HENDON FAMILY CHRONICLES


JOSIAH A. HENDON
Son of James Hendon

This Josiah has been a mystery to so many. All we knew of him was his marriage to “Hawkins Pennington” in Wake County, NC on 15 May 1832. Her name was actually “Mary”. The “Hawkins” was likely her mother’s last name. Josiah, son of James Hendon and Elizabeth  Andrews, was born circa 1810 in Wake County, North Carolina. James Hendon, born circa 1770 in Bladen County, NC, was the son of Isham Hendon and Keziah Johnson.
James Hendon was an heir in his father Isham's Will dated 26 Jan 1803. Henry Andrews (brother of Elizabeth Andrews) was a witness to the Will. 
James Hendon married Elizabeth Andrews in Wake County, NC on 15 May 1793. Elizabeth was the daughter of David Andrews. Her father’s 1823 Will stated ".....and lastly, I nominate and appoint my son William Andrews and my son-in-law James Hendon and my  grandson Josiah Hendon as Executors to This, my Last Will and Testament, replacing all others.”       
                                    
In testimony whereof, I have sworn by my hand and affixed my seal this 28th day of April 1823.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                  (signed) David Andrews  (SEAL)
                                                                                                           Wake County, North Carolina


DAVID ANDREWS' WILL

Heirs included in David Andrew’s Will were “my daughter Elizabeth Hendon, wife of James Hendon”; his sons, William, David Jr. and Henry Andrews;  daughter, Martha Johnson; and some grandchildren. No wife was mentioned, which indicates she probably had died. David Andrew's Will was probated in Aug 1827.

Another reason I’m positive this Josiah was the son of James Hendon and Elizabeth Andrews -- Elizabeth’s brother, William Andrews, named his brother-in-law, Josiah Hendon, as an heir in his Will dated 20 Feb 1828. As previously mentioned, Josiah married Mary Hawkins Pennington in Wake County, North Carolina on 15 May 1832.
Josiah moved his family to Tennessee by 1840 and settled in Bedford County. According to 1850-1920 Tennessee census records, 
Josiah’s first three
children were born in North Carolina.

Tennessee's cheap land and fertile soil drew thousands of new settlers, including several Hendon families by 1860.

Some of the counties that drew the Hendons are indicated below:

 
Josiah Hendon’s last child was born about 1842, but Josiah died by 1850 because he was not included in the Bedford County census of that year. Josiah A. Hendon is likely buried with some of his family at Mount Willow Cemetery.

1850 Bedford County, Tennessee
Mary Hendin      34          (NC)
James Hendin    14          (NC)
Mary Hendin      13          (NC)
Sarah Hendin     12          (NC)
Keziah Hendin   10          (TN)    Kate T.
John Hendin       9           (TN)
Victoria Hendin   8           (TN)

1860 Bedford County, Tennessee
Mary H. Hendon   43       (NC)
J R Hendon    (m) 26       (NC)       James Robert
S J Hendon     (f)  23       (NC)       Sarah Jane
K T Hendon     (f) 19        (TN)       Kate Tabitha
John Hendon (m) 18       (TN)        John C.
E V Hendon     (f) 17        (TN)       Victoria
L A Pratt           (f) 5         (TN)
  --- not sure who she was, but Sarah Jane Hendon married a "John Pratt.”
                        

 

The widow Mary H. (Pennington) Hendon was again enumerated in Bedford County in 1870 (as “head of household”) and 1880 (living with the Stephens family). Mary died in Bedford County 28 Jul 1894 and is buried near some of her children at Willow Mount Cemetery, Bedford County, Tennessee.
Josiah Hendon and Mary H. Pennington’s Children:

James Robertson Hendon – Mar 1834 -- 12 Aug 1908

Mary Elizabeth Hendon - 27 Feb 1836 -- 5 Aug 1917

Sarah Jane Hendon – circa 1838 – after 1880

John C. Hendon – circa 1841 -- 20 Apr 1924

Euphernia “Victoria” Hendon - 22 Feb 1843 -- 24 May 1903

Kate Tabitha Hendon - 26 Sep 1844 -- 18 Sep 1921

James "Robert" Hendon, born Mar 1834, North Carolina; married Margaret A. Wilson 30 Sep 1861 (No children); married 2nd Martha "Mattie" Campbell in Rutherford County, TN 19 Oct 1869. J. R. Hendon died 12 Aug 1908, DeKalb County, Tennessee. 
Children: (All with Mattie Campbell)
*Robert Eugene Hendon, born 2 Aug 1871, married Willie Woodside Wade in DeKalb County, Tennessee 23 Oct 1907.  "Eugene" died
Dec 1946, DeKalb County, Tennessee, buried Smithville Town Cemetery.


*William Oscar Hendon, born 8 Oct 1873, married Bertha Caraway.

*Bertha Hendon, born Feb 1875, married Edwin Adelbert Gilliland in Davidson County, TN on 31 May 1897, died after 1930.

*Clara B. Hendon, born Aug 1879

Mary Elizabeth Hendon, born 27 Feb 1836 NC, married William McDowell circa 1855, died 5 Aug 1917, Bedford County, TN, buried at Willow Mount Cemetery. Note: William McDowell likely died during the Civil War
Children:

*Samuel J. McDowell, born 6 Sep 1856, married Lavonia M. Calhoun in Bedford County, TN on 27 Jun 1878, died 8 May 1936, Marshall  County, Tennessee, bured Willow Mount Cemetery.

*Franklin McDowell, born 1859

*Jonathan H. McDowel, born 1861

Sarah Jane Hendon, b. circa 1838 NC, married John D. Pratt in Bedford County, TN on 9 Sep 1869, died 1880-1900.               
Children:
*William E. Pratt, born Oct 1870, married Mary "Mollie" Wilson in Bedford County, TN on 18 Aug 1895, (no further info)
          
*Leota Pratt , born Apr 1873

*Alverez "Alva" Pratt , b. Jul 1875

*Samuel Pratt, born 1879 

John C. Hendon, born circa 1842 Tennessee, died 20 Apr 1924, Bedford County, Tennessee, buried Willow Mount Cemetery. John Hendon served the Confederate Army, 14th Regiment, TN Infantry. John Hendon never married and had no issue. 

Euphernia “Victoria” Hendon, b. 22 Feb 1843 TN, married John Henry Clark in Bedford County on 21 Oct 1869, died 24 May 1903, Bedford County, TN, buried Willow Mount Cemetery.
Children:

*Charles Lee Clark, born 3 Sep 1870, married Emma Meadows, died 23 Nov 1942, Davidson County, TN.

*Duke Clark , born Mar 1874

*Ira Clark , born Jun 1878

*Lula Clark , born Sep 1883

Kate Tabitha Hendon, born 26 Sep 1844, died 18 Sep 1921, Bedford County, TN, buried Willow Mount Cemetery. Kate never married and had no issue.

                    I have various census records for all these families as well as most death certificates for those who died after 1900.