|Birth: ||Feb. 22, 1869|
|Death: ||Mar. 22, 1956|
Beloved cousin of Dorothy Logan Garrison, Blanche came to Fort Worth from Mississippi with her parents about 1874.
The only child of J. M. and Louisa Hartsfield, Blanche's marriage to Alvin Henderson on Oct 29, 1890 in Fort Worth, Texas was the talk of the town. From The Dallas Morning News:
The marriage of Mr. Aloin [sic] Henderson and Miss Blanche Hartsfield last Wednesday at the Baptist church was a notable event on account of the high social standing of the contracting parties. Invitations had been sent out by the scores and the wedding day had been made known for some time previous, consequently the church, which comfortably seats 1200, was packed with guests to witness the nuptial ceremonies. There were six couples of attendants, four ushers and four tiny flower girls. Dr. R. H. Nall officiated with a ceremoney brief, but beautiful and impressive.
At the home of Mr. and Mrs. J. M. Hartsfield, parents of the bride, the whole house was brilliantly lighted and decorated to a queen's taste, where congratulations were given and best wishes for future happiness bestowed. In the dining room, amid banks of flowers and twining vines, a delightful collation awaited all and was elegantly served. At 12 o'clock the bride's cake was cut and soon after the guests departed with fond farewells. The next morning the bridal pair left for Memphis and New Orleans, where Mr. Henderson has relatives whom they will visit.
("The Whirl of Society", 1890-11-03, Dallas Morning News)
Unfortunately, the wedding bliss did not last long. From the St. Louis Republic:
Fort Worth, Tex., Nov. 29.-A complaint was filed to-day against Alvin Henderson, charging him with lunacy. Henderson formerly lived here, and was engaged in the life insurance business, representing the Equitable. He married Miss Blanche Hartsfield one year ago, and the wedding was one of the most noted society events that ever occurred in Fort Worth. All went well for a while. Later on a brother of Henderson's was on trial for murder at Hempstead, Tex., and only escaped sentence by the insanity plea. After his brother's acquittal Alvin collapsed mentally and at times was so violent that his wife's father, Mr. J. M. Hartsfield, brought his daughter to Fort Worth. After this the husband traveled considerable.
A few days ago he came here and registered from St. Louis. He appeared rational, but yesterday became violent, threatening the lives of many, among them his father-in-law and Mr. A. A. Green, manager here of the Equitable, and with whom he had had a business difficulty while in the company's employ. Chief of Police Maddox was called to the Hartsfield mansion, where Henderson had gone, and it was with much difficulty Henderson was prevented from dealing death in the family. He was taken away but last night broke into the house and ran the family from home. To-day warrants were issued for his confinement, but so far has not been found, friends having him secreted. The affair has caused a great sensation on account of the high standing socially of all the parties.
("A Fort Worth Sensation. Alvin Henderson's Family Want Him Tried for Lunacy, but His Friends Secrets Him", 1892-11-30, St. Louis Republic)
Not much is known about Henderson after this; Blanche is listed on the 1900 and 1910 census as married and living with her parents in Fort Worth. On the 1930 census she is still living with her parents, but as a widow. Family rumor was that Henderson spent the rest of their marriage in prison, but has not been confirmed.
She worked for many years at the Texas Power and Light Co. in Fort Worth, but her death certificate states she was an office worker for the Railroad.
Blanche never had any children, so I have created this memorial as a testament of my grandmother's devotion to her beloved older cousin.
James Mercer Hartsfield (1845 - 1934)
Louise Samira Byers Hartsfield (1844 - 1926)
Note: Grave is unmarked; buried to the right of her step-grandmother Eliza S Byers.
Plot: Block 11, Lot 36, Space 3
Created by: Cyndi Wiseman
Record added: Mar 06, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 34514322