|Birth: ||unknown, Germany|
|Death: ||Mar. 31, 1917|
San Benito County
HISTORY AND BIOGRAPHICAL RECORD OF MONTEREY AND SAN BENITO
Los Angeles: Historic Record Company, 1910
By J.M. Guinn, VOL. 2, Page 537-538.
"PHILIP HENRY. An illustration of the opportunities afforded by California is set forth in the life and activities of Philip Henry, an extensive rancher of San Benito county and a man honored and respected by all about him for his integrity, progressive spirit and keen intelligence. To him, as to thousands of his countrymen, California has indeed been a land of opportunity. When he was a lad of twelve years he came to the United States with his parents from Hanau, Germany, his birthplace, but shortly after coming here he was left an orphan by the death of both parents. Thus early in life his sturdy physical and mental equipment was brought into play, but he was equal to the emergencies, and the experiences which he then passed through proved invaluable to him in later years. The family first located in
Galveston, Texas, and from there went to San Antonio, same state. Altogether Mr. Henry remained in the latter city about five years, when, in 1849, he went to El Paso, the little settlement having just risen to the dignity of a fort. It was about this time that his experiences came to a climax in his capture by the Comanche Indians. They kept him in captivity for five days, when he was rescued by Col. Jack Hayes and freedom restored to him.
Mr. Henry's associations with California date from the year 1853, and call to mind the days when all transportation was by means of muleteam. The rapidity with which the country had grown in population on account of the discovery of gold had made transportation facilities out of all proportion to accommodations and many there were who grasped this opportunity to supply a demand which paid many fold upon the investment in mules and vehicles. Mr. Henry found employment with one of these far-sighted men, Capt. F. X. Aubry, driving a team to and from New Mexico for a time, or until he caught the gold fever. Going to the mines of Tuolumne county he worked diligently for two weeks, but his work bringing him no returns he forsook the undertaking and the locality as well, going from there to Stockton, where he resumed work with his former employer in the transportation business. His duties took him into New Mexico and Arizona, where his experiences with the Indians followed in rapid succession, and the constant jeopardy to which his life was exposed led him to seek more peaceful surroundings. It was then, in the spring of 1854, that he returned to California, locating at that time in Santa Clara county, and later in Plumas county. A year was passed in each location, after which he returned to Santa Clara county and located upon a ranch which he cultivated successfully for fifteen years. At the expiration of this time, in 1869, he came to San Benito county and located upon the ranch which has since been his home. This comprises one hundred and twenty-five acres of productive land near Hollister, upon which he makes a specialty of raising hay and grain. While the duties of maintaining his ranch consume a large portion of his time, he is still not unmindful of his obligations as a citizen and allows nothing to interfere with the discharge of such duties as devolve upon a public-spirited man.
Mr. Henry's marriage united him with Miss H[arriet] A[ann] Oliver, and three children have been born to them, as follows: George Henry, a resident of King City, Monterey county; Hattie, the wife of William Johnson, on a ranch near by; and Lillian, the wife of Harry Regnart, of Santa Clara, Cal. Born of good old New England stock, Mrs. Henry is a native of Bath, Me., in which state she taught school before her marriage. In 1863 she came to California with a brother. She has been back east twice since coming to California." END
Harriet Ann Oliver Henry (____ - 1914)*
Harriet W Henry Johnson (1866 - 1934)*
George Philip Henry (1867 - 1950)*
Lillian Henry Regnart (1871 - 1961)*
Odd Fellows Cemetery
San Benito County
Created by: Steve Harrison
Record added: Nov 18, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 44530374