Henry Church1

ID#2052, b. about 1834

Father: Henry Church
Mother: Ann "Nancy" Goddard

Birth date: about 1834.1,3 While there is a discrepancy as to his exact year of birth, the gravestone with his wife, Frances Six, confirms that this Henry is the grandson of "Old Hundred" and the son of Henry. Interestingly, the photo of the gravestone shows his name as Henry Church Sr. This same Henry has been identified as Henry Church III by some researchers, perhaps an assumption or simply as a way to help keep the Henrys straight.22
Birth place: Virginia.1,4

Henry married Francis Six in 1852 (based on report of 48 years married on the 1900 U.S. census.)5 The following is a transcription of that news article:

"A Long-Lived Family.
Special Telegram to The Times.
Wheeling, February 21. -- Henry Church, Sr., a famous old citizen of Wetzel county, died Friday, aged 99 years. Within a year his sister, Sarah Sole, died, aged 91. They were the children of that eccentric character "Old Hundred" and "Ninety-and-Nine," his wife, as they were universally known in Wetzel. "Old Hundred" was a native of England and a British soldier during the Revolutionary war. He was not naturalized until he was 100 years of age. He deserted the British army and made his home in the then wilderness along the Ohio, where Henry Church, his son, was born. "Old Hundred" lived to be 112, and "Ninty-and-Nine," his wife, 109. The combined age of the four, father, mother, son and daughter, was 410 years.."

[original spelling and punctuation retained]

Census Records

YearLocationEnumeration info as recorded
1840Tyler County, VirginiaBelieved to be included in the household of Henry Church Jr. (his father) as a male age "age 5 & under 10."
(Official Census Date: 01 June 1840)7
1850Wetzel County, VirginiaHenry, male, age 16, born in Va, a farmer
(Official U.S. Census Date: 01 June 1850)1

Deceased Children of Henry Church and Francis Six:

Family Line(s):
Church Index
Last Edited Date=3 Oct 2016


  1. [S926] Henry Church household, 1850 U.S. Census, Wetzel County, Virginia, District 64, 21, National Archives micropublication M432_981.
  2. [S2305] Henry Church III (Henry Church Sr. on gravestone photo), Find A Grave memorial no. 32832131, created by username "KAL" on 11 January 2009, online http://www.findagrave.com. Photograph by username "KAL", uploaded 11 January 2009.
  3. [S1629] Henry Church household, 1870 U.S. Census, Wetzel County, West Virginia, Church Township (Burton Post Office), page 8, National Archives micropublication M593_1701.
  4. [S2309] Henry Church household, 1860 U.S. Census, Wetzel County, Virginia, Milo and Burton Post Office, page 15, National Archives micropublication M653_1384.
  5. [S2304] Henry Church household, 1900 U.S. Census, Wetzel County, West Virginia, Church District, Enumeration District 94, sheet 13B, National Archives micropublication T623_1775.
  6. [S2307] A Long-Lived Family., The Times (Phildelphia, Pennsylvania), Monday, 22 February 1892, page 4, column 7. Online https://www.newspapers.com/image/52503132/
  7. [S2220] Henry Church Jr. household, 1840 U.S. Census, Tyler County, Virginia, Western District of Virginia, page 31 stamped, National Archives micropublication M704_579.
  8. [S1290] Mahala Church, Wetzel County Indexed Register of Deaths, electronic image by West Virginia Archives & History, online http://www.wvculture.org/vrr/va_dcsearch.aspx, file _00211.jpg.