Thomas and Ellen Hendrickson were born in Denmark. Before coming to the United States, Thomas was a dancing teacher, and his wife was a seamstress. They came to Minnesota and settled in Kasson, where Chris was born on March 26, 1879. He was one of seven children.
When their son, Chris was a young man, the Hendricksons, their sons, and one daughter, moved to Ypsilanti Township, in Stutsman County, North Dakota, and settled on what was to become the Oliver Graves farm in 1982, when the Ypsilanti Community Centennial Book was published.
One of the Hendrickson's sons, Allen, was dragged to death by a horse in the Seven Mile Coulee, at the age of thirteen. He was buried on the farm, which was the custom at the time.
Another son, Fred, was married, and lived near Ypsilanti on a farm for a time, raising his family near Ypsilanti before moving to Zap, North Dakota, where he ran a grain elevator.
When Thomas and Ellen Hendrickson left the farm, Thomas worked as a carpenter in the Montpelier area for a while. He also worked as a janitor, and taught manual training at the school. His wife, Ellen, was a midwife in the Montpelier community during her younger years. She passed away at the home of her son, Chris, in Ypsilanti Township. Thomas died several years later at the home of their only daughter, Mrs. Alvina Dunckel in Livingston, Montana.