An American Family History


The Hendry Family

Frederick County, Virginia was formed in 1743 from Orange County. Old Frederick County included all or part of four counties in present-day Virginia: Shenandoah, Clarke, Warren, and Frederick, as well as five in present-day West Virginia: Hardy, Hampshire, Berkeley, Jefferson and Morgan.

George Hendry was born about 1725 in Massachusetts.

He married Deborah Borden. Deborah was the daughter of Benjamin Borden.

Their children included:
Rebecca Hendry (1754),
Nancy Ann Hendry (1756, married John Worley),
Elizabeth Hendry Borden (1758),
William Hendry (1760),
Mary Hendry Humphreys (1760, married Jesse Humphreys),
Abraham Hendry (1766), and
George Hendry (1768).

Some reseachers believe Rebecca married Jeremiah Dungan, but she was born about 1754 and was too young to be the mother of Jeremiah's children who were born about the same time.

George died in 1782 in Frederick County, Virginia and Deborah died in 1799.

  William Hendry was born about 1760 in Frederick County, Virginia.

William and Chloe Hendry divorced on September 2, 1813 in Washington County, Tennessee.

William married Sarah Palmer.

Rachel Grubb

Rose (an enslaved woman)

Delfry Hendry (1808,)
John Hendry (1811)

In 1794 William and Chloe sold Zaddock Conner of Shenandoah County a tract of land on Flint Run containing 150 acres and joining the side of a mountain.

In 1799, William and Chloe, sold their share his brother, George's estate in Frederick County.

1800 William bought land in Washington County, Tennessee.


This indenture made this tenth day of October in the year of Our Lord one thousand eight [1800] hundred between Baltis Hammer of Washington County and State of Tennessee of the one hand and William Hendry of the county and state aforesaid of the other part

witnesseth said Baltis Hammer for and in consideration of one (donkey) to him in hand paid (?) on before the sealing and delivering then presents the receipt such that the said B. Hammer hath given granted bargained and sold and (released) conveyed and by them presents doth give grant bargain and sell convey unto William Hendry all and that parcel of land

beginning at a small black oak on the south west side of a steep hill supposed to be in the dividing line between the said Hendry and Hammer running there north sixty degrees west eleven poles

to a stake then south twenty seven poles degrees west fifteen and one half poles to a stake in the north side of a hill crossing a spring branch thence south sixty degrees east eleven poles to a small dogwood on the side of said hill then

to the place of the beginning containing one and a half square poles to gather

with all apprutenances and all whatsoever in and hinderments and app thereunto belonging on the said lot of land hereby granted or intended to be granted with (?) and (?) of the appurtinnance

to said William Hendry his heirs and forever ...

William Malone (his mark)
Baltis Hammer (seal)
Jones Melone (his mark)
Margaret Milone

Slavery is an immoral system of forced labor where people are treated as property to be bought and sold. It was legal in the American Colonies and the United States until the Civil War.

Abraham Hendry was born about 1766. He married Sabra Ellis. At first they lived in Carter County, Tennessee.

William Hendry (1785),
Edward Hendry (1787), and
Ferdinand E. Hendry

In 1794 and Abraham was listed on Nathaniel Taylor's tax list. He had 100 acres.

On October 4, 1796, Abraham bought a half acre lot in town from Samuel Tipton for $25 dollars. The lot was on Second Street in Elizabethton, Carter County, Tennessee.

In July, 1797, Abraham was assigned to do road work under Andrew Taylor overseer. In 1797, he was also on jury duty.

On February 10, 1799, Abraham bought 200 acres on the south side of the Watauga from Joseph Tipton, Sr. for $200 dollars. The land was next to the Cobbs, Morelands, Jesse Humphreys, and an old line of Matthew Talbot.

On July 13, 1799, Abraham witnessed sale of an enslaved woman named Minnie. John Powers of Frederick County, Virginia sold her to Mary Worley of Carter County, Tennessee.

On December 21, 1799, Abraham witnessed the sale of another enslaved woman who was named Rose. Jonathan Tipton sold her to John Hammer.

On November 06, 1800, Abraham sold his 200 acres south of the Watauga to Absalom Moore for $333.33. The land included a home, buildings, and an orchard. The land was bordered by Cobb, Moors, Ralph Humphrey, and the old Talbot line.

After selling his farm, Abraham bought two lots in Elizabethton.

On May 05, 1801 Abraham bought another half acre town lot from Samuel Tipton for $10. The lot was on Long Street in Elizabethton, Carter County, Tennessee. May 15, 1801 he bought the half acre lot.

In 1805, Abraham was appointed as a magistrate.

In 1807 Abraham Hendry was one the of elected trustes of Duffield Academy.

In 1824 Edward Hendry was excommunicated from the Sinking Creek Baptist Church in a dispute over who was to baptize Fanny Renfro.

Carter County, Tennessee was organized from Washington County on April 9, 1796. Elizabethton is the county seat.




Mary Hendry married Joseph McCorkle (1790) on November 14, 1815 in Carter County, Tennessee.






Will of George Hendry of Frederick Co. Virginia, February 18, 1782

That 100 acres of land lying at upper end of my land whereon Jeremiah Dunkin now lives at the well to be given to my wife Deborah Hendry and her heirs forever. If my wife should die first, the 100 acres to sold and the money equally divided between Mary Dunkin and young Rebecky Dunkin and Nancy Burdin and Mary Burdin and Betty Worly and Mary Worly.

That Jery Dunkin shall have the place where he now lives four years rent free and after that four years more at 3 pounds five shillings in silver money for each year and that money to be given to Maryan Hennary and the said Jeremiah Dunkin is not allowed to clear more than 25 acres of land and to return the place in good repair.

The plantation that I now live on to my wife Deborah Hendry and all rents for her life, that after her death the land which is 200 acres be sold if the two youngest sons is of age and if not the land is to be rented until they come of age and the rent equally divided between my four sons William Hendry and George Hendry and Abraham Hendry and Isaik Hendry.

If any of my four sons die without issue then their part of the money should be equally divided between Betty Bensen?, Rebecah Dunkin, Nancy Worly and Mary Umfres.

To my wife Deborah Hendry all my moveable estate forever, she paying to my son
William Hendry 20 shillings silver money,
Betty Bunsen five shillings silver money,
Rebecah Dunkin five shillings silver money,
Nancy Worly five shillings silver money, and
Mary Umfres five shillings silver money, they having had their part of the moveable estate.

If I should outlive my wife that my moveable estate should be equally divided between George Hennary and Abraham Hennary and Isaik Hennary.

Whereas a certain Thomas Campbell, galer in Winchester, Frederick Co., and when I was in goal took advantage of my necessity and not being in my proper sences I signed a deed for the convaance (sic) of 360 acres land in this county, which land I make over my soul right claim unto my wife Deborah her heirs and assigns forever.

That my four daughters, viz, Betty Burdin, Rebeckah Dunkin, Nancy Worly, Mary Umfres, if I should survive my wife, that they and their heirs should have the land equally divided between them.

Appoint Deborah Hennary my wife executor,
Thomas Fawcet and John Canter? execs, revoking all other wills.
signed: George Hendry.
Wit. William Davis, John Field Nichols, John Nichols.
Proved 1 Oct. 1782.

American colonists continued to use British monetary units, namely the pound, shilling and pence for which £1 (or li) equalled 20s and 1s equalled 12d. In 1792 the dollar was established as the basic unit of currency.

The American folk hero, David "Davy" Crockett (1786 – 1836), grew up in East Tennessee.

Washington County, Tennessee,was established in 1777 as Washington County, North Carolina. From 1784 to 1788,it was part of the State of Franklin.

Vol.6-7 1795-1804 (FHL film 31,350)
Will of Deborah [Borden] Hendry of Frederick Co. VA, aged and weak; 24 Sept. 1796;

the land containing 200 acres where I now live should be sold, and when the executors is paid for their trouble, the remainder of the money to be equally divided as follows:

three parts of the money equally divided between my three sons William Hendry, Abraham Hendry and Isaac Hendry,

and the fourth part that should have been my deceased son George Hendry's right to be equally divided between my four daughters Betty Borden, Rebecca Duncan, Nancy Worley [Mrs. John Worley] and Mary Umfries [Mrs. Jesse Humphries] agreeable to the will of my husband George Hendry decd.

That my burying ground or grave yard should not be sold but be kept for a burying place for me and my heirs forever;

that the same quantity of land contained in my grave yard be taken off of my 100 acre tract adj. the before-mentioned 200 acres. The remainder of my 100 acres be sold, that is, the well, the buildings and plantations thereunto belonging.

My son William Hendry should have five pound sterling out of the money, and the remainder, less the amount to the executors for their trouble,

to my two sons Abraham Hendry and Isaac Hendry and my two granddaughters Elizabeth Worley and Mary Worley, equally divided between them.

Whereas Captain Thomas Campbell Jaler in Winchester, Frederick Co., when my husband was in jail took advantage of his necessity and he not being in his proper sences he signed a deed for the conveyance of 360 acres, which land I give and bequeath all my right that my husband gave me to my two daughters Nancy Worley and Mary Umfres and my granddaughter Mary An Hendry to be equally divided between them.

My two daughters Betty Burden and Rebecca Duncan should have but five shillings a piece out of my estate, they both being verry disobedient children.

That Nancy Worley should have my saddle.

That Mary Umfres should have my best gound,

and all the rest of my waring aperrel is to be divided between Nancy Worley and her two daughters Elizabeth Worley and Mary Worley.

That I impowered my brother Joseph Borden to sew [sue] for a part of my father's moveable estate which I had not received, for which Joseph Borden is to have one half for his cost and trouble, the other half I give to my two sons Abraham Hendry and Isaac Hendry.

Debts, except for selling the land, be paid out of my moveables; to my two sons Abraham Hendry and Isaac Hendry the remainder of my moveable estate.

Appoint William Davis and Thomas Berey execs.
Wit. John (X) Elkins, John Hathaway, Charles Forguson.
Proved 2 July 1799.

American colonists continued to use British monetary units, namely the pound, shilling and pence for which £1 (or li) equalled 20s and 1s equalled 12d. In 1792 the dollar was established as the basic unit of currency.



Washington County Marriages

HENDRY, Cassy Ann married YOUNG, Robert on 30-JUL-1835
HENDRY, Mary married MCCORKEL, Joseph on 14-NOV-1815