still living with son John Henderson.20There is a biographical of Richard Henderson on page 537 of Schenck (1887):
The Holmden Family Tree23 lists Sarah Henderson, born 21 September 1818; died 8 November 1870; married 1 March 1841 Thomas Holmden, born 13 November 1817; died 2 February 1886. After Sarah died, Thomas married (second) 11 December 1871 Jerusha Mackey of Trumbull County, Ohio (or they were married in Trumbull County). There are several reasons for this Sarah Henderson possibly being a daughter of Richard and Violet (Hunter) Henderson:
(1). Richard and Violet did have a daughter born at the right time to be Sarah.
(2). The two families would have been in the same general area; and I know of no other early Henderson family of that area. Pithole is in Cornplanter Township, Venango County, Pennsylvania.
(3). Thomas Holmden’s sister Elizabeth Ann Holmden was known to have married William Broadfoot Watson, who would have been a first cousin of Sarah, if Sarah (Henderson) Holmden indeed was the daughter of Richard Henderson.
(4). Both Richard’s brothers, Samuel and David, named a daughter, Sarah, presumably after their mother; and one would suspect that Richard would have as well. Admittedly the names of Thomas and Sarah (Henderson) Holmden’s children do not have a “Henderson ring.” But the names do not have a “Holmden ring” either.
Without further evidence, Sarah is not even tentatively listed as a daughter of Richard and Violet (Hunter) Henderson, but I believe she could be a daughter.
The children of Thomas and Sarah (Henderson) Holmden were24
1. Elbridge J. Holmden, born 20 April 1842; died 15 July 1926; married 21 September 1865 Ellen E. Rohrer, born 10 September 1844; died 2 November 1926.
2. Lucy Jane Holmden, born 30 December 1844; died 24 December 1885; married 4 February 1864 Abraham C. Prather. They had a son, John H. Prather, born 21 November 1866, who married 8 June 1898 Margaret E. McFate. I cannot place this Margaret E. McFate. See Culbertsons.
3. Lyde Holmden, born 13 April 1846; died 1916; married 10 October 1872 Leonard G. Foster, born 10 September 1840; died 1937.
4. Henry Clay Holmden, born 31 August 1847; married 31 October 1873 Mary O. Claremore, born 14 February 1851.
5. Miles W. Holmden, born 25 October 1850; died 26 January 1915; married (first)10 April 1872 Hattie E. Hibbard, born 20 March 1848; died 6 November 1876; married (second) 10 May 1877 Jennie Richardson, born 14 February 1853; died 1928.
6. Mary Helen Holmden, born 16 July 1857; died 2 December 1903; married 6 December 1883 William E. Craig, born 31 August 1857; died 13 May 1906.
6. SAMUEL2 HENDERSON (James1), born 6 June 1790; died 24 April 1855; buried in Pioneer Cemetery, Titusville, Oil Creek Township, Crawford County—he was re-interred in Woodlawn Cemetery, Titusville, Pennsylvania.25 Samuel married in 1814 REBECCA MITCHELL (daughter of William Mitchell), born circa 1790 in Pennsylvania.26. Rebecca died 11 February 1883 at age 93 years and 29 days. Samuel was apparently the Samuel Henderson listed as a Private in the War of 1812, being in the same company (7th) as Ezekiel Fleming and Robert W. Watson, 27 who married Samuel's sister Margaret Watson (#7). In 1820 and 1830, Samuel and Rebecca Henderson were in Oil Creek Township, Crawford County;28 in 1840 in Summerhill Township, Crawford County, and in 1850, again in Oil Creek Township, Crawford County.29 In the household of Samuel and Rebecca Mitchell Henderson in 1850, in addition to their children, were an Andrew Simms, born circa 1841, and Jane Mitchell, born circa 1793; she would probably be either a sister or sister–in–law of Rebecca (Mitchell) Henderson.
Samuel's will was written 28 November 1848 in Oil Creek Township, Crawford County, Pennsylvania; recorded 24 April 1855. Those mentioned were wife Rebecca, sons William M. and Joseph C., daughters Elizabeth Poor, Harriett R. Henderson, Mary Smith, and Sarah Ann Henderson. Executors were Rebecca (wife) and son William M. Henderson; witnesses were William Kelly and Alonzo Poor (see #22).30
7. MARGARET2 HENDERSON (James1), (great great grandmother of the author), born circa 1791 in Pennsylvania; died 12 February 1870; buried in the Concord Presbyterian Cemetery, Venango County Pennsylvania; Her tombstone reads: “Margaret, wife of Robert Watson, died February 12, 1870 in the 79th yr. of her age.”36 Margaret married ROBERT W. WATSON, born 1780–1790,37 possibly in the north of Ireland; died March 1845 in Allegheny Township, Venango County, place of burial not known, perhaps in the Concord Cemetery, Allegheny Township, Venango County.
In 1850, after Robert was deceased, Margaret was enumerated in Allegheny Township, Venango County (census page 203) with her youngest child and only daughter, Susan Jane Watson. Her age for this census was reported as 64, probably erroneously, because this would mean she would have been about 50 when Susan was born in 1836. Margaret and Susan were enumerated in dwelling #840. On one side of Margaret, in dwellings #838 and #839 were, respectively, her son John Watson and family and a Martha Biglow, born circa 1785 in Pennsylvania, living alone; on the other side of Margaret, in #841 and #842, were her sons Zachary Watson and family and James Watson and family. And in #844 was another son, Joseph M. Watson and family.
Margaret Watson left her entire estate to her daughter, Susan Jane Lytle, who was also executrix of the will.38 Witnesses were her nephew David W. Henderson (#43) (son of David and Jane Watson Henderson) and James Henderson, probably also a son of David and Jane Henderson.
Robert Watson's name, along with a John Watson, appears on the 1805 tax assessment list for Allegheny Township, Venango County. Robert was not in the 1800 census for Venango County. In 1810 he was listed in Allegheny Township: one male 16 and under 26 and one female 16 and under 26.39 In 1820 and 1840, Robert and Margaret and family were still in Allegheny Township.40 By 1837, Robert W. Watson had parts of three tracts (#80, #111, and #112, see below) of Holland Land Company land. In 1850, after Robert had died, Margaret and daughter Susan were living alone in Allegheny Township.41
Robert Watson died intestate before 7 March 1845. On 7 March 1845, letters of administration were granted to Abraham Lovell and Robert’s son John P. Watson.42 Several quit claims in the name Robert’s estate list Robert and Margaret’s children and their spouses. The heirs to “the old Robert Watson place” (sons John P., James, Robert, daughter Susan, and widow Margaret) sold the land to a group oil investors from New York in 1865.From Venango County Deed Book RR, p. 387, instituted 31 July 1865, recorded 29 August 1865:43
The above Robert Watson (husband of Harriett) of Ohio was a son of John P. Watson, not the Robert Perry Watson, son of Robert W. Watson. In 1848 Robert Perry Watson and wife Martha [Henderson] quit claimed to John P. Watson their rights to Robert W. Watson’s real estate.
9. DAVID2 HENDERSON (James1), born 30 September 1794,44 in Pennsylvania, died 11 September 1859 ; buried in Old Brown Cemetery in Pleasantville, Pennsylvania. Many of those buried in Old Brown Cemetery were eventually reinterred in Memory Acres Cemetery, also known as the Old Pleasantville Cemetery, Pleasantville, Pennsylvania. (David Henderson’s name is in a Memory Acre cemetery list of the Venango County Genealogical Club.) David married JANE WATSON, born 25 April 1795; died 1877; buried in Old Brown Cemetery, Pleasantville.
Jane Watson was a daughter of John and Rebecca (Bradley) Watson. David, Jane and family lived in the Pleasantville area, Allegheny Township, Venango County.45 In 1860, Jane, widow, was living by herself in Allegheny Township, Venango County (census page 14), but next door to her daughter Julia Brazee. In 1870, Jane was probably the Jane Henderson, age 73, enumerated in Oil Creek Township, Venango County, with “D. C.” Henderson (Don Alonzo Cashman Henderson (#144), who would have been her grandson by son John.46
David Henderson helped build the Pleasantville Methodist Church in 1846,47 and was keeping church class records as early as 1821.48 There is a document dated 28 November 1859, pertaining to the inventory of David Henderson’s personal property, in which the Court confirms that the amount of personal property set aside for Jane Henderson is $300.49
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