Robert Boyd Henderson Jr.
1900 - 1941

Robert B. Henderson Jr. was the son of Robert B. and Elizabeth E. Castell. He married Anna Mae Snell and had one child, Robert B. Henderson III.

Important Facts
May 9, 1900 Robert Boyd Henderson Jr. was the son of Elizabeth E. Castell and Robert B. Henderson Sr. Robert is listed under births reported in 1900, Borough of Brooklyn. Certificate Number 8516. Source: New York City Births, 1891-1902:, Inc., 2000. Original data: New York Department of Health. Births reported in the city of New York, 1891-1902. New York, NY: Department of Health.

Brooklyn City Map

Robert Henderson - 2 years old
Kopke, 479 Fulton St., Brooklyn
June 5, 1900

The 1900 US Census listed Robert B. Henderson Jr., grandson (1 month) , living with his father Robert B. (20), mother Elizabeth L. (20), living with his wife’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. E. W. Castell on 260 Schermerhorn Street, Brooklyn, New York. Source: 1900 United States Federal Census, Brooklyn Ward 3, Kings, New York; Roll: T623 1043; Page: 5B; Enumeration District: 24.

April 17, 1910

The 1910 US Census for Brooklyn, Kings County, New York lists Robert B. Henderson (31 - Dry Goods), Lillian E. (31), and Robert B. Jr. (9), living with the Castell family at 260 Schermerhorn Street, Brooklyn, NY. Source:1910 United States Federal Census, Brooklyn Ward 3, Kings, New York; Roll: T624_955; Page: 4B; Enumeration District: 28; Image: 859.

R. B. Henderson Jr.
Choir Member
abt. 1911
Robert Henderson Jr. was most likely a choir member in one of the local churches in Brooklyn.
1917-1918 Robert B. Henderson served during World War 1 as a US Navy Seaman for almost two years. His last service was on the USS Alabama. He was discharged on December 12, 1918. Source: New York, Abstracts of World War I Military Service, 1917-1919.
Jan 7, 1919 Robert B. Henderson was listed in an application for Seaman's Certificate of American Citizenship. The certificate served as seamen's passport. They were issued at ocean ports by customs. A typical application contains the seaman's name, the date and place of his birth, his address, signature, thumb print, a photograph, and the name of the vessel on which he served or was expected to join. Robert's home was listed as 260 Schermerhorn Street. His height was listed as 5 feet 4 1/2 inches. Source: U.S., Applications for Seaman's Protection Certificates, 1916-1940

The 1920 US Census for Brooklyn, New York lists Robert B. Henderson (40 - waiter in a restaurant), married to Lilly E. Henderson (40), Robert B. Jr. (19 - single, working in Electric Co.), Jessie L. Castell (48), and Carrie L Johnson (80), living at 260 Schermerhorn Street, Brooklyn, NY. Source: 1920 United States Federal Census Brooklyn Assembly District 10, Kings, New York; Roll: T625_1159; Page: 9B; Enumeration District: 539; Image: 40.


The 1930 US Census for Brooklyn, New York lists Robert B. Henderson (51 - waiter at hotel), his wife Lilly (50), their son Robert Jr., (30 - single), Gertrude Castell (Niece - 17), and Jessie Castell (Cousin - 59), rented a house at 36 Greene Avenue, Brooklyn, NY. Source: 1930 United States Federal Census: Brooklyn, Kings, New York; Roll: 1512; Page: 15A; Enumeration District: 52; Image: 219.0.

Robert B. Henderson Jr.
September 3, 1938
Robert B. Henderson Jr. (38 - Investigator) married Anna Mae Snell (18 - domestic) in Elkton, Maryland. Residence of bride and groom was Brooklyn, NY. Source: Marriage License, Cecil County, Maryland, No. 36811.
1940-41 Robert was an electrical engineer who taught physics at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, a prestigious college for art and architecture. Source: Conversation with Bob and Mel.  
March 11, 1941
Robert B. Henderson Jr. died of Congestion of Viscera (heart attach caused by too much potassium). His father, Robert B. Henderson Sr., signed his son's death certificate. Source: Certificate of Death, Department of Health, Borough of Brooklyn; # 5801; filed March 13, 1941.

Tombstone Cypress Hills Cemetery, Brooklyn
March 15, 1941
Robert B. Henderson Jr. was buried in the Cypress Hills Cemetery, in Brooklyn, New York. Source: Plot No. E 1/2, #215, Section 5.
June 10, 1941
Robert Boyd Henderson was born in Brooklyn, New York. Source: Department of Health, City of New York, Certificate of Birth Registration; Number 19593; Place of birth: Jewish Hospital, Borough of Brooklyn.
June 2011
Robert B. Henderson III purchased this tombstone to record his father (Robert B. Henderson Jr.), paternal grandparents (Lillian and Robert B. Henderson Sr.) and paternal great-grand parents (Rebecca and Edward W. Castell). The tombstone is located in the Cypress Hills Cemetery, Brooklyn, New York. It is in Section 5, Lot E1/2, 215. Source: Letter from Bob Henderson.

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