Marty and Karla Grant
Hensley Genealogy - VA, NC, TN and more
Hensley, Hensly and Henslee are the most common spellings of this surname, though “Hensly” is no longer as prevalent as it once was. Other variations include Hensleigh, Hensely, Hinsley, etc.
Hansley and Hinesley might be connected as well, or perhaps those are distinctive surnames.
As of the 2000 census, Hensley was 618th most popular surname in the United States. Henslee was 14,503rd most popular, while Hensly barely registered at 127,186th most popular. Reference: Howmanyofme.com
My most recent Hensley ancestor is my 3rd Great grandmother Rachel Burnette Hensley (1829-1909) who married 1st to Lafayette George (1830-1864), 2nd to James C. Cooper (1814-1904). Rachel was born in Monroe Co., TN to:
Samuel Hensley (1801-1852) and Nancy Johnson (1804-1852). Samuel was born in what is now Scott Co., VA, but was part of Washington Co., VA at the time of his birth. He spent some of his youth in Knox Co., TN before moving to Monroe Co., TN in the 1820's. His parents are:
Larkin Hensley (c1765-c1806) and Sarah Childress (c1767-aft 1819). Larkin was born in Buckingham Co., VA, or at least he lived there a number of years. It’s quite possible he was born somewhere else. He left Buckingham for Washington Co., VA in the 1780's and remained there until his death. His widow, Sarah, soon moved over into Sullivan Co., TN and perhaps later to Knox Co., TN. Larkin’s father is:
William Hensley (c1740s-c1807). Larkin’s mother, William’s wife, is unknown. William was born somewhere in Virginia, exact county unknown. His parents aren’t known either. He and a Zachariah Hensley were in Buckingham Co., VA by the early 1770's. Zachariah could be a brother or an older son. William remains there until the late 1790's when he joined his children in Washington Co., VA. He remained there until ca 1807 when he seems to have moved to Knox Co., TN where he seems to have died soon after.
We don’t know how William Hensley (c1740s) ties in with the rest of the Virginia Hensleys, but it’s clear from DNA and other evidence that they are all related, thus the need to continue to research this surprisingly large family.
Although I don’t know how my line of Hensleys relates to other Hensleys, I am very interested in all Hensley families in America from the 1600's through mid 1800's.
Revised: August 14, 2021