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D. F. Henrv

The Geneaology of the
Henry Family

D. F. Henry

Copyright 1919. D. F. Henry



The data, reminiscences, and reflections
which follow, are written for the perusal
and information of viy fa7nily and de-
scendants, and in acknowledgment to those
who were interested and my co-laborers
in the various public enterprises of which
I speak.

And also as a tribute to my valued
and faithful employees zvho have con-
tributed much to the success of the num-
erous enterprises with which I have been
and am still connected.

The (jeneaology of the Henry Family

HE GENEAOLOGYot the Henry Family
harks back into the misty annals of
many centuries. Its origin was in Scot-
_ Land, but as time roiled on many scions

of the original clan migrated to the Ulster Planta-
tion in the North of Ireland and to various points
of England.

In the dawning of the Seventeenth century,
began a migration of many of these scattered
branches of the family to America where their
members so thrived and propagated that in 1790
when the first census of the United States was
made, it recorded the existence of 322 families
descendants from the original stock.

In the trend of time many of these families had
changed the spelling and pronunciation of the
parent name so that it appears from the records
that of the 322 families, only 88 had preserved
and maintained the correct appellation of Henry.

The various alterations from the inceptive
nomenclature is shown by the records to have
included Henary, Henerey, Hennery, Henrey and

The record also shows that the numerous
families under the different variations of ortho-
graphy and pronunciation were located throughout
the colonies as follows: — In Pennsylvania 109, in
North Carolina 39, in New York 34, in Massachu-
setts 29, in South Carolina 27, in Maryland 26, in
Virginia 15, in Connecticut 16, in New Hampshire
13, in Vermont 6, in Maine 4, and in Rhode
Island 4.

"0-ta-\va-ta" (Meaning White Pigeon) Heroine of a life Drama — she
was a white girl of French descent born in Maryland in 1764 and named
Catherine Malott. While enroute to Kentucky with her Family she
was captured on the Monongahela River shortly after passing Fort
Pitt, by the Indians.

In seeking a home and establishing themselves
in the new world, it was but natural that these
rugged Scotch, Irish and English should merge
themselves into its domestic and political fortunes,
and that they were ever forward and enthusiastic
in serving their adopted country in all its activities
in peace and war.

Scattered as they were throughout the colonies,
their patriotism loomed large and prominently in
the affairs of the nation.

In the revolutionary period, many served in
the Continental Army, others were engaged in the
making of the primitive cannon and munitions of
the day, and they were represented in the first

In tracing the geneaology of the branch of the
Henry family of which I am descended, I have
gone no further back than 1722, in which year came
Robert Henry and his wife Mary from Scotland to
America and took up their abode in Chester
County, Pennsylvania. During the same year,
at Easton, Pa., a son was born to the couple who
was named Robert. This family remained in
Pennsylvania until 1745, when they migrated to
Virginia, settling in Martinsburg. Here Robert,
the younger, married, and in 1758 a son was born
who was named Michael. In due course of time

Michael married and in 1797 was presented by
his good wife with a son, whom they named
David, and who was my father.

David Henry remained a Virginian until 1827
when, attracted by the growing reputation of
Pittsburg as a center of business activity and
possibilities, he quit the State of his nativity and
came to this city, determined to achieve success
through some of the many opportunities which
the young metropolis offered to industry and

The other members of the Henry family re-
mained in Martinsburg, married, multiplied,
migrated to other parts of the State and became
prominent in the different locations of their
selection. On the Manassas battlefield there
stands the old home of one of these which is still
known as the Old Henry Mansion.

In 1830, being then 33 years old, David Henry
joined in marriage with Anna Patterson, the nine-
teen year old daughter of Roger Patterson and
sister of Rody and Robert Patterson. The Patter-
son family were pioneers, having come to Pitts-
burgh about 1780, where they at once prominently
identified themselves in the social, religious and
business life of the then little village. In the year
of my Mother's birth, 181 1, Pittsburgh was a
village of 767 houses and a population of 4700, an
increase of 2400 over the year 18 10. A notable

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