Jefferson  Franklin  Henderson

          J. F. Henderson, the subject of the following sketch, is a citizen of Orange Township, Rush County, Ind., and was born in that township, February 2, 1841, and is the son of  George and Eliza (Spurgeon) Henderson.  The father was born in Ohio, in 1811, and was the son of  Joseph Henderson, was was of Irish and Dutch lineage.  Joseph was a farmer by occupation and removed from Ohio to Indiana and became an early settler of Rush County, in which county he lived for many years.  His life was identified with the pioneer settlers of this county.  He was a soldier in the War of 1812, and was a well respected citizen.  George, the father of our subject, was a farmer by occupation.  He was reared on a farm, and he followed his occupation with zeal, and was an industrious and well respected citizen.  He was married early in life, and when he began the battle of life, had no capital other than willing hands, but by his honesty and industry, together with frugality, he made an average success in life, and was surrounded at death with many friends, and with prosperity.  His death occurred in the fall of 1875.  He was a member of the Protestant Methodist Church, and was universally respected by all who knew him.  The mother of our subject was born in Kentucky, in 1807, and now resides in Rush County.  She is the mother of three sons and four daughters, who are now living:  Joseph S.,  John,  Nancy,  Jefferson Franklin,  Matilda,  Melvina  and  Mary.  Our subject was reared on a farm, and educated in the country schools, and has followed farming as an occupation, and had no capital to begin the occupation, and many have been the obstacles that have appeared before him, but by industry and hard toil he has made a success of life.  He is a self-made man, and a representative citizen.  He has established an unquestioned character and in the spring of 1886, he was elected as the Democratic candidate, for Township Trustee, for Orange Township.  He has always been an advocate of free education, and has manifested an interest in schools, to churches he has been avid, and is a member of the Christian Union Church, and is a progressive citizen.  In 1864, November 11, he married  Sarah A. McDuffee,  daughter of  Robert McDuffee, of Shelby County, Ind.
History of Rush County, Indiana, Brant & Fuller, 1888, "Orange Township", page 481.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming

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