William Henson

Male - Bef 1820

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  • Name William Henson 
    Gender Male 
    Died Bef 1820 
    Person ID I3423  Petersen-de Lanskoy
    Last Modified 14 Jan 2006 

    Family Nancy Mary Graybill,   b. 9 Jun 1789, , Wilkes (now Ashe), North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Dec 1856, Of Madison Township, Jackson, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 67 years) 
    Married Abt 1804  Of, Ashe, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F1324  Group Sheet

  • Notes 
      1. Checked WorldConnect 17 Feb 2004; nothing of value except Donna Schell's work quoted below.

      2. Entry found for William Henson in the "Minutes of the Ashe County, North Carolina Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions 1806" per website http://www.ls.net/~newriver/nc/as1806co.htm. [Note. Despite the fact that Ashe County, North Carolina was created in 1799, the first extant court records begin in 1806.] State of North Carolina.
      A. Ashe County May Term 1806. In a County Court begun and held for the County of Ashe on the second Monday being the 12th day of May A.D. 1806:
      a. Thomas McEntire vs Thos. McGimsey. Debt. Jury sworn and empanelled (towit): John Henson, Lend. Fouts, Isaac Weaver, Benjm. Brown, Andw. Rolland, Henrey Michael, David Burkhart,td, Jacob Grimes, Jas. Griffith, Mats. Carpenter, Jacob Fouts, Wm. Henson. Jury fin the dollars mentioned in the writting to be worth 10 each. North Carolin currency & that there was payments to the amount of 110 dollars and that the defendant owes and retains L45 and assess the plantiffs damages to L 18/7/6. Appeal prayed by deft & granted. Bond filed."
      B. State of North Carolina. August term 1806. At a county court begun and held for the County of Ashe on the second Monday being the 11th day of August A. D. 1806:
      a. "A deed from Wm. Walters to William Henson for 100 acres was acknowledged in court by Wm. Walters."
      b. "Joseph Plummer vs Wells Blevins. Appeal. Jury sworn & empaneled: Francis Sturgill, Christian Burkett Saml. Stedham, Wm. Walters, Christian Shearer, Reuben Wallis, Wm. Allison, Petter Graybell, Wm. Phips, Jas. Dixon, Wm. Henson, Wm. Adkins. Jury find for the plantiff 12/6 & costs."

      3. Censuses:
      1800 US: Ashe County, North Carolina. The total population for Ashe County, North Carolina in 1800 was 2785, including slaves. The 1800 Ashe County Census was the first for the northwestern most county in the Tar Heel State. This county was formed in late 1799 and included all of Wilkes County west of the crest of the Blue Ridge Mountain. The 977 square miles that then composed Ashe County has been further divided, first in 1849 to form Watauga County, North Carolina and again 10 years later to form Alleghany County. This record includes families who may have been living in those areas at the time. The original census was in rough alphabetic order, and this does not facilitate the research of particular communities. I include all interrelated families of this time and place to better show relationships. A word of explanation on some of these families:
      a. Mary and Barbara Burkett who married Peter and David Graybeal, had a father named Christian - unsure as to which is correct of the two.
      b. Elizabeth Eller appears to be Elizabeth Dick, the wife of Peter Eller who had just died in 1700. The one daughter is probably Mary; unsure who the two boys are since there should be three: Jacob, Henry, and George. John Eller would be Elizabeth’s eldest son and married to Susannah Kerns.
      c. Henry would have recently married Celia Henson and also the eldest son of [John] Peter and Christina [Wampler] Graybill who also appear to be in this same census. Note that Peter evidently had owned slaves at that time - the census does not say how many.
      d. One of the William Hensons could be somehow related to William Henson who marries Nancy Graybill and to Celia Henson who marries Henry Graybeal.
      e. The two Koons are probably brothers and are sons of Devault Koon judging from their ages. This would make them uncles to George Koons who eventually marries Mary Eller.
      f. James Lewis, b. abt. 1790, marries Christena Graybill in 1807 - there may be a connection with these two James Lewis.
      g. William Pennington marries Barbara (or Elizabeth) Eller and may be the younger of the two here listed.
      h. Michael Stucker is a misspelling for Michael and Catherine Eller Stoker with their three oldest children: Polly, David, and Elizabeth.
      0- 10 16- 26- 45+ 0-10-16-26- 45+
      9 16 26 45 9 16 26 45
      Burkett, Christian 1 2 0 1 0 1 0 2 0 0
      Burkett, Christian 4 1 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 0
      Eller, Elizabeth 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 1
      Eller, John 3 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 1 0
      Graybeal, Henry 0 0 1 0 0 2 0 1 0 0
      Graybeal, Peter 2 1 1 0 1 3 1 0 0 1 Slaves
      Henson, William 0 1 1 0 0 2 0 1 0 0
      Henson, William 3 0 0 0 1 1 1 1 0 0
      Koons, George 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
      Koons, John 0 0 1 0 1 0 1 2 0 1
      Lewis, James 2 2 1 0 1 4 1 0 0 1
      Lewis, James, Jr. 1 0 1 0 0 1 0 1 0 0
      Pennington, William01 0 1 0 1 2 1 0 1
      Pennington, William00 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
      Stucker, Michael 1 0 0 1 0 2 0 0 1 0

      1820 US: Madison Township, Jackson, Ohio, pg. 192, township had a little over 40 families; related families of Michael Stoker and Michael Graybill are in neighboring Bloomfield Township; columns are male 0-10, 10-16, 16-18, 16-26, 26-45, 45+// female 0-10, 10-16, 16-26, 26-45, 45+:
      David Stoker: 2,1,0,1,0,0//1,0,0,1,0.
      Peter Grabill: 1,0,0,1,0,1//0,0,2,0,1.
      Nancy Henson: 0,1,0,1,0,0//0,1,1,1,0.
      James McDaniel: 0,0,0,0,0,1//3,2,0,0,1.

      4. Notes from Rootsweb.com WorldConnect 17 Feb 2004 database ":480580" of Donna Shell
      [Kerry's notes: (1) the 1800 census shows two William Hensons in the area -- one older and one younger -- and the following deeds could be for either one; (2) Donna shows contradictory information such as: 5 sketchy children, 2 of whom were supposedly born in Ohio after William dies never making it to Ohio; another previous marriage and family based upon the 1800 census for whom it may or may not have been this Henson (he could have been a younger son within one of the other local Henson families.]:
      A. "A Partial Genealogy Record of the Graybeal Family of Ashe Co., NC", 1992 Edition, by William S. Graybeal, p. 259. B. Articles in book, "Heritage of Ashe Co., NC"; pgs. 263-272. [Kerry's note: I reviewed this book at FHL in Salt Lake City -- FHL book 975.6835 D3h V.1] C. "The Brethren in the New Nation", by Roger E. Sappington. Pub. by The Brethren Press in Elgin, IL. Pg 26-29. [Kerry's note: I reviewed at FHL library in Salt Lake City -- FHL book 973K2ch.] D. Deed: Henson, Wm to: Jones, Vincent 1802-01-15; 100.00 a., Waters of North Fork New River/Little Horse Creek; $ , Rcd: 1804-08 , Bk: B, p. 180; witnesses: James Bunyard, Henry Graybeal. E. State (NC) # 0334 to: Henson, Wm. 1800-02-25; 30.00 a., On the bank of Little Horse Creek; $ , Rcd: 1802-12-14, Bk: B, p. 33; witness: n/a. F. Deed: Henson, William to: Morris, Gilbert 1809-08-01; 100.00 a., Waters of Little Horse Creek/North Fork New River; $ , Rcd: 1811-05, Bk: D, p. 299; witnesses: Henry Graybeal, Henry Chambers. G. Some of the info. on William and his descendants was given to me in a letter by Reba Graybeal, dtd. 9 Sept. 1990. All of the same information was sent to Reba by Florence (Graybill) Wilson of Omaha, NE in Oct., 1963. "William lived near Lexington, KY and worked on the Miss. River. He was born abt 1785. Died at New Orleans, LA and presumed to have been buried there. After his death, John Graybill (Nancy Mary's bro.) moved the family to NC, where the children were raised. John Graybill who took care of the family was said to be very wealthy". (He was never married). Nancy and her brother, John, went to Ohio with their father, Peter Sr. H. I now think that William died abt 1815, and John took his sister, Nancy back to Jackson Co., OH, where Peter Sr. and part of his family had moved in 1815. I. Book, "Hansons-Hensons of Botetourt & Their Descendants", by Ray Hanson. GR 929.2 Han. Pg. 141. J. Book, "HHHH, Early Records of the Carolinas", by Ethel Nerim Miner. 1993. K. 1790 Census of Morgan District, 16th Company, Wilkes Co., NC. 1 male over 16 yrs., 1 male under 16 yrs., & 2 females of all ages. Pg. 124. [I think the 1 male under 16 yrs. is William.] L. Based on the 1800 Census, William was probably married first to an unknown woman. The 1800 Census shows William, 16-26, 1 son, 10-16, & wife, 16-26, & 2 daughters, 1-10. [William didn't marry Nancy until about 1804].
      M. Vitals [used by Donna]: b. abt 1760 in Wilkes Co., NC; d. and bur. in New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Lousiana.

      5. Found at least two of his children nearby to their mother in Jackson County, Ohio in 1860 census:
      Elijah Henson, 56, NC.
      Larkin Henson, 55, KY.

      6. Probably brother to Celia Henson who married Henry Graybeal, the brother of William's wife Nancy Graybeal. Unproven father may be James Henson.

      7. FHL Book 929.273EL54h “George Michael Eller and Descendants of His in America,? compiled by James W. Hook, 1957, also on FHL film 896571, item 2, pp. 17-31, clarifies early North Carolina counties and land grant practices:
      "Land grants in North Carolina originated with an entry application which was filed in the county where the land was situated and if not lost are now on file there. This was followed, sometimes soon and sometimes years later by an order from the land office for the tract to be surveyed. Sometimes soon and sometimes years later the survey was made and a surveyor’s plat filed with the Secretary of State in Raleigh. Then came the grant which may have been issued reasonably near the date of the survey or sometimes several years later. These grants, orders to survey and the survey itself are on file now in the Secretary of State’s office at Raleigh...
      Many counties were formed from what originally was Rowan County, namely Surry and Guilford in 1770, Burke and Wilkes in 1777, Randolph in 1779, Iridell in 1788, Stokes in 1789, Buncomb in 1791, Ashe in1799, Davidson in 1822, Yancey in 1833, Davie in 1836 and Yadkin in 1850. Some of these counties were grandchildren of Rowan County; for instance Wilkes was taken partly from Burke and partly from Surry, Randolph from Guilford, Buncomb and Yancy form Burke, Ashe from Wilkes and Stokes and Yadkin from Surry. These facts must be kept in mind when tracing early Rowan County families."

      1. 19 May 2002 Ancestry.com reports with 14 databases that Nancy had one or two husbands known as either William Henson or William Hodson with no documentation whatsoever. Judging from early Ashe Co. records and later censues, the surname Henson is correct.

      2. Donna Schell in her notes quoted above suspects William may have been married prior to Nancy Graybill based on the 1800 census.

      1. Definitely dead or divorced by 1920 since he does not appear in 1820 census wherein Nancy is listed as head of household in Ohio. Donna Schell in her notes above believes the family had moved to New Orleans and that he died there abt 1815.

      2. Rootsweb.com WorldConnect database ":480580": "In a letter from Alice (Graybill) Russell of Shreveport, LA, she enclosed a copy of some of The Jackson Co, OH Cemetery records of the Graybill kin. This data had been compiled by Mrs. Robert L. Horton, of 25 Burlington Rd., Jackson Co., OH from the Ohio Records & Pioneer Families, Book 10--page 20. This page reads as follows: Jackson Co., Ohio Cemeteries: The Callaghan Graveyard 'This graveyard was laid out in early days on the Callaghan farm in Madison Twp, Jackson Co. OH. It was later enlarged by adding a bit of land from an adjoining farm and from the old Madison Furnace Company farm. The cemetery is located near the settlement of Rempel.' The list of names followed. This 'Nancy' being one of the names. She is listed as Nancy, wife of William Henson d. Dec. 19, 1856, aged 85y." [Note: I reconfirmed this 13 Feb 2004 via email with a lookup volunteer . Mr. Hunter has access to this book. My question to him was: "I would appreciate a cemetery book look up at the Callaghan-Madison Furnace Cemetery near Rempel in Madison Twp for Peter and John Graybill, and for Peter’s wife Christena. I have heard there may be two tombstones for Peter Graybill which would be of big interest since one has death date of 1842 and the other 1848. Also for nancy Henson in same cemetery." He found the following in the book:
      "Christena Graybill b. , d. 10 Oct 1844 (about 84), (w/o Peter Graybill). N. Henson b., d. 19 Dec 1856 (about 85), (w/o William Henson). They are the only ones listed, no Peter or John Graybill and no William Henson."]