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Pinhook to Brazil


          Pinhook to Brazil, written by Nelle DECKER HUBBARD, records the HENDRIX family ancestry.  “In the year of 1896, Eli HENDRIX employed William TRAVIS, of Clay City to help arrange all data to get it into print, but death overcame these two old friends and the boxes of documents and the originals were left to the brother, John, Jr., and he laid them all aside with the intention of finishing the work, when he became able, financially.  He soon became disabled and sick, and knowing his days were few, he gave all this to his son, Frank HENDRIX.  Frank being unable financially to complete the work, gave all of the originals, pictures, records, data and letters to his niece, Nelle DECKER HUBBARD, with the promise to complete the work and have the same published in book form, at her expense.”
Nelle published the information in 1936 and named it Pinhook to Brazil due to the fact that the book traces the family from Pinhook, Ohio, to Brazil, Indiana.  The resulting book is an interesting 222- page genealogy with an index.  Below is what William TRAVIS wrote about John HENDRIX, Sr.
“John HENDRIX, Sr., native of North Carolina, born March 4, 1798, the family coming north and settling in southwestern Ohio in his infancy, before the close of the eighteenth century, where they lived until the subject of this sketch was eighteen years of age, when they moved to Wayne County, Indiana.  At the age of twenty-two years, he married Miss Nancy WHITTAKER, of Withamsville, Clermont County, Ohio, on the 4th day of April in 1820. Succeeding his marriage, he settled down in Wayne County, four miles south of Centerville, where he engaged in blacksmithing at a crossroads, and later managed to buy a quarter section of land, which he proceeded to improve and on which he erected one of the first brick dwellings in Wayne County. Having sold this property in 1843, he located on the National Road, three miles west of Centerville, Ohio, at a place then known as “Pinhook,” where he again engaged in blacksmithing, at which he continued something more than two years, when he moved to Clay County, arriving at Brazil on the l0th day of September, 1845, and established the first mechanical industry in the town.” (Pinhook to Brazil is listed on our Publications for Sale page.)

Society Receives Grant from Clay County Community Foundation

On Friday evening, October 24, 2014, President Carolyn Branson and Pat Wilkinson, grant writer, accepted a check for $3,388.00 from the Clay County Community Foundation at the former Lark Theater in Brazil, Indiana.  Each year the Clay County Community Foundation awards grants to non-profit organizations in Clay County.  A small copier, which will be used to provide copies of researched materials for patrons, will be purchased with the larger portion of the grant. The remaining funds will be applied to the renewal of the annual lease for the large copy machine, which costs over $1,100 annually.  The quarterly newsletters, brochures, and materials for sale by the Society are printed with the large copy machine.

This year the Community Foundation awarded grants totaling $25,038 to six organizations from the fifteen that had applied.  These grants were possible due to the unrestricted endowment funds held for the benefit of Clay County by the Community Foundation.

For a limited time Lilly Endowment, Inc. is providing a $1 for $1 match in funds, up to $500,000, for donations to the Clay County Community Foundation for the Clay County Community Grant Fund or another unrestricted endowment fund to benefit Clay County residents.

Every dollar donated to a current unrestricted Clay County endowment or the creation of a new unrestricted Clay County endowment, will be matched by Lilly Endowment regardless of the amount donated until the goal of $500,000 is reached.  For example, a donation of $25.00 would result in Clay County receiving $50.00; a donation of $100.00 would increase to $200.00, etc.   If the Clay County Community Foundation receives $500,000 in donations for unrestricted endowments and Lilly Endowment matches that amount, the Clay County Community Foundation will gain one million dollars from which to earn funds for grant giving to non-profit organizations in Clay County.

If you would like to help provide future grants to non-profit Clay County organizations in perpetuity, please contact the Clay County Community Foundation, an affiliate of the Wabash Valley Community Foundation, at 812-232-2234.