Descendants of William Lee Henderson and Eleanor Ann Selina Shelby
From the unpublished book written by Vivian Anderson Castleberry
Henderson Connections

Henderson Connections: The William Lee Henderson and Eleanor Ann Selina Shelby Family of North Carolina, Alabama, and Texas

by Vivian Anderson Castleberry

Written 1989-1999, additional notes added 2014-2017


UPDATE: The e-book version of this site is now a reality. View or download the PDF here  (my other site). Perfect for printing, looks lovely on mobile, has an index, and is much prettier all around. If you find yourself reading through these pages in sequence, you might like the PDF better!


William Lee Henderson, his wife, Eleanor Ann Selina Shelby Henderson, and their young children left their home in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina in 1851–52 for Perry County, Alabama. Nearly two decades later, in 1879, they headed to land near Lindale, Smith County, Texas, where they established Bethesda Presbyterian Church, now a Texas Historic Landmark.

This is a story about connections—the thousands of individuals and their families whose beginnings can be traced back to the Henderson family.
It is their story—and our story.


Genealogy and family history written and compiled by Vivian Anderson Castleberry, 1989-1999

Researched with Curtis Wales Castleberry

Stories submitted by Henderson family members

Website and additional research by Kerin Tate, 2014-2017


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