HENDERSON, Mel T.: born in Fayette County, West Virginia on June 1, 1861, the son of Thomas and Mary Gilliam Henderson, both of whom were natives of Virginia. They were the parents of seven children: Sydney, Estie and Julia, deceased; Martha E, wife of George Shorter; William, Granville and Mel T. On September 8, 1889 Mel married Miss Anna C. Porter of Houstonia, Missouri. She was the daughter of B. L. and Addie Porter. The children born to B. L. And Addie Porter were: Mrs. Anna C. Henderson; Maggie, wife of W. A. Block; Emma, wife of W. I. Dishman; Lila Beryl, wife of Henry Summers; Bessie and John died in infancy. Mel T. and Anna Henderson were the parents of: Mary, Sydney B., Melville S., deceased; Paul Y. and Robert Q. Anna Henderson died August 9, 1918.

Source: McGruder, Mark A. History of Pettis County, Missouri (Topeka: Historical Publishing Company, 1919)
Submitter: Robin Helman