Select Hendricks Miscellany
accounts over the years:
- Hendrick, Hendricks and Hendrix in the 1840 US Census
- Two Mohawk Hendrick Chieftains
- The Hendricks Brothers of New York
- Hendricks of Massachusetts and Pennsylvania
- Matthew Hendricks of Pickens County
- Ross Hendrick and Jimi Hendrix
Hendrick, Hendricks and Hendrix in the 1840 US Census
Virginia, Hendricks (as well as Hendrickson) in New York and
Pennsylvania, and Hendrix in the South.The Hendrick spelling is not that common in America today.
Hendricks number some 14,000, Hendrix around 11,000.
Two Mohawk Hendrick
1755 the most famous Indian in the world was killed in the Bloody
that launched the Battle of Lake George. His name was Henderick Peters
Theyanooguin in English, but he was widely known as King Hendrick. In
unfortunate twist of linguistic and historical fate, he shared the same
name as another famous Native American, Hendrick Tejonihokarawa, who
about 30 years his senior, was also famous in his own right. He was one
“Four Indian Kings” who became a sensation in London in 1710, met Queen
and was wined and dined as an international celebrity.
Both Hendricks were
Mohawk warriors who had been baptized into the Christian name in the
Reform Church (hence the name Hendrick).
Both aided Britain against France in their struggles for empire
helped to negotiate the relationship between their fellow Mohawks and
who would recognize that the Iroquois Confederacy was critical to the
of power in early 18th century America. Unfortunately,
these Hendricks were later confused by historians into one man.
The Hendricks Brothers of New York
family, originally Enriques, had come from Spain. They
were Sephardic Jews who had fled the
country and settled in Flanders where they prospered as merchants and
Uriah Hendricks of this family was born in Amsterdam and emigrated to
New York City in 1755. There he started
a dry goods store and later a metal importing business which was
carried on by
his son Harmon. It was he who began
copper fabrication at a mill in Belleville, New Jersey.
The Hendricks copper clad the ships that
helped the United States fight the British to a standstill in the War
1812. The business was carried on by his
descendants under the name of Hendricks Brothers.
The last member of the family
to operate the business was Harmon Washington Hendricks, who died in
1928. Hendricks Brothers closed its last
mill in 1938.
Massachusetts and Pennsylvania
estimated that probably three generations separated Daniel Hendrick of
Haverhill, Massachusetts (1617-1700), an immigrant from England, with
Daniel Hendricks of
Pennsylvania (1726-1796). The missing
generations linking these two Daniels haven’t been identified, but a
connection is the first Daniel’s son Jabez.
Hendrick married Hannah Moore
and they lived in the Elizabethtown and Piscataway area in New Jersey. It is known that many Westmoreland county,
Pennsylvania settlers came from New Jersey.
descendants of Danel Hendricks of Westmoreland submitted to 37-marker
tests. The subjects included three
descendants of Daniel’s son Absalom and one descendent of Daniel’s son
Abraham. The descendants of Absalom and
Abraham were a match with each other and there is a distance of 2
and descendants of Daniel Hendrick of Haverhill, Massachusetts when
markers were compared.
Matthew Hendricks of Pickens County
known as Mr. Matt, was the fourth generation of Hendricks in Pickens
South Carolina. He was by all accounts a
sturdy, handsome, and generous man, who achieved much over his lifespan
years between 1842 and 1944. His
fighting on the Confederate side in the Civil War won him recognition
throughout the South. Later he created
and built buildings for the community and also built many of the first
and covered bridges.
began the construction of his own home in 1870. It
was named Wisteria after the giant wisteria vine that
once grew there. In its building, the
finest of trees – long-leaf
yellow pines – were cut and hauled to the mill by oxcart. The lumber
to be kiln dried and hand planed, a long and tedious job undertaken by
and his young sons. The wrought-iron
crane in the kitchen fireplace was made by Mr. Matt in his shop. He
designed and made the porch posts, mantles, and some doors.
died in 1944, but the house was kept on by his daughter until it was
1970. Many handmade items crafted by Mr.
Matt have remained in family hands, for example a walnut bedframe and
which he engraved and an accompanying walnut side table which he
Ross Hendricks and Jimi Hendrix
Fanny Hendricks nee Whitfield was a poor light-skinned black
woman in Urbana, Ohio who had recently ended her marriage to Jefferson
Hendricks and was a single parent seeking work.
Bertran Philander Ross, white, was a
prominent grain dealer in the town and one of its wealthiest landowners.
Their union, whether it be through seduction
or rape, apparently produced a child. Fanny
the newborn the first name of his father, possibly to ensure that the
would know its lineage. Thus in 1866
Philander Ross Hendricks was born.
We assume that Bertran
Philander Ross was the father. Neither Ross nor Fanny’s former husband
Jefferson Hendricks were listed in the 1870 Ohio Champaign county
census with Fanny and
Ross. But Jefferson did appear with them
in the 1880
Those of mixed race or African American
heritage faced obstacles in Urbana in the years after the Civil
this reason Ross Hendricks left town and migrated to Chicago in 1896,
for new opportunities there. He worked for a time in the police
changed his name to Hendrix. Later he
joined a Dixieland vaudeville troupe, travelling all around the
the troupe broke up in Seattle in 1912.
There he married Nora Moore, another member of the troupe, and
decided to settle down on the West Coast.
Their son Al was born in 1919.
In 1941 Al met Lucille Jeter at a dance in
Seattle and they married a year later.
Drafted by the United States Army, Al went to war three days
The first of Lucille’s five
children, James Marshall Hendrix (Jimi), was born later that year in
1942. Stationed in Alabama at the time of
birth, Al was denied the standard military furlough afforded servicemen
childbirth. His commanding officer
placed him in the stockade to prevent his going AWOL to see his infant
Seattle. He spent two months locked up
without trial and while in the stockade received a telegram announcing
Jimi grew up in Seattle and formed his first band there.
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