THE HENDRICKS FAMILY
The HENDRICKS FAMILY, of Bucks county, is one of
the oldest in Pennsylvania, its progenitors forming part of that little
colony that emigrated from the district of the Lower Rhine, in Rhenish
Prussia and Westphalia, and founded Germantown in 1684-5.
There under the leadership of the gifted PASTORIUS they
founded the first Mennonite congregation in America, established schools,
and a little later a printing press, and gave a tremendous impetus to the
growth of religious freedom.
Gerhard HENDRICKS, of Kreigsheim, a little village on the
Rhine, with wife Sytie, sons Wilhelm and Lendert, daughter Sarah and
Servant Heinrich FREY, came to Pennsylvania in the ˘Frances and
Dorothy÷ October 12, 1685, with Peter SHOEMAKER and a number of
others who became Prominent in the affairs of not only the German
settlement on the Schuylkill, but of the province of Pennsylvania.
Prior to the organization of the Mennonite congregation many of
those who were later Mennonites, affiliated with the Friends and took part
in their religious meetings. Among
these were Gerhard HENDRICKS and the OPDEN GRAF
brothers from Crefeld, who, with HENDRICKS, signed the famous
protest against human slavery that was presented first to the Germantown
Friends Meeting in 1688, and by them forwarded to the monthly quarterly
and yearly meetings of the society. Sarah,
the daughter of Gerhard HENDRICKS married Isaac SHOEMAKER.
September 28, 1709, the colonial assembly
passed an ˘Act for the better Enabling the Divers Inhabitants of the
Province of Pennsylvania, to Hold and Enjoy Lands, Tenements and
Plantations in the same Province,÷ by which over eighty of the then
German residents of Germantown and vicinity were naturalized.
The list is headed by Francis Daniel PASTORIUS, and contains
the names of the CUNRADS, KEYSERS, LUCKENS, TYSONS, SHOEMAKERS, NEUSES and
many others, whose descendants became later residents of Bucks county.
Among these persons then naturalized were William HENDRICKS
and his sons Henry and Lawrence HENDRICKS.
Lawrence (or Lourentz) HENDRICKS was one of the first
settlers on the Skippack, in what is now Towamencin township, Montgomery
county, having purchased of Jomes SHATTUCK, February 30, 1713, 120
acres in that section on which he settled.
At the time of his purchase he was a resident of Upper Dublin
township, and is denominated in the deed as a ˘husbandman.÷
He later became a tanner. On
November 22, 1724, Isaac PENNINGTON, of Bucks county, conveyed to
Lawrence HENDRICKS, of Skippack, fifty acres of land ˘near ű
Skippack÷ and adjoining his first purchase.
In 1748 he purchased 246 acres in Hatfield township, 111 acres of
which he immediately conveyed to his son Henry HENDRICKS.
Towamencin was formed into a township in 1728, and on the tax lists
of 1734 appear the names of the following landholders: Paul HENDRICKS,
100 acres; Lawrence HENDRICKS 150 acres; Leonard HENDRICKS,
100 acres; and Henry HENDRICKs, 123 acres.
Henry was the brother naturalized with Lawrence, and Paul and
Leonard were doubtless also brothers, though born in America.
Leonard married Elizabeth TURNER, daughter of Herman TURNER,
of Germantown, and purchased his land in Towamencin at about the same date
as LawrenceĂs second purchase, December 20, 1720.
He died in 1776, leaving children: William, Mathias, Herman, Mary
and Elizabeth. Paul HENDRICKS
died in 1775, leaving widow Margaret and sons Paul, William, John and
Peter; and daughters Catherine; Mary, wife of Henry FRY; Sophia,
wife of Nicholas GODSCHALK: Susanna; Elizabeth, wife of Herman HENDRICKS;
and Rachel, wife of William NASH.
Lawrence HENDRICKSĂ wife was Janneke
of Jane TYSON, daughter of Cornelius TYSEN, of Germantown,
who died in 1716, leaving a widow Margaret and two sons, Mathias and
Peter; and daughters; Barbara, wife of Mathias CUNRAD; Alice, wife
of John CUNRAD; Williemptie, (sic) wife of Paul ENGLE; and
Jannicke, wife of Laurentz HENDRICKS.
Paul ENGLE settled near his brother-in-law, Lawrence HENDRICKS,
on the Skippack, and his tombstone dated 1723 is the oldest in the
Skippack Mennonite burying ground. Lawrence
HENDRICKS died in Towamencin township in September, 1753, his wife
Janneke surviving him. Their
children were Peter, Benjamin, Cornelius, Margaret, wife of Peter TYSON;
Henry; Sedgen (or Seytje), wife of Walter JANSEN; William, John and
Mathias. Benjamin married
Katherine, daughter of William NASH.
William died in 1776 leaving an only child Jane, who married Daniel
Cornelius HENDRICKS, the ancestor of the Bucks county branch
of the family, was born in Towamencin township, now Montgomery county,
about the year 1720. He
married prior to the death of his father, in 1753, Mary BEAN, who
bore him two children, Benjamin and Christiana.
He was a farmer in Worcester and Towamencin townships.
Benjamin HENDRICKS, son of Cornelius
and Mary (BEAN) HENDRICKS, was born and reared in Montgomery
county, and married there Esther CLEMENS, and followed the life of
a farmer for some years in Lower Salford township, in connection with his
trade of a weaver. In April,
1800, he purchased of Samuel MOYER a farm of 107 acres in Hilltown
township, Bucks county, and removed thither.
He was one of the substantial and prominent agriculturists and
business men of the community, and acquired a competence.
He died on the Hilltown farm in 1831,
his widow Esther surviving him.
Their children were as follows; Catharine, who married Isaac BECHTEL;
Abraham, married Barbara BEAN, and died in 1820, leaving children,
Henry, Benjamin, Susan and Jacob; Jacob (the great-grandfather of J.
Freeman HENDRICKS, of Doylestown) married Mary DRISSEL;
John, married Mary ALDERFER, see forward; Mary, who married Samuel MOYER;
George, died young; Elizabeth, who married Benjamin BERGY; Joseph,
who married Elizabeth GEORGE; and Susanna, who married Joseph SWARTZ.
Benjamin, the father, having conveyed sixty-seven acres of his
first purchase to his son Abraham in 1814, had purchased in 1812 of
Benjamin SOUDER 106 acres adjoining.
This old homestead had remained in the family ever since, and is
now occupied by Joseph G. HENDRICKS, son of Joseph and Elizabeth (GEORGE)
John C. HENDRICKS, fourth child of
Benjamin and Esther (CLEMENS) HENDRICKS, was born in
Montgomery county, December 20, 1794, and was reared and educated in
Hilltown township, Bucks county, where his parents settled when he was at
the age of five years. He
married April 4, 1820, Mary ALDERFER, daughter of Frederick ALDERFER,
born September 21, 1796. John
C. HENDRICKS was a successful farmer in Hilltown all his life.
He died at Blooming Glen, Hilltown township, October 7, 1881, and
his wife Mary died February 4, 1861. They,
like their ancestors, were Mennonites, and belonged to the Blooming Glen
congregation. He was a
prominent man in the community. The
children of John C. and Mary (ALDERFER) HENDRICKS, were
seven in number, as follows; Benjamin, married Susanna LEATHERMAN
and has six children: Frederick, never married; Jacob, married Anna MOYER
and has three children; Joseph A., See forward: Abraham, married (first)
Lydia HUNSICKER (second) her sister Mrs. FELLMAN, and
(third) Eliza MOYER; Elizabeth
became the wife of Amos PENNYPACKER, and has three children: Hettie
Ann Wedded Jacob LANDIS and has five children.
Test taken from page 494-496 of:
Davis, William W. H., A.M., History of Bucks County,
Pennsylvania [New York-Chicago: The Lewis Publishing Company, 1905] Volume
Transcribed August 2004, Joan Lollis, as part of the
Bucks Co., Pa., Early Family Project, www.rootsweb.com/~pabucks/bucksindex.html
Published October 2004 on the Bucks County, Pa.,
USGenWeb pages at www.rootsweb.com/~pabucks/