This is a snippet of the 1940 census of Wilson, Wilson County, North Carolina. It’s difficult to read, but there, on the third line, living in a house on South Mercer is 28 year-old Lawyer Henderson. When asked where he had been living five years earlier, Lawyer responded, “Dudley, Wayne County.”
There was but a single rooted family of Hendersons in the Dudley area, all descended from my great-great-great-great-grandfather James Henderson. I have no knowledge of anyone named Lawyer, born about 1912, in the family. There is, however, a Lawyer Henderson, born about 1912, listed in the 1920 census of White Oak township, Onslow County, North Carolina. His parents were Cal and Rose Henderson. I do not recognize the family and suspect they are descended from people formerly enslaved by white Hendersons in Onslow.
For now then, it seems a coincidence that Lawyer Henderson lived briefly in Dudley and then in Wilson.
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We have panned to attend your presentation at the Wilson Library some time ago but my husband was ill. Any upcoming that we might attend?
Thank you for your support. In fact, I’ll be speaking again at WCPL on February 7 at 7:00 PM. Hope to see you then!
The fates are being unkind! We will not be free to come that date. Please let me know of others so we can make this happen.
Awww! I will be back in early May for a talk sponsored by the Wilson County Historical Association.