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William E. Henry

Male 1820 -


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  • Name William E. Henry 
    Born 24 November 1820  New Germantown, NJ Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Person ID I002681  Apgar Family | Peter

    Father Joseph Henry,   b. 1797, New Jersey Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother Nancy Apgar,   b. 13 April 1799,   d. 1864 
    Occupation farmed in New Germantown, NJ 
    Family ID F00500  Group Sheet

    Family 1 Elizabeth Stannard,   d. 1854 
    Married 20 January 1845 
    Children 
     1. George W. Henry
     2. Jacob J. Henry
    Family ID F00986  Group Sheet

    Family 2 Susan C. Shurts 
    Married 20 January 1856  Hunterdon County, NJ Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Agency: ceremony performed by Lloyd 
    Children 
     1. Joseph E. Henry
     2. Flora Henry
     3. Lillie Henry
    Family ID F00987  Group Sheet

  • Notes 
    • William left NJ at age 20, and began his career as a railroad man on the Hartford & New Haven Railroad. He worked for 33 yrs laying 2000 miles of track in 17 different states. In 1849, William moved to Wellington, OH until moving back to NJ in 1854, ten years later moving to Joliet, Ill. During the years of 1863, 1864, he had charge of the railroad tracks, bridges, etc. in the army of the Potomac. At the time of the battle of Antietam, MD, he was laying the horse-car road from Pennsylvania Ace to the Post-office and Macy Yard in Washington City as its contractor. He was the contractor for the Chickahoming bridge before the war.

      In 1873, he was elected Mayor of Joliet, IL. He was a life-long Democrat and well-respected man. He retired in 1376 and opened a real-estate office.

      Jacob, like his brother, William, was a railroad contractor. In 1842 he laid his first track on the canal road through New Haven for the Hartford & New Haven Railroad Co. In 1846, he settled in Elyris, OH and took his first contract with the Ohio and Indiana. In 1873, Jacob erected his home in Joliet and made his home. He became the president of the Will County National Bank at Joliet and was a Republican since the organization of that party.


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