Apprentice records show a dozen or so free colored Henderson children in Onslow County in the first quarter of the nineteenth century. It seems likely that they were from one extended family – and my kin – but proof is thin. There is persuasive evidence that the mother of Nancy Henderson, a free woman of color, was a white woman named Nancy Ann Henderson, but no evidence to date that this Nancy Ann had additional free colored children. James and Bryan were Patsey Henderson’s children; Durant, Willis, Miranda, Patsey, Gatsey, Minerva, William and Betsey were Nancy’s children; and there is considerable evidence to suggest that Nancy Henderson and Patsey Henderson were sisters. My comments and speculations are in italics.
Sucky Henderson was bound to Richard Trott in 1809. Sucky, Polly and Naomi below possibly were too close in age to Nancy and Patsey Henderson to have been their children. Sisters instead?
Polly Henderson to Isaac Barber in 1809.
Durand Henderson, son of Nancy Henderson, to Henry Hyde in 1811. Durant Henderson was also called Durant Dove. He and his brother Willis were the subject of a North Carolina Supreme Court case, about which more later. He is the progenitor of today’s Lenoir County Doves.
Sukey Henderson to Richard Trott in 1811.
Naomi Henderson to Adam Trott in 1811.
Durant Henderson and Willis Henderson to John Jones in 1818.
James Henderson and Bryan Henderson, sons of Patsey Henderson, to Jesse Gregory in 1821.
Miranda Henderson and Patsey Henderson, daughters of Nancy Henderson, to Nancy Henderson in 1821. Who was the Nancy Henderson to whom the children were bound? A child could not be bound to his or her own parent. Was she Nancy Ann Henderson, Nancy Henderson’s mother?
Patsey Henderson, age 5 or 6, to Jason Gregory in 1822. Was this Nancy’s child (as above)? Or Patsey’s?
Gatsey Henderson and William Henderson, reputed children of Simon Dove, to James Glenn Sr. at August term, 1822. Nancy Henderson and Simon Dove never married, but had several children together. In the 1850 census of Upper Richlands, Onslow County, Nancy Henderson, 55, headed a household that included Gatsey, 30, Nervy, 25, Monday, 6, Lott, 4, Jessee, 1, and Sally Ann Henderson, 6 months.
James Henderson and Bryan Henderson to Jason Gregory in 1823.
Betsy Henderson to James Glenn Jr. in 1823.
Betsy, Nancy and Appie [no surnames] to David Mashborn in 1823. Are these Hendersons? If so, is Appie another of Nancy Henderson’s daughters?
Miranda Henderson, James Henderson, Martha Henderson and Bryant Henderson to James Glenn in 1824. Two of Nancy’s children and two of Patsey’s, bound together.
Miranda Henderson to Elizabeth Williams in 1824.
William Henderson to Lemuel Williams in 1824.
James Henderson and Bryan Henderson, “the baseborn children of Patsey Henderson,” to James Glenn Sr. in 1824.
Betsy Henderson and Gatsey Henderson, daughters of Nancy Henderson, to Lewis Mills in 1824.
Patsy Henderson to Amos Askew in 1824.
William Henderson, son of Nancy Henderson, to Lemuel Williams in 1827.
Durant Dove and Willis Dove were bound to James Mills in 1828. These boys were otherwise known as Durant and Willis Henderson.
Durant Henderson and Willis Henderson to James Mills in 1829.