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David Henderson
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Birth: Dec. 28, 1811, Scotland
Death: 1849
St. Louis County
Missouri, USA

David is said to have been born in Cleland in the county of Lanarkshire, Scotland which is located to the south east of Glasgow. Some of the records also list his birthplace to be Shotts in the same area. DNA testing shows a positive link to the Isle of Skye and the McDonald Clan.
On June 23, 1833, at the age of 22, David married Margaret Ada Adam in Old Monkland, Lanark, Scotland. He was working at that time at the Calder Iron Works as a collier (miner). He was injured in a fall of slate in a slate quarry. It is said that he never fully recovered from this injury. He also worked as a grocer.
Some time in the 1840's, David and his family came into contact with the Church of the Latter Day Saints. The Mormon Church provided money for the purpose of immigrating followers of the church to the 'Land of Saints', the new home of the Mormons in Salt Lake City. Three families, connected by marriage, immigrated to America together; the Hendersons, the Adam and Easton families. The reasons why David and Margaret decided to leave Scotland are probably many. This was a period of famine in Scotland and Ireland. As highlanders, they were not allowed to practice any of the Highland customs. Work and life was very hard as miners in almost slave-like conditions. It is not hard to imagine that the Henderson family wanted freedom, lands of their own and the ability to practice their customs and religion. In 1849, the Hendersons packed up five of their children and joined the Easton and extended Adam families to sail to the land of promise. More of the family would follow in 1850, joining Margaret and David in St. Louis, Missouri.
They began their journey in Glasgow, sailing to Liverpool. From there, they boarded the ship North America for their voyage to America. Immigration records show that David and Margaret sailed from Liverpool, England, with six of their children; William, age 14; Margaret, 12; David Jr., 7; Jeanette, 5; Mary, 2; and Charles, age 3 months. The eldest daughter, Isabella, stayed in Scotland, joining them when her grandfather sailed the following year. The ship crossed the Atlantic to the south of the Florida Peninsula into the Gulf of Mexico. The ship's log states that in addition to rough weather and seas, cholera broke out. Forty-three persons died en route and were buried at sea.
Landing was made in New Orleans where they then traveled up the Mississippi into St. Louis. The family was to live in St. Louis for a year so that money could be saved for provisions, a wagon and a team of oxen for the trip west. It was during this time, most likely between June and September of 1849 that David Henderson died from heat stroke (or possibly cholera) while working in the coal mines near St. Louis. He was buried in St. Louis in an area known at the time as Dogtown. He left Margaret a widow at the age of 34 with 6 children to care for.
This was just the beginning of hard times for Margaret. The area of St. Louis was in the grip of a major cholera epidemic. Her sister, Agnes, was so sick with the cholera, that she was on her deathbed and burial arrangements were being made. Margaret nursed her back to health while caring for her own six children, as well as Agnes Easton's five children in St. Louis. (They were living next door to each other in the 1850 census and David is not listed.) Another of Margaret's sisters, Isabelle, her husband John Grant, and all of her children but one, died from cholera while in St. Louis. The surviving child, Johnny Grant, was taken in and raised by Margaret and her sister, Agnes.
From St. Louis, the remaining members of the family made the trip west to Salt Lake City and then on to San Bernardino, California.
Source: David L. and Donald Henderson

Family links: 
  Margaret Ada Adam Henderson (1816 - 1900)*
  William McDonald Henderson (1833 - 1904)*
  Isabella Henderson Nish (1835 - 1890)*
  Margaret Victoria Henderson Yager (1837 - 1921)*
  David Glenn Henderson (1842 - 1926)*
  Jeannette Henderson Roberds (1844 - 1936)*
  Mary Adam Henderson Ashcroft (1848 - 1904)*
  John Alexander Henderson (1856 - 1938)*
*Calculated relationship
Non-Cemetery Burial
Specifically: Buried in an area known as Dry Hill, located 6 miles to Southeast of the center of St. Louis. This area is now known as Dogtown.
Created by: Chloe
Record added: May 18, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 52550815

My ggg grandfather, David Henderson. You endured so much hardship in your life and arrived to America with such hope and promise. How I wish you could have made it to California.
- Chloe
 Added: Sep. 5, 2014

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