James M. Hensley (c1821) and Sarah Davis and Ellen --- of Hawkins and Knox Co., TN and Scott Co., VA

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The author (Marty Grant) is not related to James M. Hensley as far as can be determined. He did live in the same county (Scott Co, VA) as my ancestor Larkin Hensley (c1761-1805), though many years later. He also lived in Knox Co., TN where Larkin's widow and children lived, though once again, many years later.

James M. Hensley was born ca 1820/21 per his age of 29 on the 1850 census. Census records also show that he was born in Tennessee. I would assume Hawkins County, if his parents are who I think they are.

I don't know what his "M" initial stands for, perhaps "McDavid" after his (suspected) mother's family.

He is probably a son of Isom Hensley (c1798) and Jane McDavid though I have no direct proof of that connection, but it seems likely. He was a neighbor for the 1850 census, and Isom did have an otherwise unidentified son born ca 1820-25, who according to tax records, turned 16 ca 1837, so that fits perfectly with James. This isn't conclusive proof of parentage, but it seems accurate to me.

James would have been about 9 years old by the time of the 1830 census, so he should be enumerated in the 5-9 age group (born ca 1810/25). His Hensley peers were found in both Hawkins Co., TN and neighboring Scott Co., VA for that census. Betsy Hensley in Hawkins had one boy that age. Isom Hensley (c1798) had two boys that age.  Over in Scott County, Jesse Hensley (1786) had one boy that age, but he is identified; and Zachariah Hensley (1794) had two boys that age, but they are also identified. Based only on census analysis, Isom and Betsy seem the only candidates. I've already stated that I believe Isom is his father.

During this period Isom Hensley was going back and forth between Hawkins Co., TN and Scott Co., VA (or they lived so close to the border they didn't know which side they were on!) On the 1836 tax list (Scott) Isom Hensley had just one male over 16 in his household (himself, presumably). But in 1837 he had 2 white males over 16. This probably means one of his sons had just turned 16. That fits perfectly with James born ca 1821. I can't prove this is James, but it seems likely. Isom still had two males over 16 in 1838.

James Hensley was listed on the 1839 tax list in Scott Co., VA with one white male over 16 and no horses. Another James Hensley was listed there as well that year, but he was much older. Isom Hensley still had two white males over 16 in his household in 1839, but his son Michael had just turned 16 around this time, so that works out.

James M. Hensley would have been about 19 or 20 for the 1840 census. He does not appear to be home with Isom Hensley that year, nor listed on his own as far as I could find. He was probably in another household as a laborer, or a student perhaps.

On 4 Mar 1845 James M. Hensley married Sally Davis in Hawkins Co., TN. Sarah "Sally" Davis was born ca 1822/23 per her age of 27 on the 1850 census. She was born in Tennessee, presumably Hawkins County. I don't know who her parents were.

James and family were listed on the 1850 census in Scott Co., VA three houses from his suspected parents.

1850 census abstract: (Explanation of this census)
Scott Co., VA
PHF 358-112-112
Western District
           

James Hensley

29

M

 

Farmer

 

Ten

Sally

23

F

     

Ten

Stephen A.

3

M

     

Ten

Griffith H.

2

M

     

Va

They were still in Scott County for the 1860 census. They were about six houses from James' brother Samuel Hensley.

1860 census abstract: (Explanation of this census)
Scott Co., VA
PHF 276-298-298
Estillville PO
             

James Hensley

38

M

 

Farmer

 

26

Tennessee

Sarah

27

F

 

House Wife

   

"

Stephen A.

13

M

       

"

Griffy H.

11

M

       

Va

Emanuel

8

M

       

"

David J.

1

M

       

"

I was unable to locate James on the 1870 census. Son Stephen was still in Scott Co., VA, while Griffith and Emanuel were in Hawkins Co., TN that year.

I don't know when Sarah Davis Hensley died, but it was sometime before 1880 for on that census James has a new wife, Ellen ---, born ca 1838 in Tennessee. I don't know her maiden name, nor when or where they married, though obviously between 1860 and 1880.

They were listed on the 1880 census in Knox Co., TN. I wasn't certain this was the same James until I found his son Griffith listed in the same district. There is still room for doubt though. This could be some other James.

1880 census abstract: (Explanation of this census)
(Note: The dates at the end of each line are not part of the original census, but are approximate birth years based on age)
KNOX CO., TN Page 397B  House/Family #    51/  53 -- 9th CIVIL DISTRICT Twp

HENSLEY JAMES                  W M  60      FARM LABORER         TN  VA  SC  1819/1820
HENSLEY ELLEN                  W F  42 WF   KEEPING HOUSE        TN  TN  TN  1837/1838
HENSLEY ADALINE                W F  12 D    AT HOME              TN  TN  TN  1867/1868
HENSLEY KIMBRO                 W M  10 S    FARM LABORER         TN  TN  TN  1869/1870
HENSLEY TINY B                 W F   7 D                         TN  TN  TN  1872/1873

I was unable to find James and family on the 1900 census.

Children of James M. Hensley. James M. Hensley and his wife Sarah Davis had four known children per the 1850 and 1860 census. He and his second wife Ellen seem to have three. See the register report for details.

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Register Report

First Generation

1. James M Hensley was born in 1820/1821 in Hawkins Co, TN. He died after 1880 in Knox Co, TN.

James married Sarah "Sally" Davis on 5 Mar 1845 in Hawkins Co, TN. Sarah was born in 1822/1823 in Hawkins Co, TN. She died after 1860 in Scott Co, VA.

They had the following children.

+ 2 M i. Rev Stephen A Hensley was born in Aug 1846. He died after 1900.

+ 3 M ii. Griffith H Hensley was born in Jun 1848. He died after 1900.

+ 4 M iii. Emanuel Hensley was born in Oct 1850. He died after 1900.

5 M iv. David J Hensley was born in 1858/1859 in Scott Co, VA. He died after 1860 in Scott Co, VA.

James also married Ellen before 1880 in Knox Co, TN. Ellen was born in 1837/1838 in TN. She died after 1880 in Knox Co, TN.

They had the following children.

6 F v. Adaline Hensley was born in 1867/1868 in Hawkins Co, TN. She died after 1880 in Knox Co, TN.

7 M vi. Kimbro Hensley was born in 1869/1870 in Hawkins Co, TN. He died after 1880 in Knox Co, TN.

8 F vii. Tiny B Hensley was born in 1872/1873 in Hawkins Co, TN. She died after 1880 in Knox Co, TN.

Second Generation

2. Rev Stephen A Hensley (James M) was born in Aug 1846 in Hawkins Co, TN. He died after 1900 in Scott Co, VA.

Stephen married Elizabeth F Jones on 19 Dec 1865 in Hawkins Co, TN. Elizabeth was born in Dec 1846 in VA. She died after 1900 in Scott Co, VA.

They had the following children.

9 M i. Jacob J Hensley was born in Dec 1867 in Scott Co, VA. He died after 1900 in Scott Co, VA.

Jacob married A L V Gilliam, daughter of William Gilliam and E, on 31 Jan 1897 in Scott Co, VA. A L V Gilliam was born in Apr 1879 in Scott Co, VA. She died after 1897 in Scott Co, VA.

10 F ii. Amy R Hensley was born in Mar 1870 in Scott Co, VA. She died after 1891 in Scott Co, VA.

Amy married J W Fields on 16 Jun 1891 in Scott Co, VA. J W Fields was born in 1867/1868 in Scott Co, VA. He died after 1891 in Scott Co, VA.

11 M iii. James O Hensley was born in 1871/1872 in Scott Co, VA. He died after 1880 in Scott Co, VA.

12 M iv. William T Hensley was born in 1873/1874 in Scott Co, VA. He died after 1892 in Scott Co, VA.

William married Mary J Fields, daughter of John T Fields, on 23 Apr 1892 in Scott Co, VA. Mary was born in 1876/1877 in Scott Co, VA. She died after 1892 in Scott Co, VA.

13 F v. Nancy P Hensley was born in 1874/1875 in Scott Co, VA. She died after 1893 in Scott Co, VA.

Nancy married George W Buchanan, son of J W Buchanan and S J, on 21 Nov 1893 in Scott Co, VA. George was born in 1869/1870 in Russell Co, VA. He died after 1893 in Scott Co, VA.

14 M vi. Edwin C Hensley was born in 1876/1877 in Scott Co, VA. He died after 1880 in Scott Co, VA.

15 F vii. Mary T A Hensley was born in Feb 1880 in Scott Co, VA. She died after 1896 in Scott Co, VA.

Mary married A J Slouter, son of Jacob Slouter and Margaret, on 19 Jan 1896 in Scott Co, VA. A J Slouter was born in 1861/1862 in TN. He died after 1896 in Scott Co, VA.

16 M viii. G C Hensley was born in Apr 1882 in Scott Co, VA. He died after 1905 in Scott Co, VA.

G C Hensley married Eliza Lynch, daughter of T J Lynch and Nancy, on 3 Dec 1905 in Scott Co, VA. Eliza was born in 1895/1896 in Scott Co, VA. She died after 1905 in Scott Co, VA.

17 F ix. M V Hensley was born in Sep 1885 in Scott Co, VA. She died after 1904 in Scott Co, VA.

M V Hensley married Charley Hensley on 24 Sep 1904 in Scott Co, VA. Charley was born in 1887/1888 in Scott Co, VA. He died after 1904 in Scott Co, VA.

18 M x. J F Hensley was born in Jun 1888 in Scott Co, VA. He died after 1900 in Scott Co, VA.

3. Griffith H Hensley (James M) was born in Jun 1848 in Hawkins Co, TN. He died after 1900 in Loudon Co, TN.

Griffith married Sidney C Bradshaw, daughter of Hopson Bradshaw and Malinda, on 9 Feb 1865 in Hawkins Co, TN. Sidney was born in 1847/1848 in Hawkins Co, TN. She died after 1880 in Knox Co, TN.

They had the following children.

19 F i. Sarah E Hensley was born in 1865/1866 in Hawkins Co, TN. She died after 1880 in Knox Co, TN.

20 M ii. William J Hensley was born in 1866/1867 in Hawkins Co, TN. He died after 1880 in Knox Co, TN.

+ 21 M iii. George Clinton Hensley was born on 10 Nov 1869. He died on 22 Nov 1949.

22 F iv. Lydia Hensley was born in 1871/1872 in Hawkins Co, TN. She died after 1880 in Knox Co, TN.

23 F v. Mary Hensley was born in 1873/1874 in Hawkins Co, TN. She died after 1880 in Knox Co, TN.

24 F vi. Eliza Hensley was born in 1876/1877 in Knox Co, TN. She died after 1880 in Knox Co, TN.

25 F vii. Roxie Hensley was born in 1878/1879 in Knox Co, TN. She died after 1880 in Knox Co, TN.

Griffith also married Polly A in 1891/1892 in Loudon Co, TN. Polly was born in Jan 1852 in TN. She died after 1900 in Loudon Co, TN.

They had the following children.

26 F viii. Lavina Hensley was born in Oct 1896 in Loudon Co, TN. She died after 1900 in Loudon Co, TN.

4. Emanuel Hensley (James M) was born in Oct 1850 in Scott Co, VA. He died after 1900 in Rhea Co, TN.

Emanuel married Susan Jane Bradshaw, daughter of Hopson Bradshaw and Malinda, on 2 Feb 1869 in Monroe Co, TN. Susan was born in May 1850 in Hawkins Co, TN. She died after 1900 in Rhea Co, TN.

They had the following children.

27 F i. Mary Hensley was born in 1868/1869 in Hawkins Co, TN. She died after 1880 in Hawkins Co, TN.

28 F ii. Letitia Hensley was born in 1870 in Hawkins Co, TN. She died after 1880 in Hawkins Co, TN.

29 F iii. Delia Hensley was born in 1871/1872 in Hawkins Co, TN. She died after 1880 in Hawkins Co, TN.

30 F iv. Belle Hensley was born in 1872/1873 in Hawkins Co, TN. She died after 1880 in Hawkins Co, TN.

31 F v. Lena Hensley was born in 1875/1876 in Hawkins Co, TN. She died after 1880 in Hawkins Co, TN.

32 M vi. Headrick Hensley was born in 1878/1879 in Hawkins Co, TN. He died after 1880 in Hawkins Co, TN.

33 F vii. Victoria Hensley was born in May 1885 in TN.

34 M viii. Henry J Hensley was born in Sep 1892 in TN.

Third Generation

21. George Clinton Hensley (Griffith H, James M) was born on 10 Nov 1869 in Hawkins Co, TN. He died on 22 Nov 1949 in Anderson Co, TN.

George married Anna Bell Brown on 13 May 1894 in Knox Co, TN. Anna was born in 1873/1874 in KY. She died after 1930 in Anderson Co, TN.

They had the following children.

35 F i. Minnie Hensley was born in 1894/1895 in Loudon Co, TN.

36 M ii. Charles Hensley was born in 1896/1897 in Loudon Co, TN.

37 M iii. Paul D Hensley was born in 1900/1901 in Loudon Co, TN.

38 M iv. Pearl N Hensley was born in 1902/1903 in Loudon Co, TN.

 

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