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MARTHA S. (CROSBY) HENDRICK

MRS. MARTHA S. (CROSBY) HENDRICK, Franklin, Heard County, Georgia, daughter of John and Martha S. (Killebro) Crosby, and widow of James A. Hendrick, was born in Wilkes County, Georgia, in 1833.

Her father was of Virginia parentage and born in 1798. In 1840—his conveyance being an ox-cart—he moved to Heard County, settled in the woods and lived under tents until log cabins could be built.

She was left motherless at the age of five years; and when a child of eleven years did all the housework of her father's family, and besides, spun and wove, and made all her father’s clothing. Under such circumstances it may be readily realized that her educational advantages and opportunities were of the most limited character; irregular intervals during two years at the common schools. However, by judicious reading and careful home study she managed to improve her education and acquire a large fund of general information, which, in after life, proved of inestimable value to her.

In 1852 she was united in marriage to James A. Hendrick. He was born in Henry County, Georgia, in 1823, son of Hugh and Allie (Huey) Hendrick, who were born in Virginia of old Virginia families. He, too, was left an orphan when small—only seven years of age—and his education was limited to only nine months in the common country schools. He began work for himself at a very early age, developing remarkable trading and money-making qualities. His companion proved to be a helpmeet indeed, so that by their united efforts quite a fortune was accumulated. He died in 18__, leaving his widow and four children: Mary F., widow of Frank C. Lumpkin, John C., William A., and Alford G.



Source: Memoirs of Georgia, Containing historical accounts of the states civil, military, industrial and professional interests and personal sketches of many of it’s people, Volume I, The Southern Historical Association, Atlanta, Georgia, 1895







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