Matilda Brewer and Russell Henderson

Matilda Brewer, daughter of Daniel Levi Brewer and Catherine Hedden, married Russell Henderson, son of Atwell Henderson and Mary Foreman, on Feb 19 1869 in Neosho county, Kansas. Her sister, Rachel Jane Brewer, married Russell’s brother, Atwill Henderson, on Aug 29 1866.

They were both sisters of this blog’s David Nathaniel Brewer.

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Husband: Russell > Henderson
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Born: 1846 May 26 – , Beaufort or Wake, North Carolina (1)
Christened:
Died: 1921 May 8 – Niotaze, Chautauqua, Kansas
Buried: – Fairview Cemetery, Niotaze, Chautauqua, Kansas
Father: Atwell Henderson (Cir 1816-Abt 1847)
Mother: Mary Foreman (1817-1891)
Marriage: 1869 Feb 19 Place: , Neosho, Kansas
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Other Spouse: Harriet Recard (Record) (Abt 1847- ) Date: 1875 Dec 7
(2)
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Other Spouse: Phoebe Jane “Jennie” Colean (Abt 1862/1866- ) (2)
Date: 1895 Mar 10 – , Chautauqua, Kansas
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Events
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1. Parentage: Russell’s mother was Mary FOREMAN, oral history giving his
father as Atwill HENDERSON.

2. Education: Literate.

3. Occupation: Farmer.

4. Migration: 1849, , Bartholomew, Indiana. (3)

5. Census: 1850 Sand Creek, Bartholomew, Indiana. (4)

6. Migration: Abt 1863, , , Illinois. (3) Migration date based on it
being reported the family lived in Bartholomew Co. IN for 14 years afer
moving there around 1849.

7. Migration: 1867, , Neosho, Kansas. (1) “At some point both families
moved to Illinois where on August 21, 1866, Atwill Henderson and Rachel
Jane Brewer were married. Shortly thereafter In 1867 by means of covered
wagon and walking the Henderson’s and some Brewers, grandmas and all,
moved to Missouri for a time then on to Neosho County, Kansas near
Erie.”
SOURCE: Ed Henderson

8. Matrimony 1: Married at 22 to Matilda C. BREWER who was 13. She was
the daughter of Daniel Levi BREWER and Catherine HEDDEN., 1869 Feb 19, ,
Neosho, Kansas.
“Russell Henderson and Matilda C. Henderson married near Erie, Kansas on
February 19, 1869.”
Source: Ed Henderson “Henderson Pioneers” 2002

9. Census: 1870 Mission, Neosho, Kansas. (5) The 1870 census shows
Atwell in the household of his mother, with wife Mary Jane and their year
old daughter Catherine. Brother Russell lives next door with Matilda C.,
Mary Jane’s sister, and their 5 month infant son.

1870 KANSAS NEOSHO CO. MISSION TOWNSHIP excerpt
pg. 195 (192 ancestry.com)
99/92 Joseph SALTER 35 Prussia Farmer and Harriet of IN and family
100/93 Samuel SAUNDERS 29 IA Farmer and Frances M. 25 IN
101/94 JOHNSTON George A 36 Farmer and Rebecca A. of KY, children born IL
and KS
102 (blank)
103/95 HENDERSON Mary 53 Keeping House b. NC illiterate
Atwell 24 Rarmer personal value $250 b. NC
Jane 18 Keeping House b. IN
Mary E. 1 b. KS
104/96 HENDERSON Russell 23 Farmer personal value $250 b. NC
Matilda C. 15 b. IN Keeping house
Warren 5/12 b. KS
106/97 ALEXANDER Samuel 45 of Maine
107/98 STOKES Noah 46 DE and Abigail 27, IN, children born in IL and KS

10. Property: Personal property given as $250. 1870 Mission, Neosho,
Kansas.

11. Migration: Cir 1870-1872, , Howard, Kansas. (1) “After exploring the
southeast portion of Kansas and the northeast portions of Oklahoma, the
decision was made to move to what was then known as Howard county. Most
of the Brewer family decided to move on to Oklahoma, a few moved to
Missouri. On September 26, 1874, Rachel gave birth to the first of four
boys born near Monett, Jasper Franklin Henderson.”
SOURCE – Ed Henderson “Henderson Pioneers” 2002

12. Land Patent: 1872 Mar 29. “On March 29, 1872, Russell Henderson
applied for a land patent from the United States in the Southeast Quarter
Section 28, Township 33 (Washington), Range 12, near Monett, Kansas. It
is believed this may have been a land grant or pension Mary received for
her husbands loss in the Mexican War. On August 17, 1872, Atwill and
Rachel Henderson purchased land from Ruben and Martha A. Perry for the
amount of $250 adjacent to the land Russell had applied for.”
SOURCE: Ed Henderson “Henderson Pioneers” 2002

13. He owned land in 1872 in Peru, Chatauqua, Kansas. (2) Brothers
Russell and Atwill bought bought land next to each other
a few miles north of Peru, Kansas in 1872.

14. Wife’s Death: 1873 Jul 14, , Chautauqua, Kansas.
After four years of marriage, Matilda BREWER HENDERSON died 14 July 1873.
She was 17 years of age.

15. Matrimony 2: Russell married second Harriet RECARD (or RECORD)., 1875
Dec 7, , Guernsey, Ohio.

16. Census: 1880 Sedan, Chautauqua, Kansas. (6) Warren, who would have
been 10, son of Russell and Matilda, is not recorded in the household of
his father, yet his sister Mary Jane is. Where is Warren? In the
household is Gloria SHATTUCK, widow, perhaps a sister of his Russell’s
wife, Jane.

Census Excerpt from Ancestry.com:

1880 KANSAS Chautauqua Co. Sedan Township census
68/72
HENDERSON Russell w m 35 farmer b. NC father-NY mother-NC
Harriet S. 37 wife b. Indiana father-Ohio mother-NY
Samuel R. 3 son b. Kansas
Sarah J. 8 daughter b. Kansas
SHATTUCK Gloria A w f 35 sister in law widowed school teacher b.
Indiana F-Ohio, M-NY
69/73
HENDERSON Atwill w m 36 Farming b. NC F-NY M-NC
Rachel w f 27 wife b. Indiana and parents in KY
Mary w f 11 daughter b. Kansas
Jesse w m 9 son b. Kansas
Franklin w m 5 son b. Kansas
Jamie w m 2 son b. Kansas
Mary w f 65 mother given as single b. NC and parents NC
PARKER John w m 23 given as single Teamster b. Indiana and parents NC

17. Matrimony 3: Married to Phoebe Jane COLLEAN. (7) She appears to be
given as “Jennie” in the 1920 census. Her maiden name is unknown. Lynda
Williams, a descendant reports that Russell married Jennie who had 2
children, Bruce COLEAN and Lee Colean, and was living in Little Caney,
Chautauqua Co. KS.

18. Census: page 11 1920 Sedan, Chautauqua, Kansas. (8)
1920 KS CHAUTAUQUA SEDAN
page 11
100/100 HENDERSON Russell 73 b. NC parents b. NC
Jennie 54 or 58 b. IL father b. TN mother b. KY
Lowell 20 b. KS

19. Death: 1921 May 8 Niotaze, Chautauqua, Kansas. Russell died at the
age of 74.

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Wife: Matilda C. > Brewer (2)
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AKA: Matilda Henderson
Born: 1856 Jan 31 – Terra Haute, Vigo, Indiana
Christened:
Died: 1873 Jul 14 – Monett, Chautauqua, Kansas (9)
Buried: – Monett Cemetery, Monett, Chautauqua, Kansas
Father: Daniel Levi + Brewer (1823-1868) (10)
Mother: Catherine (Catharine) + Hedden (1822-1903)
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Events
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1. Name:
Origin of Matilda C’s name is unknown. Her middle name was perhaps
Catherine, after her mother.

2. Parentage: According to known data, Matilda was the 8th of 9 children
and the 4th daughter of Daniel Levi BREWER and Catherine HEDDEN.

3. Indigenous Family Lore: (11) Lynda, a descendant of Matilda’s, noted
in a 2001 email that her mom reported Matilda having Cherokee blood,
told this by “her Aunt Orvetta, who was her father’s sister”. To date
there’s been nothing to confirm this oral history.

4. Census: 1860 , Putnam, Indiana. (12) Matilda, 2, was recorded as
Martha in the household of her parents in the 1860 census.

1860 PUTNAM CO. IN CENSUS
100/100
Daniel BREWER Jr. 33 farmer land value 1800 or 1100 and illegible sum for
personal value, b. KY
Catherine 33 b. KY
Sarah E. 16 b. IN
William C. 12
Nancy 12
James P. 11
David N. 9
Rachel 7
Martha 2
101/101 John BREWER 34 farmer 640 personal KY
Lucinda 32 KY can’t read or write
George S 17 farmer
112/112 Daniel BREWER 76 farmer 2400? 2300? KY
Nancy A. 33? KY
103/103
Sally LUNTSFORD

5. Marriage: 1869 Feb 19, , Neosho, Kansas. (1) Russell Henderson was 22
and Matilda Brewer was just 13 when they married on a Friday, 19 Feb
1869.

“Russell Henderson and Matilda C. Henderson married near Erie, Kansas on
February 19, 1869.”
SOURCE: Ed Henderson “Henderson Pioneers”

6. Family Relationships: Matilda’s sister, Rachel, married Russell
Henderson’s brother, Atwill, in Moultrie Co. IL in 1866 when she was 13
and he was 22. The Brewer and Henderson families are given by Ed
Henderson as having traveled together to Kansas.

7. Migration: 1867, , Neosho, Kansas. “At some point both families moved
to Illinois where on August 21, 1866, Atwill Henderson and Rachel Jane
Brewer were married. Shortly there after In 1867 by means of covered
wagon and walking the Henderson’s and some Brewers, grandmas and all,
moved to Missouri for a time then on to Neosho County, Kansas near
Erie.”
SOURCE: Ed Henderson

8. Child: 1869 Dec, , Chautauqua, Kansas. (2) Matilda gave birth to her
first child, Warren, at the age of 13 years and 11 months.

9. Census: 1870 Mission, Neosho, Kansas. (5) The 1870 census shows
Atwell in the household of his mother, with wife Mary Jane and their year
old daughter Catherine. Brother Russell lives next door with Matilda C.,
Mary Jane’s sister, and their 5 month infant son.

1870 KANSAS NEOSHO CO. MISSION TOWNSHIP excerpt
pg. 195 (192 ancestry.com)
99/92 Joseph SALTER 35 Prussia Farmer and Harriet of IN and family
100/93 Samuel SAUNDERS 29 IA Farmer and Frances M. 25 IN
101/94 JOHNSTON George A 36 Farmer and Rebecca A. of KY, children born IL
and KS
102 (blank)
103/95 HENDERSON Mary 53 Keeping House b. NC illiterate
Atwell 24 Rarmer personal value $250 b. NC
Jane 18 Keeping House b. IN
Mary E. 1 b. KS
104/96 HENDERSON Russell 23 Farmer personal value $250 b. NC
Matilda C. 15 b. IN Keeping house
Warren 5/12 b. KS
106/97 ALEXANDER Samuel 45 of Maine
107/98 STOKES Noah 46 DE and Abigail 27, IN, children born in IL and KS

10. Migration: c, 1870-1872, , Howard, Kansas. (1) “After exploring the
southeast portion of Kansas and the northeast portions of Oklahoma, the
decision was made to move to what was then known as Howard county. Most
of the Brewer family decided to move on to Oklahoma, a few moved to
Missouri. On September 26, 1874, Rachel gave birth to the first of four
boys born near Monett, Jasper Franklin Henderson.”
SOURCE – Ed Henderson “Henderson Pioneers” 2002

11. Child: Sarah Jane Henderson born., 1872 Nov. (2)

12. Date of Death: 1873 Jul 14, Monett, Chautauqua, Kansas. (9) “Matilda
Brewer’s death place…was…near Monett, Kansas where they first bought
land in 1872. Monett town didn’t come into being until about 1873 or
1874.”
SOURCE: Ed Henderson

Matilda died Monday, 14 July 1873, at the age of 17. She and Ed had been
married 4 years. She left a 4 year old son and 8 month old daughter.

13. Cemetery: ? Monett Cemetery, Monett, Chautauqua, Kansas.


View an image
of Matilda’s tombstone
at
http://evermore.imagedjinn.com/cemeteries/brewermatilda.jpg.
Image is courtesy of Ed Henderson.

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Children
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1 M Warren Henderson (13)
Born: 1869 Dec – , , Kansas (2)
Christened:
Died: Unknown
Buried:
Spouse:
Marr. Date:
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Events
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1. Census: 1870 Mission, Neosho, Kansas. (5)

2. Census: 1880 Place Yet To Be Located..

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2 F Sarah Jane Henderson (13)
Born: 1872 Nov – Niotaze, Chautauqua, Kansas (14)
Christened:
Died: Abt 1920 – Kansas City, Jackson, Missouri
Buried:
Spouse: Henry Clark Shouse (1868-1919) (2)
Marr. Date: 1889 Feb 6 – , Chautauqua, Kansas
Spouse:
Marr. Date:
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Events
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1. Census: 1880 Sedan, Chautauqua, Kansas. (6) Recorded in the
hoiusehold of her father Russell and her stepmother, with stepbrother
Samuel R.

2. Note: c. early 1900s, Independence, Montgomery, Kansas. Cliff
Henderson posseses a photo of Sarah Jane HENDERSON SHOUSE and her
husband, believed to be a wedding photo. A family bible perhaps appears
on the table, featured prominently in the photo.
SORCE: Chautauqua County Henderson’s website at myfamily.com

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General Notes: Husband – Russell > Henderson
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Fact sheet from Ed HENDERSON:

Henderson Pioneers

Henderson Reunion 2002

September 1, 2002

By: Ed Henderson
August 27, 2002
The Henderson Pioneers to Kansas

Our journey begins near the mid 1840’s in Beaufort County, North Carolina when
on August 28, 1844, Atwill Henderson was given birth by his mother, Mary
Foreman Henderson. Still yet, another birth on May 26, 1846 to their second
son, Russell Henderson would play a key part in the Henderson’s family
history.

By now, you might be asking what about their parents? Mr. Henderson whose first
name has long been passed down as also being Atwill Henderson married Mary
Foreman between 1840 and 1843. When he was born, it can only be estimated to
have been about 1816. Mary however, was born according to her tomb stone on
September 11, 1817, place unknown. Nothing is really known at present, about
either ones past or their ancestry. At best, records have been few with only
verbal records past down through the generations and what remains in Atwill and
Rachel’s family Bible.

Earlier it was mentioned that the birth of Russell Henderson would play a key
roll in the Henderson history. In the year of 1846, the United States went to
war with Mexico. It was during this time Mr. Henderson left his family to serve
the United States in this war. It is not clear if he even knew Russell had been
born.

After the Mexican War (1846-1848) their father having not returned and
reported, “Lost at Sea” in the Gulf of Mexico, Mary left North Carolina with
her two boys, Atwill and Russell Henderson about 1849. It is thought her
sister, aunts and grand mother traveled with them to Indiana. They lived in
Indiana about 14 years. There the boys met the sisters who would become their
wives.

In Indiana, Rachel Jane Brewer was born on October 6, 1852 then her sister
Matilda C. Brewer in 1856 to Daniel Brewer and his wife Catherine Hedden.

At some point both families moved to Illinois where on August 21, 1866, Atwill
Henderson and Rachel Jane Brewer were married. Shortly there after In 1867 by
means of covered wagon and walking the Henderson’s and some Brewers, grandmas
and all, moved to Missouri for a time then on to Neosho County, Kansas near
Erie. On November 16, 1868, Rachel gave birth to their first child, and only
daughter they named, Mary Catherine Henderson, after the grand mothers. On
February 1, 1871, Rachel gave birth to their second child, a son and first of
nine boys, Jesse Alexander Henderson while still in Neosho County.

Russell Henderson and Matilda C. Henderson married near Erie, Kansas on
February 19, 1869. In December, 1869, Matilda gave birth to their first child,
a son they named Warren Henderson.

Mary, Atwill and Russell Henderson are listed on the 1870 Federal Census in
Neosho County, Kansas.

After exploring the southeast portion of Kansas and the northeast portions of
Oklahoma, the decision was made to move to what was then known as Howard
county. Most of the Brewer family decided to move on to Oklahoma, a few moved
to Missouri. On September 26, 1874, Rachel gave birth to the first of four boys
born near Monett, Jasper Franklin Henderson.

On March 29, 1872, Russell Henderson applied for a land patent from the United
States in the Southeast Quarter Section 28, Township 33 (Washington), Range 12,
near Monett, Kansas. It is believed this may have been a land grant or pension
Mary received for her husbands loss in the Mexican War. On August 17, 1872,
Atwill and Rachel Henderson purchased land from Ruben and Martha A. Perry for
the amount of $250 adjacent to the land Russell had applied for. In November,
1872, Matilda gave birth to their second child, Sarah Jane Henderson.

On July 11, 1874 tragedy struck, Russell’s wife Matilda died and was buried at
Mount Vernon Cemetery, a few miles north of home.

Here they raised cattle, lived out of the wagons and out of an old stone house,
the crumbled remains of which still rest to this day between some oil jacks.
The stone house was only about 8 foot by 10 foot. In the rainy season the creek
that divided Russell’s land and Atwill’s would flow out of it’s banks, the
lands being low would be engulfed and the small house would flood. The search
for better land to build upon, once again began. But that is another story.

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General Notes: Wife – Matilda C. > Brewer
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Matilda Jane, b. 31 Jan. 1856, Terre Haute, Vigo, IN., died 14 July 1873 at
Niotaze, Chautauqua Co. KS and was buried at Mt. Vernon Cemetery “3-4 miles
north of the original home place” (Source: Ed HENDERSON). She married, 19 Feb.
1869 at Neosho Co. KS, Russell HENDERSON, b. 26 May 1846, Beaufort Co., or Wake
Co. NC. She was 13 and he was 22. Her sister, Rachel, had married Russell’s
brother, Atwill, in Moultrie Co. IL in 1866 when she was 13 and he was 22.

Matilda Jane gave birth to her first child at the age of 13 years and 11
months. She died at the age of 17, leaving an 8 month old daughter.

Their son, Warren, is not listed in the 1880 census, who would have been 10

Russell married a second time to Harriet RECARD b. IN; and then a third time
to Jennie.

Russell died 8 May 1921 at Niotaze, at the age of 74, and is buried at the
Fairview Cemetery in Niotaze.

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Sources

1. Henderson, Ed, Henderson Pioneers, Henderson Reunion 2002, “The Henderson
Pioneers to Kansas” (27 Aug 2002).
2. Ed Henderson, Ed Henderson Family Genealogy.
3. Williams, Lynda, Linda Williams Genforum posting (22 August 1999).
4. Indiana, Bartholomew Co, 1850 U. S. Census Population Schedule.
5. Kansas. Neosho Co, 1870 U.S. census population schedule.
6. Kansas, Chautauqua Co, 1880 U. S. Federal Census, population schedule (Image
at Ancestry.com).
7. Lynda Williams, Lynda Williams Genforum Posting (19 Oct 1998).
8. Kansas, Chautaugua Co, 1920 U. S. Federal Census Population Schedule.
9. Ed Henderson, Email message to J Kearns (14 Oct 2003).
10. Nancy Benton genealogy database drawn from various sources, some unnoted.
Grace Noyes Pinkerton b. 1892, did much recording during the mid 1900s,
Nancy Benton assisting and later augmenting. Pansy Noyes Bryant
contributed greatly, mother of Nancy Benton, Noyes-Brewer Genealogy with
Associated Families (2003 Word document).
11. Lynda Chandler, Lynda Chandler email to J Kearns. (25 Feb 2001).
12. Indiana, Putnam Co, 1910 U. S. Census Population Schedule.
13. GenForum.
14. Kansas, Chautauqua Co, 1880 U. S. Federal Census, population schedule
(Image at Ancestry.com). …. Ed Henderson, Ed Henderson Family
Genealogy.

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