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Bruce Henderson is a computer engineer living in Southern California. With the help of his cousins he is researching the history of the Henderson family of southern Caithness. You can contact him at bruce@sigalarm.com

Introducing The Reverend Adam C. Henderson & Family

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Some days when you are researching history, you get lucky. Early in our research efforts it became clear that it was very likely that photos of Reverend Adam had been taken at some point during his life, and that there was a reasonable chance that his family was photographed as well. The question would be – had any survived to the present age.

Then, as luck would have it, a cousin and member of the research team found an old photo, in a place where you would not normally keep a photo, such as at the bottom of a dresser drawer.

There, preseved for us to find more than a century after it was taken, is the photo we all hoped existed. It appears to be Reverend Adam C. Henderson, his wife Jane, and the lady at the far end being named Connie Cunningham – possibly a cousin of Adam, along with their children Hughina, Annie, Jane, Baby Isabella, Mary, Donald and Dora. No hint of where James (my grandfather) is during this shot, though maybe he is behind the camera. We are still trying to figure out where this photo was taken, thought it seems like it could be a church doorway, it does not match the photos we have of the Busby Free Church.

I cannot thank my cousin Sheri enough, this is truly a treasure.

[Update 07 Feb 2010] – A special thanks to Kathryn Campbell for giving us a possible location: The graveyard house at Cathcart cemetery.

2 comments to Introducing The Reverend Adam C. Henderson & Family

  • Dottie Henderson

    Does anyone know what Adam Henderson’s wife’s maiden name was? Looking at the family picture,I thought that perhaps the older woman on the right, Connie Cunningham could be his wife’s mother.

    Dottie Henderson
    Clan Henderson Society

  • Bruce

    Indeed, her name is Jane Robertson Taylor, she was born in Dollar Clackmanan. We think she and Adam may have met while working as missionaries in some of the poorer districts in Glasgow. The Cunningham name is interesting, as Adam’s mother was a Cunningham from Dunbeath Scotland. We are now trying to discover if they were related to his mother Ann, who moved to live with Adam, Jane and the family after Adam’s father Donald died in 1892.

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