Alexander County

Biography - George Henricks

GEORGE W. HENRICKS, carpenter and contractor at Cairo, Ill., is a native of Springfield, Ohio, and was born November 1, 1825. His father, William Henricks, was one of the first settlers of Springfield, Ohio, and assisted in its organization. He was born in Kentucky in 1797, and was of German parentage. He went to the Territory of Ohio, and there married to Miss Mary Darnell, also a native of Kentucky, born in 1799, and descends from Irish ancestry on the mother's side. To these parents were born six children, George W. being the fifth of the family; three are now deceased, one living in Missouri, and one in Washington Territory. When G. W. was fourteen years old, the family removed to Illinois and settled in Hancock County (1839), the father having died in 1827 at Natchez, Miss. The mother died in Illinois in 1858. In 1849, George W. crossed the plains to California, where he spent two years in mining. Returned to Warsaw, Hancock Co., Ill., and in 1852, February 15, there married Miss Martha A. Elliott, a native of Pennsylvania. She was born August 10, 1832, and is still living. Soon after marriage, Mr. Henricks removed to Hannibal, Mo.. where they resided until 1860, when they went to Memphis, expecting to make their home South, but owing to the breaking-out of the war. returned North, and in 1862 settled in Cairo, Ill., which has since been his home. He learned the carpenter's trade when a young man, and has spent most of his life in that department of labor. He has had a family often children, four of whom died in infancy, and one died at the age of twelve years. Those living are William and George, both lawyers in Cairo, Laura, Clara E. and Beatrice Henricks William is present City Attorney of Cairo, Ill. Mr. Henricks is a member of the American Legion of Honor. Family residence on Twelfth street.

Extracted 31 Mar 2017 by Norma Hass from 1883 History of Alexander, Union, and Pulaski Counties, Illinois, Part V, pages 20-21.

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