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   Henry bloodline. Part 1, Roots.

Written by Svetlana Korina     

Marietta, Ohio in 1910

 

Henry's Richmond 8xW

 

Henrietta

 

William T Delihant (March 1, 1862 - February 4, 1929)

 

 

Delihant's Paddy

Frank G Henry, founder of the Henry bloodline, was born in 1872 in Pennsylvania. In 1880's Henry family moved to Marietta, Ohio. In 1889 Frank and his wife Jessie began breeding pit bull terrier dogs. It is very difficult to find pedigrees of their dogs of that time, but I found some. One of oldest Henry dogs, that I found, was Henry's Dolly H. Another one is more famous, Henry's Marietta Queen. Most of these early dogs can be found behind Henry's Madam and Henry's Wild Willy, that were whelped in 1901. Here is their pedigree.

HENRY'S MONARCH TINKER EDGEWOOD HOBBLE DUSTY DIAMOND
OLD ROSE
NEGLECT STREATHAM'S FLYER
FLIRTATION
HENRY'S DOLLY H CHESTER VICTOR BENDIGO
BEAUTY
NEGLECT STREATHAM'S FLYER
FLIRTATION
HENRY'S VANITY SPORT NELSON BYRON
MAG
NELLY BOLTON
TILLY
HENRY'S MARIETTA QUEEN WOODCOTE WONDER DULVERTON
FAN
AMERICAN BELL WENTWORTH'S PRINCE
FERRIS' FLY

Some dogs in this pedigree are just show type bull terriers of those days, such names as Victor Bendigo, Woodcote Wonder. We can see early dogs of Henry breedings in pedigrees of such famous pit dogs as Wills Diamond Dick, Lightner's Crazy Carrie, Lightner's Crazy Peg, Lightner's Pansy through breedings of W. H. Horton and B. C. Penn.

But it is more important to look at another dog of Henry's foundation. This dog made Frank famous all over US, his name is Henry's Richmond. This dog was imported from England. 8 times winner, and as Frank said "the grand old imported white dog, Richmond, who has produced more winners than any living fighting bred dog in the land". Frank bred his Henry's Fighting Mag to Richmond to produce Henry's Rosemond 1xW. He also got Henry's White Thistle from breeding Richmond to Old Peg. White Thistle was pure white 44 pound bitch, on this photo she is in whelp to Red Toddy. She is the dam of such well known dogs as Henry's Black Cap, Yankee Tim, Henry's Shellbark, Gentleman Jack and many other winners. She was bred and owned by Frank Henry.

Henry's Rosemond, brindle & white, weight 46

Henry's White Thistle

Rosemond bitch is known as dam of Henry's Brindle Daisy and Henrietta. Here is what Frank said about Henrietta: "She is rich colored, fine coated mahoghany brindle with white markings, finished and proportioned at every point, with stoutness, gameness and substance that is hard to equal, can win in a [] or in a show ring...weight 55 pounds...Henrietta is out of great brood bitch Rosemond, and in many respects resembles her renowned dam." Here is pedigree of Henrietta.

HENRY'S BLACK CAP HENRY'S RED TODDY 3XW DELIHANT'S MONKEY FEELEY'S JESSE
DELIHANT'S CRAZY KATE
BURRISON'S NIGGER MCGEE'S BLIND FRITZ
SNOWDEN'S FLOSSIE
HENRY'S WHITE THISTLE HENRY'S RICHMOND 8XW BIRMINGHAM JACK
MERRIVILLE MAID
SWINEFORD'S OLD PEG COLBY'S BOB TAIL BOB
COLBY'S PANSY
HENRY'S ROSEMOND HENRY'S RICHMOND 8XW BIRMINGHAM JACK PRISONER
BRINLEY'S JUDE
MERRIVILLE MAID WHITE DEMON
LADY ELLWYN
HENRY'S FIGHTING MAG WHITE'S TEDDY MITCHELL'S PADDY
SULLIVAN'S BECK
OLD THISTLE MCGEE'S BLIND FRITZ
DELIHANT'S PEGGIE

As we can see in this pedigree Delihant bred dogs are very important in Henry Bloodline foundation. Famous Henry's Red Toddy was bred by William T Delihant, and was previously known as Delihant's Red Toddy. Delihant's Paddy, that is very important dog in Swineford's strain of the Henry bloodline, was also bred by William Delihant.

W.T. Delihant bred many highest percentage Ch Lloyd's Pilot dogs. These dogs had many ancestors bred by Harry Jennings too. Delihant crossed them with bloods of Galvin dogs that were based on Jennings dogs as well. So, it was very nicely linebred on such famous one as Jennings Bowler.

William Delihant was well known in coal business, he was president of Standard Washed Coal Co (this concern was organized and incorporated by him), later he became president of Coal Silver Co.

Here is photo of one of the greatest bitches in the breed history, Delihant's Peggie. Most of Henry's pedigrees were linebred on Peggie. But she is also important in Feeley's and Colby's bloods.

Delihant's Peggie

To be continued

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