History books don’t lie, do they? Because three different history books give three different places my ancestors are from.
James Hendrickson of Shelby County, Indiana
James Hendrickson says the Hendricksons are from Wales.
James is the son of James and Elizabeth Voyles Hendrickson, grandson of William and Nancy Moore Hendrickson, great-grandson of John and Eve Hendrickson.
From: History of Shelby County, Indiana: “Noble Sketches”, pages 728-729 by Brant & Fuller, 1887
“James Hendrickson was born in Mercer County, Kentucky, May 9, 1827. He was the youngest of six children born to James and Elizabeth (Voyles [sic in book]) Hendrickson, natives of Virginia and North Carolina, respectively. His mother was of English and German parentage, his father of Welsh parentage. His father, James Hendrickson, Sr., came to Kentucky when about sixteen years old.”
David D. Little of Marion County, Ohio
David D. Little says the Hendricksons are from England.
David D. Little is the son of Simon Peter Little, grandson of Adam Little and Mary Hendrickson, great-grandson of Simeon and Fanny Hendrickson, great-great-grandson of John and Eve Hendrickson.
“Simon Peter Little was born in Maryland in 1807, and was the son of Adam and Mary (Hendrickson) Little, he of New England parentage, and the latter of English origin.”
Alexander Breeding of Adair County, Kentucky and Johnson County, Indiana
Alexander Breeding says the Hendricksons are from Ireland.
Alexander Breeding is the son of David and Mary “Polly” Hendrickson Breeding. Mary is the daughter of Isaac (II) and and Ann Stiles Hendrickson, granddaughter of Isaac Hendrickson I, great-granddaughter of John and Eve Hendrickson.
“His parents are David and Mary (Hendrickson) Breeding, the former of Scotch, and the latter of Irish, descent.”
This doesn’t leave us much real information, does it? This reveals how our parents and relatives tell us stories that may or may not be true. My grandfather always told us we were Welsh…but I have my doubts!