Hendricks

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Hendricks Surname Genealogy

The
root
of Hendrick is the German personal name Heim-ric
meaning “home rule,” which later appeared as Henrich or Heinrich. An early example of it as a surname was
Genetiy de Heinrich recorded in Fritzlar in northern Hesse in 1335. Hendriks and Hendrickson are Flemish
variations of the surname; while the Hendrix variation has been found
mainly
in
Belgium.
Hendricks,
Hendrick
and Hendrix
have been the most common spellings of the
surname in
America.

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Hendricks Ancestry

The name Hendricks, or
variations thereof, was mainly found in western Germany and in Holland
and Flemish Belgium. The numbers there today are approximately:

  • Germany, around 3,000 (where the spelling is principally
    Hendricks)
  • Holland, around 20,000 (where the spelling is principally
    Hendriks)
  • and Belgium, around 2,000 (where the spelling is either Hendriks
    or Hendrix)

Hendriks
comes
from the northern Dutch regions, including Amsterdam. The Hendrix
name is particularly strong in Antwerp.


England
.
The numbers in England have been smaller and the spelling has tended to
be Hendrick. They
were to be found in Staffordshire and Lancashire. The
Henrix spelling also
existed. Thomas Henrix was listed as a
marine on board HMS Victory during
the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805.

America. Hendrick,
perhaps reflecting English arrivals, was most numerous in
Virginia, Hendricks in New York and
Pennsylvania, and Hendrix in the South. Hendricks in America can
be a contraction of the Swedish Hendriksson.

New York The
Hendricks name was first brought to America by the Dutch and became a
fairly
common name in New York. An early
arrival was Kniertje Hendricks who married Walraven Claerhout at the
Dutch
Reform Church in New York in 1668. There
were two Mohawk
chieftains
who at a later date became Christians and adopted
the
Hendrick name.

The
most notable Hendricks arrival into New York was probably the Jewish
merchant Uriah
Hendricks
who came
in 1755. The Hendricks Brothers
who followed pioneered the use of copper in the US
Navy. Hendricks in Seneca, New York migrated to Pennsylvania,
Ohio and
Michigan. Eli Hendrick of this family
tried
his hand in many things before starting the Hendrick Manufacturing
Company, a
perforated metal manufacturer, in Carbondale, Pennsylvania in 1876.

Pennsylvania
Hendricks
in Pennsylvania may have had German origins.
Hendricks from the Rhineland were among of the first settlers in
Bucks
county, having arrived in Pennsylvania on the Francis and
Dorothy
as early as 1685. Gerhard
Hendricks
signed
the famous protest against human slavery that
was presented to the Germantown Friends Meeting in 1688.

Tobias
Hendricks, known as Squire Tobias, was an early settler in the 1720’s
in
Lancaster county when it was still frontier territory.
His son Tobias ran Toby’s Place, an inn on the
Cumberland Trail and a meeting place
for Indian traders, travelers and the like.

Indiana
A
Hendricks
family became one of the most prominent families of Indiana in the 19th
century. DNA analysis has suggested that
these Hendricks were related to
Daniel
Hendrick of Haverhill, Massachusetts
, an early
arrival in 1642 from England.
These Hendricks were pioneer settlers in the Ligonier valley in
Westmoreland
county,
Pennsylvania.

William Hendricks moved to
what was then Indiana territory in 1813. He
served as the third Governor of the state in 1822 and its
Senator
from 1825 to 1837. Both his sons were
killed in the Civil War. But his nephew
Thomas was also Governor of Indiana and briefly in 1885 US Vice
President.

Ohio.
Hendricks of German
stock were to be found in Champaign county, Ohio by the 1820’s. Ross
Hendricks
, born there in 1866, migrated to Chicago (where he
changed his
name to Hendrix) and worked in a traveling vaudeville troupe until it
broke up
on the West Coast in 1912. He and his
wife Nora then settled in Vancouver.
There is no absolute
proof that they were the grandparents of the singer Jimi Hendrix, but
it is
thought likely.

South Carolina Various Hendricks were to be found in South Carolina
by the early 1700’s. The best known of
these Hendricks came to Pickens county from Virginia in 1784, after
having
fought in the Revolutionary War. Matthew Hendricks, born
there in 1842,
fought on the Confederate side in the Civil War and lived onto 1944
when
he was
considered one of the patriarchs of his community.

Georgia Gustavus
Hendrick who came to Georgia from Virginia as an infant
in 1795
was one of the state’s most successful early politicians.
He was married for 71 years and lived to be
90. His son John was a prominent member
of the white slave-owning elite of Covington in the decade prior to the
Civil
War. He like some others of his class
had both white and black descendants.

The spelling in Georgia tended more to be more
Hendrix than Hendrick or Hendricks. Absalom
Hendrix came to Cherokee county, Georgia from Pickens county, South
Carolina in
the late 1830’s. The Hendrix plantation
owners in Bulloch county, Georgia were from North Carolina and were
probably descended
from the Haverhill Hendrick line.

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Hendricks Miscellany

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Hendricks Names

Uriah Hendricks was the Jewish merchant who
started the family’s copper business in New York in 1764.
William Hendricks
was the
founder of the Hendricks political dynasty in Indiana in the early 19th
century.
Jimi Hendrix was an
American musician,
singer and songwriter, widely considered one of the most influential
electric
guitarists in the history of popular music.

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  • 1,000 in the UK (most numerous
    in London)
  • 29,000 in America (most numerous in Texas)
  • 6,000 elsewhere (most numerous in Canada)

 

 

 

 

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