Researcher, Historian, Friend
One of Frank Hendershot’s passions was
Hendershot Family history. He scoured the
New Jersey libraries, courthouses, cemeteries
and Historical Societies for many years collecting
Hendershot Family information. Recently
he wrote to a researcher, “I have extracted
just about all the [Hendershot] vital
statistics recorded in the public records of
New Jersey. A few may have escaped me, but
not more than a few.” Frank followed the
trails of Hendershots into other states such as
Pennsylvania, New York, and Ohio. He also
followed those who went to Canada.
Besides a researcher, Frank was teacher and
encourager to other researchers. He was generous
with what he had learned and helped
many others with their research. He answered
letters and e-mail, sharing his insights and
copies of information and documents.
He was a tour guide whenever he had the opportunity...
how he loved showing people the
Hendershot home places of New Jersey!
Frank was a friend. His smile was contagious.
I imagine all you who knew him would
agree...to know Frank was to love him.
We will miss him and think of him often as we
forge ahead with our research. I can imagine
him smiling with us when we discover a new
fact about the Hendershots or put together a
new link in our families.
Frank was born 17 December 1922, in
Bayonne, New Jersey. He died on the 14th of
September 2002 in Toms River, New Jersey at
age 79.and is buried at Christ Church Cemetery
near Sayreville, New Jersey. Frank served in
World War II and in the Korean War, attaining
the rank of Major. Before retiring, he was a
salesman at Sears and Roebuck Company in
New Brunswick, New Jersey.
His wife preceded him in death, but he is survived
by two daughters, Eileen Hoernlein and
Grace O’Keefe, four grandchildren and his
companion, Betty Paton.
Frank loved history and genealogy. He was a
member of the Friends of Monmouth Battlefield
and of course the Hendershot Researchers.
Annette Ely Schaumann