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Below is a family biography included in The History of Lincoln County, Tennessee published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1886.  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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HENRY HENDERSON, trustee of Lincoln County, was born in the Twenty-first District of that county in 1825, and is the son of David and Elizabeth (Lee) Henderson. The father was a Virginian and was of Scotch extraction. In 1806 he came to Lincoln County, and was among the pioneer settlers of the same. He was in the war of 1812, was wounded in the right arm, which rendered him a cripple for life. About 1814 he was married, and afterward located in the Twenty-first District, where he died in 1857. He was a tiller of the soil and at the time of his death owned upward of 1,100 acres of land. The mother of our subject was born in North Carolina in 1800 and died November, 1871. They had ten children, only four of whom are living: James, Sandy, Henry and Daniel W. Our subject was reared at home and received his education in the public schools. In 1855 he was elected surveyor of Lincoln County, and served in that capacity until 1876, with the exception of a short interval during the Rebellion. In 1858 he married Mrs. Sarah (Blake) Crawford, daughter of William Crawford. Mrs. Henderson was born in Lincoln County, Tenn., in 1827, and by a previous marriage became the mother of four children: Delia F. (wife of Pleasant Snoddy), James E., W. B. and Annie (wife of G. D. Wicks). By her last union was born one child, Victoria May (wife of Thomas Phillips). In 1861 Mr. Henderson bought 285 acres in the Nineteenth District, where he has since resided. In 1876 he was elected county trustee, and at the expiration of his term was re-elected, and so has continued for five successive terms. He is a Democrat in politics and a member of the Masonic fraternity, being a Royal Arch Mason. He is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church South, and his wife is a member of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church. He was major of the Second Battalion, Seventy-second Regiment of the Fourth Division of Tennessee Militia for three or four years, being commissioned by the governor of Tennessee, and was first lieutenant of a company in said battalion for a number of years.

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This family biography is one of 137 biographies included in The History of Lincoln County, Tennessee published in 1886.  The History of Lincoln County was included within The History of Giles, Lincoln, Franklin & Moore Counties of Tennessee. For the complete description, click here: History of Giles, Lincoln, Franklin , Moore Counties of Tennessee

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