Steward Henderson

StewardHendersonSteward Henderson is a historian with the Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park.  He has been in this capacity since May 2007, after spending 2 years as a volunteer.  Steward retired from Sun Trust Bank as a Senior Vice President in the Retail Group of the Greater Washington Region in 2005, after a 35 year career in the financial services field.  He attended Howard University, the Institute of Financial Education, the American Bankers Institute, and the Consumer Bankers Association Graduate School of Retail Bank Management.  He has had a life-long interest in the Civil War and is a co-founder of the 23rd Regiment United States Colored Troops, which is affiliated with the John J. Wright Educational and Cultural Center Museum in Spotsylvania County, Virginia.

8 Responses to Steward Henderson

  1. TOMI RENEAU says:

    “Love Civil War history? Join us on August 3, 2016 at 7 p.m. as National Park Service ranger Steward Henderson explores the roles the church played and the events that shaped the church’s life as “War Comes to the Church.”
    Oh, how I’d love to be able to attend your lecture, but I can’t!! Is there any possible way to view it on my computer?
    Thank you in advance,

    • I am sorry that I did not see this comment until this evening. You may contact St. George’s Episcopal Church to see if they did a recording of the event. You can see my Facebook page for some of the pictures from the event.

  2. Debora says:

    Hi, Mr. Henderson.

    My name is Deborah Porter-Jones and I am a descendant of the Henderson family there in Spotsylvania County. My mother is Lillian Loretta Henderson Porter, her parents were Ruth Taylor Henderson and Roscoe Addison Henderson. I’m in the process of trying to complete our family tree but I’ve gotten as far as my grandfather, Roscoe’s, parents, Addison Henderson and Ellen F. Johnston Henderson. I’d like to know who HIS parents were. I see your name all over the Spotsylvania historical websites so I imagine we’re related in some way. Thought you could help with some of this mystery?

  3. Deb Porter-Jones says:

    Hi, I am a descendant of the Hendersons of Spotsylvania County, Virginia so I imagine we may be related in some way. My mom is Lillian Loretta Henderson Porter, her parents were Ruth Taylor Henderson and Roscoe Addison Henderson. My paternal grandfather’s parents were Addison Henderson and Ellen F. Johnston Henderson. I’ve run into a roadblock though and can’t seem to get any info on my great grandfather Addison’s parentage. Assuming we are related, does any of this info sound familiar, can you help?

  4. Hello Deborah, the fraternal part of my Henderson family is from Greenville, South Carolina and every year the Wilson, Henderson, Whitfield family reunion is in a different part of the country. The family reunion was in Richmond in 1995, I think. The maternal side of my family is from Fredericksburg, Spotsylvania, and Stafford, they are Redmonds, Ennis’, Wheelers, and Lawsons. None of the names that you mention are familiar. I have met two other Hendersons, A Bill Henderson from Port Royal and a Ronald from Fredericksburg. It is possible that we could be related, when I talked with Ronald, who is an amateur genealogist, he said that many of us are related to the Henderson family from the United Kingdom.

  5. Deb Porter-Jones says:

    Good morning, Steward!

    If Ronald Henderson is from Fredericksburg, I’m fairly certain he would know some of my aunts and uncles who still live there, Thomas and Winnie Henderson and their children (my cousins) Lena and Helen Henderson. Or my aunt Naomi Henderson who upon retirement went back to Fredericksburg from the Philadelphia area, where most of us now live.

    Any chance you could put me in touch with Ronald? I think he could help me connect the rest of some of these dots, lol…

    BTW, great historical work you’re doing there. I’ve seen the reenactments and some of the talks you’ve given and articles you’ve written on the history of Spotsylvania County. You should be proud. Even if I’m not sure HOW we’re related, I’m claiming you! LOL🙂

    • Deb Porter-Jones says:

      BTW, I think Ronald Henderson is definitely correct about the origin of the Henderson family. I’ve had my DNA tested and apparently my ancestors originated from a country called Andorra in the UK, located in the eastern Pyrenees mountains and bordered by Spain and France. So I think there’s definitely a connection. Please give Ronald my email address: Thank you!! 🙂

      • I guess we will all find out that all of the Hendersons, black and white, are related in one way or another. My oldest daughter had her DNA tested and she had African and Native American ancestry, as well as 21% European ancestry. I am going to have mine tested, so that she will be able to get a medical history of her DNA. I will give Ronald your email address. Thank you.

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