George W. Barger Hensley (c1816) and Laura Henson of TN and MO
The author (Marty Grant) is not related to George Hensley as far as can be determined. He did live in the same county (Knox Co, TN) as my ancestor Samuel Hensley (1801-1852).
Thanks to Susan Tate for information shared on this family.
George W. Barger Hensley was born ca 25 May 1817 (per Susan Tate). His ages on the census are contradictory, but relatively close to this birth-date.
He was born in Virginia, county unknown, but I would guess southwestern Virginia somewhere like Washington or Scott County.
I do not know who George's parents are. His 1880 census entry shows both parents born in Virginia so that is a clue.
His marriage record gave his name as "George W. Barger Hensley". There were several "Barger" households nearby in 1850, so this name suggests some sort of relationship to them. It has occurred to me that this "extra" name represents George's parentage. It is possible that he was born out of wedlock between a Barger and a Hensley, thus the use of both names. However, it may be just an extra middle name, as sometimes happened in those days. He is probably related to Anthony Hensley (c1791) who was also in Knox County. There was a William Hensley (c1829 TN) with George in 1850, and it seems reasonable that this was a younger brother, or at least a nephew or cousin. In 1850, George was just a few houses from Mary Hensley (c1798), possible wife of Anthony Hensley suggesting a close relationship. Also nearby was the Nicholas Barger (c1803) family, which included a young John Hensley (c1835) with them, further suggesting some Hensley-Barger relationship.
George was presumably with his parents for the 1820, 1830 and 1840 census, but not knowing who his parents were, I can't confirm this. Anthony Hensley (c1791) was the only Hensley in Knox County in 1830 and 1840, and in both cases he had no apparent son George's age.
At some point prior to 1840, George moved to Knox County, Tennessee. He may have been there since childhood, but that is unknown at this time. However, he was in Knox County by 13 Aug 1840, for on that date he married Laura Matilda Henson (full name given on marriage record.) They were married by A. Looney, JP.
She was born 12 Jan 1814 per Susan Tate. She was born in Tennessee, possibly in Knox County. I don't know who her parents were, but there were many Hensons near the Hensleys later on. Assuming she was in Knox by that time, she may be a child of one of the several Henson families listed there for the 1830 census. That year there were several Hensons there, but only one with an apparent daughter her age, and that was William Henson (1760/70) who had one daughter age 10-14 (born ca 1815/20), and 2 age 15-19 (born ca 1810/14), any of which could be Laura. Even though I have no definite proof, it seems reasonable to me that she was a child of William and Charity (---) Henson, who were just a few houses away from them in 1850. George and Laura named children "William" and "Charity" so that lends credence to my theory that she was a child of William and Charity. Susan Tate believes that Laura was a child of William and Charity.
George and Laura and family were on the 1850 census in Knox County. They were five houses from Mary (---) Hensley, possibly the wife of Anthony Hensley (c1791). As previously mentioned, William Hensley (c1829) was also residing with George. He could be a younger brother.
1850 KNOX CO, TN Page 233B House/Family # 1989/1998 - 15th Subdivision Twp HENSLY GEORGE 34 M W FARMER 700 VA 1815/1816 HENSLY LAURA M 36 F W TN 1813/1814 HENSLY SUSAN E 9 F W TN 1840/1841 HENSLY AUGUSTUS C 7 M W TN 1842/1843 HENSLY CHARITY 6 F W TN 1843/1844 HENSLY BRADFORD D 4 M W TN 1845/1846 HENSLY LUCY A 2 F W TN 1847/1848 HENSLY WILLIAM 21 M W FARMER TN 1828/1829
They moved to Dallas Co., MO in the 1850's (sometime after ca 1855) and were listed there on the 1860 census. Joseph B. Hensley (1810) formerly of Hawkins and Roane Co, TN and Hardin Co., IL also moved there in the 1850's. That might be coincidence, but they could be related. They were not listed near each other in 1860 though.
DALLAS CO, MO Page 181 House/Family # 41/ 41 -- BENTON Twp BUFFALO P.O. HENSLEY GEORGE 41 M W FARMER 2000 500 VA 1818/1819 HENSLEY LAURA E 46 F W HOUSE WORK TN 1813/1814 HENSLEY SUSAN 19 F W HOUSE HAND TN 1840/1841 HENSLEY AUGUSTA 17 M W FARM HAND TN 1842/1843 HENSLEY MARK 12 M W TN 1847/1848 HENSLEY LUCY A 11 F W TN 1848/1849 HENSLEY WILLIAM P 7 M W TN 1852/1853 HENSLEY SARAH M 7 F W TN 1852/1853 HENSLEY MARY C 5 F W TN 1854/1855
By 1870 they had moved south a few counties to Taney County, Missouri and were listed on the census there that year.
TANEY CO, MO Page 331 House/Family # 107/ 107--JASPER Twp FORSYTH P.O. HENSLEE GEORGE G 57 M W FARMER 2300 1050 VA 1812/1813 HENSLEE LAURA M 59 F W KEEPING HOUSE TN 1810/1811 HENSLEE LUCY A 22 F W AT HOME TN 1847/1848 HENSLEE WILLIAM P 19 M W WORKS ON FARM TN 1850/1851 HENSLEE MARY C 15 F W AT HOME TN 1854/1855 HENSLEE MARCUS D 23 M W WORKS ON FARM m Sep TN 1846/1847 HENSLEE MARY F 17 F W m Sep MO 1852/1853
In 1880 George and Laura were listed on the census in Taney County, in Jasper Township.
TANEY CO, MO Page 240 House/Family # 98/ 98 -- JASPER Twp HENSLEY GEORGE W W M 61 M FARMER VA VA VA 1818/1819 HENSLEY LAURA M W F 67 WF M KEEPING HOUSE TN VA VA 1812/1813 HARILL SARAH B W F 20 SE S SERVANT TN TN TN 1859/1860 EVANS M? W M 20 BO WORKS ON FARM MO MO MO 1859/1860
I have no data on them after this.
Persons researching this family (Contact me to add, change or delete your listing here):
1. George W Barger1 Hensley , born 25 May 1817 in VA; died aft 1880 in Taney Co, MO, son of (---) Hensley . He married on 13 Aug 1840 in Knox Co, TN Laura Matilda Henson , born 12 Jan 1814 in TN; died aft 1880 in Taney Co, MO.
Children of George W Barger Hensley and Laura Matilda Henson were as follows:
2 i Susan E2 Hensley , born 1840/41 in Knox Co, TN; died aft 1860 in Dallas Co, MO.
+ 3 ii Augustus C2 Hensley , born 1842/43 in Knox Co, TN; died aft 1880 in Taney Co, MO. He married (1) Missouri J (---) ; (2) Anna (---) .
4 iii Charity2 Hensley , born 1843/44 in Knox Co, TN; died aft 1850 in Knox Co, TN.
+ 5 iv Marcus Bradford D2 Hensley , born 1845/46 in Knox Co, TN; died aft 1880 in Taney Co, MO. He married Mary F (---) .
6 v Lucy A2 Hensley , born 1847/48 in Knox Co, TN; died aft 1870 in Taney Co, MO.
7 vi William P2 Hensley , born 1852/53 in Knox Co, TN; died aft 1890 in Taney Co, MO. He married on 28 Sep 1890 in Taney Co, MO Dora Pumphry .
8 vii Sarah M2 Hensley , born 1852/53 in Knox Co, TN.
9 viii Mary C2 Hensley , born 1854/55 in Knox Co, TN; died aft 1870 in Taney Co, MO.
3. Augustus C2 Hensley (George W Barger1), born 1842/43 in Knox Co, TN; died aft 1880 in Taney Co, MO. He married (1) in 1860/66 in Taney Co, MO Missouri J (---) , born in MO; died 1870/78 in Taney Co, MO; (2) in 1870/78 in Taney Co, MO Anna (---) , born 1846/47 in OH.
Children of Augustus C Hensley and Missouri J (---) were as follows:
10 i Laura E3 Hensley , born 1865/66 in Taney Co, MO.
11 ii Georgia A3 Hensley , born 1866/67 in Taney Co, MO.
12 iii William P3 Hensley , born 1870/71 in Taney Co, MO.
Children of Augustus C Hensley and Anna (---) were as follows:
13 i John B3 Hensley , born 1877/78 in Taney Co, MO.
5. Marcus Bradford D2 Hensley (George W Barger1), born 1845/46 in Knox Co, TN; died aft 1880 in Taney Co, MO. He married in Sep 1869 in Taney Co, MO Mary F (---) , born 1852/53 in MO.
Children of Marcus Bradford D Hensley and Mary F (---) were as follows:
14 i Susan M3 Hensley , born 1870/71 in Taney Co, MO.
15 ii John R3 Hensley , born 1872/73 in Taney Co, MO.
16 iii Mary C3 Hensley , born 1876/77 in Taney Co, MO.
17 iv Sarah L3 Hensley , born 1879 in Taney Co, MO.
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