Seeds of Kindness Pipestone County


mint Submitted by: George W. Hendren

     James L Hendren (1886), of Woodstock, has a continuous residence in Minnesota of fifty-six years to his credit. A Native of North Carolina, he was born in Eagle Mills, Iredell County, on December 9, 1843.  As a child, he moved with his parents to Boone County, Indiana, and later to Cedar Falls, Iowa. In 1855, the family moved to Wabasha County, Minnesota where James grew to manhood.

At the call to arms to preserve the union James L Hendren volunteered his service. He enlisted in company G, Eighth Minnesota regiment, on August 13, 1862, and served with distinction for three years, until mustered out in August 1865. During the great struggle he was in General Sibley's command and engaged in the frontier campaign to the west and penetrated as far as Idaho against the redskins.
    With the return of peace, our subject settled at Reed's Landing, Wabasha County, and for two years experienced the life of a river man. He later farmed in the same county, and in 1878 he moved to the western part of the state, settling in Murray County, where he engaged in agricultural pursuits until 1886, the date of his settlement in Woodstock. For four or five years, thereafter Mr. Hendren farmed, but of late years, he has conducted a livery and feed stable. He has been constable of his precinct for the past twenty-three years, and for fifteen years he serves as village Marshall. He is a member of Stephen Miller Post No. 139, G.A.R., of Woodstock.
    In Wabasha County, October 16, 1968, James L Hendren was united in marriage to Mary M. Sheeran, born in the Keystone State in 1847. Thirteen children were born to this union, three of whom, Elizabeth (Mrs. Addison Hughes), John and Florence, are dead. The names of the ten surviving children follow: George, James, Arthur, Ernest, Fred, Walter, Frank, Alice, Agnes and Mamie. A granddaughter, Stella Hughes, born on September 25, 1890, has lived in the home since the death of her mother, Elizabeth Hughes, on November 25, 1892.

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