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Biography: James Chesley Hendrick born March 14, 1842

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Talladega County, Alabama

James Chesley Hendrick, farmer, and justice of the peace of Oxford, Alabama, was a native of Talladega County. In 1833 there was a large immigration to Alabama from South Carolina and Virginia. Among the immigrants were the families of Willard and Rachel Hendrick and George and Hettie Brittle, the grandparents of the subject of this sketch. They were among the first settlers of Talladega County and located near Silver Run.

Hettie Brittle was a daughter of Abram Bledsoe, of Virginia, who fought with Washington during the Revolutionary War. Joel Hendrick, a son of Willard and Rachel, married Susan Brittle, and to this marriage were born ten children, one of whom was James Chesley Hendrick, who was one of the four still living in 1904. Joel Hendrick was a farmer, a Democrat in politics, and a captain in the militia. He died in 1877 and his wife was living in 1904 at the age of eighty-five years.

James C. Hendrick was born March 14, 1842. He was educated in the Silver Run academy and was all his life, a tiller of the soil. He owned a fine farm of 235 acres near Oxford and was looked upon as one of the progressive farmers of his locality.

In 1861 he enlisted in Company E, Tenth Alabama infantry, and fought with his regiment in all the battles in which it was engaged. He was severely wounded in the seven days’ fight before Richmond, near the close of the war.

In politics, he was a Democrat, and for twenty years held the office of justice of the peace. He was also active in furthering the principles of the Farmers’ Alliance. He and his family were members of the Presbyterian church.

On Sept. 6, 1866, he married Matilda Yeatman, daughter of John Yeatman, of Talladega County.

Five children came to this union:

  1. John Hendrick,
  2. Joel Hendrick,
  3. Humphrey Hendrick,
  4. Laura Hendrick
  5. Sudi Hendrick, the last named was deceased by 1904.

Mrs. Hendrick died Oct. 3, 1875, and about two years later Mr. Hendrick married a second time, his second wife being Helena Miller, daughter of Robert and Hettie Miller, of Talladega County. Two children were born to this marriage:

  1. James Leonard Hendrick
  2. Willie Celestia Hendrick.

 James Chesley Hendrick died Jan 6, 1914, and is buried in Silver Run Cemetery


  1. Notable Men of Alabama: Personal and Genealogical, Volume 1 edited by Joel Campbell DuBose
  2. Find A Grave Memorial# 38854617  38854692 # 38854692 # 38854742

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  1. This is very likely my ancestors. If so, this takes my line back at least two more generations.