I have come across an online listing of veterans buried at Pawnee City cemetery which lists a "J. B. Henderson". I think this might be a match for John Russell HENDERSON, who served with Company C of the 36th Illinois Infantry during the Civil War. I have also read a short note posted elsewhere that John was beaten, robbed, and left dying in a roadside ditch, but no dates were mentioned. His wife was listed as a widow in the 1900 census.
John was the son of Ebenezer HENDERSON and his wife Jane Lee, and was born 8 February 1837 in Guernsey county, Ohio. The family moved to Illinois in the early 1850's. John married Elizabeth Louise Leslie on 10 October 1861 in Henderson county, Illinois, and enlisted 11 months later. Daughter Marietta Lee HENDERSON was a few months old when her father enlisted. The family moved to Marshall county, Iowa in the fall of 1865, and shortly thereafter moved to Johnson county, Missouri. In 1869, they moved to Ringgold county, Iowa. He was elected sherrif there in 1874 and served 16 months, and resigned to operate a grocery business.
The family remained in Ringgold county, Iowa until at least 1887, before relocating to Pawnee city. A Pawnee county website lists that John was a grocer in Pawnee city, but does not give any details. The last record of his widow that I have was the 1920 census, where she was age 81 and living with one of her married daughters. Their children were:
1 - Marietta Lee HENDERSON, born 21 August 1862 in Illinois. She married George A. Harrington on 8 October 1885. They were living in Pawnee City as of the 1920 census. I believe "Etta" died about 1922.
2 - Edith Louise HENDERSON, born September 1877 in Ringgold county, Iowa. She married Mastin A. Campbell on 20 February 1901. As of the 1910 census, they were living in Ringgold county, Iowa.
Any information on John or his family would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.
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