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John W Hendley
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Birth: unknown
Death: Jul. 3, 1899

Hendley, John W., USN, USS Ohio, Mexican American War

Hendley, John W. d. 3 Jul 1899 71 yrs. 6 mos. 3 days R17/83

The Evening Star, July 4, 1899, p. 7

Death of John W. Hendley

Maker of Wax Models the Victim of Apoplexy
Was an Old Resident of Washington and Well-Known in Official Circles
Mr. John Walter Hendley died last night soon after 8 o'clock at his residence, 704 F street southwest, of a stroke of apoplexy. Mr. Hendley has been indisposed for several days, and kept in his room. Last night he attempted to descend to the lower floor, but fell, striking his head against the wall and receiving a severe shock. He was unconscious when picked up, and, although everything possible was done for him, he did not rally. An ambulance was called, and he was taken to the Emergency Hospital, but on arrival there was pronounced dead by the surgeon.
Mr. Hendley was an old resident of Washington and well known in government circles. For a great many years he was employed by the Agricultural Department and the National Museum in making wax models of figures, fruits and other objects. Mr. Hendley was so proficient in this art that he was regarded as being without a peer. His productions were so life-like and so true to nature that it was often impossible to identify them as imitations.
Native of Virginia
John Walter Hendley was born in Heathsville, Va., in 1827, and was, therefore, 72 years of age. When still a very young man he enlisted in the navy for the war with Mexico, and was on the flagship Ohio during the years of that contest. This vessel cruised the Pacific, and when Hendley's time was out he was discharged in the Bay of San Francisco, in 1847, a few months before the first gold discoveries. When gold was discovered he made his way to the mines, and in 1852 started home overland with $110,000. He was very unfortunate in the investment of his money, however, and in two years after his return lost it all.
When the civil war broke out he enlisted with the other youths of the neighborhood in the confederate army, and in 1862, after being discharged on account of ill-health, made his way to Washington and began to model wax flowers.
The Evening Star, July 6, 1899
Funeral of John W. Hendley
Funeral services were held this afternoon over the remains of John W. Hendley, at the late residence, 704 F street southwest. The pallbearers were William Palmer, chief taxidermist at the National Museum; Chas. Wolff and Edwin H. Hawley, also of the National Museum, and Edward B. Collins, William T. Whelan and Charles F. Wehausen.

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  Joseph Hendley (1810 - 1841)
  Anne Jones Hendley Bond (1812 - 1898)
  Mary H Neale Hendley (1839 - 1867)*
  Ida Elizabeth Sauer Hendley (1852 - 1927)*
  Marion Rebecca Hendley Miller (1856 - 1925)*
  Julian P Hendley (1859 - 1943)*
  Rose Estelle Hendley Conery (1885 - 1955)*
  John W Hendley (____ - 1899)
  Mary Virginia Hendley Hazan (1835 - 1916)*
  William Hendley (1837 - 1894)*
  James Hendley (1839 - 1905)*
  Hannah E Hendley Langley (1841 - 1920)*
  Charles Dorsey Bond (1845 - 1925)**
  Lorenzo D Bond (1849 - 1889)**
*Calculated relationship
Note: AGE: 71 - COD: Cerebral Hemorrhage - BIRTHPLACE: VA
Congressional Cemetery
District of Columbia
District Of Columbia, USA
Plot: 17 - 83
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Record added: Mar 07, 2010
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