Born: 1802 Kentucky
Died: 1881-12-24 Menard County, Illinois
Flourished: Menard County, Illinois
McHenry was an early settler of Clary's Grove and New Salem, Illinois, coming to the area as early as 1826. He became well acquainted with Abraham Lincoln, and Lincoln represented him in legal cases at least nine times. In 1850, McHenry was farming near Petersburg, Illinois, and owned real estate valued at $1,200. By 1860, McHenry owned and operated a brick hotel on the public square in Petersburg. He owned real estate valued at $5,800 and personal estate of $1,000.
Gravestone, Rose Hill Cemetery, Petersburg, IL; U.S. Census Office, Seventh Census of the United States (1850), Menard County, IL, 267; U.S. Census Office, Eighth Census of the United States (1860), Menard County, IL, 336; The History of Menard and Mason Counties, Illinois (Chicago: O. L. Baskin, 1879), 285;