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Col John Hendy
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Birth: Sep. 3, 1757
Hunterdon County
New Jersey, USA
Death: Mar. 15, 1840
Elmira
Chemung County
New York, USA

Colonel in the Revolutionary War. Originally buried in Wisner Park Cemetery. Children: Sons: Samuel, Thomas, John Jr. Daughters: Rebecca Culp wife of John Culp, Sally wife of Joseph Morrison, Jane wife of William Bartlett, Hannah wife of Cushing Snow, Elizabeth Rhodes wife of John Rhodes, daughter Polly Beidelman wife of Joseph Beidelman.

John Hendy Jr m. Sarah (Susan) Bartlett, d. Marshall, IL
Thomas Hendy m. Hannah (Elizabeth) Bartlett, d. York, Clark Co., IL.

Some sources put his place of birth as Wyoming, PA.
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The first settlement of the town was made by Colonel John Hendy, in 1788, near the present site of Elmira City. He came up the river from Wilkesbarre, Penn., in a canoe. Soon after his arrival he planted a field of corn, and during the summer spent considerable time in exploring the region for a suitable place for a permanent settlement.
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Col. John Hendy, the first settler in the County, was born in Wyoming, Penn., September 3d, 1757. He enlisted in the army at the age of seventeen, and was in the battles at Bunker Hill, Princetown, Trenton, Monmouth and other places. He served the whole time under Washington, and rose to the rank of Captain.

After leaving the army he returned to Wilkesbarre and engaged in farming, having married a Miss Baker. He subsequently removed to Tioga Point, where he remained until 1788, when he came to Chemung County, engaged in farming, and continued to reside here until his death, a period of more than fifty years. He removed the first shovelful of dirt in the excavation of the Chemung Canal, a work in which he was greatly interested. During the war of 1812-15 he raised several companies, but they were not called into the service. In 1789 he received a commission of Captain of a militia company, in the town of Chemung, and subsequently that of Second Major of a regiment in the County of Tioga. In 1803 he received a commission of Lieut. Colonel of the same regiment, from Governor George Clinton. He was buried in the old cemetery, but his remains were subsequently removed to Woodlawn Cemetery, and a suitable monument erected over them. Col. Hendy was a man greatly respected and esteemed for his honesty, integrity and kindness of heart.
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In 1877, all the remains still in the Wisner Burial Ground were removed, under the direction of John Jones. Prior to that, on October 9, 1858, he removed the body of Colonel John Hendy, considered by many to be the first settler in what was to become Elmira. He had died in 1840 and had been buried on a raw March day.

Speaking of the removal of the Revolutionary War veteran's remains, in later years, John Jones said: "I found the skeleton all complete and the hair was long and beautiful, white and wavy remarkable. I took it up and hung it in my hands like a perfect wig. The men that watched me said it was wonderful." 
 
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 Parents:
  Samuel Hendy (1733 - 1808)
  Rebecca Hendy (1735 - 1814)
 
 Spouse:
  Mary Polly Baker Hendy (1759 - 1828)
 
 Children:
  Rebecca Hendy Culp (1780 - 1854)*
  Samuel Hendy (1787 - 1852)*
  Thomas Hendy (1789 - 1860)*
  Jane Hendy Bartlett (1792 - ____)*
  John Hendy (1792 - 1876)*
  Hannah Hendy Snow (1796 - 1866)*
  Mary Polly Hendy Beidleman (1799 - 1858)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Woodlawn Cemetery
Elmira
Chemung County
New York, USA
 
Created by: Anna C
Record added: Nov 21, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 44655163
Col John Hendy
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Col John Hendy
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My 5th great grandfather.
- Pamela Jamison
 Added: Jan. 2, 2015

- Patti Bartlett
 Added: Apr. 19, 2013

- Craig Handy
 Added: Aug. 8, 2012
 
 
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