James Hendershot - Pioneer

By dhowell - Posted on 03 January 2008

James Hendershot, 83 years died February 20, 1895. He was born in Jerseytown, Pennsylvania and grew up in Groveland, New York where he learned the blacksmith's trade. He decided to join the throng of fortune seekers and first stopped at Tecumseh and later decided on Manchester.

There were but few dwellings here at the time, a new mill just built where the Holt mill stands and a couple of stores and a shop or two comprised the settlement.

Farmers were settling in the area and he decided to seek his fortune with the rest. A few years later he was married to Catherine Dudley, whose parents lived on the farm later owned by B. G. English.

He was a hard working man, good citizen and served as one of the trustees of the village in the early days.