|Birth: ||Mar. 31, 1863|
|Death: ||Dec. 10, 1877|
Birth: in Arkansas.
Census: 1870, age 7 Fayetteville, Washington county, Arkansas with parents.
This memorial is for another boy named Henry, whose relationship, likely a first cousin, is unclear with, John D HENRY from Locust Cottage, Talladega township, Jefferson county, Arkansas, s/o Capt Phillip G and Martha P HENRY, who also died as a teenager, less than two years before in late March 1876, while boarding with this Henry family, attending the five year old, Arkansas Industrial University (now University of Arkansas), a student of Colonel Oliver Crosby GRAY, see below:
Colonel GRAY's compassion and leadership towards students has been documented many times, in many ways. For one; --- he's found in 1876 (nation's centennial year, state's 40th anniversary) John D. Henry Letters, of Manuscript Collection MC 49 of University of Arkansas' Special Collections had first INCORRECTLY listed as, Dr. O.C. Gray, "... John's physician ..." author of letter #5.
There was a Dr. C.S. Gray, a fellow mason, who is noted in letter #4 that cared for the boy at cost of $24. However, --- it WAS Colonel O.C. GRAY wrote his compassionate, April 4th 1876 letter to parents, Capt P. G. & Martha P. Henry of Locust Cottage, Jefferson county, Arkansas, (who had about 1872, helped build school near Locust Cottage's post office) regarding March 1876 death of their son, John D. Henry. (MC-49 files have been so corrected)
Letter #4, to the parents, was from John Decatur and wife Lucy A HENRY, whose son boarded with them in Fayetteville and parents of a son who died less than two years later, stating at end of his portion of letter the following, to wit:
"He was buried on my lot in Evergreen Cemetery, this Cemetery belongs to the Masons & Oddfellows.
I have charge of it. It is situated just west of town and immediately between my house and the College and in sight of both. There is 4 acres in it in 4 Sections with 36 lots in each Section with a street each way through the center and alley between Each lot. The Lot is 20 ft square. My Lot is in Section One, Lot 14. John is buried in the northeast corner of my lot."
Article, August 1988, pages 21-27 of Washington County Historical Society's Flashback, says bodies of six students were re-interred in 1880 from Evergreen to College cemetery, later relocated when College cemetery was moved. Cousin, John D HENRY may (?) have been one, for we founnd no trace of him in today's (July 1, 2011) Evergreen cemetery. October 15, 2912 his broken head stone was discovered and photo graphed, and added to his corrected memorial.
Death: Fayetteville, Washington county, Arkansas, reportedly with burial in west half, lot 15, Evergreen I of Evergreen cemetery.
Father: John Decatur HENRY b: about 1826 Tennessee.
Mother: Lucy A (currently unknown) b: about 1833 Alabama.
"I also looked at the Henry marker again, and it says the son of JD & LA Henry. The dates appear to be Mar. 31, 1863 and Dec. 10, 1877 (Mar. 31 is my birthday). The words in the arch above the open Bible are "Our precious Samey." There is some cursive writing below the dates that I didn't see yesterday, and I could not read them, ..", James P Harter, July 1, 2011.
Prepared by Bill Boggess
Plot: west half #15, Evergreen 1
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Originally Created by: Bill
Record added: Jun 30, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 72272633
Added: Jul. 1, 2011