Abner N. Henderson

Abner N. Henderson, Missouri Township, Brocktown post-office, Pike County.   
This prominent planter was born in Morgan County, Ala., May 4, 1838, a son   
of Abner and Levica (Alford) Henderson, natives of North Carolina and        
Alabama, respectively. His parents had a family of six children -four boys   
and two girls - viz., John W. (married Miss Elizabeth Covington), William    
P. (married Miss Caroline Burkitt), Abner N. (the subject of this sketch),   
Martha A. (deceased), Lewis M. (married Victoria Elam), Andrew J.            
(deceased), and Mary A. (deceased). The father was a farmer and millwright   
by occupation, and at his death owned 320 acres of land. He emigrated from   
Alabama to Arkansas, in December 184, locating in Pike County, and was       
prominently identified with the interests of this county until his death,    
which occurred in 1865; his widow followed him in 1881. He and wife were     
both members of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South. The subject of this   
sketch wa reared in Arkansas, and received such an education as the schools  
of that time afforded. After attaining his majority he engaged in            
agricultural pursuits. December 31, 1857, he married Miss Matilda Davis, a   
native of Tennessee (born August 19, 1837), by whom he has a family of nine  
children, viz., John M. (deceased), Emeriah D. (deceased), Abner L. (married 
Catherine Deal), Lucy A., and Richard F. (twins, married David M. Watson and 
Elizabeth Allen), Alcie A. (married Robert O. Patterson), Flora A., Samuel,  
J.T., and Rosa L. (deceased). Mr. Henderson now owns a well-stocked farm of  
240 acres of land, with ninety acres under cultivation. He served in the     
Confederate army in the late (Civil) war, enlisting July 18, 1862, under     
Gen. Churchill, and participated in many of the principal battles of that    
war. He was captured at Arkansas Post, and carried to Chicago, where he      
remained for four months. He was exchanged at City Point, Va., then went to  
Tennessee, and joined the Tennessee army, and fell back with the army into   
Georgia, being detailed a cook, at the time of the Chickamauga battle. Again 
he was with the army, participated in the battles of Missionary Ridge,       
Resaca, Ga., and at Atlanta, was again captured at Jonesboro, Ga., and was   
carried to Nashville, Tenn., being just one month away from his command.     
After his exchange he went with the command on the raid into Tennessee one   
month after he was a prisoner at Nashville. He was with his command in the   
battle of Nashville, and fell back with the army and crossed the Tennessee   
River on Christmas day, 1864, the army falling back to Corinth, Miss. There  
he obtained a furlough and returned home, where he found nothing but his     
wife and one child. He soon resumed farming. Both Mr. and Mrs. Henderson are 
members of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, in which he serves as      
class-leader. Mr. Henderson has served as justice of the peace for eleven    
years, and as postmaster, at Brocktown, for twenty-four years. He is a good  
citizen, and is highly esteemed by all who know him.                         
Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Southern Arkansas, 1890, Pike County, 
page 329.                                                                    
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