Genealogical and Family History
of the

Compiled under the editorial supervision of George Thomas Little, A. M., Litt. D.

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[Transcribed by Coralynn Brown]

[Many families included in these genealogical records had their beginnings in Massachusetts.]


The surname Henderson is of Scotch (Scottish!!) origin and was common in Fifeshire, Dumfriesshire and elsewhere in Scotland before 1600. The family at Fordell, Scotland, bears this coat-of-arms: Gules three piles issuing out of the sinister side argent on a chief of the last a cresent azure between two ermine spots. Crest: A hind holding a star surmounted by a crescent. Motto: Sola Virtus Nobilitas. The Henderson family of St. Lawrence, Scotland, bears: per pale indented sable and argent two attires of a hart counter-changed on a chief fules a crescent or between two ermine spots. Crescent: A wheel. Motto: Sic Cuncta Caduca. The family at Provost, Edinburgh, bears arms similar to the first described above.

(I) James Henderson, of the ancient Edinburgh family, was born, lived and died in that city. He married Mary Corlew, of Edinburgh. He died in 1840.
1. George, died in infancy.
2. James Chalmers, mentioned below.

(II) James Chalmers, son of James Henderson, was born in Edinburgh in 1836 and died at Thomaston, Maine, in 1890. He was educated in the schools of his native city. In 1852 he left home and came to Bath, Maine. He learned the trade of shoemaker in Scotland, and worked at shoemaking in this country for a time. In 1854 he removed to Wiscasset, Maine, and engaged in the retail shoe trade, continuing with much success until 1880, when he removed to Thomaston, Maine. Here he started another shoe store and continued in this business in that town to the end of his life.
He was a prominent and successful merchant. He was a Republican in politics. He was a member of Lincoln Lodge of Free Masons, No. 3, of Wiscasset, and past master of the lodge; member of New Jerusalem Chapter, Royal Arch Masons, Wiscasset. In religion he was a Presbyterian, as were his parents and ancestors before him.
He married, Nov. 4, 1854, Mary Marai, born in Wiscasset in 1836, now living in Pawling, New York, daughter of Eben and Susan Savage, of Maine, granddaughter of Jacob Savage, of Maine, granddaughter of Jacob Savage, of Woolwich, an orderly sergeant in the war of 1812, who served at Fort Edgecomb.
1. Horace E., born Jan. 16, 1859, mentioned below.
2. Herbert Marshall, born in Wiscasset, Oct. 7, 1862, a shoe dealer in Webster, Mass.; married Alice Watts, of Thomaston, Maine; children: i. Bernice Mary, b. Jan. 31, 1897; ii. James Clarence, b. June 7, 1901.

(III) Horace Eben, son of James Chalmers Henderson, was born in Wiscasset, Maine, Jan. 16, 1859. He attended the public and high schools of his native town and entered Bowdoin College, from which he graduated in the class of 1879. He taught school four years at Bath, Maine, was principal of the high school at Whitman, Mass., for ten years, from 1883 to 1893. He then became a master of St. Paul's School at Garden City, Long Island. He resigned this positon in 1907 and became one of the founders of the Pawling School at Pawling, New York.
In politics he is a Republican. He is a member of Puritan Lodge of Free Masons; of Pilgrim Chapter, Royal Arch Masons; of Old Colony Commandery, Knghts Templar, all of Whitman, Mass. He is a member of the Fire Society of Wiscasset, which has been in existence since 1803, succeeding Silas Young, who had been a member for sixty-three years. He is a member of the Protestant Episcopal church.
He has a very attractive summer residence on Davis Island in Edgecomb, across the bay from Wiscasset, in an ideal location. Close by his house is the old block house, formerly called Fort Edgecomb, where his great-grandfather served in 1812.
He married, Dec. 22, 1898, Annie Elizabeth, daughter of Horace F. and Cordelia E. (Fuller) Whidden, of Whitman, Mass. They have no children.

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