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Civil War Veterans Obituaries

We would like to share with researchers our Tribute to Civil War Veterans who lived out their lives in Van Zandt County. Many came here from other states. The following is an obituary found in the collection of old newspapers on microfilm in the Library of Genealogy and Local History, Canton, TX. If you have an obituary of a Civil War Veteran ancestor and would like to share, please contact Sibyl. We would be happy to add your material to this site.


Wills Point Chronicle

March 2, 1911


Dr. H. Henson Peacefully Passed Away at His Home at Hiram Friday, Feb. 24th

Dr. H. Henson peacefully passed to his eternal reward at his late home at Hiram Friday, Feb. 24, at 2 o'clock. He had been in ill health for some time and had just taken some medicine and laid down to rest when the death angel came to convey his spirit to the eternal home in Heaven. His heart, which had worked faithfully for more than the three score and ten years that is man's allotted span of life, simply gave out and he expired.

Funeral services were held Saturday under the auspices of the Masonic lodge, of which he was a faithful and honored member. The remains were conveyed to the Baptist church in Wills Point where Rev. G. J. Christian, the pastor of that church, conducted the religious services at 11:30 o'clock. Interment took place at 2 o'clock in the afternoon in Union Grove cemetery, the impressive Masonic burial service being conducted at the grave. A large concourse of friends attended the funeral services, both at the church and at the grave, to pay a last tribute of respect to the memory of the deceased, but the inclemency of the weather prevented many others from attending.

Dr. H. Henson was born in Rabuon county, Ga., May 21, 1823, and consequently was in his 88th year. He moved to Gilmore county Ga., with his parents, where they resided until 1834, when they moved to Benton county, in what was then the territory of Arkansas. With the exception of one year spent in the Cherokee nation, they resided in Arkansas until 1841, when they emigrated to Texas, settling first in Fannin county and later moving to Rusk county, where they lived several years. During their residence in Fannin county, they had many narrow escapes from the Indians, one family being killed and scalped within one half mile of their home. They resided in Rusk county, near where Mount Enterprise is now located, for nine years, and it was during his residence there that Dr. Henson was married to Miss Mary Ann Hindman, the marriage occurring in 1848. Twelve children resulted from this union, seven of whom are now living. He moved from Rusk county to Sugar Hill, Panola county, and in 1854 read medicine under Drs. P. O. Beall and W. H. Pyle, late of Kaufman, attending medical lectures in 1855 and 1856. He then began to practice medicine which he continued for 48 years but was forced to give it up a few years ago on account of his feeble condition in his declining years.

In 1857 he moved to Van Zandt county, locating to McBee creek, three miles North of Wills Point where he resided for 24 years, practicing his profession and engaging in stock raising. On Jan. 3, 1880, he lost his bosom companion after a union of 34 years duration and on Dec. 20, 1880, he was united in marriage with Mrs. Susan McKay, a sister of his first wife. In 1882 he moved to Lytle, Atascosa county, where he lost considerable by the burning of a hotel he had purchased. Later he engaged in the land business and practiced medicine in Milam and Williamson counties. After an absence of 25 years he returned to this section in 1907 and has since resided in Hiram.

He served three years in the Confederate army during the Civil War and while he endured many privations and performed the duties of a soldier in a creditable manner he was not in a single battle during his army service.

Dr. Henson was a member of the Missionary Baptist church for 55 years and lived a consistent Christian life, bearing his many trials with true Christian fortitude and an enduring faith. The end came unexpectedly but found him prepared to meet his God and receive the eternal reward for a well spent life.

Dr. Henson's life was a long and eventful one and he did his part as a pioneer in paving the way for the civilization we now enjoy. He was one of the very few people who could remember the historical phenomenon of the falling of the stars, which occurred on the night of November 12, 1833.

The deceased is survived by his widow; a sister, Mrs. Eliza Toomey of Shackleford county; two sons, J. W. Henson of Hiram and W. T. Henson of Jesse, Ok.; and five daughters, Mrs. Queenie Mabry of Lancaster, Mrs. Nettie Orr of Ardmore, Ok., Mrs. Ann Spradlin of Edgewood, Mrs. Sundie Stilzt of Amboy, Ill., and Mrs. L. T. Walters of Wills Point; 78 grand-children, 50 great grand-children and three great great grand-children.

The Chronicle joins the friends of the family in extending sympathy.

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