Hendersons from Clyde and Cranbourne

Emily Robins daughter of Richard Robins, the first ex-convict in Clyde, married James Henderson in 1872. Who was the witness to the marriage by the name of David M. Henderson?  A brother, cousin or no relation at all?
How many Hendersons can claim to be a descendant of Richard Robins through his daughter?

Several Henderson families in the Cranbourne Shire, all with similar Christian names, muddle up the genealogical story of the area. My neighbour was a Henderson. Was she also a descendant of Richard Robins?
So I began the search to unravel the family strings and this is what I discovered.

Hendersons Related to Richard Robins
James Henderson from Newry, Ireland, 54 (1842-1896)
Came to Clyde married Emily Eliza Rebecca Robins and farmed in Cranbourne.

Hendersons Related to James Hall McKay
David Metcalf Henderson, 65, (1846-1911) who married Christina McKay in 1873 and moved from Clyde to Tooradin.  He was the witness to the Robins-Henderson marriage of 1872. Christina's brother, Donald McKay married (1876) Sarah Beatrice Robins, daughter of Richard Robins. David M. Henderson died as a result of an accident.

Parents of David Metcalf Henderson. 

John and Mary Henderson (nee Douglas) came to Australia from Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, England in 1855 with four children and bought 112 acres in Clyde about 1864.
   Elizabeth Henderson, married Mr James Fry - Cardinia
   Mary Jane Henderson, married Mr Basan of Tooradin
   David Metcalf Henderson, married Christina McKay - and moved to Tooradin
   Ann Howey Henderson, married Mr Ogston - moved to Claremont WA
Two years after the death of his first wife (Mary Douglas) John Henderson married Mary McKay. Could she be the sister of James Hall McKay- the man who gave Clyde its name?
(Her parents were Anne Campbell and Donald McKay and she was born in Sutherlandshire, Scotland)
The Hendersons initially rented then owned block No 67 on corner of Ballarto and Bells Roads. After John's death in 1885 Mary farmed 30 acres of the original block until the clearing sale in 1888.

The famous Henderson detective, Reginald Ernest Henderson (1910-2003) is a grandson to the David Metcalf Henderson mentioned above. Detective Henderson had a photographic memory and arrested criminals as he remembered their faces from photographs. Very interesting reading when you find articles about him in The Argus.

Hendersons in Clyde
Hugh Henderson, 71, (1853-1924) came from County Down, Ireland and first settled in Epping and married (1888 in Fitzroy) to Eliza Smith also from Epping. He later moved to Cranbourne sometime before his first son was born. His two sons were Robert John Henderson (1893-1970) married Miss Stapleton, and William George Henderson, 80, (1891-1971) married a Clyde lass, Hilda Kerslake and owned a dairy farm in Clyde. (Corner of Campbells and Beechers Roads.)

The Hendersons of Mollison Hill
Joseph Henderson, 40, (1831-1871) from Newry, Ireland, the first Henderson mentioned in the Cranbourne Shire Rate books, bought land that was also used by his brothers Andrew and Thomas  Henderson. Joseph, Andrew and Thomas were sons of John Henderson and Sarah McClements. 
They all at one time lived or work on Mollisons Hill, (crown allotment No. 48) located on the south western corner of Pound and Thompsons Roads. 

Andrew Henderson
, 54, (1826-1880) married Catherine Fitzpatrick from Hobart.
Following her husband's death, Catherine Henderson married William Talbot and continued to live on Mollisons Hill. 

Thomas Henderson,
 92, (1839-1929) is mentioned in the Cranbourne Rate books as owning  Lot No 29 (105 acres) and having a house on that land. One of his sons, also a Thomas, married Mary Adeline Kernot of Tooradin.
Hendersons in Cranbourne
James Henderson, 85 (1828-1913) the Carpenter from Antrim in Ireland in 1855 and came to Cranbourne in 1869. Married to Jane Ann Irwin they had 8 children who lived to be adults. One son, Isaac, was Pound Keeper and the hall keeper in Cranbourne and their single daughter, Rachael made her living from being a dressmaker. 

John and Ann Henderson (nee Moss) lived in Cranbourne and had  one daughter  Catherine. 

Mrs Catherine Henderson d 1895 ( perhaps nee Boag) widow of Robert Henderson owned land in Cranbourne. She was buried in family grave in Lang Lang. According to her husband's Will 1890 there were five children
Son: Robert – farm at Lang Lang  214 acres
Daughters: Sarah Ann Stick, Elizabeth Jones, Margaret Henderson, Mary Jane Addeson (Spelling not clear)

Lyndhurst and Berwick Hendersons
William Henderson (1839-1900) of Lyndhurst (1865) came to the district and lived on land owned by a Hugh Henderson. From County Down, Ireland he married Elizabeth Ann Singleton. Subsequently their family had connections with communities in Pearcedale, Frankston, Langwarrin and Mooraduc.

Thomas Henderson, 82,
(1831-1914) from Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, England, lived and worked in Berwick as a builder/carpenter. He owned land in the Cranbourne township and may have had a woodyard there. Look up TROVE for his Obituary giving details of his life and family.

More .......

Richard Robins  James Hall McKay  
Check the Cranbourne Cemetery website for more
Further reading or research: Cranbourne Shire Rate Books, Flinders Electorial Rolls.

Hendersons Family Researchers
The editor has compiled some Henderson family trees to explain the links and differences between the Hendersons of the area. There are six diagrams in the following document.
Hendersons of Clyde and Cranbourne area
Family Researchers are asked to check out this information against documents obtained from the Registry Office, Public Records Office or original documents of death, marriage, and birth.

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