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My Great, Great, Grandfather, Daniel Henderson
owner of the farm where Jefferson Davis was captured

Daniel Henderson was the youngest child of Daniel and Sallie McBride Henderson. He was born in 1818, and it is supposed that he was born after his parents came to Georgia, but this can not be verified. He was married to Fereby A. Whiddon in 1841 and had eleven children, eight boys and three girls.

He first settled on the hill just across the first branch south from Gladys, on the road leading from Ocilla to Alapaha, and he lived there until his first son was born. He then sold that house and bought two lots of land four miles west from the present site of the city of Sycamore. This was then a part of Irwin County, later Worth County, and now a part of Turner county. He spent the greater part of his life at that place, but later alternated between there and a home he owned in Isabella, then the county seat of Worth County. Late in life he sold his home and had a new home built near Ocilla, but never lived there. Poor health had him move to the home of his son-in-law, and he died in 1879. He was a Mason, and was buried by them or under their direction at Brushy Creek, where he now rests.

He was in every respect a public spirited man. He was a man of broad vision. He evidently saw a great future for this good land. He was well educated as the advantages of that day and time would admit. He could read and write, which was saying much for a person of his generation. He did all he could to educate is children; but at the time he should have been at this important task, the Civil War came on taking him from his home and loved ones and family duties, and into the service of the Southern Armies. The women and children could barely secure the scant necessities of life, and had no time for school.

He owned a home in Isabella, where he kept his family part of the time, alternating between it and his home near Sycamore, in order that he might be able to send his children to school. After school months were over, he usually moved back to his farm in order that the boys might engage in the work of farming. It might be of interest to say that Isabella was a small country village, located eighteen miles east of Albany, and about four miles northwest of Sylvester. Worth county was created in 1854, and he was one of the leading spirits in creating this new county.

He was a useful man. He represented Worth County in the legislature in the following years: 1859-60. 1861-62, 1863-64, and 1875-76. The first office he held was that of judge of the Inferior Court of Worth County, a court of importance in that day, but which has long since been supplanted by other courts.

In 1862 he joined Company B of the 10th Georgia Battalion, which company he served as captain. His first service was at Macon, Georgia, guarding prisoners. He was later ordered to Virginia, and arrived there at the close of the second battle of Fredericksburg. He served in the army of Virginia from that time until some time in 1863, when he resigned to represent Worth County in the Georgia Legislature for the years 1863-4.

He was a great hunter. He was the owner of a large herd of cattle, and a considerable flock of sheep; however, the sheep were not very profitable on account of dogs and an occasional wolf making serious inroads upon them. He also was engaged in a small way in the mercantile business, but that was done mostly for community service and not for profit..

In personal appearance he was of medium height, probably six feet tall, and weighed approximately 200 pounds, which he carried without effort. The strength of men in that day was tested at the "Log rollings" which institution is now long forgotten. Daniel could lift more at the end of a hand-spike than any man in the county, and was the master of all the Negro slaves of the county in this feat. It is also related that he found no trouble in walking along and turning somersaults, catching on his feet and continuing as if nothing happened.

He was admired by all who knew him on account of his physical perfection, and he was admired and loved by all who knew him on account of his willingly helping all who called on him. He was universally respected in the realm of his acquaintance on account of his mental acquirements under the handicaps that hindered him.