William Henderson Helsley/Hensley (c1828) and Nancy S. Howell, Elizabeth M. Fox, and Martha J. Broome of Knox Co., TN
The author (Marty Grant) is not related to Henderson Hensley as far as can be determined. He did live in the same county (Knox Co, TN) as my ancestor Samuel Hensley (1801-1852) though several years after Samuel left there.
William Henderson Hensley or Helsley was born ca 1827/28 per his age of 22 on the 1850 census. He was born in Tennessee, county unknown. He lived in Knox County later on, but it is not known if he was born there.
His surname was listed as Hensley on a couple of records, but most show him as Helsley or similar. I can only assume that the Hensley records (1850 and 1860 census) were errors and that his surname is actually Helsley. It is also possible that he used both surnames. I've seen it before, refer to Peter Hensley (c1812-1850) of TN, AL and MO, for example.
I do not know who Henderson's parents were. It is possible that he is a son of Anthony Hensley (c1791) who lived in Knox County, and had an apparent son Henderson's age per the 1830 and 1840 census. However, I have no additional data to connect them to each other. By 1850 there were other Hensleys in Knox County, though mostly about his own age, who could possibly be siblings, though no evidence there either. It is also possible that Henderson moved to Knox County from a neighboring county in Eastern Tennessee. If his surname is Helsley instead, then he probably isn't even related to the Hensley families of Knox County.
Presumably, Henderson would have been home with his parents for the 1830 and 1840 census. Anthony Hensley (c1791) was the only Hensley in Knox County those years, and in both census records, he did have a son the same age group as Henderson. This doesn't prove anything though except that Anthony might be Henderson's father. There were no Helsley or similar in Knox County those years.
For the 1850 census, Henderson Hensly was in Knox County residing with the Andrew Knott (c1807 VA) family. Andrew's wife was Sarah Lones (c1809 TN), married in Knox County in 1830. I don't know if Henderson is related to this family, or was just a hired laborer. They were not listed near any of the other Hensleys in 1850. There were no Helsley (or similar) in Knox in 1850.
1850 KNOX CO, TN Page 133B House/Family # 543/ 551 - 15th Subdivision Twp KNOTT ANDREW 43 M W FARMER 4000 VA 1806/1807 KNOTT SARAH 41 F W TN 1808/1809 KNOTT ELIZABETH 18 F W VA 1831/1832 KNOTT NANCY J 16 F W TN 1833/1834 KNOTT JAMES H 14 M W TN 1835/1836 KNOTT MARGARET 12 F W TN 1837/1838 KNOTT ISABELLA 9 F W TN 1840/1841 KNOTT LATHENY? 7 F W TN 1842/1843 KNOTT BARBARY H 5 F W TN 1844/1845 KNOTT SAMUEL L 1 M W TN 1848/1849 HENSLY HENDERSON 22 M W FARMER TN 1827/1828
There was a marriage record dated 19 Jan 1853 in Knox between Henderson Helsley & Nancy S. Howell. This was 9 months before the marriage to E. M. Fox, so both marriages could be for this same person. I believe they are the same person. Nancy S. Howell must have died before December 1853 when he remarried. I looked for her on the 1850 census but was unable to find her in Knox County. She may have been from a nearby county.
William H. Helsley and E. M. Fox married on 21 Dec 1853 in Knox County. Elizabeth M. Fox was born ca 1837/38 in Knox Co., TN, a daughter of Samuel and Mary (---) Fox.
Henderson and family were listed on the 1860 census in Knox County in District 11. (The Fox family was in District 8 in 1860.) Henderson and family were listed as Hensleys this time.
1860 KNOX CO, TN Page 222 House/Family # 8/ 8 -- DISTRICT 11 Twp HENSLEY HENDERSON 33 M W CARPENTER 2000 465 TN 1826/1827 HENSLEY ELIZABETH M 22 F W TN 1837/1838 HENSLEY MARGARET R 5 F W TN 1854/1855 HENSLEY SAMUEL 3 M W TN 1856/1857 HENSLEY MARY S 1 F W TN 1858/1859 BROWN CANICK 11 M W TN 1848/1849
I did not find Henderson Hensley / Helsley or any of his family members on the 1870 census in Tennessee or elsewhere. Samuel Fox was dead but his widow Mary was still in Knox County in 1870, still in District 8. No sign of any Hensleys or Helsleys in that district. (No Helsleys at all in Knox in 1870.)
There is a Henderson Helsley who served during the Civil War (1861-1865) as a Private in Company D of the 6 Tennessee Infantry (USA). I don't know if it is this same man though. I have not seen the actual service records.
Elizabeth M. Fox Hensley / Helsley must have died prior to 1872 for on 30 May 1872 H. Helsley married Martha J. Broome in Knox County. She was born Feb 1854 in Union Co., NC, daughter of Levi and Arminda (---) Broome. Her family moved to Knox in the 1860's.
I found Henderson Hesley in Knox in 1880 in District 12.
KNOX CO, TN Page 479 House/Family # 8/ 8 -- 12th CIVIL DISTRICT Twp HESLEY HENDERSON W M 55 M FARMER TN PA VA 1824/1825 HESLEY MARTHA W F 25 WF M KEEPING HOUSE NC NC NC 1854/1855 HESLEY JOSEPH W M 13 S S WORKS ON FARM TN TN TN 1866/1867 HESLEY ALBERT W M 7 S S TN TN TN 1872/1873 HESLEY CHARLES W M 5 S S TN TN NC 1874/1875 HESLEY ORA W F 3 D S TN TN TN 1876/1877 HESLEY EMMA W F 2 D S TN TN TN 1877/1878 HESLEY LIZIE W F 0 D S 2/12 TN TN TN 1879/1880
This same Henderson Helsey was still in Knox for the 1900 census.
KNOX CO, TN Pg: 194B Sh: SD: H-F: 187- 189 Twp: 19th DISTRICT HELSEY HENDERSON HD W M MAR 1820 80 M 31 TN TN TN FARMER HELSEY MARTHA J WF W F FEB 1854 46 M 31 12 11 NC NC NC HELSEY NELLIE J D W F MAR 1881 18 S TN TN NC AT SCHOOL HELSEY FRED G S W M APR 1885 15 S TN TN NC FARM LABORER HELSEY SIBBIE G D W F APR 1889 11 S TN TN NC AT SCHOOL HELSEY ABBERTA D W F JUN 1892 7 S TN TN NC AT SCHOOL HELSEY ROSA E D W F AUG 1896 4 S TN TN NC HELSEY CHARLES H S W M DEC 1875 24 S TN TN NC STONE MASON
I couldn't find them in 1910, though sons Charles and Albert were still in Knox Co., TN that year.
Children of Henderson Hensley/Helsley. Henderson and his first wife Nancy S. Howell seem to have no children. He and second wife Elizabeth M. Fox had at least four, and he and third wife Martha Broome had 12 (per 1900 census). As far as I can tell, all the children used the HELSLEY surname and not Hensley.
Persons researching this family (Contact me to add, change or delete your listing here):
1. William Henderson1 Helsley , born 1827/28 in TN; died aft 1900 in Knox Co, TN. He married (1) on 19 Jan 1853 in Knox Co, TN Nancy S Howell , died 1853 in Knox Co, TN; (2) on 21 Dec 1853 in Knox Co, TN Elizabeth M Fox , born 1837/38 in Knox Co, TN; died bef 1872 in Knox Co, TN, daughter of Samuel Fox and Mary (---) ; (3) on 30 May 1872 in Knox Co, TN Martha J Broome , born Feb 1854 in Union Co, NC; died aft 1900 in Knox Co, TN, daughter of Levi Broome and Arminda (---) .
Children of William Henderson Helsley and Elizabeth M Fox were as follows:
2 i Margaret R2 Helsley , born 1854/55 in Knox Co, TN.
3 ii Samuel2 Helsley , born 1856/57 in Knox Co, TN.
+ 4 iii Mary Florence2 Helsley , born 1858/59 in Knox Co, TN; died aft 1880 in Knox Co, TN. She married Harvey Wilson Broome .
5 iv Joseph2 Helsley , born 1867/68 in Knox Co, TN.
Children of William Henderson Helsley and Martha J Broome were as follows:
6 i Albert W2 Helsley , born 1872/73 in Knox Co, TN. He married on 25 Dec 1892 in Knox Co, TN Rosa A Smith .
7 ii Charles H2 Helsley , born Dec 1875 in Knox Co, TN.
8 iii Ora2 Helsley , born 1876/77 in Knox Co, TN. She married on 5 Aug 1900 in Knox Co, TN Howard N Schoefer .
9 iv Emma2 Helsley , born 1877/78 in Knox Co, TN.
10 v Lizzie2 Helsley , born 1880 in Knox Co, TN.
11 vi Nellie J2 Helsley , born Mar 1881 in Knox Co, TN.
12 vii Fred G2 Helsley , born Apr 1885 in Knox Co, TN.
13 viii Sibbie G2 Helsley , born Apr 1889 in Knox Co, TN.
14 ix Alberta2 Helsley , born Jun 1892 in Knox Co, TN.
15 x Rosa E2 Helsley , born Aug 1896 in Knox Co, TN.
4. Mary Florence2 Helsley (William Henderson1), born 1858/59 in Knox Co, TN; died aft 1880 in Knox Co, TN. She married on 25 Feb 1877 in Knox Co, TN Harvey Wilson Broome , born 1850 in Union Co, NC; died aft 1880 in Knox Co, TN, son of Levi Broome and Arminda (---) .
Children of Mary Florence Helsley and Harvey Wilson Broome were as follows:
16 i Katie B3 Broome , born 1877/78 in Knox Co, TN.
17 ii Lizzie A3 Broome , born 1878/79 in Knox Co, TN.
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