Joseph Henderson - Ann Hill Family Group

Parents   Parents
  Unknown Henderson brick wall Hannah MNU   Adam Hill brick wall
    d. 11 Nov 1924, Philadelphia      
Joseph Henderson Anna Hill
b. b. May 1777, Tyrone County, Ireland b. 25 Jan 1778, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
d. 17 Jul 1855, Monongalia County, West Virginia d. 23 Feb 1850, Monongalia County. West Virginia
Relationship Events
Marriage 12 Jun 1798 Joseph Henderson to Nancy (Anna, Ann) Hill in Philadelphia
Joseph Henderson b. 25 Mar 1799 in Philadelphia; m. 1. Zillah Unknown in Philadelphia (d. 1856 in Philadelphia). 2. Catherine Wright McDonald
10 Dec 1857 in Philadelphia (b. abt. 1831 in Philadelphia, d. 12 Oct. 1875); seven children: Mary Ann, Joseph Wright, Kate Gay, James Hill, Samuel Ruggles, Mary Wertz, and Charles Price Henderson; d. 19 Jul 1873 in Philadelphia)
Died Young Margaret Henderson, b. 8 Feb 1801 in Philadelphia; d. 5 Jun 1808 in Philadelphia
  Martha Henderson, b. 11 Jan 1803 in Philadelphia; m. Daniel Zinn; no children; d. 19 Apr 1897 in Monongalia County
  George Henderson, b. 14 Dec 1804 in Philadelphia; no trace
Mary Ann Henderson, b. 13 Nov 1806 in Philadelphia, d. 21 Sep 1808 in Philadelphia
  John Guy Henderson, 18 Mar 1809 in Philadelphia; m. possibly Amanda (an Amanda Henderson with no dates is buried at Fairview as is John); several censuses show an Amanda and John in Monongalia County; several children; d. 28 Feb 1898 in Monongalia County
  Hannah Henderson, b. 1 Feb 1811 in Philadelphia; no trace
  Samuel Henderson, b. about 1814 in Philadelphia; single in 1880 when living with the family of his sister Elizabeth; d. 20 Jun 1884 in Monongalia County
  Ann Henderson, b. 2 Apr 1816 in Philadelphia; m. living with her father in 1850. Ann Weining, "husband of Peter, daughter of Joseph" buried at Fairview Cemetery; no other information; d. 10 Jan 1863 in Monongalia County
  Elizabeth Stewart Henderson, b. 12 Jul 1818 in Monongalia County; m. James A. Hawthorn in 1855 in Monongalia County; four children: Joseph Henderson, Anna Belle, James Edmund, and Fanny Virginia Hawthorn; d. 7 Jan 1906 in Asheville, Buncomb, North Carolina
  Guy M. Henderson, b. 9 May 1820 in Monongalia County; m. Margaret Johnston in 1854 in Monongalia County; seven children: Louise, Alcy, Lizzie May, Ida Ann, Sarah "Sally", Maggie, and Frank Henderson; d. 17 Oct. 1912 in Morgantown, Monongalia County
  James Monroe Henderson, b. 25 May, 1823, Monongalia County; m. Isabella Calebrese Fleming in 1845 in Monongalia County; five children: James Rogers, Louvenia Jackson, Annabelle, Fanny May, and Francis E. Henderson; d. 21 Sep 1907 in Morgantown, Monongalia County

What We Know About This Family

An Overview of Their Lives

Joseph Henderson immigrated from Tyrone County, Ireland with his mother, Hannah (father's date and place of death unknown) and the three siblings Hannah, Guy, and Elizabeth) who were named in his mother's will when she died in 1824. He was married to Nancy (Anna) Hill of Philadelphia in 1798. His trade was a "house carpenter," and his name was listed in many land transactions. The couple's first nine children were born in Philadelphia. In about 1817, they bought a large tract of land for farming in Monongalia County, West Virginia. Their oldest son, our direct ancestor, Joseph, who was about 20, remained in Philadelphia, but their six surviving children relocated with them. They had three additional children in West Virginia.

Proof of Relationship

This family was very difficult to trace until a genealogical article written in 1899 was published Online in 2018. We did not know the name of his wife. Family history related that he lived in West Virginia. We did know that his son, James, was granted guardianship of Joseph's son, Samuel Ruggles Henderson, in Philadelphia after Joseph and his wife Catharine died, and we were able to trace the localities of his life from census records.

About the Children

Our direct ancestor, Joseph, married twice and late in life had seven children with his second wife, Catharine. His youngest sibling, James, and his wife lived and farmed in West Virginia, having five children, four of whom died young. He and his wife, Isabelle, retired to Philadelphia and had been living there at least five years when his brother and his sister-in-law died within two years of each other. Five of their children, outlived him, and three, all minor teen-aged sons, survived her. James assumed custody of the two youngest, James and Samuel. Custody of James was later transferred to the cousin where Joseph, the oldest son, had gone, but Samuel lived with his uncle James until he married at age 20. James and Isabelle remained in Philadelphia a while longer. At the end of his life, he had returned to West Virginia and was living as a widower with his daughter's family. It appears that the remainder of Joseph and Nancy's children remained in West Virginia. We don't know anything more about them except what appears in the Family Group table. John Guy, Samuel, Ann, and James are buried with their parents in Fairview Cemetery.

What Else We Need to Learn

The goal of this project is to trace every line of ancestry to the arrival of its first immigrant to America. The basic information for each couple is considered complete when we know the dates of birth, marriage, and death for both spouses. their parents' names (or whether they were the immigrant), and the child or children in our ancestry line. We need to discover the name and at least the death date and place of Joseph's father and most information about Ann's parents, We've discovered that Joseph had an uncle Samuel Hill in Philadelphia, and his death record shows his father was Adam Hill. Samuel bequeathed his real property to two daughters of his brother, Robert. We have hints, but that's all to date (2018).

The research on this family is not complete. We need to find the first name of Joseph's father, his mother's maiden name, and her mother's name.


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