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Hello everyone. I am researching the Henderson surname in Henry County,
IA. My Great-Grandfather was William Henderson, married to Mariah
Parker. He was born in 1841 in PA. My grandfather, Clarence Lewis
Henderson, was born in Henry County in Winfield in 1876. Have hit a
brick wall. Can anyone help?? Thanks. Bill Henderson, Overland Park, KS
We are a new list so the postings here are few and far between, but I
want to encourage everyone to post a paragraph or two about their
research to get acquainted. Tell others you correspond with about the
list. What surnames are you researching? How far back are you in your
Henry County research? Do you have material to contribute that would
be useful on the Internet. As you may already know, there is a place on
the website where you may post obituaries from clippings you may have
from your Henry County relatives. We would be happy to have you post
them and eventually, your listowner will tag and alphabetize them so
they are easily searchable. You may also post queries in the queries
section. If you have a web page with relatives with a Henry County
connection, we would like to link to it with your permission. Your
participation is encouraged at all times.
I've been working on putting together an updated version of the book
STEER GENEALOGY (Some Genealogy of a Steer Family) by Isaac S. Russell
since about 1988.
I've recently discovered these Listserves for genealogy in various
counties so I thought I'd take a shot at this in order to collect more
data for my Steer Genealogy records.
Here's a brief account of the beginnings of the family:
Isaac Steer married Ruth Mercer. They came from Ireland to Lancaster
County, Pennsylvania with their daughter Katherine. Three sons:
Nicholas, John & Joseph preceeded them to this country. The family was
affiliated with The Society of Friends (Quakers) where many continued
for generations to be members.
The family eventually migrated down into Virginia settling primarily in
Frederick & Loudoun Counties from which descendants spread to other
areas in this country. Isaac Russell's book was printed back in 1891 so
as you can see much has happened since then. His book primarily dealt
with the descendants of Joseph (Isaac & Ruth's son). I am trying to
gather info. on ALL of the descendants of Isaac and Ruth Steer, or at
least as much as I am able to collect.
Being that the family is predominantly Quaker finding accurate info.
hasn't been too difficult. I have access to the books written by
William Wade Hinshaw which I am using now to further add to the Steer
Family records but again much has happened since Hinshaw published his
This family has branched out into many different surnames as well, all
which can be traced back to Isaac and Ruth Steer. Some of the more
common surnames found in this family are: JACKSON, ROBINSON, BROWN,
SEXTON, HOLLINGSWORTH, FENTON, DEAN, KIRK, CLEVENGER, WHITACRE, WALKER,
PARKINS, MAHANEY, MARKER, SWAYNE, POPE, HOUGH, GRIFFITH, LYTLE (or
LITLER), RICHIE, WICKERSHAM, WOOD, RUSSELL, NEVITT.
If you believe you are a descendant of Isaac and Ruth Steer I would like
to hear from you. Could you please send me whatever complete info. you
can give me on your branch of the family up to today's times plus what
you know on collateral branches in your line. I need full names of
individuals, birth & death dates, places of birth & death, marriage
dates and places, spouses full names with birth, death dates and places
as well and also the names of the spouses' parents with the mother's
maiden name and the same for each child descending from the couple. If
you don't have the complete info. I requested, that's ok, just give me
what you can.
If you wish you can include some biography about some of the
Whatever information you can give me will be greatly appreciated as I
try to put together the most up to date version of this genealogy as
You can either send this to me by either e-mail at this address
steer_family(a)hotmail.com or you can mail it to me at this address if you
don't have an e-mail provider:
Michael L. McKay
115 Morgan St.
Winchester, VA 22601-3829
Thank you for your attention to this. I'll reprint this letter at
various intervals in order for new listserve subscribers to read.
Michael LeHew McKay.
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