John Hendrickson Timeline

  • 1760 – John Hendrickson’s first appearance. On tithables list as “John Hendrickson” – Loudoun County, VA
  • 1761 – John Hendrickson on tithables list – Loudoun County, VA
  • 1762 – John Hendrickson on tithables list – Loudoun County, VA
  • 1765 – John Hendrickson signs a “lease for lives” names his two sons John and Simeon – Loudoun County, VA. He was leasing the land from John Tayloe, a wealthy landowner from Fairfax, VA. See notes and map of this land here.
  • 1767 – John Hendrickson on tithables list – Loudoun County, VA
  • 1769 (circa) – John Hendrickson sells land (likely in Loudoun) to Samuel Butcher. It is mentioned in Samuel Butchers will Sept 12, 1769
  • 1771 – HISTORICAL MARKER – BEDFORD COUNTY PA CREATED FROM CUMBERLAND, INCLUDES MUCH OF THE FUTURE FAYETTE COUNTY; SPRINGHILL TOWNSHIP, BEDFORD IS CREATED
  • 1771 – Barbara Hendrickson Casey says in her 1850 census that she was born about 1771 in “Py” (Pennsylvania). She is the daughter of John and Eve.
  • 1772 – mention of a “Hendricks” settling on some land near Waynesburg, Greene, PA (from Tenmile Country and Its Pioneer Families, pages 4 and 5). Waynesburg is about 50 miles south of Pittsburgh, and 27 miles due west of Redstone Township, Fayette, PA, where John eventually ends up (was “Menallen” township until a Redstone carved out of Menallen in 1797.). This is likely our John Hendrickson. The author speculates that it might be James Hendricks, but he’s in West Virginia at this time, not in the southwest of Pennsylvania. (Note: four people have taken mtDNA tests. This special test follows DNA paths from mother-to-daughter. Two of those mtDNA test end up in Greene County, PA, right around this time period. We’re using these tests to find the maiden name of Eve. I’ll let you know what we discover!)
  • 1772 – Daniel Breading land record, names his land adjacent to “John Henderson” with “ax” added to the name to make it closer to “Hendrixson” – Menallen, Fayette, PA (It would have been considered Bedford County PA at the time, then became Menallen Twp in Fayette County, and finally, in 1797, it became Redstone Township in Fayette County.)
  • 1772 – John Hendrickson, son of Leonard Hendrickson, grandson of John and Eve, born in Pennsylvania per his 1850 census.
  • 1772 – John Hendricks (no “son” on name) – Springhill, Bedford, PA (later became Fayette, PA). The tax list is taken in 1772 for the 1773 tax year, so it will appear as 1773 tax.
  • 1773 – HISTORICAL MARKER – WESTMORELAND COUNTY PA CREATED FROM BEDFORD COUNTY PA (INCLUDES LAND THAT WILL LATER BECOME FAYETTE COUNTY)
  • 1774 – John Hendricks (no “son”) and Leonard/Lennard Hendrickson (with “son”) on muster roll for Dunmore’s War. These lists are called the Pittsburgh Payroll.
  • 1775 – John Hendrick (no “s”) appraises William Cockrine [Cochran] estate (Fort Dunmore (Fort Pitt/Pittsburgh) August VA court records for western PA). This is about 40 miles from Fayette County area and would have been the only court available.
  • 1776 – HISTORICAL MARKER – REVOLUTIONARY WAR BEGINS
  • <<Big gap of time here. Few records were kept in Western Pennsylvania at this time because of the Revolutionary War and Indian incursions. We don’t know where John was at this time. There are no militia or Revolutionary War records for him or his sons.>>
  • 1780 – HISTORICAL MARKER – JEFFERSON, FAYETTE, LINCOLN COUNTIES CREATED IN VA (KY) FROM KENTUCKY COUNTY VIRGINIA; KENTUCKY COUNTY, VIRGINIA ABOLISHED
  • 1782 – John, William and Leonard Hendricks – tax list, Menallen, Fayette, PA.
  • 1783 – HISTORICAL MARKER – FAYETTE COUNTY CREATED FROM WESTMORELAND – SEPT 26 1783 – There is no Menallen or Springhill Township in current Westmoreland County – all these are eventually Fayette County townships; there is a Franklin township in both Fayette and Westmoreland
  • 1786 – John, William and Simon (Simeon) Hendrickson (with “son”)- Pennsylvania Septennial Census, Menallen, Fayette, PA (Where is Leonard? Already in KY?)
  • 1787 – John Hendricks/Hendrickson/Hendrixson – estate, Nelson, KY

A note about boundary changes. Just because you find a person on different records in different townships and counties, it doesn’t mean they moved around a lot. Sometimes they stayed in the same exact place — the boundaries moved around them! FamilySearch has a wiki article on each location and will tell you about all the boundary changes for that location.

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