William Hendrix 1766-1842 Spartanburg, South Carolina
William HENDRIX born on the 9 September 1766 in Woodruff, Spartanburg, South Carolina, United States, can trace is family back seven generations, through an illustrious dutch line to Elteko ELTEKENS born in abt.1517 at Woldendorp, Delfzijl, Groningen, Netherlands and died in 1580 at Groningen, Netherlands and Miss Hendrik b:1534 in the Nederlands.Through their son Hendrick ELTKENS 1558-1631 and Wipcke TAMMENS both from Midwolda,Groningen, Netherlands
William was the son of William HENDRICKS born 1742 in Granville,North Carolina,and died in Spartanburg, in 1842.
In 1788 William met and married Sarah WOODRUF. Sarah had been born at Woodruff on the 7 June 1767. She was the daughter of Joseph WOODRUFF b:1751 in Augusta, Virginia and died at Woodruff, Spartanburg on the 2 November 1817 and Anne LINDSAY born in 1756 in Augusta, Virginia, and died on the 7 January 1826 at Woodruff, Spartanburg. Joseph and Ann married on the 24 January 1774 at Yadkin Valley, Surrey, North Carolina.
Joseph Woodruff was the son of Nathaniel WOODRUFF who was born on the 14 October 1719 at Cranford, New Jersey and died at Spartanburg, South Carolina in 1805.
Anne LINDSAY was the daughter of- William LINDSAY who had been born on the 15 July 1743 at Mt. Pleasant, Fairfax, Virginia. and died on the 15 September 1792 at Laurel Hill, Culpeper, Virginia and her mother was Ann CALVERT who had been born in 1740 at Laurel Hill and died at Patapsco,Prince William, Virginia.
The children of Joseph Woodruff and Ann Lindsay were:-
Samuel Woodruff 1763 – 1836 Sarah Woodruf 1767 – 1849
Mary Woodruff 1777 – 1841 Thomas Woodruff 1780 – 1868 Elizabeth Woodruff 1796 – 1875
William and Sarah were the founders of the Abner Creek Baptist Church. Services were held in William and Sarah's cabin in Abner Creek about a half mile from where the Baptist church which they built, stands today. On the wall of the Baptist Church is a memorial plaque dedicated to the couple. At the site of where their cabin first stood a large stone marks the spot.
The children of William and Sarah HENDRIX were:-
William W Hendrix 1793 – 1876
Elisha Berry Hendrix 1797 – 1878
Nancy Hendricks Hendrix 1801 –
1880 Richard Ivy Hendrix 1804 –
Sarah Sally Hendrix 1810 – 1860
William died on 22 October 1842 at Spartanburg. His wife Sarah followed on the 7 February 1849.
Surname descendency in this tree Eltekens, Eltekens, Hendricksy, Hendricks, Hendrix
The photograph below is their cabin it is resting on the edge of the Abner Creek Baptist Church cemetery. It was the home of William (1766-1842) and Sarah Hendrix. It was moved to this location because it was in this cabin that the first meetings of the church were held.