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Gov. B. K. HENEGAN (1798-1855)

by Victoria Proctor, © 2003

HENEGAN, Barnabas Kelet, M.D.
(June 7, 1798 - January 10, 1855)


Planter and physician, Gov. Henegan was born June 7, 1798, the son of Darby and Drusilla Henegan. Family tradition states that he attended the Parnassus and Brownsville Academies in Marlboro County, and completed his medical training at Heidelburg University in Germany.

Dr. Henagan was President of the Brownsville Minerva Academy in 1826. He was elected State Senator for Marlboro District 1834-1838; served as Lieutenant-Governor of South Carolina (1838-1840) under Governor Patrick Noble; became Governor when Noble died November 7, 1840.

After moving to Marion District, Dr. Henagan was elected as State Senator of Marion District S.C. 1844-1846. Served as Secretary of State for South Carolina 1846-1850.

Gov. Henegan was married twice; first to Mary Savage Gibson, second to Ann Maria Wickham (widow of John C. Ellerbe). Dr. Henegan died January 10, 1855 and is buried in Rogers Cemetery, Marlboro County, South Carolina.

SOURCES:
Bishop Gregg. History of the Old Cheraws
Suzanne C. Linder. Medicine in Marlboro County 1736-1980


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