I HAVE POSTED PART OF MY HENDRY MATERIAL FOR YOUR INFORMATION.AS YOU WILL SEE, HENDRY COUNTY, FLORIDA, WAS NAMED FOR CAPT. FRANCIS ASBURY HENDRY, AN EARLY SETTLER OF THAT AREA.
Hendrys in North Carolina.
James Campbell deeded land to Robert Hendry in 1769.Recorded in 1783. Deeds M, p. 553.
Robert Hendry deeded land to William Hendry in 1792. Deeds P, 284.
William Hendry was bonded to marry Martha Oxley, Jan. 24, 1792. Witness was John Oxley.Marriage Bonds of Bertie County, NC.
The Rev. John McFail Hendry
John McFail Hendry was a son of William and Nancy McFail Hendry. He was born in Liberty County,Georgia, July 5, 1822. He moved with his family to what is now Brooks County and was converted to the Christian faith at old Mount Zion Methodist Church which was at that time a campground north of Morven, Georgia. His father was one of the founders of this church. John was soon called to the gospel ministry of the Methodist Episcopal Church and was admitted in 1847 to the Florida Conference, deep south Georgia being a part of that conference at the time. His ministry covered some forty years. He was a powerful preacher and traveled widely. He was interested in Christian education. The Florida Conference made him financial agent for the East Florida Seminaryin Micanopy, Florida, at their session in Tallahassee in 1852. He was one of the nine members of the first board of trusteesfor this seminary.He continued as financial officer until 1855.The seminary closed about 1860 and is considered the fore-runner of Florida Southern College in Lakeland. The corner-stone of the first educational building has been saved and is in the Florida Southern archives.His first wife, Abigail Campbell Hendry, died in 1857.
He was presiding elder of the Jacksonville District in 1863 and 1864 and of the Brunswick District in 1867.The South Georgia Conference was established in 1867 and he was a member of this untilhis death in 1900. His pastorates are listed at the end of this account.Some of his later pastorates were the Spring Hill Circuit, 1885; Blackshear, 1886; Lowndes Circuit, 1887-1888.He moved back to Morven in 1883 to a farm, but was readmitted to active ministry in 1884. He moved back to his Morven farm home in 1888 and remained there until his death, living with or near his daughter Sophronia Hendry Edmondson. There he did occasional preaching and was active in political activity.He is shown with a full white beard in a group photograph of his daughter Sophronia’s family on the Edmondson plantation near Morven, made about 1892.
John McFail Hendry married Abigail Campbell, Aug. 8, 1842. She was a daughter of Alexander Campbell and Flora Morrison Campbell, early settlers in the Morven community. They had two daughters and one son.Abigail died in Micanopy, Florida, June 13, 1857.He married Caroline Matilda Bell, in December, 1858, daughter of James S. Bell and Matilda Johnson Bell of Bellville, Hamilton County, Florida.One record shows her name as Catherine but this is surely an error, most documents showing Caroline as does her tombstone at Campground Cemetery. Caroline Matilda Bell was born Oct. 6, 1835, in Hamilton County, Florida, and died Feb. 9, 1908.He died Oct. 26, 1900.Graves are at Campground Cemetery, Morven.
Daughters of the first marriage:
1. Salome Hendry, b. Sept. 16, 1843. She married Enoch Hall Pike, Dec. 22, 1859, in Brooks County.He was born Oct. 13, 1836, served as sheriff of Brooks County and in other posts, and died March 1, 1815. His parents were John Pike and Nancy Hall Pike.Both are buried at Campground, Mt. Zion Methodist Church.
2. Sophronia Hendry, b. April 24, 1847.She married William Alexander Edmondson of Morven at the First Methodist Church, Quitman, by her father who was pastor there, July 12, 1866.Edmondson was a son of David Adam Edmondson and Dicy Tillman Edmondson of the Tallokas community of now Brooks County (then Lowndes) and was born Dec. 25, 1847.He served in the Quartermaster Department of the Confederate Army as a17 year old, collecting supplies in Florida, but was not able later to document his service.They lived in Madi-son, Florida, in 1868. Her father lived in the same area in 1870.They moved to Morven about 1872 and were active and influential in that community for many years. Both were faithful Methodists and helped to found the Morven Methodist Church.They had eight sons, no daughters, the children listed elsewhere.Sophronia Hendry died at home May 13, 1906.William died Oct. 27, 1930.Both graves are at Campground.
The only son of the Rev. John Hendry and Abigail Campbell Hendry was William A. Hendry, born Oct. 10, 1850. He died Nov. 12, 1858, in Micanopy, Florida.
Children of the second marriage:
1. John McKinstry Hendry, b. Dec. 2, 1859, in Hamilton County,Florida.He married Susan M. Wilkins.They had: Clara Lee Hendry, born May 16, 1898, and married Quinton M. Rogers of Barney. He was born Nov. 30, 1885 and died May 26, 1975. Both graves are at Mt. Zion Campground Cemetery;Frank Hendry, b. in 1892 and died in 1979.Grave at Campground Cemetery; Olin M. Hendry, b. Oct. 10, 1896, and died May 28, 1975. Grave at Campground.There were two other children who died before 1900. The 1900 Census showed his wife as Susan M., born in 1861.
2. James Edward Hendry, b. Nov. 1, 1863, and died July 20, 1924. He married Alberta Holzendorf.See account below of his killing his brother-in-law.
3. Carrie Belle “Minnie” Hendry, b. Sept. 30, 1867, and died March 26, 1954, in Morven.She married William L. Folsom.
4. George Pierce Hendry, b. July 16, 1874, and died April 7, 1964, in Tampa, Florida.He married Sallie Lou Pittman, daughter of William B. Pittman of Pavo, Georgia.He was a Methodist minister. Several children.
5. Marvin Eugene Hendry, b. June 25, 1878. He died in 1966 in Tifton, Georgia, where he was a banker and vice-president of the First National Bank until the crash in 1933.He then sold insurance.He married (1) Margaret Mitchell, (2) Ethel D. McCormick and (3) Ethel Ault.
Corrie Hendry was the only child of his first marriage. Ethel Grace Hendry was the only child of the second marriage. She married the Rev. L. DeWitt Shippey, Methodist minister who was for some years pastor at First Methodist Church, Quitman, where Ethel’s grandfather had been pastor.Mr. Shippey died Aug. 10, 1976, in Hinesville, Georgia. Ethel lived on in Hinesville with their two daughters.
(See: Pioneers of Wiregrass Georgia, by Folks Huxford; John and William, sons of Robert Hendry, by Spessard Stone, Revised Second Edition, 1988)
METHODIST PREACHERS IN GEORGIA, 1783-1900,p. 243, gives this information on the ministry of the Rev. John M. Hendry.
John M. Hendry.Born11-22-1822.Died 10-20-1900.
Born in Liberty County, Georgia.Died inBrooks County. Married 8-8-1840 Abigail Campbell. Married 12-2-1858 Caroline M. Bell ofBellville, Florida.
1849. Admitted on Trial.
1850. Full connection. Deacon.
1849. Newnansville.1852. Agent, East Florida Institute.
1853. Newnansville (Madison).1854.Agent, East Florida Seminary.1855-56. Columbia (Madison).1857, Alligator.
1858, Colquitt (Thomasville).1860, readmitted.
1861, Bellville Mis. (Madison Circuit).1863, Presiding Elder, Jacksonville District.1864, Presiding Elder, Lake City District.
1865, Madison Circuit.1866, Marion Circuit & Col. Charge (Quitman).
South Georgia Conference:
1867, Presiding Elder, Brunswick District.1868, Quitman (Brunswick).1869, Valdosta.1870, located, Florida Conference.1871, Supply, Madison (Live Oak).1875, Readmitted.1875, Gadsden and Liberty Circuit (Tallahassee).
1876, Jasper (Live Oak).1877-79, Madison.1880, Apopka Circuit (Jacksonville).1881, Union (Tallahassee).1882, Sunday School Agent.1883, Located, South Georgia Conference.1884, Readmitted.1885, Spring Hill (Brunswick). 1886, Jesup and Blackshear.1887, Stella Circuit (Waycross).1888, Adel Circuit.1889, Located.1891, Supply, Branch Circuit (Valdosta).1892, Supply, Lowndes.
Atlanta. GA., Monday Morning, September 141885.
IN SALEM CHURCH
The Memory of a Middle Age Man Stirred Up
M.M. Folsom in Valdosta, Ga. Times.
Let me see, the old church must be getting old indeed, now I am shuffling along toward the dim and mysterious regions of the third decade of life, and I am beginning to feel right patriarchal.Yes, I was walking along the street a few days hence when a diminutive specimen of the genus homo accosted me with ‘hello, old chum’ and I came very near rebuking him on the spot, but on second thought I remembered how fine a sense of ridicule the modern ragmuffin is blessed with, so I contented myself with a withering glance, and then winked to keep him from thinking hard of me. Good gracious! How egotistical I am growing. But never mind, I am going to be a country editor some day, and then I can use that delusive pronoun ‘we’ and then we’llmake of ourself just as great an ass as we choose, and no one will molest us or make our cheek to blush.
Well, that church is a few months older than I, but I trust it hasn’t half as much to answer for.When last I threw a ball at its stately front, I tried to hit the “5” in the date “1855”painted above the tall columns which support its venerable front.
Long time ago there was another Salem, built of logs, clapboards and puncheons.“H.W. S.” could tell about it.The good Methodists decided to build a new one, and the present site, fronting the old Coffee road, was selected. I think William McGuire was the master carpenter in the job, but I don’t know, it has been so long. Oh! What a load of sweet old memories come trouping along as, in fancy, I sit once more within those sacred walls.A goodly space in the rear of the pulpit was partitioned off for the negroes who were then slaves, of course.
Certain seats were recognized as the property of certain old people, not that we had any pew renting, and the like of that, but they came so regularly, and occupied the same seat so often, that younger folk soon learned to look for Uncle Randall on a long bench near the partition, with the south window at his back. Dear old man! How I liked to watch his portly figure as he waddled up the aisle,and the few scant locks glistening like a glowing of silver light above his ruddy brow.Uncle Billy Sineath was bent with age and hard labor. He would plow hard all week, and until near meeting time Saturday, then he donned his meeting clothes, and started for the church just like the true Christian that he was.His face was rugged, and the dark eyes glowed beneath a pair of cavernous brows, but never a kinder heart beat in the bosom of any man. Uncle Hamp was always there, too, with a kind word and a hearty handshake for everyone.What made him more conspicuous was the tall beaver, that he took off at the door.Now there is a great deal of individuality about a hat.Grandpa and Uncle Billy Sineath wore broad brims, and the brim had to turn up at certain places, while in others it must lay flat, or curve around in a peculiar manner. I used to wonder how much time they spent training a new hat ere it acquired the regulation flop.Our old teacher was straight as an arrow, and nearly as slim, his hair was always gray, I suppose, but when he patted one of us little urchins on the head as he stepped into the porch,we were of the elect the balance of that day. But why try to describe each individual?It would require volumes to record their goodness and the net of Christian charity which they did in those days.
(The copy of the clipping appears to omit part of the text here).
I remember one sermon that touched me, boy as I was, deeply, and it stirred the depths of the hearts of every individual in the vast congregation that were packed in the church.Leonard C. Peake has lately been blind, but his sight was now restored.A man of venerable aspect and commanding presence, he stood in the pulpit that day and preached as I never heard man preach before.His text was “And Moses said unto”---but I can’t remember, it was so long ago but it read on—“we are journeying unto the land which the Lord God hath given us. Come thou and go with us, and we will do thee good.”In the course of his sermon, he told how, after a season of darkness, he has been allowed to look again on the blessed light of Heaven. Oh, that was a time long to be remembered.
Then there was Jesse J. Giles, the happiest looking man I ever saw.His soul knew no wintry season. His face eternally beamed with the smiles of a perpetual spring season.To look at him was to love him, and to love him was but a step removed from the worship of that God whom he worshippedwith the most sublime adoration.His voice was as a woman’s,and the musical tones were like the strains of music from some faraway land.The old well worn copy of “John Wesley” that he gave me so many years ago lies before me as I write.Unbidden tears bedim my eyes as I think of the last words he ever said to me.
But the grandest old warrior was big, burly, tenderhearted John Hendry.His voice was of that deep, rich kind which men of slender chests are wont to covet.The tawny beard covered his face and hung down on his breast.When he ascended the pulpit steps, the evil doer trembled, and the first syllable of that deep voice sent a thrill through me like an electric shock.Andoh! you ought to have heard him sing,
“I’m glad salvation’s free!”
The great voice filled the whole building and the thunder tones went reverberating and re-echoing among the dark pine woods. Wafted by the soft evening breeze the echoes grew fainter and fainter until the word “salvation” died away on the hilltops faraway, away, where the autumn moon shed such a wondrous shower of golden light.
But we had one funny parson.I’ve forgotten is name.He said that when he left his last circuit he left “six crowing roosterssitting on the front yard fence”.He never stayed long.
Another was a visionary and a dreamer, in fact, he was so fond of relating his wonderful dreams that there grew a proverb out of it, and we sacrilegious boys were in the habit of illustrating our opinion of a doubtful yarn by saying, “Ah, you thought like ______dreamt when you studied that up”.
There was one man who could never pray without weeping. His voice would grow husky and broken and his petition always ended in a heart-broken sob. If that man wasn’t a Christian I never knew one.
Good men they were. I have not mentioned a tithe of them. The subject is too big for me.I cannot write of things that touch such tender chords, and wake such sacred memories.All that was best in my wasted life is interwoven with the story of old Salem.How often in my wanderings have I cast my longing eyes thitherward, and sighed to think of the days that are past forevermore.
“Blest scenes of enjoyment long have we been parted.
My hopes almost gone and my parents no more,
And now as an exile, forlorn, broken-hearted,
I wander alone on a far distant shore.”
(Reprint copy provided by Sally Giddens Davis.Download: John M. Hendry, newspaper clipping, 1885.Typed by Stephen W. Edmondson).
Census of 1870. Madison County, Florida.
John M. Hendry,48 w m,farming.
Caroline M., 34 wf, wife.
John M., 10, wm.
James E., 6 wm.
Cassie, 2 wf.
This was the Rev. John M. Hendry and his second wife, stepmother of Sophronia Hendry Edmondson.
Sophronia lived here with her husband, WilliamA. Edmondson, and their first child, Enoch, 1, born in Florida.P. 105.
The tomb of the Rev. John M. Hendry is in Campground Cemetery, Morven, Georgia, near that of his daughter Sophronia and her husband.It shows:
The Rev. John M. Hendry
July 5, 1822
Oct. 26, 1900
THE TAUNT ANGERED HIM
And with a Winchester Rifle Killed His Brother-in-Law
Jacksonville, Fla., July 22.—A special from Jennings village, Hamilton County, to The Times-Union says: Late this afternoon Edwin Hendry, who lives near this town, went to the home of his brother-in-law, Allen Holzendorf, carrying with him a Winchester rifle. Holzendorf jokingly remarked that he thought it was useless for Hendry to carry his gun with him anywhere as he was never known to use it. Without any words Hendry replied: “D—n you, I will use it on you”.Immediately he threw the Winchester to his face and deliberately shot Holzendorf through the heart, killing him instantly.The men were fast friends, to all appearances.Onlya few weeks agoHendry married Holzendorf’s sister.Hendry is a son of Rev. John M. Hendry, a prominent member of the Florida Methodist conference for more than forty years.Hendry made his escape.
(Download provided by Sally G. Davis. Typed by Stephen W. Edmondson).
The Atlanta Constitution, August 28, 1892.
THE STORY OF A WITNESS
Of the Tragedy in Which Allen Holzendorf Lost His Life.
Valdosta, Ga., August 27.(Special).There have been numerous versions of the shooting of Mr. Allen J. Holzendorf by Ed Hendry, an account of which appeared in The Constitution at the time.Mr. W.J. Heirs, of Lake Park, makes public another, and, as he says, a true statement of the unfortunate tragedy, which is as follows:
“Mr. Ed Hendry had lately moved on the Holzendorfplantation and kept his horse, a high-spirited little animal, in Mrs. Holzendorf’s horse lot.The horse had given some trouble, kicking the other stock. On the morning of the 22nd of July, Mr. Ed Hendry came to the lot with two guns and a pistol, and he and Mr. Claude Holzendorf made ready to go out to Melrose station.Mr. Allen Holzendorf said: “Ed, you must keep your horse shut up or take her out of the lot.Hendry replied he would take her out of the lot and give him anything else he wanted—the horse had been fighting as usual.Mr. Allen playfully remarked: “Ed, when I see a man always carrying guns and a pistol around with him, I think he must be a coward”.In a few minutes they both came to the house.Mr. Hendry went into the house to see his mother-in-law but did not see her, and remarked: “I can give him anything he wants this morning”.He went out into the yard and he and his wife stood there a few minutes talking.Mr. Allen stepped on the walk that leads from the house to the kitchen, and said: “Ed, I joke sometimes; I meant no harm by what I said about the pistol, though I am not afraid of you.You are tampering with the wrong man”.
His mother came to his side and put her hand on his arm, and said: “You are too close to him to fuss. Stop.”They were third cousins and brothers-in-law.Mr. Hendry answered: “I heard that you said you would kill me by the time I was married six months”.Mr. Hendry raised his Winchester and shot him through the heart. Mr. Allen fell praying, and prayed as long as he could speak. Some one asked him if he was ready to die, he looked up and smiled. He was a kind, law-abiding, high-toned gentleman.He leaves a broken hearted mother, a sister and one brother.The neighborhood is shocked and horrified by this terrible deed”.
Hendry has not been apprehended, though every effort had been made to bring him to justice.
(Download from Sally G. Giddens.Typed by Stephen W. Edmondson).
JOHN MCKINSTRY HENDRY
A representative farmer of the Morven District, Brooks County, John McKinstry Hendry stands asa true type of the energetic, hardy and enterprising men who have actively assisted in the development and advancement of this fertile and productive agricultural region.A son of Rev. John McPhail Hendry, he was born December 2, 1850, in Hamilton County, Florida.
William Hendry, his paternal grandfather, who was of Scotch-Irish ancestry, was one of the earlier settlers of Liberty County, Georgia.Migrating to the southwestern part of the state about 1825, he took up land not far from the present site of Barwick, in what is now Brooks County, improved the water power, and there erected the first mill in this part of Georgia.
THE HENDRYS IN BROOKS COUNTY
William and Nancy McFail Hendry moved form Liberty County to what became Brooks County. They are buried on his place after dieing of typhoid fever.William was on the commission to draw the boundary lines of Lowndes County and helped found Mt. Zion Methodist Church and Campground at Morven a few miles from his plantation.
His gravesite was shown to a descendant, Catherine Mathis Holmes, by Ted Hendry who provided a map.Directions from Quitman:
1. From U.S. Highway 84 in Quitman, take Tallokas Road (State Route 38, north.
2. Travel about 9.5 miles towards Barwick and Pavo and look for the Rosin Pine Quail Hunting Club on the left.
3. Watch for a dirt road just beyond the Club on the right side of the paved road. Turn right into this dirt road.
4. Travel on it about one fourth mile.Watch for another dirt road on the right.Turn right into it. Go past a small section of woods, then a field, then a pine plantation.Near the planted pines, look for some gates, turn left and pass through the gates.
5. The graves are in a clump of trees on the right, about twenty car lengths from the road. There are many thorny vines around the graves. The graves do not have names and need to
marked before they are completely lost.
Saloma N. Hendry, daughter of John McFail Hendry, married Enoch Hall Pike, Dec. 22, 1859. (Female index, Marriages, Brooks County).Her husband served as Sheriff of Brooks County.She was sister of Sophronia Hendry who married William A. Edmondson.
December, 1860.Norman Campbell was appointed to the Grand Jury in Brooks County.Minutes, Superior Court, p. 108.
The 1864 Militia Census in Brooks County listed:
H.H. Hendry, Brooks County, Age 17, b.in Georgia.Seventh Senatorial District, 660 Georgia Militia District.
This was probably Henry HarryHendry.He was in the battle to defend Ft. McAllister near Savannah with the two militia companies there in December, 1864.Spessard Stone’s book says he died in the Confederate Army, was never married. His parents were James Norton Hendry and Nancy Campbell Hendry. He was born in 1844 in Thomas County, Georgia.Nancy Campbell was a daughter of Alexander Campbell and Flora Morrison Campbell.and a sister ofAbigail Campbell who married John McFail Hendry.She was thus an aunt of Sophronia Hendry who married William A. Edmondson.Nancy Campbell was born in 1815.James Norton Hendry moved from Thomas County, Georgia, to Hamilton County, Florida, by 1850. He was elected sheriff of Hamilton County. Huxford says he was killed whilecarrying out his duty in 1861.Andrew Alexander Hendry, Henry Harry’s brother, lived in Cook County, Georgia.He married, third wife, Henrietta Hurst Farmer, a widow, granddaughter ofthe Rev. John T. Edmondson of Tallokas, Brooks County.
Neal W. Hendry married Georgia A. Groover, Sept. 9, 1873 (Male index, Marriages, Brooks County).
April 8, 1884. Will of Neal Hendry. Will Book A, Brooks County.
Probated Jan. 2, 1893.
Names wife, Margaret. Executors: J.E. Hendry and Norman C. Hendry.
1. William Eli Hendry, deceased.Two children, named in the will: Ida Elizabeth Hendry and William Eli Hendry. Norman C. Hendry to be their trustee.
2. Sarah C. Hendry who married __________Stephens.
3. Alexander C. Hendry, deceased in 1884.He had children named in the will: Alice Lee Hendry who married ____Clifford; Alexander (Alexandria?) Elizabeth Hendry. J.E. Hendry to be their trustee.
4. Neal W. Hendry.500 acres.(He married Georgia A. Groover, Sept. 9, 1873).
5. Norman Campbell Hendry. The will gave him the home plantation, Land Lot 265,166, District 12, and all stock, tools, wagons, etc, value of $4000 in 1884.He would care for his parents.
6. James E. Hendry. The will gave him Land Lot 268, District 12, plus 40 acres.
The will was witnessed by: R.M.D. Peacock, John M. Hendry, E.H. Pike.
July 24, 1890.Will of Nicholas Moses Reddick, Wills A, p. 227.
He named his daughter, Elizabeth B. Hendry.Her husband was apparently J.J. Hendry who was made executor of the will if Sarah A. Reddick, wife of Nicholas, died. The will was witnessed by E.H. Pike, John T. Clower and G.G. Folsom, J.P. It was proved October Term, 1896.
Margaret Hendry, widow of Neal, made her will just after her husband died.He had left her land in Florida and other property. Her will, Will Book A, Dec. 8, 1892, devised land in Brooks County, Taylor County, Florida, and AlachuaCounty, Florida. She named her daughter, Mrs. Sarah Stephens, her granddaughter, Mrs. Ida E. Cone? (spelling not clear), daughter of her deceased son Eli, her son J.E. Hendry, her son Alexander Hendry, deceased, her son West Hendry who left children, her son Norman C. Hendry to whom she left her house and lot in the S.E. section of Quitman, south of the property of Joseph Mabbett.
******************************************Elizabeth B. Reddick, daughter of Nicholas Moses Reddick, married a Hendry before he made his will, July 24, 1890. Wills A, p. 227. Her mother was Sarah A. Reddick. Her younger sister was Virginia I. Reddick who married John Hendry Edmondson.
October 26, 1900. The Rev. John M. Hendry died.See tombstone, Campground Cemetery.He lived with his daughter Sophronia Hendry Edmondson on the Edmondson plantation for some years before he died, his wife apparently not with him.
June 12, 1904.Neal Hendry married Fannie Flowers. (Marriages Book W-E, p. 154).
Feb. 9, 1908. Caroline M. Hendry, widow of the Rev. John M. Hendry, died.She was born Oct. 6, 1935.See tombstone, Campground Cemetery.
1905. Superior Court Minutes. Book E, p. 315. Petition for partition of the estate of West Hendry at Morvenby the heirs.
Oct. 13, 1913. Quitman Free Press. Account of the death of Mrs. Elisha Hendry, who died on Tuesday after an illness of several months.Funeral at Morven late Wednesday morning. Mrs. Elisha Hendry was a comparatively young woman, being in her early thirties, and she leaves a family of little children, three boys and two girls, the eldest being twelve years and the youngest two. She was a Miss Sheffield and is survived by one brother, Mr John Sheffield who lives in this county, as well as her husband. Mrs. Hendry was a member of the Methodist Church and a devout Christian woman. The funeral servicesconducted by her pastor, Rev. L. W. Colson took place Wednesday morning at the old Camp Ground near Morven.
ANDREW ALEXANDER HENDRY
Andrew A. Hendry, also known as Alec A. Hendry, was a son of James Norton Hendry and Nancy Campbell Hendry. He was probably born inThomas County, Georgia.Nancy Campbell was a daughter of Alexander Campbell and Flora Morrison Campbelland a sister ofAbigail Campbell who married John McFail Hendry.She was thus an aunt of Sophronia Hendry who married William A. Edmondson.Nancy Campbell was born in 1815.James Norton Hendry moved from Thomas County, Georgia, to Hamilton County, Florida, by 1850.He was elected sheriff of Hamilton County. Huxford says he was killed whilecarrying out his duty in 1861.A son, Henry Harry Hendry, was a Confederate officer, born in 1844 in Thomas County, Georgia.
Andrew Alexander Hendry, Henry Harry’s brother, lived in Cook County, Georgia, in his later years.He married and had two sons of his first wife, Jim and Willie.His second wife was Christianne Wilkes of Cook County.Histhird wife wasHenrietta Hurst Farmer, a widow, granddaughter ofthe Rev. John T. Edmondson of Tallokas, Brooks County. Her only son of her first marriage to Charles Farmer was Charlie Farmer who died as a child. A.A. Hendry and Henrietta lived in the country on the place occupied in 1930 by Guy C. Hendry.
1. Guy C. Hendry who married a widow, Florrie Parrish Daughtry, and had two sons: William Hendry and Alexander (Alec) Hendry. Guy was for many years Clerk of Court of Cook County.
2. John Hendry married Marie Glenn and lived in Atlanta in 1930.
3. Pauline Hendrymarried Mr. Stewart of Worth County and lived in Sumner in 1930.
4. Ralph Hendry
5. J. Norman Hendry who was an attorney and lived in Miami in 1930.
(See HISTORY OF COOK COUNTY, Vol. II. )
E.D. Hendry’s company of mounted infantry, Pierce Mounted Volunteers, was organize in September 1863 at Blackshear and mustered Sept. 29, 1863, for local defense in the Provisional Army. It was assigned to the coast between the AltamahaRiver and St. Mary’s River.
There is a Hendry vineyard in the Napa Valley of California.At lunch in Chattanooga in 2009,the Edmondsons had a glass of Hendry HRW Zinfandel, 2007,a red.
CAPTAIN FRANCIS ASBURY HENDRY (
Francis Asbury Hendry was one of eleven children of James Edward Hendry and a grandson of William and Nancy McFail Hendry, early settlers of Lowndes County whose graves are in present day Brooks County.James Edward Hendry settled in Thomas County and like many frontiersman had much livestock which required free range grazing. As Thomas County began to fill with Virginians and others who developed large slave labor plantations, he sought a new location in Florida for his livestock operations. He moved to the Alafia River, about 22 miles east of Tampa, in Hillsborough County. He drove his cattle south to this new site and returned in 1851 for his family in Georgia.He married Lydia Carlton and moved with her and nine living children, two sons-in-law and four grandchildren to his ranch near Tampa, the trip a three weeks journey by covered wagons. He returned to Thomas County for more of his cattle but while there died of diphtheria at the home of his brother, the Rev. Robert N. Hendry, who lived about three miles southeastof Ocklocknee.James Edward Hendry was the eldest brother of the Rev. John M. Hendry.
Francis Asbury Hendry’s activities are covered ina number of publications on Florida history. He served in the Third Seminole War and was an officer with rank of captain in the Confederate Army, serving in Georgia, Florida and South Carolina.More men per capita from Florida served the Confederacy than any other state.He was an organizer of Polk County and represented that county in the Second Constitutional Convention in 1865 in Tallahassee.He fenced a tract of 25,000 acres for fattening his 50,000 cattle and was called the Cattle King of South Florida in 1876. He built pens and wharves to ship cattle to Cuba. He chaired the meeting which led to the incorporation of Ft. Myers. He gave Lee County its name, to honor Gen. Robert E. Lee. He served on the first Board of Commissioners of Lee County. He was a state senator twice and served six terms as state representative.He platted the city of LaBelle, naming it for two of his daughters, Laura and Belle.
In 1923, six years after his death,he was honored by the naming of a new county for him. Hendry County, containing 764,911 acres was cut from Lee County and LaBelle became the county seat.
(See: John and William, sons of Robert Hendry, by Spessard Stone).