William A. Hensley (c1829) and Melvina Coatney of Knox and Hamilton Co., TN
The author (Marty Grant) is not related to William A. 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 he was born after Samuel left that county.
William A. Hensley was born ca 1828/29 per his age of 21 on the 1850 census. He was born in Tennessee, county unknown. He was in Knox County later on, but I don't know if he was born there or not.
I do not know who William's parents are, but he must be closely related to George W. Barger Hensley (c1816) with whom he was residing in 1850.
It is possible that William is a son of Anthony Hensley (c1791) who was also in Knox County. Anthony did have an unknown son born ca 1825/30 with him in 1830 and 1840 census. This could easily be William.
William could be a brother to John A. Hensley (c1835) who was near him in 1850 Knox, and who also later moved to Hamilton County, Tennessee where William later lived. (John also fits as a possible son of Anthony.)
William was presumably with his parents for the 1830 and 1840 census, but not knowing who his parents were, I can't confirm this. Like I said before, Anthony Hensley (c1791) did have an apparent son this age with him those years in Knox Co, TN. He was the only Hensley listed there in 1830 and 1840. This unknown son could be William A. Hensley.
William was residing with George Hensley in 1850. They are about 13 years apart in age, but could still be brothers, though they could be related some other way. They were five houses from Mary (---) Hensley, possibly the ex-wife of Anthony Hensley (c1791), though that relationship isn't proven.
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
William Hensley married Melvina Coatney on 3 Oct 1850 in Knox Co, TN. Married by John P. Bearden, JP.
Melvina was born ca 1831/32 in Tennessee, county unknown, though probably Knox. The surname is also spelled as Cortney. I don't know which is the proper spelling since both are used on the records. Melvina is a daughter of John and Nancy (Robison) Cortney. They were not far away from the Hensleys on the 1850 census in Knox Co., TN. John and Nancy married 30 Oct 1822 in Knox County.
William and Melvina left Knox County in the 1850's and moved to southwest to Hamilton County (Chattanooga) where they were listed on the 1860 census. They were the only Hensleys there that year. They were next door to Melvina's parents who also had moved to Hamilton County.
HAMILTON CO, TN Page 4 House/Family # 1965/1967 -- DISTRICT NO 1 Twp HARRISON P.O. HENSLEY WILLIAM A 30 M W FARMING 200 TN 1829/1830 HENSLEY MELVINA 28 F W TN 1831/1832 HENSLEY JOHN 4 M W TN 1855/1856 HENSLEY MARY 2 F W TN 1857/1858 HENSLEY WILLIAM 0 M W 3/12 TN 1859/1860
They were still in Hamilton County for the 1870 census. They were next door to Melvina's now widowed mother.
HAMILTON CO, TN P-H-F 616/24/24--12 DIST 43 SUBDIV Twp LONG SAVANNAH P.O. HENCELY WILLIAM 41 F W FARMER 2500 975 TN 1828/1829 HENCELY MELVINA 39 F W KEEPING HOUSE TN 1830/1831 HENCELY JOHN 14 M W AT HOME TN 1855/1856 HENCELY MARY J 12 F W AT HOME TN 1857/1858 HENCELY WILLIAM K 10 M W AT HOME TN 1859/1860 HENCELY GEORGE C 6 M W AT HOME TN 1863/1864 HENCELY JAMES N 4 M W AT HOME TN 1865/1866
They were listed in Hamilton for the 1880 census. Melvina's sister Margaret Coatney was residing with them. Their mother Nancy was still alive and a few houses away.
HAMILTON CO, TN Page 110B House/Family # 409/ 420 -- 12 DISTRICT Twp HENSLEY WILLIAM W M 52 M (Illegible) TN TN TN 1827/1828 HENSLEY MALVINA W F 49 WF M KEEPING HOUSE TN TN VA 1830/1831 HENSLEY RICHARD W M 18 S S WORKS ON FARM TN TN TN 1861/1862 HENSLEY GEORGE W M 15 S S WORKS ON FARM TN TN TN 1864/1865 HENSLEY JAMES W M 12 S S WORKS ON FARM TN TN TN 1867/1868 HENSLEY FRANK W M 8 S S TN TN TN 1871/1872 HENSLEY IDA W F 5 D S TN TN TN 1874/1875 CORTNEY MARGRET W F 45 SL S AT HOME TN TN VA 1834/1835
William and Melvina are listed on the 1900 census in Hamilton Co., TN in District 1, however their section of the page (the bottom) is almost totally illegible. Their son George is next door with his family, son James is next to George, and a widow Modena Hensley is next to James. For William and Melvina (just the two of them at home) it appears to show 1828 for William's birth year. The month is illegible. Her birth year seems to show 1834, but with an age of 75 which doesn't add up. Use the listing below with caution for it was very difficult to decipher.
HAMILTON CO, TN Pg: 2 H-F: 24- 24 Twp: CIVIL DISTRICT NO 1 HENSLEY WILLIAM HD W M ??? 1828 72 M 49 TN TN TN ??? HENSLEY MELVINA WF W F ??? 1834 75 M 49 12 9 TN TN TN
I have no further data on them.
William and Melvina had 12 children per the 1900 census. I don't have much additional data on them.
Persons researching this family (Contact me to add, change or delete your listing here):
1. William A1 Hensley , born 1828/29 in TN; died aft 1900 in Hamilton Co, TN, son of (---) Hensley . He married on 3 Oct 1850 in Knox Co, TN Melvina Cortney , born 1831/32 in Knox Co, TN; died aft 1900 in Hamilton Co, TN, daughter of John Cortney and Nancy Robison .
Children of William A Hensley and Melvina Cortney were as follows:
2 i John2 Hensley , born 1855/56 in Hamilton Co, TN; died aft 1870 in Hamilton Co, TN.
3 ii Mary J2 Hensley , born 1857/58 in Hamilton Co, TN; died aft 1870 in Hamilton Co, TN.
4 iii William Richard2 Hensley , born 1860 in Hamilton Co, TN; died aft 1880 in Hamilton Co, TN.
5 iv George C2 Hensley , born 1863/64 in Hamilton Co, TN; died aft 1880 in Hamilton Co, TN.
6 v James N2 Hensley , born Oct 1867 in Hamilton Co, TN; died aft 1900 in Hamilton Co, TN.
7 vi Frank2 Hensley , born 1871/72 in Hamilton Co, TN.
8 vii Ida2 Hensley , born 1874/75 in Hamilton Co, TN.
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