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Thomas Joshua Hendrickson was born on 17 September, 1814, in Knox Co., Kentucky, the eighth child of Joshua and Ann Wilson Hendrickson. Thomas grew up on the Strait Creek land owned by his father, and surrounded by a large family of brothers and sisters and Aunts and Uncles, all of whom lived in the Strait Creek area. When Thomas was 18, he accompanied his father and family to Monroe Co., Indiana, where they settled in Marion Township. Thomas married Catherine Wall, daughter of Adam Wall, on 12 September, 1833 (Book A, p. 104). Thomas was a preacher with the Church of Christ and also farmed. He and Catherine had 3 children in Indiana, but moved to Logan Co., Illinois in 1838, probably with his brother, Elijah. An effort to find deeds for Thomas in Illinois was only partially successful. The courthouse burned down in 1857, and with it many of the earliest records. However, records of two deeds were found. In 1850, William H. Daniels and wife sold 200 acres to Thomas Hendrickson. (It is probable that the Daniels were relatives of Thomas' second wife, Verlinda Daniels, widow of Hiram Daniels. In 1852, Hildreth McCarty and wife sold 40 acres to Thomas. All of this land was in Section 19, of T19N-R1W in Logan County, near what is now the town of Chestnut, Illinois. Thomas and Catherine raised a large family of 9 children. Catherine may have died in childbirth, or as a result of childbirth, their last child born in 1849. She may have been buried in the Hendrickson cemetery, but a gravestone has never been found. The Hendrickson Cemetery has since been closed, and all headstones were moved to Laenna Cemetery in Chestnut. Dates in the Hendrickson cemetery were from 1842 to 1878. By the time of the 1850 census, Thomas was remarried, to Verlinda Daniels, widow. She had a 13 year old son, James Daniels. A marriage records has not been found, probably the marriage records were lost in the courthouse fire also. Verlinda and Thomas had 2 children, both daughters, listed on the 1860 census by initials only, F. M. Hendrickson, b. in 1854, Illinois, and V. K. Hendrickson, b. in 1858, in Missouri. (Perhaps the V. K. stand for Verlinda Katherine?)
Thomas and Verlinda sold their land in Illinois, in Section 11, T19N-R1W, Logan Co. to James Hough for $500. on 1 November, 1854. Also on the same date, they sold land in Section 11, T19N-R1W to the same James Hough, for $2000. on a separate deed. They moved to Missouri in 1855, settling in Mercer Co., Missouri. Here in Mercer Co., they bought 190 acres of land in Sections 7 and 18, in T64-R23, from Hugh Bowers, for $1000, in 1856. They farmed and raised their children in Missouri, until sometime after 1885, when they moved to Bethel, Kansas, north of Witchita. When Thomas and Verlinda moved to Kansas, so did their son Joshua Washington and his family, and two of Joshua's married sons. Thomas Joshua Hendrickson died 20 January, 1898, and was buried in the Green Valley Cemetery, Furley, Kansas.
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