Fayette County Genealogy Project

Contributor Keely Deuschle

Biography Portrait of Fayette Co., PA
HENDERSON (p. 639)

This family is of Irish ancestry, coming to the United States after a sojourn in Canada, where Eldras E. Henderson, of Connellsville, was born.

(I) William Henderson was born in County Down, Ireland, where he remained until shortly after his marriage, then with his bride came to America, settling in the province of Quebec, Canada. He purchased wild land in the County of Huntington, Quebec, cleared and improved a small farm, and devoted the remainder of his life to its cultivation. He married, in Ireland, Rosanna Hart, also born in County Down, died in Quebec, Canada, leaving issue.

(II) James, son of William and Rosanna (Hart) Henderson, was born in Huntington county, Quebec, Canada, where he lived the life of a farmer, dying when still a young man in 1884. He married Jane, daughter of William and Mary Graham, of Scotland, but early settlers of Huntington county, Quebec, where William owned and cultivated a farm. Children of James and Jane Henderson: 1. Mary, died in infancy. 2. Fred, now cultivating the home farm in Quebec, which is also the home of his widowed mother. 3. Eldras E., of whom further. 4. Rose, married John Barrington, of Huntington county, Quebec. 5. Ira, a wheat farmer of Alberta, Canada.

(III) Eldras E., son of James and Jane (Graham) Henderson, was born in Huntington county, Province of Canada, December 8, 1877. He was educated in the public schools, and when little more than a boy began learning the miller's trade. After working for three years he came to the United States, locating in Minnesota, attracted by the big flouring mills of that state. He next came to Pennsylvania, where for five years he worked at his trade in Pittsburgh. He next was employed with F. V. Perry, of Scottdale. Still following his trade of miller, in August, 1910, he entered into partnership with F. V. Perry and rented an old mill property on the west bank of the Yough river in Connellsville. Mr. Perry continued the management of the Scottdale mill, while Mr. Henderson is in charge of the Connellsville plant. Besides being millers they are also retailers of flour, feed, grain, hay, straw, etc., and well established in both branches of thier business. Mr. Henderson has taken out his "first papers" and will soon complete the necessary measures to becoming a naturalized citizen. he is independent in political thought and his vote will swell the number of men who by their independent action exercise a great and salutary influence on American politics. he is a member of the Maccabees and of the Protestant Episcopal church.

He married, July 20, 1903, Mrs. Anna Reubi, widow of Charles Reubi, and daughter of Paul and Anna (Stacy) Rebishchung. Her father was born near the border line between France and Germany; her mother in Germany. After their marriage they came to the United States, settling in Allegheny county, Pennsylvania, where Paul was a justice of the peace in his latter years. They both died in Allegheny county. By first husband Mrs. Henderson has a son, Charles.

Genealogical and Personal History of Fayette County, Pennsylvania
Under the Editorial Supervision of John W. Jordan, LL.D. Librarian of Pennsylvania Historical Society, Philadelphia AND
James Hadden of Uniontown, Pennsylvania; author of “Washington and Braddock’s Expeditions Through Fayette County,” and the reproductions of Judge James Veech’s work entitled “The Monongahela of Old, or Historical Sketches of Southwestern Pennsylvania to the Year 1800.”
New York, Lewis Historical Publishing Company, 1912, Three Volumes

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