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General Robert Johnson Henderson - 6th Generation

ancestor Born: 20 Nov 1822 In: Jasper Co., Georgia
Died: 3 Feb 1891 In: in Atlanta, Fulton/DeKalb Co., Georgia. (40)


Married: Laura Elizabeth Wood on 2 Apr 1846 in Newton Co., Georgia.(43)

Laura was daughter of Cary Wood and Mary Richardson Billups
Laura Elizabeth Wood(44) was born on 2 May 1829.(45) She died on 26 Sep 1899 in Atlanta, Fulton/DeKalb Co., Georgia. (46)

Military: Civil War

General Robert Johnson Henderson sources(36) (37)(38)

Robert and his wife resided in "Swanscombe" between 1875 and 1883 in Covington, Newton Co., Georgia.(39)   The mansion was built by his wife's family (the Wood's)
The name "Swanscombe"  was given to the house by it's present owner)

U S Census of:
1850 shows living in Newton Co., Georgia

Book Article:
Among the Georgia heroes of the Civil War was General Robert J. Henderson. The Henderson family is of Scotch extraction. The earlier homes of the family in America were in Maryland and North Carolina. In the early part of the last century Isaac P. Henderson came from Maryland and settled Newton county, and was first Mayor of Covington. He was a farmer by occupation, and engaged in the milling business in a large way for that day. He married Mrs. Johnson (nee Sheppard), and of this marriage Robert J. Henderson was born in Newton county on November 20, 1822.
Reared on his father's farm he attended high school at Lawrenceville, Georgia, and thence went to the University of Georgia, where he attended the full term and graduated in due course.
He took up the work of his father as a farmer and miller, and was in prosperous circumstances prior to the Civil War. A prominent citizen of his section, he was a Major in the State Militia before the Civil War came on. When that struggle opened he became a Colonel of the Forty-second Georgia Regiment, serving with such conspicuous gallantry and fidelity that in the later part of the war, when attached to Johnston's Army at Bentonville, N. C. he was promoted to Brigadier-General. His farms were devastated by Sherman's Army and his mills destroyed. Returning from the army he rebuilt his flouring mills in Newton county, and resumed his former occupations. After many years of industrious effort he retired from business in 1892 and moved to Atlanta, where he died in February, 1894.
In 1848 General Henderson married Miss Laura E. Wood, a daughter of Carey and Mary (Phillips) Wood, of Newton county. His wife's father was a prominent merchant. Of this marriage nine children were born, of whom six are now living, as follows: Mrs. L. J. Hill, of Atlanta; Mrs W. I. Hill, of Washington, Ga.; Charles Y., William, Henry, and John Franklin.
General Henderson was a lifelong Democrat, and affiliated with the Masonic fraternity. His religious preferences inclined to the Presbyterian church. Like his Scotch ancestors, he was a faithful and industrious citizen in times of peace and a gallant soldier in time of war. He represented the highest type of American citizen, and in his seventy-two years of life built up a character and left an example which may well be emulated by the men of the present generation
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Newspaper Notice:

Obituary: General Robert Johnson Henderson

Burial Of General Henderson
The remains of General Robert J. Henderson was brought by special train to Covington Thursday morning accompanied by the family and many friends from abroad. The pall bearers were: Colonel W. L. Calhoun, L. P. Thomas, R. F. Maddox, W. H. Halsey, W. T. Smith, Captains H. Y. Snow, B. F. Walker and Dr. W. M. Durham - all of whom were companions in arms with the General.-Rev. Dr. G. B. Strickler, of Atlanta, was the officiating minister. The funeral service was beautiful and impressive in its simplicity. One song was sung - "Some Sweet Day". A chapter from the New Testament was read and a prayer offered. the coffin lid was removed so that the large assembly present who loved and honored this hero and patriot in life could look upon his face for the last time before it should be hid from earthly eyes forever. The name and fame of this noble man will live in the pages of his country's history until time shall be no more. His people loved him to the hour of his death and will never cease to revere his memory. He died trusting in the Lord and has gone home to glory. The world has been made better and purer by his having lived in it. May he sleep sweetly beneath the sacred sod in the voiceless City of the Dead.
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Robert and Laura were Interned at

ancestor Obituary: Laura Elizabeth Wood

Laura Elizabeth (Wood) Henderson was buried on 27 Sep 1899 in Covington City Cemetery, Covington, Newton County, Georgia.(47)

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