Samuel Henderson (1785 - 1856)

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Birthplace: Knoxville, Knox, Tennessee, USA
Death: Died in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah
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About Samuel Henderson

Mormon. Lived in Nauvoo, 21 children see doc under media; During the War of 1812 Samuel served as a Private in Lt. Dodge’s command of Missouri Militia.

In the winter of 1846 the citizens of Illinois drove the Mormons out of Nauvoo. Samuel Sr. was among the last to leave being driven at cannon point out of the city with those too poor to leave earlier over the frozen Mississippi River. These people were elderly, sick and destitute. These last exiles crossed the river and traveled a few miles through Iowa, stopping at what is called the "Poor Camp". And that is where "The Miracle of the Quail" occurred. This is an incident where the starving Saints were miraculously provided food by large quantities of quail flying into camp. It is said that one of the quail fell right into Elizabeth Henderson's lap.

Henderson is a common Scottish and Northern Irish surname. The name is derived from patronymic form of the name Hendry, which is a Scottish form of Henry. Some Hendersons also derive their name from Henryson.[1]

The surname Henderson is borne by numerous unrelated families in Scotland. For example, the Hendersons of Fordell, in Fifeshire, were the chief Lowland family of the name. This family descended from a family of Henrysons, from Dumfriesshire. A branch of Clan Gunn also bears the name. According to tradition, this family descends from Henry Gunn, a younger son of a chief of the Gunns who lived in the 15th century. The Hendersons of Glencoe derive their surname from the Gaelic MacEanruig.

The surname was unknown in England prior to the 17th century and is first mentioned in a marriage document between one of the Borders Hendersons and the daughter of a Carlisle merchant at Hexham. The surname is rendered in Scottish Gaelic as: MacEanraig or MacEanruig (masculine), and NicEanraig or NicEanruig (feminine).

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Samuel Henderson's Timeline

February 21, 1785
Knoxville, Knox, Tennessee, USA
December 20, 1804
Age 19
November 27, 1805
Age 20
Greene, Tennessee
February 13, 1807
Age 21
Greene, Tennessee, United States
April 28, 1810
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