HENDREN (VETERAN CSA), WILLIAM HICKS - Benton County, Arkansas | WILLIAM HICKS HENDREN (VETERAN CSA) - Arkansas Gravestone Photos

William Hicks HENDREN (VETERAN CSA)

Hillcrest (formerly I. O. O. F. (Gravette) Cemetery
Benton County,
Arkansas

CAPTAIN
Company D 2nd Cherokee Regiment
Civil War Confederate
June 14, 1832 - May 3, 1920

*Obituary
Gravette News-Herald
Friday, May 7, 1920

HENDREN, William Hicks - Capt. W.H. Hendren, one of the oldest settlers of this community, died Monday morning, May 3, 1920 at the home of his son, N.B. Hendren, near town, aged 89. Mr. Hendren was father of a large family of children, Mrs. W.H. Austin and N.B. and E.L. Hendren of this vicinity being among the number. He was a fine type of the old southern citizen and served as a captain in the Confederate army. The funeral services were conducted Tuesday, 10 a.m. in charge of the Masonic order of which he was a member, assisted by Rev. J.A. Fair of Centerton. Burial was at the I.O.O.F. cemetery. Obituary later.

*Obituary
Gravette News-Herald
Friday, May 21, 1920

William Hicks Hendren was born in Rush County, Indiana June 14, 1832 and died near Gravette, Arkansas May 3, 1920, being 87 years, 10 months and 19 days old. He was married to Louisa Bates Dec. 7, 1853. To this union 13 children were born; 10 of whom survive, viz: E.L. and N.B. Hendren and Mrs. W.H. Austin of Gravette, Ark.; Albert and W.I. Hendren of Row, Okla.; Mrs. J.B. Van Deventer of Joplin, Mo.; Mrs. W.R. Graham of Monmouth, Ore.; R.L. and J.B. Hendren of Idaho and Mrs. Julia Bates of Afton, Okla. There are also 70 grandchildren and great-grandchildren. They came to Benton county in 1856 and located one mile south of Gravette where, with the exception of a few years in Oklahoma, they lived until death. In his younger life he was a teacher by profession; and before the Civil War taught at old Bethel church, one of the first built in this county. When the war came, though born in the north, he espoused the cause of the section in which he lived and enlisted in the Confederate army and served as Captain of Co. D, 2nd Cherokee Regiment {W.P. Adair, Colonel}, 1st Indian Brigade {Stand Watie, General}. As a soldier he was true, staying with the Colors to the end, until the flag under which he fought was forever furled and gone down in defeat. He and his company were among the very last of the Confederate forces to surrender. And, so far as the writer knows, he was the last Captain of our Brigade to meet "the last enemy." At the close of the war he returned to his home and labored to repair his broken fortune, living in peace and quietness and the respect of his neighbors. As a Mason, which he had been since 1892, he lived up to and practiced the tenets of the order and was loved by the brethren, many of whom attended the funeral and buried him with Masonic honors. Though not a member of a church, he believed the doctrine of Christianity and practiced many of its precepts. Funeral services were held by the writer and interment made in I.O.O.F. cemetery. J.A. Fair.

Contributed on 8/4/08 by wfields55
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Submitted: 8/4/08 • Approved: 7/9/12 • Last Updated: 7/29/12 • R39996-G0-S3

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