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Commemorative Biographical Record of the County of Kent, Ontario
Donald Henderson


DONALD HENDERSON, [page 113] a prosperous general farmer residing on Lot 20, 11th Concession, Dover township, County Kent, owns a fine farm of 150 acres, which he has occupied since 1848.  He was born November 1st, 1844, son of Donald, Sr., and Elizabeth (McKay) Henderson, who like him were natives of Scotland.

Mrs. Elizabeth (McKay) Henderson was born in 1817.  In her young womanhood she because the bride of Donald Henderson, Sr., and she died in her native land at the age of forty-five years.  Mr. Henderson married for his second wife, Mrs. Wilhelmina (Simpson) McKay who with his two sons and a daughter accompanied him in his emigration to Canada, and to Dover township, settling on the present farm of our subject, which was then in a wild condition.  He died in 1871, aged sixty-three years.  The children born to the first marriage of Donald Henderson, Sr., were:  John, a farmer of Dover township; Margaret, who married Thomas J. Collop, of Chatham; and Donald.  No children were born of the second marriage.

Donald Henderson, Sr., was a son of another Donald Henderson, and his wife Margaret McKay.  Both were natives of Scotland, where they lived and died, the former passing his active years engaged in farming.

Donald Henderson, our subject, has spent his life upon his farm, with the exception of six years.  He returned in 1875, to Scotland, where he spent a few months, but came back to Canada, and in 1882 resumed his life upon the home farm.  On January 18th, 1882, Mr. Henderson was married in Dover township, at the home of the bride, to Jane Dunlop, and three children have been born to this union:  Donald J., Alexandra and David, twins.  Mrs. Henderson was born on an adjoining farm, a daughter of John Dunlop.  In politics Mr. Henderson is a Reformer and for two years served most acceptably as township collector.  Mr. and Mrs. Henderson are consistent members of the Presbyterian Church, in which they take an active part, and of which he is a liberal supporter.  After many years of hard labor, Mr. Henderson has come to a point in his life when he can rest to a certain degree, and enjoy the fruits of his efforts, although he looks after his affairs and manages everything of importance.  Among his neighbours and friends, he is deservedly popular, and he and his family are important factors in the social life of the township.


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