3.              Henderson of Antrim and Ontario Genealogy


Issue Date: 25/07/2019.

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3.        Henderson of Antrim and Ontario Genealogy 3-1


Sources: 3-3

4.        Henderson Generation 4 4-1


5.        Henderson Generation 5 5-1


AGNES QUINN 1860 5-5

Ernest Henderson Death Reports 5-11

6.        Henderson Generation 6 6-1


Henry Henderson Details: 6-3

THOMAS QUINN – 1828 6-6

7.        Henderson Generation 7 7-1



8.        RUSSELL FAMILY 8-1



Miss Montgomery 8-7


9.        THE HENDERSONS OF NORTHERN IRELAND (by Gerald Draper) 9-1

The Hendersons of Northern Ireland 9-2

JAMES HENDERSON (1766-1834) 9-3


Sir James Henderson (1848-1914) 9-6

Commander Oscar Henderson (1891-1969) 9-6

Robert Brumwell Henderson (1929--) 9-7


Annie Peacock Henderson (1860-1949) 9-9

William Francis Henderson 1862-1929; 9-11





GEORGE HENDERSON (1814---) 9-16



Ernest Henderson 9-18

Maria Henderson (1839-1905) 9-19

10.      Additions by A Maitland 10-1

Belfast street directories 10-1

11.      CORFIELDS 11-4

ARTHUR KING CORFIELD (1812-1902) 11-4

SEPTIMUS CORFIELD (1813-1847) 11-4



12.      Other Additional Stories 12-1

Hendersons of Northern Ireland – Tim Ferres 12-1

The Belfast Newsletter 12-4

Great Northern Railway - USA 12-7

13.      Changes: 13-1



    Ernest George Henderson’s daughter, Creina, married FAP Chadwick and was the grandmother of Alice (Kirk-Owen) Maitland. After working as an articled engineer in Antrim, He moved to Ontario in the latter half of the 19thC where he became a prominent businessman.
    His Hendersons come from the Belfast area and were an influential family there, controlling newspapers and acting as Mayor and Lord Mayor. Our branch originates from Rev Henry, a Presbyterian Minister, whose son, It is thought they came from the Scottish Borders, as so many prominent Irish families did, but there is no direct evidence for this.
    It seems as though the early Belfast Hendersons were active Presbyterians. Several were ministers and they married within the community.
5/4/2004: The registers of Sandys St, Newry checked for Rev Henry Marriage, but do only start after the probably date of Sarah Russell's birth. It is likely that more can be found about the Russells in the Presbyterian records:
T/889/20 has a record of John Russell as a pew holder in the 1st Presbyterian Congregation 30/5/1816 in a List of members paying a stipend (index only checked).

                 |James Henderson. (1766-1834)
           |Reverend Henry Henderson (1820-1897)
           |     |Amelia McGill (1771-1844).
     |Ernest George Henderson
     |     |           |Matthew Russell
     |     |     |John Russell
     |     |     |     |           |Roger Montgomery
     |     |     |     |     |John Montgomery
     |     |     |     |     |     |     |Edward Smith
     |     |     |     |     |     |Ceserea Smith
     |     |     |     |     |           |Jane Whyte
     |     |     |     |Miss Montgomery
     |     |     |
     |     |Sarah Jane Russell
     |           |Eliza Richardson
Creina Henderson (1887-1995)
     |Agnes Quinn





Sources also as Endnotes. (superscript 1,2,3...)
Footnotes contain information not for publication. (superscript i,ii,iii...)

As with most Irish families, the primary records of Ireland are very patchy,  the majority having been burnt in a fire in the Library in Dublin in 1922. Much of the available information comes from earlier researchers working in the late 19thC and early 20thC and other sources such as newspapers. Something like three quarters of parish records and almost all the census returns were lost. Of the parish records which do survive, many are in the North.
There are almost no original will copies left, but there are some published indexes and transcriptions, some of which are available in the PRONI.

GD: Henderson Family by Gerald Draper, who descended from this family, see Section 10.
PRONI (Public Record Office of Northern Ireland):
T381: unsigned tree in PRONI abt 1927 - looks reasonable. Single sheet.
T1345: Trees of Russell, Cory, Montgomery etc
PG: D2081/4/1: Letters from Philip Grossle about Russells, Montgomery's etc. Donated by Rev McWilliam.

“The Record News, Smiths Falls - Newspaper Articles - Leah Truscott has graciously copied the following Births, Marriages and Deaths from The Record News for the year 1887 - 1888. We really appreciate Leah's help in supplying these articles for others to view. (2004)

Janet Adams: For the Knox connection[i].
CR/4/1/C/1: Philip Grossle transcript of Newry Non Subscribing Presbyterians, bth/bap from 1809 to about 1855. Marriages to about 1842. Russell and Henderson families.
T/699/7, Parish record extracts from Newry Unitarians by Mary Grossle, abt 1900. None relevant found 9/2008.

TF: Tim Ferres Blog 15/2/11[ii]

Passenger Lists:
All New York, Passenger and Crew Lists (including Castle Garden and Ellis Island), 1885-1920 results for Ernest Henderson
Several online Newspaper sources revealed a lot of detail, especially about Ernest Henderson and Thomas Quinn.


4.              Henderson Generation 4



Born: 14/7/1887, Smith Falls, Ont.
Parents: Ernest & Agnes (Quinn) Henderson.
Died: 20/6/1995, Victoria, BC, then of 2251 Cadboro Bay Rd, Victoria.

EAC: 3/1/95:
Creina was a the only survivor of twins, born in Northern BC where their father was building the Connaught Tunnel (This cannot be correct: the Connaught Tunnel was built in 1916!). They later returned to the family home in Windsor Ontario.
In spite of this coming from her daughter, it is not correct, she was born at Smith’s Falls, between Toronto and Montreal. Curiously, the Canadian birth registration only indicates one child and no forename, but the twins are confirmed by the contemporary newspapers.
She left her grand daughter, Alice Maitland a small bequest.

Newspaper clipping undated, recd from Maurice Chadwick.


     "Ardmore", the beautiful home of Mr. and Mrs. E.G. Henderson was the scene of a brilliant function Saturday afternoon, when over three hundred guests attended the reception given by Mrs. and Miss Henderson as an opportune time to say good-bye to the bride-elect, whose marriage to Rev. F.A.P. Chadwick takes place in All Saints' church, October 22.
     Upon entering the reception hall the guests were greeted by Mr. Henderson. Mrs. and Miss Henderson received in the drawing room, Mrs. Henderson wearing an exquisite robe of Brussels lace over pale yellow satin, amethyst and pearl necklace. Miss Henderson looked charming in a pale blue gown of satin charmeuse with draperies of princess lace and wearing a matrix and gold necklace.
     The rooms were artistically decorated with a profusion of tall, stately palms, southern smilax and cut flowers.  Yellow and white chrysanthemums were used in the drawing room and pink roses in the music room.
     The tea room which was presided over by Mrs. H.E. Casgrain and Mrs. Frederick H. Laing, was bridal in every detail. The table, a vision of loveliness, had in the centre a large basket of white roses and maiden hair fern, tied with white tulle ribbons. Arranged around it in pretty fashion was white tulle with sprays of lilies of the valley and fern forming an immense centre piece. Dresden china candlesticks, holding white tulle shades and dainty confections in silver baskets completed the artistic decoration.
     A bevy of pretty, vivacious girls, all intimate friends of Miss Henderson and who, with her, have comprised a bridge club for several sessions, assisted in the tea room, together with several of the men of the younger set. The young ladies were the Misses Mair, Grace Dewar, Maud Henry, Mayde Beers, Ruth Jaffray, Lillian Gauthier, Ester Wigle and Mae Emery; also Miss Helen Sutherland of Toronto, the guest of Miss Henderson and Miss Kathleen Henderson. Mesdames C.R. Emery, George Carruthers and Hedley Taylor assisted in receiving the guests.
     Miss Henderson has been the guest of honour of several jolly affairs the past week. Miss Mair gave a bridge on Thursday. Today Mrs. Frank Kelly entertains at a luncheon at the Pontchartrain[iii], Miss Gefrard gives a tea and Miss Florence Bell a dance. Tuesday, Miss Dewar gives a luncheon and theatre party. Wednesday, Mrs. H.R. Casgrain entertains a few friends of the bride-elect at a luncheon, and Miss Mae Emery gives a tea. Thursday, Miss Ester Wigle gives a theatre party and on Friday Miss Lillian Gauthier is a hostess at bridge.  Mrs Hall Cowan also entertained Miss Henderson and Miss Lelia Whyte, whose marriage takes place Wednesday, at a theatre party.
     It is greatly regretted that Miss Henderson's marriage necessitates her leaving Windsor. She has always taken a deep interest and active part in church work and society. Being highly accomplished and having an attractive personality has made her a great favorite. Her presence will be missed from All Saints' church, the Sunday school, and the Junior Missionary Auxiliary, of which she was president.



By King Lee Times-Colonist Staff
     How many mothers can say their 73-year-old son poured the champagne at their 107th birthday party?
     Creima (sic.) Chadwick can after Thursday's celebration at the Oak Bay Lodge where son Mossis kept the champagne flowing to his mother's friends and the staff at the lodge.
     Creima Chadwick also has a 79-year-old daughter, Elizabeth Vernon, but she lives in England and could not attend Thursday's festivities.
     Creima Chadwick was born on July 14, 1887, in Smith Falls, Ont., and spent much of her early life on Windsor, Ont.
     Morris Chadwick said she moved to Victoria as a young bride in 1912. Her husband was the late Pacenham Chadwick, rector of St John's Anglican Church on Quadra Street for 29 years. He died in 1952 at the age of 79.
     Creima Chadwick was born Creima Henderson and her father was the manager of the Windsor Salt plant.
     She lived on Pacific Avenue until 1988 when she moved to the lodge at the age of 101.
     Maurice Chadwick said his mother has six grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and too many great-great-grandchildren for him to remember.

Article includes photograph of Creina and Maurice and birthday cake.
Spelling of names in article as above.

Married, as 2nd wife, Frederick Austin Pakenham Chadwick 22/10/1912

Issue (see Chadwick volume for details):
1/1. Elizabeth Chadwick (EAC), b 17/8/1915, died 27/8/2012.
1/2. Maurice Chadwick, b. 6/5/1921, d. 18/5/2008.


5.              Henderson Generation 5



Born(PR): 14/9/1858, ch by Rev Henry Henderson, 5/10/1858, Holywood, County Down.
Parents: Rev. Henry & Sarah (Russell) Henderson
Died: 13 October 1920 (Obituary).
Ref EAC: of Brain Tumour in 1920's. The surgeon was Arthur Cushing.
Married Agnes Quinn in Chicago, 1885 – he must have known her in Belfast and she may have gone out to the US to marry him after her father went to New Zealand.

See Chadwick Appendix for images of their houses.


Ernest Henderson from cutting in EA Chadwick papers.

The records for the Presbyterian Church of Holywood presided over by Henry Henderson have fragmented birth records. It was late before births could be registered by anything other than the established church. Henry's children were entered in the parish record books, but most were listed separately from the main birth sequence without baptismal dates, after the session records.

EA Chadwick:
Betty's cousin was editor of the Irish Times.
Ernest George Henderson, her grandfather, was a rich man: the Windsor Salt Works was the family business.
Edward VII stayed with the Hendersons with his wife (or girlfriend?) at Guelph, Ont.(looks unlikely as Edward VII to be visited Guelph as Prince of Wales in 1860).


    Ernest George Henderson was born in Northern Ireland, but emigrated to North America, supposedly as a railway engineer. One report has him emigrating in 1878, but Belfast newspaper reports show him to be employed by the Great Northern Railway at its Belfast terminus in mid 1882. There seems to have been some confusion in one article between the Great Northern Railway of Ireland and one of the same name in the US. It looks as though he was articled to the Irish railway in 1878, before emigrating to Canada in 1883 (confirmed in the 1901 census), probably without working in the US.
    He must however have gone to the US, at least for a short period as he was married in Chicago in 1885, but was resident in Canada by then (the arrival indices do not start until after the Henderson/Quinns arrived). The probability is that he moved straight to Canada in 1883, maybe recruited by the Canadian Pacific Railway (1901 census & newspaper extracts below). There does not seem to have been time for him to have worked in the US between his last mention in Belfast and his arrival in Canada, In 1893, he joined the Windsor Salt Works, and became a businessman of some note in Windsor, Ontario.
   He would have known, and perhaps was already engaged to, his future wife, Agnes Quinn, in Belfast: her father was also a resident of Holywood, Co Down, before he took his family to Invercargill, New Zealand in about mid 1883, much the same time as Ernest left for Canada; it is not known of Agnes actually ever went to New Zealand, or perhaps went to Chicago between the rest of the family going to New Zealand and her wedding in Chicago in April 1885; her wedding entry does however imply she had come from New Zealand.
    He made several trips back to Britain, in 1908, seemingly twice in 1909, a possible one in 1910, and his last one in 1920 to see his son’s grave. The previous trip must have been to do with the business of the Salt Works.

The reported events in his life were:
1878: supposed arrived in US as articled railway engineer.
    No trace of his arrival on Ancestry.com - 5/2007.
1881: still in Belfast re disputes over Henry’s water rights[1].
1881: Assistant engineer to the Great Northern Railway, witness in a case in Belfast[2]
1881 Great Northern Railway, England.
1882: still in UK, at a funeral in Belfast 14 February[3].
1882: inquiry into an accident at the Belfast terminus of the Great Northern Railway when EGH was assistant civil engineer.[4]
1882: still in Belfast at a wedding, 24 July 1882[5]
1883: Arrived Canada according to 1901 census.
1883-1888: survey & construction engineer, Canadian Pacific
1887RN 21 July:
Henderson-At Smiths Falls, on Thursday, 14th inst., the wife of Ernest G. Henderson, C.E., of twin daughters.
1887, August 15 - Ontario and Quebec Railway (Canadian Pacific) opens the Smiths Falls section between Vaudreuil and Smiths Falls.  Freight and passenger trains (possibly mixed trains) commenced operation between Perth and Merrickville on 25 October 1886.

(many Hendersons were found in the Lanark Co papers in 1887-90).

Smiths Falls also benefited from being the mid point between Montreal and Toronto so the C.P.R. built a line running from Montreal through Smiths Falls to Toronto which they opened in 1887. The Smiths Falls yards also was the junction for connecting lines south to Brockville and north to Sand Point and the C.P.R.'s main Transcontinental route spanning the nation. Because of the location of smiths Falls the C.P.R. decided it needed a railway yard there for servicing Steam engines and putting trains together.

1888RN 22 March:
Mr. E.G. Henderson, C.E., returned on Saturday from his trip to Washington.  He was blocked by the great storm for several days.
1888RN 7 June:
Mr. E.G. Henderson C.E. has gone to Sherbrooke to take a position on a line of railway in that vicinity.
1888, June:

This may be Agnes as the new (Henderson) bank manager did not arrive until the following year:
Oliver’s Ferry News:
The Ferry is becoming a popular summer resort, a number already spent some time here—some of them from a distance and others are expected in a few days. Among those who have already come are Mr. Bethune and family and Mrs. Henderson of Smith’s Falls; Mrs. Hopkins and family from New York (Mr. Hopkins is expected soon); Mr. Orme and family; Mr. White and family from Ottawa are coming next week. — There are some improvements of note in some of the buildings.

1888RN 14 June:
One of Mrs. E.G. Henderson’s bright baby twins died on Monday. It had only been sick a few days. Mr. Henderson, who had just left for the Eastern township last Thursday, was telegraphed for and arrived home on Tuesday evening. The funeral took place to the Merrickville cemetery yesterday.

1889RN 18 April:
Mention of Mr Henderson from Quebec to be manager of Union Bank, Smiths Falls. This and the one below were probably of another Henderson family from Scotland who arrived in Ontario early 19thC.  
Mr John H Henderson of John H. Henderson, Manager Union Bank Smith’s Falls, Ont., to I. Louise, youngest daughter of the late Archibald MacNaughton, Lachine. (21 Sept 1893)
1889, January 23: Brian’s birth, at 26 Beaconfield Ave, Toronto.

1891 Census, Ontario, 132 West York, St Albans Ward.
All entries parents born Ireland, all C of E.
Ernest G (33, born Ireland, Civil Engineer), Agnes (29, b Ireland), Creina R (4, Ontario), Ernest A (2, Ontario), Russell, female, 1/12, Ontario))

1888-1893: assistant resident engineer, Canadian Pacific
1893: Windsor Salt Works
1894[6]: Wanted a seamstress accustomed to children’s clothing, Mrs Ernest G Henderson, 141 Dougall Avenue (Windsor)
1896[7]: held 1 share in the Tecumseh Salt Co (shown as Ernest H Henderson of Windsor)

1896, 17 August, Edmonton Bulletin: Sir W. C. Van Horne, John Morrow, and James Sutherland, of Montreal, and Ernest G. Henderson and Robert F. Sutherland, of Windsor, have been granted letters of incorporation as “The Windsor Salt Company, Limited,” for the mining, manufacture purchase and sale of salt in its various forms in the provinces and territories of the Dominion of Canada ; the acquisition of patents and properties necessary or desirable for any such purposes. Capital $200,000 in 2000 shares of $100 each.

1898, Nov 12, Windsor Star: Mrs EG Henderson of Victoria Ave will give a five o'clock tea on Monday in honour of her guests, 2 sisters of Mr Henderson.

1899, 24 Feb, Windsor Star: Mrs EGH has cards out for Monday afternoon when she will be at home to her lady friends.

1899, 8 Dec, Windsor Star: Wanted a respectable woman to take home a family washing. Apply Mrs Ernest Henderson, 147 Victoria Ave. repeated for several issues.

1901 Census, Ward 2, Windsor, Ontario:
Ernest Henderson B. 14/9/1858, Ireland, Irish, arrived 1883, 42, Manager
Agnes Henderson, B. 1/2/1860, Ireland, Irish, arrived 1885, 42
Creina, 14/7/1888, 13
Brian, 19/1/1890, 11.
Kathleen, 17/4/1892, 8.
Maurice, 27/5/1894, 7.
Henry Henderson, Nephew, 14/11/1886, 14, arrived 1897. Irish.
1902, 2 April, SS Germanic, Departed Liverpool to New York - MR EG Henderson - single foreigner - was this him?
1906, 7 Sept, Windsor Star: Mrs Ernest G Henderson gave a pleasant "at home" Thursday afternoon at her residence, "Ardmore", in honour of her daughter, Miss Creina, who is numbered among the September debutantes.
1907, 14 Feb, The Gazette (Montreal): EM at the Place Viger Hotel.
1908, April 4: Liverpool boarding: EJ Henderson, unaccompanied, 1st
1908, April 11: SS Baltic from Liverpool into New York, in transit, Ernest G Henderson: Age 49, civil engineer, wife at 147 Victoria Ave, Windsor, final destination Windsor, Ont.
1909, 5 Jan, Windsor Star: To the Electors. I wish to thank those electors who were good enough to vote for me as School Trustee, and although I did ask any person to vote for me, appreciate the honour of being elected. (Ernest Henderson).
1909 6 Feb Windsor Star: Mrs Ernest Henderson was hosted at a "bridge" part Monday. Mrs J. P. Casgrain and Mrs Mothersill were the fortunate winners of dainty floral trophies.
1909, 12 Feb, Windsor Star: The Bishop of Huron will be the guest of Mrs Ernest G. Henderson.
1909, April 3: Mr Ernest George Henderson: SS "La Provence", from (Le) Havre to New York: Mr Ernest George Henderson, age 50, civil engineer, Canadian, English born, res Windsor, wife at 147 Victoria Ave, Windsor.

1909, 23 Oct: SS Mauretania, Departure from Liverpool for New York Ernest G. Henderson, unaccompanied, 1st, a Manager, nat England, Bth Irish, res Canada, Windsor, dest Windsor. British Colonial. Timing looks unlikely, having been in Europe 6 months before.
Does not appear on Ancestry.com into NY!
1910, 11 Nov: A possibility, Arrive Liverpool from Quebec, Ernest Henderson, aged 52, on the Empress of Ireland, 1st class. May be him??
1912, 10 July, Windsor Star: "Former Rector will Take Windsor Bride. Engagement of Rev FAP Chadwick of Vancouver and Miss Creina Henderson is Announced. Mr. and Mrs Ernest G. Henderson, Ardmore. announce the engagement of their daughter, Creina Russell, to the Rev. F. A P. Chadwick. rector of St. Paul's church. Vancouver, formerly of All Saints’ church. Windsor.

Rev. Mr. Chadwick was the successor of Canon Hincks, and was one of the most popular clergymen ever stationed in Windsor. He was a favourite with everyone and was much in demand at public meetings.

About two years ago he accepted a call to St. Paul's church, Vancouver, the most important Anglican church in the west. He paid a return visit to Windsor about a week ago, being a guest at Ardmore, the handsome residence of Mr. and Mrs. Henderson on Victoria avenue.

Miss Henderson is the eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. E. G. Henderson and is extremely popular. She has an attractive personality and is highly accomplished."

1915, 25 June, Windsor Star: Ottawa, 25 June...3rd Battalion......wounded...Lt Ernest Brian Henderson, Windsor, Ont.
1916, 13 Dec, Gazette (Montreal): At the Hotels, the Ritz Carleton...Mr Ernest G. Henderson, Windsor...
1918, 9 December, Windsor Star: Died...November 3rd, in London England, Lieut Brian E Henderson, RAF, formerly with Western Ontario Regiment dearly loved husband of Marguerite Kiely, and only surviving son of Mr & Mrs Ernest G. Henderson, Victoria Ave, funeral tomorrow Tuesday morning, at 9.30 All Saints Church.
1919, 13 June, Windsor Star:  Henderson—In proud and loving memory of Lieut. Maurice R Henderson. 59th Battalion (formerly with 33rd), killed in action at Hooge, June 13. 1916, and of his brother Lieut. E. Brian Henderson. R. A. F. (formerly with 1st Battalion), who died in Bulstrode Hospital. London. November 3, 19I8. dearly loved sons of Mr. and Mrs. Ernest G. Henderson. Windsor, Ont..
1920 19 April: Arr Liverpool on the Empress of India from St Johns, residence in UK: Adelphi Hotel Liverpool, a Civil Engineer

1920: Ernest George Henderson, SS Baltic from Liverpool, PAX Canada in transit, sailed 8 May 1920, arr 17 May 1920:
Ernest George Henderson, 61, Engineer, of Windsor Ont.
1923, 25 Jan, Windsor Star: New Tablet - All Saints Memorial - Capt Ernest Brian Henderson, Lieut Maurice Russell Henderson...

The Story of the Canadian Revision of the Prayer Book[8]
Mr E. G. Henderson, of Windsor, Ontario, was what the Scotch call a son of the manse, his father being a clergyman of the Church of Ireland. He was in early life a civil engineer, and did much useful service on surveys and construction work on the Canadian Pacific Railway. Mr Henderson did splendid work for Prayer Book Revision. He loved liturgical questions, and was a diligent student in that department of Church literature.


Belfast New Letter, May 16 1885 (Ancestry.com):
Marriage: Henderson-Quinn – April 27 in Grace Church, Chicago, by the Rev Clinton ..DD Ernest G Henderson to Agnes, younger daughter of Thomas Quinn of Invercargill, New Zealand.

Cook County, Illinois, Marriages Index, 1871-1920: Agnes, aged 25, born abt 1860, “Inurcagill”, Isle of New Zealand, Ernest Age 27, born Montreal, Province of Quebec, Dominion of Canada.


Born: 1/2/1860 (ref Census - DC give 1861)
Ch: 2/5/1860, St Anne’s Belfast, of Thomas Quinn & Agnes McFarland (PR) of Belfast.
Parents: Thomas & Agnes (McFarland) Quinn (ref DC & IGI)
Arrived Canada, 1885, 2 years after Ernest Henderson (1901 Census).

Her father left Belfast for New Zealand in mid 1884. There is no record of her arrival in the US, but it must have been early 1885, so it seem unlikely that she had time to go to New Zealand and then back to Chicago in time for her marriage. However, in later census’s for Creina, she claimed her mother had been born in New Zealand.

Death Record:
Windsor, Essex, Ontario:

Agnes Henderson, of 828 Victoria Ave, Irish, Widowed, Born Ireland Feb 1 1861. Father Thomas Quinn of Ireland, mother, Agnes MacFarlane of Ireland, informant George Duck (Friend) of 645 Victoria Ave. Bur St Mary's Cemetary Feb 4th 1925. Died Feb 1st 1925 of Cerebral Haemorrhage (Sudden) and Chronic Nephritis.
Windsor Star, 2/2/1925: Deaths - Mrs Ernest Henderson, February 1st 1925, widow of the late Ernest George Henderson, suddenly at her home, 828 Victoria Ave. Notice of funeral later. --- Next issue (3rd Feb Tuesday), Private funeral from her late residence on Wednesday at 2.30 pm to St Mary's Cemetery, Walkerville.

1910, June 18:
Arrived Quebec from Glasgow on Hesperian, saloon passengers:
Agnes Henderson (49), Creina (22), Kathleen (18),
All born Ireland to Windsor Ont,

1913, August 15, Sailings from UK:
Agnes Henderson, Glasgow-Montreal, SS Grampian, married, unaccompanied by husband, no age given. Maybe ours?
1920, 21 Dec, WS: Mrs Ernest Henderson and Miss Henderson, of Windsor, are staying at the Windermere Hotel, Santa Monica, California.

1921, 30 Jan:
Arrived Victoria BC from San Fernando, Philippines, on board Governor:
Mrs Agnes Henderson (60, wid, born Ireland, Irish), Kathleen (29, born Canada, Student). (was this going to NZ to visit her siblings?)- she departed Windsor, Ont 23/1/1920.

EAC (bef 2000):
Agnes Quinn, her grandmother, was big woman. She and Ernest were married in Ireland. She sometimes shopped in England. She had visited New Zealand.

1/1. Creina Henderson. Born 14/7/1887                  KO04/04
1/2. Twin dau (to Creina) Henderson, (ref EAC), died as a baby.

July 21 1887 Smiths Falls Record News  Thursday 14th Inst (July) quotes birth of twins to wife of Ernest G Henderson
14 June 1888: SFRN gives death of twin.

1/3. Kathleen Henderson, C01: b 17/4/1892, never married, died in 1980’s?
1/4. Maurice Russell Henderson, born 21/5/1894, London, Ont.

His birth does not appear in the Canadian registers, but the military records give the information.
Enlisted 22 October 1915 at London, Ont. Canadian Infantry (Central Ontario Regt, 58th Bn. Lieutenant).
From Roll of Service – From the "University of Toronto / Roll of Service 1914-1918", published in 1921.
“Son of the late Ernest G. Henderson; b London, ed Windsor P.S and C.L. Windsor private school; University College 1912-15; Delt Kappa Epsilon; 25 regt, Lieut.
In 1915 he was appointed to the 33rd battalion and went overseas in the spring of 1916. He joined the 58th battalion in Flanders and a few days later was killed in action in the counter attack recovering the lost ground at Sanctuary Wood. Buried near Poperinghe.
Killed in 1st World War 13 June 1916.”

1/5. Ernest Brian Henderson, Killed in 1st World War, Birth Reg, b 23/1/1889.

Lieut E. Brian Henderson, Western Ontario Regt (attd. RAF), who died on November 3rd of septic pneumonia following influenza, was the eldest and only surviving son of E.G. Henderson, Windsor Ontario, and husband of Marguerite Carruthers Henderson. (Flight Magazine, Casualties, 7 November 1918).
Marguerite remarried 9/9/1927, in York Ont, George Francis Nightingale, son of George and Ada Edith (Verney) Nightingale. She was daughter of William Francis and Margaret Carruthers. (marriage licence on Ancestry).
Canadian Mounted Rifles 2nd Regiment Canadian Mounted Rifles

1/6. Henry Henderson: C01 nephew b 14/11/1886.

ref EAC: Harry Henderson (Creina's brother?) was adopted.
No obvious Henderson nephew so maybe Henry was a Quinn?

Newspaper cuttings found in Album originally belonging to Creina Henderson.

"It will be pleasing to the Brantford and many other friends of Mr EG Henderson, general manager of the Canadian Salt and Chemical Co., Windsor, to know that he has been elected as vice president of the Canadian Manufacturers Association. Mr Henderson is a splendid type of man. For many years he as been closely identified with leading manufacturing interests and has always done what he could for the advancement of the Dominion of Canada - Brantford Daily Courier."
(Undated, but 1914 or later)

Another Cutting, Undated (but about 1917 or later):
"Mr E.G. Henderson is Jack and Master of Many Trades and Industries - Very Versatile."

"Between civil engineering in connection with a railway company and the management of a salt manufacturing concern there is a great gulf. But great and all as the gulf may be, it was not too wide for Mr E.G. Henderson, now Vice-President and General Manager of the Canadian Salt Company, Limited, to leap in 1893.
"Mr Henderson was born in a parsonage in Holywood, County Down, Ireland, but after completing his early education the lure of the New World came upon him. His destination was the United States, where in 1878 he became an articled pupil in the engineering branch of one of the railways in that country. Mr Henderson had the faculty of doing with his might whatsoever his hand found him to do. What is more, he went out of his way to find things to do. For an employee to do his best in that which is assigned to him and then look about to see if there is anything more he can do is of course pleasing to all employers, and particularly to those who come under the classification of railway corporations. As a reward for his skill and industry, young Henderson was promoted to the position of assistant engineer during the fourth year of his service. And here, again, he did so well that the Great Northern Railway Company got its eye upon him, offered him a similar position, and secured his services.

"But in 1883 he saw a great opportunity for his activities looming up across the boundary line, where the Canadian Pacific Railway was at that time in the course of construction, so he resigned his position, packed his trunk, and crossed into Canada. Here he obtained a position on the survey and construction staff of the trans-continental line, a position he held until 1888. When he vacated it, it was for the purpose of becoming assistant resident engineer with the same company, only to resign in 1893, after five years of service, to take up the position of General Manager of the Canadian Salt Company, Limited, Windsor, Ont., which at that time, owing to the engineering difficulties which had to be overcome, wanted in the management a man who possessed both engineering skill and executive ability.
"That the choice of Mr Henderson was a wise one is proved by the results which have followed his 24 years of service, for of the 125000 tons of salt which is annually produced in Canada, the greater part comes from the plant of the company of which he is the executive head. And the ramifications of the Canadian Salt Company are not confined to the production of one commodity. Mr Henderson has an enterprising mind, and is always studying how he can utilise by-products to the best advantage. And while in one of these moods two or three years ago he conceived the idea of utilising the brine for the production of caustic soda and bleaching powder. As a result, a large chemical plant was erected at Sandwich, Ont., to which pipes were laid from the salt works through which brine is pumped and employed in the production of the two particular chemicals named.
"Mr Henderson is not only keen in regard to the most efficient methods of manufacturing, but he is equally so in regard to ways and means of selling that which he manufacturers, and with the object both of seeing that the representatives of the company are doing their best, and its customers are satisfied, frequently travels extensively throughout the Dominion.
"After the manner of his race, Mr Henderson is warm-hearted and generous. He has the necessary firmness which a business man should have, but he can give as well as take, and not grudgingly either. But you musn't attempt to "put one over him" for then, again, he shows that the blood which flows through his veins is Irish.
"Mr Henderson is a gentleman of "the old school", and as such is kindly and courteous. Among the manufacturers of the Dominion none is probably better known or more highly respected, and particularly among members of the Canadian Manufacturers' Association, of which organisation he was three years ago President.
"He is a keen Imperialist as well as a staunch Canadian, and in 1906 was a delegate to the Commercial Congress of the Empire, which was held that year in London.
"His speeches are well thought out and are usually delivered with a good deal of feeling, for in that which he is interested, he feels deeply.
"For the Anglican Church, of which he is and official member, he has a peculiarly warm affection. At the Provincial and General Synods he is a prominent figure, and when the hymnal of the Church was last revised, he was a member of the committee that had the matter in hand.
"For his family, Mr Henderson has a warm affection, and when his son made the supreme sacrifice early in the war, deeply and keenly did he feel his loss."

Ref Internet, Great Northern Railway Historical Soc:
The railway referred to above was probably the one of that name which ran between Chicago and Seattle. It was not in fact created until September 1889, by combining several predecessor railroads in Minnesota:
EGH probably worked for one of these earlier companies.

(Windsor Star 10 June 1914)
The Canadian Manufacturers association is meeting In Montreal this week, and it is expected Mr E.G. Henderson, general manager of the Canadian Salt Co., will be elevated to the presidency. In connection therewith the following appears in a "feature” article, written by Mr. W. L Edmonds and published by the Canadian Manufacturer:

Somewhere, about a score of years ago, a group of Canadian capitalists sent a certain civil engineer to Windsor. Ont., to superintend the boring of a salt well. This group of cap­italists had a great deal of confi­dence in him. They hadn't and any experience with him in searching the bowels of the earth for salt, but they had found from experience that he was a man who could be relied upon to do things. Some of the men in this group of capitalists were high officials in the C.P.R , and as this particular civil engineer had been in the employ of that company for ten years, they were able to get a pretty good line upon the measure of his ability. Till 1888 he had been en­gaged in surveys and construction work on the C.P.R. After that year, and until 1893, he was assistant resident engineer. If was from that job that he was taken to bore salt wells at Windsor. And he bored the wells so “carefully” that he was eventually made vice- president and general manager of the company. That position he has held ever since.

It is scarcely likely that anyone will require two guesses as to whom I have reference. But lest there may be someone who is poor at guessing, I may as well here and now say that the name of this particular man Is Mr Ernest  George Henderson, vice- president and general manager of the Canadian Salt Company, Limited.

Mr. Henderson was lucky enough to be born an Irishman, the scene of his birth being Holywood. County Down. Whether it is In the blood or in the air, every real Irishman is born with a big heart and a spirit which refuses to allow anyone to tread on the tail of his coat. Mr. Henderson is true to his race in both respects. His heart is big. And, like ail men thus blessed, the better he Is known the better he is liked.

From the employees he demands faithful and efficient service. Care­lessness is an abhorrence to him. He believes in thoroughness with a capital T. for he has learned from experience that in the practice of business service is of paramount im­portance. When an employee has to be taught this fact Mr. Henderson does not hesitate to act as monitor, But while the lesson may be convey­ed with firmness. It is also softened with kindness, for he recognizes that the human machine is not without its Imperfections. Consequently, he is magnanimous and just as well as Insistent. These are qualities which all fair-minded men admire. And Mr. Henderson’s employees not only admire him, hut they possess an en­thusiasm for him and the business over which he presides.

While Mr. Henderson demands loy­alty and thoroughness in his employ­ees he is one of the growing number of manufacturers in this country who believe that those who labour week after week are entitled to share In the profits which they have assisted In creating. At the recent annual meeting he gave a practical manifes­tation of his belief by announcing an all-around addition to the salaries and wages of his employees.

While Mr Henderson demands thoroughness on the part of those under him, he is equally Insistent In regard to his own services in the company. He Is a worker himself, and a hard worker at that. He Is on the job himself the year round. The only breathing spells he gets Is when he leaves Windsor to attend meetings In connection with the Canadian Manufacturers' association, or when he makes a business trip.

Ref Henderson history:
Engineer with Great Northern Railway and afterwards president of the Canadian Salt Company Ltd.

From Internet on Victoria Ave., Windsor:

VICTORIA AVENUE - a residential street of harmonious scale James Dougall, the developer of Victoria Avenue, was born in Paisley, Scotland in 1810, and arrived in Windsor in 1830 to establish the first general store in the region. Two years later he married Susanne Baby whose grandfather, Jacques Duperon Baby, owned the large tract of farmland, which was to become the core of today's City of Windsor.
Dougall's general store - "Dougall's Emporium" - stood on Sandwich Street (now Riverside Drive West) near the present Cleary International Centre. An astute businessman, he persuaded the town planners to terminate both Victoria (named for his daughter) and Dougall Avenues at Chatham Street, thereby channelling vehicles and pedestrians north on Ferry Street to the front door of his shop. Land speculation grew in Windsor as a result of the arrival of the Great Western Railroad. Dougall was elected to the first village Council in 1854, the first town Council in 1858, and mayor (1859-1861 and again, 1867-1869). He donated land for the first school near his residence on Riverside Drive West.

From the outset, Victoria Avenue was intended to be a gracious, residential street. In fact, the Windsor Land and Building Company placed conditions on buyers of building lots, which stipulated a minimum setback of 20 feet, a house value of at least $3,000 (considerable, for that time), and assurance that any business carried on would not be deemed a nuisance on a private residential street.

As a result, the earliest houses, built between 1890 and the Stock Market "Crash" of 1929, show diversity of design and, in spite of recent renovations, quality of material and fine workmanship. They were the valued residences of some of the most influential and respected families during this middle period in Windsor's evolution - doctors, merchants, lawyers, educators, politicians and industrialists whose ideas moulded this municipality.
An old-timer, recalling the 1930s in Windsor, has said, in that decade, "real estate was worth nothing... a house on Victoria would sell for $40,000 just before the "Crash," and afterwards ... if you had a mortgage, they either pressed you for it or took it away from you."

Many more fine architectural sites may be viewed beyond Elliott Street, as far as Tecumseh Road, where the unique Art Deco-style church of St. Clare of Assisi stands with its matching, angular, buff brick rectory. Today, Victoria Avenue is beginning to enjoy a modest renaissance due in part to its proximity the City's core, and growing public appreciation for well-designed, well-built houses on a broad urban thoroughfare.

803: The Ernest G. Henderson house (c. 1900) The Arts & Crafts Tudor Revival house exhibits fine workmanship, proportion and detail in its windows, carved verge boards and massing of forms. The massive roofed porch shades pale amber leaded glass with bevelled fleur-de-lis. Henderson was a civil engineer from Ireland who came to Canada in 1833 to assist in the building of the Canadian Pacific Railway. In Windsor, he supervised the construction of the Windsor Salt Works of which he became president. (Designating By-law 6961).

Small photograph shown of mock "black and white" house.
803, Victoria Ave.

EG Henderson’s House 1913 (Southwestern Ontario Digital Archive)

Canadian Salt Co., Ltd. (1922-1929)
Canadian Industries Ltd. (1929-1930)
Offices were located in Windsor, ON. From 2/1928-2/1929 this fleet was not listed in ORERs. In 6/1929, the Canadian Salt Co. fleet was merged with several others to form the Canadian Industries Ltd. fleet under CILX reporting marks, although cars continued to be shown with either reporting mark through 11/1930.

Canadian Salt Co. Ltd., The Belle Plaine Don Slater, Facility Manager
(800) 294-7258

Morton acquires the Canadian Salt Co. Ltd. and West India Chemicals, a solar salt operation in the Bahamas.


Salt Works 1913.[9]

Ernest Henderson Death Reports

Newspapers.com, 7/2019, mostly Windsor Star:


    A life that has been prominently and splendidly identified with the industrial. commercial and religious life of Western Ontario for many years came to a close yesterday, when Ernest George Henderson, president and general manager of the Canadian Salt Company and past-president of the Canadian Manufacturer’s Association, passed away in the Royal Victoria Hospital, Montreal, following an attack of pneumonia.

Mr. Henderson, who was 62 years of age, underwent an operation a week ago Saturday, and was doing fairly well, but pneumonia set in on Sunday and his death resulted. The original cause of his illness was supposed to have been a growth at the base of the brain. His wife, formerly Miss Agnes Quinn, of Invercargill. N.Z.. and his daughter, Miss Kathleen Henderson, were at Mr. Henderson’s bedside when he passed away. Another daughter, Mrs. F. A. P Chadwick, of Victoria, B. C. is in Windsor at present.

    Mr. Henderson’s illness was ascribed to a supposed growth at the base of the brain. After being treated by local physicians he was taken to the Montreal hospital about two weeks ago. Surgeons there decided to perform two operations, the first to relieve the pressure on the brain and the second for the removal of the supposed growth. After the first operation, Mr. Henderson was greatly relieved and his condition appeared to be improved. It was intended to allow a period of two or three weeks to elapse between the first and second operations in order to give the patient an opportunity to recover his strength. Last Sunday, however, pneumonia developed and Mr. Henderson’s condition became serious. The end which came at 2.10 p. m. was not unexpected. James Sutherland. Montreal representative of the Canadian Salt Company, sent several telegrams to George M. Duck during the day stating that all hope had been given up. About 4 o’clock Mr. Duck received the last message telling of Mr. Henderson’s death.

    Mr. Henderson had two sons both of whom gave their services to the empire. Lieut. Maurice Henderson, the younger, was killed In action in 1916. Captain E. Brian Henderson, of the Royal Air Force, died of influenza in England in November, 1918. Captain Henderson’s body was brought to Windsor for burial.


Visited Son’s Grave

    Mr. Henderson made a trip abroad in May of this year and on that occasion visited the grave of Lieut. Maurice Henderson in Belgium. He appeared, on returning, to be In his usual excellent health. About the middle of June, however, Mr. Henderson was attacked with severe headaches and periods of dizziness. His condition was not considered serious and he continued at his office for some time. Later his illness became pronounced, ending eventually in his removal to the Montreal hospital about two weeks ago. Mrs. Henderson, Miss Henderson and Rev. Canon Carlisle, accompanying him.
    Funeral arrangements were completed last night. A strictly private service will be held at the family residence. 605 Victoria avenue, at 2 o'clock Friday afternoon, followed by a public service In All Saints Church at 2.20 at which Canon Carlisle will officiate. His Lordship, the Rt. Rev. David Williams, bishop of Huron, is at present In Winnipeg, thus preventing him from conducting the services on Friday. Interment will be made in the cemetery of St. Marys Church. Walkerville, beside the body of Captain Brian Henderson.

Born In Ireland

    Ernest George Henderson was born in Holywood, County Down, Ireland, on September 14. 1858, the fourth son of the late Rev. Henry Henderson and S. Jane Henderson. He was educated In Hill brook School and College. Belfast. Later he became an articled pupil to the engineer of the Belfast and County Down Railway, continuing this work for four years before his appointment to the position of assistant engineer of the Ulster division of the Great Northern Railway of Ireland. In 1883 Mr. Henderson came to Canada and was engaged on surveys and construction work on the main line of the C.P.R., and on re-measurement of certain sections of that railway north of Lake Superior, where disputes had arisen between the C.P.R, and some of the contractors. In 1888 he was appointed assistant engineer of the C.P.R. at Toronto and later resident engineer at London. Under Mr. Henderson's direction the C.P.R., line between Windsor and London was constructed. Mr. Henderson left the employ of the CPR. in I893 to superintend the construction of the plant of the Windsor Salt Works which was organised about that time by Sir William Van Horne and his associates.  Mr Henderson became from the outset, general manager of the company and later was elevated to the presidency. Under his personal direction, the Canadian Salt Company, as the firm was called later, has become the greatest industry of its kind in Canada. With the salt plant in Windsor and the large chemical plant In Sandwich for the manufacture of caustic soda and bleaching soda by the electrolytical  process (the only plant In Canada which does such work)  the Canadian Salt Company has grown steadily—a lasting monument to the energy and ability of Its president and general manager.


Had Many Interests

     In spite of his heavy business responsibilities, Mr Henderson found time to devote a great deal of attention to other interests.  For many years he has been active in the affairs of the Canadian Manufacturer’s Association and served as president of that body in 1916. At the time of his death he was a member of the C.M.A executive. Mr Henderson was for several years a member of the Windsor Board of Education and served as Chairman and was at one time president of the Windsor Board of Trade and later a member of the Executive of the Border Chamber of Commerce. As a member of the Essex Health Association, with the late Mr. Smith, former collector of customs,. Mr. Henderson shared a large measure of the credit for the construction of the Tuberculosis sanatorium at Union-on-the-Lake, destroyed by fire some months ago. Mr Henderson was an Anglican and for more than twenty-five years sang in the choir at All Saints Church. He was also president of the choir. For the same length of time he was a delegate to the provincial and general synods of the church and a member of the executive committee. He was also a member of the committee named to compile a new hymn book and of the committee appointed for the revision of the prayer book. Only a few days ago Bishop Williams made the declaration that Mr Henderson was of more value to the Anglican Church than any other man in Canada, bishops and rectors not excepted.

Mr Henderson was intensely patriotic and devoted to the furtherance of every cause calculated to advance the Interests of the British Empire. In the Sportsmen's Patriotic Association and the Soldiers’ Aid he gave splendid service. The Children’s Aid Society is another organisation in which he was deeply interested.


Conservative in Politics

    Mr Henderson was a delegate to the sixth congress of the Chambers of Commerce of the British Empire held in Montreal. He was a member of the Canadian Society of Civil Engineers, the Institute of Civil Engineers of Ireland, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and of several clubs. In politics he was a prominent Conservative.

The news of Mr Henderson’s death comes as a tremendous shock to the Border Cities. Although his illness had been announced, few realised its seriousness.

    Upon every side expressions of regret over the death of Mr. Henderson indicate that the people of the Border Cities are thoroughly seized of the seriousness of the loss which they have sustained.


Interested in Border

    Commenting upon Mr. Henderson's death, Mayor Winter, of Windsor, said this morning “Here was a man who interested himself in every moment which had for Its objective the advancement of the Interests of the Border Cities. Mr. Henderson was looked up to and respected by all who knew him and his loss to the city and to the country —for his activities extended over a wide field—will be keenly felt. Mr. Henderson's successful career should serve as an Inspiration to the young men of today."

    M. G. Campbell, president of the Border Chamber of Commerce In re¬ferring to the death of Mr. Henderson said: "In Mr. Henderson the Border Cities, the country and the empire have lost an ideal citizen. He was always ready to assist in every public spirited movement and exemplified at all times the true spirit of patriotism. He was Identified with the life of this community for many years and was a member of the old board of trade before the chamber of commerce was organised. We have lost a splendid gentleman In Mr. Henderson.”


Loss Keenly Felt.

    W. R Campbell of the Ford Motor Company: “ln the death of Mr. Henderson Canadian manufacturing circles lose one of their outstanding figures. His loss, locally, will be keenly felt as he filled a large place In the life of the community and took a deep Interest in the program of All Saints church.”

P. Maclure Sclanders. Commissioner of the Border Chamber of Commerce: “I look upon the death of Mr. Henderson as a terrible loss to the community. He was a citizen of such peculiarly high Ideals; a man of such splendid rectitude and such a faithful friend that viewed from the national, the civic or the personal standpoint his loss is a heavy one. Mr. Henderson was the kind of man who did not consider the amount of trouble involved In performing a kind action. I met him first, seventeen years ago when I came to this country first and had occasion to handle some advertising for the Windsor Salt Company, he was kind to me upon that occasion and I appreciated it keenly as I had but recently arrived In the country. I always thought of him as the incarnated prototype of Thackeray's Colonel Newcombe. He was a splendid character and one of the finest gentlemen it has ever been my good fortune to meet. In his passing I lose one of my oldest friends in the country.


Council to Attend Funeral


     Mayor Winter stated this morning that it vas probable the city council would attend the funeral as a body.

     At a meeting of the directors of the chamber of commerce, held this morning, it was decided that members of that organisation would attend the funeral as a unit.

     Just before the weekly luncheon of the chamber, at noon, today, reference was made to the passing of Mr. Henderson and the following resolution was carried and placed upon the records of the organization, upon motion of Col. E S. Wigle and Mayor E. B. Winter:

"Be it resolved at this general meeting that the members of the Border Chamber of Commerce deeply deplore the passing of Mr. E G. Henderson, one of its oldest, ablest and most energetic members—a true patriot, a sterling citizen and a staunch and faithful friend: and that the secretary be instructed to convey our sincerest sympathy to the wife and family of our late friend and fellow worker."


Windsor Star 14 Oct 1920 P4

The Late Mr. E.G. Henderson

     The death of Mr. Ernest G. Henderson, president and general manager of the Canadian Salt Company, Limited, removes a citizen held in the highest esteem and admiration. Mr. Henderson not only achieved signal success in his own business, but found time to take a deep interest in the affairs of his community and his country. As a member of the executive and past president of the Canadian Manufacturers’ Association, he stood high in the industrial councils of the dominion. His opinion on all matters was respected and his judgement was keenly sought. The Anglican Church has lost one of its greatest laymen as may be seen from Bishop Williams' tribute, to the effect that Mr. Henderson was of greater value to the church than any man in Canada, bishops and rectors not excepted. Mr. Henderson took an enthusiastic interest in municipal and federal politics, and gave much of his time to the work of the chamber of commence.

     The dead manufacturer was a patriot of the first rank. His younger son was killed in action in 1915. The elder died in 1918 while a member of the Royal Air Force. With them, as with the father, devotion to the empire and the duties of citizenship, came first.

     Mr. Henderson represented the best type of Canadian citizenship. His unexpected demise brings deep sorrow to the Border Cities, for the place he occupied in this community is one not easily filled.



The Gazette, Montreal 14 Oct 1920


    The death of Ernest G. Henderson, of Windsor, Ont., occurred yesterday afternoon at the Royal Victoria. The late Mr. Henderson was well known throughout Canada having been connected with the C.P.R. for many years, and later with the Canadian Salt Co., of Windsor. He was also a director and president, for one term of the Canadian Manufacturers’ Association. He served on many boards of the Church of England in Ontario. Mr. Henderson was a civil engineer and came to Canada at an early age from Ireland. He at first was employed by the CPR, looking after construction work between Montreal and Winnipeg. Later, when the Canadian Salt Co., started building in Windsor, he was given charge of the work. He was made general manager and vice-president of the company until the death of Sir William Van Home when he was made president. He was ill but ten days and came to the Royal Victoria Hospital for an operation, which seemed at first to have been successful. Pneumonia later developed, and at 1.10 yesterday afternoon he passed away. He Is survived by his widow, and two daughters, Mrs. Chadwick, of Edmonton, and Miss Kathleen of Windsor. Two sons, Morris and Bryant Henderson, lost their lives overseas during the Great War, The remains left at 10 o'clock last night for Windsor, where interment will take place.


Notice To Creditors[11]

In the Matter of the estate of Ernest Henderson, late of the city of Windsor in the county of Essex, manufacturer, deceased.


Notice is hereby given pursuant to Chapter 121 RSO, 1914, and amending Acts, that all persons having claims against the estate of the said Ernest George Henderson, who died on or about the Thirteenth day of October. 1920, at the City of Montreal in the Province of Quebec, are required to send by post prepaid or to deliver to the undersigned, solicitors for the executors of the said estate on or before the 28th day of January. 1921, their names, addresses and particulars in writing of their claims and of the security (If any) held by them.

And take notice that after the said 28th day of January, 1921, the said executors will proceed to distribute the assets of the said deceased amongst those entitled thereto, having regard only to the claims of which they shall then have received notice.

Canadian Salt Company Publicity
Internet 7/4/2001.

Pass the salt!
It's more than just the white, granular seasoning that enhances the flavour of so many foods. Salt is one of the most widely used minerals on Earth. It's a natural preservative that inhibits the growth of bacteria, and an essential element in our diet. It helps regulate our blood pressure and volume, facilitates the transmission of nerve impulses, and plays a vital role in heart and muscle contractions. We use salt to clear our roadways and stabilise our roadbeds. To maintain the conditioning systems that soften hard water. We make textiles and chemicals with it. Everything from aspirin to bar soap to leather shoes! In a single year, Canadians can use more than ten million tonnes of the stuff. In fact, it's estimated there are more than 14,000 uses for this marvellous compound.

Shaking up the industry.
It was 1893, in Windsor (Ontario), when three employees of the Canadian Pacific Railway Company (C.P.R.) began a subsidiary they called The Windsor Salt Company. Within a few years, the fledgling operation was sold and became The Canadian Salt Company Limited. Over the years since, the Company has changed hands at least twice, but it has remained a leader in modern salt processing methods, and now it's Canada's largest salt manufacturer. The Company is engaged in the recovery, processing and sale of salt, and provides over 200 evaporated and rock salt products under its well-known Windsor and Safe-T-Salt brand names. Products made from evaporated salt (salt recovered from brine) are used in household and food products, as well as for agricultural, water softening and industrial purposes. Those made from mined rock salt are also sold to household and industrial markets for ice control, and to the water softening and general industrial trades. It will come as no surprise that government agencies for highway ice control are among the largest users of the Company's products!
The Canadian Salt Company Limited is headquartered in Pointe-Claire (Quebec) and employs some 875 people in its three regional sales offices, four evaporated salt plants and three rock salt mines, as well as across its Canada-wide network of warehouses and salt storage facilities. Its distribution centres are strategically located to serve Canada's geographically dispersed markets, employing truck, rail and marine transportation.
Finally, the Company adheres strictly to rigorous industry standards and, with the latest production and laboratory facilities, ensures quality salt products for ever-increasing consumer and industrial markets.


6.              Henderson Generation 6




Born: 27/12/1820 in BelfastGD.
Parents: James & Amelia Henderson
Died: 7/12/1879 Glenard, Holywood, BelfastGD

MarriedGD/PR: Sarah Jane Russell (dau of John Russell, solicitor of Newry) 9/6/1846, see below.

(Ward Papers, PRONI D/2092, D/3735, D/4216, have reference to John Russell, architect & solicitor, of Waring Street, Belfast, abt 1885)

PR: at Sandys St Presbyterian Church, Newry. Both Full age, he a minister, she a gentlewoman. She dau of John Russell of Newry. (also from GD)
He appears in a number of newspaper articles, as an Orangeman.

The Freeman’s Journal, Dublin, 26/12/1851 has: Births, December 18, at Greenside, Holywood, Co Down, the lady of the Rev Henry Henderson, of a son.
There is no mention of this in other records, presumably died early.
1858, at EGH’s birth Thornbank Holywood.[12]
1862: at Orangemen meeting, Belfast[13].

1/3. Emily Henderson, (m. J O'R Blackwood T381),

born at Holywood, 23/7/1849 (PR)
2/1. Major Edwin Henderson T381
2/2. Noel Henderson T381
2/3. Verine Henderson T381

1/2. Mary Henderson, born at Fernside?, 21/12/1851(PR)
1/3. Herbert Richardson Henderson, born 4/8/1861, ch 14/9/1861(PR)
 d. NY 31/7/1897.
1/4. Alexander Henderson (Canon) (1854-1963?). Born 24/3/1854(PR)

Married: Gertrude Harrison in 1885.
2/1. Alan Gerald Henderson (b. 22/3/1886),

Died London, May 1963.
married: Joan Ta Kle (1922).
3/1. Alexander John (Jack) Henderson

who married (1) Trixie (Beatrice Ray Benjamin (Levant, O'Connor), 4/1. Robin Alan Louis M Christine

5/1. Emily
5/2. Isobel

4/2. Olivia Martha Hope, M John William Champion 1978,

5/1. Tania Molly, B. 1979,. M Anthony Goranitis 2007

6/1. Madeleine Olivia Marie, born 2008.

Olivia remarried, 2007, Geoffrey Ronald Harwood.
all live in Bairnsdale in Victoria, Australia.
Ref Olivia Harwood, 7/2012[iv]

Jack married (2) Sheila

2/2. Gertrude Aileen Henderson (b. 11/11/1887), unmarried
2/3. Denys Arthur Henderson (25/12/1888),

married (1918): Jacqueline Ellen Olivier Rickes.
Issue (all with children):
3/1. Pamela Mary Henderson (26/9/1919),

married Allan Dennis McArthur (1942).

McArthur Group: Distributors of a wide range

of Agricultural, Building and Fencing Products in Bristol. Allan McArthur joint MD with brother Donald in 1945. Now, over 165 years after its foundation, 4th generation McArthurs are still actively participating in the day-to-day running of the business (2009).

Email 24/1/2005: (correction to original)
I came across your site when my daughter [Annabel Rachel] googled her name and passed the information on to me. There are a few corrections to be made to "THE HENDERSONS OF NORTHERN IRELAND"

On page 31 - 33, you have some details of my immediate family.
On page 31:
* In the third & fourth paragraphs, there are references to "Alan Denis McArthur".  Uncle Denis was always referred to by this second name, and he died in 1988.  You can probably obtain more details from Pam & Dennis' sons: Dayrell.McArthur(at)mcarthur-group.com & James.McArthur(at)mcarthur-group.com
On page 32:
* In the fourth paragraph, my oldest son is "Edward Michael", not "Edward Robin"
* In the fifth paragraph, my  oldest sister's third given name is "Carolyn", not "Carolyan"
On page 33:
* in the first paragraph, "Robin Henderson joined the Royal Navy, like his father before him, he was seconded to the Royal Australian Navy and when he retired, with the rank of Commander, he settled at Manly, near Sydney." should be worded more like "Robin Henderson joined the Royal Navy, like his father before him. When he retired from naval service, with the rank of Commander, the family emigrated to Australia. After working for the Institution of Engineers in Canberra, he retired to Manly, a beachside suburb of Sydney."  Dad served his entire career with the Fleet Air Arm of the Royal Navy, he was never with the R.A.N., although he was based in Sydney with his aircraft carrier as part of the Far East Fleet for a time in 1944/45.

Michael Robin [Mike] Henderson[v]
4/1. Nicola Jane McArthur, 10/08/1944
4/2. Allan Robin Dayrell McArthur, 28/06/1946.
4/3. James John Dennis McArthur, 21/06/1950
4/4. Joanna Mary McArthur, 28/01/1953

3/2. Robin Denys Henderson (16/12/1920),

married Mary Woodeeck (1950).
4/1. Michael Robin Henderson, 9/02/1953

Married, 1978, Jan Marie Rachel Morrell
5/1. Annabel Rachel Henderson, 29/06/1982,
5/2. Edward Michael Henderson, 13/12/1984,
5/3. David William Henderson, 15/04/1990

4/2. Susan Mary Carolyn Henderson, 30/04/1954,
4/3. Elizabeth Jane Rosemary Henderson, 10/04/1958
4/4. Jennifer Anne Gillian Henderson, 2/11/1959

3/3. Jacqueline Rosemary Henderson (25/10/1925).

2/4. Marjorie Henderson (23/11/1889). unmarried.

She and Gertrude ran a small school in Malvern.

1/6. Edwin Henderson, born 14/8/1856,

ch 4/10/1856 @ Holywood(PR) - d. 16/8/1873 in a shipping accident in Belfast Lough, when the boat sank in a squall – Edwin could not swim[14].

1/7. Ernest George Henderson 14/9/1858.(PR & newspaper).

Henry Henderson Details:

Extract from article on the Bangor Road Church, which became The First Presbyterian Church of Holywood (copied from a Church History). Copy sent to EAV 2/1995 by David Small.

Rev Henry remained at the 1st church after the establishment of the new one in 1858.

References to Reverend Henry Henderson.

    Rev Henry Henderson, who was licensed in Belfast in November 1842, was ordained on September 25th 1844 and he occupied the pulpit for 34 years, which was the longest time of any of his predecessors or subsequent successors.
    He was born in Belfast on December 27th 1820 and was married on June 9th 1846 to Sarah Jane Russell, the daughter of John Russell from Newry and he was a nephew of Sir James Henderson from Belfast. (From M. Grossle, she was born 10 July 1815, and died 7 November 1907).
    He was immensely interested in the education of the young and took a lively interest in the management of the County schools, which, at the time came under the control of the National Education Board.
   Sadly, Mr Henderson was the cause of yet another split in Presbyterianism in the town, for in August 1855, a memorial was presented to the Belfast Presbytery praying for the erection of a new congregation, which was signed by 52 heads of households who resided in the town and immediate neighbourhood.
    A Committee of Presbytery was appointed to examine the circumstances and after subsequent enquiries, a recommendation was made the Prayer of Memorial be granted, and in accordance with the recommendation a new Congregation was formed.
    Some 12 months later, a unanimous call was given to the Rev JS Denham, who commenced his Ministry among them in September 1856 and he was ordained the following November. In May 1857, the erection took place of the present Presbyterian Church in High Street and it was formally opened on February 1858.
   Mr Henderson saw the Congregation through the 1859 revival and the eventful middle half of the 19th Century. He became infirm and died on December 7th 1879 at the age of 59.

From the internet, 15/4/04:
For a description of the unmarried partner of the soldier, we cannot do better than read the description of the "wren" of the Curragh, and then reflect whether, after all has been done that can be done to whitewash the living sepulchres, it would not be better to revert to matrimony as the best safeguard against vice. The Rev. Alexander Henderson, Presbyterian Chaplain to the Forces at Warley, Essex, details some of his experiences at the Curragh. He writes:- "I went anxiously among the unhappy victims of vice; I examined their wretched sleeping-places, in the hollows of large furze bushes, or in dry ditches, where there was shelter or concealment of bramble, and, in some cases, in a kind of earthen cave formed by the poor creatures in the sides of dry banks. One of the most saddening cries I ever heard was that of a new-born infant in one of these haunts. I entered into conversation with the women, advised and remonstrated with them, gave to them religious and other useful papers, and oftentimes actually sowed these silent messengers of good in the thorns, that the wind might not sweep them away. Through the generous aid of an Englishman, a stranger to me, I had it in my power to relieve crying wants, and to remove some penitents to an asylum in Dublin.
The public cannot fully understand the actual state of these castaways for the present without looking at it in the light of these facts:

Freeman’s Journal, Dublin, 4 Feb 1870.

Such was the thesis on which the Rev. Henry Henderson lectured “under the auspices of the Bangor Loyal Orange Lodge” on Wednesday night. The Bangor Loyals want a new Orange Hall, and as the lands are exhausted, and the contractor requires ad­vances to pay for the ornamental bricks, the Rev Mr. Henderson helped them on with a lecture. The Lodges were numerous. There were, among others, “The True Blues of Conlig,” The Hanoverian Loyals," and “The Comber Old Hundreds.” The Donaghadee braes band played Mr. Johnston, M.P., into the chair, to the tune of “See the Conquering Hero.” The Rev. Mr. Mervyn, Curate of Bangor, felt a peculiar pleasure on the occasion. It was that a “William” filled the chair. Mr. Johnston was “a namesake of the great King William.” He was a William himself, thank Heaven! The most fortunate thing that could happen to a man in this life was to be called “ William” There was music in the name. No repetition could stale its infinite charms. All Williams were divine! Mr. Mervyn was quite satisfied wit this panegyric, though some must have been amused at his childishness. The Rev. lecturer did not clearly define the duties of the Brotherhood. One, however, was fully developed—to hate the Pope. He loved his Roman Catholic fellow-country­men. One of the fundamental principles of the Brotherhood was universal love. So they loved Catholics. But, if they loved the men, they hated their religion. There was just now a General Assembly at Rome, and, so far as the lec­turer could collect from the newspapers, they were not a happy family. He hoped they would devour one another. So the Rev. Henry illustrates the pre. dominant principle of the institution—love to all men ! A reverend friend of his told him he bad searched in vain through Rome for “one copy of the Word of God." His rev. friend must have either been prac­tising on his credulity, or did not know where to find what he wanted. The Rev. Henry Henderson is rather unscrupulous. The Council had not decided that “civil and religious liberty" was a devilish liberty and should be put down. Where did he find that Decree of the Council! When was it promulgated! If any farmers were present, they most have suspected the sympathy of the minister of Hollywood with their cause. No man in Ire­land was more desirous than himself to advo­cate “just compensation to the tenant for his improve­ments," but he would not go farther. The present movement, he feared, was “another blow at the Protestant landlords of Ireland," and as his would do nothing to “weaken the Protestant interest”, though the Presbyterian farmers were the victims, he must give up tenant right. The farmers about Bangor, who are of the old tenant right stock, must have heard, or read, Mr Henderson’s palaver of Protestant landlords with ineffable disgust. The Newry Telegraph of yesterday, referring to the general features of the Land Bill described in the Times, says, the plan has been received with some distrust in Ulster, because it made no allusion to the sale of the good will to the highest and most solvent bidders. “This,” says the Telegraph, “is the privilege implied in the Ulster custom, “which, if not incorporated in the Land Bill, must be  “disastrous to the interests of the Northern tenant “ farmers.” We believe our cotemporary is mistaken about the characteristics of the Government measure. The Ulster right will not be sacrificed, Mr. Henderson appears more solicitous for the land­lords than the tenants. To offer the Ulster farmer “compensation for improvement,” as a substitute for his cherished custom, he would regard as little better than highway robbery. The Rev. Mr. Henderson should have kept dear of that delicate subject and stuck to the Pope, the Council, and the Seven Lodges of Hollywood.



1820-79; [pseud. ‘Ulster Scot’]; b. 27 Dec., Belfast; licensed to preach Belfast Presbytery, Nov. 1842; evangelical work in New Ross; installed Hollywood, Co. Down, 25 Sept. 1844; neighbour of A. J. McKenna; a popular platform speaker of strong Orange and Conservative views; two controversial sermons published, 1859; The True Heir of Ballymore, passages from the History of a Belfast Ribbon Lodge (Belfast Newsletter Office 1859), anti-Ribbon pamphlet in fiction-form; Dark Monk of Feola, Adventures of a Ribbon Pedlar (1859); Sandy Row Convert: A Tale of the Belfast Revival, pref. J. Sheridan Knowles (1861); author of ‘Ulster Scot’s Letters ...’ published regularly in Belfast Weekly News; d. 7 Dec. MKA IF/2

Princess Grace Irish Library (Monaco): 2001

From: Janet Adam 23 Jul 2002:

…. We have in our family an old book entitled "Elijah the Tishbite" inscribed on the front page is
"To Letitia Greenfield Knox from Henry Henderson student of Belfast - Lisburn 1837". 
…. he probably attended the Belfast Academical Institution and was studying for the ministry from his taste in literature.  He sounds very like your ancestor, Rev Henry Henderson. 

Henry Henderson 1844 - 1879 Minister if 1st Holywood:

First Holywood Presbyterian Church or 'Second Ireland' as it is sometimes called was founded in 1615 when the Rev Robert Cunningham, originally from Ayrshire and chaplain to the Duke of Buccleugh's Regiment in Holland was invited by Sir James Hamilton, who later became Lord Clandeboye, to preach in the church which had been rebuilt in the ruins of the old Norman Priory Church in Holywood. The first Presbyterian church in Ireland had been established in 1613 at Ballycarry, in County Antrim.

The Rev Cunningham was minister for 21 years until he was deposed by Bishop Henry Lesley and he then returned to Scotland in 1636. There was no minister in Holywood until after the 1641 rebellion which saw a Scottish army of 10,000 men being sent to Ulster where they set up their head-quarters in Carrickfergus. The chaplains who came with them were Ministers of the Church of Scotland and they formed a Presbytery similar to their own in Scotland. The first meeting of the new presbytery was held in St Nicholas' Parish Church in Carrickfergus on June 10th 1642 and Holywood was united with Dundonald and this day is recognised as the first organised church meeting of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland.

Around 1859, Rev Henry Henderson, minister of Hollywood Presbyterian Church, near Belfast published two short books - novellas – through the Belfast Newsletter - entitled;
The True Heir of Ballymore; Passages from the History of a Belfast Ribbon Lodge and
The Dark Monk of Feola; Adventures of a Ribbon Pedlar.

The Fermanagh Reporter commented;
      'For those who like tales against Popery, we can honestly say that we have seen nothing equal to the present - so far as we have read’.
(from Peter McWilliam. 11/09).


There seems no information on suitable births of Thomas & Agnes, but they were most probably in Belfast, or at least Antrim.

Born abt 1828, Belfast.
Died 24 April 1892, aged 64, Holywood, Invercargill, NZ.
Quinn – April 24, at Holywood, Invercargill, New Zealand, of pneumonia, Thomas Quinn, formerly of Belfast, aged 64

Married Agnes McFarlane (from baptisms), who was born abt 1837 and died 23/7/1919 in Invercargill.

He was in the provision & Beef trade in Belfast, where is said to have made a good capital sum; he emigrated to New Zealand, Invercargill, about mid 1883 to set up a cured beef business, which was carried on as the Belfast Bacon Company by his sons. It was probably on Conon St, about the intersection with Tyne St. This was well after the gold rushes, in particular the Otago in the early 1860’s, but the rushes had established the cities in southern New Zealand. Invercargill, although far was the nearest to the rush that established Queenstown in 1863.

1888, June 18 & 23, Southland Times Advertisement:
Thomas Quinn and Co. beg to notify an advance price of Pork, farmers having same to dispose of will please communicate.
A similar Advertisement 13 April 1911.

City Directory, New Zealand, Invercargill,
1890-91, Wise’s Gladstone – Thomas Quinn
Wise’s 1894-5 M Thomas Quinn, Gladstone
Wise’s 1896-7 & 1901: Thomas Quinn & Co, bacon curers RHS of Conon St from Tay St, Eye & Tyne intersect
Also M Thomas Quinn, Gladstone
Wise’s 1898-9, 1900: Main North Rd, Gladstone from Avenal, Mrs Agnes Quinn
             Thomas M Quinn (Q & sons)
Wise’s 1903,4,7: Main North Rd, Gladstone from Avenal, Mrs Agnes Quinn

Headstone in Eastern, Invercargill (ancestry.com)
In loving memory of Thomas Quinn, late of Belfast, Ireland, died 24 April 1892 aged 64 years. In loving memory of Margaret D. Hunter of Glasgow, died 25 August 1899; also Thomas M. Quinn died 9 April 1905. Also his wife Agnes died at Invercargill 23 July 1919 aged 82 years.
Agnes death index Q3 1919, Invercargill.

Next stone:
James McClencahan Quinn born 12 September 1875, died 18 February 1908: also in loving memory of William Quinn, 14 Nov 1870-9 Nov 1925

The Will of Thomas Quinn (Familysearch images)

Will probate Supreme Court of New Zealand, Otago and Southland District, Invercargill Ct folio 1200 24ch April 1893 Watsons, solicitors, Invercargill.

of Invercargill in the county of Southland, New Zealand.
I appoint Agnes Quinn, Margaret Dunlop Quinn of Invercargill and Frederick McLennan of York Southland Execs.
I give and bequeath all the real and personal property I die possessed of viz land buildings machinery etc at Wallacetown Junction land pouson?? ST Invercargill with buildings and capital invested in business to be divided as follows
My wife Agnes and daughter Margaret Dunlop Quinn are already provided for by the Gladstone property
To my daughter Agnes Quinn Henderson now residing in Toronto, Canada I bequeath the sum of £1000 to be held for her as a first mortgsge on all my property and to be paid to her by me trustees at the expiration of 5 years from the date of my decease.
The remainder of my property I leave divided I equal shares between my four sons, Thomas McFarlane Quinn, William Quinn, Walter MacFarlane Quinn and James Quinn and they are to be equal partners in all my business which is to carried on as hitherto by them
I give the power to my daughter Margaret of winding up the business at any time provided she has a majority of my sons and trustees consenting to it. This is only in the event of the business not succeeding or my sons not acting as they ought to do is Margaret to exercise this proviso.
In the event of Margaret’s decease my wife Agnes is to have the power which I gave to Margaret
Should the business prove un-remunerative for the four partners and any of my sons wish to retire from the firm, trustees to have the power of withdrawing their portion out of the business and giving it to them is satisfied that they will make a good use of same.
William, Walter and James not to get their portions until they are 21 years of age and I appoint my wife Agnes and daughter Margaret and Frederick McLennan of York to be guardians of these my sons who are not of age at my decease and to look after their interests until they attain their majority.

Dated Invercargill, 11 October 1890.


Ashburton Guardian, 16 Feb 1885:

The Belfast Morning News of 1st Jan. last says :—The first consignment of New Zealand cured beef which has ever been imported into this country, and probably into the United Kingdom, with a view to effect its sale, was shipped per the screw steamer Doric from Invercargill, South-land, New Zealand, on the 30th Oct. last, and arrived in Belfast a few days ago. The honour of having achieved this first triumph in such an enterprise has fallen to the lot of a Belfast man. Mr Thomas Quinn, formerly of 63 and 56, Church Lane, Belfast. The consignment has been sent to and received by Messrs Q. W. Williamson and Co, provision merchants, 44 Great Patrick Street. The consigner, Mr Thomas Quinn, had over fifteen years’ experience in the beef curing trade as provision dealer in Belfast, in which special line of business he was most successful, and amassed a large amount of capital. A little over eighteen months ago he emigrated to New Zealand with the special intention of testing this line of enterprise. He had a large experience of the quality and character of the cured American beef, which he saw imported here before he emigrated, and felt assured that he would be able to enter success­fully into competition with American companies if New Zealand beef were able companies if New Zealand beef were able to stand the crossing of the Line and of the torrid regions uninjured, and arrive in this country in a sound and saleable condition. According to the best judges there is greater risk and difficulty in im­porting cured beef from such an immense distance, and especially across the equatorial line, on account of its liability to become heated, than fresh beef, which is preserved (but greatly impaired in quality) by the refrigerating process. Mr Quinn having arrived in New Zealand, set him­self to work upon the speculation. He found the New Zealand cattle to be of excellent quality—in fact, superior to the general run of cattle in these countries, and, of course, with his long term of ex­perience at home found no difficulty in experimenting upon the curing of it and entering into the business and sale. Having made a pre-arrangement with Messrs H. W. Williamson and Co. as his Belfast agents, he determined to test the packed importation of it by shipping to them the present consignment in order to determine whether it could be sent in large quantities to this country in as mild a cured state as the American beef. The success of the effort evidently depends upon the manner and skill with which the beef is cured and packed, because if too much salt be introduced the meat might be rendered unsalable and useless; while on the other hand, if insufficiently cured, or unskilfully packed, the meat and pickle would be likely to suffer from heat during the voyage, and similar risks and consequences ensue, The fact, therefore, that the meat has arrived in a perfect rendition is an assurance in itself to the shipper that his idea can be carried out. The consignment consists of mess beef and buttocks. Several members were present at the opening of the consignment at three o’clock yesterday in Williamson and Co’s. store, all curious to learn how the test had succeeded, and to compare for their own satisfaction the quality of the New Zealand beef with that imported from America. Each one examined the meat, tasted it, tasted the pickle, and tasted the whole consignment repeatedly, and gave it as their unanimous opinion that the beef had arrived in a perfect state, free from the slightest taint or injury in any way, and that Its quality was far superior to anything of the kind coming from America.

(Sydney Morning Herald, 6 March 1902)

A wedding took place at St. Stephen’s Church, Phillip Street, yesterday afternoon, when Mr Walter McFarlane Quinn, third son of the Late Mr. Thomas Quinn, of Holywood, Invercargill (NZ), was married to Miss Jane Coleman Waters, only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Thomas Waters, of Sydney. The ceremony wan performed by the Rev. John Ferguson in the presence of a large number of guests and spectators. The bride was given away by her father, and wore a handsome dress of rich ivory duchess satin, trimmed with duchess lace and a transparent yoke and sleeves of tucked chiffon. The skirt was perfectly plain, trimmed with duchesse lace falling softly to the hem, and finished with orange blossoms. Her tulle veil was the one worn by her mother on her wedding day, and was arranged over a coronet of orange blossoms, and fastened with a diamond afar, which, with her shower bouquet, was the gift of the bridegroom. Miss Ethel Boston and Miss Lucy Hall acted as bridesmaids, and wore white Japanese silk dresses tucked and prettily trimmed with twine-coloured Cluny lace and insertion, and accordion pleated flounce. They also wore tulle veils and wreaths of pink carnations. Their pearl and turquoise brooches and bouquets of pink carnations were the gifts of the bridegroom. Mr. James M. Quinn was the best man, and Mr. Albert Harrison groomsman. After the ceremony, the wedding party drove to the Australia Hotel, where Mr. and Mrs. Waters held a reception, and the bride and bridegroom received the congratulations of their friends. Mrs. Waters wore a handsome dress of grey spotted silk trimmed with ivory embroidered chiffon and applique, and a steel toque with a handsome crown of applique relieved with white flower and black velvet. Later in the afternoon Mr. and Mrs. Walter Quinn left for their honeymoon, the brides travelling dress being of rose-coloured mirror cloth trimmed with strappings of a darker shade of velvet, with a soft front of hemstitched silk and a large collar of Cluny lace and velvet, and a white felt hat trimmed with feathers.

The reception was held at the Australia Hotel. Amongst those who attended were Mr. John See and Miss See, Lady Harris, Miss Margaret Harris, Miss Meeks. Rev. John and Mrs. Ferguson. Rev. C. J. Prescott, M.A., and Mrs. Prescott, Mr. and Mts. E. Boston, Mrs. T. Quinn, Mrs G. Raffan and Miss Raffan, Mr. and Mrs. David Storey, Mr. and Mrs John Wallace, Miss Wallace, Mr, and Mrs. C. C. Russell, Mrs T. M. Alcock, sen., Mr. Albert Harrison, Mrs T. M. Alock. jun.. Mrs. H. L. Wallace, Mr. J. M. Quinn (Melbourne), Mr. and Mrs W. Houston. Mr. und Mrs. A. G. Macgregor, Mr. and Mrs Maclure, Mr. and Mrs. Wright, Mr, C. T. Starkey, Mr. and Mrs. W. Johnstone, Mrs, F Crage, Mr. John Dibble, Miss Hale, Mr. and Mrs. A. F. Waters, Mr. and Mrs Wynn Roberts, Mr. and Mrs C. G. Hatte, Mr H. McIlwraith and Miss McIlwaith, Mr. and Mrs. R. C. Reed.

Issue of Thomas Quinn & Agnes McFarlane/McFarland, St Anne Belfast:
Maggie was not found in the PR, but Agnes was later referred to as the 2nd daughter of Thomas Quinn.
1/1. Margaret Dunlop Quinn,

NZ Civil Records Index has them marrying in 1892/3066

Belfast Newsletter 16 Sept 1892:
Marriage: Hunter-Quinn – July 26 1892, at Holywood, Invercargill, New Zealand, by the Rev. John Ferguson, James Hunter, J.P. Glasgow to Margaret Dunlop, elder daughter of the late Thomas Quinn, formerly of Belfast.

Deaths: on the 25th inst at Albert Rd, Glasgow, Maggie D. Quinn, eldest daughter of the late? Thomas Quinn, Belfast Ireland and Invercargill, New Zealand and wife of James Hunter, Swanhill Scotland. (Auckland Star 26/9/1899)
1902: Wise’s Don St, Inverc. James Hunter, surgeon, several other entries, including 1899, so probably not the right one – there were a number of James Hunters in Glasgow directory of 1900-1, but no means of identifying if one was ours.

1/2. Agnes Quinn, b. 1/2/1860, ch 2/5/1860 (PR).
1/3. Thomas McFarlane Quinn, 4/6/1866 (Agnes Mcfarlane) D. 9/4/1905, NZ

Died intestate: accountant, Admon to brother William.

1/4. William Quinn, 14/11/1870, (Agnes Mcfarland). D 9/11/1925, NZ
1/5. Walter McFarland Quinn, 5/3/1873, Antrim.

Married Jane Coleman Waters, dau of William Thomas Waters of Sydney, at St Stephen’s Church, Phillip St Sydney, 5 March 1902.

1/6. James M Quinn, 12/9/1875-18/2/1908.

best man at Walter’s wedding, and resident of Melbourne then.
Newspaper mention could be him, but the MI indicates he was dead by then: Robberies... A violin and a mandolin banjo worth £10 were stolen yesterday from the home of James M. Quinn in Merriman St...(Sydney Sun, 26 June 1917)

Irish Parish Records.

As so many parish records and census returns were lost in the fire of 1922, it is difficult to find original records.

St Anne’s Belfast has huge numbers of entries, but with little detail to them (PRONI MIC/1/178). At 9/2008, the IGI has no suitable entries for earlier Quinns, McFarlands & Stevensons. It appears that the data from St Ann’s is complete for the period in question. The Presbyterian records are not all on the LDS Indices and there were many chapels with records to search.

As it stands at 9/2008, Thomas son of James & Ann (Stephenson) Quinn and his siblings and Agnes McFarland are as far as can be found with any certainty. There were many Quinn’s about, some in Newry.

This looks a possibility for Thomas Quin(n), but too young for age at death:
Ch: 21 SEP 1836 Belfast Saint Anne, Antrim, of James Quin & Ann Stephenson.

Issue of James & Ann:
1/1. Ann Jane Quin, 14/10/1829 (PR).
1/2. Sarah Quin, 9/2/1931 (PR – of Nancy Stevenson).
1/3. James Quin, 25/7/1832 (PR).
1/4. George Quin, 23/10/1833 (PR).
1/5. Adelaide Quin, 24/7/1835 (PR).
1/6. Thomas Quin, 21/9/1836 (PR).
1/7. Mary Jane Quin, 10/7/1838
1/8. Elizabeth Quin, 23/4/1840
1/9. David Quin, 23/11/1845 (PR).

Anne Stevenson, 22 JUL 1801, St Annes, Shankill, Antrim of James & Anne (PR). No suitable James Stevensons before this on IGI.

Too old, only Agnes McFarlane in IGI:
An Agnes McFarland ch Ballymoney, Antrim, 27/9/1824 of Andrew and Anne McFarland. (Presbyterian??)
Also Andrew McFarland ch 1/9/1819, Ballymoney.

Andrew McFarland ch: 03 APR 1787 Cappagh By, Omagh, Tyrone, of Andrew & Nancy.

Married: NANCY MC CAUSLAND  08 DEC 1773 Cappagh By, Omagh, Tyrone,


7.              Henderson Generation 7




The father of the Reverend Henry Henderson

Born: 1766, Castlereagh, Co Down.
Extract from History of Annie Peacock:
James Henderson of Castlereagh, Co Down married Amelia Magill (1771-1835). The family later became the proprietors of the Belfast News Letter.
In the same list, Arthur Russell was in Queen St and Mathew Russell in Sugar Island. Sandy Street had Rev N. Sheppard.

They lived at Littleton, Prospect Place, Newry, County Down; and at Belle Vue, Mount Pleasant, Belfast. (Tim Ferres)

Some of his children were recorded in the Newry Non Subscribing Presbyterian church records transcribed by Philip Grossle.

(from a list of those who subscribed to a charity in 1836 - from Ros Davies' Co Down Research Site on: Rootsweb/~rosdavies/index.html

Died: 28/7/1834, Belfast.
Married: Amelia McGill (1771-1844).

1/1. James Henderson

Born: 8/6/1797
Parents: James & Amelia (McGill) Henderson
Died: 4/3/1863.

See Gerald Draper's history of Annie Peacock Draper, G/dau of James.

The proprietor of the Newry Telegraph. James Henderson lived at 1 Prospect Place, Newry and at Belle Vue, Mount Pleasant, Belfast.
James Henderson of Prospect Place, Newry, subscribed £1 to the workhouse in 1836 (see bth of William for address).
Anne was born at Newry on the 4th May, 1799. She was the daughter of Alexander Peacock, proprietor of the Newry Telegraph.

James later acquired the newspaper as a result of this marriage. Anne died in 1844. Five years later, on the 17th May 1849, James married secondly, his new bride being Jane Eliza Magill, nee Knox. James started his career in the newspaper business working with the Newry Telegraph and also with the Belfast News Letter.

Married: 1st  Annie Peacock (1799-1844)
Issue (full details in Gerald Draper's history):
2/1. James Alexander HendersonT381 B 1823. (JP)

Born: 30/9/1823 of James H of Ballybought (CR/4/1/C/1, Newry Non Subscribing Presbyterians)PRONI
of Norwood Tower, Ballymisert; eldest son of late James Henderson, leased the house, gate lodge & 14 acres in 1863 from David S. Ker; proprietor of Newry Telegraph 14 Apr 1883.

A description set in 1903:
...drive of Norwood Tower, the Hendersons' rambling Tudor-Revival mansion, and my cab-driver had to slow right down to avoid it! Norwood Tower has two gate-lodges, each about a quarter of a mile apart. The first lodge we passed was a little beyond the entrance to Clonaver House, the Hendersons' former dower house, which now belongs to James Girdwood; while the second lodge was almost opposite Ardvarna House. The Henderson grounds are extensive and extend to the top of Circular Road. It is said that they own fifty acres. The gate lodges are both battlemented, while the house, set in a landscaped park, is dominated by a lofty, castellated tower....

From Mary Dawson[vi] 27/2/2011
The McKay family go back to Edinburgh. Jean (later called Jane) Murray, daughter of David Murray and his wife Katherine McKay married Alexander McKay 2-11-1819 Edinburgh Parish.
David, Jane's father was a younger brother of my 3 times gt grandmother.
David and our Jean, were some of the children of William Murray of Peebles, and his wife Magdalene (sometimes called Maitland) Sands.   Magdalene was born at Torryburn Fife daughter of David Sands and his wife Cathrin Stewart.
   The Maitland bit comes from the Chief Lawyer Maitland of Edinburgh who employed Magdalene and gave permission for her to marry William Murray, who was also in his employ.

Alexander's younger sister Katherine married into our David Murray family. Their daughter Jean Murray married the same Alexander McKay brn 31st Jan 1764 that you quote.
 It appears that David Murray gave his consent to the marriage of Jean to her uncle. I dont have a problem with the close relativity myself, but I know its illegal!
Anyway Its probably how we got the family photos I mentioned.
David Murray was a Jeweller in Edinburgh. Katherine & David are buried at Greyfriars Churchyard.
Also Agnes would have been 26 at marriage not 24 as quoted by Mr Draper.

M. Agnes MacKay, dau of Alexander McKay & Jean/Jane Murray.
3/1. James Henderson (Sir) Married Martha Pollock

The first High Sheriff of Belfast, Sir James Henderson, was appointed in January 1900.

From Timothy (“Lord”) Belmont’s Blog.
He was born at Mountcollyer Park, Belfast, the home of his grandfather, Alexander Mackay.
Henderson read Law at Trinity College Dublin and was called to the Irish Bar in 1872.
He went on to become editor of the Newry Telegraph in 1873, retaining that position until 1883.
He became managing proprietor of the Belfast News Letter and Belfast Weekly News, and was appointed President of the Master Printers Federation of Great Britain and Ireland.
Sir James married Martha Pollock and they had five sons.
He was appointed a Freeman of the City of Belfast in 1912, and he received a knighthood from the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, the 5th Earl Cadogan, at Viceregal Lodge, Phoenix Park, Dublin, in 1899.
Sir James lived at Oakley House, Windsor Park, Belfast.
It is believed that the eldest son died in the 1st World War, though little is known of the others.

Issue (T381)
4/1. David Henderson
4/2. James, Henderson Newsletter
4/3. Oscar M Miss Henry
4/4. George (Yory?)
4/5. Richd Lilburn, Newsletter
4/6. Mary Agnes Henderson, b 1899,

M. 5/1/1921 John Wilfred Haughton (b 22/1/1886 of a Quaker family).

Ref: Memoires of the Family of Haughton in Ireland, WB Steele. A full ancestry of JWH is here (Nat Lib Ireland MS 9869)

3/2. Jane Henderson M James Doyle
3/3. Agnes Henderson
3/4. Alexander Henderson, Major, M. Susan Girdwood

From Dave Peirce email 4/2012[vii]
Alexander Henderson married Susan Mercer GIRDWOOD (Daughter of James Girdwood and Bessie Mercer) Not GOODWOOD. I have this information in our Girdwood family genealogy. Susan was the sister of my Great Grandfather, James E. Girdwood. They lived in Belfast near the Holywood Road in a house called Clonaver House adjacent to the Henderson's house. Clonaver House was previously the Henderson's residence.

3/5. William Henderson
3/6. H. Trevor Henderson, Sir
3/7. Kathleen Henderson
3/8. Charles Westbourne Henderson.
3/9. Florence E Henderson.

2/2. Rev William Henderson (16/12/1826 d: 25/6/1868 at Newry)

Bap 31/12/1826 Newry of James of Prospect Place (CR)PRONI
Married 1857, Eliza Hardy
3/1. Annie Peacock Henderson, born 1860, died 1949

Married: Harry Draper (1859-1939).
4/1. Alfred Draper (1890-1961)

Married: Mona Johnson.
5/1. Derek Draper b. 1918, Married: Irene Field
5/2. Gerald Draper, b. 1926, supplier of some info.
   Married: Winifred Howe, b 1929. See section 10.

3/2. William Henderson, born 1862, died 1929

Married: Daisy Chetham-Stroud

From Otago Witness, 1855 (ref probably to 9/1855):
Obituary - Captain J. Chetham Strode, of the 14th Regiment, who died at Southill, Somerset, on the 16th ult, of fever, and of an inflammation of the liver (contracted in India), saw during his brief career, much active service.... He is the youngest son of Vice-Admiral Sir E.C. Strode, K.C.B., K.C.H. - Illus News, March 24. [brother to Alfred Chetham Strode. R.M., (Resident Magistrate) Returning Officer for the Dunedin Country  District]

June 21 1862 page 5

Death of Admiral Sir E.C. Strode K.C.B., K.C.H.

(From the Shepton Mallet Journal, April 25)

A gallant naval officer. Southill House, West Cranmore, lost its master on the 11th inst., Sir Edward Chetham Strode was the fourth son of Thomas Chetham, of Mellor Hall, by the eldest daughter of Mr Edward Strode, a descendant of Colonel William Strode, one of the five M.P.'s proscribed by Charles 1. He was born in 1775, entered the navy in 1786, and was eminently distinguished at Genoa, Toulon, Dantzig, and Algiers. From 1838 to 1841, the deceased Admiral was Captain Superintendent of Haslar Hospital, and the Royal Clarence Victualing Yard, at Portsmouth. Sir Edward assumed in 1845 the additional surname and arms of Strode, on succeeding his brother Randle Chetham Strode in the Somersetshire estates. He was nominated a C.B., Dec. 8th, 1815; a K.C.H. Jan. 1st, and a K.C.B. May 8th, 1845. He was a Deputy- Lieutenant and Magistrate for the county of Somerset. He received his honour of knighthood in 1837.

    Sir Edward Chetham Strode married, 28th of June 1810, Margaret Kezia, third daughter of Peter Dean, E q. of the Bahamas, who died April 11th 1844. Two of his sons are commanders in the navy, and employed in active service. He is succeeded in his hereditary estates by his eldest son, Edward Chetham Strode, Esq. ... His funeral tool place on Thursday, 17th inst. (The deceased was father to A.C. Strode, Resident Magistrate of Norwood Tower, Ballymisert; eldest son of late James Henderson, leased the house, gate lodge & 14 acres in 1863 from David S. Ker; proprietor of Newry Telegraph 14 Apr 1883 of Dunedin, and was 90 years of age. Mr Strode received the mournful intelligence in Tuesday night, by the late mail per Alginga.) son
From Otago Witness, June 1861:
At Esk Hill Cottage, Duncan-street, Dunedin, on the 7th inst., by the Rev., D.M. Stewart, Mr William HENDERSON to Annie, youngest daughter of the late James Smith, Esq., Edinburgh
July 1861:

At the Court-house, Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand, on the 9th inst., by the Rev. Dr. Burns, Mr James HENDERSON, son of James Henderson, Esq., late of Edington Grove, Warwickshire, to Agnes, only daughter of Mr William Gowans, late of Compton Verney, Warwickshire. Home papers please copy.

Saturday May 17 1851


    Magistrates. Capt. William Cargill, E.J. Wakefield, J. Macandrew, W.H. Valpy JP., Alexander  Todd JP.,     Robert  Williams JP., C.H. Kettle, and A.C. Strode, Esqrs. 

    Mr W.H. Reynolds was appointed Lloyd's Agent at Otago. 

    Captain Cargill, Commissioner of the Crown Lands and Acting Resident Agent of the New Zealand Company

    Mr A. Chetham Strode R.M. - The Resident Magistrate and Sub-Inspector of Police, Sub-Treasurer.

    Mr Charles H. Kettle - late Principal Surveyor of the New Zealand Company and Resident Agent of the New Zealand Company

    A.W. Shand - Deputy-Postmaster


4/1. Gladys Emily Henderson, born 24/9/1898,

died 16/7/1943
Married: William Francis Small (27/6/1880-18/6/1951)
5/1. David William Small, born 9/6/1927.

died Oxshott, Surrey, 28 January 2015.
Married 27/8/1955: Annette Borrie (born 24/9/1925, died 11/6/2014)
6/1. Mary Helen Small,

born Queen Charlotte's London, 10/6/1956.
Married (21/7/1984): Peter Baker, (18/9/1945-3/10/2000) divorced 1998.
She was a broadcaster, having worked in local radio, television and latterly for the BBC World Service as a radio announcer.
Married 2nd, David Varney, September 2007, born Oxford, with a twin brother Michael.

6/2. Francis David Small, born 5/4/1958

Married 2/8/1985: Jennifer Jill Eileen Martin
(b. 10/3/1958)
7/1. Michael Small 2/8/1990
7/2. Caroline Small 28/11/1992
7/3. Peter James Martin Small 7/4/1994

6/3. John Edward Milne Small, born 19/4/1959.

Married 12/9/1987:
Susan Juliet Ann Maylin 31/7/1962.
7/1. Stephanie Charlotte Maylin Small,
7/2. Emily Elizabeth Maylin Small 26/9/2002.

5/2. James Miln Small, b. 15/6/1933.

Married 6/6/1959 (Mary Small a bridesmaid):
Sorel Rosemary Ticehurst Corfield b. 3/7/1936 in Chipping Sodbury daughter of Henry Francis Gordon Corfield (1906, Bristol) and Gwendoline Cynthia Feaver (1907, Cambridge).
Living in Salisbury, 2009. Sorel died about 2 June 2014.

See later in this paper for more about theses Corfields.

Chris Ward, 10/7/2009[viii]
....my 3rd great-grandmother was Elizabeth Darby whose sister (Sarah if I remember correctly) married a William Ticehurst, ex RN captain and East India Company. William & Sarah had a daughter Emily who married Henry Christian Corfield in 1861. So my connection through to Sorel pre-dates her own marriage by about 100 years!
I have not been able to trace William Ticehurst any further although he has been mentioned in several Darby wills. The sisters Elizabeth and Sarah Darby were from Chelmsford in Essex and their parents were William Darby and Sarah Drake.  William Darby was a hatter and died around 1810. His wife Sarah carried on the family business in Chelmsford. Sarah Darby (nee Drake) eventually died in the late 1840s and left a sizable legacy to her nine children. At the time my 3rd great-grandparents were in debtors prison having been declared insolvent sometime after the 1841 census. The legacy allowed them to apply for discharge and be released.  Sarah Drake came from Malden in Essex and her father, John Drake, was a moderately wealthy merchant living in that town.

Henry Francis Gordon Corfield's father was Henry Oakley Corfield born 16/Oct/1864 at Haverstock Hill in London.  He married Alice Southern on 12/Sept/1894 in Bournemouth.

Henry Oakley's father was then Henry Christian Corfield who married Emily Ticehurst on 28/Sept/1861 in Kentish Town.  Emily's parents were Capt. William Ticehurst (ex. RN and East India Co.) and Sarah Darby who married 30/Jul/1825 in Chelmsford.

Sarah Darby was my 3rd great aunt.  She was the daughter of William Darby, a hatter of Chelmsford born around 1756 and Sarah Drake born around 1769 around Maldon in Essex.  William and Sarah were married on 16/Jun/1795 at the St Mary the Virgin church in Chelmsford.

Sarah Darby (nee Drake) died on 1/Apr/1852 at the house of William Ticehurst in Haverstock Hill.  Her body was transported to Chelmsford where she was buried on 7/Apr/1852.

William and Sarah Darby had another daughter, Elizabeth who married Thomas Ward in November 1824.  They were my 3rd great-grandparents.

6/1. Angus James Small (28/3/1966)

Married 15/7/1995:
Bev Sorby Straw, b. 19/11/1965.

7/1. Archie James Miln Small 6/1/1997
7/2. Jemima Daisy Alice Small 19/8/1999

6/2. Emily Small (30/10/1967).

Married, 24/5/1997:
Richard James Hathaway Castle, b. 30/10/1967
7/1. Thomas William Corfield Castle, 27/4/1998
7/2. Oliver James Henry Castle, 19/6/2000.

2/3. Anna Henderson, b 12/4/1825 of James of Ballybot (CR)PRONI, m Robert E Blackadder T381
2/4. David HendersonT381
2/5. Amelia Margaret Henderson T381
2/6. Fanny Henderson T381
2/7. Elizabeth Henderson T381
2/8. Isabella Henderson T381
2/9. Maria Henderson, b. 26/12/1839, d. 1904,

m. Frank Const Barker T381
3/1. Benjamin Frank Eustace, JP,

m. Edith Maud Const Barker
4/1. John Frank Fawcett Eustace, b 31/10/1902,

m Natalie Diamond
5/1. John Edwin Eustace, b m Helen McKinley,

6/1. Caroline Eustace, b 28/11/1967

(who added this info)[ix]
M. Brendan Ward (Co Louth, Ireland)
7/1. Tegan Ward, b. 17/08/04
7/2. Spencer Ward, b. 17/02/06

6/2. Annette Eustace, b. 12/9/1969
6/3. Nicholas Eustace, b. 6/1/1973
   2 children

2/10. Henry George Henderson T381

Married 2nd, Hillsborough, 1849, Jane Eliza Knox, B 1813/5, dau of Edmund Sexton Perry Knox, wid of William Magee, 4 children by her. ref Janet Adams
2/11. John A Henderson T381
2/12. Edith HendersonT381
2/13. Henrietta Knox Henderson T381
2/14. Cecil Knox Henderson T381

B. Newry 12/5/1857, ch 11/7/1856 @ Holywood(PR)

1/2. Rev Alexander Henderson, see below.

Minister at Lisburn. Assisted brother Henry at services in Holywood. (b. 1801, d.1878)
A Rev A Henderson a subscriber to Lisburn Charitable Society in 1836, Bridge St District.
At the Curragh Camp about 1859.

1/3. Rev Henry Henderson, 27/12/1820 in Belfast.
1/4. William Henderson (d. 7/8/1832), M 1822, Martha Johnson.

From Ancestry.com world tree:
2/1. Elizabeth Henderson

Draper Henderson History: said to have died unmarried in New York.

A possible line from Ancestry is this. However, this Elizabeth may have been the daughter of Archie & Nancy (from her death record).
b: ABT 1824 d: 29 MAY 1893
M. Walter Renwick b: ABT 1824 d: 1907
3/1. Nancy Renwick b: ABT 1861
3/2. Thomas Renwick b: 1864

2/2. Martha Henderson d: 1914, M. Mr Robeson

2/3. Child Henderson

2/1. Amelia Henderson, (6/1832-20/12/1905)

M 1st, John Bateson , Capt US d: 7 FEB 1901 c: 19 MAY 1816

M 2nd,  John Leishman

3/1. John George Alexander Leishman b: 28 MAR 1857

M. Julia Crawford
4/1. Martha Leishman
4/2. Nancy Louise Leishman b: 2 Oct 1894 d: 1992

M. Charles Rodolphe Englebert Phillipe Leon
Duchess of Grey? (T381 has cryptic ref to Duchess)
5/1. Living Leon

M. Living Auffm-Ord
6 Living Leon

M. Living Unknown
7 Living Daughter
  M. Living Adams

Nancy M 2nd: Andrew de Oldenburg d: 15 Sep 1939

1/5. George Henderson, B 1814 (TF)

Ancestry.com has GH marrying twice (dates from A.Com):
m. Isabella Barclay Williamson
2/1. Alexander William Henderson T381 b: 1833 d: 29 SEP 1850
2/2. Isabella HendersonT381 Maybe b: ABT 1843 d: 8 JAN 1844
M Catherine Ward.
2/3. George Henderson T381
2/4. James Ward Henderson T381
2/5. William Henderson T381
2/6. Emily Henderson T381 b: 1840 d: 7 AUG 1851

1/6. Daughter (1)

M. Mr Rea T381.
2/1. Hugh, M S. Kelsey

3/1. Alexander
3/2. William, M Miss Hopkirk
3/3. Annie
3/4. Margaret M. RF Crolly
3/5. Henry M. Miss Small
3/6. Agnes M. R. Brady?
3/7. Jane M. RG Salmond
3/8. Henrietta

1/7. Daughter (2) M. Mr Mackenzie.





MR. HENDERSON was educated at the Old College (Royal Academical Institution), Belfast, obtaining the General Certificate in 1826, then an accepted qualification for the ministry. During his period of study he was employed as Librarian of the Linenhall Library and continued in that position until 1829 when he accepted the call to Lisburn. He was ordained on 29th June, 1829, commencing a ministry with the congregation which was to last for twenty-six years.
A native of Belfast, Mr. Henderson was a member of a family long associated with the Press. His brother, James Henderson of Newry, was the proprietor of the “Newry Telegraph,” and another brother, the Rev. Henry Henderson of Holywood, contributed letters for many years for publication over the pseudonym “ Ulster Scot.” A nephew, James Alexander Henderson, of Norwood Towers, Belfast, was the proprietor of the “Belfast News-Letter “ and another nephew, the Rev. William Henderson, was the editor and proprietor of “ The Monthly Messenger “ over the years 1856/67. It was intended that Alexander Henderson should also become a newspaper man but, at the early age of seventeen, he decided to enter the ministry.
The information contained in the records covering that period of the congregational history is extremely sparse. It has not been possible to trace any Committee Minute Book earlier than 1846 and the Session Minute Book bearing the date 1854, makes reference to the mysterious disappearance of the previous Session Minute Book when on loan to the Committee. Consequently, there is little information on the earlier part of his ministry in Lisburn.
The cotton industry was very much on the decline with the result that many spinners had gone over to the manufacture of linen by 1830. About that time, the population was 5745 and, with distress rampant through the failure of the cotton industry, many efforts were made to provide relief. The Philanthropic Society rented the old cotton factory in Jackson’s Lane (Railway Street) and Wallace’s mill in Bakery Lane for use as poorhouses about 1832 and a year earlier a canteen was providing food in a corner of the grain market. Malnutrition brought disease to a community ill prepared to cope with outbreaks of fever, cholera and typhus. In 1830, there was only one hospital, a three storey building in Seymour Street with sadly inadequate accommodation for the treatment of only fifteen patients. The Marquis of Hertford built a hospital in the west of the town (site of present Manor House Home) during the cholera epidemic, but this building had in 1837 been let for other purposes. An alternative fever hospital was in existence in 1833 at the Dublin Road near where the Lagan Valley Hospital stands at present.
In 1833, the usage of the Linen Market had declined to such an extent that the frontage had been converted into shops which were let for the sale of meat, being adjacent to the slaughter house. In other directions there had been an expansion of activities with flourishing flour mills at Grove Green (Low Road), Graham’s Brewery (Wardsborough), tan-yards, muslin manufacturing and tambouring. In 1835, the Northern Bank opened a branch in the town and, in 1839, with the Ulster Railway open to Lisburn, the north side of the town commenced to be developed. Stewart’s mill, in Antrim Lane, came into operation about that time. In 1840, Vitriol Island was acquired by Samuel Richardson where he built a mill with 2,500 spindles. It was not long after that the Gas Company came into existence and this, in its train, brought street lighting. As for the opinion of outsiders about the town, one English observer held the view that, in 1834, “ it was a clean, neat, lively place, enjoying a good trade “ and, in 1838, it was reputed to be “the handsomest of our inland towns.” Another English comment, in 1838, was “You would be surprised at the close, the perfect resemblance that the road to Belfast from Armagh bears to England, I could hardly persuade yourself that Lisburn was west of St. George’s Channel; there is nothing Irish about it.”
Dean Stannus became Rector of the Cathedral in 1835 and also agent for the Hertford Estate. In these positions he was a man of immense influence in the locality. One reads that, in 1843, he inaugurated a local Show in July of that year. At that time there were two large annual fairs, one on the 21st July, and the other on 5th October. The Maze Races drew many away from the July Fair but brought numbers of buyers for horses and cattle. Race Week in July saw a general atmosphere of relaxation with side-shows of the old type for the amusement of the people.
Again, in 1849, the town was stricken with an outbreak of cholera bringing disastrous results. The population of the country was on the decline owing to the famine and it was a period of great hardship. Turning to congregational matters, one reads in the Session records for 20th December, 1854, recorded by William Barbour, Clerk of Session, “ It was resolved that our devout thanks be rendered to the Lord for that He in the prevalence of the pestilence of Cholera which twice during the year scourged this town and its vicinity removing suddenly by death many members of this congregation did graciously spare the members of this Session and preserve them and their houses from this Visitation, our prayer is that as another judgement came upon the land by War, We and all others may be truly humble under the mighty hand of God.”
This record contains one of the very few references pertaining to events outside congregational affairs and is thus helpful in obtaining an insight on local conditions. Dean Carmody, in relation to his studies into the history of the Cathedral, regretted that more was not on record in the Parish minutes about important happenings in the district and further afield. Where the Manse was situated then is not possible to determine. It is evident that the provision of such accommodation was in the minds of the members of the congregation as the Session Minutes dated 1st April, 1855, disclose that there had been opened “ a subscription list to be devoted to the Church and Manse Builders fund with some £205 promised to be paid over five years.”
The Crimean War had its impact on the congregation when, at a Meeting of Session on 4th November, 1855, it was reported that the Rev. Henderson had intimated that day to the congregation that he had been appointed by the Government as Chaplain to the Troops in the encampment at the Curragh and that, as soon as he had decided upon the line of duty he intended to pursue, he would let them know his decision. On 2nd December, he conveyed to the Session his decision to accept the Government’s offer and resigned from the charge of the congregation.
The Rev. Henderson was unmarried and eventually died at Warley, Essex, in 1868. At his expressed wish, he was buried in a plain grave without any monument. He was a man of great beneficence which he exercised most privately and in an unostentatious manner. He was a modest and worthy minister, not at all narrow in his views, and most catholic in his sympathies.
During his ministry at Lisburn, the dramatic events in the General Synod bringing to an end the non-subscribing controversy and leading up to the formation of the General Assembly in 1840 had taken place.
With the commencement of the nineteenth century a notable change in the religious condition of the Synod began to manifest itself. Signs of returning life and earnestness appeared. This evangelical revival gained impetus and with it a great controversy arose between the subscribers, all of whom were orthodox in belief, and the non-subscribers, some of whom were orthodox whereas others held Arian beliefs. Orthodoxy implied acceptance of the doctrine of the Trinity, Arianism that Jesus Christ while the Son of God, was a “created being” and not of “the same substance,” and Unitarianism that Christ was a man adopted to the office of the Son of God.
The leading figures were Dr. Henry Cooke, of Killyleagh and Dr. Henry Montgomery of Dunmurry, both outstanding men and eloquent speakers. Cooke, who espoused the cause of the subscribers, was, by disposition, self possessed and forceful and, in outlook, a militant Tory. Montgomery for the non-subscribers was a man of devout and attractive personality holding Liberal views.
At that time, the General Certificate o£ the Belfast Academical Institution was accepted by both the Synod of Ulster and the Secession Synod as qualification for the ministry and it was in connection with the filling of a vacancy in the classical department in 1821 that the conflict arose. The Rev. William Bruce, whose father was Principal of the Belfast Academy and had been minister of the Lisburn congregation, 1779/82, was elected, Cooke contending through Arian influence. The controversy raged for several years until finally at the Synod of 1828, Dr. Cooke succeeded with a series of overtures providing for the examination of all candidates for the ministry with a view to the exclusion of all holding Arian or unsound doctrines. As a last move, the non-subscribers drew up a “ Remonstrance “ setting out their position and stating unless the Overtures were repealed they must separate. It is interesting to note that the Rev. Andrew Craig, senior minister of the congregation, signed this “ Remonstrance.”
At a special Synod, held the following August, the Remonstrants absented themselves except the Clerk, the Rev. William Porter, who laid their “Remonstrance” together with an “Address” on the table. The terms of separation were agreed and seventeen ministers left the Synod and formed themselves into a separate body, taking the name Remonstrant Synod. Dr. John M. Barkley in his “ History of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland “ remarks, “ Once again, as century earlier, it must be a matter of regret that patience was not exercised, and schism prevented by tolerance towards those already in the ministry, and making of subscription absolute for the future. The tragedy of both divisions is that they need not have happened, as may be seen from the events of 1854, when the Presbytery of Munster, consisting of seven congregations, joined the general Assembly, on condition of still remaining a non-subscribing body, and such they remain to the present day.”
Subscription to the Westminster Confession of Faith became compulsory for all ministers, licentiates and elders and the way thus became clear for one of the happiest events in the history of Irish Presbyterianism in the union of the Synod of Ulster and the Secession Synod. The desire for Union was mutual and, accordingly, in July, 1840, the two Synods came together in Rosemary Street Church, Third Belfast, and the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland came into being with the Rev. Dr. Hanna as Moderator.

From the internet 15/4/04, from an article about venereal disease in 1864/5[18]
For a description of the unmarried partner of the soldier, we cannot do better than read the description of the "wren" of the Curragh, and then reflect whether, after all has been done that can be done to whitewash the living sepulchres, it would not be better to revert to matrimony as the best safeguard against vice. The Rev. Alexander Henderson, Presbyterian Chaplain to the Forces at Warley, Essex, details some of his experiences at the Curragh. He writes:- "I went anxiously among the unhappy victims of vice; I examined their wretched sleeping-places, in the hollows of large furze bushes, or in dry ditches, where there was shelter or concealment of bramble, and, in some cases, in a kind of earthen cave formed by the poor creatures in the sides of dry banks. One of the most saddening cries I ever heard was that of a new-born infant in one of these haunts. I entered into conversation with the women, advised and remonstrated with them, gave to them religious and other useful papers, and oftentimes actually sowed these silent messengers of good in the thorns, that the wind might not sweep them away. Through the generous aid of an Englishman, a stranger to me, I had it in my power to relieve crying wants, and to remove some penitents to an asylum in Dublin. The public cannot fully understand the actual state of these castaways for the present without looking at it in the light of these facts

8.              RUSSELL FAMILY


The wife of Re Henry Henderson was Sarah Jane, daughter of John Russell, a solicitor of Boat ST, Newry. Much of the information comes from the Northern Ireland Record Office, including research by one Phillip Grossle:

From PRONI: T1345, a selection of trees of the Russell, Montgomery, Horrell & Cory families, and
D2081/2/4, a collection of letters by Philip Grossle in 1912 to a Mr McWilliam, who descended from Rev Henry Henderson.

The relevant parts of them are copied onto FTM. There is an extensive line from the Corly family, who married Ceserea (Smith) Montgomery after John Montgomery's death.
Also connected are the Morell and Morrell families of Newry (differences in Morell/Morrell seems intentional).

   There was a suggestion from McWilliam "that some of the Russells fought on the rebel side in '98, it may be so, but I have no record of such a fact. In the petition for Catholic Emancipation (1812) so far as my memory can say) signed by Newry inhabitants, Matthew Russell, primius, Matthew Russell, secundus and Matthew Russell tertius, together with John Russell all placed their signatures to it so that their sympathies appear to have all been that way."

This Valentine might be an ancestor of Matthew.
Extract from letter 14 June 1912

                      2 Roden Place, Dundalk,

To Mr McWilliam (from Grossle)

First part about the Morells.

Now about the Russells

1. Yes I think they certainly were Presbyterians to commence with, but I think that John Russell, attorney, may have become an Episcopalian. Many of the old Newry families were Presbyterians and in later years joined the latter church. Your grand parents were married in the Episcopalian church, but John Russell's children were baptised in the Presbyterian Church, at least his daughters were.

2. It may be that they are cadets of the same family as the Hillborough Russells, I cannot say, the original Matthew Russell was in early life a sea captain and settling in Newry established as a shipping agent. I can't say anything about their heraldry. See what the "Ancestor" says about Lord Russell's family adopting the Bedford coat of arms; they are very scathing and very true. There were Russells in Newry early in the 18thC,I have got the reference to the name, no particulars yet.

3. Do you mean that you grandparents Mr Thomas McWilliam and Anna Russell were related before marriage? I cannot answer if they were. The name Primrose occurs in your family, and your distant relatives (thro the Montgomery's) Sir Thomas Manly Deane has christened his only daughter Mary Primrose Deane.

4. The Montgomery's are supposed to descend from the Trevor family, the old title of the Viscount Dungannon, but I have not yet found the precise relationships which must have been about the end of the 17thC.
My sources of information are various, principally from old newspapers, odds and ends collected and transcribed into about 40 volumes left to me by my dear father the late Dr Grossle of Newry.
Politically speaking, I do not think that Matthew Russell did much, he was a retired sea-captain. The only political reference I have to your family is from "The Viceroy's Post Bag" Linden, 1904, P254, which gives a long paragraph about your Great grandfather John Russell accusing F.N.N. Dutton of being an informer in 1801, you ought to get it and read the page, it is very interesting. I have a copy of the book. I only mention about Mr Henderson of Cardiff thinking that he might be more likely to impart information to you as a relative than to me as a stranger. I append a few notes about the Russells.

1687&88 Valentine Russell of Conianstown, Kiltaigh, was High Sheriff for Co Down in these years.
1725 Valentine Russell was church warden of parish of Kilbroney (Rostrevor, originally Rose Trevor, which takes its name from the Trevor family)

Extract from newspaper;
Re knighthood for Matthew Russell Justice Alan Gerald Henderson.

Letter 7/11/1912


.... John Russell ... my authorities for the dates and ages are from newspaper announcements and so far as I know are correct. ... You note that John Russell's wife was Park as well as Richardson is interesting. I find a George, James and John Park living in Newry in 1762. One Samuel Park of Newry in 1782. John Park of Boat St died Newry 13 May 1827, aged 40. Mrs. Henry Park died at her residence in Boat St, Newry, 21 Sept 1847, aged 83. This last named lady appears to have been the last of the family for I find no further reference to the name in Newry. That is as far as my searches have gone. I have no note that a McWilliam married a Russell other than your grandparents.
    With reference to your note that some of the Russells fought on the rebel side in '98, it may be so, but I have no record of such a fact. In the petition for Catholic Emancipation (1812) so far as my memory can say) signed by Newry inhabitants, Matthew Russell, primius, Matthew Russell, secundus and Matthew Russell tertius, together with John Russell all placed their signatures to it so that their sympathies appear to have all been that way. The old Killoigh family of Russell favoured the Christian name of Valentine. It is significant that in the list of Church wardens in Kilbroney (Rostrevor) parish, "Valentine Russle" was a churchwarden in 1725. The problem of your Russell ancestry is an interesting one: it is a pity you have not the opportunity to delve into original records in Dublin concerning them.
    You ask me of Ceserea, Elizabeth and Jane Montgomery whose names have been erased on my chart and noted by me that they must have been daughters of John Montgomery. It was Mr. James Swanzy Henry who gave me their names some years ago, but I have reason to doubt his deductions I cannot be at all sure of the Christian names, but they were daughters (not sisters) of John Montgomery and that one of them was wife to Matthew Russell, premius, is more than probable. I note the difference of half a century in the marriages between Mrs. Matthew Russell (circa 1756) and Mrs. Norwood (in 1801), the latter may have married when quite an old woman. So far as my knowledge goes, your inferences are quite correct, but as I have said the Montgomery descent is only a tentative effort, I have not had access to original documents; any records I have are only scraps collected here and there and placed together as well as I could.
    Certainly if you ever want to see the Cory pedigree again I shall let you have it with pleasure. But I must go into the subject more carefully and endeavour to obtain more full particulars.

Copy Tree from a MS genealogy sent to me (PG) from the Presbyterian Historical Soc of Belfast. J.M. McWilliam, Dec 1947

1.Edward Smith, Yt, = Jane, probable sister to Alex Whyte of Newry
Kept an inn in Newry
Died Dec 1701
She m. 2nd 1703, Lieut Francis Butler (d on active service in Portugal 25 Dec 1711)
She died 1705.

2.Lieut Marcus Smith, alive April 1706

Issue of E & J
1. Hugh Smith of Newry, merchant d 11/1736, m Dorothy, dau of Capt Thos Stanhope of Legenore, Co Down.

2/2. Edward Smith d infant

2. Marcy Smith, minor in 1706, m prob Elizabeth dau of Thos Whyte of Redhills (BLT)
3. Mary Smith, m 1702, Rev James Fleming probably

2/1. Arthur
2/2. Mary m 1732 Samuel Johnston son of

Alex Johnston of Armagh,
who m in 1698 Elinor dau of John Fleming he died 1736
3/1. Joseph E.I.C.B. Capt died at Newry
3/2. Ceserea

4. Ceserea minor in 1706,

m 1st Roger Montgomery of Craigboy co Down (Cadet of Montgomery, Earls of Mount Alexander) numerous desc.
M 2nd Isaac Cory of Newry
2/1. Isaac = Mary Pollock and had issue Anne Cory who m Henry Westanra, brother of 2nd Lord Rossmore.

Another note, prob by JMMcW
Whyte of Redhills, Co Cavan Burkes
Francis W, Chief secretary to Sir Olives Bt
John 1616-1622
Married Dorcas Newcomen, dau of Sir Robert N
His son Thomes m Anne, dau of Michael Beresford
His son Francis m Mary dau of Sir John Edgeworth
His son Thomas m Sarah dau of James Naper and Anne, dau of Robert Duthers
A daughter, Elizabeth, m Marcus Smith.

Down MI, Holywood (book 4):

James Russell of Ballykeel died 20 Jan 1715 aged 63. Also wife Jane Kell died 21 Feb 1744 aged 92.
Also John Russell son of William Russell of Holywood died September IX 1670 aged 118. Also Anne Russell alias Irwin wife of John Russell of Belfast, died August 9 1766 aged 39. Also son? John Russell died 1 March 1800 aged 82. Also 2nd wife alias Brown Jane Russell died 25 March 1821 aged 89.

James Russell esq, Tide Surveyor of Holywood died 25 January 1806 aged 27.

William Russell of Ballymenouch died 4 March 1832 aged 71. Also son William died 2 March aged 5.

Erected by James Johnston of Holywood in memory of Rebecca Russell died 6 May 1847 aged 72. Also his wife, their daughter Anne who died 3 January 1860 aged 55. And Margaret Johnston died October 17 1892 aged 86. Also above James Johnston died January 22 1893 aged 77.

PG: "thinks they certainly were Presbyterians to commence with, but that John Russell, attorney, may have become an Episcopalian. Many of the old Newry families were Presbyterians and in later years joined the latter church. But John Russell's children were baptised in the Presbyterian Church, at least his daughters were."


Born: abt 1757 (ref death date, PG).
Parents: Matthew & Miss (Montgomery) Russell
Died: January 1836, aged 79.

1811 resident William St, Newry.
1813-20 resident Newry, Boat St.
A solicitor in Newry.

PG: ...youngest son of Matthew, was an attorney in Newry...

PG: "The Viceroy's Post Bag" Linden, 1904, P254, which gives a long paragraph about ... John Russell accusing F.N.N. Dutton of being an informer in 1801 (ref PG).

Married: Eliza Richardson, died 18 Aug 1830. (AM - she may have had a middle name Park from D2081 letters, there was a Park family in Newry at the time.) IGI nil. – Deaths: “On the 18th inst, in her 45th year, Eliza, wife of John Russell, esq, Boat St Newry”[19]
Issue (4-8 from CP transcript by PG):-
1/1. Matthew Russell, born about 1804, died 6 Feb 1824 aet 20
1/2. Richardson Russell, born about 1803, died March 1821, aet 18
1/3. Samuel Russell, died at Berbice? 4 May 1831 (unm?), merchant.[20]
1/4. Elizabeth Russell, born 17 Feb 1811; Bap 6 Jan 1811,

John of William St, Newry.
married, as his 2nd wife, 9 Jan 1851, Thomas Wm Moffatt, LL B. Professor of Queens Coll; Galway, but by him (who d 1/6 July 1908 aet 88) she had no family.

1/5. Anna Russell, born 17 Feb 1813,

John of Boat St, Newry.
married 14 Jan 1837 Rev Thomas Mc William, Presbyterian Minister of Griggan, co Armagh,
She died June 1893 aged 90.
He died 16 June 1863, aged 53.
Issue six sons and one daughter.  .....
The McWilliam family appeared to have commissioned, or at least corresponded with Philip Grossle in the early 20thC.
2/1. John Richardson McWilliam, 1838

Emigrated to Australia, 1852

2/2. Samuel Russell McWilliam, Rev, 1840-71
2/3. Charles P. McWilliam, MD, 1869
2/4. Anna McWilliam
2/5. Oswald McWilliam, 1862
2/6. William McWilliam,

M. Hessie Maria Morrell, daughter of John Morrell by his 2nd wife.
John Morrell’s 1st wife was Mary, died 1849, grand daughter of Mrs Park who was also grand mother of Anna Russell, and mother of Eliza Richardson?
Moved to Monahan Town & started solicitor’s practice in 1874
3/1. Russell McWilliam 1878, M. Miss Henry

Also a solicitor in Monahan
4/1. James McWilliam

A solicitor in Monahan, later moved to Dublin
5/1. Peter McWilliam[x]

Born Monahan abt 1952, later lives in Dublin.

3/2. Ann McWilliam
3/3. William McWilliam 1880
3/4. Herbert McWilliam 1882
3/5. John Morell McWilliam, Rev, 1883
3/6. Maria McWilliam 1885.

1/6. Sarah Jane Russell, born 10 July 1815,

Transcript show her as Sarah Ann, but remainder of places she is Sarah Jane.
Bap 16 July 1815, John of Boat St, Newry.
m. 9 June 1846 Rev Henry Henderson, Presbyterian Minister of Holywood, co Down. She died 7 November 1907, he died 7 Dec 1879, aged 59.

1/7. Mary Montgomery Russell, born May 1817;

Bap 18/5/1817, John of Newry.
married 15 March 1842, Rev John Harris Morell of Ballybay, Presbyterian Minister. She died 15 July 1849. He died 1888, Issue one son and 3 daughters.

1/8. Margaret Russell, born 29 July 1820,

Of John of Newry
d unm, First Presbyterian Church, Newry, Down (IGI).

Matthew Russell, b 1834, Newry, d. 12/9/1912 (IGI).

From Internet 24/12/04:


John J. Burns Library

The Irish and Irish Americans Manuscript Summaries


Russell, Matthew, 1834-1912

Title: Matthew Russell Papers, 1894-1912, (bulk 1908-1912)

Description: 15 items (1 box)

Arrangement: Arranged chronologically.

Finding aids: Inventory available. Item level control.

Summary: Consists primarily of correspondence between Father Russell and a Sister Ignatia, who was involved with THE MAGNIFICAT, a publication in Manchester, New Hampshire. The letters concern writers and books. There is also a letter to Russell from the writer Aubrey De Vere and a postcard portrait of Russell.

Biog/Hist Note: Irish Jesuit, poet and editor. Russell was born in Newry. He entered the Jesuit Order and was ordained to the priesthood at age 33. Father Russell established the IRISH MONTHLY in 1873 and served as editor for nearly forty years. He also wrote many volumes of verse

Born Newry 1834.



Born: Bef 1735 (ship Captain in 1760)
Parents: Possibly descended from Russells of Hillborough.
         Alternatively, descended from James Russell of Holywood, will of 1715 has son & G/Son Mathew Russell

Died: 13 December 1813, Newry.
Married: Miss Montgomery, dau of John Montgomery.

History from Philip Grossle (D2081/2/4 PRONI & T1345):

June 1760 Matthew Russell, Captain of the "Martha" for Liverpool and Chester.
June 1760  sailing between Newry & Bristol.
March 1763, Matthew Russell Captain of the new ship "Newry" sailing to Philadelphia.
August 1764 Matthew Russell Captain of the ship Newry sailing to New York.
August 1765         ditto
Oct 1766 The ship "Newry" Matt R arrives in Newry from the West Indies.
June 1768 Matthew Russell Captain of the ship "Robert" sailing to New York.
1768-69 Matthew Russell is paid £3-9-4 for making ropes for the Warrenport Dock by the Irish Parliament.
March 70 Matthew Russell Captain of the ship "Robert" sailing for New York.
August 1771         ditto
March 1771          ditto
March 1774          ditto

This is the last reference I have of him as a sea captain as in February 1785 as one of the merchants of Newry he expresses approbation of the New Balloon coach running from Newry to Dublin.

August 1792 he advertises as a rope merchant in Newry.

Matthew Russell, was for many years a shipowner and proprietor of a Rope Works in Newry. He died 12 Dec 1813, having married a daughter of John Montgomery of Newry.

Died "Suddenly, on Tuesday last, 21st Matthew Russell of this town (Newry), esq, who during a long life, filled the respective stations of a master of a vessel, and a merchant, in a most exemplary manner. This gentleman was remarkable for his skill in navigation, and made some of the quickest passages to and from America that have ever yet been affected" Newry Telegraph, 24 Dec 1813.

Extracts of letter by PG 21 September 1912

.. It is curious that a sister of Mrs. Matthew Russell (premius?) Rebecca Montgomery was wife to Armar Lowry Cory Marshall of Courlough, co. Tyrone.

Email 4/2010:

I have the following transcription of a death notice from the 11 March 1893 edition of the Belfast News-Letter (obtained by subscription to The British Library's 19th century British newspaper collection), which I hope serves to clarify the relationship of Rebecca Montgomery to Armar Lowry Corry Marshall:

      Kirkpatrick—December 28, 1892, at Nelson, New Zealand, Rebecca Montgomery, relict of the late William Kirkpatrick, of Newry, and daughter of the late Armor Lowery Corry Marshall, of Courlough, near Caledon, County Tyrone.

I should point out that there was another Armar Lowry Corry Marshall [ALCM] who died in 1872, at the age of 65, in Newry Registration District, whom I suspect was either the son or nephew of the ALCM mentioned in the death notice. I have not yet obtained a copy of the civil registration for that death notice, but plan to.


[Editor's note: Pedigrees of Dickson, Eccles, Lowry, Connolly follow in the original text. These histories occupy six pages of the original manuscript with only a few McWilliams connections Should any of our readers desire the information on these lines, please let us know and we will provide it for you.]

Russell Matthew Russell was for many years a shipowner and proprietor of ropeworks in Newry. He died 21 December 1813 having at least two sons and a daughter. A newspaper article stated he was remarkable for his skill in navigation and made some of the quickest passages to and from America that have ever yet been effected. Matthew Russell was grandfather of Anna Russell, Mrs. McWilliam. Anna Russell, b. 17th Feb 1813, married 14th Jan 1837, Rev. Thomas McWilliam, Presbyterian minister of Creggan, Co. Armagh. She died June 1903, aged 90. He died 16th June 1863, aged 53. Issue Ä 6 sons and 1 daughter.
Roger Montgomery was the father of John Montgomery of Newry, one of whose daughters married Matthew Russell of Newry, father of John Russell and grandfather of Anna Russell, Mrs. McWilliam.

Campbell information is given regarding Campbell genealogy compiled in 1806 by Rev. William Campbell referred to in Stewart’s History of Armagh, p. 493. The book was said to be published in 1819 and that Ívery many Irish families are mentioned.
The Campbells of Strachur are the oldest branch of the Campbells, Dukes of Argyll.

The McWilliam or McQuillen family has sometimes been referred to as the lost family or the crushed family, or as having lost its place in history in the sixteenth century. These very imperfect records will perhaps show that in spite of varying fortunes it has never been entirely lost, and that even in recent years it has contributed its share to history. It has had ministers of religion, lawyers, soldiers and international hockey players, one of whom captained Ireland. The lowest ebb was reached when Donnell McWilliam mendicus was buried at Derry Cathedral on the 18th November 1663.
Much of what is given in these notes, especially on church matters, was obtained through the Presbyterian Historical Society, Belfast. A religious diary written by the Rev. James Morel in the early years of the nineteenth century and a manuscript volume of his sermons have been deposited with the Society. These can be seen by request.
Much help was given by the Genealogical Office, Dublin Castle, mainly by examining the deeds in the Public Records Office, Dublin. The Irish National Library had a photographic copy of the McQuillen Family Record made for me. Much information about the Newry families was given to me by Philip Crossle. His papers are now in the Public Records Office, Dublin, and the Public Library, Newry. In general the sources of information are indicated in these notes. A considerable amount is from unprinted sources. All available church records have been examined with the help of the Presb. Hist. Society. A remarkable record of the descendants of the Eccles and Dickson families was compiled by my grand-aunt, Anna Maria Dickson, with later additions by others. It is at present in my possession. A copy has been lodged with the Genealogical Office, Dublin. It is not likely that any further "McWilliam" records of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries can now be found. In 1925 John J. Marshall published the Annals of Aughnacloy and of the Parish of Carnteel, Co. Tyrone, Second Edition. It contains a very few McWilliam references.

Matthew Russell, was for many years a shipowner and proprietor of Rope Works in Newry. He died 12 Dec 1813, having married a daughter of John Montgomery of Newry.

Miss Montgomery

Ref PG:

Daughter of John Montgomery who was the only son of Mr. (Roger) Montgomery (said to be heir to the extant title of Mount Alexander) by his wife Ceserea Smith.

Mrs Montgomery married secondly Isaac Cory of Newry, and by him had a large family, of whom Edward Cory of Newry, MP (half brother to John Montgomery) was father to the Rt Hon Isaac Cory the last Chancellor of the Irish Exchequer. Matthew Russell had issue at least, 2 sons and a daughter:-

From note on T1345:
"she (Mrs. Russell) was the daughter of John Montgomery of Newry and was a half sister of Sir Trevor Cory, British Consul at Danzig? And a baron of the Kingdom of Poland. She was half sister of Edward Cory, MP for Newry whose son Sir Isaac Cory was Chancellor of the Exchequer in the last Irish Parliament and was wounded in a duel with Henry Fratton."

Also written in after the tree was drawn, Mr Montgomery was "Roger".

PG: Copy Tree from a MS genealogy sent to me from the Presbyterian Historical Soc of Belfast. J.M. McWilliam, Dec 1947 shows Ceserea Smith as daughter of Edward & Jane (Whyte) Smith.

Ref PG:
Issue of Matthew Russell & Miss Montgomery:
1/1. Matthew Russell of Newry, merchant,

died 1 Aug 1834, aged 72. His wife Mary died 1 May 1815.
Issue 2 sons and three daughters:-
2/1. Matthew Russell of Newry, harbour master, died 8/9/1861   (unm?)
2/2. John Montgomery Russell, Lieut. 66th foot, died 8/3/1837,  
   aged 46 (unm?)
2/3. Jane Russell (eldest daughter)

m 5/7/1819, Surgeon Alex Adderly, and had issue.

2/4. Elizabeth Russell (2nd daughter) died unm 30/1/1854
2/5. Mary Russell, died unm 1882 aet 79

1/2. John Russell of Newry, solicitor

1/3. Margaret Russell

m. 12 Jan 1790 Thomas Keown, of Newry, Ship Captain of Sugar Island. Wit Matt R, jun, John Montgomery, John Russell, Sam’l Russell, Mrs Russell, Mrs Matt Russell jun. (T/699/7)


PRONI T700 p389:
Will of James Russell of Ballykeel Parish of Holywood
(bur in churchyard of Holywood)
Wife Jean Russell £3 for year
Son Matthew, son Timothy, son James
G children:
James R
Nathaniel Herron 20 p
Jas Herron
Samuel Russell
Matthew Russell
John Mason
Eliza Russell
1715 Down wills 1716

Sat, 09 Sep 2006
From: "kathy sicard[xi]"

I came across your 'Henderson' Family tree posted on the internet, when I was searching for information about my gr gr grandmother Letitia Russell.  I noticed a few of our similar names and profession that occur in our tree and in your Henderson tree.

My Letitia Russell married James Robie  May 26, 1846 Clough Presbyterian Church in Dunaghy County Antrim.
they had 6 children:
James Robie
William John Robie
Elizabeth Jane Robie
David REA Robie
Allan KNOX Robie
Andrew Robie[22]


There is no obvious connection to John Russell’s family, but the name, the fact that he came from Newry and was articled to a firm of solicitors there make it likely he was connected to our family

CHARLES RUSSELL, BARON (1832-1900), lord chief justice of England, was born at Newry, county Down, on the 10th of November 1832. He was the elder son of Arthur Russell, a Roman Catholic gentleman, who was engaged in commerce and brewing in Newry. Educated first at Belfast, afterwards in Newry, and finally at St Vincents College, Castleknock, Dublin, in 1849, he was articled to a firm of solicitors in Newry. In 1854 he was admitted, and began to practise his profession. Disturbances between Roman Catholics and Orangemen were at that time prevalent in this part of Ireland, and in the legal proceedings which ensued at quarter and petty sessions young Russell distinguished himself as a bold and skilful advocate in the cause of his co-religionists. The political zeal which always formed an important element in Russells character happily harmonized with these professional duties. After practising, however, for two years, he determined to seek a wider field for his abilities, and to become a barrister in England. It was a wise ambition, early conceived by young Russell, stimulated by his present success, and encouraged by the counsel of at least one competent adviser, Judge Jones, who was much impressed by Russells ability in the conduct of a case at the Newry quarter sessions. He believed, moreover, that to succeed at the Irish bar he would have (to use his own phrase) to swallow his convictions. With this end in view Russell, whilst still practising and residing in Belfast, became a student of Trinity College, Dublin. He matriculated there in 1855, and passed examinations from time to time, but did not wait to become a graduate. In 1856 he went to London and became a student of Lincolns Inn. In 1858 he married, in Belfast, Ellen, the eldest daughter of Dr Mulholland, a physician. of distinction in that city. In 1859 he was called to the bar, after gaining by examination a first-class honour certificate, and joined the Northern Circuit Except some valuable introductions to friends in London and Liverpool, which his uncle, the president of Maynooth, had given to him, Russell brought to the work of his profession no external aids. He had to rely upon himself. But - the equipment was sufficient. A well-built frame; a strong, striking face, with broad forehead, keen grey eyes, and a full and sensitive mouth; a voice which, though not musical, was rich, and responded well to strong emotions, whether of indignation, or scorn, or pity; an amazing power of concentrating thought; an intellectual grasp, promptly seizing the real points of the most entangled case, and rejecting all that was secondary, or petty, or irrelevant; a faculty of lucid and forcible expression, which, without literary ornateness or grace of style, could on fit occasions rise to impassioned eloquence all these things Russell had. But beyond and above all these -was his immense personality, an embodiment of energetic will which riveted attention, dominated his audience, and bore down opposition. His successful advocacy in the Colin Campbell divorce case in 1886, and his famous cross-examination of hostile witnesses and still more famous speech before the Parnell Commission in 1888, afforded perhaps the best examples of Russells characteristic powers. He was not a learned lawyer in the sense in which Willes, or Meilish, or Blackburn were learned lawyers; he did not possess the fine legal acumen of his great contemporary, Herschell; but he had a sufficient apprehension of legal principles. He handled a point of law with telling directness and force. His argument as the leading counsel for Great Britain in the Bering Sea Arbitration in 1893, and his address at Saratoga Springs on International Law and International Arbitration in August 1896, were expositions of law in its practical application. to matters of state which the most learned jurist must admire for their thoroughness and perspicuity.
Russells success, after he joined the Northern Circuit, did not, of course, come to him at once. For some time his work, in court was principally in the Court of Passage at Liverpool, which he regularly attended from London. He wrote a book on its procedure, which was published in 1862. This ancient local court, possessing both common law and Admiralty jurisdiction, had as its presiding judge then styled assessor an eminent leader of the Northern Circuit, Mr Edward James. Substantial commercial cases were tried there, and of these Russell soon had a goodly portion. Steadily, and, for a barrister, speedily, Russells fortune grew. His biographer, Mr Barry O'Brien, has given, in The Life of Lord Russell of Kilowen (1901), an account of Russells fees, which shows that they were, in round figures: in 1859, Liii; in 1862, 1016; in 1866,

2367; and in 1870, 4230. At the beginning of this period Russell wrote occasionally for the newspapers, and especially for the Irish press. From early boyhood onwards he maintained a keen interest in politics, and pre-eminently in the public affairs of Ireland. In 1859 he published a pamphlet entitled The Catholic in the Workhouse, and an article from his pen is to be found in The Dublin Review, vol. xlviii. p. 497. His legal work was not wholly confined to the north of England. He was employed at the Guildhall and elsewhere by solicitors of position in the City of London. He was one of the counsel engaged in the Windham lunacy case in 1861, and in the action of Saurin v. Starr in 1869. In 1865 he argued in ex parte Chavasse before Lord Westbury, L.C., and soon afterwards was honoured by him with the offer of a county court judgeship.

In 1872 Russell took silk, and from that date for some time he divided the best leading work of the circuit with Holker, Herschel and Pope. In 1874 Holker became solicitor general in the Conservative administration. In 1880 Herschell accepted the same office in a Liberal ministry, and about the same time Pope practically left the circuit, to become in a short time one of the most successful advocates at the parliamentary bar. Russells success as a Q.C. during this period of his career was prodigious. He excelled in the conduct alike of commercial cases and of those involving, as he used to say, a human interest, although undoubtedly it was the latter which more attracted him. He was seen to the least advantage in cases which involved technical or scientific detail. If his advocacy suffered a defeat, however, it was never an inglorious defeat. Those who were on the Northern Circuit at the time will not easily forget the case of Dixon v. Plimsoll libel action brought by a Liverpool ship-owner against Mr S. Plimsoll tried before Baron Amphlett and a Liverpool special jury, in which Holker won a notable victory for the defendant; or Nultall v. Wilde, a breach of promise action, in which Pope led brilliantly for the successful plaintiff, and Russells speech for the defence was one of the finest in point of passion and pathos that was ever heard upon the Northern Circuit. At the same time, with all his fighting power, Russell was eminently a sagacious adviser. No barrister knew better how and when to settle a case, where the clients true interest called for a settlement.

In 1880 a new phase of Russells arduous life began. He was returned to parliament as an independent Liberal member for Dundalk, a constituency which he had twice before unsuccessfully contested. From that time forward until his appointment to a lordship of appeal in succession to Lord Bowen in 1894, he sat in the House of Commons: for Dundalk until 1885, and afterwards for South Hackney, where he was returned as the Liberal member on four successive occasions once in 1885,twice in 1886, and again in 1892. The entrance into parliament laid upon Russells time and labour a heavy additional tax. His was a nature which could not, in work or even in pleasure, be content to do anything lightly or by halves. He was essentially a man of action; intensity at times almost fierce intensity both of purpose and of devotion to its fulfilment characterized everything he did. Upon such a man parliamentary life between 1880 and 1894 necessarily entailed a severe strain. During the whole of this epoch, in home affairs, Irish business almost monopolized the political stage; and Russell was Irish to the core. From 1880 to 1886, as a private member, and as the attorney-general in Mr Gladstone’s administrations of 1886 and 1892, he worked in and out of parliament for the Liberal policy in regard to the treatment of Ireland as few men except Russell could or would work. He never spared himself. After a long day in the turmoil of the courts, he cheerfully gave a long evening to a distant and often, from the standpoint of personal notoriety, an obscure, platform. His position throughout was clear and consistent. Before 1886 On several occasions he supported the action of the Irish Nationalist party. He opposed coercion, voted for compensation for disturbance, advocated the release of political prisoners and voted for the Maamtrasna inquiry. He wrote to the Daily Telegraph a series of letters on the Irish land question, which were afterwards published (1889) in a collected form. But he never became a member of the Irish Home Rule or of the Parnellite party; he was elected at Dundalk as an independent Liberal, and such he remained. He was proud of the kingdom in whose might and glory Ireland could claim so large a part; and when, as attorney-general in the Gladstone administration, he warmly advocated the establishment of a subordinate parliament in Ireland, he did so because he sought the amelioration and not the destruction of Irelands relations with the rest of that kingdom. I am absolutely opposed, he said (The Life of Lord Russell of Killowen, p. 194) to the South Hackney voters, to separation; but, reserving imperial control on all imperial questions, I think Irishmen on Irish soil should have the power of dealing in the way which seems best to them with all questions that concern them. It is impossible to say that Russells success in the House of Commons, considerable as it was, was comparable to his success as an advocate in the courts of justice. He was listened to, always with respect and often with admiration, but he was not made for a debater; and the position of a law officer has generally not proved favorable to the attainment of parliamentary eminence. In great public affairs the law officer advises and supports, but not for him is the glory of initiating public policy.

Russells parliamentary duties, fully as he discharged them, first as a private member and afterwards as attorney-general, were not allowed by him to obstruct his professional career. He rapidly became in London what he was already in Lancashire, the favorite leader in n-isi prius actions. The list of causes celebres in the period 188094 is really a record of Russells cases, and, for a great part, of Russells victories. The best known of the exceptions from the latter category was the libel action Belt v. Lawes in 1882, which, after a trial before Baron Huddleston and a special jury lasting more than forty days, resulted in a verdict for the plaintiff, for whom Sir Hardinge Giffard (afterwards Lord Chancellor Halsbury) appeared as leading counsel. The triumph of his client in the Cohn Campbell divorce suit in 1886 afforded perhaps the most brilliant instance of Russells forensic capacity in private litigation. His fees in 1885, the year before he became attorney general, amounted to nearly 17,000. More important, however, as well as more famous, than any of his successes in the ordinary courts of law during this period were his performances as an advocate in two public transactions of mark in British history. The first of these in point of date was the Parnell Commission of 188890, in which Sir Charles Russell appeared as leading counsel for Mr Parnell. The commission held its first sitting on the 22nd of October 1888, and presented its report in February 1890. In April 1889, after 63 sittings of the commission, in the course of which 340 witnesses had been examined, Sir Charles Russell, who had already destroyed the chief personal charge against Mr Parnell by a brilliant cross-examination, in which he proved it to have been based upon a forgery, made his great opening speech for the defence. It lasted several days, and concluded on the 12th of April. This speech, besides its merit as a wonderful piece of advocacy, possesses permanent value as an historical survey of the Irish question during the last century, from the point of view of an Irish Liberal. It was in the same year published after careful revision by its author (1889). The second public transaction was the Bering Sea Arbitration, held in Paris in 1893. Sir Charles Russell, then attorney-general, with Sir Richard Webster (afterwards Lord Alverstone, L.C.J.), was the leading counsel for Great Britain. Russell, in the course of his very powerful argument before the tribunal, maintained the proposition, which he again handled in his Saratoga address to the American Bar Association in 1896, that international law is neither more nor less than what civilized nations have agreed shall be binding on one another as international law. The award was, substantially, in favor of Great Britain. In recognition of their distinguished services, the queen bestowed upon both the leading representatives of Great Britain the honour of the grand cross of St Michael and St George.

In 1894 Russells career as an advocate ended. A judgeship, if he had wished it, had been within his reach twelve years before. In 1894, on the death of Lord Bowen, he accepted the position of a lord of appeal. A month later he was appointed lord chief justice of England in succession to Lord Coleridge, to whose memory he devoted in the following September a paper in the North American Review. To the discharge of his functions as a judge Russell brought with him all the qualities of intellect and character which had made him so eminent as an advocate, and their greatness was not less conspicuous in his the Windham lunacy case in 1861, and in the action of Saurin v. Starr in 1869. In 1865 he argued in ex parte Chavasse before Lord Westbury, L.C., and soon afterwards was honoured by him with the offer of a county court judgeship.

 Brief as was his tenure of the office, he proved himself well worthy of it. He was dignified without pompousness, quick without being irritable, and masterful without tyranny. He was scrupulously punctual. Suitors and hearers could not but be impressed by the manifest determination of the lord chief justice to get at the truth, and to do so without waste of time. If this was a fault, it was that of excessive zeal, for despatch. When, occasionally, there were flashes of impatience, they were elicited by the exhibition, as he deemed it, of want of preparation, or slovenliness, or verbosity on the part of the advocate before him. Even the youngest and most obscure practitioner could always count upon the assiduous attention of the lord chief justice to a pertinent and thoughtful argument. In 1896 Lord Russell (Pollock B. and Hawkins J. being on this occasion his colleagues on the bench) presided at the trial at bar of the leaders of the Jameson Raid. It was a state trial of grave importance. Russells conduct of it, in the midst of much popular excitement, was by itself sufficient to establish his reputation as a great judge. One other event at least in his career while lord chief justice deserves a record, namely, his share in the Venezuela Arbitration in 1899. Lord Herschell, who had been nominated to act with Lord Justice Coffins (afterwards Master of the Rolls), as a British representative on the Commission of Arbitration, of which the distinguished Russian jurist M. Martens was president, died somewhat suddenly in. America before the beginning of the proceedings. The lord chief justice accepted the invitation to take the vacant place, and performed his very onerous duty with conspicuous ability.

Nor was it only on the bench or as an international judge that Lord Russell of Killowen sought, during the last years of his busy life, to do service to his country. He signalized his zeal as a law reformer by the public advocacy of radical changes in the system of legal education in the Inns of Court, and by the promotion of measures to put down the vice of secret and illicit commissions in commercial and business life. On the former subject he delivered in 1895 an address in Lincolns Inn Hall, under the auspices of the Council of Legal Education, which was afterwards printed and published. In i899, dealing with the latter question, he introduced in the House of Lords a bill, which had its first reading. He again introduced a bill in the session of 1900, which was read a second time, but did not become law. On the 10th ,of August 1900 the great advocate and great judge passed quietly away at his London residence, after a short illness due to an internal malady.

in private as in public life Russell was always strenuous, and most attracted by things that called for the exercise of activity, whether bodily or intellectual. Inaction he disliked both for himself and in others. Though not an athlete, he took an interest in manly pastimes: he was fond of riding and of breeding horses; he liked being on the racecourse; and he enjoyed games, both of skill and of chance. A student of books he was not; he could lay no claim to wide learning or elegant scholarship; but he could appreciate a good book; he was versed in Shakespeare; and he knew and loved the poetry and the songs of his native land. When he wrote, his style, inornate, clear and forcible, reflected the character of his thought. He was a staunch and sympathetic friend, ever ready, in an unostentatious way, to help, where help was really needed. While he undoubtedly exhibited at times, chiefly during the earlier part of his career, a certain brusqueness and impetuousness of speech and demeanour, those who came into contact with, him recognized that such occasional outbursts never sprang from any desire to hurt, or from any unkindness of disposition. In his contests at the bar he never made an enemy. He was a strong man, and he liked to have his way; but he was also large-hearted and without a tinge of rancour in his disposition. He was never offended by opposition. Whilst he did not himself shine as a wit or a humorist in conversation or in after-dinner oratory, he heartily enjoyed fun and humour in others; and, wherever he was, the force and distinctness of his personality never failed to impress his company. Probably no English lawyer ever excited abroad the admiration which was accorded to Lord Russell of Killowen, alike on the continent of Europe and in America. To the United States he paid two visits, the first in 1883 and the second in 1896. On both occasions he won golden opinions, which were manifested in widespread and warm expressions of sympathy and regret when the news of the death of Lord Russell of Killowen passed across the Atlantic. Between 1894 and 1897 Lord Russell of Killowen received the degree of Doctor of Laws honouris causa from the universities of Dublin, Edinburgh and Cambridge, and from the Laval university, Quebec. In 1892 he was treasurer of Lincolns Inn. He left surviving him, besides his widow, five sons and four daughters. His sister Katherine (in religion, Sister Mary Baptist Joseph), pioneer sister of mercy in California, had died two years before at San Francisco. (W. R. K.)



SESSION 1: Early Life of Mary Baptist Russell, California’s First Sister of Mercy

Katherine Russell, later known as Sister Mary Baptist, was uniquely prepared by temperament and education to face the rigors of Gold Rush California in the 1800’s. She was by all accounts intelligent, practical, compassionate and lively. Her brother, Rev. Matthew Russell, S.J., describes her in these words: “She was at home the comfort and resource of everyone in the house. Always cheerful and equal of temper, kind, self-forgetful, thoughtful for others, helpful, untiring in her round of house duties; all loved her and looked to her in their pains and pleasures, and she had a heart for all. She was a comfortable little housekeeper, a good mender of torn garments, and she got employment especially at the stocking-basket.”
The Russells provided their children with the best education possible. Instructed by private tutor and within private schools, Kate’s foundation in philosophy, the arts, French and the sciences gave her an intense love for education.
Margaret Russell, Katherine’s mother, saw to it that all her daughters were skilled in the practical arts of life. Early on she practiced the custom of turning over the “keys of office” to each daughter. During her month of office the young Russell would be in charge of ordering, meal planning, maintenance and all the other tasks necessary to run a large household. The skills learned within the Russell home by Kate would be put to good use as a Mercy foundress in California.
Katherine Russell was born in Newry, Ireland, in 1829. Due to her father’s poor health the family moved to Killowen by the Sea. Here in 1841 she made her first communion. In the seclusion of the countryside, she developed a deep love of nature and of the sea. This idyllic childhood was brought to a close in her teens by the death of her father. Mrs. Russell moved the family back to Newry. That decision came in 1845, the year when the potato blight was first recognized in Ireland. The starvation and poverty birthed by the famine called forth Margaret Russell’s deep compassion for those in distress. Kate joined her mother’s efforts. Her brother Matthew tells us: “Between visiting the sick and poor in their wretched homes, and preparing her share of the clothing which was distributed to the poor, Kate’s whole time was devoted to this terrible crisis…” Three years later Kate sought entry into the Mercy Order in Kinsale, Ireland.

––Adapted from “Mary Baptist Russell of California” by Katherine Doyle, RSM

The House to the left beside the large gate above is the Russell home that was In Queen Street Newry.  Larkins pub would have been close to the big gate.  In the house next to this John Mitchells young wife was born. The Russells built this whole Row.

The Russells planted themselves in the 13th Cent In Barony of Lecale in Killough a small sea port and fishing village five miles south of St Patricks Grave at Downpatrick,  north of Co Down, some are still there. At the change of religion under Henry V111 and Anne Boleyn, the Celtic Norman Russells kept thier faith all through the penal days George Russell was a member of the Catholic Confederation of Kilkenny and was killed In the Battle Of Tircroghan fighting on the Irish Side. The church of Rathmolin presented George and his wife a chalice in 1640 which stays In Killough.

Arthur Russell mean time left this parish and migrated to the south of Co Down from the north he was born also at Killough in 1785, after sailing the seas for some years he bought the Southwark brewery In Newry he got married 1825.  Southwark or " Ballybot " became Queen street some where around 1760 , John Rocques map of that date refers to Ballybot, and not Queen Street, most after that date refer to Queen Street.

Arthurs younger brother Charles who became president of Maynooth was born In 1812.  4 years after the Jubliee year of 1825 this the year that Leo X111 had alluded the Jubliee for the end of the Century and this also the year that the foundation stone of Newrys St Patricks church was laid, was also called by the protestants " Year Of The Short Corn" The protestants blaming the bad harvest that year on the Jubliee.  4 years as I said after this in 1829 Katherine Russell was born on the 18th of April.  Katherine was called by her mother her first free born child on the 5th of the month she was born the Catholic Emancipation fight had been declared won. Katherine was preceded by 2 sisters Mary and Elizabeth, her immediate successor In the nursery ( this to the disgust of her eldest sister who said there were enough of them around with out another) was another girl Sarah who was followed by 2 brothers, the eldest of these Sir Charles and then the Rev Mathew.  Dr Russell who at the time was not yet a priest or a professor at the time wrote in a letter that survived" I full y agree with poor little Mary there were ! quite enough of them. Mary became famous In her own way and in the form of a nun !! Mother Mary Baptist Russell !! to whom a book of that title was written in 1901 by her brother, the Reverend Mathew who also wrote a book about his famous Brother Charles in 1904 entitled The Russells Of Killowen. It was Charles who wished there was a story written about Marys Life

Seafield Rostrevor Home Of The Russells
Arthur and Margarets Cross ore the grave.
The name of A Mary is also on the same stone ?
Sir Charles Gladstones Last Attorney General In England. He was the first Catholic to hold this position since the Reformation.  He became Lord Russell Of Killowen Chief Justice Of England
Reverend Charles Russell whose first public sermon was at the profession of Sister Mary Bernard Hamill in 1836



10/12/2016: Whilst this is a stand alone paper, it is included in this volume for completeness: some of this content is repeated earlier.

9.              THE HENDERSONS OF NORTHERN IRELAND (by Gerald Draper)


                        By Gerald Draper.


Author's Note


When I was researching the Henderson Family Tree, I discovered many interesting facts about the people who are listed as names and dates. The purpose of this paper is to record this information, in the hope that it may be of interest to some members of the present generation of the extended Henderson family. The word "extended" is certainly very apt in this context. It really is extraordinary how the family of James and Amelia Henderson has grown in two hundred years with branches, many miles apart, from County Down to New Zealand, Australia, Canada, England, Wales and the Irish Republic. Genealogists are constrained by hard facts and it is frustrating to find that the records of the Presbyterian Church, at Castlereagh, are missing  and we cannot trace the parents of the first Henderson on the  "Tree".
We do know that James and Amelia were descended from Scottish parents. Who were they? and what were they doing in Ulster in 1766? Although there were many exceptions, it was customary in  the 18th century to name the first boy after his father and it is reasonable to speculate that the father of James Henderson (1766-1834) was also a James Henderson. Unfortunately we cannot make a similar guess in respect of his bride because the name of James and Amelia's first daughter was never recorded. These First Hendersons were probably born between 1726-1746 and may have left Scotland for Northern Ireland between 1726 and 1765. Scotland was experiencing great social and political changes during this period, particularly after 1746,when the Jacobites were defeated at Culloden Moor. Northern Ireland, on the other hand, was a land of opportunity and settlers from Scotland and England were given every encouragement to make their future in the Province.
I am conscious of the fact that there must be many more interesting facts about the particular Hendersons I have referred to in these notes, and also many interesting facts about those Hendersons who are not mentioned in any detail. I can only apologise to those concerned and reiterate that this is not intended to be a family history.

Many members of the Family have contributed to both the Tree and these notes and it is not possible to list them all. However I must thank Bill & Primrose Henderson, Jocelyn Eustace, David Small, Peter Henderson, Jack Draper, Robin & Mary Henderson and Pamela McArthur for all their help.

I have no doubt that the circulation of these notes will generate both corrections and additions to this work.

Gerald Draper

Old Chestnut,
Onslow Road,
Surrey. KTl2 5AY
24th June 1995

The Hendersons of Northern Ireland

There are three origins of the name "Henderson" from opposite ends of Scotland. The Hendersons in the Borders seem simply to be the "sons of Henry", and the name is often found in the variant of Henryson. They were not a significant power in the Borders although they were still classed as a riding clan. William Henderson was Chamberlain of Lochmaben Castle around 1374. He received a pension from the King of England when he was driven from his lands in the Lordship of Lochmaben, and is believed to have died around 1395. From Dumfriesshire the family spread across into Liddesdale, but they do not appear in the list of border clans named by parliament in 1594 in its attempts to suppress the border reivers.

From the Dumfriesshire family descended James Henderson, who became Lord Advocate around 1494 and was later appointed to the Bench. He acquired the lands of Fordell in Fife (located just North of the Firth of Forth Bridge, near Edinburgh.) and there erected a fine fortified mansion. Fordell was to become the designation of the Lowland chiefs, and it is from this family that the present chief descends. The castle is no longer in Henderson hands but was restored this century by the former Solicitor General for Scotland, Sir Nicholas Fairbairn,Q.C. who died in 1995. After the Hendersons left Fordell Castle at the end of the nineteenth century many fine family portraits found there way into the Collection of the National Portrait Gallery of Scotland.
Perhaps the most prominent of the Hendersons of Fordell was Alexander Henderson who was born around 1583. He was educated at the University of St. Andrew's where he became a Master of Arts and, some time before 1611, a Professor of Philosophy.


He later became minister of the Parish of Leuchars. He was violently opposed to Charles l's attempts to reform the Church of Scotland and especially to the introduction of the new prayer book in 1637. He travelled to Edinburgh to present a petition to the Privy council, denouncing the new prayer book and stating that it had not received the sanction of either the General Assembly of the Church or of Parliament. Henderson along with Johnston of Warriston drafted the National Covenant which was first sworn and subscribed in Greyfriars Churchyard in Edinburgh in 1638.
Thousands of persons of all classes clamoured to subscribe. When the General Assembly met in Glasgow in 1638 they unanimously elected Henderson as Moderator. He was in the forefront of Church affairs and therefore of politics throughout the troubled Reign of Charles 1, and was also responsible for drafting the Solemn League and Covenant in 1643. When the King surrendered Himself to the Scottish army in 1646 it was for Henderson that he sent to discuss a reconciliation with his disaffected subjects.
Henderson met the King in an attempt to persuade him to accept the Church's demands. He failed and the attempt damaged his own health to such an extent that he died in August 1646. He is buried in Greyfriars Churchyard the scene of his greatest triumph and site of a monument to his memory.

Thomas Henderson of Dundee, who began his career as a lawyer, became one of Scotland's greatest astronomers in the nineteenth century, and was appointed the first astronomer Royal for Scotland.

The Hendersons in the north of the country lived at Glencoe and took the English version of their name from the Gaelic


Maceanruig, claiming descent from a semi-legendary Pictish prince, Eanruig Mor MacRigh Neachtain or "big Henry son of King Neachtain". Neachtain is said to have reigned from 700-724 and to have built the Pictish stronghold of Abernethy. It is not known when the sons of Henry first came to Glencoe, but it appears that their individual identity was lost when the last of their chiefs, Dugall Maceanruig, produced an heiress who, according to tradition had a son, Ian Fraoch, by her lover, Angus Og of Islay.

His son called Ian Abrach, took his patronymic MacIan, which was thereafter to designate the Macdonald chiefs of Glencoe. The Hendersons were not forgotten however and they traditionally formed the chief's bodyguard. When the house of MacIan of Glencoe was attacked by government troops in 1692 it was later to be termed the Massacre of Glencoe. The Chief's piper and personal attendant, big Henderson of the chanters, a man almost 6'7" in height and of prodigious strength, was among those killed.

In the far North the name Henderson arises again but from a Quite different source. Hendry, one of the younger sons of a fifteenth century chief of the Clan Gunn, hereditary crowners or coroners of Caithness, formed his own gilfine, or sept, which took his name.
There is no obvious connection between the Caithness Hendersons or Mackendricks with either the Glencoe or Borders families.

The present Chief of the Henderson Clan, who established his rights before the Lyon Court, is John William Philip Henderson of Fordell, "Rossyth", 7 Owen Street, Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia.


The Hendersons of Northern Ireland are descended from James Henderson who was born at Castlereagh, County Down, in 1766.


James Henderson was descended from Scottish parents. Tradition has it that they were from the Borders but there is no proof to either substantiate or deny this claim.

Henderson Coats of Arms.


Crests and Coats of Arms are personal to a particular individual who permits his children to use them with certain variations e.g. denoting an elder son. All members of a family can however wear the family badge. The Henderson badge is a cubit arm Proper the hand holding an estoile Or surmounted by a crescent Azure and it carries the motto "Sola Virtus Nobilitat" -Virtue Alone Enobles. The earliest known crest in this branch of the family appears on silver forks assayed, in Dublin, in 1808 and inherited by Annie Peacock Henderson.  This crest depicts a dexter arm, embowed in armour holding a short sword or dagger. As these forks were made, before her father, Reverend William Henderson, was born, it is likely that they were commissioned by James Henderson (1766-1835). The same crest appears above the Henderson Memorial erected by James Alexander Henderson at the cemetery at Newry.
The Court of the Lord Lyon, at Edinburgh, which is responsible for heraldic affairs in Scotland, state that the Arms which are featured on this memorial, with the crest, do appear to resemble the shield of Henderson of Fordell. There are two further Coats of Arms in the family, one featuring three Piles Sinister probably the Arms of James Alexander Henderson, and certainly used by him as Mayor of Belfast; and a completely new Coat of Arms possibly granted when his son, James Henderson, was knighted.

James Henderson (1766-1835) married Amelia Magill who was born in 1771. We don't know when they were married but it was probably




around 1796. James and Amelia had seven children; James born on the 8th June 1797, William, Alexander, George born in 1814 and Henry born on the 27th December 1820. There were three daughters but we do not know the names of the first two girls, the third daughter was Isabella. James and Amelia lived at Littleton, Prospect Place Newry and at Belle Vue, Mount Pleasant, Belfast.

James Henderson (senior) died at Belfast on the 28th July 1834 aged sixty-eight. His wife Amelia also died at Belfast, on the 29th April 1844, aged seventy-three.

Descendants of James Henderson (1766-1834)



James (junior) married Anne Peacock on the 12th November 1822 Anne was then twenty-two and James twenty-five. Anne was born at Newry on the 4th May 1799. She was the daughter of Alexander Peacock, proprietor of the Newry Telegraph, who was born on the 16th October 1774 and Anne Mitchell, born on the 12th March 1774.
James Henderson later acquired the newspaper as a result of this marriage.


Alexander Peacock died, at Newry, on the 14th June 1837,aged sixty-three, and his widow, Anne, died at Newry, on the 9th January 1854, aged seventy-nine. Anne and James Henderson had four sons and seven daughters. When Anne Henderson died on the 29th April 1844, aged forty-four, her last child Henry George was just one year old.

A Later addition:

Extracts from a history of Annie Peacock Draper (nee Henderson 1860-1948) sent by Gerald Draper February 1995.

Annie Peacock Henderson was born at Greenfield Manse, Armagh, Northern Ireland an 7th January 1860. She was baptised on 4th March 1860. Annie was the daughter of the Reverend William Henderson, Vicar of the 2nd Armagh Presbyterian Church and Eliza Jane Hardy (1827-1908). William and Eliza were married on 27th October 1857. Annie's father, William was born in Newry on the 16th December 1826 and was the son of James Henderson, proprietor of the Newry Telegraph (1797-1863) who had married Annie Peacock (1799-1844). James married again after Annie Peacock's death, his second wife was Eliza Magill. James Henderson lived at 1 Prospect Place, Newry and at Belle Vue, Mount Pleasant, Belfast.

James was the son of James Henderson of Castlereagh, Co Down (1766-1835) who had married Amelia Magill (1771-1835). The family later became the proprietors of the Belfast News Letter.

Two of the Reverend William's uncles were ministers in the Presbyterian Church - Reverend Alexander Henderson was a Military Chaplain, and the Reverend Harry Henderson was a minister at Holywood, Co Down.

William died at his brother's residence at Newry on the 25th June 1868. He was buried at the family burying ground at Newry, along with his father, mother and sisters.

The family clan originated in Glencoe, Scotland long before the MacDonalds moved there. There were septs at Angus and also at Caithness where they became part of the Clan Gunn. We do not know when the family moved from Scotland to Northern Ireland but it was probably around the mid 18th Century. Unfortunately, it became necessary for the family to sell their newspaper interests recently, but they still have a substantial business in Belfast called the University Press. The Chairman is Captain William (Bill) Henderson OBE DL who served in the Irish Guards in World War 2.

Sir James Henderson, nephew of the Reverend William Henderson, became the first Lord Mayor of Greater Belfast and the first High Sheriff of the City and County of Belfast.

Five years later, on the 17th May 1849, James Henderson married again. His new bride was Jane Eliza Magill, nee Knox.

James started his career in the newspaper business working with the Newry Telegraph and also with the Belfast News Letter.



Belfast News Letter.


The Belfast News Letter;


The Belfast News Letter was originally founded by Henry Joy on the 1st September 1737. It remained in the ownership of the Joy family until it was taken over by a syndicate of Edinburgh businessmen in 1799. One of the new partners was Alexander Mackay who was born at Edinburgh, on the 31st January 1764, and who came to Belfast in 1798. Mackay bought out the other partners in 1803.
Mackay had a son who was also called Alexander Mackay and who was born in 1794. Unfortunately this boy predeceased him in 1829 and when Alexander (senior) realised his end was near he contacted James Henderson (1797-1863) who had worked for him, at one time, and asked him if he could recommend somebody to take over the News Letter.

Descendants of JAMES HENDERSON (1797-1863) and ANNE PEACOCK:



James suggested that his eldest son, James Alexander, who was Then twenty-one would make a fitting publisher and manager for the Belfast News Letter. Mackay agreed and James Alexander left Newry for Belfast to manage the paper.

Alexander Mackay died at Belfast, on the 5th November 1844, and one year later, James Alexander Henderson was married to his second daughter, Agnes Mackay. The ceremony was conducted by the Reverend Dr. James Morgan, at the Presbyterian Church Belfast, on the 11th December 1845. Agnes was then twenty-four years old, having been born at Belfast on the 19th September 1821.

James Alexander and Agnes had ten children, five daughters and five sons; The first daughter was named Jane and she married James



Boyle, the second child was named James and he was born on the 26th April 1848, the third child was named Alexander Mackay and he was born in 1850. Alexander married Susan Mercer Girdwood on the 26th April 1877, the fourth child was named Anne and she married Edward Van Brabant of Courtrai, the fifth child was named Agnes, the sixth child William, the seventh child was named Catherine Mackay who was called Katie. There is a memorial window to Katie in All Saints Church, Dundela, near Norwood Tower. The eighth child was named Henry Trevor and he was born on the 29th July 1862. Trevor was educated at the Royal Belfast Academical Institute. He was knighted and became Sir Trevor Henderson, taking up residence at the family home, Norwood Tower, Strandtown. The ninth child was named Charles Westbourne and he was born in 1863.
Charles married Daisy Scott and they had a daughter in 1916. The daughter was named, Daisyann, and she married Simon Francis Low. Daisyann and Simon also had a daughter born in 1943 and named Jennifer. Daisyann and Jennifer Low live in East Sussex. Charles Westbourne married a second time, to a Margaret Redman who died in 1993 aged ninety-two. James Alexander's tenth child was named Florence Elizabeth.

James Alexander Henderson became Mayor of Belfast on the 4th January 1873. He was also a Justice of the Peace and he lived at Norwood Tower, CO. Down.

Sir James Henderson (1848-1914)


James Henderson was undoubtedly the most famous son of James Alexander and Agnes, becoming the first Lord Mayor, in 1898,and also the first High Sheriff of the City and County of Belfast. He is credited with the fine City Hall which stands in the centre



of the City today. James was born at Mount Collyer Park, Belfast, the home of his grandfather, Alexander Mackay, and he took a Law degree at Trinity College Dublin.

He was called to the Irish Bar in 1872 and he became Editor of the Newry Telegraph in 1873, retaining that position until 1883. He became Managing Proprietor of the Belfast News Letter and Belfast Weekly News.

He was appointed President of the Master Printers Federation of Great Britain and Ireland. He married Martha Pollock and they had five sons; David, born in 1881, who married Florence Kirkwood in 1904,the year of his death. David and Florence had a daughter, named Vida, who married Robert Heaney; the second son James was born in 1889;

James Henderson was made a Freeman of the City of Belfast in 1912 and he was knighted By H.E. The Lord Lieutenant at the Vice Regal Lodge, Phoenix Park, Dublin on the 12th January 1899. Sir James Henderson lived at Oakley House, Windsor Park, Belfast.

Commander Oscar Henderson (1891-1969)


James and Martha's third child was named Oscar, and he was born on the 7th October 1891. Oscar was educated at Bradfield, Osborn, and the Royal Naval College at Dartmouth. He married Alicia Mary Henry on the 4th August 1921.

Commander Oscar Henderson served in a destroyer during World War 1 and he was second in command of H.M.S Iris at the famous Battle of Zeebrugge, on the 23rd April 1918,when a British force Blocked the Mole by sinking a ship across the entrance. Oscar took command when the Captain was killed and was awarded a D.S.O for his part in this epic. Oscar became Comptroller and Private 9


Secretary to the Duke of Abercorn, the first Governor of Northern Ireland. He was awarded a C.V.O and a C.B.E for his services.

During the 1800's the Hendersons lived at Norwood Tower Co. Down, a fine castellated residence in its own grounds.

It was assumed that this house or it's Dower House, Clonaver, would pass to Oscar when Florence Elizabeth, his aunt, died but she decided to leave both together with a majority holding in Belfast News Letter shares to the Musgrave side of the family. It was a bitter blow to Oscar and his family. They could do nothing about the houses but they did succeed in buying back the News Letter shares.

Oscar And Alicia had two sons;

Captain Oscar William James Henderson (1924-  ) known as Bill was born on the 17th August 1924. Bill was educated at Brackenber House and Bradfield and he married Rachel Primrose Forrest the daughter of Colonel John Forrest, C.M.G of Belfast, on the 2nd of February 1949.
Bill Henderson served in the Irish Guards from 1942-1947 and held the rank of Captain. He was Chairman of the Belfast News Letter until it was sold in 1989. Bill played an important part in securing the franchise for Ulster Television, in 1958,and was a Director of this company up to the 1st September 1994. He is currently Chairman of Universities Press plc and Ewart plc and was awarded an O.B.E in 1984.
He was made a Deputy Lieutenant for Belfast in 1977. Oscar William James and Primrose have three daughters; Mary Gail, born 18th May 1950, and married to Reginald Alan Clark on the 11th September 1971. Gail and Alan have two sons Michael born on the 3rd July 1974,and Rory born on the 11th May 1977.


The second daughter was named Jacqueline Kelso and she was born on the 29th June 1952. Jacqueline married Alistair Peebles on the 25th September 1977 and they live in Buckinghamshire. Jacqueline and Alistair have three children; Rebecca born on the 17th July 1981, Eleanor born on the 26th January 1984 and James Alexander born on the 5th September 1988. Oscar and primrose's third daughter was named Penelope Primrose and she was born on the 17th May 1956. Penelope or Penny, as she is known, became a journalist and worked in the Belfast News Letter. She married Geoffrey Rawlings on the 24th July 1976 and they have two children Michael born on the 20th June 1981 and Ivan born on the 25th August 1983. Bill & Primrose live in East Belfast, on the Craigantlet Hill, not two miles from the old family home, Norwood Tower, now a housing estate.

Robert Brumwell Henderson (1929--)


Commander Oscar Henderson's second son was named Robert Brumwell or Brum as he is known. Brim was educated like his brother at Brackenber House school, Belfast, and Bradfield. He took his degree at Trinity College Dublin. His first wife was Joy Duncan whom he married in 1952. They have two daughters; Glynis born on the 22nd February 1955 and Sally born on the 13th May 1958.

Glynis married Simon Hall in 1989. In 1970 Brum married Patricia Ann, daughter of Matthew Davison of Belfast. Brum and Patricia live at Ballynahinch, CO. Down.

Brum became a career journalist in the Belfast News Letter from 1951-1959. He was appointed General Manager of Ulster Television Ltd. in 1959, managing Director in 1961 and Chairman in 1983-1992. He was awarded a C.B.E in 1979 and an Hon Doctorate of  Literature


at the Ulster University in 1982. Brum has published a number of books including Midnight Oil (1961), A Television First (1977) and Amusing (1984). He was a Director of ITN from 1964-1966.
James and Martha's second son was named James and he was born in 1889. James was a bachelor and an academic taking his M.A and Law Degree at Trinity College Dublin. After service in the Army Service corps (1914-1918) he worked in newspapers in Dublin, learning his apprenticeship for a career in the Belfast News Letter.

He became a Deputy Lieutenant of Belfast, a Director of Reuters and of the Press Association and gave many years of service to the Newspaper Society. A golfer of distinction he was once runner-up in the Irish Open Championship.

James and Martha's third son was born in 1893 and named George York. He was commissioned in the Army and sadly, killed in action in France on the 22nd November 1917, just twenty-four years old having been awarded an M.C for gallantry.

Their fifth son was born on the 10th January 1895 and named Richard Lilburn Henderson. Richard married Rebecca Hobson and they adopted a daughter, named Carol, who was born on the 12th December 1947. Carol married Patrick Kilbride on the 3rd April 1971 and they have two children; Simon born on the 19th August 1973 and Vanessa born on the 31st July 1978.

Sir James and Martha Henderson's sixth child was named Mary Agnes Florence Elizabeth Henderson and she was born in 1899. Mafe, as she was known (the first letters of each of her Christian names which were those of her four aunts!) married J. Wilfrid Haughton in 1920 and they had two children; Wilfrid J Haughton who was born


in 1921. Wilfrid married Priscilla McLaughlin in 1944. Wilfrid and Priscilla had four children; Howard Haughton, born in 1947, married Carol McKee in 1974 and had four children; Graham Haughton born in 1976, Anna Haughton. born in 1982, Peter Haughton born in 1984 and Rebecca Haughton born in 1986.

Wilfrid and Priscilla Haughton's second child was born in 1950 and named Richard Haughton, the third child was Anne Haughton born in 1953 who married Chris Lansdowne and the fourth child was David Haughton who was born in 1959 and married Shona Hutchinson in 1990. David and Shona Haughton have a son named James William who was born in 1993.

Mafe and Wilfrid Haughton's second child was born on the 20th August 1925 and named Rosemary Haughton. Rosemary married George Clarke in 1952 and they have three children; Jessica Kathleen who married the Reverend John Perceval Clarke in 1977. Jessica and John Clarke have three children, Lucy Roseanne Clarke born in 1979, Andrew Dudley George Clarke born in 1981,and Peter Wilfrid John Clarke born in 1985.

Rosemary and George Clarke's second child was born in 1959 and named Roseanne Clarke. Roseanne married Alan Francis Broderick in 1991 and they have a son, who was born in 1992,and named Nicholas William George Broderick.

Rosemary and John Clarke's third child was born in 1952 and named Wilfrid D Clarke. In 1982 Wilfrid married Eleanor Norah Beattie and they have three children; Matthew Wilfrid Clarke born on the 27th March 1983, William Timothy Clarke born on the 14th November 1986 and Sarah Eleanor Clarke born on the 19th August 1991.

ANNA (1825--)


Anna was James and Anne Henderson's (1797-1863) second child and she married R.O.Blackadder of the Belfast Bank, Dundalk, on the 14th November 1848. They had five children; Amelia, Norrie, Bertha Ada and Annie. Their daughter, Ada, married Dick Palmer and they had two daughters, Annabelle and Florence and one son, named Eric.
Annabelle married Frank Bennet and Florence married a man named Stokes. The other daughter, Annie, married John Hamilton, an Inland Revenue Official.


William Henderson was the third child of James and Anne Henderson and he was born, at Prospect Place, Newry, on the 16th December 1826. His father was the proprietor of the Newry Telegraph at that time. Two of William's uncles were in the ministry of the Presbyterian Church, Reverend Alexander was a Military Chaplain and the Reverend Henry was the minister of the 1st Presbyterian Church, at Holywood, Co. Down. William was only seventeen when his mother died and his mother's death made a deep impression on him.
He decided that he would also enter the ministry and was being prepared for Trinity college Dublin when his minister advised him to go to Belfast college. After graduation he went to Edinburgh and entered the New College of the Free Church of Scotland.
Shortly after he was licensed he was invited to be a pastor at the 2nd Armagh Presbyterian Church. William was ordained in December 1850. He also became the Presbyterian chaplain to the County Gaol and clerk to the Armagh Presbytery. He later became the Editor and Manager of the Presbyterian newspaper, the Monthly Messenger. William married Eliza Jane, daughter of Philip Dixon Hardy M.R.I.A of Dublin and Marianne Hall, on the 27th October


1857,at Zion Chapel, King's Inns Street, Dublin. Both William and Eliza were thirty years of age. William and Eliza had six children; Philip Dixon born on the 21st September 1858 and who was twice married. He had a daughter Kathleen Jane by his first wife who was brought up by her Aunt Jeanetta (Nettie) at Blackrock, Co. Dublin. Kathleen never married and died in 1964.
We know Philip Dixon's second wife was Edith Mary Archer. They were married at Hackney on the 5th June 1905 and had a daughter on the 7th May 1909 and named Sheila Margery. Philip worked in a London stockbroker's office; William and Eliza Henderson's second child was named Annie Peacock and she was born on the 7th January 1860 at Greenfield Manse, Armagh. Annie married Harry Carter Draper FCS.; The third child was named Eliza Hardy and she was born in 1861; the fourth child was named William Francis and he was born on the 5th August 1862. William married Daisy Chetham-Strode of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand. Daisy died on the 24th November 1900 and he married again, this time to Ella Mary Gray; the fifth child was named James Alfred and he was born on the 25th October 1864, James became a solicitor on the 30th December 1887 and he lived at 3 Palmerston Villas, Rathmines, Co. Dublin; the sixth child was named Jeannetta Gillespie. She was born on the 25th February 1867 and did not marry.

William was never particularly robust but he had enjoyed good health. Unfortunately he was attacked by a malady about a year and a half before his death which baffled the doctors of his day.
William died at Littleton, his brother's (Henry George) residence, at Newry, on the 25th of June 1868. He was forty-one years of age. His widow, Eliza Jane, left Armagh and moved to her


parent's house at Dublin, with her six children. Eliza Jane Henderson died at Airfield Road, Rathgar, Dublin on the 29th August 1908.


Annie Peacock Henderson (1860-1949)


Annie Peacock was married, when she was twenty-one, to Harry Carter Draper who was the same age. His father, Harry Napier Draper was a leading research chemist who invented colourless iodine and Drapers Dichroic Ink. This ink was famous for its non-fading and beat resisting qualities and was widely used by government departments and also by the legal profession. Harry Napier Draper was also a very wealthy Dublin businessman. His son, Harry Carter, was also interested in the academic aspects of chemistry and like his father he was a Fellow of the Chemistry Society and an examiner in chemistry at Trinity College and the Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland. A keen yachtsman he owned three yachts at one time and won many prizes for Trans Irish Sea races with Will 0' the Wisp. Unfortunately he had little interest in business matters but he was being groomed to take over the family business. The family had a Town house in Dublin and a large estate in Co. Kildare, called Clonsilla Lodge, which is now used as a convent. Annie and Harry had three sons; Harry Henderson Draper who was born 17th December 1881, was educated at King William college, Isle of Man. Harry Napier fell off the mast of a four master Sail Training Yacht at San Francisco and was in hospital in America for over a year. Although Harry was the eldest he never got on with his father which resulted in the second son, Edwin Henderson Draper, who was born on the 15th March, being groomed to take on Bewley & Drapers, the family business.


unfortunately Edwin did not enjoy good health and like his father was more interested in an academic rather than a business career.
He had married Emilie MacDougall, daughter of an East India Company executive, on the 5th June 1907 and they had a son, John Napier, who was born on the 15th December 1908. John Napier Draper was educated at Kingstown Grammar school, Avoca School and Trinity College Dublin. He entered the teaching profession, teaching at Kingstown Grammar School, and became Headmaster of Avoca School and Newtown school, one of the largest comprehensive schools in Ireland. John Napier married Norah Blood Smyth who had served, as a meteorologist, with the Womens Royal Air Force in World War 11.
Norah played a key role in securing postal votes for disabled people in the Irish Republic.

Sadly Edwin Henderson Draper died at Trim when he was just forty -six years of age, on the 23rd June 1930.

Annie & Harry Draper's third son was named Alfred Henderson Draper. He was named Alfred after Annie's brother, Alfred. He was born on the 22nd October 1890 and attended Kelvingrove House School, at the Bridge of A1lan,when he was eight years old. Alfred Henderson Draper completed his education at St Columba's College, at Rathfarnham, Co. Dublin.

Alfred joined the family business, Bewley & Drapers, but later became the Sales Director for William Gaw Ltd, manufacturing chemists.

Alfred married Mona Violanta Johnson on the 1st December 1915. Mona was the daughter of Thomas Johnson, Builders, of Derby who had been commissioned to repair British Army Barracks in Ireland.

Mona and Alfred had two sons, Derek Johnson born on the 22nd


September 1918 and Gerald Carter born on the 24th November 1926.
Derek was educated at Kingstown Grammar School. He joined the North Irish Horse on the outbreak of World War 11 and was commissioned in the Hampshire Regiment, on completion of his O.C.T.U course at Sandhurst. The Hampshires were equipped with various tanks but had Churchill, flame throwers, when they landed in France, shortly after D Day. Derek served with his regiment as it fought its way through, France Belgium, Holland and Germany until the end of the War. After VE Day he became a Town Major in Germany.

Derek married Irene Lucy Field on the 29th May 1943. They Adopted two children; Elizabeth born on the 25th December 1955 and David born on the 6th January 1966. Elizabeth married Allan Killip of Jersey and they have two sons: Jonathan born on the 16th February 1981 and Oliver born on the 20th August 1987. They also have a daughter, Katherine born on the 22nd October 1982.
David married Petra Simmendinger, from Hanover, and they have a son, Michael Adrian Johnson Draper, who was born on the 22nd November 1993.

Derek joined British European Airways Cargo Division, at the end of the War, and became a specia1ist in the carriage of freight by air. After BEA and BOAC merged he was appointed head of the British Airways Cargo centre at London Airport. Derek Johnson Draper retired from British Airways in 1982. Derek & Rene Draper live at Sunbury-on-Thames.

Gerald Carter Draper, or Gerry as he is known, was educated at Avoca school and Trinity college Dublin where he took a Moderatorship in Modern History and Political Science. Although he had planned for a career in the British Foreign Service he


decided to join Aer Lingus as an executive management trainee in 1947. Aer Lingus was then an Anglo-Irish company and two graduates were recruited from Trinity and two from the National University. One of the graduates from National was Garret Fitzgerald, who became the Irish Prime Minister. Gerald married Winifred Lilian Howe, daughter of Frederick George Howe, of London, on the 19th May 1951 and they have four children; Valerie Carter born on the 1st March 1952 who married Anthony Cowles. Valerie & Tony have a daughter, Sopie Laura, born on the 7th January 1988; Hilary carter born on the 11th April 1954 who married Robert Longman. Hilary & Robert have three children, Jennifer born on the 16th January 1977, Matthew born on the 18th November 1979 and Michael born on the 15th January 1989; Shirley Carter born on the 15th June 1956 who married David Ormsby.
Shirley and David have four children, Emma born on the 17th July 1976, Marc born on the 31st July 1978, Sarah born on the 12th February 1980 and Samuel born on the 11th March 1982.
Lilian and Gerald's fourth child was named Alan Carter Draper and he was educated at Granchester House, Milborne Senior and Tonbridge schools. He graduated with a BA Hons. degree in French at St David's college, Lampeter and obtained his Commercial Pilot's Licence. He is now a Flying Instructor at the College of Air Training, Perth.

Gerald became Advertising & Public Relations Manager for Aer Ljngus, resigning, in 1959,in order to join his boss, who had  become Chief  Executive of Central African Airlines, at Salisbury, S. Rhodesia. Gerald became Traffic & Sales Manager and Then Commercial Manager for CAA, which was the national airline for the


Federation of Southern Rhodesia, Northern Rhodesia and Nyasaland.
When Dr Banda started to challenge the Federation, Gerald decided to move back to England. He was appointed Advertising Manager for British European Airways in 1964,and later General Manager Market Development. He became Director of the British Airways Travel and Sales Division. Director of commercial Operations and a member of the British Airways Board in 1977. He represented British Airways on many company boards, including International Aeradio Ltd. and Intercontinental Hotels Uk. Ltd.
He was chairman of British Airtours Ltd and Sovereign Holidays. Gerald was awarded an O.B.E in 1974.

When he retired as Managing Director Intercontinental Services, in 1983, he became a Consultant Director for Lazards in the City and later established his own management consultancy, Draper Associates Ltd. This company had offices at Baker Street, London and undertook assignments for American Express, Time Magazine, BUA, Westland Helicopters, J.Walter Thompson and many other leading companies. One of these clients was Hoverspeed UK Ltd. and Gerald became its Managing Director and Vice chairman. When the company organised a management buy-out, Gerald became one of its owners.

Having turned the loss-making company into a profitable business, Hoverspeed was sold to Sealink in 1986. Gerald is a Fellow of the chartered Institute of Marketing and also a Fellow of the Institute of Travel. He became Master of the Worshipful Company of Marketors in 1990. Gerald and Lilian Draper live at Walton-on-Thames, Surrey.

William Francis Henderson 1862-1929;


William Francis Henderson was born at Newry, on the 5th August


1862. He became a stockbroker in Dublin and was very religious which is not surprising as his father was a Presbyterian minister and his mother was the daughter of Philip Dixon Hardy, author of a number of religious books. William Francis, or Willie as he was known, married Daisy Chetham-Strode who was born at Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand, at Monkstown Church, Kingstown  (now Dun Laoghaire, Co Dublin on the 5th June 1897. William and Daisy lived at 1 Cowper Villas, Rathmines, Dublin and Daisy bore him two children;

Gladys Emily born on the 24th September 1898 at 1 Cowper Villas, Rathmines, co. Dublin and Harold William born on the 1st February 1900 at Dublin. Sadly Daisy died on the 24th November 1900 when she was just twenty-four years of age.

On the 18th July 1903 Willie married again, this time to Ella Mary Gray, daughter of Alexander Gray of Dublin. Willie and Ella Lived at  Hawthornden, Howth, co. Dublin. They had three sons; James Alfred, David and William George together with three daughters; Marjorie, Elsie and Ella Mary.

Marjorie Henderson was born on the 12th May 1904 and married Ralph Kerr. Marjorie and Ralph had three children; Maryl Kerr born on the 16th April 1938 who married David Kent Murphy, or Kent as he is known, and had three children; David Murphy born on the 22nd November 1960 who married Rose Marie Berberian.
David and Rose had a son named Adrian Murphy who was born on the 17th August 1993.

Maryl and Kent's second child was born on the 6th January 1963 and named Beth Murphy. Sadly Beth died aged ten on the 6th September 1973.


Later Maryl and Kent adopted a son who was named James Kerr Murphy and he married a girl named Ann.

Ralph and Marjorie Kerr's second child was a son named Hugh Kerr and he married Elizabeth Watts. Hugh and Elizabeth Kerr have four children; Martha Kerr born on the 3rd August 1968, Gavin Kerr born on The 25th December 1969, Rachel Kerr born on the 22nd October 1971 who married Wayne Bezner, and Shannon born on the 2nd April 1993.

Ralph and Marjorie Kerr's third child was named James Kerr and he married a girl named Ann. James and Ann Kerr had three children: a daughter, named Julie, who was born on  the 9th March 1961 who married Robert Barker. Julie and Robert Barker have a daughter named Sophie who was born on the 12th December 1993.
James and Ann Kerr's second child was named Gillian and she was born on the 17th September 1962. James and Ann Kerr's third child was named Joanna and she was born in 1967.

Marjorie Henderson's second husband was Lynn Snyder.

Unfortunately Willie Henderson's Dublin business was not successful and he emigrated to Canada in 1915. His wife, Ella, and all his children, except Gladys, who was known as Peggy, joined him at Fenlon Falls, Ontario early in 1916.

Peggy was completing her final year at Alexandra College in Dublin and it was agreed that a relative in England, on the Chetham-Strode side, her mother's family, would look after her.
Peggy married William Francis Small and they had two children; David William Small born on the 9th June 1927 and  James Miln Small born on the 15th June 1933.
David Small married Annette Elizabeth Borrie on the 27th August


1955 and they have three children; Mary Helen Small born on the 10th June 1956, Francis David Small born on the 5th April 1958 and John Edward Mun Small born on the 19th April 1959. Mary Small married Peter Baker and Francis Small married Jennifer Martin.

Francis and Jennifer Small have three children; Michael Francis David Small born on the 2nd August 1990, Caroline Jennifer Holly Small born on the 28th November 1992 and Peter James Martin Small born on the 7th April 1994.
David and Annette's third child was named John Edward Miln Small and he married Susan Juliet Ann Maylin.

James Miln Small, second son of Peggy Henderson and William Small, married Sorel Corfield on the 6th June 1959 and they have two children; Angus James Small born on the 28th March 1966 Emily Jane Small born on the 30th October 1967.
After schooling in Scotland, at Lathallan and Glenalmond, David William Small served in the Army Intelligence Corps for three years before going up to Corpus Christi College, Cambridge where he graduated in Law. David worked with the Distillers Company for thirty-five years, the last twelve years as a Director. He retired in 1987.

His brother James Miln Small, known as Jimmie, followed him to the same schools and went up to Emmanuel college, Cambridge where he graduated. He spent a number of years with Czarnikow Ltd., a commodities broker before being appointed London Representative for the Swaziland Sugar Corporation. Jimmie Small retired to Wiltshire in 1994.

Harold William Henderson was the second child of Willie Henderson and Daisy Chetham-Strode of New Zealand. He accompanied his


father to Canada and joined A.E.Ames and Company Ltd., in 1916, in British Columbia. He was Manager of their Victoria Office from 1931-1957 and resident Director of the company (1951-1964) when he retired. Harold married Verna Morris in Victoria in 1926 and he died on the 23rd April 1979 leaving two daughters; Gladys Patricia, known as Pattie, born in 1926 who married Douglas Dewar.

Pattie and Douglas had two children; Twins Ian and Douglas born in 1953. Pattie married again, this time to Nobel Manzer and they had a son, Peter, born in 1959. Harold and Verna Henderson's second child was named Janet Ann and she married a journalist, John Scott. Janet and John Scott have two children; Hugh Harold Henderson Scott and Catherine Scott. Janet and John Scott live in Quebec, near the Vermont border.

Elsie Henderson (1905-1990) was the second daughter of William Francis and Ella Henderson and she was born on the 31st December 1905. Elsie served in the Royal Canadian Air Force and was the commanding officer of the composite Training School at Jarvis Street, Toronto, which trained some 7000 women for the Air Force in World War 11. Elsie later became personnel Manager for Simpsons, one of Toronto's leading stores.

William Francis and Ella Henderson's third child was born on the 4th April 1908 and named James Alfred Henderson. James married Cora Louise Berry and they had three sons; John Henderson born in 1952 and who sadly died that same year, Peter James Henderson who was born on the 29th July 1953 and married Dawn Gibson. Peter married again, his second wife is Kathleen Ann Gawel and she was born on the 12th March 1953. Peter Henderson is a computer specialist and lives with Kathleen at Toronto, Canada.


James and Cora Hendersons third son was named Bruce William Henderson and he was born on the 18th August 1958. Bruce married Simone Angastiniotis and they have a daughter named Tara Lindsay Henderson who was born on the 13th December 1992.

William Francis and Ella Henderson's fourth and fifth children were twins, born on the 1st February 1910,and named David and William Francis Henderson, but sadly David died at birth and William died on the 13th October l910, he was just eight months old. Their sixth child was born on the 7th June 1911 and named Ella Mary Henderson. Ella died at St Thomas, Ontario, Canada, on the 22nd February 1988.


William (1826-1868) was followed by David who was born on the 14th October 1828. David left Newry for Australia as he could not marry as he wished. He died at Melbourne on the 16th June 1853 aged twenty-four and a half years of age. The next child was Amelia and she was born on the 13th September 1830. Amelia died unmarried when she was nineteen years of age, on the 17th November 1849. The next child was Elizabeth who was born on the 25th February 1833. Elizabeth also died unmarried, aged thirty-three, on the 7th June 1866. The next child was named Isabella and she was born on the 18th May 1834. Isabella died unmarried aged fifty-two, on the 4th February 1896. The next child was named Fanny and she was born on the 22nd January 1836. Fanny was just five years of age when she died on the 10th March 1841. Fanny was followed by the birth of Margaret on the 25th December 1837 but once again James and Anne Henderson were to witness the tragic loss of yet another child at an early age. Their daughter Margaret died on


the 18th October 1845, just seven and a half years of age.

Fortunately they fared better with their next child Maria who was born on the 26th December 1839 and who lived for sixty-five years. (see page 33). Maria was followed by Henry George who was born on the 11th April 1843. Henry was the proprietor of the Newry Telegraph from 1863. He also started the Irish Echo and Dublin Evening Standard. Henry died at Dublin on the 7th February 1888.


James Henderson had four children by his second marriage; Edith Jane born on the 16th September 1851 who married Norman Kerr M.D,F.L.S London.; John Alexander Knox born on the 19th September 1852 who died when he was two, on The 13th July 1855; Henrietta Cuppage (Rita) born on the 18th February 1854 and Cecil Knox born on the 12th May 1856 who also died in his early years. He was just fourteen years old when he died on the 7th May 1870.


William was the second son of James Henderson and Amelia Magill.
He became a confidential clerk and Book-Keeper in the Belfast Commercial chronicle. He married Martha Johnson at the Presbyterian Meeting House, at Antrim, on the 22nd November 1822.
The ceremony was performed by the Reverend James Carley, Unitarian Minister of Antrim. Martha was the youngest daughter of Andrew Johnson of Ballyharvey, Co. Antrim, and William and Martha had four children; Elizabeth Henderson who died unmarried, at New York, Martha Henderson who married a man named Robeson and died in the USA in 1914, Amelia Henderson who was born in June 1832.
We do not know the name of the fourth child. Amelia's father


William Henderson died of cholera, at St Therese, on his way to Montreal on the 7th August 1832 when she was just two months old.
William left a widow and four daughters.

Amelia married John Leishman, a teacher, and the son of David Leishman and Janet Birrel of Canonbie, Dumfriesshire. Amelia and John Leishman were married at Linenhall Street Presbyterian Church, Belfast, on the 12th October 1848. Amelia and John Leishman had two children who died in their infancy. Amelia and John Leishman's third child was named John George Alexander Leishman and he was born at Pittsburg on the 28th March 1857. John George became President of the Carnegie Steel Company and he was later appointed U.S Ambassador to Turkey, Italy, and finally Germany. On the 9th September 1890 he married Julia Crawford, daughter of Edward Crawford, at Homewood Baptist Church, Pittsburgh.

John George Leishman and Julia had two children; Martha who died unmarried and Nancy Louise who was born on the 2nd October 1894. Kaiser William of Germany became very concerned when the Crown Prince Willie started to take considerable interest in Nancy, they were always together. It is believed the Kaiser pressured Nancy to marry Charles Rodolphe Englebert Phillipe Leon, 13th Duke of Croy. They were married on the 27th October 1913 and having borne the Duke three children, Nancy was treated very badly by him. The Duke was very fond of the ladies and matters came to a head when the Duke attempted to give family furs to the children's Governess Nancy walked out on him but had great difficulty obtaining a divorce as he was a Roman Catholic. However Nancy discovered that a divorce would be possible in France if she obtained the consent of two Archbishops.


This is what she did and the divorce was agreed on the 19th June 1922. She even succeeded in making the Duke pay all expenses. The Duke later married the Governess but she did not last long as the Duke had two further wives!

Nancy then married Andrew de Oldenburg, the Danish Ambassador at Paris. Dr Jocelyn Eustace lunched with them, at the Embassy, in 1939. They were taking down paintings to store for the War. Sadly Andrew de Oldenburg died soon after, on the 15th September 1939.
Nancy then went to live at Copenhagen where she died in 1992. Nancy's daughter, Antoinette, married Douglas Auffm-Ord and they live at Dullmen in Germany, Majorca and Paris.  The second daughter, Marie Louise, who is known as Lulu, had a daughter who died at an early age. Lulu married again after the death of her first husband. Her second husband was a wealthy man named Fred Adams. They have a house in Paris and in the French countryside. Nancy's mother, Amelia Leishman, married again, and her second husband was Captain John Bateson of the US Army. Amelia Leishman died at Pittsburgh on the 20th December 1905.



Alexander was the third son of James Henderson (1766-1834) and Amelia Magill and be was born at Belfast in 1801. He was educated at the Old College, Belfast and received his General certificate from that College in 1826. This certificate was regarded by the Presbyterian church as the equivalent to a university degree. From 1823-1829 he was Librarian of the Linenhall Library in Belfast. Destined to take a place in the family newspaper he decided at the age of seventeen to enter the ministry.


He was licensed by the Belfast Presbytery and on the 20th June 1829 he was ordained Minister of the 1st Lisburn Presbyterian Church. He resigned from that post in 1855 and became the first Irish Presbyterian Chaplain appointed to the British Army. He was stationed at the Curragh, Colchester, and Dublin and according to the "Evangelical Witness" "He was a great favourite with the Presbyterian soldiers" Unfortunately his health deteriorated  and  he  was  transferred  to Warley, in Essex, which was classed as an easy station. He died, at the Barracks, aged sixty-seven and unmarried, after a severe illness on the 21st July 1868. His brother, the Reverend Henry Henderson of Holywood Co. Down was with him during the last days of his illness.


George Henderson was born in 1814 and he lived at Emyvale, Newry.
He succeeded his brother, James, as Editor of the Newry Telegraph.
George was married twice. His first wife was Isabella Barclay Williamson, daughter of Alexander Williamson of Lambeg. George and Isabella had four children but they all died when they were young. The first child was named Alexander William and he was born in 1833. Alexander died at the age of seventeen on the 29th September 1850. The second child was named Emily and she was born in 1840 but died aged eleven on the 7th August 1851 The third child died in infancy on the 8th January 1844. The fourth child was named Ann Hardell and she was born on the 18th October 1845 but died on the 7th November 1845. George's second wife was Catherine Ward, daughter of James Ward of Strawberry Hill, Lisburn who also bore him four children.


The first child was named George William and he joined the Royal Navy. George William died at port Royal Jamaica on the 26th July 1878 on board H.M.S Bullfinch. The second child was named James Ward and he married Alice Mary Clarke, daughter of Edward P Clarke of Kingstown on the 28th April 1896. The third child was named Alexander and he died, in infancy, on the 11th October 1860. The fourth child was named Emily Catherine and she was born in 1860 (possibly a twin of Alexander). Sadly Emily did not live very long and died when she was nine years old, on the 25th February 1869.


Was the fourth son of James Henderson and Amelia Magill and was born in Belfast on December 27th 1820. Henry followed in his brother Alexander's footsteps and decided to enter the Ministry. He was licensed in Belfast in November 1842 and was ordained on September 25th 1844 as the Minister for the 1st Presbyterian Church at Holywood, Co. Down. Henry occupied this pulpit for thirty-four years. On the 9th June 1846 he married Sarah Jane Russell, the daughter of John Russell, solicitor, of Newry at Sandys Street Presbyterian church, Newry. He died at Glenard, Holywood on the 7th December 1879, aged fifty-nine.


Henry & Sarah had seven children; Mary, Emily known as Lily, who married the Reverend John O'Reilly-Blackwood, incumbent of Ballywalter, Co. Down, l878-l893 and Chaplain to Mission to seamen, Cork  (1894-1897). Lily and John Blackwood had four children; a daughter, Edwin, Noel and Verine.

The Reverend Henry and Sarah's third child and first son was


named Herbert Richardson and he died at New York on the 31st July 1897. The fourth child was named Alexander and he opted for a career in the Church of England in spite of the strong Presbyterian family background.

Canon Alexander Henderson; (1854-1963)


Alexander Henderson graduated from Queen's university Belfast in 1874 with a B.A. He entered Bishop Hatfield's Hall, Durham University that same year and was awarded a Licentiate in Theology in 1876. He was ordained a Deacon in 1877,aged twenty-three and a priest on the 22nd September 1878,at Manchester, aged twenty-four years. His first post was at St. Oswald's, Collyhurst, on a £140 stipend. He remained there from 1877-1882. In 1882 he moved to Holy Trinity Church, Selhurst and remained there until 1885. His next posting was to St. Andrew's Cardiff where he stayed until 1892. He was Rector of Burton, Pembrokeshire, from 1892-1894.

The Reverend Alexander Henderson was posted to Canton, China in 1894 and remained overseas until 1901.

In 1901 he returned to Britain and became Rector of St John the Baptist Church, Cardiff. He was appointed a Canon in 1935.

Alexander Henderson married Gertrude Harrison in 1885. Alexander and Gertrude had three children:

Sir Alan Gerald Henderson:


The first child was named Alan Gerald and he was born, at Cardiff on the 22nd March 1886. Alan Henderson was educated at Westminster School and Christ Church, Oxford where he read Law. In 1909 he entered the Indian Civil Service and married Joan Margaret Takle in 1922. Alan was appointed Secretary to the


Government of Bengal in 1932 and he became a Judge of the Calcutta High Court in 1933 retaining this post until 1937.

He was knighted for his services in 1945. Alan and Joan Henderson had a son named Alexander John (he was known as Jack). Jack's first wife was named Trixie and they had two children: Robin Alan Louis who married and had two daughters; and Olivia Martha Hope who is also married and living in Australia. Jack Henderson married again, this time to Sheila Atha who now lives at Chalfont, St Giles, Buckinghamshire.

Canon Alexander's second child was Gertrude Aileen and she was born on the 11th November 1887. The third child was Denys Arthur who was born on the 25th December 1888 and who married Jacqueline Ellen Olivier Riches in 1919. Denys served in the Royal Navy and became a Commander. Denys and Jacqueline have three children; Pamela Mary born on the 26th September 1918 who married Alan Dennis MacArthur[xii] on the 16th October 1942. Pamela and Alan McArthur live at Clifton, Bristol and they have four children; Nicola Jane born on the 10th August 1944 who married Andrew Harland in 1969. Nicola and Andrew Harland had a son named James Robert Andrew who was born on the 7th August 1970. Andrew died in 1971 and Nicola later married Charles Fairweather, in 1976.
Nicola and Charles Fairweather had two sons; Edward Charles born on the 29th May 1978 and Henry Nicholas born on the 30th January 1982.

Pamela and Alan McArthur's second child was named Allan Robin Dayrell who was born on the 28th June 1946 and who married Susan Diana Cheshire in 1977. Allan and Susan McArthur have three


children: Alistair Hugh Dayrell born on the 31st March 1979; Sam Robin Dennis born on the 3rd July 1981 and Robert Douglas Allan born on the 5th May 1985.

Pamela and Alan McArthur's third child was named James John Dennis and he was born on the 21st June 1950. James married Elaine Ward on the 7th September 1974 and they have three children: Alexandra Jane born on the 10th March 1976; Andrew Duncan John born on the 12th June 1977 with his twin brother Ian Stewart Dennis.

Pamela and Alan McArthur's fourth child was named Joanna Mary and she was born on the 28th January 1953. Joanna married Simon Robin Fuller in 1979 and they have three children: Emilia Catherine born on the 20th May 1982;Chloe Nicola born on the 9th December 1984 and Thomas Richard Simon born on the 14th January 1988.
Denys and Jacqueline Henderson's second child was named Robin Denys Henderson and he married Mary Woodcock in 1950.
Denys and Mary have three children: Michael Robin who was born on the 9th February 1953 and married Jan Marie Rachel Morrell in 1978. Michael and Jan a1so have three children; Annabel Rachel born on the 29th June 1982, Edward Michael[xiii] born on the 13th December 1984 and David William born on the 15th April 1990. Michael and Jan Henderson live in New Zealand.

The second child of Robin and Mary was named Susan Mary Carolyn and she was born on the 30th April 1954. Susan married Michael John Lynskey in 1990 and they have two children; Rachel Kate born on the 19th August 1992 and Belinda Lucy born on the 17th February 1995. Robin and Mary's third child was named Elizabeth Jane Rosemary and she was born on the 10th April 1958. Elizabeth


Henderson married Alban Pierre Robert Roy in 1985 and they have three children Felix William Didier born on the 14th March 1988, Melanie Chantal Mary born on the 2nd March 1991. and  Jacques Robin Emmanuel born on the 15th September 1994. Robin and Mary's fourth child was named Jennifer Anne Gillian and she was born on the 2nd November 1959. Jennifer married Paul Thomas Ahearne in 1987 and they have two children Isabelle Tara Margaret born on the 19th April 1989 and Victoria Kate Gabriel born on the 29th October 1990.

The following was inserted/changed by Mike Henderson:

"Robin Henderson[xiv] joined the Royal Navy, like his father before him. When he retired from naval service, with the rank of Commander, the family emigrated to Australia. After working for the Institution of Engineers in Canberra, he retired to Manly, a beachside suburb of Sydney." He served his entire career with the Fleet Air Arm of the Royal Navy, although he was based in Sydney with his aircraft carrier as part of the Far East Fleet for a time in 1944/45.

Canon Alexander Henderson died on the 17th May 1963 at 16 The Lees, Malvern.

The Reverend Henry and Sarah Henderson's third son was named Edwin and he was born on the 14th August 1856. Tragically Edwin was accidentally drowned when he was seventeen, on the 16th August 1873.

Ernest Henderson

The Reverend Henry and Sarah Henderson's fourth son was named Ernest and he married Agnes Quinn. Ernest became an engineer with the Great Northern Railway and afterwards President of the Canadian Salt Company Ltd. Ernest and Agnes Henderson had a daughter, named Creina, who was born on the 14th July 1887, Creina Henderson married the Reverend Roy Chadwick and they had a daughter, named Elizabeth, who was born on the 16th August 1916.
Elizabeth Chadwick married Rex Kirk Owen in 1949 and they had a daughter named Alice. This daughter married Anthony Maitland on the 16th October 1976 and they have two children; Oliver born on


the 17th June 1984 and Isabel born on the 4th September 1980.
Alice and Anthony Maitland live in Powys, Wales.

Maria Henderson (1839-1905)

Maria was the tenth child of James Henderson (1797-1863) and Anne Peacock, and she was born on the 26th December 1839. Maria lived with her brother, James Alexander, at Norwood Tower and she taught his younger children. This was where she met her future husband Frank Const Barker. Frank Barker was one of James Alexander's business friends. All the Barker family used the middle name Const after a Mr Const of Piccadilly, London. Mr Const was a wealthy business friend of Frank's father, Richard Barker, and when he died he left the family a large sum of money.

Maria Henderson and Frank Barker were married on the 15th September 1862 and lived at Sorrento House, Dalkey, Co. Dublin. They had eight children;

Margaret Frances Const Barker (Meta) founded St Christopher's College for Nursery Nurses at Tunbridge Wells which was later taken over by Barnardos. Meta died in 1934; The second child was named Francis Const Barker and he married Kathleen McGilligan. Francis died on the 1st May 1928; The third child was Kathleen Const Barker who married James Musgrave and had four children; The first child was (sir) Christopher Musgrave and he was born on the 18th October 1892. Christopher married Kathleen Chapman. Sir Christopher and Lady Kathleen Musgrave had four children; the first child was named Richard, who inherited the title, and who was born on the 10th February 1922,the second child was named Michael and he was killed in action, with the 1st B.N. Irish Guards, on the 5th February 1944, at the Anzio Bridgehead, in Italy, Elizabeth,


and Anthony. Sir Christopher Musgrave died on the 12th May 1956. His heir, Sir Richard Musgrave married Maria Cambanis and they have two sons Christopher and Shane and also four daughters. The elder son is named The Hon. Shane Husgrave.

Kathleen and James Musgraves' second child was named Frank and he married Kathleen Gray. The third child, Dorothy Maud, was born in 1900 and she married Togo Nash Peake. Dorothy died on the 16th February 1991. The fourth child was named Kathleen Joyce Musgrave and she married Edmund Saville Monckton, llth Viscount Galway.

They had a daughter named the Hon. Rose Winsome Monckton, who was born in 1937 and died in 1980. Kathleen Joyce died on the 1st February 1975.

The fourth child of Maria and Frank Barker, Evelyn Const Barker, married Charles Gifford and they had three children:
Margaret who died on the 5th March 1979; Sheila Maria who married Robert Lowry and who died on the 19th January 1990; and Charles Blake Gifford who was born on the 2nd February 1910 and became an actor on the stage. He died on the 18th August 1952. His mother Evelyn Const Gifford died on the 18th February 1945. The fifth child of Maria and Frank Barker was named William Gerald Const Barker and he died in 1884,in Australia.

The sixth child of Maria and Frank Barker was Edith Maud Const Barker, known as Maud, and she married Benjamin Frank Eustace J.P. Edith and Benjamin had five children: John Frank Fawcett Eustace, born on the 31st October 1902 who married Natalie Diamond and had two children; Mary born on the 16th September 1938 and John born on the 22nd March 1947. Their daughter Mary married Major Charles Kaiser and they have a daughter, Sheila


Vivienne born on the 26th June 1964.

Their son, John Edwin married Helen McKinley and they have three children: Nicholas born on the 6th January 1973; Caroline born on the 28th November 1967 and Annette born on the 12th September 1969.

The second child of Maud and Benjamin Eustace was named Pauline Beryl, and Beryl, as she was called, married John Phair who became the Bishop of Ossory and Ferns.

Maud and Benjamin Eustace's third child was named Veronica Pearl and she was born on the 26th August 1906. Pearl as she was called married Sir William Francis Broadbent, the third Baronet, who was a solicitor.

Sir William's grandfather, the first Baronet, came from Huddersfield, Yorkshire and was Physician Extraordinary to Queen Victoria. He was also Physician to King Edward Vl1 and to the Prince of Wales. Pearl died on the 8th November 1951.
Maud and Benjamin's fourth child was named Henry Jocelyn Eustace.
He was born on the 23rd July 1908 and he became a leading member of the medical profession in Dublin.

The fifth child of Maud and Benjamin Eustace was named Benjamin Goodbody Eustace and he married Janet Stephenson. Benjamin and Janet had two children; Benjamin Ian Eustace born on the 11th July 1936 and who died, aged 23,on the 3rd December 1959;and Peter Jocelyn Eustace born on the 24th February 1938 who married Bernice Passmore.

Unfortunately we do not have any record of the christian names of James and Amelia's three daughters. However we do know that


one married a man named MacKenzie and that both were drowned on their way to Australia. The second daughter married a man named Robert Rea. The Rea's had three sons and five daughters. The sons were; Hugh who married a girl named Kelsey, William who married a girl named Hopkirk and had four children; Maud, Helen Ethel and Cecil. Ethel married a man named Haslett and they had two children; Ethna and Desmond. The Rea's third son, Henry T married a girl named Small and they had three children; Vivian T.T Rea who was killed in action. Violet, who married a man named Stevenson, and Winnie who married a man named Boyd.

The Rea's daughters were; Annie, Margaret who married a man named Crotty, Jane who married a D.C.Salmond and Henriett.

James and Amelia Henderson's third daughter was named Isabella and she married Robert Waugh at Melbourne and had a child.

Transcribed by A Maitland, 29/12/2001.

10.          Additions by A Maitland


Belfast street directories


Henderson, W. D., Commission Merchant, Agent to the North of Scotland Fire and Scottish Amicable Life Assurance Companies, 9 Waring Street, residence, 24 James Street.
Henderson, Robert, Corn Factor & General Broker, 25 Donegall Quay, residence, 74 York Street.
Henderson, Miss, Boarding and Day School, 14 York Street.
Henderson, Samuel, Publican, 64 Millfield.
Henderson, George, Grocer, Shankhill Road.
Henderson, Alexander, Publican, 52 Great Patrick Street.
Henderson, John, 24 Pilot Street.
Henderson & Russell, Printers & Publishers, 4 Hercules Place.
Henderson, Robert, Smith, 22 Joy Street.
Henderson, John, Printer, Publisher, Book Seller & General News Agent, Proprietor of the Northern Circulating Library & Publisher of the Belfast Directory, 15b Castle Place, residence, Castle Chambers.

Quin, Thomas, Inn Keeper, (White Cross), 80 North Street

Russell, Andrew, of Henderson & Russell, Printers, residence, 33 Cullentree Place.
Russell, Arthur, Harbour Master, 45 James's Street.
Russell, John, Agent for the Sale of Castlebellingham Ale, 16 Castle Street.
Russell, Mrs., Milliner, 16 Castle Street.
Russell, John, Haberdasher, 25 Ann Street, residence, 11 Hamilton Street.
Russell, Henry, Esq., Solicitor of Crawford & Russell, residence, Wellington Lodge, County Down.
Russell, Letitia, Straw Bonnet Maker, 29 Hercules Place.
Russell, John, Publican, 33 Great Patrick Street.
Russell, Patrick, Sawyer, 121 Durham Street.
Russell, Samuel, Labourer, 44 Talbot Street.
Russell, George, Ship Carpenter, 19 Sarah Street.

of the principal

Henderson, Miss, 113 Kensington Terrace, Botanic Road.
Henderson & Winnington, brass founders, gas fitters, 5 Mill Street.
Henderson, Eliza, grocer, 91 Bradbury Place.
Henderson, J., cooper, 15 Hill Street.
Henderson, James, collector of water tax, 51 Brougham Street.
Henderson, James Alexander, proprietor of News Letter, 10 Bridge Street. * Norwood Tower, Sydenham.
Henderson, John, printer, book seller and news agent, 13 Castle Place.
Henderson, Miss, Fern Cottage.
Henderson, Robert & Son, general steam packet and commission agents, 16,21,23,25 & 27 Donegall Quay. * 7 Wellington Place.
Henderson, Robert, whitesmith and bell hanger, 11 Ann Street.
Henderson, Russell, grocer, 21 Sarah Street.
Henderson, W. D., insurance agent, commission and grain merchant, office, 12 Corporation Street. * 9 University Square

Quinn, Thomas, White Cross Inn, 80 North Street.
Quinn, Thomas, grocer, 1 Murphy Street

Henderson, Rev. Henry, Thornbank, Holywood.
Henderson, J. A., Norwood Tower.

Henderson, James Alexander, J.P., proprietor Belfast News Letter & Belfast Weekly News, and steam printing works, 55, 57 & 59 Donegall Street, res., Norwood Tower, Strandtown

Henderson, James, (of J. Henderson & Co.), 75 Inkermann Terrace, Dublin Rd.

From Karen Harney[24], 11/2016:

Margaret Henderson who married Robert Rea
known daughters:
Anna Henderson Rea 1832-1917 married James Kirker in 1856 at the Holywood Presbyterian Church, by the Rev. Henry Henderson. She emigrated to Melbourne, Aus  and the Wellington, NZ
Marcella Holywood Rea 1841-1872 married Robert Gilmore in 1860 at the Holywood Presbyterian Church, by the Rev. Alex Henderson.  Her husband was Robert Gilmore whom she had a daughter with,
Margaret Henderson Gilmore. He died and she then emigrated to Melbourne, Aus where she married John Kirker and then died.

Interestingly/sadly there are no references to an Amelia or a Magill in the children's names …...

Re: Jack Leishman, son of John G A Leishman

   Date:     Sat, 27 Mar 2004 20:57:31 EST

   From:     DrRNDal@aol.com

Dear Antony,

John Dalles here. You will recall we have corresponded regarding the Henderson and Leishman family.
I have been working to try to find the living descendents of the three children of John George Alexander Leishman and Julia Crawford.  I am hoping that you may be able to help me with my current impasse...
Martha Leishman Hyde's only child was Henry B. Hyde and his two granddaughters have recently published a book about their grandfather called "After the Ball" written by their friend Pamela Beard.  In it they give some, but not much, information about the family tree.  In the past, I have been e-mailing one of these two granddaughters, but they do not know what became of Ambassador Leishman's papers.  (They were very glad to have the information I shared with them).
I have also been in touch with the keeper of the von Croy family archives in Germany, and he sent me a very helpful handwritten family tree with some details, including the fact that John Jr. married and then adopted the daughter of his wife.

I have recently been in touch with Nancy Leishman and Karl von Croy's daughter, Princess Marie Louise von Croy, now Mrs. Fred Adams.  She tells me that she is fairly certain that if anyone still has the Ambassador's papers it would be her Uncle Jack's adopted daughter.  She believes Jack received his father's papers at the time of his death in 1924.  She says that when her Uncle Jack died (1942) or soon thereafter, his widow and adopted daughter went to the US and settled on Long Island, where the adopted daughter married "a pilot".  She does not recall names.  She says they lost track of her about 1950 when her mother died.
I have reached an impasse of sorts, because the information I have is not helping me find out what may have become of Jack's adopted daughter.

>From the handwritten family tree from the von Croy archives, here is what I do have...
John George Alexander Leishman Jr
Born in Pittsburgh PA January 16, 1887
Baptized in St Stephen Episcopal Church, Sewickley (near Pittsburgh PA) April 1, 1888 (these records still exist and were confirmed to me by their present rector)
Graduated from St. Paul's private boy's preparatory school, in 1905 (confirmed to me by the school)
Said to have attended Cambridge University (but their alumni office has no record of this)
Was the protégé of Baroness Henri de Rothschild in France before his first marriage.

Jack Leishman married (1)
September 18, 1911 at The Episcopal Church, Cadenabbia,  Lake Como, Italy, Elizabeth Helene Gardner Demarest (1892-1931)
The daughter of Warren Gardner Demarest and his wife Elizabeth Charlotte (maiden name not known to me) of NY.
Note that she was later divorced from Jack Leishman (1917) and subsequently married two more times:
(2) Alastair St. Clair Leveson-Gower, married April 27, 1918 [their daughter Elizabeth became Countess of Southerland.  Baroness of Strathnaver.]
(3) George (Georgij Aleksandrov), Baron Osten Dreisen, married in 1931; later that year Elizabeth died.
Jack Leishman married (2) (not sure of date but believe AFTER 1924)
Anna Pauline Verelpen (dates not known, but born circa 1888 - 1894, died circa 1950) called "Pauline"
Pauline's first husband's last name is hard to read on my handwritten family tree from the von Croy archives. 

It appears to be Boucard or Boucart but the "u" could be an "n" and the "r" could be an "n".
(I have asked Mrs Adams to please clarify but have not heard back from her).
Pauline Verelpen's daughter from her first marriage was named Jacqueline.
Jack died in Paris January 2, 1942 and is buried in the Verelpen plot of the Cimetierie de Bagnolet (This cemetery must be either the famous Pere Lachaise or Charonne; both are near the de Bagnolet location.  Cimetiere Charonne is at 116 rue de Bagnolet, P1 St-Blaise, 75020 PARIS (Founded in 1791).

Here are the mysteries...
Google.com has no Verelpen listed as a family name, anywhere.
The first husband's last name is so hard to decypher I am not sure who he may have been. 
One researcher believes that this may be the correct line:
About the only interesting alternative spelling I've come up with for Pauline Anna's married-name is Boucard.  Examining Magistrate Judge Henri Boucard of Paris presided for Mme. Caillaux, wife of the former Premier and Minister of Finance, who killed Gaston Calmette, editor of the Figaro, on March 16, 1914.  Also there's a Jacqueline Boucard dob ~1926 on an old Ancestry.com family tree.  She married Maurice Sautreau, who I'll bet is the one who was killed in WWII per the French monument in the center of Chenoise village, Seine-et-Marne, France.  They had 3 children, and it might be worth your attempt to contact this tree's owner.

Changes to Draper:
30/3/2004: added John Dallas email.

3/3/2005: corrections to pps 31-33 my Mike Henderson
13/8/2012: small additions and corrections
12/12/2016: add James Henderson g/children data


11.          CORFIELDS

These are extracts sent by James Small, the husband of Sorel Corfield. There is the main body of the text with newspaper extracts in the side lines.

He added some corrections


Arthur (see p153) was born 28 April 1812, and baptised 20 ?? 1812, Bridewell, and again on 19 May 1817, St Mary Marylebone.*" He went to the East India College in 1828, which had been founded in 1806, to provide education for ??C students. Arthur married Jane Grayston on 20 October ???5 at the British Embassy Chapel, Paris; and they had two children: Helen, baptised 16 November 1838 at St Martin Moor?gate, London; and John. Jane died in 1839 and Arthur married Dora Taylor, having a son, Arthur John Grant, born ??2. Arthur had joined the Bombay Civil Service and lived in Bombay 1836-62. On his return to England the family lived at 21 St Stephen's Sq, Westbourne Park, Middlesex, and he died 18 November 1902, leaving £4617 in ??ief Will naming Dora as sole beneficiary. Helen died in ???8 in London. Dora died at St Stephen's Sq, 9 January leaving £69,356 in her Will which mentioned her daughter, Maria Jane (Mrs George Smith). From 1863-69, Arthur J G Corfield attended his father's old school (founded as Haileybury College in 1862). He became a solicitor in 1883 and practised in Bayswater, London, before moving to Brighton, and lived at 7 Freshfield Place, dying 27 April 1937 at the Municipal Hospital.


Septimus Infelix (see p153) was born 21 March 1813, and baptised 19 March 1817, St Mary Marylebone, London. He served in the 39th Madras NI, and died in 1847 at Ootacamund (Ooty), a hill station where the Governors of Madras used to stay, leaving money in Chancery. An account of the cemetery noted: 'This is the old British cemetery that Richard Burton said was already "so extensive, so well marked" when he came to Ootacamund in 1847 that it made "shudder to look at it", and it must have grown for many years after that ... Twenty to thirty-five is a big age group among these officers of the Bengal Native Infantry, the Bombay Cavalry, the Dragoons who lie here, sometimes with ther wives and children, lined up so thickly that the paths ???n like aisles between packed hospital cots.'*12


Henry Christian Corfield, solicitor in Lincoln's Inn (see p153) was born 24 February 1830. He married Emily, daughter of Capt William Ticehurst RN, in 1861, and they had four children: William Ticehurst, born 16 November 1862; Henry Oakley, born 16 October 1864; Emily Augusta, born 7 May ???5. London; and Frederick Delapoer Beresford, born 17 August 1873, Oswestry. William, Frederick, and probably Henry, went to Oswestry Grammar School, one of the oldest surviving secular schools in England. William also attended ??on Grammar School, run by Mr H Wimble MA.
Emily 'of 18 Regent's Park Rd, Middx' died in 1885 at Oswestry. Henry died 2 February 1907, leaving £5395 in his Will. He bequeathed to his eldest son his house, his family pictures, his great-grandfather's sword, the silver salver he had been given on leaving Oswestry. He left his daughter his Life Assurance policy (£2172), leaving the residue of his property to his younger sons. He also stipulated that his son Henry, first returned to the estate the £704 he had borrowed. Emily lived in Somerset, and died 11 March 1946 at 5 Regents Park Rd, London.
William Ticehurst Corfield had been to Christ's College, Cambridge, 8 August 1881 gaining a BA in 1885 (MA 1889). He was ordained deacon in 1886, becoming a Curate at Ault Hucknall, Derbyshire and Priest at Southwe??  Nottinghamshire in 1887. William was then Curate of Long Melford, Suffolk 1889-92; Curate of Walsall, Staffordshire 1892-93; Vicar of Penkridge, 1893-1911; Perpetual Curate St Paul's, Crewe, Cheshire 1911-16; and Vicar of Great Barr near Birmingham 1916-26. He married Ellen Florence Westbury and they had three children, Michael Christian born 1894; Monica Westbury, born 1896; and Mary Joy Talbot, born 15 July 1898. William died in 1926. Ellen retired to 'The Limes', Jacob's Post, Burgess Hill, Sussex where she died 17 October 1943. Michael married Harriet Marjorie and lived at 25a Jennings Rd, Totton, Southampton, where died 10 July 1953. His widow lived at Brookfield, Blackridge Lane, Horsham, dying 7 May 1973. Mary J T Corfield lived at 44 Church St, Warnham, Sussex and died 8 July 1973.
     Henry Oakley Corfield, a medical doctor, married Alice Southern in 1894, and had three children: Vera, born January 1896; Ronald Oakley, born 1898; and Henry Francis Gordon, born 1906. Henry snr died 23 March 1927, his widow, moving to 348 Aylestone Rd, Leicester, where she died 19 June 1933. Vera died 28 April 1925 at Backwell, Somerset. Gordon attended Shrewsbury School (1920-23) qualifying as a Doctor at Bristol in 1930 and practising there until his death. He married Ann* Feaver and they had two children: Cherry Patricia Oakley, born 1933; and Sorel Rosemary Ticehurst,  born 1936. They were both at Crewkerne Grammar School** in 1953. His second*** wife was Gwendoline Cynthia, who became the sole beneficiary to his Will when he died 5 July 1941. Ronald Oakley Corfield emigrated to Melbourne where he married Elizabeth A Morris in 1927. Ronald died in February 1951 in Parkville Victoria, and was buried at the Necropolis, Springvale.

Corrections by James Small:
* Gwendoline Cynthia
** St Brandon’s School, Clevedon
*** His one & only wife – she disliked her real name and called herself Ann.

Frederick also went to Christ's College being awarded his BA in 1897. He was admitted as a solicitor into the Law Society in 1901, but was ordained deacon in 1905, and Priest at Chester in 1908. Frederick was Curate of Frodsham Cheshire 1905-09; Curate of Tarporley 1909-10; Curate of Nantwich 1910-12; Vicar of Weston 1912-13; Rector Church Eaton 1913-23; Chaplain to the Forces 1917-22, Vicar of Steeple with Tyneham & Grange, Dorset 1923-??. Vicar of Nettlecombe, Somerset 1927 until at least 1939. He married Gertrude Annie, who died 7 March 1929. Frederick died 8 June 1954 at Watchet, Somerset.

The Morning Post says a marriage has been arranged, and will shortly take place, between Rev William Ticehurst Corfield, MA, Vicar-designate of Penkridge. Staffordshire, eldest son of H Christian Corfield of Oswestry, Shropshire, and Ellen Florence Westbury, second daughter of the late Canon Abraham, rector of Risby, Suffolk.
Press-cutting dated 4 May 1893from F C Corfield's scrapbook.

The Times 10/6/1893. Marriages. CORFTELD ABRAHAM - June 8, at St Stephen's Westbourne Park, by the Rev C J Martyn BD, rector of Darlingworth, assisted by the Rev C T Abraham MA, vicar of Christ Church, Lichfield, and the Rev T B Harvey Brooks MA, the vicar, the Rev W Ticehurst Corfield, MA, vicar designate of Penkridge, eldest son of H Christian Corfield of Oswestry to Ellen Florence Westbury, second daughter of the latenon and the Honourable Mrs Abraham, and the grand-daughter of the first Lord Westbury.


Charles (see p150), born 7 November 1768, was Inspector General of Military Hospitals, and Surgeon, 17th Foot (The Royal Leicestershire Regt). He married Cordelia, daughter.....

The Border Counties Advertiser
Wednesday November 1898

Retirement of an Old Officer

We regret to announce that Mr H. Christian Corfield will retire from the solicitorship of the Cambrian Railways Company at the end of the present year after a period of service, almost unique in railway history. A long- experience will thus be lost to the Company, and as the family intend to leave Oswestry as soon as possible, the Town will lose an esteemed resident and a liberal supporter of all institutions connected with it. Mr Corfield was appointed solicitor to the Cambrian Company at the end of 1869 or the beginning of 1870, and he has been the colleague of no fewer than seven successive managers and of one managing director. The Honble. K C. Herbert is now the only director who was on the Board when Mr Corfield was appointed solicitor.
Mr Corfield, who is a Conservative, a Churchman and a Freemason, has from the first been a regular supporter of Holy Trinity Church, of which he has served as warden, and for upwards of twenty five years has acted as honourary secretary and treasurer, of the National Schools of the parish.
Mr Corfield, many of our readers will be interested to learn, belongs to a very ancient county family. The following extracts are from the "Shropshire Directory," under the heading of "Cardington";—“The vault of the family of Corfield, 1380-1793; once owners of estates in the parish, is under the chancel, and their arms are still to be seen on flat stones within the church, and the initials “RC. 1648” of Richard Corfield, are on an oak door in the porch.”  “Chatwell was for many generations the seat of the Corfield family, who came from Corfield, in the parish of Long Staunton, in this county, and the old stone mansion still remains.''

CORFIELD-SOUTHERNS – Sept 12 at St Augustin’s Church, Bournemouth, by the Rev Canon Twells, Henry Oakley Corfield, MA and CM (Edinburgh), second son of Henry Christian Corfield, of Oswestry, to Alice, sixth daughter of the late Francis Southern, of Bishops Castle and Mre Southern, of Bryn Mawr, Bournemouth.

The Times 18/9/1894
The Times 22/1/1896. Births. Jan 19, at The Cottage, West Town, near Bristol, the wife of Henry Oakley Corfield MB CM, of a daughter.

In connection with the name Frederick de la Poer Beresford Corfield it is interesting to note that R. de la Poer Beresford, one of the two sons of Dr Beresford of Oswestry at the school in 1878. Later he attended Wadham College, Oxford.
Richard Oakley - A History of Oswestry School (1964), p342.

The Times 27/3/1885. Deaths. On the 24th inst at Oswestry, of apoplexy, Emily, wife of Henry Christian Corfield and youngest and surviving daughter of the late Capt Ticehurst EI Navy (EI = East India?).

The Times 17/12/1926. Deaths
On Dec 14 at the Vicarage, Great Barr, after much pain courageously born, the Rev William Ticehurst Corfield.

12.          Other Additional Stories


Hendersons of Northern Ireland – Tim Ferres

From his Blog, 15/2/11


The Hendersons of Northern Ireland are descended from James Henderson who was born at Castlereagh, County Down, in 1766.

James Henderson (1766-1834) was descended from Scottish parents. It is stated that they were from the Borders but there is no proof to either substantiate or deny this claim. James married Amelia Magill, who was born in 1771 and they were married ca 1796. They lived at Littleton, Prospect Place, Newry, County Down; and at Belle Vue, Mount Pleasant, Belfast.

James and Amelia Henderson had seven children:

James Alexander, born on the 8th June, 1797
George b 1814
Henry, b 1820.
There were three daughters, one of whom was called Isabella.

James Henderson (senior) died at Belfast on the 28th July 1834 aged 68. His wife Amelia also died at Belfast, on the 29th April 1844, aged 73.

Descendants of James and Amelia Henderson:

JAMES ALEXANDER HENDERSON (1797-1863). James Alexander married Anne Peacock on the 12th November, 1822. Anne was born at Newry on the 4th May, 1799. She was the daughter of Alexander Peacock, proprietor of the Newry Telegraph.

James later acquired the newspaper as a result of this marriage. Anne died in 1844. Five years later, on the 17th May 1849, James married secondly, his new bride being Jane Eliza Magill, nee Knox. James started his career in the newspaper business working with the Newry Telegraph and also with the Belfast News Letter.

Descendants of JAMES HENDERSON (1797-1863) and ANNE PEACOCK:

JAMES ALEXANDER HENDERSON (1823-83), whose father suggested that his eldest son, James Alexander Henderson, would make a suitable publisher and manager for the Belfast News-Letter, so he left Newry for Belfast to manage the newspaper. James Alexander Henderson became Mayor of Belfast on the 4th January 1873. He was also a Justice of the Peace and he lived at Norwood Tower, Strandtown, County Down.

The same James A Henderson, "of Norwood Tower, Ballymisert; eldest son of late James Henderson, leased the house, gate lodge & 14 acres in 1863 from David S. Ker House and farm".

James Alexander and Agnes, his wife, had ten children:

Jane, who married James Boyle
(Sir) James, b 1848.
Alexander Mackay, b 1850. Alexander married Susan Mercer Goodwood on the 26th April 1877.
Anne, who married Edward Van Brabant of Courtrai
Catherine Mackay, known as Katie; there is a memorial window to her at St Mark’s Dundela, where the Hendersons worshipped.
(Henry) Trevor, b 1862; was educated at the Royal Belfast Academical Institution; was knighted and became Sir Trevor Henderson, taking up residence at the family home, Norwood Tower, Strandtown; received a knighthood for his role in the Unionist election victory of 1921.
Charles Westbourne, b 1863. Charles married Daisy Scott and they had a daughter in 1916.
Florence Elizabeth.


Sir James Henderson (1848-1914) was undoubtedly the most famous son of James and Agnes, becoming the first Lord Mayor of Belfast in 1898; also the first High Sheriff of the City. He is credited with the City Hall at Donegal Square in Belfast.

James was born at Mountcollyer Park, Belfast, the home of his grandfather, Alexander Mackay; took a Law degree at Trinity College, Dublin; was called to the Irish Bar in 1872; became editor of the Newry Telegraph in 1873-83.

He became Managing Proprietor of the Belfast News-Letter and Belfast Weekly News; was appointed President of the Master Printers’ Federation of Great Britain and Ireland; was made a Freeman of the City of Belfast in 1912 and he was knighted by The Lord Lieutenant of Ireland at the Viceregal Lodge, Phoenix Park, Dublin on the 12th January 1899.

Sir James Henderson lived at Oakley House, Windsor Park, Belfast. He married Martha Pollock and they had issue:

1. David Henderson, b 1881; married Florence Kirkwood in 1904, the year of his death. David and Florence had a daughter, named Vida, who married Robert Heaney.

2. James Henderson, b 1889

3. Oscar Henderson (1891-1969). James and Martha's third child was named Oscar, and he was born on the 7th October 1891. Oscar was educated at Bradfield, Osborn, and the Royal Naval College at Dartmouth. He married Alicia Mary Henry on the 4th August, 1921.

Commander Oscar Henderson DSO CVO CBE served in a destroyer during World War 1 and he was second in command of HMS Iris at the famous Battle of Zeebrugge, on the 23rd April 1918, when a British force blocked the Mole by sinking a ship across the entrance. Commander Henderson took command when the Captain was killed; and he was awarded the DSO for his part in this epic.

He became Comptroller and Private Secretary to the 3rd Duke of Abercorn, the first Governor of Northern Ireland; and was awarded a CVO and CBE for his services.

4. George York Henderson MC. He was commissioned in the Army and sadly, killed in action in France on the 22nd November 1917, just 24 years old, having been awarded a Military Cross for gallantry.

5. Richard Lilburn Henderson, b 1895. Richard married Rebecca Hobson and they adopted a daughter, named Carol, who was born on the 12th December 1947.

6. Mary Agnes Florence Elizabeth Henderson, b 1899. Mafe, as she was known (the first letters of each of her Christian names which were those of her four aunts) married J Wilfrid Haughton in 1920.


During the 1800s the Hendersons lived at Norwood Tower, Strandtown, County Down, a fine castellated residence in its own grounds. The rambling Tudor-Revival mansion had two gate-lodges, each about a quarter of a mile apart.

The first lodge was a little beyond the entrance to Clonaver House, the Hendersons' former dower house, which was sold to James Girdwood; while the second lodge was almost opposite the entrance to Ardvarna House.

The Henderson grounds of fifty acres were extensive and extended to the top of Circular Road and Sydenham Avenue. The gate lodges were both battlemented; while the house, set in a landscaped park, was dominated by a lofty, castellated tower.

It was assumed that this house or its Dower House, Clonaver, would pass to Oscar Henderson when Florence Elizabeth, his aunt, died but she decided to leave both together with a majority holding in Belfast News Letter shares to the Musgrave (baronets) side of the family. It was a bitter blow to Oscar and his family. They could do nothing about the houses but they did succeed in buying back the News-Letter shares.

I am particularly eager to obtain a photograph of Norwood Tower. If any readers know the whereabouts of any photographs I should be most grateful.


Commander Oscar Henderson and his wife Alicia had two sons:

1. Captain Oscar William James (Bill) Henderson OBE DL (1924-2010). Bill was educated at Brackenber House School and Bradfield and he married Rachel Primrose Forrest the daughter of Colonel John Forrest CMG, of Belfast, on the 2nd of February 1949. They had three daughters.

2. Robert Brumwell (Brum) Henderson CBE DL (1929-2005); educated, like his brother, at Brackenber House School, Belfast, and Bradfield; took his degree at Trinity College Dublin. His first wife was Joy Duncan whom he married in 1952.

He became a career journalist in the Belfast News Letter from 1951-59; was appointed General Manager of Ulster Television Ltd. in 1959, managing Director in 1961 and Chairman in 1983-92; was appointed CBE in 1979 and an Honourary Doctorate of Literature at the Ulster University in 1982.

Brum published a number of books, including Midnight Oil (1961), A Television First (1977) and Amusing (1984). He was a Director of ITN from 1964-66.

He became a Deputy Lieutenant of Belfast, a Director of Reuters and of the Press Association and gave many years of service to the Newspaper Society. A golfer of distinction he was once runner-up in the Irish Open Championship. They had two daughters.

In 1970 Brum married secondly, Patricia Ann, daughter of Matthew Davison of Belfast. They lived at Ballynahinch, County Down.

Illustrations of Norwood Tower and Gate Lodge courtesy of the Rev McConnell Auld.
Posted by Timothy Belmont at 08:45 
Labels: Henderson Family, Heritage

The Belfast Newsletter

Monday 13 February 2012
News Letter chief leader writer BILLY KENNEDY turns the pages back on the illustrious history of our newspaper

The News Letter – the oldest continuously published daily newspaper in the English-speaking world – has a rich and enduring history, dating back to its inception in Belfast in 1737. The paper was established by Francis Joy in September 1737 in the form of a printed letter from the Sign of the Peacock at Bridge Street in Belfast, and he was joined in the venture by two sons Henry and Robert.


This was originally a single sheet of paper, 15 inches long and nine inches wide, and was printed in three columns on each side.

It was called the Belfast News Letter and General Advertiser and appeared twice a week on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

The first 15 years of the News Letter’s existence, the legal year began on March 25 and ended on March 24. This explains why the paper of October 3, 1738 was No 113 and that of February 16, 1738 was No 152.

Bridge Street, where the News Letter was published, was one of the few streets in what was then a very small town.

The last issue to be printed in Bridge Street was that of Friday August 15, 1758. At this time the publishers moved to High Street, and by July, 1759 the sub-title of General Advertiser, which had been in use from the first issue, was dropped.

When the News Letter made its appearance in those early years, it was recorded that a great many people in the rural districts through which it circulated could not read its contents, and that men anxious for news assembled on certain evenings to hear the district school master read the paper.

A Mr Hugh McCall, of Lisburn, a local historian of repute, and a valued contributor to the News Letter, recorded that the news sheet issued from the “Sign of the Peacock” was not only the first chronicler of current events in the Northern province, but had a more extended influence.

It taught the people the necessity of education, night-schools were formed, and grown men went through all stages of the alphabet, spelling and reading until they learned to make their way through the columns of the News Letter.

The annual subscription for the News Letter was ten shillings and four pence Irish money, or about four shillings English currency.

In 1747, the News Letter was printed by Henry and Robert Joy, on paper manufactured at Randalstown by Francis Joy.

Belfast at the time was a town of about 7,000 inhabitants, with Presbyterians having a dominant influence, and the population of Ulster was, for the most part, rural-based with the other main towns Londonderry, Carrickfergus, Bangor, Antrim, Newtownards, Lisburn and Newry.

Francis Joy, the News Letter founder, was 40 when his first newspaper was published. His ancestor, Captain Thomas Joy, accompanied Sir Arthur Chichester to Ireland, settling in Co Antrim and founding the Belfast branch of the family.

The News Letter was heavily involved in publicising the emigration trek to America through the 18th century by Ulster Presbyterians, publishing daily advertisements with times the ships were leaving the ports of Belfast, Larne, Londonderry, Newry and Portrush and the fares charged.

In August 1776, the News Letter had arguably its greatest-ever scoop, reporting that America had been declared independent through the July 4 Declaration of Independence.

The ship carrying the first copy of the Declaration of Independence out of America was bound for London, but it ran into heavy storms off the north coast of Ireland and was forced to seek refuge in the port of Londonderry.

Arrangements were made for the Declaration to be sent to by fast horse to Belfast, where it would be passed to another ship for delivery to King George the Third in London.

The News Letter editor gained access to the document and he printed the complete text on the front page of the paper on August 23-27.

The News Letter, being a radical Presbyterian organ, was enthusiastically in support of the colonists, championing their cause for independence.

Earlier, in April, 1739, the News Letter covered the trial and the execution at York of notorious highwayman Dick Turpin.

Other events which the News Letter covered included the French Revolution, the Act of Union in Britain, the Crimean War, the Boer War, the launch of the Titanic in 1912, the Irish Home Rule debate, the creation of Northern Ireland in 1921, the two World Wars (1914-18 and 1939-45) and the Troubles in Northern Ireland dating from 1969 to the mid-1990s.

The last member of the Joy family to be actively engaged in producing the News Letter was Henry Joy, son of Robert Joy and grandson of the founder. He became sole proprietor in 1789.

Henry Joy Jun. was an enthusiastic member of the Irish Volunteers organisation and the News Letter had supported the successful agitation for the abolition of the restrictions on Irish trade and for the repeal of Poyning’s Law, under which the Irish Parliament could not legislate without the sanction of the King and Council in England.

The purchaser of the Belfast News Letter in 1795 was an Edinburgh company, consisting of directors Robert Allan, George Gordon, Ebenezar Black, James Blair and Alexander Mackay Sen.

During this period, the circulation had risen from 2,100 copies in January 1, 1789 to 3,225 on July 4, 1794. The price was two-and-a-half pence, but copies were passed from hand to hand, in some cases until they were in tatters. Joy, himself, calculated that each paper was read by six persons.

In 1804, Alexander Mackay became sole News Letter owner and a family link with the Mackays and the Hendersons was continued until 1991 with Captain OWJ (Bill) Henderson as the last chairman from that ownership.

English weekly publishing consortium Tindale Press purchased the Century Newspapers (News Letter) group in 1991 and they were succeeded by Mirror Group Newspapers in the late-1990s.

In 2003, the newspaper was purchased by the 3i venture capitalists and in 2005 ownership moved to Johnston Press plc.

The Hendersons assumed control in 1844 after Alexander Mackay’s death.

James Henderson (1797-1863), who was proprietor of the Newry Telegraph, was a close friend and adviser of the Mackay family and, in his early days, he was on the staff of the News Letter.

When Alexander Mackay died in 1844, the ownership of the paper devolved upon his representatives, the widow of Alexander Mackay Jun. and his two daughters and it was to James Henderson that they turned to for advice.

Henderson recommended the appointment of his eldest son James Alexander, aged 21, and on April 11, 1845 the Henderson dynasty in the News Letter began.

By the end of 1846, James Alexander Henderson had purchased “a new and elegant type”, and, in 1851, the number of editions was increased from two to three (Monday, Wednesday and Friday). The paper’s size was 28 columns and the sheet was “as large as any hitherto offered to the Irish public”. The price was four pence.

The principles of the News Letter were declared to be:

Loyalty to the Throne;
Devotion to the religion of the Bible;
Unserving attachment to the Protestant constitution of these lands.

The first pictures in the News Letter appeared in the coverage of the State funeral for the Duke of Wellington in 1852.

Readers received a pictorial inset, illustrating the “great funereal pageant, of yesterday se’nnight”.

The inset consisted of a series of wood cuts printed on a sheet much larger than the News Letter itself.

This was the first issue of pictures by an Ulster newspaper.

In 1854, the News Letter had grown to 32 columns and the first London correspondent for the paper was appointed in 1858.
At this time (January 1861), the paper moved premises to Donegall Street and, for the next 140 years, the News Letter was published from this thoroughfare.
James Alexander Henderson became President of the Newspaper Society in 1862 and he was a founder of the Press Association in 1868.

As an Alderman of the borough of Belfast, he was Mayor in 1873 and 1874 and was a magistrate for Belfast and Co Down.

He died in April, 1883, in his 60th year.

Management of the paper passed to his eldest son James (later Sir James Henderson). He was a barrister and, aged 35, he took control, with knowledge of the newspaper industry acquired from a spell with the Newry Telegraph.

Sir James was also a Belfast Alderman and he was Lord Mayor in 1898. His sound leadership guided the News Letter into the 20th century in a Belfast that was one of the most industrialised and prosperous cities in Britain.

A high point came in 1887 – Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee Year – when the New Letter marked its 150th anniversary.

Sir James Henderson died in on May 1, 1914, a few months before the Great War began. The Hendersons were a family of service to Queen/King and Country and four of Sir James’s sons served, one in the Royal Navy and three in the Army.

One Lieutenant George York Henderson, MC, of the 10th Battalion the Royal Irish Rifles (South Belfast), Ulster Division, was killed in action near Cambrai on November 22, 1917. He was decorated for conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty in the victorious attack on the Messinews/Wytschaete Ridge on June 7, 1917.

Two of St James Henderson’s sons – H Trevor and Charles W – took over the paper’s management on their father’s death as the News Letter continued in its role as Ulster’s leading morning newspaper.

From 1737 to the middle part of the 19th century, the News Letter was a radical Presbyterian newspaper.

However, from the signing of the Act of Union in 1800, further cementing England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland’s role under the Crown, it gradually became a much more Unionist publication which espoused the economic, social and cultural benefits of the links with Britain.

This continued through the 19th and 20th centuries, more especially since the establishment of the Northern Ireland state in 1921, and today, the Unionist position is strongly upheld in its News Letter’s daily Morning View editorials.

Back on February 18, 1800, the News Letter issued a special four-page supplement, the same size as the paper itself, containing a report of Lord Castlereagh’s speech in the Irish House of Commons on February 5, when he delivered the Lord Lieutenant’s message on the subject of a Union between Great Britain and Ireland.

The Unionist theme was to be continued by the News Letter in its policies for the next 200 years!

Great Northern Railway - USA

These notes are included because there was some suggestion that Ernest Henderson might have worked for this company on first arrival in the USA.
Further research makes this unlikely.

   American railroad founded by James J. Hill in 1890. It developed out of a struggling Minnesota railroad, the St. Paul and Pacific Railroad (SP&P), which Hill and three associates purchased in 1878.
   Hill was a Minnesota coal and freight merchant who knew the north country well and believed he could build the decaying SP&P into a great railroad. He extended it north to the Canadian border to link up with a Canadian line to Winnipeg, and then westward through the Dakotas and Montana, reaching Great Falls in 1887 and the Pacific coast at Everett, Wash., in 1893. Hill induced thousands of homesteaders, mostly from Scandinavia, to settle along his tracks as he built them westward. In 1890 the system's name was changed to the Great Northern.
The Great Northern Railway serves a vast, diversified and productive region -- the great Northwest.
On a system 8,316 miles in length, its trains carry freight, passengers, mail and express in the area between the Great Lakes and the Pacific Ocean. The railway operates in Wisconsin, Minnesota, North Dakota, Montana, South Dakota, Iowa, Idaho, Washington, Oregon and California, and in the Canadian provinces of Manitoba and British Columbia.
Principal main lines extend from Lake Superior (Duluth and Superior) and the Twin Cities (St. Paul and Minneapolis) of Minnesota to Puget Sound, on the Pacific Coast. These lines serve the grain, potato and sugar beet districts of the Red River Valley, North Dakota, Montana and eastern Washington; the grain and cattle country of Montana, in addition to the oil, copper and lumbering industries of that state; apple and soft fruit districts of the Wenatchee River Valley in Washington, and grain and pea-growing areas elsewhere in that state, and lumbering and fish packing centres of Puget Sound.
Other main lines serve the Mesabi Iron Range in Minnesota, and the forests of south-central Oregon and northern California. The line serving southern Oregon and northern California is connected with the balance of Great Northern's system by trackage rights over lines of other companies, to form a north and south through route on the Pacific Coast and between the Northwest and California.
The Great Northern was founded by James J. Hill, "The Empire Builder." In 1912, upon retiring, he said: "Most men who have really lived have had, in some shape, their great adventure. This railway is mine."
Throughout his years of creating, encouraging and directing, Mr. Hill's creed was development of the resources of the region the railway served. He knew the railway could not prosper unless its territory prospered. That conception, that objective, has guided the Great Northern throughout its history.
Mr. Hill's "great adventure" began in 1856. Then 18 years of age, he left his birthplace, a farm carved from the forest by his parents near Rockwood, a settlement in eastern Ontario, Canada. He aspired to be a sea captain in Oriental commerce and headed for the Atlantic seaboard. Not finding a seafaring job, he started west to sign on a ship sailing to the Orient. En route he planned to visit a friend at Fort Garry, now Winnipeg, Manitoba.
The last ox-cart caravan of the season had left for the north before he arrived in July, 1856 at St. Paul, head of navigation on the Mississippi River. Mr. Hill had to find work for the winter and did, as shipping clerk in the office of a Mississippi River steamboat company. His career in transportation thus began.
The Minnesota legislature, eager for rail lines in its territory, granted charters as early as 1853 and issued one in 1857 to the Minnesota & Pacific Railroad Company. The latter provided for construction of a line from Stillwater, Minn., on the St. Croix River, to St. Paul, St. Anthony (now Minneapolis) and Breckenridge, and another by way of St. Cloud to St. Vincent on the Canadian border.
There were delays and difficulties. The St. Paul & Pacific Railroad Company acquired the Minnesota & Pacific's rights, completed the first ten miles of construction in Minnesota -- from St. Paul to St. Anthony, now Minneapolis -- and began regular operations on July 2, 1862.
Train equipment came up the Mississippi on barges. The pioneer wood-burning locomotive of the St. Paul & Pacific was named the William Crooks, after the railway's chief engineer. It still is No. 1 on the Great Northern's locomotive roster and is housed in St. Paul. In 1939 the William Crooks went to and returned from the New York World's Fair under its own power. On infrequent but memorable occasions now the locomotive and two cars, which are replicas of those it pulled in the early years, go on public display or make relatively short runs.
Mr. Hill watched and learned as rail expansion progressed slowly. In 1865 he entered the transportation field on his own account, to represent a steamboat line connecting with east-bound rails at lower Mississippi River points. A year later he was agent for the First Division of the St. Paul & Pacific. By 1870 he was in a partnership doing general business in wood, coal and commissions, and in another to operate a steamboat service on the Red River of the North.
Success here preceded acquisition in 1878 of the St. Paul & Pacific, and the First Division, St. Paul & Pacific. Mr. Hill interested three men in joining him. One was Norman W. Kittson; the others were George Stephen, president of the Bank of Montreal who became Lord Mount Stephen, and Donald A. Smith, chief commissioner of the Hudson's Bay Company, later to become Lord Strathcona. The latter two subsequently gained fame as pioneer railway builders in Canada.
The properties were reorganized in 1879 as the St. Paul, Minneapolis & Manitoba Railway Company. Settlers came. By 1881 the Manitoba company operated 695 miles of track. Rail reached west to Devils Lake, N. D. by 1885 and on some north and south branches. Colonization progressed and traffic grew. Montana was reached in 1887 to connect with other lines operating to the Pacific Northwest.
On September 18, 1889 the name of the old Minneapolis & St. Cloud Railroad Company was changed to Great Northern Railway Company. The latter, on February 1, 1890, took over properties of the St. Paul, Minneapolis & Manitoba Railway Company and when 1890 ended was operating 3,260 miles. The Minneapolis & St. Cloud charter, issued in 1856, had been purchased by the Hill group in 1881.
The Rocky Mountains loomed ahead, and beyond, the Pacific. John F. Stevens, a locating engineer, was engaged to determine an easy, low-altitude route over the Rocky Mountains. He found Marias Pass, at, the headwaters of the Marias river in Montana. A bronze statue of the engineer as he appeared that wintry day in 1889 now stands at Summit, Mont., 12 miles west of Glacier Park station, within a stone's throw of Great Northern's passing transcontinental trains. Summit, 5,215 feet above sea level, is the highest point on the railway's transcontinental line.
Construction of the Pacific Coast extension westward from near Havre, Mont. began in 1890. The final spike was driven near Scenic, Wash., on January 6, 1893, completing the transcontinental project. By midsummer of 1893 Seattle and the East were linked by regular service.

13.          Changes:

4/4/2001: added info on Ernest G Henderson.
9/6/2001: resaved HTML from Word
15/8/2001: added information on EG Henderson from press cutting.
24/9/2001: extra Victoria Ave info.
10/9/02: Janet Scott info.
4/4/2003: Alexander Henderson Info, Knox info.
28/7/2003: Small family.
16/1/2004: minor editing
5/4/2004: added data from PRONI on Hendersons.
15/12/2004: added Russell story from PRONI.
11/8/2006, Caroline Eustace
30/4/2007: additions from internet & reformatting
21/6/2008: footnotes
14/1/2009: small additions
29/9/2009: Corfields
1/7/2012: misc corrections
11/8/2012: Knox corrections
12/8/2012: Knox references removed.
10/2/2015, David & Annette Small & other small changes
13/10/2015: web frame
21/3/2019: added contents of hend0002 (Draper manuscript etc).
25/7/2019: Quinn family in New Zealand and other newspaper findings.

[i] 2/2003, Janet Adam janet_adam@bigpond.com, 21 Feb 2003

[ii] timothyferres@btinternet.com

[iii] Now the Crowne Plaza, July 2019.

[iv] geoffharwood@optusnet.com.au, 3/2009

[v] 75 Fyvie Avenue, Tawa, Wellington, New Zealand
Mobile +64-21-300-654

[vi] mary.cowie@clear.net.nz 2/2011

[vii] imageman95@yahoo.com Dave Pierce 4/2012

[viii] chris@acaciahouse.mail1.co.uk

[ix] Thu, 10 Aug 2006    "Accounts" <accounts@gsnconstruction.com>

[x] mcwilliam_peter@hotmail.com 11/2009

[xi] From: "kathy sicard" katsicard@hotmail.com

[xii] Died 1988. Ref  Mike Henderson. Always known as "Denis"

[xiii] Corrected by Mike Henderson from Edward Robin in original text.

[xiv] Original version:

Robin Henderson joined the Royal Navy, like his father before him, he was seconded to the Royal Australian Navy and when he retired, with the rank of Commander, he settled at Manly, near Sydney

[1] Belfast New Letter, 2 Mar 1881.

[2] Belfast New Letter, 5 Jul 1881.

[3] Belfast New Letter, 14 Feb 1882.

[4] Belfast New Letter, 3/4/1882.

[5] Belfast New Letter, 24 Jul 1882.

[6] The Windsor Star, 24 Sept 1894

[7] The Windsor Star, 9 Mar 1896

[8] The Story of the Canadian Revision of the Prayer Book

 By W. J. Armitage (Google Books)

[9] http://swoda.uwindsor.ca/place/Windsor%20%28Ontario%29

[10] Windsor Star, 14 October 1920.

[11] Windsor Star, January 14 1921

[12] Freeman’s Journal, Dublin, 17 Sept 1858

[13] Freeman;s Journal 18/9/1862.

[14] Belfst Newsletter 21 August 1873, inquest and funeral of a 2nd victim.

[15] http://www.pgil-eirdata.org/html/pgil datasets/authors /h/Henderson,H/life.htm

[16] Belfast Newsletter, 23 June 1892

[17] PRONI T281

[18] (abdn.ac.uk/~ltu004/ws/herald/60-8txt.htm)

[19] Belfast New Letter, 30 Aug, 1830.

[20] Belfast News Letter, 16 Aug 1831.

[21] http://archiver.rootsweb.ancestry.com/th/read/McWILLIAMS/2000-08/0966740383

[22] It is my understanding that while in Ireland, James Robie was in involved with the Presbyterian Newspaper the "Banner". His Father also James Robie - was a letter press printer died in County Down abt 1872.
About 1856 they went to Scotland were James Robie became the owner/editor of the Caledonian Newspaper, they returned to Ireland abt 1867.
I was wondering/hoping that while doing your research on the Russells you may have come across a Letitia Russell's possible parents? I feel that the connection to the RUSSELLS, REA'S, KNOX, and the newspaper field in the same time period. My Letitia Russell may be connected somehow.
Thank you Kathy Sicard, Delta BC Canada

[23] http://81.1911encyclopedia.org/R/RU/RUSSELL_OF_KILLOWEN_CHARLES_RUSSELL_BARON.htm

[24] akakharney@aol.com