John Henricks, farmer, residing on section 3, Monroe Township, is a native of Ohio, born in Tuscarawas County, June 24, 1839, a son of Thomas Hendricks. When he was nine years old, in the fall of 1848, his parents removed with their family to Van Buren County, Iowa, remaining there almost five years. In the spring of 1853 they returned to Ohio, locating in Henry County, but not liking the country they left there six weeks later for Adams County, Indiana, where they arrived in June of the same year. Here the father made his home for a period of almost thirty-four years, remaining in Adams County until his death. John Hendricks, our subject, was fourteen years old when he came with his parents to Adams County. He remained at home until twenty-one years of age, and in the fall of 1860 went to Ottawa County, Ohio, where he worked in a saw-mill until the fall of 1861. Returning to his home in Adams County, he worked on a farm during the summer, and in the fall went on a visit to Harrison County, Ohio. In the spring of 1862 he commenced working at the carpenter's trade, which he followed until harvest time. August 9, 1862, he enlisted as a soldier in the war of the Rebellion, and was assigned to Company H, Eighty-ninth Indiana Infantry. He was in all the skirmishes in which his regiment participated; among which may be mentioned battle of Munfordville, Kentucky, September 14-15, 1862; on the march to the sea, under General Sherman, from Febraury 2 until March 4, 1864; Pleasant Hill, April 9, 1864; Bayou Lamore, May 7, 1864; Yellow Rayon, Louisiana, May 18, 1864; Tupelo, Mississippi, July 14, 1864; Nashville, Tennessee, December 15-16, 1864, and siege of Mobile, Alabama, April 9, 1864. In October and November, 1864, he traveled about 700 miles through Missouri. During his term of service he traveled in Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippi, Louisiana, Alabama, Missouri and Arkansas. He traveled on foot with his regiment 2,363 miles; by steamer, 7,132, and by rail, 1,212 miles. He was with General Banks on his Red River expedition. He served his country until August 9, 1865, when he received an honorable discharge, returning to his farm in Adams County. The same fall he went on a visit to Harrison County, Ohio, remaining there until February, 1866. August 19, 1866, he was married to Miss Margaret E. Ray, who was born in Harrison County, Ohio, July 7, 1845, a daughter of George W. and Eleanor Ray. Her parents came to Adams County, Indiana, in 1848, and have since made their home here with the exception of three years spent in Ottawa county, Ohio. Mr. and Mrs. Hendricks are the parents of four children -Levi N., James V., George A. and William A. Mr. Hendricks is still engaged in farming, and is the owner of eighty acres of choice land located on sections 3 and 10 of Monroe Township. He is a comrade of Sam Henry Post, No. 63, G.A.R., at Decatur. Both he and his wife are members of the Methodist Episcopal church, and respected citizens of Monroe Township.

 

 

Biographical and Historical Record of Adams County, Indiana; The Lewis Publishing Company, 1887