HENDON FAMILY CHRONICLES
NORRIS HENDON, JR
~Son of Rev. Benjamin Norris Hendon~
Benjamin Norris Hendon, Jr son of Rev. Benjamin Norris Hendon
and Ally J. Clement is often confused with his cousin, Benjamin Norris
Hendon, son of Aaron Hendon, because they were born about the same time
Benjamin, Jr was born 12 Jul 1828 in Tuscaloosa County, Alabama. He
married married Sarah Gilliland in Tuscaloosa County on
22 Aug 1848. Benjamin, Sarah, and their 3 month-old son, Thomas M. Hendon
were included in the 1850 census of Tuscaloosa County. Benjamin's parents
were living in the next dwelling and Eli and Elizabeth Gilliland, whom I
suspect were Sarah's parents, were living two doors away.
Benjamin relocated his family to Newton County, Mississippi before
1860. (His father moved to Newton County about the same time.)
1860 Census, Newton Country, Mississippi:
Beng N Hendon 32 Alabama
Sarah Hendon 34 Alabama
Narcissa Hendon 9 Alabama (Believed to "Cicero")
Monroe Hendon 7 Alabama
Samuel Hendon 5 Alabama
Mary Hendon 3 Miss.
John Hendon 1/12 Miss.
Sarah (Gilliland) Hendon died in the early 1860s in
Newton County, leaving five young children. Note: I have numerous death
certificates for Benjamin's children which confirm the names of their parents.
Benjamin Hendon, Jr and Sarah Gilliland's
Thomas M. Hendon - Born Dec 1850, died before 1860.
T. N. "Cicero" Hendon - Born circa 1851.
Cicero married Nancy Jane Oliver in Navarro County, Texas
25 Jan 1894. Nancy, daughter of John Robert Oliver and Mary Thompson, was
born in Navarro County in 1878. Her sister Annie G. Oliver married Cicero
Hendon's half-brother, Louis Washington Hendon. Cicero Hendon died circa
1895, probably in Henderson or Navarro County, Texas. He had one child,
Robert B. Hendon, born 20 Nov 1894, Henderson County, Texas,
died 13 Dec 1917, Bexar County, Texas. Robert was a soldier and died at
an army camp during the great influenza epidemic. Nancy (Oliver)
Hendon married second, Elijah Henry Campbell, in
Henderson County, Texas on 20 May 1897. She died 4 Mar 1943 in Anderson County,
Texas and is buried at Wofford Cemetery.
James Monroe Hendon - Born Apr 1853,
Tuscaloosa County, Alabama; married Mary Ellen Perdue,
daughter of George W. Perdue and Mary F. Gray, in 1876.
In 1900, James M. Hendon and his family were
residing in Eastland County, Texas:
James Hendon 47 AL
Mary C. Hendon 44 TX
Thomas L. Hendon 15 TX
William B. Hendon 12 TX
Emma Hendon 10 TX
Samuel Hendon - Born circa 1855.
Mary Hendon - Born circa 1857.
John Hendon - Born Jul 1860.
James Monroe Hendon died circa 1925, probably in Fisher County,
Texas. It is believed he is buried with some of his family at Mccaulley
Cemetery. Mary Ellen (Perdue) Hendon died 3 Nov 1935 and is buried at Mccaulley
James Monroe Hendon and Mary
Georgia Hendon - Born 3 May 1877 in Hamilton County, Texas; married
James William Smith; died 1 Jun 1911 and buried at Mccaulley
Cemetery, Fisher County, Texas.
Oliver Hendon - Born 8 Sep 1878 in Hamilton County, Texas;
died 2 May 1898 and buried at Lane Cemetery, Eastland County, Texas.
Alice Amanda Hendon - Born 6 Sep 1880 in Eastland County,
Texas; married Edward Hopkins; died 25 Aug 1965 and buried
at Baird Cemetery, Callahan County, Texas.
Thomas Lee Hendon - Born 16 Jul 1885 in Eastland County,
Texas; married Viola Griffith; died 1 Oct 1941 and buried
at Mccaulley Cemetery, Fisher County, Texas.
William Benjamin Hendon - Born 8 May 1888 in Eastland
County, Texas; married Lillie B. Watkins; died 26 Mar 1942
and buried at Austin Memorial Park Cemetery, Travis County, Texas.
Emma Jane Hendon - Born 24 Jan 1890 in Eastland County,
Texas; married Louis Hopkins and James Frank Blair;
died 12 Feb 1974, Ector County, Texas and buried at Dudley Cemetery, Callahan
Benjamin Norris Hendon, Jr moved to Texas in the early
1860s and married Lucinda Rebecca Perdue in Freestone County on 20 Feb 1866.
Lucinda was the daughter of George W. Perdue and Mary F. Gray, thus the older
sister of Mary Ellen Perdue, who would marry Benjamin's son, James Monroe
Hendon, in 1876.
Benjamin was included on the Voters List of Anderson
County, Texas in 1871..... "#1382 B N Henden"
Benjamin N. Hendon, Jr and family were enumerated on the:
1880 census of Hamilton County, Texas:
B. N. Hendin M 51 (Enumerator's writing
was very bad)
spouse Lucinda Hendin F 38
child Cisero Hendin M 29 (from 1st marriage to
child Dora Hendin F 15 (from
1st marriage to Sarah Gilliland)
child L. W. Hendin M 11 (Louis Washington)
child W. L. Hendin M 9 (William Lafayette
child T. C. Hendin F 7 (Talitha aka "Cumi")
child G. V. Hendin F 5 (Grace Virginia)
Benjamin Norris Hendon, Jr died in Apr 1888 in Hamilton or Freestone
County, Texas. His widow, Lucinda Rebecca (Perdue) Hendon was living with
her daughter Grace Virginia (Hendon) Oliver and family in Freestone County
and committed suicide in 1893. A story in the Dallas Morning News read......"Freestone
County, Texas Obituaries, Dallas Morning News, Jan. 6, 1893 - Page: 5 Burned
WORTHAM, Freestone Co., Tex., Jan. 4
- [To The News] - Last night at the residence of Mr. J. C. Oliver, living
about four miles from this place, after all the inmates of the house had
retired, Mrs. Oliver's mother got out of bed, went out in the yard, saturated
her clothing with kerosene oil and set fire to them. She was terribly burned,
from the effects of which she died to-day."
Jr and Lucinda Perdue's children
"Dido" Hendon - Born 30 Jun 1865* in Freestone County, Texas; married
Saggit "Soggy" Chancellor 28 Dec 1891 in Freestone
County; died 1 Jun 1941 and buried at Woodland Cemetery, Freestone County,
Texas. *Tombstone date could be inaccurate because parents married 20 Feb
Louis Washington Hendon - Born 12 Apr 1869 in
Freestone or Anderson County, Texas; married Annie G. Oliver,
daughter of John Robert Oliver and Mary Thompson, 14 Jan 1892 in Navarro
County, Texas; died 2 Dec 1944 and buried at Richland Cemetery, Navarro
County, Texas. Note: Louis and Annie had nine children, but only one lived
William Lafayette "Fate" Hendon - Born circa 1871 in
Anderson County, Texas; died 15 Mar 1886 and buried at Cross Plains Cemetery,
Callahan County, Texas. Fifteen-year-old 'Fate' was the only Hendon buried
in Callahan County.
Talitha "Cumi" Hendon - Born 16 Sep 1872 in Anderson
County, Texas; married a widower, John Robert Oliver,
in Freestone County, Texas 23 Aug 1891; died 28 Feb 1947 and buried at
Neches Cemetery, Anderson County, Texas. Note: John Robert Oliver and his
first wife were the parents of Annie G. and Nancy Jane Oliver, who married
Talitha's brothers, Louis Washington and "Cicero" Hendon.
Grace Virginia Hendon - Born 19 Feb 1875 at Cisco, Eastland
County, Texas; married Josiah Cornelius Oliver on 4 Nov
1891 in Freestone County, Texas; married second, Z. W. Lassiter in Anderson
County, Texas on 22 Jun 1924; died 10 Mar 1961. Gracie and J. C. Oliver
are buried at Neches Cemetery, Anderson County, Texas. Note: Josiah C. Oliver
was the brother of John Robert Oliver, who married Gracie's sister, Talitha
Ivin Melissa Hendon - Born 19 Jul 1880 in Hamilton County,
Texas; married Thomas Henry D. Powell in Freestone County,
Texas on 20 Jul 1898; died 30 Jan 1967. Ivin and Thomas are buried at Pt.
Enterprise Cemetery, Limestone County, Texas.