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Below is a family biography included in The History of Sebastian County, Arkansas published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1889.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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John Lawson Henderson, of the firm of Myrick & Henderson, was born in Williamson County, Tenn., December 24, 1841, and is a son of William and Mary (Scales) Henderson. The father was of Scotch descent, and a son of William Henderson, an early settler of Tennessee. The father was born in Rutherford County, Tenn., and was a merchant by occupation. The mother was a daughter of Joseph H. Scales, a native of North Carolina, and an early settler of Williamson County, Tenn. When sixteen years of age our subject left the paternal roof, and for some time worked as a shipping clerk in Memphis. At the commencement of the war he joined the Memphis Light Dragoons, which afterward became Company A of the Seventh Tennessee Cavalry. He served throughout the war, and surrendered with his company at Gainesville, Ala. He was wounded in the battle at Holly Springs. After the war he sold goods in Coahoma County, Miss., and subsequently went to New Orleans to accept the position of receiving teller in the United States Treasury Department. In 1871 he went to Helena, Ark., where he clerked until 1881, after which he engaged in the mercantile, flour, jobbing and commission business at Fort Smith. Upon the organization of the Ketcham Iron Company he served a year as treasurer and secretary. He is interested in the educational advancement of the county, and is a member of the school board. In politics he is a Democrat, and while in Helena he filled the office of city treasurer. He was married in Kenton, Miss., to Miss Maggie Dinkins, who died in Helena, leaving two children, John H. and Lula K., now high-school students. Mr. Henderson afterward was married in Natchez, Miss., to Miss Bessie Lambdin, who has born him three children: Maggie, Willie and E. R. DuVal. Since early manhood Mr. Henderson has been identified with the Baptist Church, and he is a member of the board of directors of the Y. M. C. A.

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This family biography is one of 217 biographies included in The History of Sebastian County, Arkansas published in 1889.  For the complete description, click here: Sebastian County, Arkansas History, Genealogy, and Maps

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