TOWN OF BUTLER HENDERSONS
By Leola Crane Sutton
The first page of the 1850 Town of Butler Census records my GGG Grandfather Worster Henderson, GG Grandfather Grove Kelly Henderson, G Grandfather De Valois Wilder Henderson, and Grandmother Victoria "Ora" Henderson.
Worster Henderson was the 8th child of John and Lucretia Cook Henderson. He was born in New Hartford, Connecticut in 1783, and came to the Town of Butler around 1810. He brought with him little more than his axe, and after he had built a log house, he returned to Connecticut in 1811 to bring his wife Vicey Kellogg. Their son Grove was only one year old when his parents came to Butler. Worster was a blacksmith, but spent most of his life farming. He sold his original piece of land to the Sodus Canal Company about 1835, and purchased another piece in the Town of Butler, where he lived until his death in 1893.
Grove was a farmer all his life, and married Roxena Guild Miner from Castile, NY in 1840. Their eldest son De Valois Wilder Henderson was born in 1841 in their log house on the road from Wolcott to Savannah. In 1865, he married Lucy Ann Wadsworth from Butler. Her parents were Danford and Eliza Ann Van Buren Wadsworth. De Valois and Lucy had only one daughter named Victoria "Ora", who was born in 1866, and she married Irving Webster Crane in 1888. They settled on his father's farm on Crane Road, and remained there the rest of their lives. All of these people are buried in the Butler Center Methodist Church Cemetery.
Some of the above information is from "Wolcott, Old and New" by John O. Wadsworth, "Genealogy of the Handerson Family" by Dr. H.E. Handerson, and "Rose Neighborhood Sketches" by Alfred S. Roe.
Click here for a family group photo of the Hendersons.
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