Henry Hensley Cemetery of Bee Log
Yancey Co., North Carolina
PHOTOS: Panoramic view of the cemetery with Rev.
War Patriot Sgt. Henry "Harry" Hensley's commemorative grave in the
center with flag ---bbpytel Oct 2011
Hensley Cemetery of Bee Log is named after the descendants of
Revolutionary War Veteran Sgt. Henry "Harry" Hensley Sr. (1755-1822).
His marker indicates he would be the first person interred here however,
according to historical land / plat records, Henry Hensley's
200 acres was located on Bald Mountain Creek which parallels US Hwy
19. He died about 1822 and based on land records, I believe his
actual grave is somewhere in the Cane River area near his former land.
Go to #35 for more info / commentary).
This cemetery is located in the Bee Log community of Egypt Twp. situated
at the top of a cleared off hill. It is fenced in and well taken
care of. There are over 30 unmarked graves with head/foot field stones,
all of which appear to face eastward. I have been told that
several years ago many of field/foot stones were pulled up for the ease
of mowing and it is apparent with the confusing layout. Therefore,
the field stones that you currently see positioned are not necessarily
in the same order as originally placed at the time the person was
According to the Historical Records Survey of North Carolina,
in 1939, the cemetery was surveyed by Mary L. Butner and noted 7 marked
graves as follows: Elizabeth Berry, Amos Hensley, Braskey Hensley, J.W.
Hensley, Martha Hensley, Oskey Hensley, Barbara J. Higgins-Pate. In 1940, Joe W. Letterman surveyed the cemetery and noted the following
marked graves: Elizabeth Berry, Amos Hensley, Every Hensley, J.W.
Hensley, Martha Hensley, Oksey Hensley, Barbara J. Higgins. 1939 AND 1940 SURVEYS
On October 14, 2007, a commemoration ceremony was held at the
cemetery to honor Sgt. Henry Harry Hensley nad the installation of his
DIRECTIONS: Proceed on 19W east towards Burnsville. At
the stop sign (Bee Log junction) make a right and cross the Cane River.
Guys General Store/Gas Station, make a left onto Bald Mountain Road.
Proceed for about 1.2 miles to the small village of Bee Log and make a
left onto Bee Log Road. There is a church on the right and the
Bee Log Elementary School on the left when you turn. Proceed for
another 8/10 of a mile at the top of the hill. You will see a
metal gate and logging road on the right. To access the cemetery,
it's recommended to park the car outside the metal gate and walk up the
logging road for about 10 minutes to the clearing. There are two
cemeteries - Henry Hensley's is on the left.
NOTE: This project is in
partnership with Julian Fender and Mike Shelton and we are descendants of
Henry Harry Hensley and Barbara Angel. Julian and I surveyed the
cemetery on February 17, 2012. There are 14 rows with marked and
unmarked graves. The enumeration started at the left back corner
working towards the front gate. Unless otherwise noted, all photos
are taken by bbpytel -Feb 2012.
SURNAMES: BERRY, BYRD,
1. BERRY, Luther Chester
b. November 2, 1904* - d.
March 14, 1961
[s/o John S. Berry and
NOTE: Per the
NC DEATH RECORD #6455
he died at 56 of "cardiac
standstill"; he lived in Morgantown, Burke Co., NC. His
occupation was a furniture worker. *His birth date on the
death certificate states November 28, 1908 however his WWII Draft Card
states November 2, 1904.
BERRY, Annie Mae
b. August 6, 1905 -
d. January 5, 2002
[w/o Luther; d/o Jeremiah
Miller and Martha Jane Randolph.
children: Wilma, JD,
Chester, Virginia Eula, Eulysses, Lawrence, Paul and two others alive]
b. July 30, 1940 - d.
August 31, 1956
[s/o Luther Berry and
Annie Mae Miller]
NOTE: Per the
NC DEATH RECORD #22059
he died age 16 due to "drowning" while
swimming in a river.
The funeral placard was glued onto a
old tombstone; also there is another matching stone with no marking at
the foot of this grave and unclear if this is a headstone or another
Unmarked - head/foot fieldstones
Unmarked - head fieldstone
- head fieldstone
b. May 22, 1844 - d.
August 23, 1916
[s/o James Lowery Waldrup
and Nancy Rice]
"Gone but Not
NC DEATH RECORD #63
he was a farmer and widower and died at 72 of "flux
and diarrhea". No attending physician. The informant was
b. June 2(2), 1856 - d. June
[d/o Wallace Hensley and
Emeline Bennett; married Eli Waldrup on
Nov. 20, 1870 in Yancey Co.; children:
Amos, Sam Ervin, Addie, Thomas, Backus, Charles, Donnie B., John, Eli
states her father was "Wales
Hensley". Appears Lovina and brother Samuel [#33] are twins
born June 2nd or 22nd 1856.
NC DEATH RECORD #464
she died in Madison Co., NC at
age 60 from "Measles"; no attending physician; informant was Charles Waldroup.
#2: 11 graves all unmarked with
field / foot stones. (11-21)
#3: 10 graves, marked with fieldstones and headstones
32. HENSLEY, Martha
b. July 9, 1868 - d.
August 29, 1918
"The Lord is My
Shepherd - At Rest"
[d/o Jesse Radford and
Sarah McIntosh; w/o Samuel Hensley]
b. June 22, 1856 - d.
March 21, 1916
[s/o Wallace Hensley and
Emaline Bennett; wife Martha Radford]
NOTE: Appears Samuel and sister Lovina [#10]
are twins born June 2nd or 22nd 1856
unmarked with fieldstone
HENSLEY, Sgt. Henry "Harry"
b. abt. 1755 - d.
after August 1822*
[s/o Benjamin Hensley (b.
1730 in VA) and Elizabeth (b. 1732 in VA); he married Barbara Angel
about 1772 in Surry Co., VA. She is the proven d/o Charles Angel and Sibella
(Cummings?) of the Bellews Sauratown area of now Stokes Co., NC.
Barbary is suspected to be buried at
Hensley Cem. #3 on Spivey, plot #102. Their children:
1) Washington b.
(md. Lucinda; moved to TN)
2) Nancy b. 1776
(md. William Jesse Lewis; moved
to Madison Co., NC)
3) James b. Feb. 15,
(md. Nancy Anderson; moved to Clay Co., KY); buried
Hensley Cem. Red Bird River.;
4) Henry b.
(md. Mary Howard; remained in Egypt Twp); suspected
to be buried in this cemetery
5) Lewis b. 1784 (md. Nancy Howard, sister to Mary Howard; moved to Harlan
Co., KY); at age 62, he was killed by his brother-in-law (Mary's
brother) Samuel Howard Jr. --stabbed to death in 1844. Jury
acquitted Sam on the grounds of self defense.
SEE info about his killing
b. 1791 (md. Louisa Shelton;
1824 acquired 62 acres in the Flag Pond area, Unicoi Co., TN);
b. Dec. 27, 1792 (md. Holland Higgins; moved to Flag Pond, TN; buried
Higgins Chapel Cem.);
8) Zania b. 1794 (never married; moved w/brother
& mother to Spivey, TN; buried
Hensley #3 Cem);
Allison b. 1798 (md. Lucinda Higgins d/o Holland; moved to
Spivey, TN); buried
Hensley #3 Cem]
Harry was born about 1755 in Albemarle Co., Virginia and was the son of
Benjamin Hensley (b. 1737) and Elizabeth --- of Albemarle/ Louisa/
Henry Co., VA and the grandson of
Benjamin Hensley (b. 1706) and Elizabeth Hickman of King George /
Hanover / Louisa Co., VA. In the 1760’s, Henry and his parents and
siblings moved from Virginia into Northwestern NC and settled in Rowan
Co. which became Surry then Stokes. This is where the Hensley family
met the Angel Family and three of the Angel daughters married Hensley
sons (Harry’s brothers). About 1773, Harry
married Barbara Angel in Surry Co., NC
[b. abt. 1775 - d. 1852; d/o Charles Angel
and Sybella Cummings of Rowan Co., NC
proven by his Will of 1773]. The family moved back across
the state line into neighboring Henry Co. VA (proven by 1778 tax list)
at which time Harry served as Sgt. in the 14th Regiment of the
Continental Line. A 1781 list from Henry Co., VA shows that he and his
brothers, Benjamin and Hickman, are noted on the "Muster
roll of Colonel Penn" marching to the aid of
General Nathaniel Green in Captain Jonathan Hanby's Co. [Hanby's
Pension #W4687] under
Col. Abram Penn's command to take part in the Battle of Guilford
Court House ("History of Henry County, Virginia", p. 13, also
cited in" Families of Yancey County", Vol. V, No. 1, p.6). In
exchange for his service, Harry was given a land grant of 200 acres on
the American Frontier by the Commonwealth of Virginia, warrant #3363.
The warrant is made out to "Henry Henly” and notes that he was a
Sergeant in the Virginia Continental Line Militia. When the War was
over, the family continued to live in Henry Co. VA as proven by the
1783/1784 tax lists. Around 1787 (per the Burke Co., NC State Census),
the family moved back to NC and settled in the Caney Branch area of now
Yancey Co., NC. In the 1790’s, Henry and his brothers Hickman, James,
John and Colbert participated as jurors marking off roads in Burke
(which became Buncombe (now Yancey and Madison) into the wilderness of
that area for settlement. On June 22, 1791, Burke Co., NC land entry
#31 shows Henry "Hinsley" entering 200 acres on the "Ball Mountain
Creek." Entry #32 was for his brother James "Hinsley" and Entry #36 for
brother Hickman. Brothers Henry, Jno, James and Hickman Hensley appear
in the 12th Company of Burke Co., NC for the 1790 Census. This area
became Buncombe Co., NC in 1792. Buncombe Co., Record Book #2, Section
1, shows Henry Hensley receiving 200 acres from the State of NC on May
12, 1794 and filed with the court on
December 22, 1796 on Bald Mountain Creek near the waters of the Caney
River beginning near the mouth of Sang Fork. Henry appears on page 172
of the 1800 Buncombe Co. Census; pg. 253 of the 1810 Buncombe census as
Harry Hensley; and page 100 of the 1820 Buncombe Co., NC Census.
There is no death record for Harry but it is believed he died sometime
shortly after sale of “Dice” a young female slave sold to "William Hensley" (whom I believe
was his son) for $500 and signed on August 23,
1822. After the death of Harry, during the 1830 Buncombe Co. census
(now Yancey Co.), youngest son William A. took over the household taking
care of his mother Barbara, sister Zania, Dice and his wife and
children. In the 1840 Yancey Co. Census, there were 11 people in
the household to include sister and mother. Dice is now gone and I
could not find another Bill of Sale for her so she either died or was
freed. They lived next door to Bannister Hensley
(s/o Henry Hensley and Mary Howard) and family on one side and John Higgins (s/o Holland Higgins and Barbara
Hensley) on the other. Sometime before 1850, William A. signed a
securities bond for Sheriff Charles C. Baker who was later found guilty of absconding
taxes and thus William lost his land in Yancey. As a result, the entire clan moved
over to Spivey on the Tennessee side. Per the 1850 Wash. Co., TN census, Barbara Angel-Hensley age 95 and Zania Hensley age 57 were
noted living with William A. Hensley and family.
Barbara and Zania both died sometime before 1860 as both were not found
in the census and are suspected to be buried at the
Old Hensley Cem #3 (Plot #102).
COMMENTARY: Per his deed, Henry acquires "200
acres on the Bald Mountain Creek, the waters of the Caney River
beginning near the mouth Sang Fork."
According to the Northeast Early Buncombe Co. Land Records,
#3563, his parcel of land was located on Bald Creek which paralleled US
Highway 19. Plat #3177 directly across from Henry's parcel was his
son's, Washington, 200 acres. It is evident that the names of rivers changed
over time. Historical maps show that the headwaters of current Lickskillet Branch use to be called Sang Branch / Radford Creek which
flowed into Bald Mountain Creek. In the 1780's, road systems were being
established into the interior of the wilderness of Yancey / Madison off
the main routes (one of which was the Buncombe Turnpike). Settlements
relied on roads to transport goods and enable development. The marker that is placed in
this cemetery for Henry is not the actual location of his land or burial
based on historical maps and the Plat of his property. Part of the
confusion is that there are two Bald Mountain creeks which changed names
interchangeably over time. Currently there is a Bald Mountain Creek which
parallels Route 1395 from Wolf Laurel to Bee Log and the other is (Big)
Bald Creek which parallels US Hwy 19 into Burnsville where Harry's 200
acre parcel was located. Furthermore, in 1822 (at the time Henry
died), the only landowner near where this cemetery sits was Pitman
Williams and most of the land nearby in Bee Log was still wilderness
with limited development and ownership.
PATRIOT GRANT #3363 - July 28, 1784
DEED 200 ACRES 1796
BILL OF SALE- Dice Aug
200 ACRES SOLD TO
WILLIAM HENSLEY OCT 1820
PLAT #3563 - May 12, 1794
- 200 acres
Cemeteries and Henry's PLAT
MUSTER ROLL OF COL. PENN
CHARLES ANGEL WILL - Transcription
CHARLES ANGEL WILL - Original
WILL SYBELLA ANGEL - Transcription
SYBELLA ANGEL - Original
36. HENSLEY, Nancy [WHITSON]
b. 1819 - d.
[d/o Isaac Whitson and
Drusilla Bennett; w/o A.J. Hensley; children: Wallace, Cornelius,
Lorenzo, Sarah L., Phoebe C., Enos, Mary Jane, Martha Ann]
HENSLEY, Andrew Jackson "AJ"
b. August 17, 1817 - d.
May 14, 1904
[s/o Henry Hensley
and Mary W. Howard; married Nancy Whitson]
NOTE: on the side of
the stone it reads "August 17, 1817"
#4: 8 graves, some with field/foot stones and head stones
HENSLEY, Henry Halen [unmarked - possible??]
b. abt. 1781 - d. aft 1850
[s/o Henry Harry Hensley
and Barbara Angel; married Mary W. Howard about 1803 in either Buncombe
Co., NC or Knox Co., Kentucky]
NOTES: On 4 Oct 1836, Henry Hensley
(spelled "Hensly") and Wililam McKiney witnessed a Yancey Co. deed
between Thomas H. Blount and William A. Blount, Executors of John G.
Blount, deceased, (all of Beaufort County) to James Renfrow of Yancey
County, for land on Caney Branch of Toe River. Yancey Co, NC Deed Book,
1 page 120 from "Index and Abstract of Deeds of Yancey Co., NC Deed Book
1" by Sally Williams, 1985). On 26 Dec 1838, "Henry Hensly"
received a State Land Grant for 50 acres in Yancey Co, adjoining his own
land. This was entered 16 Jan 1835. Yancey Co, NC Deed Book 1 page
277 from "Index and Abstract of Deeds of Yancey Co., NC Deed Book 1" by
Sally Williams, 1985). On 3 Jan 1839, "Washington Hensly"
(probably George W. Hensley, Henry Halen's suspected son), received a
100 acre land grant in Yancey County, adjoining the land of Henry
Hensley. --Yancey Co, NC Deed Book 1 page 375 from "Index and Abstract
of Deeds of Yancey Co., NC Deed Book 1" by Sally Williams, 1985.
Henry (age 69) and Mary (age 62) were noted in the 1850 Yancey. Co. NC
Census HH #857 and living next door to son Enos Hensley on one side and
Henry Jr. on the other side. Mary was noted as being born in
HENSLEY, Mary W. [HOWARD / HOARD]
[unmarked - possible?]
b. abt. 1785 - d. aft.
[d/o Rev. War Veteran
Samuel Hoard/Howard and Chloe
Langley Osborne of Virginia and later moved to
Harlan Co., KY; their children:
1) Samuel L., b.
Feb. 6, 1804 (md.
Martha Evelyn Tipton; moved to Harlan Co., KY)
2) Barbara. b. abt.
3) George Washington,
b. Oct. 22, 1809 (md. Ruth Edwards (d/o James Edwards and Elizabeth Wilson); moved to
Harlan Co., KY)
4) Bannister, b. abt
1811 (md. Mary Jane Briggs (d/o Big Ed Wilson and Nancy Dolly Briggs);
remained in Yancey Co.)
5) Fieldon, b. 1813
Phillips; remained in Yancey Co.)
6) Nancy Verlin, b.
David Shelton; moved over to Flag Pond area of Unicoi Co.)
7) Enos b. 1816
Gilbert; moved to Harlan Co., KY)
8) Andrew Jackson
Nancy Whitson, remained in Yancey Co. - interred here)
9) Wallace C. b. abt.
1. Mariah Whitson and 2. Emaline Bennett; remained in Yancey Co. -
10) Henry Halen. Jr., b.
Louisa Jane of TN; remained in Yancey Co.)
NOTES: After the death of
husband Henry, Mary moved in with her son, Henry Jr. and family, as
indicated in the 1860 Yancey Co., Census HH790 and 1870 Yancey Co.,
Census HH #51. They lived in Egypt Twp. Mary's sister Nancy
Howard, married Henry Halen Hensley's brother Lewis Hensley in 1803 in
Knox Co, KY per the marriage bond dated 1 Sept. 1803, then moved back to
Buncombe Co, NC. I am inclined to believe that both Hensley
brothers married the Howard sisters in Knox Co., KY at the same time.
Lewis remained in Knox/Harlan, KY and was eventually killed at the hand
of his brother-in-law; Henry Halen and Mary moved back to
Yancey Co. The 1820 Deed filed in Harlan Co. mentions both Henry
and Lewis Hensley of "Buncombe" receiving parcel land near the
Cumberland River on the northeast side of Martins Fork.
1820 DEED OF SAMUEL HOWARD
49. HENSLEY, Wallace C.
[unmarked - suspected]
b. abt. 1818 - d. after 1871
[s/o Henry Hensley and Mary W. Howard; married 1st Mariah
Whitson; children: Isabelle, Amos, Erwin H., Cordelia, married 2nd
Emaline Bennett on Aug 20, 1854 in Yancey Co. (she first married Joseph Hughes
and he died); children: Lavina,
Samuel, Morris Ellis, McDaniel.
NOTE: Wallace and family lived
in the Bee Log area all his life and according to Mike Shelton's GG aunt
Verlon, she attests he is buried here with his parents and children.
During the Civil War, Wallace served in
Co. C, 58th NC Rangers Infantry - CSA. His son, Ervin's, discharge
papers show "Distinguished Service" for substituting for his father who
became ill and was forced to return home.
50. HENSLEY, Mariah Whitson
[unmarked - suspected]
b. abt . 1823 - d. abt. 1851?
NOTE: it's suspected that she
died after giving birth to Cordelia; not much is known about her; she
could be the sister to Nancy Whitson who married Wallace's brother?
#5: 10 graves, some with field/foot stones and
head stones (51-60)
#6: 11 graves, 2 of which are unmarked; 9 of which have field/foot stones and
head stones (61-71)
b. August 5, 1934 -
d. September 16, 1934
[d/o J. W. Pate and Hattie
HENSLEY, J. W. [unmarked]
b. February 15, 1875
- d. September 22, 1900
NOTE: during the 1939 and 1940
surveys, this use to be a marked grave and noted in the logs
Barbara Jane HIGGINS
b. 1841 - d.
November 21, 1911
"Gone Before - Wife of
[d/o John Holland Higgins
and 1st wife Mary Lucinda Arwood of Coffee Ridge, TN;
2nd w/o M.S. Pate
April 7, 1870 ; children: John (buried Sams Creek Unicoi), Doctor Franklin
buried Watts Cem, Martha Melissa
Barbara "Dollie" buried
NOTE: Barbara's sister,
Malinda Jane married Doctor A. Pate - brother to Marcellus.
b. December 23, 1839 - d.
January 20, 1926
"Safe in the Arms of
[s/o Thomas Pate and
Sylvia "Lille" Hensley; married 1st Iona Shelton; children: Eliphus, Reuben, Robert Ethridge;
2nd wife - Barbara Jane
married April 7, 1870; children: John (buried Sams Creek Unicoi), Doctor Franklin
buried Watts Cem, Martha Melissa
Barbara "Dollie" buried
NOTE: "M.S." served in the Civil
War-CSA; enlisted on July 3, 1861 at age 22 as Private for Co. B.,
29th Infantry Reg., Unit #193. He was transferred on September 16,
1861 from Co. B to Co. K and promoted to full Corporal but later
reduced in rank back to Private after which time he deserted on
September 6, 1863. His record states he had a "Distinguished
Service." His brothers, Doctor A., John Oliver, and
George Washington Pate also served in Co. B of the 29th Regiment.
Noted in the 1910 Yancey Co., NC Census, he and Barbara-Jane were living
in Egypt Twp on Bald Mountain Road; they were married for 40 years; and
they owned a farm and both were able to read and write.
--Portrait of MS Pate courtesy of Dwight
HENSLEY, Elvery LEDFORD
b. July 29, 1857 -
d. December 27, 1919
[d/o Fredrick Ledford and
Elizabeth White; w/o Enos Hensley - married Sept. 16, 1877; children:
Jeremiah, Mary Jane, Margaret, Elizabeth E.]
b. October 17, 1884
- d. January 25, 1901
HENSLEY, Infant Son
b/d November 15, 1935
[s/o Vance Hensley and
79. HENSLEY, William Baxter
"Peace in the Valley"
b. May 21, 1876 - d.
January 27, 1955
[s/o Erwin H. Hensley and
HENSLEY, Robert W.
b. October 4, 1871 -
d. January 13, 1949
[s/o Erwin H. Hensley and
HENSLEY, Sarah PATE
b. March 7, 1873 -
November 7, 1931
Doctor A. Pate and Malinda Higgins buried Sams Creek
Cem. Unicoi Co. TN]
NOTE: Photo of Sarah Pate and
Robert W. Hensley courtesy of Doyle Adkins/Mike Shelton.
HENLSEY, Martha E. TAYLOR
b. August 30, 1850 - d.
July 18, 1908
"She is an Affectionate
Wife and Faithful Friend"
[d/o Wesley Taylor and
Sarah Phillips of Catawba Co., NC; w/o Erwin H. Hensley - married
December 12, 1868 in Yancey Co.; children: Nancy Mariah,
Robert W., Sallie C., William B, Bessie H., Sewell B., Rebecca, Samuel
W., George G., Katherine]
NOTE: Portrait of Erwin Hensley
and Martha Taylor courtesy of Mike Shelton.
83. HENSLEY, Erwin H.
b. October 24, 1848
- d. June 12, 1934
[s/o Wallace S. Hensley
and Mariah Whitson;
married 1st Martha E.
Taylor; 2nd Dora Jane Pate]
NOTE: During the Civil War, Ervin
served as Pvt. for Co. C, 58th NC Rangers Infantry - CSA. His
discharge papers show "Distinguished Service" for substituting for his
father, Wallace C. Hensley, who became ill and was forced to return
home. PHOTO: (Left) Ervin
and 2nd wife, Dora Jane and son Vance courtesy Doyle Adkins. (Right)
Ervin's birthday with two cakes and
standing next to wife Dora courtesy Mike Shelton
b. July 26, 1909 - d. June
"Dau S.R. and Cordelia
b. April 17, 1924 -
d. April 4, 1930
[d/o Mack Daniel Hensley
and Sallie Phillips]
86. HENSLEY, Mack Daniel
b. July 2, 1896 - d.
June 8, 1992
[s/o Robert W. Hensley and
HENSLEY, Sarah PHILLIPS
b. April 18, 1896 -
d. August 28, 1959
"I Shall Let Fall a
Shower of Roses"
John Wesley Phillips
and Laura Alice Edwards; w/o Mack D. Hensley; married June 1912 in
NOTE: Wedding photo of Mack
& Sarah courtesy Mike Shelton.
88. BYRD, Josephine "Josie" BERRY
b. March 8, 1908 -
d. December 29, 1963
[d/o John S. Berry
and Lucretia Adkins]
b. January 25, 1929
- d. April 1, 1929
WHEELER, Linda Lou - unmarked
b. February 19, 1942 - d.
February 22, 1942
b. September 5, 1916 - d.
September 17, 1916
92. HENSLEY, Rachel
b. April 20, 1846 - d.
February 28, 1915
"In God We Trust"
[w/o Loranzo Hensley]
NOTE: inscription is etched into
a soft stone
93. HENSLEY, Sarah "Sallie" C.
b. July 1, 1874 - d.
June 1, 1948
"Her children arise up,
and call her blessed; Her husband also, and he praiseth her.
[d/o Ervin Hensley and
Martha Taylor; w/o William M. Estep]
b. June 6, 1863 - d.
January 12, 1956
[s/o Samuel Estep of
Wilkes Co., NC and Temperance L. Marlow]
Row 10: 9 graves, marked
with fieldstones and headstones (95-103)
Cinthia Elizabeth ESTEP
b. August 6, 1861 - d.
February 27, 1911
"She was an
Affectionate Wife and a Faithful Friend"
Estep (b 1828- d. 1911) and Temperance Ann Marlow
(b. 1829 - 1880) of Wilkes Co., NC; w/o Elkanah Berry; children:
Margaret, John S., David A. Abbie, Rose Ella.
NOTE: info courtesy of David Banks
BERRY, Elkanah "LC"
b. February 9, 1858 - d.
February 12, 1924
[s/o John Barry and
Elizabeth French of Johnson Co., TN
NOTE: He was also known as
"Caney or LC. At age 22, Elkanah married
Elizabeth Estep (age 18) on November 15, 1879 in Yancey Co., NC -- witnessed by Henry H.
Howard, Jacob Lewis and William Lewis. Per the 1910 Yancey Co.,
Census, he lived in Egypt Twp on Bald Mnt. Road and owned a farm.
After the death of his wife, he moved in with his daughter Rosie and her
husband John Wheeler as indicated in the 1920 Yancey Co., Census and
lived on Cove River Road. in Egypt Twp.
BERRY, John S.
b. June 9, 1883 - d.
December 2, 1936
[s/o Elkanah Berry and
Elizabeth Estep; married Lucretia Adkins (d/o Henry Vincent Adkins and
Ann Nellie Hughes) September 3, 1903 in Yancey Co; children: Luther Chester
(#1), Josie, Charles, Ruby Jane,
Arnold, H.C., Pear]
NOTE: The 1930 Yancey Co. Census
shows he owned a farm on the Caney River in Ramseytown.
NC DEATH RECORD #494
died age 53; married; cause of
death "mitral and aortic insufficiency"; noted as the son of Caney Berry
and "Martha" Estep. informant Clifford Miller.
b. July 18, 1925 - d.
September 26, 1944
[s/o John S. Berry and
NOTE: According to his
TN DEATH RECORD #20519
he died age 19 as an impatient at the Appalachian Hospital in Johnson
City. He fractured his tibia/fibula and while under anesthesia he
died. His occupation was a filling station opeator and lived
in Erwin, Tennessee at the time. He was single. Noted
as being buried at "Hensley Cemetery Bee Log."
Row 11: 7 graves, marked
with fieldstones and headstones (108-114)
Co. K, 3rd NC MTD
b. November 9, 1846 - d. April
[s/o Wallace Hensley and
Mariah Whitson; married 1st Harriett (Ledford) McIntosh on January 12, 1868;
children: George Washington, Jesse Amos, Albert C., Laura Jane, Joseph
C., Lillie Ann. Married 2nd Naoma Estep; children Minnie F,
William Ervin, McKinley Mayfield, Walter Andrew (buried
Evergreen Cem Erwin, TN), Harriett Ann, Braska,
NOTE: Per the Unicoi Co. Death
Record #9945-1930, died at age 83; cause of death "myocarditis";
informant Walter Hensley of Erwin; parents noted; buried in "North
Carolina." Photo of Amos on left and his
brother Ervin Hensley on right seated; boy in the middle is Grant Hensley
taken abt. 1928 courtesy of Mike Shelton. At age 18, Amos was mustered into
service on March 1, 1865 in Knoxville, TN serving as Private for
Co. K, 3rd NC Mounted Infantry. According to his enlistment papers he
was described as 5 foot - 5 inches, hazel eyes, brown hair, fair
complexion; occupation was a farmer. On March 19, 1865 he became sick
and was sent to a hospital in Greenville, TN. He married twice
siring 7 children and living a long life to age 84.
CIVIL WAR DOCS:
The children of Wallace Hensley: L-R Amos, Melissa "Lis" (md.
Tom Honeycutt buried at
Edwards Cem #3), Marcellas (md. Catherine Berry), and Erwin.
--courtesy of Mike Shelton
HENSLEY, Naomi K. ESTEP
b. March 7, 1862 - d.
September 7, 1947
[d/o Samuel Estep and Tema
Lewis; w/o Amos Hensley
b. December 15, 1908 - d.
December 13, 1915
"Son of Amos and Naomey
[s/o Amos Hensley and
Row 12: 7 graves, 2 of
which are unmarked; 5 of which are marked with fieldstones and
SHELTON, Riley Erwin
b. August 8, 1887 -
October 18, 1924
"Asleep with Jesus"
[s/o Andrew Johnson
Shelton and Nancy Mariah Hensley; married Dora Melissa Edwards on March
18, 1914 in Yancey Co buried Turner-Pate Cem.
NOTE: Riley's wife, Dorie,
is the d/o Chedo Lumuel Edwards and Minnie
Clyde Murphy and was from Catawba Co., NC. Photo of Dorie and Riley
courtesy of Mike Shelton.
b. 1887 - d. April 3, 1932
"Asleep with Jesus"
[d/o Andrew Johnson
Shelton and Nancy Mariah Hensley]
NOTE: photo on left is Verlon
Hensley-Edwards and right Sarah Rilda Shelton courtesy Mike Shelton
Rev. Robert Harrison
b. April 28, 1890 - d.
"Asleep with Jesus"
[s/o Andrew Johnson
Shelton and Nancy Mariah Hensley; wife Laura Jane Stamper buried Dave
Proffitt Cem Yancey Co.]
NOTE On December 3, 1918, he became
Justice of the Peace for Egypt Twp., Photos of Robert Shelton and Laura
Jane Stamper courtesy Mike Shelton
Row 13: 5 graves marked with
fieldstones and headstones (128-132)
Row 14: only one grave
which sits next to the front gate (133)
b. September 22,
1947 - d. February 7, 1999
HENSLEY - private (alive)
NOTE: This is the last tombstone
near the entrance gate
PHOTOS: Macro views of cemetery facing west towards
the entrance gate; Henry "Harry" Hensley is my 4G grandfather through his
William Allison Hensley who is buried along with
Harry's wife, Barbara Angel-Hensley, at the
Old Hensley Cemetery #3
on Spivey, TN on the other side of Little Bald Mountain.