|Birth: ||Mar. 21, 1835|
|Death: ||Aug. 15, 1897|
Los Angeles County
James Lee Henderson was the son of Ebenezer Henderson and his wife Jane Lee. He was named for his maternal grandfather, James Lee, a survivor of the "Faithful Steward" shipwreck in 1785. The family moved from Ohio to Fulton County, Illinois about 1850, and in 1853 were in the process of moving to Warren County, Illinois when Ebenezer was thrown from his horse and killed. Ebenezer was buried 1/2 mile north of the Warren/Mercer county line, in the Brownlee cemetery of rural Mercer County. The family eventually settled in Mercer County, Illinois, where James Lee Henderson married Samantha Jane Brownlee on 13 September 1860.
Following the Civil War, James and his brother Robert Alexander Henderson moved with their families to Albia, Monroe County, Iowa. By the 1880 census, James and his younger brother Clark Ebenezer Henderson had settled in Richmond Township, Franklin County, Kansas. About June 1897, two months before his death, James moved to Los Angeles, California hoping for improvement in his health.
James and Samantha were the parents of 4 daughters; Leola F. and Sara E. died as infants and were buried in the Brownlee cemetery, Mercer County, Illinois. Daughters Sada B., born in Illinois, and Jennie Alice, born in Iowa, were living with their parents in the 1880 census of Richmond Township.
Also buried at Richmond Cemetery is Rachel M. (Henderson) Gowdy, a sister of James. Her husband John Clark Gowdy and daughter Etta Lee Gowdy are buried there as well.
Ebenezer Henderson (1807 - 1854)
Jane Lee Henderson (1811 - 1880)
Samantha Jane Brownlee Henderson (1842 - 1905)
Leola F. Henderson (1861 - 1864)*
Sarah E. Henderson (1863 - 1864)*
Created by: Richard S. Clark
Record added: Oct 20, 2006
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