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Rev. Henderson Hocutt



Born: Abt. 1821, Johnston County, NC
Died: 17 Oct 1880, Johnston County, NC

Henderson Hocutt was born about 1821 to William Brown Hocutt and Lucretia "Creacy" O'Neil, and went by the nickname "Hence", "Hinson", or "Uncle Hint".
William Brown Hocutt's first marriage was to Aley O'Neil on 05 Apr 1795.  She was the daughter of Zachariah O'Neil and Annery Tomlinson.  Their marriage produced at least 7 children.
Children of William Brown Hocutt and Aley O'Neil
Name Birth Death Spouse
Sally Hocutt      
Willie Hocutt      
Elizabeth Hocutt     William O'Neil
Bettia Hocutt      
Mary Millie Hocutt      
Nancy Hocutt 1799   John Johnson
Winnifred Hocutt 1802 1880  
SOURCE: http://familytreemaker.genealogy.com/users/c/o/r/Gary-S-Corbett/GENE8-0005.html#CHILD15
William's second marriage was to Aley O'Neil's sister, Lucretia, on 24 Feb 1806.  Their marriage produced at least 6 children
Children of William Brown Hocutt and Lucretia O'Neil
Name Birth Death Spouse
Zachary Allison Hocutt, Sr. 1814   (1) (Unknown) Ligons
(2) Eliza Kemp
m. 17 Mar 1847
Sally Hocutt      
Willie Hocutt      
Sarah Hocutt      
Lucretia "Crecy" Hocutt     Benjamin Deberry
m. 16 Jan 1834
Henderson Hocutt 1821
Johnston Co, NC
17 Oct 1880
Johnston Co, NC
(1) Rebecca Tisdale
m. 08 Sep 1838
(2) Gillie A. Dodd
m. 21 Jul 1859
SOURCE: http://familytreemaker.genealogy.com/users/c/o/r/Gary-S-Corbett/GENE8-0005.html#CHILD15
After the death of his father, Henderson Hocutt was under the guardianship of Matthew Wilder - along with his brother Willey and sister Lucretia.
Records indicate that he became prominent in Johnston County where he was born and where he made his home.
Henderson Hocutt married Rebecca Tisdale on 03 Sep 1838 in Nash County, NC. Bondsman was John Tisdale.
The 1840 Census shows shows Henderson living near his brother Zachary Allison Hocutt.  Zachary has six children (all girls) under 10 years old.  Zachary's age is listed between 20 to 30 and his wife ("Unknown" Ligons) is listed as an age between 30 to 40.  Their known daughters were Emily, Pinniah Penelope, Cornelia and Elizabeth.
The Census shows that Henderson has one child who was "under 5" years old.  Henderson's age would have been about 20 and Rebecca about 19 years old.

1840 Johnston County, NC, Census

Names of Heads of Families MALES FEMALES
First Last Under
20 to 30 Under
5 to 10 15 to 20 30 to 40
Zachariah Hocut   1 3 3   1
Henderson Hocut 1 1     1  
The 1850 Census shows Henderson and Rebecca Hocutt living in Nash County, NC.  His age was 29 and her age was 25. Children listed on this Census record were: William B. (age 10), Elisha R. (age 8), Stephen H. (age 6), Sallie H. (age 5), Urias (age 4) and Samuel J. (age 2).

1850 Nash County, NC, Census

Name Age Sex Trade Value of
Real Estate
Birth Attended
First Last
Henderson Hocutt 29 M Farmer 500 NC  
Rebecca Hocutt 25 F     "  
William B. Hocutt 10 M     " x
Elisha R. Hocutt 8 M     " x
Stephen H. Hocutt 6 M     " x
Sallie H. Hocutt 5 F     "  
Urias Hocutt 4 M     "  
Saml. J. Hocutt 2 M     "  
Henderson's marriage to Rebecca Tisdale produced at least 9 children.
Children of Henderson Hocutt & Rebecca Tisdale
Name Birth Death Spouse
William Brown Hocutt 1840
Johnston Co, NC
Jun 1864
Petersburg, VA
Civil War
(Never Married)
Elisha Ruffin Hocutt 1842
Johnston Co, NC
19 Apr 1864
Plymouth, NC
Civil War
(Never Married)
Stephen H. Hocutt 1843
Johnston Co, NC
Jun 1864
Petersburg, VA
Civil War
Elizabeth Bailey
m. 11 Jul 1860
Sally Hariett Hocutt 1846
Johnston Co, NC
  J. D. Woody
m. 24 Dec 1859
Zachariah Urias Hocutt May 1847
Johnston Co, NC
15 Aug 1923
Johnston Co, NC
Jane Ellen Hollmon
m. 21 Mar 1869
Rev. Samuel J. Hocutt
*Primitive Baptist Preacher
Johnston Co, NC
21 Dec 1931
Johnston Co, NC
Zett Bailey
Polly Mae Hocutt 1851
Johnston Co, NC
15 Jan 1929
Nash Co, NC
Elisha Holland
m. 24 Aug 1881
Thomas F. Hocutt 1854
Johnston Co, NC
After 1870  
Lou Ella Hocutt 1853/56
Johnston Co, NC
30 Jun 1912
Wake Co, NC
(1) Gilford Hales
(2) Allison High

Source: Order of birth and year born calculate by the 1860 Nash County, NC, Census

Rebecca Tisdale Hocutt died 1856 in Nash County, NC.
Henderson married Sileth A. "Gillie" Dodd on 21 Jul 1859 in Franklin County, NC.  The Bondsman was was James A. Minga, the Witness was N. S. Patterson and the marriage was performed by W. S. Cheves (Justice of the Peace).  Gillie was the daughter of Theophilus Dodd and Rebecca O'Neil.  Gillie was born 11 Mar 1806 in Franklin Co, NC.


Marriage Record for Henderson Hocutt and Gillie Dodd



State of North Carolina
Franklin County              
                                     To  any  ordained  Minister  or  Justice  of  the
peace  of  said  County;  You or any  of you  are  hereby authorized and
licensed  To celebrate  and solemnize  the  rites  of matrimony  between
Henderson  Hocutt  and  Gilly A. Dodd  of  said  County  and  join  them
together as man and wife. Witness Young Patterson Clerk of the County
Court  at  office  this  16th  day  of July  in  the  84th year  of  American
Independence,  A.D.  1859

                                                                   Young Patterson Clerk

Page 22 of the 1860 Nash County, NC, Census shows Henderson and Gillie living in the Sullivants District.  The Census was enumerated on 15 Jun 1860.
The Census shows the difference in Henderson and Gillie's ages (about 15 - 18 years).  His occupation is listed as "Farmer" and he had accumulated a very nice estate.  The value of his Real Estate was $3000 and his Personal Estate (crops, livestock, house, furniture, etc) was valued at $7655.  The Census show Gillie to be only two years older than Henderson's eldest son, Elisha.  The children living on the farm were Elisha (age 18), Stephen (age 17), Sallie (age 14), Zechariah (age 13), Samuel (age 11), Polly (age 9), Thomas (age 6) and Lou Ella (age 4).

1860 Nash County, NC, Census

Name Age Sex Trade Estate Value Birth Attended
First Last Real Estate Personal Estate
Henderson Hocut 40 M Farmer $3000 $7655 NC  
Gilley A. " 22 F       NC  
Elisha R. " 18 M       NC X
Stephen H. " 17 M       NC X
Sally H. " 14 F       NC X
Zechariah " 13 M       NC X
Samuel " 11 M       NC X
Polly M. " 9 F       NC X
Thomas F. " 6 M       NC  
Louella " 4 F       NC  
Gillie was pregnant at the time of the 1860 Census, but her first child with Henderson (John Calvin Breckenrige Hocutt) wasn't born till 25 Jul 1860 - a month an 10 days after the 1860 Census was enumerated.
Henderson and Gillie Hocutt had at least seven children.
Children of Henderson Hocutt & Sileth A. "Gillie" Dodd
Name Birth Death Spouse
John Calvin Breckenridge Hocutt 25 Jul 1860
Nash Co, NC
22 Jun 1935
Johnston Co, NC
Mary Wall
Creacy Jane "Trecy" Hocutt Oct 1862
Nash Co, NC
Aft. 1910 David Bryant Wall
m. 28 May 1880
Rev. Robert E. Lee Hocutt
*Missionary Baptist Preacher
09 Apr 1865
Johnston Co, NC
21 Dec 1931
Wake Co, NC
(1) Elizabeth "Lizzie" Edwards
(2) Nancy Ward
Rebecca "Becca" Hocutt 13 Sep 1867
Johnston Co, NC
07 May 1952
Zebulon, Johnston Co, NC
William O. Griswold
m. 16. Dec 1884
William Henderson Hocutt 18 May 1872
Johnston Co, NC
05 Feb 1930
Johnston Co, NC
Nina Griffin
Nellie Florence Hocutt 30 Mar 1875
Johnston Co, NC
20 May 1965
Johnston Co, NC
Walter O'Neal
Julia Hocutt   1898 Leonidas Corbett
Some major things seem to have happened to Henderson and Gillie between 1860 and 1870.  To begin with, he lost 3 sons in the Civil War.  The family had a Real Estate and Personal Estate value in 1860 of over $10,000 (which was a LOT for that time), but by 1870 it was $2500.

  Elisha Ruffin Hocutt:  On 15 May 1861, at the age of 20, Elisha Ruffin Hocutt enlisted in the Confederate Army in Johnston County, NC.  He enlisted as a Private in Company C, 24th Infantry Regiment North Carolina.  He was killed on 19 Apr 1864 at Plymouth, NC.  
  Stephen H. Hocutt:  On 22 Sep 1862, at the age of 20, Stephen H. Hocutt enlisted in the Confederate Army in Winchester, VA.  He enlisted as a Private in Company C, 24th Infantry Regiment North Carolina.  He was killed Jun 1864 at Petersburg, Dinwiddie, VA.  
  Brown Hocutt:  Very little is known about Brown Hocutt.  In "The Hocutt Family" by Manly Hocutt (from 1959) it states that Brown was also killed in the Civil War.  
  Stephen married Elizabeth Bailey on 11 Jul 1860 two years before enlisting.  


The 1870 Census finds Henderson & Gillie Hocutt and 8 of his children living with his son Zachariah Urias Hocut and his family in the Springfield Township of Nash County, NC.  Zach had married Jane E. Hollimon (transcribes on the Census originally as "James") on 21 Mar 1869 in Johnston County, NC, and the Census shows them with a daughter Sarah E. (age 6 months).
I had seen this Census previously and had decided it wasn't Henderson.  His age is listed incorrectly and someone transcribed the name below his as "Suelly" instead of Gillie.
Henderson and Gillie have 8 of his/their children living with them.  The children listed on p. 45 of the Nash County Census were: [Children by Henderson Hocutt and Rebecca Tisdale] Samuel (age 22), Polly (age 19 - even though on the Census it looks like "40"), Thomas (age 16 - listed on the Census as 18) and Lou Ella (name written as "Louoler" on the Census, age 15).  
[Children by Henderson Hocutt and Gillie Dodd] J. C. R. (actually John Calvin Breckenrige - age 10), Creacy Jane (age 8), Robert E. Lee (age 5) and Rebecca (age 3).
Even though Zach is listed first on the Census, indicating that he is the head of the family, the only Real Estate Value is assigned only to Henderson (although it has been listed beside of Gillie's name).  Henderson and Gillie's Real Estate Value is $1300 and their Personal Estate is valued at $1200.  This is a major difference from their 1860 Estate Value in Nash County, NC, of over $10,000.

1870 Nash County, NC, Census

Name Age Sex Race Trade Estate Value Birth Can't
Last First Real
Hocut Zach 23 M W Farmer   $185 NC X
----- Janie E. 19 F W House
----- Sarah E. 6/12 F W       NC  
----- Henderson 32 M W Farmer     NC  
----- Guilly 34 F W House
$1300 $1200 NC  
----- Samuel 22 M W Miller     NC  
----- Polly 40 F W House
----- Thomas 18 M W At Home     NC  
----- Louoler 15 F W "     NC  
----- J.C.R. 10 M W "     NC  
----- Creacy 8 F W "     NC  
----- Robert L. 5 F W "     NC  
----- Rebecca 3 F W "     NC  
Even though Henderson is listed as a "Farmer" on the 1860 and 1870 Census, he accepted the "call" and eventually became a preacher.  He was the founder of the Antioch Baptist Church near Emit, North Carolina and also organized Cornith Baptist Church (of which he was a pastor).  He was also a member of the White Stone Masonic Lodge No. 155 in 1866 and Chaplain in 1867.
The 1880 Johnston County, NC, Census shows the Henderson family living in O'Neals Township.  Hender's age is listed as 60 and Gillie is 45.  Children still living with the family are Brechenridge, Robert, Rebecca, William and Nellie.  Reecca's age was 12.  The Census shows that all the children attended school (except Nellie) during the year, but for some reason Rebecca couldn't write (even though she could read).  The Census also shows that Henderson suffered from Asthma.

1880 Johnston County, NC, Census

Name Race Sex Age Relation S
Trade Health School Can't
Last First
Hocutt Henderson W M 60   M Farmer Asthma     NC
----- Gilly W F 45 Wife M Keeping
----- Breckenrige W M 19 Son S Works on
  X   NC
----- Robert W M 15 Son S Works on
  X   NC
----- Rebecca W F 12 Daughter S     X X NC
----- William W M 9 Son S     X   NC
----- Nellie W F 7 Daughter S         NC

Gillie Dodd Hocutt

As stated previously, Henderson helped to organize Corinth Baptist Church and he served as pastor of the church for several years immediately following the Civil War.  He preached his last sermon in the Corinth Church and he had to be helped home after this last service. 
Rev. Henderson Hocutt died 17 Oct 1880 in Johnston County, NC, at the age of 59.  Gillie died 1885.

Grave Marker for Henderson, Gillie and Julia Hocutt



Children of Rev. Henderson Hocutt


Wedding Photo of John Calvin Breckenridge Hocutt and Mary Wall


(Front Row) John Calvin Breckenridge Hocutt, Gretchen Hocutt, Mary Wall Hocutt
(Back Row) Paul Hocutt, Aaron Henry Hocutt and Snowie Hocutt Corbett


John Calvin Breckenridge and Mary with daughter Gretchen


Nellie Florence Hocutt and her husband Walter O'Neal


Nellie Hocutt O'Neil with children Clifton, Doris, Ralph and Nova in 1917


Rebecca Hocutt Griswold with her children Carl Albert Griswold and Ethel Griswold


Rebecca Hocutt Griswold and Nellie Florence Hocutt O'Neal


Leonidas Corbett and his wife Julia Hocutt Corbett




Thanks to Gary Stephen Corbett, Mesquite, Texas, for some of the photos of Henderson's children.
You can contact Gary at gsctx63@yahoo.com


If you have additional information about Rev. Henderson Hocutt, please contact me.