from A Genealogy of the Duke-Shepherd-Van Metre Family edited by Samuel Gordon Smyth
The Hendricks family, of the Valley, into which Margaret Duke married were one of the earliest and thriftiest among the settlers from Pennsylvania. Their ancestors came from the Dutch settlement near Philadelphia which antedated the arrival of Penn and his colonists by several years, and at that time he was prominent in colonial history. Thomas A. Hendricks, former Vice-president of the United States, who died in 1885 after having served only a few months, was, with Grover Cleveland the President, the first to be elected to those offices by the Democratic party since 1857; he too, was of this line, the grandfathers of Thomas A. Hendricks and Daniel W. Hendricks being brothers. The earlier forefather was " Albertus Hendricon, of Locomo"—so runs his will, who was given a patent to lands at what is now Lamokin, about a mile west of Chester Creek, on the Delaware, in Delaware Co., Pa., in the year 1673. He was a constable of the Upland Court in 1676, and a juror of the first court under the Penn government. His death occurred in 1715 and his will recites sons: Tobias, James, Johannes; daughters: Elizabeth Wright, Isabel Venamon and Katharine Haverd; and grandchildren: Albertus Steer and Helchy, the daughter of Tobias; the executors were the son Tobias and John Salkeld, the celebrated Quaker preacher (see Smith's History of Delaware County, p. 468; The American Genealogist, Vol. I., pt. 4, p. 136, 1899).
The Hendricks and Wrights migrated in 1726 to the west side of the Susquehanna, where they became involved in a raging border controversy between the Provinces of Maryland and Pennsylvania, respecting their boundary rights (see Pennsylvania Archives, 1st Series).
Tobias Hendricks settled at what is now known as Oyster Point, at the head of the Cumberland Valley, and about two miles west of Harrisburg. He was one of the Justices of Chester Co., in 1726; died at Oyster Point, in 1739, leaving wife Catherine, and children: Henry, Rebecca, Tobias, David, Peter, Abraham and Isaac
James Hendricks, the brother of Tobias, both sons of Albertus, was a noted Quaker, and a carpenter; he also settled on the Susquehanna in Lancaster Co., near his brother Tobias, but finally passed down the Cumberland Valley to the new settlements on the Potomac in the vicinity of Martinsburg. He was probably the Major James Hendricks, of the 7th Virginia Line commanded by Col. Mordecai Buckner, in the War of the Revolution (see Records of Spottsylvania Co., Va., pp. 526-533).
James Hendricks m. Priscilla , and died at a venerable age, in Berkeley Co., Va., in 1795. This couple left several children who intermarried with the Lucases, Buckleses, Blues and Van Metres. He was the father of Daniel Hendricks who is said to have married Miss Buckles, of Rattling Springs, and were the parents of Tobias and Daniel; the latter m. Margaret Duke.
7, William Hendricks, b. 22 Dec, 1795; d. young and without issue.
8, Daniel Hendricks, b. 25 Aug., 1797; d. 28 Nov., 1852.
9, John Hendricks, b. 30 Oct., 1799; d. s.p.
10, Tobias Hendricks, b. 7 Nov., 1801; d. s.p.
11, Polly Hendricks, b. 13 Dec, 1803; d. .
12, James Hendricks, b. 2 July, 1812; d. 10 Aug., 1848.
13, Eliza Hendricks, b. 27 Sept., 1814; d. 28 Aug., 1877.