Hedrick Family History
I have spent many years tracing my
Hedrick line. For about 2 years I have been stuck at my second great
grandfather Jacob J. Hedrick born about 1798 in Virginia.
Through an obscure estate record found in the vertical files at the Marion
Public Library in Grant County, Indiana, we find Jacob listed as an heir
to John Headrick who died about October 1841 in Grant County.
Although no relationship was given between the heirs and the deceased, it can be
assumed that they were the children of John Headrick.
My previous research showed that
John Headrick was the son of John and Susan (Horn) Hedrick;
this information has been proven to be incorrect (see guest book posting by
I sent a research request to the
court house in Giles County, Virginia several years ago and got back a letter
with some information detailed within and a few copies of various marriage
records. The letter was in regards to a John Hedrick/Headrick who
apparently owned a few hundred acres, more or less, in said county.
12 October 1814 John Hedrick purchased land from
Daniel Towney and wife for $183 in Giles County, Virginia [Deed Book A pg.
1822 John Headrick owned 125a & 200a on Sinking Creek
and his residence was listed as "Giles Co."
1825 Land Taxes John Headrick
living in Giles County owned 125 acres on Sinking Creek located in the eastern
section of said county and another 200a adjoining that. Said land was
about 17 miles east of the court house.
1825 Land Taxes listed the
William Bane estate consisting of 145a on Doe Creek about 12 miles east of
the court house.
1832 was listed same as above.
1835 Land Taxes John
owned 135a & 200a on Sinking Creek but his residence was listed as "unknown".
In all the land and tax records
for this early time period, John Hedrick/Headrick was the ONLY Hedrick
listed as living in Giles County according to a courthouse researcher. It
was surmised by said researcher that this John Headrick either died in
1835 or removed from the area. No estate papers were found for him in
Giles County so it could be assumed that this John Headrick is the same
man who came to settle in Grant County, Indiana by 1840.
Marriage records in Giles County
exist for Jacob Hedrick to Mary Bane 7 November 1823, bondsman was
William Bane; and a record for Elizabeth Hedrick to Joseph Mays
2 June 1823, bondsman was John Headrick. Interestingly enough,
another marriage license piqued my curiosity now that I have typed all of this
information in order, and that is the marriage of Abram Hedrick to
Salley Tawney on 27 September 1814, bondsman was Daniel Tawney, just
one month before John purchased his land from Daniel Towney.
Maybe Abram is another son of John's?
According to a
biography about Abraham Hedrick (1806-1894), he started out to Indiana
in 1833; however, his brother's biography says that they were in Indiana by 1832
Saulus Hedrick (1811-1888) helped to build the first court house in
Grant County. Both biographies state that the men were sons of Jacob
Hedrick of Pittsylvania County, Virginia and Abraham's bio says that
his mother was Catherine Meese, so we know they were not sons of John
Headrick of Giles County, but, they may have been his relatives (possibly
even nephews) because it appears that they traveled to Indiana with John
and his family, stopping along the way in Preble County, Ohio.
Both bios also state that the
brothers migrated back and forth between Virginia and Indiana over the years;
Abraham to visit his parents and siblings for short amounts of time and
Saulus seems to have only traveled back home once in 1843 to procure a wife,
whom he married in Pittsylvania County. Saulus' "visit" lasted
several years as his first four children were born there.
An estate record found in the
vertical files of the Marion Public Library tells us that a John Headrick
died there sometime in or before October 1841 and that he left a widow named
Mary, and several heirs: Jacob Hedrick, John Hedrick,
Mary Bane nee Hedrick, Ann Norman nee Hedrick,
Charles Hedrick, David Hedrick, Elizabeth Mays nee Hedrick,
and George P. Hedrick.
Located in the Lobdell-Hummel
Cemetery in Grant County, Indiana is a tombstone for Maria Magdalena
(Waggoner) Hedrick w/o John born 29 November 1778 died 4 January
1864; also buried in this cemetery was Abraham Hedrick and his wife,
along with several of the heirs and descendants mentioned in the John
Headrick estate paper.
According to a manuscript titled
"Jacob Hedrick Genealogy and Related Families 1755-1973" by
Marjorie (Williams) Cowherd, Jacob Hedrick was born c. 1772-73 in
either Holland or Berks County, Pennsylvania. The story that was passed
down to her was that he was born in Holland and came to Pennsylvania with his
parents as a child. His parents lived in the upper Rhine Valley of Germany
and had fled to Holland to await passage to America, arriving in Pennsylvania
around 1770. This first statement obviously contradicts itself because
Jacob could not have been born in Holland if the family arrived in
Pennsylvania in 1770 and he was born in 1772 or later.
The 1790 census for Berks County
listed only two Hedrick men, Henry Hedrich of Bern Township whose
household consisted of 1 male, 1 female, and 3 males under 16 years of age and
Peter Hedrich, also of Bern, whose household consisted of only himself
and a wife (or other adult female). Henry owned 12 acres of land
and one cow in 1767 Berks County according to Ms. Cowherd, therefore, he
was not likely the father of Jacob unless her research on his immigration
is incorrect. If, in fact, Jacob was from Berks then it stands to
reason that Henry was most likely his father if the children in his
household in 1790 were his biological children; unfortunately, we may never know
the answer to that questions because the 1790 census did not itemize each member
of the household.
This Jacob removed to
Pittsylvania County, Virginia by 1794 along with his brother Capt. Phillip
Hedrick and his family, and quite possibly other brothers or relatives.
Further research by Ms. Cowherd states that Jacob was married at
least once before his marriage to Catherine Mease/Meese in 1801 because
he had a son named John who was listed in census records as being born
around 1795 in Virginia.
Now, going back to a previous
statement where Jacob and his brother Capt. Phillip Hedrick came
to Virginia; it was stated that Phillip's bible is on display in Henry
County, Indiana where he eventually settled. If this is so, then I doubt
that Phillip was a brother to Jacob because he was over 20 years
older than Jacob; while not impossible that he was a sibling, it doesn't
So, if you have any suggestions,
corrections, or leads, please feel free to email me.