Henderson, F. A., 21. No spouse listed.


Henderson, F. A., 22. No spouse listed.

Henderson, J. P., 53. No spouse listed.


Henderson,         , 49; spouse, E. R., 42. Also mentioned: Mary D. Henderson, 27.

                          J. P. Henderson from Kentucky. Settles around Dexter.

                    Called Joseph P. Henderson. Later called James P. Henderson.

Winfield Courier, May 11, 1876.

JOSEPH P. HENDERSON, of Poplar Flat, Kentucky, called upon us this week. He arrived in Cowley a day or two since, and informs us that he received a copy of the Centennial issue of the COURIER last January, and at once decided to take a look at this country in May. He finds a better country than the COURIER represented it to be. Hereafter he will be one of us for weal or woe. He is an old acquaintance of Capt. McDermott’s, and will visit around Dexter for a few days.

Winfield Courier, May 25, 1876.

Tuesday morning Mr. James Baldwin, accompanied by his friends, Joseph Henderson and A. H. Thompson, left for Vermillion County, Illinois. They have been all over south-western Kansas, and they pronounce Cowley the best county they have seen. They will return this fall with a large flock of sheep, purchase land in the Grouse Valley, and go into sheep raising extensively. We wish them a safe journey home and a speedy return to Cowley.

Formerly referred to as “Joseph P. Henderson,” now “James P. Henderson.”...

Winfield Courier, March 29, 1877.

James P. Henderson, of Poplar Flat, Kentucky, an old sub­scriber, arrived in Winfield last week safe and sound. He comes to stay, and is one of the kind of men that is welcome.

James P. Henderson and party of eleven plus Joseph Bryant arrive...

Winfield Courier, October 11, 1877.

Mr. James P. Henderson, from Poplar Flat, Lewis County, Kentucky, arrived here last Saturday night with his family, consisting of eleven persons, and with Joseph Bryant and family, from the same place, and five young men. They all propose locating in this immediate neighborhood, and will make valuable acquisitions to our county. Mr. Henderson says that on the train in which he came were six hundred immigrants to Kansas. He says: “This is surely the garden spot of the world.”

Rev. James P. Henderson of Free Baptist Church...

Winfield Courier, December 13, 1877.


MR. EDITOR: The Rev. James P. Henderson, of the Free Baptist Church, commenced a protracted meeting about the middle of November at the King schoolhouse, which continued three weeks, preaching every night. On Sunday, December 2nd, a Free Baptist Church was organized with a membership of thirteen and eleven candidates for baptism. On the Saturday following the first covenant meeting was held at which time six more united. We then went to where there was a sufficient quantity of water and buried with Christ in baptism fifteen happy converts. On the following day five more united; so now our present number is thirty-six, and still there is more to follow, for which we thank God and take courage. The name of our church is Science Valley.


Rev. James P. Henderson...

Winfield Courier, April 4, 1878.

DIED. On Feb. 25th, aged 32 years, Niles O. Bailey, of Badger Creek.

He was a good citizen and a kind neighbor. He was lately awakened on the subject of religion and broke off his sins by righteousness and his iniquities by turning to the Lord. He united with the Free Baptist Church, and had time to set his house in order. His death was peaceful and full of hope of that blest immortality beyond the grave.

                                                     JAS. P. HENDERSON.

Winfield Courier, April 11, 1878.

                                         WINFIELD, KANSAS, April 1st, 1878.

ED. COURIER. As I came home from our quarterly meeting in Chautauqua County, on Plum Creek I passed a schoolhouse and inquired of a stranger if there was any preaching in the house. He said they had built a new house but could not get anyone to preach for them. I left an appointment to preach the second Saturday and Sabbath following; went and preached a week, night and day, most of the time. Never had better attention, or better treatment, in any neighborhood. At the close of the meeting we organized a F. W. Baptist Church in the house. I was called to preach for them during the present year. Yours truly,

                                                        J. P. HENDERSON.

Rev. James P. Henderson’s daughter, Mary, marries Bruce Lyons...

Winfield Courier, September 12, 1878.


Married on Thursday, August 29th, at the residence of Rev. James P. Henderson, near this city, by Rev. Henderson, Mr. John Burt and Miss Katie Fugart.

Married at the residence of Rev. J. P. Henderson, near this city, by Rev. J. E. Platter, Mr. Bruce Lyons and Miss Mary D. Henderson.

Winfield Courier, September 12, 1878.

                                                        Marriage Licenses.

                                          Bruce T. Lyons to Mary D. Henderson.

Rev. James P. Henderson...

Winfield Courier, February 13, 1879.

                                                County Horticultural Society.

                                          WINFIELD, KANSAS, Feb. 1, 1879.

In pursuance of a call by a number of citizens to meet at the office of Judge Gans on the first Saturday in February for the purpose of organizing a county horticultural society, a number of citizens met in answer to said call.

The meeting was organized by electing J. P. Henderson chairman and G. W. Robertson, secretary.

On motion a committee of three were appointed to draft constitution and by-laws; H. D. Gans, C. J. Brane, and G. W. Robertson said committee.

Motion that the proceedings of this meeting be sent to the county papers for publication. Motion carried.

On motion, adjourned to meet at the same place on the first Saturday in March at 2 o’clock p.m., where all persons interested in a county horticultural society are requested to appear for the purpose of completing the organization. H. D. Gans proposes to give each person who joins the society a receipt for a tree wash that is said to be a sure preventive from borers and rabbits. G. W. ROBERTSON, Sec.

Winfield Courier, February 20, 1879.

The Science Valley Free Baptist Church will have a festival at the Pleasant View schoolhouse, 3 miles east of Winfield, on Friday night, February 28, for the benefit of their minister, Rev. James P. Henderson.

Arkansas City Traveler, October 15, 1879.

                                 Creswell Township Sabbath School Convention.

The first meeting of the Creswell Township Sabbath School Association is to be held in the 1st Presbyterian church, Arkan­sas City, Kansas, Friday and Saturday, Oct. 24th and 25th. Exercise to commence Friday evening at 7½ o’clock, of which the following is a programme.


Rev. McClung, Rev. Laverty, Dr. Reed, W. J. Harris, W. Spray, Rev. McClanahan, J. P. Henderson, Rev. Thompson, A. Saray, Rev. Swarts, Dr. Carlisle, J. J. Broadbent, and C. W. Terwilliger.

Winfield Courier, February 12, 1880.

Last Wednesday, Dick Rhonimus, young McMahon, and another prisoner effected their escape from the county jail in a very mysterious manner. The next morning two horses were missing from Rev. Henderson’s stable. Monday afternoon McMahon, one of the escaped prisoners, was brought in, together with one of the stolen horses, by Messrs. P. F. Haynes and J. B. Splawn, of Silverdale township. The particulars of his capture are as follows.

Thursday morning a man stopped at the house of Smith Winchel, in that township, and asked for his breakfast, stating that he was hunting a man with a horse on which he had a chattel mortgage. Mr. Winchel gave him something to eat, and went with him when he started to get his horse. He noticed that the horse had neither saddle nor bridle and was being ridden with a rope over his nose, which aroused his suspicions, and he called in several of the neighbors and stated the circumstances, when it was decided to go after the stranger and make him give an account of himself.

They came within sight of their man near the state line, and had their suspicions confirmed by his putting whip to his horse and making for Salt Fork. After following the thief for about a day, two of the party turned back, leaving Splawn and Haynes to continue the pursuit. They followed the trail until dark and on the following morning were again on the track, determined to take him in if it took all summer. They followed the trail all day Friday and Friday night and Saturday discovered the horse, which the thief had abandoned while trying to get back into the state. They kept the trail by learning from time to time where the thief had tried to get something to eat. Sunday morning they rode into South Haven and found their man in a livery stable.

A warrant was procured and they started for home with the prisoner. On the way up they came through Arkansas City, where McMahon’s mother resides, and the prisoner was allowed an inter­view with her. Mrs. McMahon is a respectable, hard-working woman, and her grief at seeing her boy under such circumstances was heartrending. She sold a cow, the only one she possessed, and purchased him a suit of clothes, the ones he had on being in tatters.

On the way home McMahon conversed freely with his captors, confessing the whole affair and stating that someone opened the jail door and let them out, but refused to tell who the party was. Monday afternoon the prisoner was turned over to Sheriff Shenneman by the captors, who received the $50 reward offered for his return. The smile that illuminated our Sheriff’s counte­nance, when told that one of his birds had come home to roost, was a sight to behold. The most remarkable fact about the matter is that McMahon’s time was almost out, and on the very day when he was returned to the jail as a horse thief, his time would have expired.

Winfield Courier, February 19, 1880.

Mr. Henderson has now secured possession of both the horses stolen from him by the jail breakers. The best one is nearly ruined and he is out $100 in cash. This, to a poor man, is about as bad as a fire.

Winfield Courier, February 19, 1880.

Last week Sheriff Shenneman got on the track of Rhonimus, the escaped cattle thief. Rhonimus had relatives in Elk City and dropped in to see them; but the constable had been notified of his escape, and was on the lookout for him. As soon as the constable learned of Rhonimus’ presence in the vicinity, he laid his plans to capture him. Rhonimus, hearing that he was in a bad fix, made a break for his horse, but was compelled to leave it and take to the timber on foot. The constable telegraphed to Sheriff Shenneman, who started at 1 o’clock Friday night and by Saturday was on the thief’s trail. After following for some time, all trace of the thief was lost, and Mr. Shenneman returned home Sunday. The horse, belonging to Mr. Henderson, was recov­ered; but was too lame to bring along and was left at Elk City.

Winfield Courier, July 15, 1880.

STRAY TAKEN UP. A two year old mare colt, light-bay, 12 hands high, hind feet white, blaze face. The above stray was taken up and is now in the hands of J. P. Henderson, 1½ miles east of Winfield. The owner can get the same by calling and paying expenses.

Rev. Henderson’s wife dies...

Winfield Courier, September 23, 1880.

Mrs. Henderson, wife of Rev. J. P. Henderson, died Sunday morning. Her disease was congestion of the lungs. She was loved and respected by a large circle of friends, and her death casts a gloom over the whole neighborhood.

Winfield Courier, September 23, 1880.

Died on the 19th inst., at her residence, one and one-half miles east of this city, of typho- malarial fever, Mrs. Elizabeth Henderson, wife of the Rev. J. P. Henderson.

Unknown if the following item refers to Rev. Henderson...


Winfield Courier, February 24, 1881.

Mr. Henderson left last week for Kansas City and Lawrence. He will spend the most of his time in Lawrence, where he formerly resided.

Rev. Henderson marries Mrs. Bonner...

Winfield Courier, October 6, 1881.

Rev. J. P. Henderson and Mrs. J. F. Bonner were married last Wednesday evening by Rev. Platter.

Unknown: Elder H. S. Henderson’s relationship to Rev. J. P. Henderson...


Winfield Courier, February 23, 1882.

The Baptists are holding a series of meetings at Valley schoolhouse, conducted by Elder H. S. Henderson, with good results. Our valley seems destined to a speedy reformation. So mote it be.


Winfield Courier, May 18, 1882.

The Baptist quarterly meeting closed Sunday. They had a lively meeting. Rev. Henderson from Winfield was present. His cheerful and pleasant disposition enlivens the spirits of the people wherever he goes.

Winfield Courier, July 13, 1882.

In our notice last week of Fourth of July gatherings, we omitted to mention the picnic in Prof. Hickok’s grove south of town. It was a neighborhood affair. Prof. Hickok and Rev. Henderson gave vent to some pent up patriotism on the occasion, and Messrs. Crow, Barricklow, and Burton discoursed some good martial music. The exercises were interspersed by boat riding, swinging, etc. All enjoyed themselves, and especially, the many good things they had to eat on the occasion.

Winfield Courier, August 10, 1882.


S. P. Strong, Rock, elected temporary chairman; W. D. Mowry, Creswell, secretary.

Walnut: J. P. Henderson, J. C. Roberts, E. M. Reynolds, T. A. Blanchard, R. I. Hogue.

Rev. J. P. Henderson...

Winfield Courier, October 26, 1882.

                                                            Birthday Dinner.

In our busy, practical life, the recurrence of a birthday, celebrated in company of friends, is an event to be cherished in memory as one of the happy reminiscences of life; thus it was with Rev. J. P. Henderson on the return of his birthday, Oct. 14. Being engaged in superintending the construction of an elegant residence on his farm in North Pleasant Valley Township, he was surprised at about the hour of noon on the above mentioned date, by the arrival of Mrs. Henderson, accompanied by a large number of friends and neighbors from


Walnut Township, bearing with them a great abundance of nicely prepared products of the culinary art. A table was soon spread in the open air, and Mr. Henderson was invited by his guests to partake with them of the tempting dinner, to which all did ample justice. He was also the recipient of a number of presents, given as marks of love and esteem. The occasion was one deeply enjoyed and sincerely appreciated by Mr. Henderson, and marks a happy milestone on the journey of a good and useful life. After a pleasant afternoon spent in viewing his farm and visiting his splendid apple orchard, his friends departed, wishing him many happy returns of that enjoyable day.

The following was not Rev. James P. Henderson. Instead it was a Rev. Henderson from Illinois...

Arkansas City Traveler, July 25, 1883.

Rev. Mr. Henderson filled the Presbyterian pulpit last Sunday evening and delivered a very interesting discourse.

Arkansas City Traveler, July 25, 1883.

There will be preaching at McLaughlin’s Hall next Sunday at 11 o’clock a.m., and 8 p.m., by Rev. Henderson, a Baptist minister of Illinois.


Winfield Courier, August 23, 1883.


EDS. COURIER: I feel it a duty to tell you about a Sabbath school picnic held at a grove near Coburn’s schoolhouse, Silverdale Township, on the 18th inst. Between three and four hundred persons were assembled and the occasion was a success. A little after 11 o’clock the organ accompanied by a splendid choir made the grove resound with their beautiful music. Bro. Phillips offered a prayer. The president then introduced Rev. Fleming, of Arkansas City. His address was one of power, full of thought, and everyone felt they had listened to an orator. Then came dinner, such a dinner as makes one glad to look upon and trebly glad to partake of. Silverdale Township proved to every visitor that they not only had a plenty of the good things of this world, but that they knew how to prepare them with a cordial hospitality. After a musical concert Rev. Henderson, of Illinois, was introduced, and when he was through with his address, we felt we could justly say we had listened in one day to two of the most appropriate addresses we had ever heard on such an occasion. There never was a more unanimous effort to please and make the occasion a happy and profitable one, and the good people of Silverdale succeeded. S.

Rev. J. P. Henderson...

Winfield Courier, August 30, 1883.

Last Tuesday Rev. J. P. Henderson sent the COURIER the largest musk melon we ever saw. Its equatorial circumference was 37 inches and its longitudinal circumference 47 inches. Besides it was rich and fine in flavor.


Winfield Courier, September 13, 1883.

Our Sabbath School is in a flourishing condition with the assistance of Rev. Henderson and William Melville.


Winfield Courier, December 13, 1883.

Rev. Mr. Henderson has been quite ill for the past few weeks, but is able to be about again.

Lucy and Larby Henderson: children of Rev. Henderson???


Winfield Courier, December 27, 1883.

                                                             From Odessa.

The festival held at Odessa last Friday night resulted in an immense success, as indeed does everything undertaken by the enterprising people of this neighborhood. But little effort was required to obtain the necessary provisions for the supper as everyone gave liberally. The DeTurk’s, Martin’s, Gramms, et al., were untiring in their efforts to make it a pleasant and profitable affair. That the large number of persons present was amply provided for in the way of eatables was shown by the amount of good things auctioned off after supper, consisting of cakes, pies, turkeys, and chicken without number. Oysters, candies, and a fish-pond were profitable additions to the general supper. The highest number of votes for the cake to be given to the prettiest girl was received by Miss Lucy Henderson, but through some mistake it was awarded to her contestant, Miss Nettie Crawford, of Excelsior. Both the cakes for being the ugliest and laziest man was awarded to Larby Henderson; there being a large number of contestants for each, he felt himself more than doubly honored by the distinction. All seemed to enjoy the occasion to the utmost, and most generously helped along the enterprise. the net receipts were $118.50 and with these proceeds a good organ is forthcoming. We understand another enterprise is on foot to provide for the purchase of a bell to place in the belfry of the schoolhouse. Success to them. W. P.

Winfield Courier, January 3, 1884.

Pleasant Valley is all torn up over the contest for the prize cake which took place at the Odessa festival two weeks ago. Several of the boys went down from Excelsior district with a candidate for the honors in the person of Miss Nettie Crawford. The young gallants of Odessa were determined that their favorite, Miss Lucy Henderson, should have the prize. Each faction supported their candidate manfully and finally decided upon a time at which the voting should close. At the time appointed Miss Crawford was ahead, but shortly after the supporters of Miss Henderson deposited forty votes to her credit. The supporters of Miss Crawford insisted, however, that they had complied with the rules and were entitled to the prize, which was finally conceded. The boys of Odessa will give it to the Excelsior fellows next time.

Lucy and Larry Henderson: children of Rev. James P. Henderson???...


Winfield Courier, January 17, 1884.

The first leap year party of Odessa was given by Miss Louie Martin and Miss Mattie DeTurk at the residence of S. G. Martin, on Tuesday evening, January 8th. The evening was exceptionally fine and the spirits of all in harmony with the occasion. At half past eleven an excellent supper was served of the luxuries of the season.

The following is a list of a few present.

Misses Louie Martin, Mattie DeTurk, Nettie Crawford, Mamie VanCleve, Lucy Henderson, Emma Hunt, Cora and Hattie Martin, Mr. and Mrs. William Wilson, Mr. and Mrs. DeTurk, Kate DeTurk and Lizzie Martin; Messrs. Larry Henderson, W. P. Beaumont, Frank Crawford, Stephen McCollum, Oscar DeTurk, Geo. Hunt, Ike DeTurk, B. Crisp, Owen McCollum, and Lewis Yount, and others whose names we did not get. The evening was a pleasant one and everyone went home rejoicing. M. S.

Lucy Henderson and D. L. Henderson...


Winfield Courier, March 6, 1884.

In response to invitations given, about forty of the young folks met at the residence of Mr. and Mrs. S. G. Martin, last Monday evening, Feb. 25th, to celebrate the sixteenth birthday of Miss Louie, their eldest daughter. The evening was exceptionally fine and the spirits of all present were in harmony with the occasion. The following is a list of presents left in token of their respect and well wishes for Miss Louie.

Gold bracelets, Mr. and Mrs. S. G. Martin.

Silver thimble, Miss Lucy Henderson.

Gold pen and holder and birthday cards, Oscar and Mattie DeTurk.

Scrap book, Lizzie Martin.

Autograph album, Mr. John Yount.

Looking glass, and birthday card, Bee Crisp.

Handsome silver card receiver, given by W. P. Beaumont, Owen McCollum, D. L. Henderson, Lewis Yount, Frank Crawford, and Stephen McCollum.

Box of stationery, Will Scott.

Beautiful picture, Ed. Hunt.

Handsome tidy, Emma Hunt.

There were a number of other gifts I will not mention. M. S.

Rev. Henderson...

Winfield Courier, March 27, 1884.

MARRIED. Wm. J. Gordan and Miss Rosa Waldroupe, of Silverdale Township, were married on the 16th inst., by Rev. Henderson.

D. Henderson, son of Rev. Henderson...

Winfield Courier, December 4, 1884.

The following certificates of unalloyed bliss have been granted by the Probate Judge since our last. MARRIAGE LICENSES.

D. L. Henderson and Julia C. Devore.

Arkansas City Republican, December 6, 1884.

                                                           Permits to Marry.

D. L. Henderson and Julia C. Devore.

Lucy M. Henderson, daughter of Rev. James P. Henderson, marries Henry A. Shock...

Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, February 7, 1885.

                                                          Marriage Licenses.

                                           Henry A. Shock, Lucy M. Henderson.