Early Days of Greenbush


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Thomas Hendricks was born in Pulaski county, Kentucky, June 24, 1817, where he spent his younger days and where he was married to Mary Burk in 1840. She was born November 3, 1813, in Pulaski county, Kentucky. She was a member of the Methodist church in her younger days; afterwards joined the Christian church. She was noted for her rare Christian character and for her patience and kindness. She died March 26, 1885. Mr. Hendricks moved to Hendricks county, Indiana, in 1841; and in 1849, they moved to Fulton county Illinois, and settled near Avon. About the year 1854, they moved to Greenbush township, in Warren county, where they remained until the fall of 1866, when they removed to Kansas; and returned to Greenbush, Illinois, in 1876. To Thomas Hendricks and wife were born the following-named children:

  • Margaret Jane, born in 1840; married William T. Boydston. He died in July, 1880.
  • Sarah E., horn in May, 1842; married DeKalb Morris. They reside near Arcadia, in Crawford county, Kansas.
  • James M., born February 4, 1844; married Barbara Beam in Monmouth, Illinois, August 29, 1865.
  • He was a soldier during the war for the Union in company D, 64th regiment, Illinois infantry; was mustered in in October, 1861, and discharged in July, 1865. He was principal musician during the last two years he was in the service. He holds the office of justice of the peace, having served in that capacity for several years. He is also notary public and school treasurer. In religion he is a prominent member of the Christian church. In politics he is a republican.
  • John T., born in August, 1847; married Austa Wheeler, in December, 1867.
  • Mary A., born in 1849; died in 1865.
  • Thomas J. and William G. were twins, born July 7, 1851.
  • Thomas J. married Mary Cunningham. He died in Kansas, in February, 1874.
  • William G. married Eliza Mitchell.
  • Elois m., born in 1854; died in 1856.
  • Thomas Hendricks, the subject of this sketch, was for many years a member of the Christian church. In politics he was a democrat up to the time of Lincoln‘s first nomination for president; afterwards a republican. He went to Kansas to visit his children, in 1886, where he died January 17, 1886, and was buried at the Arcadia cemetery in Crawford county, Kansas.

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