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 John D Henry

John D Henry

Mississippi, USA
Death 2 Apr 1876 (aged 22)
Fayetteville, Washington County, Arkansas, USA
Burial Fayetteville, Washington County, Arkansas, USA
Plot section 1, lot 14
Memorial ID 72691501 · View Source
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A student at Arkansas Industrial University (now University of Arkansas), son of Captain Phillip George and Martha Permelie (Timmons) HENRY of Taladega township, Jefferson county, Arkansas.

Birth: 4th of eleven known children likely in Mississippi, or maybe Arkansas.

Census: 1860, age 6 Talladega township, Jefferson county, Arkansas, listed John B, with parents & five siblings, family in DeSoto county, Mississippi for 1850 Federal census.

John D HENRY from Locust Cottage, Talladega township, Jefferson county, Arkansas, s/o Capt Phillip George and Martha Permelie (Timmons) HENRY passed away early April 1876, boarding with the John Decatur HENRY family of Fayetteville. He was attending the five year old, Arkansas Industrial University (now University of Arkansas), a student of Colonel Oliver Crosby GRAY, see below:

Colonel GRAY's compassion and leadership towards his students has been documented many times, in many ways. For one; --- he's found in 1876 (nation's centennial year, state's 40th anniversary) John D. Henry Letters, of Manuscript Collection MC 49 of University of Arkansas' Special Collections had first INCORRECTLY listed as, Dr. O.C. Gray, "... John's physician ..." author of letter #5. (since notified, file was corrected)

There was a Dr. C.S. Gray, a fellow mason, who is noted in letter #4, who had cared for the boy at cost of $24. However, --- it WAS Colonel O.C. GRAY who wrote his compassionate, April 4th 1876 letter to parents, Capt P. G. & Martha P. Henry of Locust Cottage, Jefferson county, Arkansas, (who had about 1872, helped build school near Locust Cottage's post office) regarding April 1876 death of their son, John D. Henry.

Letter #4, to the parents, was from John Decatur and wife Lucy A HENRY, whose son boarded with them in Fayetteville and parents of a son who died less than two years later, stating at end of his portion of letter the following, to wit:

"He was buried on my lot in Evergreen Cemetery, this Cemetery belongs to the Masons & Odd Fellows. I have charge of it. It is situated just west of town and immediately between my house and the College and in sight of both. There is 4 acres in it in 4 Sections with 36 lots in each Section with a street each way through the center and alley between Each lot. The Lot is 20 ft square. My Lot is in Section One, Lot 14. John is buried in the northeast corner of my lot." Just described is northeast four acres of Historic Evergreen cemetery as we know it in 2012!

Death: in Fayetteville, Washington county, Arkansas. (broken gravestone discovered October 2012 by Angela Cozart McKnght)

NOTE: Grave marker info verified by a reading done in 1984. Info located in Fayetteville Public Library.

Father: Captain Phillip George Henry b: 29 AUG 1825 Anson county, North Carolina. (birth year on 1900 census)
Mother: Martha Permelie Timmons b: 29 JUL 1826 Chesterfield county, OR ?, Timmonsville, Florence county, South Carolina.

Revised: 10/17/12.

Prepared by Bill Boggess.

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  • Originally Created by: Bill
  • Added: 4 Jul 2011
  • Find A Grave Memorial 72691501
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for John D Henry (16 Nov 1853–2 Apr 1876), Find A Grave Memorial no. 72691501, citing Evergreen Cemetery, Fayetteville, Washington County, Arkansas, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave (contributor 8) .