I was just sent a very large and informative newspaper obit on my great granduncle, George W. Hendershott and it gave his mother's name as an entirely different name than I had in my files.....Sarah Permilla Simmons who d- 1910. In this obit it states that George W. was the youngest of the four children of George and Mahala (Wescott) Hendershott. That the father died during the infancy of George W., who was b-October 05, 1848. It also states that his mother passed away when the youngest son was but five years of age, which would make her death date at either 1853 or 1854. The other most confusing item in this obit was stating that there were only 4 children, three sons and a daughter. One of those mentioned by name was my own great-grandfather, James who was 4th and b-October 12, 1840. Yet it says the eldest was William and I have his as William Wallace Hendershott, b-1839 the 3rd born. The first born being John Patterson Hendershott b-1827 who was married twice with children from both unions. The daughter's name is not mentioned in the obit and of the 3 daughters I show in my files, the 2nd born, Harriett married a Edward Morgan. So neither of these first two could be infant deaths, as is possible with the other two daughters I'm showing: 5th born Rachael b-1842 and 7th born Elinor b-1849 with no further records on either. I've been batting my head against a wall trying to figure out if the father, George Beavers Hendershott could have been married twice, or if the informant for the newspaper obit didn't have the full family information. It's a small time frame here for supporting two marriages, considering when the father died in either 1848 or 1849. I've been unable to located anything further on Mahala who must have died in Macon, Lenawee County, Michigan where son George W. was born. Don't know if anyone on this forum can be of help, but will keep my fingers crossed.