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Hendricks Family


The Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia borders Maryland and Virginia. The first European settlers started arriving about 1730.

  also spelled Hendrix, Hendrick  

York County is in south central Pennsylvania and was created on August 19, 1749 from part of Lancaster County.

West Virginia is located in the Appalachians and was originally part of Virginia. The capital and largest city is Charleston. It became a state during the Civil War and was admitted to the Union on June 20, 1863.

James Hendricks was born on August 5, 1722 in York County, Pennsylvania.

James married Priscilla Pettit. Her parents were James Pettit and Priscilla Darling.

James and Priscilla's children may have included:

Abigail Hendricks (1743)
Daniel Hendricks (1744, married Jane Buckles),
Lydia Hendricks (1748),
Thomas Hendricks (1749),
Priscilla Hendricks (1749, married William Buckles),
Rebecca Hendricks (1754),
Mary Hendricks (1756),
Caleb Hendricks (1758),
James Hendricks, Jr. ( 1760, married Jane Melvin),
John Hendricks (1762),
Olive Hendricks (1764), and
Elizabeth Hendricks (1766).

The Hendrixs were early settlers in, what is now, the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia. They probably arrived about 1760.

From Frederick County Road Orders

1 August 1769, Frederick County Order Book 14 Part 2, p. 509
Godwin Swift Henry Lloyd and Thomas Hart having been appointed to veiw the ground from Semples Furnace to the Warm Spring Road made their Report. Ordered that a Road be opened as Laid off by them and that the Tithables Three Miles on Each side work thereon under James Hendricks who is appointed overseer thereof

6 March 1770, Frederick County Order Book 14 Part 2, p. 590
Upon the Petition of Samuel Beall praying that a Road may be opened out of the main Road Leading from Jacob Hites to Mecklenburg through Fosters Land to the Ferrying Water & also to the Ford of Potomack. Ordered that John Taylor John Wright James Hendricks & William Dark or any Three of them being first sworne do veiw the same & report the Conveniences & Inconveniences that may attend the same.

Berkeley County was created from Frederick County in 1772.

Jams Hendrick was on the rent roll of Berkeley County, Virginia in 1772 and Jas. Hendrick in 1777. He had 360 acres. 

In 1790, a James Hendricks was in Jefferson County, Virginia. the household consisted of:

a man and a woman over 45
3 boys and one girl between 10 and 15
an enslaved person

This was probably James, Jr. because the children were too young to be James, Sr's.

Berkeley County, Virginia was created from the northern third of Frederick County, Virginia in 1772. Jefferson County was formed from the county's eastern section. In 1863 Berkeley County became part of the new state of West Virginia.

Rent rolls were lists of landowners showing whether they had paid their annual quit-rents to the Crown. A quick-rent was a feudal remnant and was paid by a freeholder in lieu of services that might otherwise have been required.


Heir Book 1768 Redding township York County in the province of Pennsylvania on the 20 day of May 1760 about 3 o'clock in the afternoon James was born.

James son of Jas Hendricks and Priscilla his wife was born in fradick county in the Collonay of Verginia on Sunday 8 day of April 1762 about one o'clock in the afternoon.


The American Flag was adopted in 1777.

Daniel Hendricks was born on February 20, 1745 at York County, Pennsylvania. He was the son of James Pettit and Priscilla Hendricks.

He was a sergeant in Captain William Drake's and Captain Isaac Israel's companies from May, 1776 to April, 1777.

He married Jane Buckles.

Daniel and James' children may have included:

William Hendricks (1763, married Susannah Taylor),
Nancy Hendricks (1766, married William McCormack),
Kersey Hendricks married Unknown Jones)
Priscilla Hendricks (married Unknown Kezar)
Milly Hendricks (married Unknown Hewit)
Elizabeth (married Unknown Long)
Daniel Hendriks (1775, married Margaret Duke).

They lived in an area that is now in West Virginia.


The New River flows through North Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia .In 1755, Mary Draper Ingles (1732-1815) was captured by Shawnee warriors near Blacksburg and taken to Ohio. She escaped and made her way home by following the Ohio, Kanawha, and New Rivers.


Daniel Hendricks was born on December 10, 1775.

He married Margaret Duke. Margaret was born on August 18, 1778

Daniel Hendricks (1797, married Polly Osborne)
James Hendricks (1812)
Eliza Hendricks (1814, married Edward Lucas)


Daniel Hendricks was born on August 25, 1797.

He married Polly Osborn. Polly was born on December 6, 1795.

Margaret Hendricks (1817, married Daniel Nichols),
Sarah Taylor Hendricks (1824, married Adam Link, Jr.)
Blanche Ann Hendricks (1830,; married George M. Branter),
Tobias Hendricks (1835; died, married Sarah Coffenberger)




Early Quakers were persecuted. In the Massachusetts Bay colony, Friends were banished on pain of death.

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.

Appalachia was the 18th century backcountry and many settlers were Scots-Irish. It includes southern New York, western Pennsylvania, North Carolina and Virginia, West Virginia, eastern Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee and northern Mississippi, Alabama and Georgia.


from the History of Clark County, Ohio

The Hendricks family came from Holland to Philadelphia about 1685 and settled at Germantown, Pennsylvania. A grandson of the original emigrants was James Hendricks, who was born about 1720 and married Priscilla Pabbit, whose birth occurred about 1725. They removed to Virginia and they became the parents of the following named sons : Thomas, Daniel, Caleb, James and JohnDaniel was born in 1745 and married Jane Buckles, a daughter of Robert Buckles, one of the first settlers of Potomac valley. To this union were born five girls and three boys : horsey [Kersey] became Mrs. Jones; Priscilla, Mrs. Kizer: Mary, Mrs. Hewett: and the other daughters were Mrs. McCormick and Mrs. Long. while the sons were William, Tobias and Daniel. Tobias went west when young. William, born in 1768, was married to Susan Taylor and removing to Pleasant township, Clark county, Ohio, settled on section 28 in the year 1804. Later he sold there and bought a farm one mile west of the village of Mutual. He died February II, 1813, and his wife died March 5, 1809. They had seven children : Mary, born January 18, 1785, married Samuel LaffertyBlanche, born February 28, 1787, became the wife of William Hunter, February I, 1807. John was born December 9, 1790. William was born October 14, 1792, and married Elizabeth McConkey April 17, 1817. Sarah, born January 28, 1795, died in childhood. Solomon, born October II, 1796, died in boyhood. Ann, born November 17, 1798, married David Taylor, and after his death married another man of the name of Taylor, who was not, however, a relative of her first husband.

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