Charles H., son of Welcome Wilkinson Herendeen, was born on the farm which he now (1910) owns and on which he resides, June 13, 1840. He received his education in the public schools of his native town and at Macedon Academy. During his youth he assisted his father on the homestead, and afterward his father gave him one hundred and thirty acres of land. Subsequently he succeeded to the remainder of his father’s farm, the old homestead. For four years he also represented the Walter A. Wood Company as selling agent for farming machinery. In politics he is a Democrat and for seven years represented the town of Farmington in the board of supervisors of the county. When first elected in 1892, he was the first supervisor of his political party, elected for thirteen years in the town. At the end of his last term he declined re-election. In religion he is a Presbyterian. Mr. Herendeen is a member of Canandaigua Lodge, No. 294, Free and Accepted Masons; Excelsior Chapter, No. 64, Royal Arch Masons; Palmyra Council, No. 26. Royal and Select Masters; Zebia Commandery, No. 41, Knights Templar; Damascus Temple, Ancient Arabic Order of the Nobles of the Mystic Shrine; and was master of the Canandaigua Lodge for two years. He is a member of Manchester Grange, Patrons of Husbandry.
Mr. Herendeen married (first) December 18, 1862, Julia M., daughter of Proctor and Mary L. Newton, of the town of Manchester. Her father was born in Suffield, Connecticut, June 16, 1799, married, May 4, 1823, Mary Larned, who was born March 16, 1801; they came to the town of Hopewell in 1830 and had seven children. Mr. Herendeen married (second) June 10, 1903, Caroline M. Mersereau, who was born in Flint, Michigan, July 20, 1871, daughter of George D. Mersereau, of Farmington. Children of second wife: Donald A., born Julie 10, 1904; Doris M., January 15, 1906.