Leticia Hilton Hensley (c1810-1871) of Scott Co., VA

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Leticia Hilton (or Helton) was born ca 1809/10 per her age on the 1850 census (40). Her 1860 entry gives her age as 58 (ca 1801/02) which is close. In 1870 she was 67 or born ca 1802/03 which is off from the other two. The 1870 census has numerous problems throughout so it usually isn't the best source for information.

Her birth place varies from census to census also.  She was born in Virginia according to the 1850 and 1860 census. The 1870 record lists her as born in Tennessee.

Her parents are unknown, but her maiden name of Hilton is proven by two sources: her own death record and the death record of her son Addison Hensley. I have no clues about who her parents were. There were no Hiltons or Heltons in Washington Co., VA on the 1810 census or in 1820. However there were some in Scott County in 1820 (Scott having been formed from Washington in 1815): Caty Helton (1775/94), John Helton (1775/94), Samuel Helton (bef 1775), Jonathan Helton (1775/94) and Aaron Helton (1775/94 or before 1775).  If Leticia was about 9 or 10 years old in 1820 she should be home with her parents. John, Samuel, Jonathan and Aaron each had at least one apparent daughter that age with them in 1820.

Leticia Hilton married a Mr. Hensley sometime before ca 1826, either in Scott Co., VA or perhaps in neighboring Hawkins Co., TN. I don't know who her husband was. I didn't find a marriage record for her anywhere. Leticia lived in the section of Scott County that was populated by members of the Isom Hensley (1760/70-1849) family. Her husband (whomever he was) may be related to Isom, perhaps one of his sons. I think William Hensley (1790/1800) of Hawkins Co., TN is her husband but I don't have absolute proof of that. Right now it is a theory based on circumstantial evidence.

Leticia should be on the 1830 census with her husband and children. Unfortunately this census only listed the name of the head of household and we don't know who her husband was. Census analysis helps a little assuming she was in Scott Co., VA or neighboring Hawkins Co., TN at that time. In Scott there were several Hensley households. However each of them are positively identified and none of them are Leticia's husband. There are three Hensley households in Washington Co., VA in 1830. Two of them are positively identified, however, there is an apparent widow Mary who is not identified. Now Mary is too old to be the same person as Leticia, but there is a female in the house age 20-29 (c1800/10) which could be Leticia. There is also a boy and a girl under age 5 (born ca 1825/30) which fits for Leticia's two oldest known children. However, just because it fits doesn't mean this is Leticia and children, but it certainly could be.

Looking in neighboring Hawkins County I see several Hensley households. Only two of them have members who match age-wise to Leticia and her two oldest known children: Isom Hensley (1798) and William Hensley (1790/1800). Isom is not Leticia's husband, so that leaves William as a possibility. In fact he is a strong possibility since he vanishes before 1850. See his page for more on him.

We have the same problem in 1840. Leticia is not listed by name, so presumably she is with her husband somewhere. All of the Hensleys in Scott and Washington in 1840 are identified or don't fit. William Hensley (1790/1800) is the only Hensley listed in Hawkins that year, and his household enumerations line up pretty well with Leticia's family.

Leticia's husband apparently died in the 1840's for she is listed on the 1850 census without him in Scott Co., VA. William Hensley of Hawkins Co., TN is nowhere to be found in 1850 either, so that works in his favor of having been her husband.

Leticia is on the 1850 census in the household of her son William Henry Hensley. They are very near Isom Hensley (c1798) and members of his family.

1850 census abstract: (Explanation of this census)
Scott Co., VA
PHF 358-108-108
Western District
         

Henry Hensley

24

M

 

Farmer

 

Ten

Parallee E.

4

F

     

Va

John L.

3

M

     

Va

Malinda

1

F

     

Va

Lettitia

40

F

     

Va

Addison

10

M

     

Va

Margaret Slagle

23

F

     

Va

Sarah J.

1

F

     

Va

Leticia is on the 1860 census in Scott County next to Robert Hensley (her probable son) and two houses from son Henry. There is an older Malinda Hensley living with her, age 75. Who is she? I know of no Hensley of this name and age, so perhaps she isn't a Hensley at all. Could she be Leticia's mother? If so she should be a Hilton instead of Hensley. (See below for more on her.)

1860 census abstract: (Explanation of this census)
Scott Co., VA
PHF 280-324-324
Estillville PO
             

Lettitia Hensley

58

F

 

Spinster

   

Va

Malinda

75

F

 

"

   

"

I searched back on the 1850 census to see if I could find out who Malinda (c1785) is. I found a Malinda Porter and a Malinda McCullah on the 1850 census in Scott who were the right age. Mrs. Porter was born in North Carolina so probably not the one. Mrs. McCullah has the distinct advantage of being next door to Leticia in 1850, so she is probably the one living with her in 1860. She was the wife of Robert McCullah (c1784 NC). He must have died in the 1850's. How are they related to Leticia? I didn't find a marriage record for Robert and Malinda so I don't know what her maiden name is. She may be Leticia's mother (therefore previously married to a Hilton), or perhaps she is an aunt or other relative. There is also the possibility they aren't related at all.

Leticia is on the 1870 census in Scott County in the household of her twice widowed daughter-in-law Frances and her children.

1870 census abstract: (Explanation of this census)
Scott Co., VA
PHF 493B-255-250
Estillville Township
Estillville PO
             

Frances A. Watkins

43

F

W

Keeping House

500

100

Tennessee

Thomas Hensley

17

M

W

Farm Laborer

   

Virginia

Pleasant P.

15

M

W

Farm Laborer

   

Virginia

Mary J.

14

F

W

Attending School

   

Virginia

Lucinda V.

11

F

W

Attending School

   

Virginia

William A.

9

M

W

Attending School

   

Virginia

Luticia

67

F

W

Retired from K.H.

   

Tennessee

Leticia Hilton Hensley died in 1871 in Scott Co., VA. I haven't seen the death record but it supposedly gives her maiden name, but not her parents' names. I'm not sure why the full date isn't listed. (Anyone have a copy or abstract of this record?)

Children of Mr. Hensley and Leticia Hilton. They had four children per the 1850 and 1860 census. If her husband was William Hensley of Hawkins County, then the 1830 and 1840 census shows a few other children as well. See his page for more on them. Margaret Slagle was with them in 1850 and it isn't certain that she is a child of Leticia. She may have been a hired domestic instead of a widowed daughter. Hard to be sure without other evidence.

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Register Report

First Generation

1. Hensley died before 1850 in Scott Co, VA.

Hensley married Leticia Hilton before 1826 in Scott Co, VA. Leticia was born in 1809/1810 in VA. She died in 1871 in Scott Co, VA.

They had the following children.

+ 2 M i. William Henry Hensley was born in 1825/1826. He died in 1860/1870.

+ 3 F ii. Margaret Hensley was born in 1826/1827. She died after 1860.

+ 4 M iii. Robert Hensley was born in 1829/1830. He died after 1862.

5 M iv. Addison B Hensley was born in 1839/1840 in Scott Co, VA. He died on 8 Jun 1860 in Scott Co, VA.

Second Generation

2. William Henry Hensley () was born in 1825/1826 in Hawkins Co, TN. He died in 1860/1870 in Scott Co, VA.

William married Martha Barrett on 13 Mar 1845 in Hawkins Co, TN. Martha was born about 1826. She died in 1848/1850 in Scott Co, VA.

They had the following children.

+ 6 F i. Paralee Hensley was born in 1845/1846. She died after 1880.

+ 7 M ii. John L Hensley was born in 1846/1847. He died after 1880.

8 F iii. Malinda Hensley was born in 1848/1849 in Scott Co, VA. She died after 1866 in Scott Co, VA.

Malinda married Thomas N Herrold, son of Jacob Herrold and Elizabeth, on 6 Mar 1866 in Scott Co, VA. Thomas was born in 1844/1845 in Hawkins Co, TN. He died after 1866 in Scott Co, VA.

William also married Frances Ann Barrett on 12 Mar 1852 in Hawkins Co, TN. Frances was born in 1828/1829 in Hawkins Co, TN. She died after 1880 in Scott Co, VA.

They had the following children.

+ 9 M iv. Thomas Hensley was born in Dec 1852. He died after 1900.

10 M v. Pleasant P Hensley was born in 1853/1854 in Scott Co, VA. He died after 1880 in Hawkins Co, TN.

Pleasant married Liza in 1870/1880 in Hawkins Co, TN. Liza was born in 1854/1855 in TN. She died after 1880 in Hawkins Co, TN.

11 F vi. Mary J Hensley was born in 1855/1856 in Scott Co, VA. She died after 1870 in Scott Co, VA.

12 F vii. Adaline Hensley was born in 1857/1858 in Scott Co, VA. She died after 1860 in Scott Co, VA.

13 F viii. Lucinda V Hensley was born in 1859 in Scott Co, VA. She died after 1870 in Scott Co, VA.

14 M ix. William H Hensley was born in 1860/1861 in Scott Co, VA. He died after 1880 in Scott Co, VA.

15 F x. Nancy J Hensley was born in Scott Co, VA. She died on 20 Mar 1866 in Scott Co, VA.

3. Margaret Hensley () was born in 1826/1827 in Scott Co, VA. She died after 1860 in Washington Co, VA.

Margaret married Slagle about 1847 in Scott Co, VA. Slagle died in 1848/1850 in Scott Co, VA.

They had the following children.

16 F i. Sarah J Slagle was born in 1848/1849 in Scott Co, VA. She died after 1860 in Washington Co, VA.

17 F ii. Eliza Slagle was born in 1851/1852 in Scott Co, VA. She died after 1860 in Washington Co, VA.

18 F iii. Mary Slagle was born in 1857/1858 in Scott Co, VA. She died after 1860 in Washington Co, VA.

4. Robert Hensley () was born in 1829/1830 in Scott Co, VA. He died after 1862 in Scott Co, VA.

Robert married Nancy in 1850/1857 in Scott Co, VA. Nancy was born in 1833/1834 in VA. She died after 1862 in Scott Co, VA.

They had the following children.

19 F i. Paralee Hensley was born in 1856/1857 in Scott Co, VA. She died after 1883 in Scott Co, VA.

Paralee married Samuel Caughman, son of John Caughman, on 22 Dec 1883 in Scott Co, VA. Samuel was born in 1854/1855 in Sullivan Co, TN. He died after 1883 in Scott Co, VA.

20 M ii. John Hensley was born in 1858/1859 in Scott Co, VA. He died after 1880 in Hawkins Co, TN.

21 M iii. Isaac Hensley was born in 1862/1863 in Scott Co, VA. He died after 1880 in Hawkins Co, TN.

Third Generation

6. Paralee Hensley (William Henry, ) was born in 1845/1846 in Scott Co, VA. She died after 1880 in Scott Co, VA.

She had the following children.

+ 22 M i. Charles Hensley was born in Apr 1865. He died after 1900.

23 F ii. Elizabeth Hensley was born in 1872/1873 in Hawkins Co, TN. She died after 1892 in Scott Co, VA.

Elizabeth married Perry Anderson, son of Thomas Anderson and Sarah A, on 3 Apr 1892 in Scott Co, VA. Perry was born in 1870/1871 in Hawkins Co, TN. He died after 1892 in Scott Co, VA.

24 M iii. McForest Hensley was born in 1877/1878 in Hawkins Co, TN. He died after 1880 in Scott Co, VA.

7. John L Hensley (William Henry, ) was born in 1846/1847 in Scott Co, VA. He died after 1880 in Hawkins Co, TN.

John married Tabitha T in 1860/1870 in Hawkins Co, TN. Tabitha was born in 1848/1849 in VA. She died after 1880 in Hawkins Co, TN.

They had the following children.

25 F i. Martha M Hensley was born in 1870 in Hawkins Co, TN. She died after 1880 in Hawkins Co, TN.

26 F ii. Alice V Hensley was born in 1871/1872 in Hawkins Co, TN. She died after 1880 in Hawkins Co, TN.

27 M iii. George Hensley was born in 1876/1877 in Hawkins Co, TN. He died after 1880 in Hawkins Co, TN.

9. Thomas Hensley (William Henry, ) was born in Dec 1852 in Scott Co, VA. He died after 1900 in Scott Co, VA.

Thomas married Matilda A before 1878 in TN. Matilda was born in Jul 1849 in TN. She died after 1900 in Scott Co, VA.

They had the following children.

28 F i. Sarah S Hensley was born in 1877/1878 in TN. She died after 1895 in Scott Co, VA.

Sarah married H K Palmer, son of W H Palmer and Mary, on 20 Jan 1895 in Scott Co, VA. H K Palmer was born in 1872/1873 in Scott Co, VA. He died after 1895 in Scott Co, VA.

29 F ii. Ida Hensley was born in Feb 1880 in Scott Co, VA. She died after 1900 in Scott Co, VA.

30 M iii. J O Hensley was born in Sep 1881 in Scott Co, VA. He died after 1900 in Scott Co, VA.

31 F iv. M L Hensley was born in Jun 1883 in Scott Co, VA. She died after 1900 in Scott Co, VA.

32 F v. G A Hensley was born in Nov 1886 in Scott Co, VA. She died after 1900 in Scott Co, VA.

33 M vi. T K Hensley was born in Aug 1888 in Scott Co, VA. He died after 1900 in Scott Co, VA.

Fourth Generation

22. Charles Hensley (Paralee Hensley, William Henry, ) was born in Apr 1865 in Hawkins Co, TN. He died after 1900 in Hawkins Co, TN.

Charles married Lou in 1885/1886 in Hawkins Co, TN. Lou was born in Sep 1862 in TN. She died after 1900 in Hawkins Co, TN.

They had the following children.

34 M i. Baxter C Hensley was born in Jan 1887 in Hawkins Co, TN. He died after 1908 in Scott Co, VA.

Baxter married Sally Herron on 6 Sep 1908 in Scott Co, VA. Sally was born in 1884/1885 in Scott Co, VA. She died after 1908 in Scott Co, VA.

35 M ii. Thomas W Hensley was born in Nov 1888 in Hawkins Co, TN. He died after 1913 in Scott Co, VA.

Thomas married Ludema Fields, daughter of John Fields and Fannie, on 19 Oct 1913 in Scott Co, VA. Ludema was born in 1884/1885 in Scott Co, VA. She died after 1913 in Scott Co, VA.

36 F iii. Kate E Hensley was born in Sep 1891 in Hawkins Co, TN. She died after 1900 in Hawkins Co, TN.

37 M iv. Luther Hensley was born in Nov 1893 in Hawkins Co, TN. He died after 1900 in Hawkins Co, TN.

38 M v. Octia L Hensley was born in May 1896 in Hawkins Co, TN. He died after 1900 in Hawkins Co, TN.

39 M vi. Robert Hensley was born in Jun 1899 in Hawkins Co, TN. He died after 1900 in Hawkins Co, TN.

 

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