Isaac G. Henderson


ISAAC GRANT HENDERSON, a prominent farmer and breeder of high grade stock, who owns 225 acres of valuable land, divided into two farms and situated in Smithfield Township, Jefferson County, Ohio, was born here August 3, 1863. He is a representative of one of the substantial old families of this section. His father was Alexander, his grandfather was John and his great-grandfather, who was the founder of the family, was Robert Henderson.

Alexander Henderson was born on the farm now owned by his son, Isaac Grant Henderson. His father, John Henderson, was born on the Adjoining farm to the south, and his father, Robert Henderson, was born in Ireland. He came from his native land to Jefferson County, Ohio, when few settlers had yet ventured thus far into the wilderness, and entered the south one-half of Section 24, Smithfield Township, government land. He built a log cabin and began to clear his property but died long before it was completed. John Henderson, as one of the older sons, came into possession of a part of the farm and after his marriage, took possession of the present Henderson farm and built a log house on it for his own home. He died in 1840, aged forty years. He married Elizabeth Elliott, who was born in Washington County, Pennsylvania. She survived him many years and later in life erected a more commodious log house than the first one. Ten children were boen to John and Elizabeth Henderson, namely: Robert M., James and Elizabeth, twins, Alexander, Mary and Ann, twins, twins, John E., Ellen, Adaline and Martha. The only survivor of the above family is Mary, who is the wife of H. Barricklow, of Harrison County, Ohio.

Alexander Henderson was born August 20, 1829, in the old log house which then stood on the present site of the handsome, modern ten-room residence which Isaac Grant Henderson erected in recent years. Alexander Henderson spent his life on this farm, where he died in 1890. He married Ann Skeeles, who was born in Smithfield Township, Jefferson County, a daughter of Isaac and Nancy Skeeles. She died in 1904, at the age of sixty-eight years. Four children were born to Alexander and Ann Henderson, one of whom died young, and the second born, Margaret M., died in 1884. Two sons survive, John P. H. and Isaac Grant.

Isaac Grant Henderson has always made his home on the present farm. In boyhood he attended the country schools and later Hopedale College, and then taught school for four years before turning his attention exclusively to his farm industries. To the scientific tilling of his land he adds dairying and poultry raising and breeding of thoroughbred Jersey and Polled Aberdeen Angus cattle. He keeps fifty head of cattle for dairy purposes, making a specialty of supplying private customers with butter and cream. He usually has a flock of 200 chickens, poultry growing being quite a feature on this farm. He is a man with very practical, common sense ideas and his undertakings are so well managed that they usually prove satisfactorily remunerative.

Mr. Henderson was married October 7, 1891, to Miss Mary H. Cole, a daughter of Joshua P. and Catherine (Vorhees) Cole, and they have two children: Alexander J. and Helen H. With his family, Mr. Henderson is a member of the Baptist Church. Politically he is a Republican. He is identified with the Masonic Chapter at Smithfield and the Commandery at Steubenville, and he belongs also to the Patrons of Husbandry.

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