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Dr William Wallace Henderson, Sr
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Birth: Apr. 28, 1809
Death: Feb. 24, 1851

Home in 1850 District 72, Pulaski, Missouri
Family Number: 155
William Henderson 41 male Tenn?
Jane Henderson 21 female KY
Wm W Henderson 12 male MO
Luiza Henderson 10 female MO
Albert S Henderson 8 male MO
Oliver M Henderson 6 male MO
Marshel Smith 38 male KY
Rebecca Smith 57 female KY

See page 262 article by Howard and Jean Henderson from Vol 11 (A County/Family History) of Maries Co, MO: ... William Wallace married Charlotte Smith, widowed daughter of Abraham Smith. They had three children: William who married Delilah Huffman, Oliver who was killed in action during the Civil War and Albert Smith, born in 1841, married in 1867 and died in 1918. Article also states that William Wallace was born of second marriage of Samuel Henderson Sr

Note: His father's first marriage was to Mary Polly Goforth 20 Dec 1804 in Greene County, Tennessee, USA. Her death was in 13 Dec 1825

Second wife of Samuel was 4 Mar 1827 to Miss Elizabeth Harris

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History of Maries Co, MO
by Everett Marshall King, pages 118-120:

The first physician definitely known to have lived and practiced in the present limits of Maries County was Dr. William Wallace Henderson, who came here not later than 1835 and possibly earlier. He was born April 28, 1810, and was the third of the ten children of Samuel Henderson by his marriage to Mary Goforth, which took place in Greene County, Tennessee, December 20, 1804. Samuel Henderson, the father, the son of James and Hannah Henderson, was born in that county and state February 21, 1785, and Mary Goforth was also born there October 1, 1785. The exact date of their coming to Missouri is not known, but their fourth child, John, is definitely known to have been born in Bellevue Valley in present Iron County, in 1810, so Dr. Henderson may have been born in this state also.

Samuel Henderson lived in Bellevue Valley for about thirty years after coming to Missouri, except for a few years prior to the admission of Missouri as a state, when the uncertainty in regard to the act of admission led him to move with his slaves to either Kentucky or Tennessee for a few years. But once this matter was settled he moved back to his old home and lived there until 1838, in which year he, with at least one son, James, joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (Mormon) and the next year joined their colony at Nauvoo, Illinois. They finally moved to Utah in the great emigration of 1851, and he died in Salt Lake City February 21, 1856. His wife had died in Bellevue Valley December 13, 1825, with their youngest child, George, then ten months old. Two of his daughters were also connected with Maries County affairs, and will be noted farther along in this chapter. We do not know where Dr. Henderson 'read medicine' but there is a family tradition that it was in Kentucky, and he may have practiced there for a while. If so, it was evidently not for long because he was only twenty-six years old when he rode up the Boone's Lick Trail to near its crossing with the Kickapoo Trace and established himself on the northwest corner of Lanes Prairie. Here on the west half of the northwest quarter of section 30, Township 40, Range 7, which is only half a mile north of the crossroads, he proceeded to hang out his shingle. He did not bother to enter the land, however, until June 30, 1836. The site is now marked by a lone poplar tree some hundred yards south of the Vienna and Lanes Prairie road, near the west line of the Dr. W. H. Bowles home place. It was then a part of Osage Township in Gasconade County.

One of the main reasons for believing he came here not later than 1835 is the fact that he was married here January 28, 1836, to Charlotta Malone, the widowed daughter of Abraham Smith, by the Reverend John Avery. Experienced men say it is impossible to get a widow's consent to marry in as short a time as a month, no matter how willing she might be, so the doctor likely had been prosecuting his suit during at least a part of 1835. They made their home at his first location during her lifetime. Their three children, Oliver (later killed in action in the Confederate Army, single), Albert Smith, and William Wallace Henderson were born there. Mrs. Henderson died in the middle forties, and very soon thereafter Dr. Henderson and his sons moved to the home of his father-in-law on the Gasconade River now owned by Bert Allen, which was then in Pulaski County. Here he lived the remainder of his life.

He had served as Justice of the Peace during most of the time he lived on the Prairie, and after moving to the river he owned and operated Henderson's Ferry, which then crossed the river between the present Allen and Terry places. It is a much older location than the one a half-mile north at Bloomgarden, which was not established until after the Springfield Road, was laid out. But the new location was more accessible than the Henderson site, and the latter gradually ceased doing business. He was Representative from Pulaski County in the 1848 session, and about the close of the term was married to Jansie, daughter of John Davis. Their one child, Jane, was born in Jackson County, Missouri, October 10, 1850, while the family was on a visit to Dr. Henderson's father prior to the latter's departure for Utah. Returning to his home here in the dead of winter he contracted pneumonia and died February 24, 1851, soon after reaching home. He is buried in the Allen* Cemetery. The second Mrs. Henderson later moved to Clay County and died there. She married again, but the descendants of her second marriage have not been traced.
*Note: Cemetery records shows burial in the Feeler Cemetery.
 
 
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 Parents:
  Samuel Henderson (1785 - 1856)
  Mary Goforth Henderson (1784 - 1825)
 
 Children:
  Fannie Mae Henderson Copeland (1878 - 1944)*
 
 Siblings:
  James Goforth Henderson (1805 - 1843)*
  William Wallace Henderson (1809 - 1851)
  Minerva Jemima Henderson (1816 - 1816)*
  Samuel Goforth Henderson (1820 - 1904)*
  Mary (Polly) Henderson Allred (1823 - 1910)*
  George Henderson (1825 - 1825)*
  Nancy Henderson Hobson (1828 - 1863)**
  Abigail Henderson Hawkins (1829 - 1903)**
  Thomas Henderson (1832 - 1914)**
  Martin Henry Henderson (1835 - 1907)**
  Charlotte Henderson Allred (1837 - 1916)**
  Hyrum Henderson (1840 - 1909)**
 
*Calculated relationship
**Half-sibling
 
Inscription:
Aged 41 yr 9 mo 26 days
 
Note: Birthdate computed using Tombstone calculator
 
Burial:
Feeler Cemetery
Maries County
Missouri, USA
 
Maintained by: Joseph
Originally Created by: Wanda
Record added: Sep 13, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 58602430
Dr William Wallace Henderson, Sr
Added by: Joseph
 
Dr William Wallace Henderson, Sr
Added by: William Cadwallader
 
 
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- Joseph
 Added: Jan. 29, 2015
RIP my 4th great grandfather.
- J Henderson
 Added: Apr. 14, 2012
 
 
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