Rachel Jane Brewer and Atwill Henderson

Rachel Jane was a daughter of Daniel Levi BREWER and Catherine HEDDEN, and sister of this blog’s David Nathaniel Brewer.

She was b. 6 Oct. 1852 in IN, d. 26 Sept. 1927 at Niotaze, Chautauqua Co. KS and is
buried in Niotaze.

Rachel Jane married, 29 August 1866, Atwill (Atwell) HENDERSON b. 28 August
1844 at Beaufort Co. NC. She was 13 and he was 22.

After their marriage, Rachel and Atwill moved to Monet, KS, then later to a
farm adjoining Atwill’s brother, Russell, three miles north of Niotaze.

Ed Henderson gives Rachel and Atwill as having been married in Moultrie Co. IL,
presenting a Court Record and the Henderson family bible as marriage data
source.

Atwill died at the age of 53. He and Rachel had been married 31 years and had
10 chidlren. Rachel lived to the age of 74. Only 4 of her 10 children survived
her at her death, though all had lived to maturity save John Chester who died
at the age of 10.

Children of Rachel and Atwill:
1) Mary Catherine b. 16 Nov. 1868 in Neosho Co. KS.
2) Jesse Alexander b. 1 Feb 1871 in Chautauqua Co., Niotaze, KS.
3) Jasper Franklin b. 6 Sept 1874 in Chautauqua Co., Niotaze, KS.
4) James Russell b. 23 Oct. 1877 in Chautauqua Co., Niotaze, KS.
5) William David b. 5 Aug 1880 in Chautauqua Co., Niotaze, KS.
6) Ealin Austin b. 13 Oct. 1882 in Chautauqua Co., Niotaze, KS.
7) John Chester b. 7 June 1885 in Chautauqua Co., Niotaze, KS.
8) Nova Windom b. 5 Apr. 1889 in Chautauqua Co., Niotaze, KS.
9) Alva A. b. 9 May 1891 in Chautauqua Co., Niotaze, KS.
10) Everett b. 9 Nov 1893 in Chautauqua Co., Niotaze, KS.

Atwill HENDERSON’s brother, Russell, married Matilda BREWER, sister of Rachel
Jane. The parents of Atwill and Russell were Atwill b. 1816 NY, d. 1847, and
Mary FOREMAN, b. 11 Sept 1817 NC, d. 20 Jan 1891 in Chautauqua Co. KS.

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 grandmothers. 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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Husband: Atwell > Henderson (1)
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Born: 1844 Aug 28 – , Beaufort, North Carolina (2)
Christened:
Died: 1898 Jul 28 – Niotaze, Chautauqua, Kansas (3)
Buried: – Fairview Cemetery, Niotaze, Chautauqua, Kansas
Father: Atwell Henderson (Cir 1816-Abt 1847) (4)
Mother: Mary Foreman (1817-1891)
Marriage: 1866 Aug 29 Place: , Moultrie, Illinois (5)
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1. Parentage: Mary FOREMAN is known to be Atwill HENDERSON’s mother.
Oral history has his father as Atwill.

2. Birth: 1844 Aug 28. (6) The Atwill Henderson family Bible Birth
Record gives Raleigh NC as Atwill’s birth place. Ed Henderson in “The
Henderson Pioneers” gives Beaufor Co.

3. Name: Alternate spelling is Atwill.

4. Occupation: Farmer.

5. Education: Literate.

6. Migration: 1849, , Bartholomew, Indiana. (7)

7. Census: 1850 Sand Creek, Bartholomew, Indiana. (8)

8. Migration: 1863, , , Illinois. (7) Migration date based on it being
reported the family lived in Bartholomew Co. IN for 14 years afer
movingto Illinois around 1849.

9. Photo: c. 1860s.. Everett Henderson possesses a picture of a larger
photo of Atwill Henderson, which is believed could have been taken in IL
or IN, before the move to KS.

10. Marriage: Atwell HENDERSON marries Rachel Jane BREWER, daughter of
Daniel Levi BREWER and Catherine HEDDEN., 1866 Aug 29, , Moultrie,
Illinois. (9) Witnesses included Bentley THOMAS and an individual named
PALMER. Bentley THOMAS is observed in the 1850 IN, Bartholomew Co.
census in the household with Mary HENDERSON. He is perhaps a cousin of
Atwell’s.

11. Migration: 1867, , Neosho, Kansas. (4) “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

12. Religion: 1867 , Neosho, Kansas. (10) Joined the M. E. Church about
1867 in Neosho Co. KS.

13. Census: 1870 Mission, Neosho, Kansas. (11) 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

14. Occupation: Farmer 1870 Mission, Neosho, Kansas.

15. Property: Personal property in the census is given as valued $250.
1870 Mission, Neosho, Kansas.

16. Migration: Cir 1870-1872, , Howard, 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.”
SOURCE – Ed Henderson “Henderson Pioneers” 2002

17. He owned land on 1872 Aug 17 in , Neosho, Kansas. “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

18. Census: 1880 Sedan, Chautauqua, Kansas. (12)
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
(NOTE: Gloria must be a sister of Harriet’s)
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

19. Photo: 1896, , Chautauqua, Kansas. (13)
Ed Henderson possesses a scan of a copy of the original photo of the
Atwill Henderson family before the Atwill Henderson home place. The
photo is said to have been taken several months before the death of John
Chester.

20. Organizations: Masonic Lodge of Sedan and Woodmen of Niotaze. (10)

21. Note: Photographs of Atwell Henderson’s pioneer home in Chautauqua,
2001 Aug, , Chautauqua, Kansas. Ed Henderson has photographed the remains
of the original 8′ X10′ stone house on the land Atwill Henderson
purchaced in 1871 -1872. “The land is located near the Independence
short-cut and Road 25. Russell Henderson bought the land adjacent to the
west across the creek a year or two later. (Behind the trees in the
background. He later sold that land to Atwill Henderson. Land records are
on file at the Chautauqua Court House.” He also has a shot of the
remains of the home facing the South. “A car can be seen in the back
ground parked on the Independence short-cut.”
Source: Chautauqua County Henderson’s website at myfamily.com

22. Religion:
Atwell was a member of the M. E. church, having joined while in Neosho
Co., Kansas.

23. Atwil Henderson Family Bible: Atwill Henderson Family Bible
Individual Age Listing, 1896, , Chautauqua, Kansas. The Atwill Henderson
Family Bible Individual age listing written down by an unknown School
Master has been preserved by Everett Henderson, Dated March 5, 1896. An
interesting note is made by Ed Henderson that the Everett’s middle name
was added by the School Master. He thought everyone needed a middle name.
“So, the story goes. The ages are within the time the Family portrate was
taken. John Chester died a few days later on March 11, 1896 and was
burried near his grandmother Mary Henderson. This may be why an X is
marked by his name.”

24. Photos: Second old home place of Atwell Henderson and Rachel Brewer
Henderson, 2001 Sep 2. Judi St. Clair possesses a photo, to which is
attached this description at the Henderson Chautauqua County family
website at myfamily.com:
“This is the second home of Atwill & Rachel Henderson. Rachel moved the
family from the old home while Atwill was away getting lumber in
Independance, KS…The porch is now gone.”

25. Photos: Second old home place of Atwell Henderson, photos by Ed
Henderson, 2001 Jul.
There exists also a photo showing a “view from the Northeast corner of
the house showing the East side (to the left) and the North side of the
living area.” Picture was taken July 2001 by Ed Henderson.

Exists also another view of the Atwill Henderson Family Home Place from
the front, the porch missing, individuals noted as standing where is the
kitchen entrance. Ed Henderson notes, “Atwil and Russell Henderson built
this house while still living at their original home place located north
of Peru.” Picture was taken July 2001 by Ed Henderson.

Exists also a July 2001 photo of the Atwill Henderson home place taken
from the second floor by Ed Henderson.

Exists also a view of the house from the West, the kitchen and storage
area, the door leading into the kitchen. Taken by Ed Henderson July
2001.

A photo of the water cistern. “This is the water cistern located on the
south side of the house, where water was drawn for drinking and everyday
use.It sits just behind the kicthen-storage room.”

Photo view of the South side of the house : “This picture shows the water
cistern location behind the kicthen-storage area. The part that is
fallen.” The individual in the photo peering in the house is Judy, Ed
Henderson’s sister.

26. Chautauqua County Pioneer: Atwill Henderson was a Chautauqua County
Pioneer, as certified by the Chautauqua County Genealogical and
Historical Society, verifing his family as Kansas Pioneers in Howard
county which later became Chautauqua county when the county was devided
in 1875. This is recorded online at the Kansas Pioneer Project at:
http://www.cc.ukans.edu/heritage/pioneers. Ed Henderson notes, “All of
our Henderson-Brewer-Foreman family pioneers has been added, the women
are listed using their madien names.”

27. Atwell Henderson Obituary #1, The Sedan Lance 1898 Aug , Chautauqua,
Kansas. (10)

Atwell Henderson

“Atwell Henderson was born in North Carolina, August 28, 1844, and died
at his home near Niotaze, Kansas, July 28, 1898. He lacked only one
month of being 54 years of age.

“He left North Carolina at the age of five years, in company with mother,
sisters, brothers, grandmother and aunts, for Indiana. He remained in
Indiana fourteen years, and went to Illinois and lived there two years
then came to Kansas–to Neosho Co–in 1866. In 1871 came to Chautauqua
Co–thus being a resident of this county for twenty-seven years.

“His father was killed in the Mexican war when Atwell was three years of
age. His mother lived with him until her death seven years ago. He had
one son who preceded him to eternity. He leaves a wife, eight sons, one
daughter, a brother and sister.

“They were rare elements in Atwell Henderson. He had that simplicity
that marked the child, such as would characterize that class of which
Jesus said ‘except one becomes as a child he cannot enter the Kingdom of
Heaven.’ He always found something good to say of the people about him.
He was a member of the M. E. church, having joined while in Neosho Co.,
about thirty-two years ago.

“He was interred in the cemetery southeast of Niotaze, on July 30, 1898,
under the auspices of the Masonic lodge of Sedan of which he was a
member. The Woodmen of Niotaze of which he was also a member were also
in attendance. The funeral discourse was given at the home by Rev. B. M.
Powell of this city.”

28. Obituary of Atwill Henderson. 1898 Aug 4 Sedan, Chautauqua, Kansas.
(14)

Atwill HENDERSON’s obit:
The Sedan Lance – August 4, 1898 – Page 4, column 6 NIOTAZE

MR. ATWELL HENDERSON

Death has again entered our community. Atwell Henderson passed away
Thursday night. The funeral was conducted by the Masonic lodge of which
he was a member. He leaves a wife, one daughter and several sons to mourn
his departure. He was a member of the Woodsman lodge at this place.
Atwell Henderson was one of our most prominent and useful citizens and
his death is a sad loss to this community. The sorrowing family have the
sympathy of the entire community.

29. Edit : 2003 Nov.

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Wife: Rachel Jane > Brewer (1)
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Born: 1852 Oct 6 – Terra Haute, Vigo, Indiana (15)
Christened:
Died: 1927 Sep 26 – Niotaze, Chautauqua, Kansas (16)
Buried: – Fairview Cemetery, Niotaze, Chautauqua, Kansas
Father: Daniel Levi + Brewer (1823-1868) (17)
Mother: Catherine (Catharine) + Hedden (1822-1903)
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1. Birth: 1852 Oct 6 Terra Haute, Vigo, Indiana. (6)
Date of birth for Rachel is provided via the Atwell Henderson bible birth
record.

Place of birth is provided byNancy Benton’s Brewer Family Genealogy.

2. Parentage: Daniel Levi BREWER and Catherin HEDDEN were parents of
Rachel Jane BREWER.

3. Name: Rachel Jane was perhaps a namesake of her maternal grandmother
Rachel VAN CLEAVE, and her paternal great grandmother Rachel VAN ARSDALE,
mother of Daniel Levi BREWER.

4. Education: Literate.

5. Marriage: Rachel Jane BREWER marries Atwell HENDERSON., 1866 Aug 29, ,
Moultrie, Illinois.
Rachel was 13 at the time of her marriage. Atwell was 22.

6. Migration: 1867, , Neosho, Kansas. (4) “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

7. Census: 1870 Mission, Neosho, Kansas. (11) 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

8. Migration: Cir 1870-1872, , Howard, 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.”
SOURCE – Ed Henderson “Henderson Pioneers” 2002

9. Census: 1880 Sedan, Chautauqua, Kansas.

10. Photo: circa 1880s.
Everett Henderson Jr. posseses a copy of the original photo of Catherine
(HEDDEN) BREWER, seated, with Rachel Jane (BREWER) HENDERSON.

11. Photo: 1896, , Chautauqua, Kansas. (13)
Ed Henderson possesses a scan of a copy of the original photo of the
Atwill Henderson family before the Atwill Henderson home place. The
photo is said to have been taken several months before the death of John
Chester.

12. Correspondence: Rachel Jane Henderson to niece Elizabeth Brewer
PORCUPILE, Cir 1909, , Chautauqua, Kansas. (18)

Ed Henderson notes, “These are a couple of letters from Rachel Jane
Henderson to her niece, Mrs. Elmer (Mary Elizabeth Brewer) Porcupile,
after the tragic death of her son, Nova Windom Henderson who died May 2,
1909 and a letter about the death of one of her brother Dave Brewer’s
sons. From “ Six Generations of Brewers” by; Norma L. Roberts, 1976.
Transcribed January 13, 2001 by Ed Henderson.”

May the 30, 09 Dear Neice
I will drop you a few lines this moring oh it is so lonsome to be hear by
my self oh how I miss my poore boy he was all way in the house with me it
seams as if every thing is gon. my hops ar all blasted this world is a
sad world for me windom sayd de had not lived rightr but if he had
lisened to his mother he would of been all right he spok of people joying
church. as bad sick as he was & I told him if he wanted to joyn church it
was all righ he culd he sayd he felt as if he was all right & was ready
to go but he hated to leave me. oh you know my heart was breaking to hear
him talk so for all I knew he culd not live if he did not mend soon.

Dear Neice
I got a letter from Dave & they had the sad neuse of Alvaus death last
monda him & walter drove in the crick & dide not know it was up & thair!
bugie turned over & threw the boys out & alva thoug his team was not
going to get out so he started to help the hourse out & steped offf in a
dep whole & dround & they never found him untill the next day noon oh how
sad it was for me to read that letter it broat every thing so frech to my
minde oh how quick the poore boy was taking a way alva was such a good
boy it is sade.

13. Census: 1900 Place Yet To Be Located..

14. Census: 1910 Place Yet To Be Located..

15. Census: 1920 Little Caney, Chautauqua, Kansas. (19) Rachel is living
in the household of her son, Everett.

1920 KS CHAUTAUQUA LITTLE CANEY
Pg. 6A
123/123 HENDERSON Everett rent 26 b. KS father b. NC mother b. IN
Stella M. 23 b. KS parents b. IN
Mabel 2 years and 5/12 months b. KS
Mamie ? S. 2 years and 5/12 months?
Rachel J. Mother 67 b. IN parents b. KY
124/124 HENDERSON Alva A. 28 b. KS father b. NC mother b. IN
Bessie L. 24 b. IN father b. Canada mother b. NY
Olhol ? R. son 6 b. KS

16. Religion: M. E. Church.

17. Note: Story told Ed Henderson at the 2000 Henderson Family Reunion, ,
Chautauqua, Kansas. (20)

THE VISIT

“Last July during the 2000 Henderson Family Reunion, I was able to talk
with my Aunt Mable HENDERSON Atkinson who was in from Salt Lake City, UT.
She told me a story that she had heard from aunts and uncles while
growing up, that happened to Rachel Jane. It goes like this… One day
during the summer, two Indian women came by the old home place. Each was
carrying a baby in their packs. It was not unusual for indians on their
treck south to come by as there was an old indian trail near by. The
women came to the house where the door was open and stood outside. Rachel
saw them and came to the door, she offered to feed them because they
looked hungry. The two women instantly laid their babies just outside and
came in and ate. When they had finnished eating they made gestures of
thanks and went outside. Rachel followed them. When they picked up the
babies, one had died. It had apperently been very sick. The women went on
their way without a word.”

18. Photo: c. early 1920s, , Chautauqua, Kansas. Everett Henderson Jr.
possesses a photo taken at Niotaze KS of Rachel Jane Brewer Henderson,
made in the 1920’s before her death. She is seated in a rocking chair
presently owned by theEverett Henderson Jr. family.

19. Death: 26 Sept 1927 Niotaze, Chautauqua, Kansas. Died at the age of
74.

20. From the Sedan Times Star, Front Page, Column 1 1927 Oct 6 Sedan,
Chautauqua, Kansas. (21)

Obituary – Mrs. Atwill Henderson

Rachel Jane was born Oct. 6, 1851 near Terre Haute, Indiana, departed
this life Sept. 26, 1927, age 75 years, 11 months and 20 days.

She was married to Atwill Henderson Aug. 29th, 1866. In 1867 they came
to Kansas and took a claim in Neosho county. In 1871 they came to
Chautauqua county and bought a claim near Monett. In 1822 (sic) they
moved to the present home two miles north of Niotaze having resided there
45 years and in Chautauqua county 56 years.

To the union were born ten children, four of whom survive.

The husband, Atwill Henderson, preceased her (illegible) years, also six
children, John Chester, James Russell, Jasper Franklin, Nora Windom,
Ealin Austin and Mary C. Barnhart.

Mrs. Henderson was a kind and devoted mother. She was highly esteemed by
those who knew her, for her patient, kind and contented disposition. She
was united with the M. E. church in early life and has lived a fiathful
life since.

There are left to mourn her demise four sons, Jesse Alexander, William
David, Alva A. and Everett, all of Niotaze; 34 grandchildren and a host
of other relatives and friends.

(Note: The transcriber states this was typed they way it was written, and
they believe the 1822 date should be 1882.)

21. Edit : 2003 Nov.

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Children
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1 F Mary Catherine Henderson (22)
Born: 1868 Nov 16 – , Neosho, Kansas
Christened:
Died: 1927 Sep 17 – Niotaze, Chautauqua, Kansas (16)
Buried:
Spouse: Frank Barnhart ( – )
Marr. Date: 1886 Mar 22 – , Chautauqua, Kansas (23)
Spouse:
Marr. Date:
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1. Census: 1870 Mission, Neosho, Kansas. (11)

2. Census: 1920 Place Yet To Be Located..
I am unable to find Frank and Mary Catherine BARNHART in the 1920 census,
but there are BARNHARTS living next to Mary’s brother, Jesse HENDERSON.

1920 KS CHAUTAUQUA LITTLE CANEY
62/62 HENDERSON Jess A. 48 b. KS father b. NC mother b. IN farmer
Ora C. wife 41 b. IN father b. IN mother b. IN
Otis 20 b. KS
Cycil daughter 18
Elsie 16
Troyle? daughter 14
Georgia 12
Paul 11
Irene 9
LC? son 8
Irwin 5
Donna D. 2
63/63 BARNHART Milton M. 60 b. IA father b. IN mother b. IN farmer
Mary T. 56 b. MO father b. IL mother b. VA
Gracie P. niece 21 b. KS father b. IA mother b. VA

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2 M Jesse Alexander Henderson
Born: 1871 Feb 1 – Niotaze, Chautauqua, Kansas (6)
Christened:
Died: 1952 Jul 7 – Niotaze, Chautauqua, Kansas (16)
Buried:
Spouse: Orah Ann Voyles ( – )
Marr. Date: 1894 Jan 17 – , Chautauqua, Kansas (23)
Spouse:
Marr. Date:
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Events
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1. Census: 1920 Little Caney, Chautauqua, Kansas. (19)
1920 KS CHAUTAUQUA LITTLE CANEY
62/62 HENDERSON Jess A. 48 b. KS father b. NC mother b. IN farmer
Ora C. wife 41 b. IN father b. IN mother b. IN
Otis 20 b. KS
Cycil daughter 18
Elsie 16
Troyle? daughter 14
Georgia 12
Paul 11
Irene 9
LC? son 8
Irwin 5
Donna D. 2
63/63 BARNHART Milton M. 60 b. IA father b. IN mother b. IN farmer
Mary T. 56 b. MO father b. IL mother b. VA
Gracie P. niece 21 b. KS father b. IA mother b. VA

2. Census: 1930 Little Caney, Chautauqua, Kansas. (24)
1930 KS CHAUTAUQUA LITTLE CANEY
26/27 HENDERSON Jesse A. own 59. married at 21 b. KS father b. NC mother
b. IN farmer
Ora A. 51 married at 16 b. IN parents b. IN
A. C. ? son 16 b. KS
Dona 12
Bettee 9

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3 M Jasper Franklin Henderson
Born: 1874 Sep 6 – Niotaze, Chautauqua, Kansas (6)
Christened:
Died: 1906 Mar 8 – Niotaze, Chautauqua, Kansas (16)
Buried:
Spouse: Hattie Meacham ( – )
Marr. Date: 1899 Jan 1 – , Chautauqua, Kansas (23)
Spouse:
Marr. Date:
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4 M James “Jamie” Russell Henderson (6)
Born: 1877 Oct 23 – Niotaze, Chautauqua, Kansas
Christened:
Died: 1902 Nov 17 (16)
Buried:
Spouse: Angie Lusk ( – )
Marr. Date: 1898 Jan 30 – , Chautauqua, Kansas (23)
Spouse:
Marr. Date:
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5 M William David Henderson
Born: 1880 Aug 5 – Niotaze, Chautauqua, Kansas
Christened:
Died: 1940 Oct 2 – Niotaze, Chautauqua, Kansas (16)
Buried:
Spouse: Martha Elizabeth (Lizzie M.) Dikeman (Abt 1882- ) (25)
Marr. Date:
Spouse:
Marr. Date:
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Events
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1. Census: Pg. 2A 1920 Little Caney, Chautauqua, Kansas. (19)
1920 KS CHAUTAUQUA LITTLE CANEY
page 2A
31/31 HENDERSON William D. 39 b. KS father b. NC mother b. IN
Lizzie M. 38 b. KS father b. IL mother b. ?
? J. daughter 16 b. KS father b. KS mother b. KS
Mary D. daughter 12 b. KS
Edward? H. son 5 b. KS

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6 M Ealin Austin Henderson
Born: 1882 Oct 13 – Niotaze, Chautauqua, Kansas
Christened:
Died: 1921 Nov 25 – NM, Sedan (16)
Buried:
Spouse: Myrtle Craft ( – )
Marr. Date: 1906 Nov 24 – , Chautauqua, Kansas (23)
Spouse:
Marr. Date:
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7 M John Chester Henderson
Born: 1885 Jun 7 – Niotaze, Chautauqua, Kansas
Christened:
Died: 1896 Mar 11 – Niotaze, Chautauqua, Kansas (16)
Buried:
Spouse:
Marr. Date:
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Events
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1. Note: Headstone image, 2000 Jul. Ed Henderson possesses images of the
headstones of “Mary Forman Henderson” and John Chester Henderson at Otter
Creek Cemetery, N.N.E. of Niotaze, KS in Chautauqua Co.
SORCE: Chautauqua County Henderson’s website at myfamily.com

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8 F Nova Windom Henderson
Born: 1889 Apr 5 – Niotaze, Chautauqua, Kansas
Christened:
Died: 1909 May 2 – Niotaze, Chautauqua, Kansas (16)
Buried:
Spouse:
Marr. Date:
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9 M Alva A. Henderson
Born: 1891 May 9 – Niotaze, Chautauqua, Kansas
Christened:
Died: 1974 Feb 3 – Caney, Montgomery, Kansas
Buried:
Spouse: Bessie L.. ( – )
Marr. Date:
Spouse:
Marr. Date:
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Events
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1. Census: Pg. 6A 1920 Little Caney, Chautauqua, Kansas. (19)
1920 KS CHAUTAUQUA LITTLE CANEY
Pg. 6A
123/123 HENDERSON Everett rent 26 b. KS father b. NC mother b. IN
Stella M. 23 b. KS parents b. IN
Mabel 2 years and 5/12 months b. KS
Mamie ? S. 2 years and 5/12 months?
Rachel J. Mother 67 b. IN parents b. KY
124/124 HENDERSON Alva A. 28 b. KS father b. NC mother b. IN
Bessie L. 24 b. IN father b. Canada mother b. NY
Olhol ? R. son 6 b. KS

2. Census: 1930 Little Caney, Chautauqua, Kansas. (24)
1930 KS CHAUTAUQUA LITTLE CANEY
99/100 HENDERSON Alva A. 38 b. KS father b. NC mother b. IN farmer and
pumper
Bessie L. 36 b. IN father b. Canada mother b. NY
Kenneth O. 16 b. KS
Marjorie 9
Virginia 7

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10 M Everett Henderson
Born: 1893 Nov 9 – Niotaze, Chautauqua, Kansas
Christened:
Died: 1951 Feb 25 – Winfield, Cowley, Kansas (16)
Buried:
Spouse: Stella Ticks (1900- )
Marr. Date:
Spouse: Thelma Ruth McKee (1903- )
Marr. Date:
Spouse:
Marr. Date:
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Events
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1. Census: 1920 Little Caney, Chautauqua, Kansas. (19)
1920 KS CHAUTAUQUA LITTLE CANEY
Pg. 6A
123/123 HENDERSON Everett rent 26 b. KS father b. NC mother b. IN
Stella M. 23 b. KS parents b. IN
Mabel 2 years and 5/12 months b. KS
Bonnie ? S. 1 year and ? months?
Rachel J. Mother 67 b. IN parents b. KY
124/124 HENDERSON Alva A. 28 b. KS father b. NC mother b. IN
Bessie L. 24 b. IN father b. Canada mother b. NY
Olhol ? R. son 6 b. KS

2. Census: 1930 Little Caney, Chautauqua, Kansas. (24)
1930 KS CHAUTAUQUA LITTLE CANEY
22/23 HENDERSON Everett own 36 married at 22 b. KS parents b. IN
Thelma wife 26 married at 22 b. MO parents b. MO
Mabel 12 b. KS
Bonnie 11 b. KS
Juanita M. 3 b. KS mother b. MO
Everett Jr. 1 b. KS mother b. MO

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Sources

1. Nancy Benton.
2. Henderson, Ed, Henderson Pioneers, Henderson Reunion 2002, “The Henderson
Pioneers to Kansas” (27 Aug 2002). …. Atwill Henderson family, Atwill
Henderson Bible Birth Record (In the possession of Everett Henderson
2003.)
3. Ed Henderson, Ed Henderson Family Genealogy, Death Record.
4. Henderson, Ed, Henderson Pioneers, Henderson Reunion 2002, “The Henderson
Pioneers to Kansas” (27 Aug 2002).
5. Marriage License, IN, Moultrie County.
6. Atwill Henderson family, Atwill Henderson Bible Birth Record (In the
possession of Everett Henderson 2003.)
7. Williams, Lynda, Linda Williams Genforum posting (22 August 1999).
8. Indiana, Bartholomew Co, 1850 U. S. Census Population Schedule.
9. Atwill Henderson Family, Atwill Henderson Family Bible (Believed to be new
in 1866 when Atwill and Mary Jane BREWER were married.), Marriage Record
page for Atwill Henderson and Mary Jane Brewer.
10. The Sedan Lance, Atwill Henderson Obituary (August 1898, The Sedan Lance,
August 4, 1898, Page 4, Niotaze).
11. Kansas. Neosho Co, 1870 U.S. census population schedule.
12. Kansas, Chautauqua Co, 1880 U. S. Federal Census, population schedule
(Image at Ancestry.com).
13. Unknown photographer, Atwell Henderson family photo circa 1896, Kansas.
(Digital copy courtesy of Ed Henderson.)
14. The Sedan Lance, Atwell Henderson Obituary (The Sedan Lance – August 4,
1898 – Page 4, column 6 NIOTAZE).
15. Atwill Henderson family, Atwill Henderson Bible Birth Record (In the
possession of Everett Henderson 2003.) …. 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).
16. Atwill Henderson Family, Atwill Henderson Family Bible (Believed to be new
in 1866 when Atwill and Mary Jane BREWER were married.), Death Record.
17. 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).
18. Norma L. Roberts, Six Generations of Brewers (1976). …. Rachel Jane
Henderson, Rachel Jane Henderson to her niece, Mrs. Elmer (Mary Elizabeth
Brewer) Porcupile, (May 9 1909).
19. Kansas, Chautauqua Co, 1920 U. S. Federal Census Population Schedule.
20. Ed Henderson and associated Henderson family, Chautauqua County Henderson
website (myfamily.com), History Section, recorded Sep 13 2001.
21. Sedan Times Star, Obit of Rachel Jane Brewer Henderson (6 October 1927,
Sedan Times Star, Sedan KS
Front page, column 1).
22. Atwill Henderson family, Atwill Henderson Bible Birth Record (In the
possession of Everett Henderson 2003.), Bible Record provides date.
23. Marriage Record.
24. Kansas, Chautauqua Co, 1930 U.S. Federal Census Population Schedule (Image
at Ancestry.com).
25. Census, 1920 KS Chautauqua Co. Little Caney.

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4 Responses to “Rachel Jane Brewer and Atwill Henderson”
  1. Phyllis McNeill says:

    Hello,
    I am helping my cousin, Gail, Barnhart Dickerson, research her father’s line. He has passed away, and was A.E. “June” Barnhart Jr, son of Atwill Emanuel Barnhart Sr. and Mary Cathryn Henderson. Her parents were Atwill Henderson and Rachel Jane Brewer. I have a subscription to ancestry.com and the latest in computer products, but my cousin Gail doesn’t at this point. Our mothers were sisters, so I am not related to this line, but am doing this work for her so that she can pick up the trail when she retires next year. (And she has a sister as well as grandchildren who will be interested in all of this.) Gail lives in Amarillo, and may be able to soon travel to southern Kansas to see gravesites and meet distant cousins. She knows a little from what has been researched by others in the past but I am trying to use current advances to give her more comprehensive material to go off of so she can follow her family history more accurately. Would she be able to meet with any of you next year? Are there any things she could see besides grave sites? I will pass along this site to her & I think she and her family will be thrilled with all that has been done! Also, I have researched on my own and have a little more data than what is shown here, probably thanks to continued advances in gathering data in the past 2 years. I would be happy to share.
    Thanks for your work,
    Phyllis McNeill
    Denver, CO

    • jmk says:

      Phyllis, I don’t live in the area and I personally don’t know of anything besides grave sites. There’s a guy named Ed Henderson who is a descendant of Atwill and Rachel and he lives in the area. Would you like me to pass your email on to him so he can get in touch with you?

      • Phyllis McNeill says:

        Yes, thanks…I think the descendants will value any additional stories and sources. Thanks very much

  2. jmk says:

    Phyllis, I’ve written him and given him your email so he can contact you.

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