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Henderson, Thomas Johnston

Henderson, Thomas Johnston

Male 1883 - 1959  (75 years)

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  • Name Henderson, Thomas Johnston  [1
    Birth 4 Jun 1883  Caswell County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Reference Number 3750 
    Death 31 Jan 1959  Reidsville, Rockingham County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Burial Yanceyville Presbyterian Church, Yanceyville, Caswell County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I3705  Caswell County
    Last Modified 24 Feb 2024 

    Father Henderson, Colonel Archibald Erskine,   b. 20 Jul 1843, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this locationd. 7 Nov 1918, Caswell County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location (Age 75 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Johnston, Alice Finley,   b. Jan 1852, Caswell County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this locationd. 1932, Caswell County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location (Age ~ 79 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Marriage 23 Dec 1879  Yanceyville, Caswell County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Reference Number 28339 
    Family ID F1972  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Slade, Alice Cleveland,   b. Nov 1884, Purley, Caswell County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this locationd. 1928 (Age ~ 43 years) 
    Marriage 18 Oct 1912  Greensboro, Guilford County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Reference Number 28367 
    Children 
    +1. Henderson, Florine Erskine,   b. 1913, Yanceyville, Caswell County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this locationd. 12 Jun 2006 (Age 93 years)  [Father: natural]  [Mother: natural]
    +2. Henderson, Lady Alice,   b. 1915   d. Bef 12 Jun 2006 (Age < 91 years)  [Father: natural]  [Mother: natural]
     3. Henderson, Archibald Erskine,   b. 5 Sep 1916   d. 20 Sep 1919 (Age 3 years)  [Father: natural]  [Mother: natural]
    Family ID F1974  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart
    Last Modified 24 Feb 2024 

    Family 2 Chandler, Annie Bethel,   b. 22 Aug 1895   d. 2 Feb 1970 (Age 74 years) 
    Marriage 14 Aug 1929  Guilford County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Reference Number 28388 
    Notes 
    • The Caswell Messenger, August 15, 1929: Thomas J. Henderson, postmaster, marries Anne Bethel Chandler of Ruffin.
    Family ID F1975  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart
    Last Modified 24 Feb 2024 

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBirth - 4 Jun 1883 - Caswell County, North Carolina Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarriage - 18 Oct 1912 - Greensboro, Guilford County, North Carolina Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarriage - 14 Aug 1929 - Guilford County, North Carolina Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDeath - 31 Jan 1959 - Reidsville, Rockingham County, North Carolina Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBurial - - Yanceyville Presbyterian Church, Yanceyville, Caswell County, North Carolina Link to Google Earth
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    Pin Legend  : Address       : Location       : City/Town       : County/Shire       : State/Province       : Country       : Not Set

  • Photos
    Thomas Johnston Henderson Card Players
    Ann of the Ku Klux Klan
    Thomas Johnston Henderson
    Thomas Johnston Henderson Grave Marker
    Auville Grady Gibson (left) at Caswell Courthouse Card Game
    Caswell County Courthouse Card Players 8 Dec 1941 Stephen Arnold Malloy, Thomas Johnston Henderson, George Anderson, Haywood Ralston Thompson (not confirmed), Bill Fitch, John H. Buck

    Documents
    Plain Tales The State 9 May 1936
    Plain Tales The State 9 May 1936
    Plain Tales The State 21 Nov 1936
    Plain Tales The State 21 Nov 1936
    Plain Tales The State 19 Dec 1936
    Plain Tales The State 19 Dec 1936
    Plain Tales The State 16 Jan 1937
    Plain Tales The State 16 Jan 1937
    Plain Tales The State 31 Jul 1937
    Plain Tales The State 31 Jul 1937
    Plain Tales The State 12 Feb 1938
    Plain Tales The State 12 Feb 1938
    Plain Tales The State 23 May 1942
    Plain Tales The State 23 May 1942
    Plain Tales The State 1947-05-03
    Plain Tales The State 1947-05-03

    Newspapers
    Thomas Johnston Henderson Libel Suit Contemplated. The Reidsville Review (Reidsville, NC), 29 Feb 1916
    Thomas Johnston Henderson Letter to the Editor. The Herald-Sun (Durham, NC), 29 Dec 1954
    Cleveland Slade Henderson Funeral 1928
    Mrs. T. J. Henderson's Funeral Draws Many At Yanceyville -7-24-1928

  • Notes 
    • Thomas Johnston Henderson (1883-1959)

      Thomas Johnston Henderson (1883-1959)

      Courthouse Card Players

      (click on photograph for larger image)
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      The above photographs courtesy of Life magazine (8 December 1941), which retains all rights.

      Photograph of Thomas Johnston Henderson

      For a detailed article, click Thomas Johnston Henderson

      Thomas Johnston Henderson (1883-1959) began a small newspaper in Yanceyville, North Carolina at the age of thirteen called The Little News. He charged a penny a line for advertising and fifty cents for a year's subscription. In 1908, Tom Henderson launched The Sentinel, a weekly newspaper that was published in Yanceyville and covered Caswell County. Tom Henderson went on to be a regional writer of local fame, publishing a series of small booklets or pamphlets in the 1940s:

      Judge Cooke: Reminiscences of the Homely Humor and Merciful Judging of North Carolina's Grand Old Jurist

      Plain Tales from the Country: Homespun from the Warps, Woofs and Weaves of Life's Rustic Loom

      Homespun Yarns: Weavings from Life's Humorous Threads, Based on Facts, but Infringing on Truth, in that Some are not "All Wool and a Yard Wide"

      Honeysuckles and Bramblebriars: Wherein a Freelance Scribbler Wanders into Life's Rustic Flower Garden and Seeks to Cull the Thorns from the Blooms . . . . .

      Ann of the Ku Klux Klan: A Partly Fictional Story of the Old South, Centered Around the Kirke-Holden War and the Murder of John Walter Stephens

      Warps, Woofs and Weaves (Dedicated to Caswell's Revolutionary War Patriot, Dr. Launcelot Johnston)
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      Thomas Johnston Henderson's newspaper, The Yanceyville Sentinel, had the following motto: "Principles and Progress."

      "The Sentinel" is a newspaper published in Yanceyville, Caswell County, North Carolina, by Thomas Johnston Henderson. It was a weekly newspaper that began in 1908 and was published until at least 1916. Few copies have been found. Duke University has one copy: Vol. 1, No. 9 (August 13, 1908).

      Thomas J. Henderson (1883-1959) established "The Sentinel" at Yanceyville, with an initial issue on April 20, 1908. Henderson was editor for at least two years, being replaced by John A. Massey (1881-1956) in 1911. However, Henderson apparently regained editorship in October 1912, and the newspaper was still in publication on May 3, 1916, the last known issue. When "The Sentinel" ceased publication has not been determined, but it was not listed in a 1921 national newspaper directory.
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      Yanceyville's Thomas Johnston Henderson (1883-1959) always was outspoken. However, it appears that in 1916 he sufficiently ruffled local feathers to have some contemplate a libel lawsuit.

      Henderson was a Republican, while those contemplating the lawsuit were Democrats. Henderson regularly prided himself publicly as "being the only Republican in Yanceyville."

      People Mentioned

      Thomas Nathaniel Fitch
      George Andrew Anderson
      W. C. Douglas [not identified]
      Julius Bascom (Jule) Turner
      Julius Johnston, Jr.
      Thomas Johnston Henderson

      The Reidsville Review (Reidsville, NC), 29 Feb 1916

      It appears at least two of the potential plaintiffs were public figures, with respect to which libel laws are more restrictive. Hopefully, the Rockingham County lawyers being consulted so advised them: that unless actual malice could be proved a lawsuit against Thomas Johnston Henderson was unlikely to succeed.
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      Stained Glass Windows in New Church Dedicated

      Yanceyville, N.C., May 8 -- Yanceyville Methodists are proud of their new home -- the $20,000 structure recently completed on the Johnson [Johnston] estate facing the main street of the town. It will be formally dedicated after certain formalities have been dispensed with, but in the meantime the memorial windows are being dedicated. All of the windows in the church have been endowed as memorials.

      Last night a window presented in memory of Mrs. John H. Gunn was formally dedicated with appropriate rites and on Thursday night the Anderson window was also dedicated. This was a stained glass representation donated by George A. Anderson, veteran, former county clerk and educator, in memory of his wife and their son, John Quentin Anderson. Tom Henderson presided over the rites which were numerously attended.

      The Bee (Danville, Virginia), May 8, 1943.
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      In 1917, brothers Thomas Johnston Henderson and William Farrar Henderson were living in Elkin, North Carolina.
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      To The Editor (1954) by Thomas Johnston Henderson (1954):

      Loyalty Leagues

      "Truth is seemingly getting more unpopular all the time. Much of what I see and hear on TV looks and sounds phony to me. I sometimes think the audiences are 'planted' for clapping and hurrahing. The spectators applaud and applaud, like a lot of college 'cheer gals' and 'rah rah boys.

      "I am beholden to my favorite U.S. Senator, W. Kerr Scott, (I don't know Senator Ervin as well, although one of Senator Sam Bason's sweet daughters is on his staff -- and I don't understand why he had to make the speech he did 'condemning' Senator McCarthy), for assigning one of his 'glamour gals' (maybe Ex-Representative Ed Warren's cute daughter) to the task of searching the records in the 'Archives of History' in Washington, to find out how 'martial law' worked in Orange, Alamance and Caswell in the reconstruction era when these counties were declared 'in insurrection,' and Federal soldiers gleefully guarded the Yanceyville courthouse, filled with prominent citizens.

      "When the late Col. Fred A. Olds, Archivist, was coming back from Danville, where he had been to get Capt John G. Lea's posthumous account of the Ku Klux Klan murder of Senator John Walter (Chicken) Stephens, he stopped in Yanceyville to see me -- at which time I gave him numerous copies of the 'Milton Gazette' and the 'Milton Chronicle & Roanoke Advertiser.'

      "The late 'Colonel' George Anderson, Superintendent of schools, Clerk of the Court, and historian of remarkable memory, told me there were 'Loyalty Leagues' in every township in Caswell, sponsored and egged-on by sorry white men, both Norther 'carpetbaggers' and Southern 'Scalawags.'

      "If I am not in error, Wilkes Cary [Wilson Carey], our first Negro representative, was brought from Ohio, where he butlered in the home of Senator Sherman, by some 'carpetbaggers' -- and give 30 acres of land in Caswell, which was then a requirement for a Legislator. 'Loyalty Leagues' brought forth the birth of 'Ku Klux Klans' organized to save Southern white women from forced marriages and 'rapines.'"

      The Herald-Sun (Durham, North Carolina), 29 December 1954.
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      The part about Wilson Carey (1831-1905) is pure fabrication, not being to any extent based upon facts.
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      "Caswell county has a new paper, the Sentinel, published at Yanceyville with Mr. T. J. Henderson as editor. The paper is all-home-print and presents a very neat appearance with an abundance of county news. Mr. Henderson will be ably assisted by his charming cultured sister in the conduct of the new business."

      The Reidsville Review (Reidsville, NC), 17 April 1908.

  • Sources 
    1. Details: Wheel Tracks: Biographical Sketches (1942-1943), Service Publication of the Yanceyville North Carolina Rotary Club (1943).