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The Life of William Henry, of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, 1729-1786: Patriot ... By Francis Jordan
Press of the New era
Original from Harvard University
Digitized Sep 12, 2006
his grandparents Robert and Mary Ann () Henry were of Scotch ancestry but had lived in Northern Ireland for some years. They sailed for Amercia, via Coleraine, Ireland, withtheir three adult sons John, Robert and James in the year 1722 (elsewhere in book has a more vague estimate of their sailing year), arriving the same year in New Castle, Deleware, whenche after a brief stop (I think they were there several yeas-Doris), they proceeded to their plantation in West Caln township, in ... Chester County, Province of Pennsylvania.
Hence both parents died ont he same dayin 1735, the husband in the morning, and thewife in the afternoon, and were buried int he same grave at Boyd's Presbyterian Meeting House.
Of the sons John married Mary Ann (they are the parents of William Henry the subject of the book) and Robert Sarah Davis who with their eight children removed to Virginia. (Robert went bankrupt and with one child went to Augusta Co. VA. This proves his wife and children came on to Virginia which I always believed to be so.-Doris). John the oldest son andthe father of William Henry whose life we are recording, married in 1728 Elizabeth, dau of Hugh and Mary (Jenkins) DeVinny, of Huguenot descent, who in 1723settled int he vicinity of the Henry plantation.John Henry died in 1747, leaving to the care ofhis widow, two sons and three daughters, of whom William was the oldest child. The daughters married into the families of Postlewait, Bickham and Carson.
It was sthe cherished hope of the father (John) of William Henry that his children should enjoy a scholastic training as his means and the bet local institutions provided, but his early deah and the insufficiency of his estate compelled the widow to send William at the age of fifteen to Lancasater, then the largest inland town in the Province, where he was apprenticed to Mathew Roesser, a gunsmith....
He went into partnership with a Jew named Joseph Simon.He prospered.....
He build a comodious dwelling on the poublic square, and themost eligible site in thet own, which he occupied with hiis mother and his widowed sister and where the former(his mother Elizabeth DeVinny Henry) died on October 9, 1777...Today the mother of William Henry died in her seventy-fifth year. She was a friend of the poor and needy.
William Henry had a hairdresser, George Meyer an Italian who addressed him as the Hon. Guglermo Henry!
While serving under Braddock in 1755 he rescued Gelemend (the Delaware word for leder) who was called Killbuck, a Delaware chief, born 1737 at Lehigh Water Gap, Blue HIlls of Pennsylvania.
Killbuck who had barely reached manhood, fought under the flag of France, and on Braddock's disastrous field fell into the hands of a party of the Fortiesth Regiment of foot, who were about to dispatch him with their bayonets, when Major Henry, at the risk ofh is own life, rescued him from the infuriated soldiers, this merciful interference so unprecedented in Indian warfare, overwheled the youthful brave with gratitude, and as an expressionof this feeling proposed to Major Henry an excange of names, that whcih, according to the Indian code,no greater honor could be conferred. From that time until death Killbuck was variously cknown as Captain william Henry, William Henry Killbuck and, towards the close of his life, as Old William Henry.
William Henry, Jr., son of William and Ann was born in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, March 12, 1757. In 1778 he engaged int he manufacture of fire arms in Northhampton County ...and built Boulton Gun Works in the Bushkell....
In 1800 Matthew son of William HEnry (Sr) visited his brother william Henry Jr. who was at that time a captain of artillery in the Army aat Fort Cachinac, Michigan.On his way out, he called on Old Killbuck in Ohio, of whom he writes his brother John Jospeh Henry....
he (Killbuck) (Old William Henry) has three sons John, Charles, and Christian.John is a remarkable fine, tall, well-made man, with a manly, open andintelligent countenance.
Charles is married to a white woman, who was taken prisoner near Minisink. She knows nothing of her parentage or her native language.He is a kind and affectionate husband, and takes part in all domestic labor.They are without children.
I wrote to you that I expected to have Charles or John Henry(sons of Killbuck - William Henry) as a guide, but I found them busily engaged in finishing their house....
but Christian (Henry, son of Killbuck/William Henry), an active and ambitious young man who lives with his father and and whose wife is at Fairfield in Canada, readily engaged to accompany me.
Now back to the pedigree-Doris
Robert and Ann ()Henry, Ulster Scots, from Ireland to Deleware to Chester Co. PA
John and Elizabeth (DeVinny) Henry
William Henry (subject of the book) m January 1755 to Ann Wood, the daughter of Abraham Wood, formerly of Darby, PA. ......a huge ancesty is given in the book for Ann whose family had been wealthy Quakers.
William Henry met Ann when his widowed sister who lived with him, Mrs. Mary Beckham, had a tea party at his house and invited three young ladies. There is a great story about this meeting in the book-Doris.
William Henry's wife Ann Wood Henry died March 8, 1799 and was laid besdie her husband in the Moravian Cemetery in Lancasser, PA.
James Henry a reat-grandson of Wiliam Henry of Lancaster,w as born in Philadelphia, October 13, 1809.In 1822 removed toBoulton, PA, with his parents, where his grandfather William Henry Jr. had erected a gun works, and where a few years later he entered into a partnershipwith his father John Joseph Henry in the manufacturing of arms.
In 1859 James Henry published "Moravian Life and Character" an appreciation, after years of study of the history o, religious works and lyrics of the demonimantion. HE died June 14, 1895.
I could not print from copy and paste from the book even after I downloaded it (haven't figured out how yet), but this is a great, free resource to Henry researchers.
There are many old books at http://www.books.google.comhttp://www.books.google.com and that can be read and searched online and many that can be downloaded because they are not in copyright.
The real bonus to me was proof that Robert and Ann's son Robert and his wife Sarah Davis and 8 children all did go to Virginia!!!!,not just Robert and one child who had first gone!
Sorry for typing errors. You can read the original yourself!!!!LOL