Alexander and his family grew up in Onslow County, North Carolina, far from the small community of Freehold, Monmouth County, New Jersey, which had been a hotbed of activity during the American Revolution. Hannah Applegate Solomon, innkeep, and her children were subject to the terrors of invading British forces, while her husband Jonas was no where to be found and assumed to be dead. So certain was his passing that in 1778, 38 year old Hannah had married neighbor and fellow businessman John Benham and delivered her last child, Joseph Benham the next year.
Alexander Henderson joined the military in 1809 and may have recieved payment in the form of property. He eventually migrated to Monroe County, Alabama where he married Rebecca Catherine Ezell and together they became the parents of nine children: Margaret Fannie, Mary, Nancy, Elizabeth, William, Catherine, Rebecca, John and Epsy. Alexander died on December 3, 1853 and is buried in Eliska, Monroe County, Alabama. Below is his Petition, Courtesy of the Genweb Archives.:
To the worshipful the Justices of the Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions for the County of Onslow - The petition of Alexander Henderson shewith that sometime about the month of May in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and fifteen Thomas Henderson of the County of Onslow died intestate & possessed of a large personal Estate such amounting to more than twelve thousand dollars in value - At the July Term ensuing of Onslow County Court, Administration in the Estate of the said Thomas Henderson was granted to one Lott Ballard of the County of Onslow who took unto his possession the personal Estate of his intestate amounting to more than $12,000 - The next of Kin of the said Thomas Henderson entitled to distributive shares are Richard Solomon & Hosia Henderson (minors) the children of his son Thomas dec'd - his son Solomon Henderson Lott Humphrey the Administrator of Rebecca Williams daughter of the said intestate and your petitioner son of the said Intestate Your Petetioner further shewith that a certain Catharine Mount, John Solomons, Rebecca McKnight, Levi Solomons, Jonas Solomons, set up a claim, real or pretended as the next of Kin as legitimate Children to the said intestate, and as such to be the distributees of the said personal Estate but the said Catharine, John, Rebecca, Levi & Jonas have released and assigned to your petitioner all their interest to the one fourth part of the said personal Estate of all which proceedings the said Lott Ballard had due notice approved of & was party to the same - that your petitioner has frequently called upon the said Lott Ballard in a friendly manner to come to a fair settlement with your petitioner & pay over to him his share of the Intestates Estate to which your petitioner is entitled as aforesaid but now so it if that the said Lott Ballard under various pretexts & sundry practices has refused to do so - to the End therefore that the said Lott Ballard may come to a fair and full settlement with your petitioner that he may on oath exhibit the amount of the personal Estate of his Intestate the said Thomas Henderson dec'd and the nature thereof. That he may render a full account of the distribution and disposition thereof as it has been disposed of & that he may be dec___d to account with your petitioner & pay over to him his share & proportion of the Estate of the said Thomas Henderson dec'd to which he is Entitled - May it please your worship to grant ______ to the said Lott Ballard, Solomon Henderson and the children of Thomas Henderson dec'd commanding them to appear in the next term of this Court & abide the sentence thereof - And your petitioner as is duty bound shall _______. Edw'd Graham atty for Petitioner
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