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Mary Annie Roten Henderson
   Mary Annie Roten was born in Hillsboro, Hill County, Texas, September 12, 1867. She was the oldest child of Robert Henry Roten and Sarah Holly Renfro.
   Robert Henry and Sarah Holly came to Hill County, Texas, shortly after their 1865 marriage and before October of 1868 when his mark and brand was recorded. He and Sarah Holly left the county before 1870, when they moved to Burleson County, Texas. While they were only in Hill County a short time, it was an important time for the family. The birth of the first two children was in Hillsboro, Hill County, Texas:
   Mary Annie Roten, married Jefferson Davis Henderson on October 5, 1884, in Lampasas County, Texas, and had eight children: Vida Holly; Lucy Gertrude; Wiley "Willie" Genoa; Velma Polly; Jefferson Davis, Jr.; Annie Lee; Lola Arminta; and Ophie Alice. All the children were born at the "Henderson Farm" in Burnet County, close to Lampasas, Texas.  

Henderson family photo circa 1922
Mary Annie and husband, J. D., are buried in Oak Hill Cemetery in Lampasas, Texas.   
   Deleburn D. "Lee" Roten was born October 10, 1869, and died December 02, 1953, in Hamilton County, Texas. Lee Roten married Edna Harkins on September 28, 1909, in San Saba County, Texas. Both are buried in the Live Oak Cemetery in the Ohio Community of Hamilton County, Texas.
   On November 1, 1958, KNOW Radio of Austin, Texas gave Mary Annie Roten Henderson the "Sears Good Citizen Salute". That salute stated, "How good can a citizen be!! Sears salutes a woman who has spent her entire life serving and helping others. Mrs. J. D. Henderson just recently celebrated her 91st birthday. During her busy 91 years, Mrs. Henderson has settled territory... cared for the sick... delivered babies... and raised ten children, eight of her own and two which she took in. She was born in Hillsboro in 1867, married in 1884 and moved to Burnet County... to a community called Bachelor's Peak, named for three bachelors who settled there. Mrs. Henderson was the only woman in the community. In the absence of a doctor, she cared for the sick and 'delivered half of the babies in the community'. Throughout her life, she has never been too busy to help someone else... even while raising ten children. She sews... she reads... and at 91 years of age is still helping and serving people. Mrs. Henderson is a living example of a good citizen... She's been a good citizen all her life... Sears salutes you... Mrs. Henderson."
   Mary Annie Roten Henderson died January 24, 1964, in Lampasas, Texas, at the age of 96.

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