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William Hendren, Sr.[1, 2, 3]

Male Abt 1740 - 1838


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  • Suffix  Sr. 
    Born  Abt 1740  , , Prince William County, Virginia Province, Colonial America Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender  Male 
    Appointment  4 Feb 1779  , , Rowan (later Wilkes) County, North Carolina Province, Colonial America Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    • "Overseers of the Road...William Hendrin for John N. Smith"
    Military: Revolutionary War  1777-1783  , , , Virginia Province, Colonial America Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 5, 6, 7
    Sergeant, 1 Regiment Light Dragoons, Continental Troops 
    • William was honorably discharged at the close of the war.
    Census: Federal  1784-1787  , Captain Gordon's District, Wilkes County, North Carolina, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    • white male 21-60: Wm. Hendrin [at abt 46]
      white male under 21 & above 60 [Doven at abt 11]
      white male under 21 & above 60 [Taylor at abt 9]
      white male under 21 & above 60 [Oliver at abt 7]
      white male under 21 & above 60 [William Jr. at abt 5]
    Census: Federal  1790  , , Wilkes County, North Carolina, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    • male >16: Wm. Hendren [at abt 50]
      female [Sarah at abt 42]
      male >16 [Enos at 17]
      male <16 [Doven at 17]
      male <16 [Taylor at 15]
      male <16 [Oliver at 13]
      male <16 [William Jr. at 11]
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    Census: Federal  1810  , , Iredell County, North Carolina, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    • male >45: William Hendren [at 50]
      female 26-44 [Sarah at 42]
      male 16-25 [?]
      male 16-25 [George at 20]
      female 16-25 [Margaret at 18]
      male 16-25 [Elijah at 16]
      male 10-15 [Ambrose at 14]
      female 10-15 [Sarah at 12]
      female <10 [Cynthia at 8]
      male <10 [Richard at 5]
      male <10 [Solomon at 3]
      male <10 [Stephen at 3]
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    Census: Federal  1820  , , Wilkes County, North Carolina, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [10
    • male >45: William Hendrin [at abt 80], engaged in agriculture
      female >45 [Sarah at abt 52]
      male 16-26 [Ambrose at 24]
      female 16-26 [Cynthia at 18]
      male 10-16
      male 10-16 [Richard at 15]
      male 10-16 [Solomon at 13]
      male 10-16 [Stephen at 13]
      male <10 [Eli at 9]
      male <10
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    Census: Federal  1830  , , Wilkes County, North Carolina, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [11
    • male 80-90: William Hendren Sr. [at abt 90]
      female 60-70 [Sarah at abt 62]
      female 30-40 [Sarah at 32]
      female 20-30 [Cynthia at 28]
      male 20-30 [Richard at 25]
      male 20-30 [Solomon at 23]
      male 20-30 [Stephen at 23]
      male 15-20 [Eli at 19]
      male 10-15
      male 10-15
      male <5 [Joel at abt 5]
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    Will Written  12 Sep 1831  , , Wilkes County, North Carolina, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    • William Hendren's Will.
      In the name of God, amen, September the twelvth in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred thirty one. I William Hendren Senior of the County of Wilkes and State of North Carolina being weak in Body but of good sound perfect mind and memory and calling to mind the uncertainty of this mortal life and that all must yield to death when it shall please God to will them. I do therefore make and ordain this my last will and testament in manner and form following; that is to say, I design my body to the earth to be decently buried and my Soul to God, who gave it me and for the selling of my temporal Estate and such goods and chattels as it has pleased God to bestow upon me, I order and dispose of the same in manner and form following, and first I order that all my lawful debts be paid, next and secondly, I will and bequeath unto my wife Sarah all and every, of my goods or personal Estate during her life or widowhood for the raising or support of the children who are not of age at my death requesting and ordering that she give each child as they come of age by Law one horse beast of midling value or the value thereof, in other property provided they stay with their mother till they come of age, if not to have nothing until after my wifes death, then I request that an equal Division of what my Remaining may be made amongst each and every of my children or lawful heirs and I hereby appoint my wife Sarah and my son William Hendren executors of this my last will and testament hereby revoking, disannulling, and making void all former wills and bequests by me made and declaring this only to be my last will and testament. In witness whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and signed, sealed and acknowledged
      in presence of us.
      Test William (his mark) Hendren
      Wm R. Mitchell,
      David Williams (Junior)
    Died  7 Jan 1838  , , Wilkes County, North Carolina, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Inventory & Appraisement  Aug 1838  , , Wilkes County, North Carolina, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    • Inventory of Wm Hendrens
      Estate 211 acres of land, 11 head of cattle, 25 hogs, 18 sheep, 5 feather beds, 4 wheels, 2 cotton wheels, 2 flax wheels, 1 reel, 2 chests, 1 clock, 4 pots, 4 skillets, 2 ovens, 1 large house Bible, 1 large walnut table & c.
      Wm Hendren junr Exr
      N. Carolina
      W. County Aug term 1838
      The foregoing return was received in open court
      Teste W. Mastin Clk
    Will Probated  Aug 1838  , , Wilkes County, North Carolina, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    • North Carolina
      Wilkes County, August term 1838
      The within will was duly proven by oath of David Williams, one of the subscribing witnesses thereto, ordered to be recorded and Wm Hendren duly sworn as Executor.
      Test W. Mastin Clk
    Occupation  Weaver & Tatter Of Lace, a trade learned from his parents 
    Religion  Baptist  [12
    • "The following is a quote from the book "The School of the Prophets" by the late Rev. W. E. Linney of Wilkesboro; 'The Hendrens were noted for their honesty and integrity and for religious inclinations. Wherever a Hendren of this stock is found today there will be a path leading from his house to the nearest church. They are a sturdy stock, morally speaking, and as dependable and trustworthy a people as live on the earth.' "
    Buried  Hendren-Mullis Cemetery, Gilreath, Wilkes County, North Carolina, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • From "The Heritage of Wilkes County, Volume I,"

      write-up by Pat Andrews Poteat on pages 262-263:
      "William came from Ireland and settled in Rowan County with his three brothers before the Revolutionary War. He was a short, stocky Scotch-Irishman. He first married Letty Taylor, a cultured and educated lady. Due to the prevalence of fever in Rowan County, they moved to the Rocky Creek section in the Brushy Mountain township in Wilkes County. He fought in the Revolutionary War as a staff officer and was honorably discharged at the close of the war.

      Sometime near the close of the 18th century, his wife died and was buried on a hill near the old homeplace. She left nine sons. It is said they soon became unruly and disobedient and shot holes in fine coverlets and shot the eyes out of pictures on the walls. William, therefore, employed a Miss Sarah Mullis as a housekeeper. She was industrious and saving and had plenty of grit. William married her. This did not suit his sons, and as fast as they grew up, they left home and went to Kentucky. The youngest, William, Jr. came back to Wilkes County where he lived and died.

      William, Sr. was a quiet, unassuming man, well educated for his day. He was a loyal Baptist and generally a fine citizen. His marriage to Sarah Mullis seemed to be a happy one. Sarah was tall, dark and very robust, both physically and mentally. She was a devout church member and always attended regularly. She lived to be a very old lady. William died at the age of ninety-two."
    Person ID  I19  Nestor Rich Tree
    Last Modified  13 Feb 2011 

    Father  John Hendren,   b. 1710, , Markethill, County Armagh, Province of Ulster, Northern Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Nov 1794, , , Rowan County, North Carolina, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Relationship  Natural 
    Mother  Margaret Ann Jesper,   b. 5 Dec 1714, , , Richmond (later Prince William) County, Virginia Province, Colonial America Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 1788, , , Rowan County, North Carolina, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Relationship  Natural 
    Married  Abt 1738  , , Prince William County, Virginia Province, Colonial America Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID  F4  Group Sheet

    Family 1  Letitia Charlotte Taylor,   b. 1746, , , Prince William County, Virginia Province, Colonial America Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1783, , , Wilkes County, North Carolina, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  Abt 1763  , , Prince William County, Virginia Province, Colonial America Find all individuals with events at this location  [12
    Children 
     1. John Hendren,   b. 1765, , , Prince William County, Virginia Province, Colonial America Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Sep 1849, , , Mercer County, Kentucky, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. Nimrod Hendren,   b. 1767, , , Loudoun County, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1836
     3. James Hendren,   b. 1769,   d. Yes, date unknown
     4. Thomas Hendren,   b. 1771,   d. Yes, date unknown
     5. Enos Hendren,   b. 15 May 1773,   d. Yes, date unknown
     6. Doven Hendren,   b. 15 May 1773,   d. 1848
     7. Taylor Hendren,   b. 1775, , , Rowan County, North Carolina, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1799
     8. Oliver Hendren,   b. 1777, , , Rowan County, North Carolina, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     9. William Hendren, Jr.,   b. 1779, , , Rowan County, North Carolina, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Jul 1868, , , Wilkes County, North Carolina, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified  13 Feb 2011 
    Family ID  F9  Group Sheet

    Family 2  Sarah R. Mullis,   b. Abt 1768, , , Rowan County, North Carolina, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Feb 1856, , Brushy Mountain Township, Wilkes County, North Carolina, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  8 Nov 1788  , , Wilkes County, North Carolina, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. George Taylor Hendren,   b. 4 Jan 1790, , Brushy Mountain Township, Wilkes County, North Carolina, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Apr 1831, , , Wilkes County, North Carolina, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. Margaret Hendren,   b. 16 Feb 1792, , Brushy Mountain Township, Wilkes County, North Carolina, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Sep 1849, , , Wilkes County, North Carolina, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
     3. Elijah Hendren,   b. 16 Feb 1794, , Brushy Mountain Township, Wilkes County, North Carolina, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     4. Ambrose Hendren,   b. 23 May 1796, , Brushy Mountain Township, Wilkes County, North Carolina, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 1850, , Metropolis, Massoc County, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
     5. Sarah Hendren,   b. 25 Jul 1797, , Brushy Mountain Township, Wilkes County, North Carolina, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Feb 1898, , , Alexander County, North Carolina, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
     6. Cynthia Hendren,   b. 16 Sep 1802, , Brushy Mountain Township, Wilkes County, North Carolina, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Mar 1879, , Brushy Mountain Township, Wilkes County, North Carolina, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
     7. Richard Hendren,   b. 11 Aug 1805, , Brushy Mountain Township, Wilkes County, North Carolina, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Jan 1894, , Damascus, Iredell County, North Carolina, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
     8. Solomon Hendren,   b. 12 Sep 1807, , Brushy Mountain Township, Wilkes County, North Carolina, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Jan 1872, , , Wilkes County, North Carolina, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
     9. Stephen Hendren,   b. 12 Sep 1807, , Brushy Mountain Township, Wilkes County, North Carolina, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Mar 1876, , , Wilkes County, North Carolina, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
     10. Eli Hendren,   b. 27 Nov 1811, , Brushy Mountain Township, Wilkes County, North Carolina, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Mar 1897, , Clinton, Anderson County, Tennessee, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified  13 Feb 2011 
    Family ID  F10  Group Sheet

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsMilitary: Revolutionary War - Sergeant, 1 Regiment Light Dragoons, Continental Troops - 1777-1783 - , , , Virginia Province, Colonial America Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus: Federal - 1784-1787 - , Captain Gordon's District, Wilkes County, North Carolina, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 8 Nov 1788 - , , Wilkes County, North Carolina, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus: Federal - 1790 - , , Wilkes County, North Carolina, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus: Federal - 1810 - , , Iredell County, North Carolina, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus: Federal - 1820 - , , Wilkes County, North Carolina, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus: Federal - 1830 - , , Wilkes County, North Carolina, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsWill Written - 12 Sep 1831 - , , Wilkes County, North Carolina, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 7 Jan 1838 - , , Wilkes County, North Carolina, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsInventory & Appraisement - Aug 1838 - , , Wilkes County, North Carolina, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsWill Probated - Aug 1838 - , , Wilkes County, North Carolina, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Hendren-Mullis Cemetery, Gilreath, Wilkes County, North Carolina, USA Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S270] "1784-1787 North Carolina State census, population schedule," digital images, Wilkes County, North Carolina Rootsweb, Sheila Anderson-Lewis, (http://www.ncgenweb.us/wilkes/census1784-7/census1784-87.htm), Wm. Hendrin household, Captain Gordon's District, page 181, sub-page 4.

    2. [S468] "Wilkes County Record of Wills 1811-1848, Vol. 3, 4," on microfilm in box NI-25, (Wilkesboro, North Carolina: Wilkes County Community College Library), M929.37568 Wil, NI-25., William Hendren Sr.'s will, vol. 4 (1821-1848), page 231.

    3. [S312] The Heritage of Wilkes County North Carolina, Volume I, 1982, Mrs. W. O. Absher, editor, (Winston-Salem, North Carolina: The Wilkes Genealogical Society, Inc. in cooperation with Hunter Publishing Company, 1982), page 262 by Carol Shepherd and pages 262-263 by Pat Andrews Poteat.

    4. [S994] Abstracts of the Minutes of the Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions, Rowan County, North Carolina, 3 volumes, Jo White Linn & Sam. Sporacio, (Salisbury, North Carolina: Mrs. Stahle Linn, Jr., 1977, 1979, 1982), G 929.3756 ABS., 3:48 (citing 4:193).

    5. [S1202] "Compiled Service Records of Soldiers Who Served in the American Army During the Revolutionary War, 1775-1785," images online, subscription database, www.footnote.com, (www.footnote.com), Continental Troops, First Regiment, Light Dragoons, service card for William Hendron: page 1, and for William Hindon: pages 1-7, 30 Jun 2007.

    6. [S1201] "Revolutionary War Rolls, 1775-1783," images online, subscription database, www.footnote.com, (www.footnote.com), undated roll entry for William Hendron, folder 364 (Virginia), page 142, column 2, line 3, and page 262, column 2, line 6, 30 Jun 2007.

    7. [S1201] "Revolutionary War Rolls, 1775-1783," images online, subscription database, www.footnote.com, (www.footnote.com), folder 2, page 6, Pay Roll of the 3d Troup Commanded by Lieutenant Henry Bowyer in the 1st Regiment of Light Dragoons for the Month of January 1783, "William Hindon" entry, no. 3, 30 Jun 2007.

    8. [S1676] 1790 U.S. census, Ancestry.com, North Carolina, Wilkes County, (http://www.ancestry.com: National Archives and Records Administration, 2000), M637, roll 7, p. 121, Wm. Hendren household, accessed 19 Jul 2008, 19 Jul 2008.

    9. [S424] 1810 U.S. census, Iredell County, North Carolina, population schedule, digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com, (www.ancestry.com), William Hendren household, page 171; citing National Archives and Records Administration microfilm publication M252, roll 40.

    10. [S1644] 1820 U.S. census, Ancestry.com, North Carolina, Wilkes County, (http://www.ancestry.com: National Archives and Records Administration, 2004), M33, roll 83, p. 540, William Hendrin household, accessed 19 Jul 2008, 19 Jul 2008.

    11. [S1613] 1830 U.S. census, Ancestry.com, North Carolina, Wilkes County, (http://www.ancestry.com: National Archives and Records Administration, 2004), M29, roll 125, p. 391, William Hendren Sr. household, accessed 19 Jul 2008, 19 Jul 2008.

    12. [S312] The Heritage of Wilkes County North Carolina, Volume I, 1982, Mrs. W. O. Absher, editor, (Winston-Salem, North Carolina: The Wilkes Genealogical Society, Inc. in cooperation with Hunter Publishing Company, 1982), page 262 by Carol Shepherd and by Pat Andrews Poteat.