William Henderson1,2

(circa September 1805 - between 1846 and 1851)
FatherArchibald Henderson1,3 (say 1780 - Feb 1826)
MotherMargaret McEwan (W)1,3 (cir. Dec 1782 - aft. Mar 1828)
Relationship3rd great-uncle of Lorna Henderson

BMDB data

     William Henderson was born cir. Sep 1805 Par. of Kincardine, PER, SCT, Baptism in Kincardine by Doune parish, which is in Perthshire, but with no specific place mentioned. Mother Margaret came from Kincardine by Doune, and the 1841 census, in Stirlingshire, shows William as not born county. So either Margaret went home to Mum for the birth of her first born, or Archibald and Margaret were living there in 1805.4,5,6 He was baptized on 30 Sep 1805 Par. of Kincardine by Doune, PER, SCT; entry reads: "Wilm Son to Archd Henderson & Margt McKewan" (Other HENDERSONs on same page: 25 Augt James to Jas HENDERSON & Elisabeth MURDOCK. Niad; 3 Jan 1806: Ann to John SHIRRA & Margaret HENDERSON. Chopa.)7,1,4
     William Henderson married Margaret Sinclair, daughter of John Sinclair and Elizabeth Watson, on 3 Jan 1835 in the Par. of Logie, STI/PER, SCT, entry reads: "William Henderson and Margaret Sinclair both in this parish gave in their names for proclamation of banns for two days."2,8
     William Henderson was assumed to have died bet. 1846 - 1851 ?Bridge of Allan, STI/PER, SCT, with William now likely to be the husband of Margaret SINCLAIR, he has to have been around for birth of dtr Janet, and isn't obvious in the 1851 census.
No previous searches of the more likely candidates 1855 and up, by age or place of dth, have turned out to be William, at least within Scotland.9
     Without any positive sightings of William beyond 1855, and nothing confirmed prior to 1855, I'd consigned William to the "unlikely ever to be solved" category of my family history.
The only likely candidate in the 1841 census had been claimed for another family, unquestioned until now (Dec 2012).
Thank you Robert for popping out of the woodwork in connection with William's sister-in-law Margeret COUPER and making me re-examine the gaps in my HENDERSON history.
Several have now been plugged, more questions asked, but in the process, I convinced myself that William, son of Archibald and Margaret (McEWAN) HENDERSON, had indeed survived beyond his baptism, married, and produced descendants, many of whom are in Australia. One even appears to have visited New Zealand long enough to register a child in Christchurch.
Love to hear from any descendants, particularly any with early photographs, or anyone willing to add to our knowledge of the HENDERSON dna
STOP PRESS: As at Feb 2016 we can now definitely claim the William married to Margaret SINCLAIR as "our" William, son of Archibald and Margaret (McEWAN) HENDERSON.
atDNA results just in for a descendant of William and Margaret's daughter Margaret (married James TODD) show a satisfying number of close matches (predicted 2nd to 4th cousin) to assorted descendants of William's brother James, along with one match to a descendant of Margaret, their sister.10,11,12

Census/Where lived/Occupations

     William Henderson appeared on the census of 1841 at the Bridge of Allan, Par. of Logie, STI, SCT, with Margaret Henderson, as HENDERSON, William 30 smith b SCT; Mrs 26 b STI; Margaret 2 b STI (NB enumerators were instructed to round ages down to the nearest multiple of 5.)13,6

All the other info

     William Henderson and William Henderson Bridge of Kinkell, PER, SCT, were possibly related, At one stage I investigated the William Henderson, wright, as being "my" William. However that one turns out to have been born Thornhill c 1777 so is too early to be this William, but there may be some connection as his 1854 will was witnessed by a John McEwan (junior weaver of Auchterarder.)14
     William Henderson was considered as a potential duplicate of William Henderson, but this has been discounted; To date I've been unable to find anything on the family of William HENDERSON & Jean DUNCAN to rule their William completely out of contention as the husband of Margaret SINCLAIR but the family names and location lead me to believe that Margaret's husband is William, son of Archibald & Margaret (McEWAN) HENDERSON of the Bridge of Allan instead. Both father Archibald, and William were smiths at the Bridge of Allan, whereas William son of William & Jean (DUNCAN) HENDERSON were of Cowie Hill, Par. of Logie, where Cowie is SE of Stirling, and Bridge of Allan is NW.
As at Feb 2016 we now have a good set of atDNA matches between a descendant of William and Margaret (SINCLAIR) HENDERSON and descendants of both Margaret and James, his siblings, children of Archibald and Margaret McEWAN.
So I think this is now a rejected potential duplicate.15,11
     William Henderson was considered as a potential duplicate of William Henderson, but this has been discounted; one the son of Archibald & Margaret (McEWAN) H, the other married to Janet AITKEN living Peebles; initially investigated because of the Lanarkshire connection, right age, right children's names, but turned out to have the wrong birthplace in 1851 and 1861 census.16
     William Henderson was considered as a potential duplicate of William Henderson Main St (43), Gorbals, LKS, SCT, in 1851 a dock labourer lodging Gorbals, LKS, and son of an Archibald. The tentative id being based purely on a birthplace of Bridge of Allan for the Gorbals one, but he is 4 years younger and there is now a better candidate.17
     William Henderson who married an Elizabeth McEwan, 1857 and lived nr Bridge of Allan was initially considered, and subsequently rejected, as a potential duplicate of William Henderson in 1857 STI, SCT, as I have now found the former's marriage, which shows him as the son of a Thomas Henderson instead, and wife Elizabeth is McOwan, not McEwan, which is why I was having trouble finding the right marriage to check my theory.18,19

External links

     Click here to see William's page on WikiTree, a (free) collaborative on-line tree.20
     William Henderson belongs to a DNA tested line. There may be more information available on DNASurnames under the DNA project for his/her surname/line.

Family

Margaret Sinclair (1815 - bet. 1851 - 1855)
Children
ChartsAncestors & siblings of Les Henderson
HENDERSON
Henderson/McEwan lines represented by atDNA tests
Descendants of William McEWAN and Margaret GRAY
Last Edited21 Feb 2016

Citations

  1. OPR Index to births christenings marriages: PER, SCT (1805).
  2. Letter, Jean TODD (14305) to L McIntosh (1), Marr. 3 Jan 1835 William HENDERSON & Margaret SINCLAIR, Logie, PER, rcvd Jun 1994.
  3. FamilyTree DNA, "FamilyTree DNA", atDNA results for descendant of Margaret d/o William & Margaret (SINCLAIR) HENDERSON, rcvd Feb 2016.
  4. Scottish BMDB entries (to 1854), http://www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk/index.php, Bap. 30 Sep 1805 Wilm s/o Archd HENDERSON & Margt McKEWAN, Par. of Kincardine (PER), 364/00 0010 0152, copy d/loaded Dec 2012.
  5. "Lorna's Family History Musings", Dec 2012.
  6. 1841 Census transcripts, Scotland, via Ancestry.com, Bridge of Allan, Logie, STI Par. 374 ED: 4; Page: 8; hsehold of William & Mrs HENDERSON, extracted Dec 2012.
  7. Yvonne BEAN, "HENDERSON's at Stirling, STI, SCT," e-mail to L McIntosh, 10 Feb 1994.
  8. Scottish BMDB entries (to 1854), http://www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk/index.php, Marr. 3 Jan 1835 William HENDERSON & Margaret SINCLAIR, Logie, PER, 374/00 0050 0211, copy d/loaded Dec 2012.
  9. "Lorna's Family History Musings", Dec 2005, updated Dec 2012.
  10. Letter, Jean TODD (14305) to L McIntosh (1), Birth 1810 William s/o William HENDERSON & Jean DUNCAN, Cowie Hill, Par. of Logie, STI, rcvd Jun 1994.
  11. "Lorna's Family History Musings", Dec 2012, updated Feb 2016.
  12. BDM: NZ historical indexes online at http://bdmhistoricalrecords.identityservices.govt.nz/Search, Birth 1908 George James s/o George & Violet TODD, ref. 1908/26074, extracted Dec 2012.
  13. Letter, Jean TODD (14305) to L McIntosh (1), 1841 Census, Bridge of Allan, STI, rcvd Jun 1994.
  14. Will: HENDERSON, Wm, Perth, SCT (1855) SRO: SC49/31/59.
  15. Letter, Jean TODD (14305) to L McIntosh (1), Birth 12 Mar (Cowie Hill) Bap. 25 Mar (Logie) 1810 William s/o William HENDERSON & Jean DUNCAN, rcvd Jun 1994.
  16. "Lorna's Family History Musings", Jan 2009.
  17. "Lorna's Family History Musings", Aug 2010 updated Dec 2012.
  18. WILL: Scottish Wills - SctPeople/SCAN project by initially from the SCAN project online at http://ScotlandsPeople.gov.uk, extracted Apr 2002.
  19. Scottish BMDB entries (from 1855), http://www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk/index.php, Marriage 1857 William HENDERSON and Elisabeth McOWAN, copy d/loaded Dec 2005.
  20. WikiTree online at http://WikiTree.com/, Oct 2011.
  21. Letter, Jean TODD (14305) to L McIntosh (1), Jun 1994.
  22. Letter, Jean TODD (14305) to L McIntosh (1), Birth 5 Sep 1837 Elizabeth Watson d/o William HENDEROSN & Margaret SINCLAIR, Bridge of Allan, STI, rcvd Jun 1994.
  23. FamilySearch Labs Record Search (LDS) online at http://search.labs.familysearch.org/recordsearch/, Birth 5 Sep 1837 Elizabeth Watson d/o William HENDEROSN & Margaret SINCLAIR, Logie, PER, from Scotland, Births and Baptisms, 1564-1950 batch C11374-6 film 1040125, extracted Dec 2012.
  24. Ancestry.com - Family Trees online at http://search.ancestry.com, Marr. 8 Apr 1893 Dth 1921 Elizabeth Watson BRADDISH nee HENDERSON, from Hilton tree of TrevorH14, online at http://trees.ancestry.com.au/tree/31261221/person/…, extracted Dec 2012.
  25. Ancestry.com online at http://search.ancestry.com, Dth 1916 Margt TODD, d/o Wm HENDERSON & Marg SINCLAIR, Port Melbourne, VIC, aged 77, from Australia Death Index, 1787-1985, extracted Dec 2012.
  26. Ancestry.com online at http://search.ancestry.com, Dth 1868 Archibald s/o William HENDERSON & Margaret SINCLAIR, VIC, ref. 3831, aged 23, from Australia Death Index, 1787-1985, extracted Dec 2012.
  27. Letter, Jean TODD (14305) to L McIntosh (1), Birth 2 May 1844 James Sinclair s/o William HENDERSON & Margaret SINCLAIR, Bridge of Allan, STI, rcvd Jun 1994.
  28. Letter, Jean TODD (14305) to L McIntosh (1), Birth 11 Oct 1846 Janet d/o Willam HENDERSON & Margaret SINCLAIR, Bridge of Allan, Par. of Logie, STI, rcvd Jun 1994.

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