JEROME B. HENDERSON, a minister of the Baptist Church in Arrowsmith Township, but who lives in Cheney's Grove Township, where he also owns and cultivates a valuable farm, is a native of Lewis County, Ky., and was born Oct. 30, 1821. He is the son of William P. and Elizabeth (Hendrickson) Henderson, the former a native of Washington County, Pa., and the latter of New Jersey. William P. Henderson was born Jan. 1, 1792, and in early life removed from his native State to Kentucky, where he followed the trade of gunsmith, and died Sept. 15, 1841. His wife, Elizabeth, was born Aug. 5, 1784, and died in this State Oct. 11, 1858. Both parents were members of the Baptist Church. The little household included five children Thomas O. (now deceased), Richard S., Eveline B., Rebecca J. and Jerome B.
Mr. Henderson of our sketch came to this county in November, 1852, and located on a quarter section of land which he now occupies. Ten years later he commenced his ministerial labors, having received a good education in the common schools and academies of Kentucky. He was also ordained in the year last named, and has occupied the pulpit since that time, giving his leisure hours to the occupation of farming, of which he has always been very fond. For his Christian labors he has never accepted any salary, and has probably officiated at more funerals and marriages than any other minister in McLean County. He was the first Supervisor of Cheney's Grove Township, and served in this capacity for a number of years, with credit to himself and satisfaction to all concerned. He has also been Justice of the Peace for a number of years. He has organized several church societies, and been the means of great encouragement to the support of the Gospel in this locality. He is Republican in politics, and a valued citizen, whose influence has always been cast on the side of truth and justice.
The marriage of Jerome B. Henderson and Miss Mary Means was celebrated in Lewis County, Ky., on the 24th of July, 1845. This lady was a native of Kentucky, born Feb. 6, 1824, and died at the home of her husband April 27, 1881. She was prominently connected with the Baptist Church, a lady greatly respected for her noble qualities of character, and became the mother of seven children, as follows: Mary J., born May 2, 1846, became the wife of I. T. Miller; William E., also a minister, was Chaplain of the 94th Illinois Infantry during the late war; Katie O., born Dec. 11, 1847, married J. L. Arbogast; Cora B., born June 17, 1849, became the wife of William H. Harris, also a minister; Willie M., born April 3, 1851, married Miss Sarah Hall; Emma T., born Nov. 29, 1853, married Stephen C. Murphy; Sarah M., born Nov. 11, 1855, died when seven years of age; Richard P., born Aug. 9, 1861, married Miss Jennie Gillis. The second wife of our subject, to whom he was married Nov. 29, 1883, was Miss Alice M. Murphy, who was born June 11, 1852, and is the daughter of Joseph and Annie (Smith) Murphy, natives respectively of Pennsylvania and Maryland. Of this latter union there have been born two children Thomas O., Nov. 4, 1884, and Blanche O., June 16, 1886.
Portrait and biographical album of McLean County, Ill. : containing full page portraits and biographical sketches of prominent and representative citizens of the county, together with portraits and biographies of all the governors of Illinois, and of the presidents of the United States. (Chicago: Chapman Brothers, 1887), 500. Transcribed and annotated by Judy Rosella Edwards.