HENDON FAMILY CHRONICLES
GEORGE MARION HENDON
~son of Thomas
Marion Hendon has been another ‘brickwall’ for Hendon family researchers.
I think I’ve found a crack in the wall……..Recently, wonderful bible records
for George and his son, John Thomas Hendon, have been sent to me by
Jim Wayne Latimer, M. D. So, we now
have accurate names and dates for their families. I have posted the bible
records as well as a great old photo of George Marion Hendon elsewhere on
George Marion Hendon was born 3 Sep 1821
in Morgan County, Georgia. I am convinced that George was the son of Thomas
Hendon, Jr and Nancy Lambert.
Thomas Hendon Jr
Thomas Hendon Jr, son of Thomas Hendon
and Cassandra Standifer, was born circa 1792 in Oglethorpe County, Georgia.
He married Nancy Lambert, daughter
of William and Nancy Lambert, in
Putnam County, Georgia on 3 Sep 1820. Putnam County borders Morgan County
to the south.
Thomas Hendon Jr and his father, Thomas, were enumerated in the 1820
census of Morgan County and the Morgan County Tax Lists in 1812, 1817, and
William Lambert and family were also living in Morgan County
in 1820. Nancy Lambert Sr. and Nancy Lambert Jr. (meaning mother and daughter)
were listed on the membership rolls of Antioch Baptist Church in Oct 1819.
William Lambert appeared on numerous Morgan County Tax rolls until about
Nancy Lambert had become
a member of Antioch Baptist Church in Morgan County on 11 Jun 1815; William
Lambert joined the church Nov 1825. Nancy "Hendon" obtained her "letter of
dismissal" on 8 Mar 1823. Thomas Hendon obtained his letter the very same
day. When folks were about to move, they would get their "letters" from
Thomas Jr and Nancy moved their family from Morgan County to DeKalb
County, Georgia before 1840, then to Harris County, Georgia by 1850.
Jr. died in Harris County, Georgia in June 1850 and appeared on the
Census Mortality Schedules, 1850-1880, Page 296… *Name: Thomas Henden, Male, Married, POB – Georgia; For year ending
June 1850; Est. birth year –1792; Age – 58; Cause Of Death – Chronic; Census
Year – 1850; Militia District #19, Harris County, Georgia.
In 1850, the widow Nancy (Lambert) Hendon
and her children were enumerated in Militia District #19, Harris County, Georgia
15 | 661 #704 | Nancy Hendon 52 F W Ga
16 | 661 704 | Sarah A. Hendon 22 F W Ga
17 | 661 704 | Nancy E. Hendon 20 F W Ga
18 | 661 704 | Martha Hendon 18 F W Ga
19 | 661 704 | Epsilla Hendon 15 F W Ga
20 | 661 704 | Ann E.Hendon 13 F W Ga
(Note: Harris County, Georgia borders Alabama)
In 1860, Nancy appeared on
her last census….Harris County, Georgia (presume she died there by 1870)
#599 Nancy Hendon (60) Ga
N. E. Hendon (30) Ga (daughter Nancy)
M. A. Hendon (25) Ga (daughter Martha)
George Marion Hendon, born 3 Feb 1821
(others could have been born 1822-1827, but died as children)
Sarah Ann Hendon, born circa 1828
Nancy E. Hendon, born circa 1830
Martha A. Hendon, born circa 1832
Epsilla Hendon, born circa 1835
Ann E. Hendon, born circa 1837
George Marion Hendon
Marion Hendon, son of Thomas Hendon, Jr. and Nancy Lambert, was born 9 Sep
1821 in Morgan County, Georgia. His Confederate pension application clearly
states he “was born in Morgan County, Georgia
on 9 Sep 1821”.....exactly one year after Thomas and Nancy Hendon
married, so he was their first born. I have a copy of the original pension
George married Rachel Amanda McCrory in Fayette County, Georgia on 7 Aug
Rachel McCrory was born in South Carolina
on 20 Feb 1829.
1850 census of Fayette County, Georgia
George M. Hendon 29 GA
Mary C. 4
John T. 2
Fayette County is three counties due
west of Morgan County and borders DeKalb County to the south.
In 1860, George, Rachel
and children were living in DeKalb County, Georgia (Panthersville):
#770 George M. Hendon (38)
Rachel M. Hendon
Mary E. N. Hendon
John T. Hendon
(9) Ga (Missouri)
Martha A. Hendon
Epsa C. Hendon
Syntha E. Hendon
George Marion Hendon (photo) served during the Civil War
and had numerous health issues as well as being a POW. From
Confederate Archives…. Hendon, George
M. --- private August 4, 1863. In Floyd House Hospital, Macon, Ga., with
chronic diarrhoea May 10, 1863. Furloughed for 60 days from hospital. In
Floyd House Hospital, Macon, Ga., with rheumatism and general ill health
July 18, 1864. Furloughed from hospital for 60 days. Captured at Rough and
Ready, Georgia, Sep 7, 1864, and sent to Camp Douglas, Ill., prison. Paroled
there March 14, 1865, and forwarded to City Point, Virginia for exchange.
Exchanged at Boulware and Cox's Wharves, James River, Virginia, March 18
or 21, 1865. In Jackson Hospital, Richmond, Va., with debility,
March 22, 1865. Furloughed for 60 days March 28, 1865. (Born in Morgan Co.,
Ga., September 3, 1821.)
In 1870, George
and his family were residing in Clayton County, Georgia. (Clayton County borders DeKalb, Fayette,
and Henry Counties.)
#257 George M. Hendon (48)
and Rachel’s son Thaddeus Oscar Hendon died in May 1865 (probably) in Clayton
County; daughter Martha Ann Amanda
Hendon died Aug 1867 in
Clayton County; and daughter Cynthia E. Hendon died in Mar 1870 in Clayton County.
Amanda (McCrory) Hendon also died in Clayton County on 19
George M. Hendon married second, Dulcy Ann (Gunter) Wilson (photo below),
in Clayton County on 13 Dec 1874. Dulcy, a widow, was previously married
to John M. Wilson. No children born during the second marriage.
#218 George M. Hendon (58) GA
In 1880, George M. Hendon and
family were living in Henry County, Georgia (Dist. # 486)
Dulcy A. (38) GA
Margaret M. (14) GA
William A. (8) GA
Maldona (14) GA (Dulcy’s daughter from
first marriage to John M. Wilson)
In 1900, George and Dulcy (Gunther) Hendon were living in Dist.
#491, White House, Greene County, Georgia. George Marion Hendon died on
24 Feb 1907. Dulcy Ann (Gunter) Hendon died on 26 Jun 1918. Both are buried
at Greensboro City Cemetery, Greensboro, Greene County,
Dulcy Ann Gunter Hendon --------->>
Children of George Marion Hendon and Rachel A. McCrory:
Mary Elizabeth Nancy Hendon,
b. 4 Mar 1847, married Wareham Burnham 5
Jan 1865; Mary died 1 Feb 1902,
Clayton County, Georgia; both buried at Forrest Grove Cemetery.
John Thomas Hendon, b. 12 Dec 1848, married Zimruda Frances Gunther 17 Nov 1872; John died 31 Dec 1928 Henry County, Georgia; both buried at Moseley Family
Missouri Angeline Hendon, b. 23 Dec 1850,
C. Abercrombie 12 Dec 1873; Missouri died
1 Apr 1928, Paulding County, Georgia; both buried
Flint Hill Cemetery
Martha Ann Amanda Hendon, born and died in Clayton County, Georgia;
7 May 1852 - 25 Aug 1867.
Hendon, b. 20 Jan 1854, married
McKinney; Epcilla died 15 Sep 1927, Atlanta, Fulton County, Georgia.
Cynthia Exer Hendon, born and died Clayton County, Georgia; 29
Oct 1856 - Mar 1870.
Hendon, b. 4 Jul 1860, married Mary Burnham 25 Oct 1880; George died
4 Apr 1937, Cherokee County, Alabama.
Hendon, born and died in Clayton
County, Georgia; 7 Sep 1862 - 5 May 1865
Hendon, born 22 May 1866, married
Bartlett 14 Feb 1883; both buried
Flippen United Methodist Church, Henry County, Georgia.
Hendon, born 21 Jun 1870, married
P. Ford 6 Dec 1889; 'Ted' died 16 Aug 1949, Atlanta,
Fulton County, Georgia; both buried Hillcrest Cemetery
Hendon, born 14 Apr 1872 Clayton
County, Georgia, died 5 Jun 1884 Henry County, Georgia.
by George Marion Hendon
Towaliga Messenger, Vol. 1, No.
7, July, 1888
DEAR BROTHER GODARD:
I feel inclined to give you some
of the dealings of the Lord with my poor soul if I am not deceived. You can
use it as you think best.
When I was about fifteen years of age I attended a meeting at Old
New Bethel church, a baptist church before the division. I went as unconcerned
as I ever did in my life. The preacher used a text in Ezekiel:--"Can these
dry bones live." In the course of his remarks he used this Scripture "and
said to the mountains and rocks, fall on us and hide us from the face of
Him that sitteth on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb." This question
was presented to my mind:--"Will I be of that number?" I tried to ask God
to have mercy upon me, a poor hell-deserving sinner, for such I viewed myself
to be. My prayers seemed to avail nothing. It appeared that my condition,
it seemed to me that my case grew worse, that my awful doom was unalterable.
I could not see how God could remain just and be the justifier of such a
poor sinner as I viewed myself to be. Thus it went on with me, until I almost
concluded there was no mercy for me, I thought Jesus was the Savior of my
parents and other good people, but could not be mine, I was too vile, worse
than all, but felt if I was condemned it was just. So it went on from day
to day. I went to spend a night with a good old aunt that had prayed for me;
it seemed that her prayers and my parent's prayers were all in vain. That
night at my aunt's I went to my room, I thought it was the darkest and most
desolate place I ever saw, I thought that I should never come out of that
room alive. I went to the bed and fell upon it saying, "Lord save or I perish."
There was a space of time I have no recollection of. When I came to myself
my burden was gone, all nature seemed new, and I was made to rejoice in my
Savior as I then viewed Him to be. I did not, nor could I view Him as such
before. My thoughts were to go to my mother and tell her what the good Lord
had done for me. I thought of my associates, and believed that I could show
them the way and plan of Salvation, so that they could see it. But before
I reached home something said to me, "You are going to tell your mother something
and deceive her." I never told her. If I am saved at all it is alone by
Grace. I may in the future give a sketch of my travels in that time.
G. M. Hendon,
White House, Ga., June
from original Towaliga Messenger, Vol. 1, No 7, July, 1888, pages 8-9, original
held by the Jack Tarver Library Special Collections, Mercer University, Macon,
Ga., by great great grandnephew Jim W. Latimer, 2010]