William Hedrick

Garrard County, Kentucky, USA
Death unknown
Chariton County, Missouri, USA
Burial Non-Cemetery Burial
Memorial ID 130410942 · View Source
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William was last known living in Chariton County, Missouri and died about 1844.

"A History of Cooper County, Missouri" Henry C. Levins and Nathaniel M. Drake, St. Louis, 1876, page 138. (The location would be in the Old Palestine area around 1833.) Two of the best fighters of the neighborhood, were "Bill" Hedrick and Joseph Wrench. They "locked horns" at last. "Bill" was a large, tall, rawboned man, and Wrench was low and heavy set. Wrench got the better of the fight, which was terrible while it lasted. The best citizens of the neighborhood were in sympathy with Wrench, for he was a very quiet, peaceable man, and would fight only in self-defense; but Hedrick was inclined to be overbearing in his conduct towards others, in other respects, a jolly, clever fellow.

One day while Hedrick was sitting on his horse in Old Palestine, a number of those with whom he had fought, clubbed together and gathered around him with the intention of giving him a good thrashing, and became quite noisy in their threatenings against him. He remained quiet until they had somewhat subsided, when he remarked: "Gentlemen, are you going to whip me?" "Yes, we are, " they answered. "Well," said he, "if that is the case, I'll not remain to see it; so I bid you good bye!" He then put spurs to his horse, pulled off his hat, waved it in defiance, and galloped away.

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  • Created by: Bev Williams
  • Added: 26 May 2014
  • Find a Grave Memorial 130410942
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for William Hedrick (1802–unknown), Find a Grave Memorial no. 130410942, ; Maintained by Bev Williams (contributor 46776743) Non-Cemetery Burial.