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Huguenot or Brit? That is the question...

We know that Richard Hendee was the first of our "American" ancestors, but his origins are still somewhat of a mystery. A very common thread in Hendee folklore is that Richard was (or was descended from) a French Huguenot who fled to the British Isles (usually to England or Scotland) from France in the 17th Century. In 1834, Abner Hendee, a Judge and Postmaster living in Hebron, Connecticut, wrote to Genl. Caleb Hendee, Jr.:

"Richard Hendee was the first of the name who came to America. He descended from a family of French Protestants, who were expelled from Normandy in France and settled in England many years before on account of their religion. Richard came to Boston in the first settlement of the country, married and settled in that vicinity."

As far as I can determine, this is the first written reference to the ancestry of Richard Hendee. Abner's source for this information is unknown.

In 2012, I had my autosomal DNA tested. The tests indicated that my genetic ethnicity is 95% British Isles with 5% uncertain; a surprising result to be sure. So maybe we didn't have origins in France.

I had my DNA retested in October of 2013 by AncestryDNA. They have greatly expanded the analysis of the tests and mine came out significantly different:

-35% Great Britain (primarily England, Scotland, and Wales and secondarily Ireland, France, Germany, Denmark, Belgium, Netherlands, Switzerland, Austria, and Italy.)

-25% Europe West (primarily Belgium, France, Germany, Netherlands, Switzerland, Luxembourg, and Liechtenstein and secondarily England, Denmark, Italy, Slovenia, and Czech Republic.)

From these latest results, it seems more probable that Richard I was born in England, descended from Huguenots who emigrated to Great Britain from France.

For a better understanding of what this means, you can view my DNA results at http://dna.ancestry.com/public/ethnicity/b12f24f7-0b6a-4bcf-99a1-dc55de9d433a/03fe51a1-0d5a-4a3d-b1f3-8f77aa924547

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Charles Jefferson Hendee's First Wife?

Charles Jefferson Hendee married Adeline Davis in 1836 and they had five children. But in 1833 (before the 1836 marriage?) another son, Samuel Charles Hendee was born. The mother of this child and whether or not she and Charles were married are not known.
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Who Was Hannah Hendee?

Most Hendee researchers know the story of Hannah Hunter Hendee of Royalton VT who, during the American Revolution, confronted the Indians and the Tory commanding officer, thereby rescuing her son Michael and nine other children whom had been kidnapped by them in 1780. Hannah Hunter Hendee's husband is thought to have been named Robert Handy.

So who is Robert Handy; is he one of us?

According to some researchers, Robert Handy's line goes like this:

Robert Handy b. 24 Jan 1743 in Swansea MA, son of
Robert Handy b. 8 Jul 1713 in Sandwich MA, son of
Richard Handy b. 21 May 1672 in Sandwich MA, son of
Richard Handy b. 1645 in Sandwich MA, son of
Robert Handy b. 1620 in Nottingham, England

If this is true, then we are NOT related by marriage to the Revolutionary War heroine Hannah Hunter Hendee as there does not appear to be connection between the Hendees in Royalton VT and our line, including those in Pittsford VT and Randolph VT.


 Mystery Photos

Hendee Reunion - Who are they? Part 1

This photo was taken in the 1920's at one of the Hendee Reunions in Portland, Michigan. Can you identify anyone in the photo? Let us know. (Photo courtesy of David Petrie)

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Identifications to date:
[?] Indicates possible or unsure

#2. [?] Clara Faith Hendee (b. 1887) - Sister of Myrtle Hendee (#64) and sister-in-law of Edwin Kirkner (#28). ID'd by David Petrie
#3. Dr. Robert Lee Hendee (b. 6 Mar 1908). ID'd by David Petrie
#4. [?] William Charles Hendee (b. 20 Mar 1908). ID'd by David Petrie
#5. [?] Ralph Dale Hendee (b. 2 Apr 1909). ID'd by David Petrie
#16. George Edward ("Ned") Hendee Sr. ID'd by David Petrie
#18. Kathrine (Snyder) Hendee (b. 1886)- wife of Lee Wayland Hendee (#19). ID'd by David Petrie
#19. Lee Wayland Hendee (b. 1883) - husband of Katherine (Snyder) Hendee (#18). ID'd by David Petrie
#23. Glen Ernest Hendee (b. 1883) - husband of (1) Maude Cramer (2) Alice May Laurell. ID'd by David Petrie
#28. Edwin Kirkner (b. ?) - husband of Myrtle Hendee & brother-in-law of Clara Faith Hendee (#42.) ID'd by David Petrie
#42. Myrtle Hendee (b. 1881) - wife of Edwin Kirkner (#28) & sister of Clara Faith Hendee (#2). ID'd by David Petrie

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Hendee Reunion - Who are they? Part 2

This photo was taken in the 1920's at one of the Hendee Reunions in Portland, Michigan. Can you identify anyone in the photo? Let us know. (Photo courtesy of David Petrie)

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Identifications to date:
#60. William H. Hendee (b. 1847). ID'd by David Petrie
#65. Calista Marthena Harrington (b. 16 Jul 1846) - wife of Joseph Otto. ID'd by David Petrie

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Hendee Reunion - Who are they? Part 3

This photo was taken in the 1920's at one of the Hendee Reunions in Portland, Michigan. Can you identify anyone in the photo? Let us know. (Photo courtesy of David Petrie)

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Identifications to date:
[?] Indicates possible or unsure

#82. [?] William Washington Hendee (b. 5 Sep 1877) - father of William Charles Hendee (#4). ID'd by David Petrie
#85. [?] Hal Hendee (b. 1894) - husband of Lula (Brooks) Hendee (#86). ID'd by David Petrie
#86. [?] Lula (Brooks) Hendee (b. 1900) - wife of Hal Hendee (#85). ID'd by David Petrie
#92. Gertrude Constance Miller (b. 17 Apr 1884). ID'd by David Petrie

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