THE LEADING CITIZENS OF MADISON COUNTY

CONTENTS
Preface
Names Index
Portrait Index


  SOLOMON HENDERSON, a general farmer and hop-raiser of the town of Madison, was born in Chester, Warren County, N.Y., November 29, 1817. This gentleman can boast of thrifty Scotch ancestry, being a grandson of Guy C. Henderson, a native of Scotland, and one of the pioneer settlers of Warren County, whose first work after securing his land was to cut timber and build the modest house of logs, where he lived the rest of his life. Guy Carlton Henderson, son of the emigrant and father of Solomon, was born, reared, and educated in Chester. When grown to manhood, he purchased land and engaged in farming, residing in the town until 1833. In that year he sold out, and removed to Oneida County, going first by team to Amsterdam, N.Y., then through the Erie Canal to Utica, there again packing their goods and chattels in wagons, and driving to the town of Marshall, where he settled for a number of years and followed his trade of masonry. Mr. Henderson's next move was to the town of Madison, where he stayed for about four years, when, hearing of a job of work in Sherburne, he started to walk to that place, and was never heard from afterward. He married Sarah Lovina Smith, also a native of Chester; and to them were born twelve children.
  Solomon Henderson was sixteen years old when his parents moved to Marshall. He lived and worked on the farm until his twenty-second year, and then was appointed Superintendent of Repairs for forty miles of the Third Great Western Turnpike, which position he held for twelve years. During that time he bought a farm, comprising one hundred and twenty-three acres, on which he erected good buildings, where he now resides, engaged in general farming and hop-raising. He was united in marriage October 19, 1847, with Miss Emily A. White, who was born in Madison, Madison County, N.Y., February 8, 1824. Like her husband, she was of Scotch descent, her great-grandfather having been a native of Scotland. He was a weaver by trade, and went while yet quite young to Ireland, where he worked for a time, and then emigrated to America, dying in Massachusetts during the Revolutionary War. The maiden name of his wife was Mary Calhoun. She survived her husband many years, and died in the town of Madison.
  Their son, John White, grandfather of Mrs. Henderson, was born in Massachusetts, and was fourteen years old when his father died. He served as a Captain's waiter during the Revolutionary War. Some years afterward he came with his family from Massachusetts to New York State, having to travel by team the entire distance. He was one of the earliest settlers in the town of Madison, where he bought four hundred acres of primeval forest land, and soon, with strong hands vigorously toiling, cleared a tract for cultivation, and built his house of logs. For many years there were no railroads, and Albany was the nearest market for supplies. Farmers kept sheep and cultivated flax; and the women of the pioneer households had to card, spin, weave, and make all the wearing apparel of the family. But, if in those days there were privations, hardships, and poverty, their hearts were hopeful, their temptations few, and their simple, every-day life of toil made their coarse fare all the sweeter and their sleep the more refreshing. Mr. White improved the farm, and remained there until his death. His wife, Mary Elizabeth Stean, was born in Massachusetts, of Scotch-Irish ancestry. She died on the home farm. The father of Mrs. Henderson was Alexander White, who was born in Belchertown, N.Y., and was reared on his father's farm in Madison County, where he was successfully engaged in farming for many years, later carrying on the manufacture of woollen goods at West Eaton. He was a resident of Madison County his entire life. The mother of Mrs. Henderson was Miss Polly Armstrong, who was born in Frankfort, N.Y., and died on the home farm.
  Mr. and Mrs. Solomon Henderson have been deeply afflicted in the death of three of their six children: Emma, aged five years; Carrie, aged three; and Ada, at the age of twenty-nine. They have three now living; namely, Wilber M., John, and Lizzie. John married Miss Ella Hatch; and they have two daughters, Grace and Ruth. Lizzie married Peter Keiffer; and they likewise have two daughters, Emma and Ada. Mr. Henderson has lived to see many important changes in this county. Where were once log cabins and virgin forests are now commodious dwellings, stately mansions, and blooming gardens; and his own comfortable and attractive home is a type of what industry, energy, and ability can accomplish. He and his estimable wife occupy a very high place in the regard of the community.

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