HENDRICK GRAVEYARD

From Henderson County, Tennessee Cemetery Inscriptions (R. H. Harris, Memphis, Tennessee, 1976), p.349.

Fifth District
Researched by: Lewis Jones
Location: 10 miles south of Lexington, on Highway 22A to Middlefork, 3 miles West on Middlefork-Mifflin Road, on the John Meadow's Farm.

DAMERON, WILLIAM F.
May 8, 1834-Feb. 26, 1907

DAMERON, ELIZABETH HENDRICK
Dec. 3, 1841-Apr. 20, 1921

DAMRON, OBED H.
(Son of W. F. & M. E.)
Died Aug. 10, 1881
Aged 3 das.

HENDRICK, ELEANOR
Oct. 19, 1813-Nov. 28, 1864

HENDRIX, NANCY
(Consort of Jeremiah)
Apr. 18, 1781-Sept. 23, 1856

HENDRIX, JEREMIAH
Oct. 20, 1772-Jan. 28, 1828

HENDRICK, ________
(Infant of O. F. & E.)

HENDRICK, ________
(Infant of O. F. & E.)

HENDRICK, _________
(Infant of O. F. & E.)

HENDRICK, NANCY HELLEN
Sept. 26, 1853-Aug. 25, 1856

HENDRICK, H. E.
Died 185-
Aged 4 yrs.

HENDRICK, J. S.
Dec. 2, 1838-Aug. 28, 1863

HENDRICK, DR. J. C.
July 6, 1844-Apr. 16, 1873

HENDRICK, COL. O. F.
(Consort of Elanor)
Died Dec. 14, 1897
Aged 83 yrs., 3 mos.

 


From Lexington Progress, July 13, 1988
By Clay Crook, Henderson County Historian

           In the Hendrick family graveyard on the Meadows Brother's farm in Henderson County lies the grave of a nearly forgotten man in Tennessee politics, Colonel Obediah F. Hendrick.

            His relation, Jeremiah Hendrick, arrived in Henderson County in the early 1820's from his birthplace in Halifax County, Va., and erected one of the first mills in the area. His grave, marked Jan. 28, 1828, is one of the earliest in the County. As a young man, Obed busied himself at the mill and the plantation and found time to dabble in local politics. He was elected to the State legislature in 1843 and served until 1849, and was again elected in 1855. Upon his return to Henderson County in 1857, he was made the first permanent president of the Henderson County Fair Association.

            In 1860, one of the most brutal murders of that time took place near the then Henderson County village of Jacks Creek. A slave, by his own confession, had murdered his master over a disagreement about a split-rail fence, enraging hundreds from around the County, many who wished to torture the young man on the spot. The father of the murdered boy wanted no lynching or tortures on his conscience, however, and called for the laws of the great state of Tennessee to run their course in this land both slave and free were guaranteed a fair and speedy trial by jury. Twelve of the most respected and honored men of the County were called forward to serve, Obed F. Hendrick was among them. The strength of Colonel Hendrick and the others sent a pervasive calm among the citizenry and the trial ensued. After listening to the rather blunt but repetitive confession, the jury found the accused guilty of murder and pleaded the Almighty to have mercy on his soul upon his execution.

          Times continued to trouble in the South, and before long Colonel Hendrick and his folk were called to take up arms against an invading foe. Kinsmen and neighbors fought bravely, shedding their blood for the sake of Southern Independence. One passed away untended by family in a Union prison camp, others came home crippled and broken to begin life anew in a reforged nation. Near the end of Reconstruction, Colonel Hendrick once again became lawfully eligible to hold public office and served the Legislature a final time from 1877 to 1879. He passed away on December 14, 1897 at the age of 83years and 3 months.

 

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