Biography of Joseph C. Henderson
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Henderson, Joseph C., was born in New York city in 1825. His ancestors on the paternal side were Scotch, and on the maternal side of the old families of Holland Dutch. His grandfather on his father's side came to Troy in 1808 from New York and started the manufacture of all kinds of webbing, which was the first concern of the kind in the United States. His father, John Henderson, was born in New York city and came with his parents to Troy, was engaged in business with his father, and in 1829 married Dorothy Cole, who was born in North Greenbush. John Henderson died in New York in 1832 and his wife in 1869. Joseph C. received his education in the Public schools of Troy and in 1834 entered the establishment of William T. Smith, a manufacturer and dealer in paper, with whom he remained one year; he was afterwards engaged with a Mr. Atwood in the manufacture of stoves. He attended school for a period, and in 1844 again went into the stove business. In 1848 he was employed as foreman in a foundry at Brockville, Ont., and later he returned to Albany and in company with Anthony Weller began furnace manufacturing. He continued in this business until 1861, when, being a staff officer of the 9th Brigade New York Militia with the rank of major, he was detailed by Governor Morgan to take command of the volunteer post at Saratoga, one of five established, in the State for the reception of recruits and organizing them into companies preparatory for active service in the field. Later he went to the front with the 77th N. Y. Vols. as lieutenant colonel and remained with the regiment until June, 1862, when he returned to Albany and resumed the manufacture of furnaces until 1864. In 1866 he came to Troy with Charles Eddy & Co., which was later Shaver & Henderson, Sheldon Greene & Co., and is now J. C. Henderson & Co. He belongs to Masters Lodge F. & A. M. of Albany, the I. O. O. F., and is now a Royal Arch Mason of Albany, and is a member of the East Side Club. In 1850 he married Mariel Beecher, a relative of Rev. Henry Ward Beecher; she died in 1855. His present wife was Marietta Beecher, a sister of his first wife. He has had five sons and two daughters; four of the sons are now living Charles H., David P., William B. and Frank.

From:
Landmarks of Rensselaer County
BY: George Baker Aaderson
Published By: D. Mason & Co. Publishers
Syracuse, NY 1897


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