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 Amanda “Aunt Mandy” Henderson

Amanda “Aunt Mandy” Henderson

Birth
Virginia, USA
Death 1927 (aged 104–105)
Burial Leonard, Shelby County, Missouri, USA
Memorial ID 62716693 · View Source
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History of Leonard, 1989, Simpson Printing Company, Kirksville, Missouri. Amanda Henderson, Age 104.

The Taylor Township resident who lived the longest was Amanda Henderson, who lived south of Cherry Box in the house where Orvis Johnston now lives. Amanda Henderson was born in Virginia sometime between 1820 and 1824. Her birthdate is not documented because she was a slave. She belonged to the Vandiver family when a girl, but became a slave in the Holliday family on the marriage of Miss Vandiver, who was her mistress, to a member of the Holliday family. She remained Mrs. Holliday's slave until the emancipation of slaves following the Civil War.

After the Civil War, she married Joseph Henderson, who had been a slave of Samuel Vandiver and later of his son, James L. Vandiver. After their freedom and marriage, James L. Vandiver gave them substantial aid in making a start in life and about the year 1871 they purchased 40 acres of land 2 1/2 miles south of Cherry Box. They lived there the remainder of their lives. Joseph Henderson died on Dec. 16, 1893, and left 80 acres of unemcumbered land and some amount of personal property for the support of his widow the remainder of her life. Mr. and Mrs. Henderson were members of the New Providence Cumberland Presbyterian Church, and her funeral was held there following her death on June 3, 1927. Her age was reported at 104 years.

Mrs. Henderson's obituary cited that she was jolly, genial, good natured, always glad to see a friend and was well liked by all who knew her well. Wilbur Williams recalled "Aunt Manda" when he wrote the memoirs of the time his family lived in the house adjacent to Mrs. Hendersons in the early 20s. "Aunt Manda was an old Negro woman who owned the 80-acre farm. She was quite a gal. She was supposed to be over a hundred years old. She lived in a little house attached to our house by a long board walk. All she was able to do was set in her rocker and look out the window. Mom done her cooking and housekeeping and put her in and out of bed, for which she received $30 a month, I think. Aunt Manda could sure entertain an eight-year-old boy - the stories she could tell - and she gave me the first silver dollar I ever owned. She ate lots of oranges and kept them in a trunk. I soon learned that if I set on that trunk and tapped it with my heels she would soon tell me to open it up and get me an orange - to get rid of me, I guess." Provided by Paula D


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  • Created by: Beth Thackeray
  • Added: 9 Dec 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 62716693
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Amanda “Aunt Mandy” Henderson (1822–1927), Find A Grave Memorial no. 62716693, citing New Providence Cemetery, Leonard, Shelby County, Missouri, USA ; Maintained by Beth Thackeray (contributor 47195525) .