About Alexander Henderson
First Henderson to come to America in 1756 from Glasgow, Scotland.
Owned land in Prince William and Fairfax Counties in Virginia
Owned a farm on Pignut Ridge in Fauquier County and property at Reedy Creek and Cow Creek
Member of House of Burgess before the Revolution
Virginia General Assembly 1783-85 in Fairfax County
1789-90 in Prince William County
Magistrate of Fairfax and Prince William counties, Virginia.
Vestryman of Old Pohick Church
Started out as a Factor of John Galsford of Scotland, later to become partners with him.
Father of the Chain Store
Owned stores in Colchester, Occoquan, Alexandria, and Dunfries Virginia
Virginia delegate to the “Compact of 1785”. Partially held at Mount Vernon, at the behest of George Washington, the meetings resulted in guarenteed free navigation of the Potomac and Chesapeake Bay. This “compact” laid the ground work for the Annapolis Convention of 1786, which resulted in the famous Constitutional Convention of 1787.
Will dated 2/24/1815
Historic Henderson House still stands on Duke Street in Dumfries.
Plaque on house reads:
Patriot of American Revolution
Placed by the Bill of Rights Chapter
Daughters of American Revolution
On September 21, 2003, the Colonel Fielding Lewis Chapter, Virginia Society, Sons of the American Revolution commemorated the patriotism of Alexander and Sarah Henderson. Two of Henderson’s descendants were in attendance.
Alexander Henderson's Timeline
March 3, 1737
Blantyre Parish, Lanarkshire, Scotland
January 21, 1783
Colchester, Fairfax, Virginia
October 16, 1786
Fairfax, Virginia, United States
December 8, 1794
Moorehill, Fairfax, Virginia, United States
October 22, 1815
Prince William, Virginia, United States