Old Hensley Cemetery #3 of 19W
Unicoi County, Tennessee
Enumerated, documented and researched by
PHOTOS: (L) entrance to the cemetery from the
parking lot. I made the sign in February 2014. (R) macro view of Old Hensley Cemetery and the unmarked graves
with crosses --some of which have been recently identified by death
certificates and familiar connections. --photo taken 2007 bbpytel
Also known as "Falls Branch Cemetery," is located at the summit of
Spivey Mountain near the NC state line. The cemetery is
the resting ground of many descendents of Revolutionary War Veteran, Sgt.
Henry "Harry" Hensley and Barbara Angel through their youngest son,
William Allison "W. A" Hensley. Around 1847, William A. moved to these parts of Tennessee after losing his land
in the Bee Log area of NC due to a bond he posted for
Capron Baker who
absconded Yancey Co. tax funds. W. A. left Yancey Co. with $300
and a mare from a settlement to clear his name, after which
time he acquired 600 acres on the summit of Spivey. His widowed
mother, Barbara, and unmarried sister, Zania, moved with W. A. and family
to Spivey for the rest of their lives (as verified by census records). It's
strongly suspected that Zania and Barbara are buried here with unmarked
graves. The cemetery sits on part of the original track of W. A.'s
Location: From Erwin, take US Highway 19W towards
Burnsville, NC which cuts through the Spivey Mountain gap. At the summit
of Spivey Mountain, make a left onto Hensley Cemetery Road (just before
you reach the Mountain Dale Freewill Baptist church on the right.
The winding one-way gravel road takes you up a steep hill passing two
houses before you reach the top. There are two sharp turns to
negotiate before the road plateaus at the summit. There is a small parking
lot and a wide turn around. The Cemetery is well maintained with
plenty of parking. Old and
New Hensley Cemeteries #3 are next to each other. PHOTO:
(left) the gravel road which leads to both the Old and New Hensley
The listing is in order of enumeration which begins at the far east end of
the cemetery. "Cross" indicates unmarked grave with a concrete cross.
Suspected unmarked graves are identified with comments based on death
records and family info. Maiden names are in parenthesis, as well as any
additional commentary based on family research. Email your comments, feedback and photos.
PART I - Index of
[#2-3; 10-11; 25-27; 118; 142], FOSTER
[#1; 4-5; 123-125; 133], HENSLEY
[#14, 65; 68-91; 141b], HIGGINS
[#55; 104-105; 124], HONEYCUTT
[#22; 112], HUGHES [#60],
[#91-94; 129], MARTIN
[#60], TILSON [#4], THOMAS
[#6-7; 14-22], WILSON [#136
unless otherwise noted by Beth Bradford-Pytel.
PART II - The Grave
unmarked grave w/ Cross
a. February 1, 1911 - d. May 10, 1966
[s/o Joseph Berry Edwards
#25b and 2nd wife Lula Hensley]
[wife - alive]
Two Infant Sons of Vines and (alive)
unnamed Infant son - b. March 18, 1939 - d. March 18, 1939
unnamed Infant son - b. Sept. 29, 1949 - d. Sept. 29, 1949
FOSTER, James Henry
b. February 14, 1880 - d. June 9, 1951
[s/o James Foster and Sarah
Eliza A. [TILSON]
b. May 22, 1890 - d. July 22, 1971
[w/o James; d/o Nathaniel T.
Tilson and Rachel Edwards of Clear Branch area;
children: Sue Emma
#5, Robert, Parley,
buried Mt. Pleasant Cem., Melda,
Ibbie, Erwin, Ollie]
b. July 1920 - d. January 25, 2005
[d/o James H. Foster and Eliza A. Tilson #4b]
WILLIAMS, Joe [Joseph]
b. [March] 1882 - d. 1941
[s/o Silas Williams #16 and Axie C.
NOTE: 1910 Census Joe 25,
Millie 38, Silas [father] 63,
age 70 [father in-law]
7. WILLIAMS, Millie R.
b. 1870 - d. 1950
[w/o Joseph Williams #6; d/o Randolph Thomas
NOTE: no tombstone - only funeral marker
8. unmarked grave (a rock)
9. Cross [suspected Edwards]
EDWARDS, Edna O.
b. April 16, 1932 - d. July 23, 1937
[d/o Luther Blaine Edwards and Emma Peterson
buried Edwards Cem. #3]
EDWARDS, Nina Kay
b. November 17, 1937 - d. December 8, 1938
[d/o Luther Blaine Edwards and Emma Peterson
buried Edwards Cem. #3]
NOTE: Unicoi Co. Death Cert #29031 -
died of "Whooping Cough"
13. Cross [suspected Edwards]
WILLIAMS, Eliza M. [HENSLEY]
b. Sept 8, 1885 - d. Oct 2, 1951
[w/o C. R. Williams #15; d/o Cornelius E. Hensley
Rebecca Jane Hensley #119/120]
WILLIAMS, C. R. [Cornelius R.]
b. Oct. 14, 1873 - d. July 1, 1940
Gone But Not Forgotten
[s/o Silas Williams
(#16) and 1st wife Axie C. Bradford (#19);
children: Harry, Harley #18, Bradie
NOTE: photos of old and New tombstones
"Pvt., Co., H,
3rd N.C. Mounted Infantry -
Civil War -Union"
b. February 1847 - d. November 18, 1922
[s/o Pitman Williams (b. 1810) and Sarah
Whitson (b. 1818)
buried Pitman-Williams Cem
1st wife- Axie C. Bradford
2nd wife -Martha Jane Honeycutt (d/o David Honeycutt and Margaret
burial John C. Wilson Cem;);
married Aug. 3, 1910 in Unicoi Co.; buried
Ledford-Williams Cem, Yancey Co., NC; children:
David, Louis, Mary; she is the sister of Texie Honeycutt #22]
NOTE: Unicoi Co. Death Record #362-1922; died age 76, cause
of death "Paralysis"; informant was son Joe A. Williams of Kittyton; father mentioned in record; Lived in Egypt Twp., Yancey Co., NC most of his life.
PHOTO of Silas and 2nd wife, Martha Jane and their 3 children; Catherine
in the background is Martha's sister, photo courtesy Dwight Edwards.
CIVIL WAR CONSCRIPTION DOC
grave w/ Cross]
b/d January 17, 1919
[infant child of C. R. Williams and Eliza Hensley #14/15]
NOTE: Unicoi Co. death record #410;
cause of death not stated; informant R. J. Hensley of Kittyton; noted "buried Hensley
WILLIAMS, Harley [suspected
grave w/ Cross]
b. July 31, 1916 - d. July 5, 1917
[s/o C. R. Williams and Eliza
NOTE: Unicoi Co., death record #489; cause of death "hives"; informant J.
E. Huskins of Kittyton, noted buried "Hensley Cemetery"
WILLIAMS, Axie C. [Achsa
b. Sept. 14, 1842 - d. March 18, 1910
"She was the mother of eight children --
There was an angel born in heaven that was not quite complete,
So God took our darling mother to further vacant sent"
[d/o Samuel Bradford and Elizabeth Pate of Bald Mnt. Yancey Co., NC; w/o Silas Williams #16;
children: William Garrison, Mary, Cornelius R. #15,
Nelly, Samuel, Joseph #6,
Mack #21, Walter]
20. Cross (probable WILLIAMS grave)
WILLIAMS, Mack C.
b. [Feb.] 1882 - d. 1963
"He is asleep not dead"
[s/o Silas Williams #16 and Axie C. Bradford #19; wife Texie
WILLIAMS, Texie HONEYCUTT
b. March 12, 1893 - d. July 23, 1971
"Mother I Miss You"
[d/o David Honeycutt and Manerva Edwards (suspected
burial John C. Wilson Cem;)
w/o Mack Williams #21; married February 13, 1909;
children: Arville, Hoy, Dee, Hettie, R.E., Martha,
Marvin, Ollie, Silas, Opal
NOTE: Texie Honeycutt is the sister of
Silas Williams' (#16) 2nd wife Martha Jane Honeycutt.
grave w/ Cross]
b. abt. 1905 - d. June
[s/o Joseph B. Edwards and
2nd wife Lula Hensley]
NOTE: Unicoi Co. death record #90980 - died
of "Flux"; parents mentioned in record
EDWARDS, Sinia HOWELL
b. November. 22, 1866 - d. April 13, 1903
[1st w/o J.B. Edwards; children: Louisa Jane, Della M., Garrett, Onida, Bertha
Lee in photo]
Joseph B. [Berry]
b. May 17, 1860 - d. September 15, 1920
"Mother - Father, The Angels Called Them"
[s/o Howell Edwards #27 and Louisa Jane Hensley #26]
NOTE: Unicoi Co. Death Record
#20408, cause of death "Flux-Dysentery"; After the death of Sina, JB
remarried Lula Hensley on March 2, 1904 (she is buried at
Edwards Cem #3) siring 5 more children:
Harvey #24, Luther B., David Vines, Essie, Oscar.
Above Pboto taken abt. 1902: [l-r] Louisa J., Della, Garrett, Onida,
baby Bertha Lee. sitting on Joe's lap; courtesy of Terry Bradford.
EDWARDS, Louisa Jane HENSLEY
b. July 4, 1836 - d. October 2, 1900
"Mother of four children - She bore the Cross - She wears the Crown"
[w/o Howell Edwards #27 - married on July 31, 1858 in
Washington Co., TN;
d/o William Allison Hensley and Lucinda Higgins #105a/b;
children: Joseph Berry #25; Barbara Ann
Elbert Peterson Cem., William Allison, Lucinda E.]
[suspected --unmarked grave w/ Cross]
b. October 1835 -
d. June 6, 1911
[wife is Louisa-Jane
#26; s/o John "Broke-Leg" Edwards
[b. Jan 3, 1806] and Leonnah Briggs
Sampson-Wilson Cem. #29a/b,
NOTE: Born in the Bald Mnt. area of Egypt Twp.,
Yancey Co., NC. 1900 Census shows he was born in October 1835, married 42
yrs and sired 4 children. After the death of his wife, sometime
before 1910, Howell was sent to Knoxville, Tennessee to be admitted to the
Eastern Hospital for the Insane. During the 1910 Census, he was
enumerated as a patient at the facility. According to his
DEATH RECORD #4406
he died at the hospital due to "Nutral
Stenesis" (natural stenosis) secondary to "senility with dementia."
His body was brought back to Erwin and I suspect he is buried here next to
28-39. Crosses (entire row of 12 graves marked with crosses --no identification)
40-46. Crosses (entire row of 7 graves marked with crosses -- no identification)
47. DAVIS, Lora M.
b. [May 1905] 1906 - d. [Feb. 3] 1933
[located behind first cross in Row 6;
ground stone facing -west]
[d/o ____ Runion and Martha;
w/o Floyd Davis]
NOTE: Unicoi Co. death record #4434-1933; cause of death
"homicide, neck broken, blow to the head"; informant William Runion of Clear
48-54. Crosses (7 graves marked with crosses --no
HIGGINS, George W. [Washington]
b. March 14, 1824 - d. July 28, 1863
"A kind and affectionate husband, a fond father and
friend to all --- Gone"
Higgins and Barbara Hensley; Barbara
Higgins Chapel Cem. #98;
Holland buried in Temple Hill, Unicoi Co. TN.; GW married
Mary Jane Hensley in 1847.
NOTE: It appears GW died during the civil
war based on the death year.
55b. HIGGINS, Mary
[Mary Jane HENSLEY]
b. October 24, 1826 - d. July 21, 1903
"Mother of three children"
[w/o George W.;
d/o Benjamin Hensley and Louisa Shelton
children: Samuel, Joseph and unknown?]
NOTE: During the 1850 Washington Co. census, HH #1348, GW Higgins
(age 24) and Mary Hensley (age 22) are noted being born in NC; children Samuel
age 4 and Joseph age 2 in the HH. They lived next door to John Broke-Leg Edwards
and 2nd wife Margaret Higgins on one side and the other, William B. Jones and
Mariah Belle Briggs. During the 1860 Census, GW and Mary Hensley-Higgins
and family move down to Cherokee Co., NC in the Hat House District. Living
with them were their two sons, Samuel and Joseph and Catherine Runion and
56-59. Crosses (4 graves marked with crosses -- no
grave w/ Cross]
b. July 5, 1833 - d. January 6, 1921
[d/o Joseph Hughes and Emaline Bennett of Egypt Twp., Yancey Co., NC]
NOTE: Per the Unicoi Co. death
record #302-1921, widow, d/o Joseph Hughes and Emaline Bennett of
NC; cause of death "Old Age"; informant Lizzie Watts of
Kittyton; buried in "Hensley Cem." During the 1860
Census, Egypt Twp., house #792, Elvira was 13 living with
mother Emeline Bennett-Hughes-Hensley who remarried to Wallace Hensley on
August 28, 1854 in Yancey Co., NC after the death of Joseph Hughes.
In the household also noted is her blood siblings Jeremiah and Rachel.
Next door was J. M Watts and Elizabeth; There is another Virah Hughs-Shelton
HENSLEY, Noah [suspected
grave w/ Cross]
b. May 23, 1881 - d. July 28,
[s/o Joseph C. Hensley and
Matilda "Tilda" Foster; married Ulsey Watts]
NOTE: Unicoi Co. Death record #473 - died of "colic"; married;
informant Lizzie Watts of Kittyton, TN; noted he was buried at "Hensley Cemetery"
HENSLEY, Lula [suspected
grave w/ Cross]
b. February 04, 1917 -
February 19, 1917
[d/o Noah Hensley
#58 and Ulsey Watts]
NOTE: Unicoi Co., Death record #443 - died of "croup"; buried at
HENSLEY, William Henderson
[unmarked w/ Cross]
b. 1828 - d. January
[s/o John Hensley, Esq. and
Ursla; wife Julia Ann Hensley #64]
HENSLEY, Julia Ann [unmarked
b. December 10, 1848 - d.
December 30, 1914
[d/o William Kimsey Hensley and Elvira Chandler #65a/b;
married William Henderson Hensley on May 31, 1868;
children: William Kims,
Ulysses, Henry G., Joseph, Enos, Charles, Sarah Ann.
NOTE: Unicoi Co. Death Record #64-1914; widow; cause of death "Old Age"; informant J. E. Huskins, Kittyton, TN;
parents mentioned in record; noted buried "Hensley Cem."
HENSLEY, W. K.
no dates on stone [b. 1827 - d. December 11, 1867]
Pvt. and Cpl. Co.
M., 8th TENN Cavalry Union
William A. Hensley and Lucinda Higgins #106a/b;]
Family records show W. K. was born abt. 1827 in the Bald Mnt. area of Yancey Co., NC.
He died a couple of years after service in the Civil War from "pulmonary
consumption" according to his wife's widow pension file. Per 1890 Civil War Veteran Census [U-248-1] served as Corporal Co. M, 8th Tenn Cavalry
from 15 Sept 1863 - 11 Sept 1965; widow
received benefits in Clear Branch P.O. Box.
b. September 28, 1827 - d. Aug. 27, 1910
Wife of W. K. HENSLEY -- In God We
[w/o William Kimsey #65a - married on March 14,
1846 in Yancey Co., NC.
d/o Joseph T. Chandler and Martha Holly buried Chandler #2 Ceme 19W:
children: William Harrison, Julia Ann, Elizabeth, Joseph C., Rebecca Jane #120, Melissa C., Thomas N., Mary Celeste
#68, Calvin G.]
NOTE: She is also known as Ella. Unicoi Co. Death Record #90976, born
in Madison Co., NC, died of "cancer" age 83.
unnamed infant [suspected --unmarked w/ Cross]
b/d. March 29, 1916
[infant child of John Burton
Hensley and Martha Ann Hensley #115/116]
NOTE: Unicoi Co. Death Record #455
indicates child was "Stillborn", the parents are J. B. Hensley and Martha
Hensley; informant J. E. Hensley;
buried at Hensley Cemetery. Mother was 50
yrs old when she gave birth to "stillborn."
JONES, Gaither B.
Tennessee - Cpl., 329th Infantry - WWI
[b. September 4, 1892 - d. July 24,
[s/o William H. Jones and Mary
NOTE: Unicoi Co. death record #322; married; cause of death "fargugitis";
informant H. E. Huskins of Kittyton, TN; birth and death dates and parents mentioned in record
68. HUSKINS, Mary Celeste
b. Aug. 18, 1863 - d. Sept 20, 1939
Rest in Peace
[d/o William Kimmsey Hensley and Elvira Chandler #65a/b; w/o Ebb Huskins;
children: Ella-Ann, Gaither, Rufus]
NOTE: family photo (l-r) Gaither Huskins,
Ella-Ann Huskins-Jones, Mary Celeste Hensley-Huskins, Lula Hensley, Elvira
Chanlder-Hensley. Photo courtesy of Dwight Edwards.
HENSLEY, Hiram Cornelius
b. July 4, 1862 - d. March 12, 1933
In Loving Memory of Father and Mother
Footstones "Father" & "Mother"
[s/o Barnett L. Hensley and Lucinda Hensley
NOTE: Unicoi Co. death record #6838-1933; died
of "atrophy of liver"; informant- S. V. Hensley of Clear Branch; buried at
HENSLEY, Polly Ann [Mary Ann HENSLEY]
b. June 11, 1870 - d. Jan 25, 1949
His wife [d/o Robert Burton Hensley and Catherine J. Edwards
Hattie, Silvanus, Robert W. #79, Mary C. [twin],
Martha [twin], Vauda Bell
#81, Joseph R., Vernon #80]
photo of Hiram C. and Polly Ann's Family
courtesy of Lola
Hensley. In 1906, Hiram C.
Hensley filed an application with the Bureau of Indian Affairs claiming he was a
descendant of Martin B. Maney and Keziah Vann through his mother Lucinda Hensley
[d/o Lewis Hensley and Elizabeth Metcalf] requesting a review into his claim for
a Cherokee pension. ==>
Original Documents Filed with Bureau of Indian
HENSLEY, B. L. [Barnett L.]
b. June 28, 1832 - d. November 19*, 1916
A kind father and a devoted Christian
William S. Hensley and Mary "Polly" Howell] of Coffee Ridge area.
NOTE: After the death of his wife, he moved
over to Ramseytown, Yancey Co. NC to live with his daughter Martha Jane and
Jessie Martin as indicated in the 1910 Census. He was a lifetime farmer. During the Civil War he
enlisted in the 3rd N.C. Mtd. Infantry under Capt, George Kirk.
According to his
DEPOSITION dated Sept. 11, 1905, attesting for 2nd cousin
William Issam Hensley, he marched with Col. Kirk over to Greene Co., TN
through the Bald Mnt. area. After his service, he lived in Kentucky
for about a year before returning to TN. Per
Unicoi Co., TN death record #534
1916, he was a widow and died Nov *29, 1916 of " diarrhea" at age 84; informant H. C. Hensley;
He was the son of
William Hensley [NC] and Polly Howell [NC]. Photo was verified by
fellow descendant and taken about 1908 when Barnett was an old man. --photo
of Barnett courtesy Terry Bradford.
DEATH RECORD #48708
HENSLEY, Lucinda Van
b. January 18, 1837 - d. January 16, 1883
The mother of nine children --Precious mother, thou hast left us,
Left us forever more --But we hope to meet her on that bright and happy
[wife/first cousin of Barnett - married
Dec 22, 1959 by J. C. Sams J.P... d/o
Lewis Hensley and Elizabeth Metcalf; children:
1) Martha Jane - md. Jessie
A. C. Martin
Hiram Cornelius #69 - md. Mary "Polly" Ann Hensley
Ruhama - md. Samuel L. Bradford
Samuel L. Bradford Cem
4) Nancy Elizabeth -
buried Shallow Ford Cem Erwin
5) Joseph Barnett - md.
and 3 unknown.
71-75. Crosses (5 graves marked with crosses)
NOTE: suspected unmarked graves of William Harrison Hensley and
Martha Jane Hensley
76. HENSLEY, Eligah B.
Son of W. H. and M. J. Hensley
[b. abt. 1881 - died abt 1901;
s/o William Harrison Hensley and Martha Jane Hensley]
77. Cross (suspected grave of Celia A. Hensley --w/o Eligah B.)
78. HENSLEY, Ida G.
b. Nov. 26, 1901 - d. Aug. 31. 1902
Daughter of W. H. and M. J. Hensley
[d/o William Harrison Hensley and Martha Jane Hensley]
79. HENSLEY, R. W. [Robert W.]
b. August 27, 1894 - d. November 19, 1910
Son of H.C. and P.A. Hensley
A loved one of us is gone, a voice we loved is still,
A place is vacant in our home, which never can be filled.
[s/o Hiram Cornelius Hensley and Polly Ann Hensley #69a/b]
NOTE: Unicoi Co. Death Record #90974 - died age 16 from
Family explains that Robert was hunting in the
Dan Hampton Hollow (also known as Cold Fields) near the Yancey Co. border.
He leaned his hog riffle against a log at which time the gun accidentally fell
and discharged striking him to his death. Joseph Hensley (brother of R.W.)
said that there was a small building near where Robert was killed. He said
he and some men took the door off the jam and laid Robert's body on it and
carried him back home.
80. HENSLEY, Vernon
b. May 11, 1909 - d. October 23, 1910
Son of H.C. and P.A. Hensley
[infant s/o Hiram Cornelius Hensley and Polly Ann Hensley
NOTE: Unicoi Co. Death Record #90975, died
1 year and 4 months - cause of death "croup";
inscription is extremely faded
81. HENSLEY, Vauda Bell
b. Aug. 18, 1900 - d. Jan. 16, 1901
Daughter of H.C. and P.A. Hensley
[infant d/o Hiram Cornelius Hensley and Polly Ann Hensley #69a/b;
inscription extremely faded]
82 -86 Crosses (5 graves marked with crosses -- no
HENSLEY, Vernie E.
b. March 19, 1911 - d. June 19, 1965
[d/o Thomas Watsel Hensley and Amanda Jane #90a/b]
88. HENSLEY, Mariah Cordelia
Daughter of Silas and Sarah Hensley.....At Rest
b. June 25, 1870 - d. April 12, 1875
[d/o of Silas Hensley and Sarah Hensley #106a/b]
89a. HENSLEY, Mary C.
March 20, 1844 - d. Sept 19, 1900
Mother of Six Children ---Gone but not forgotten
[w/o John Hensley #89b - married January 23, 1864;
children: Nancy E., Martha C., Lucinda B.,
#90a, Robert B. buried
new Hensley #3]
PHOTO: wedding photo - circa abt. 1865-67;
probably taken about the same time with his younger brother Silas #106.
89b. HENSLEY, John
b. March 19, 1840 - d. March 29, 1927
Heaven has claimed its own
[s/o William A. Hensley and Lucinda Higgins #105a/b]
NOTE: According to Unicoi Co. death record #6787-1927, filed in
Unicoi Co., he is the son of "WA Hensley and Lucinda Higgins." Death
cause was not mentioned but the informant was his son, R. B. Hensley. Like his older brother William Kimsey #64a,
John also served in US Civil War-Union, Co. G., 3rd Reg, NC Mntd Infantry;
Listed as John "H" Hensley, Rank-In Private, Rank-Out Private, film M391 Roll 1
b. Sept. 21, 1876 - d. June 15, 1953
Gone but not forgotten
[s/o John Hensley and Mary C. Edwards #11-12]
Note: Served as Brownlow Post Master - Feb
Death Cert. indicates spelling of middle name "Waitsel"
90b. HENSLEY, Amanda Jane
b. August 19, 1876 - d. Feb. 6, 1965
[w/o Thomas; d/o Elbert Jones
and Margaret M. Edwards; children: Bertha L., Seslor, Vernie E.
LEWIS, Mary C. [Mary Catherine
b. Jan 22, 1898 - d. May 16, 1955
The sweetest mother and a faithful friend
[twin d/o Hiram Cornelius and Polly Ann Hensley #69a/b;
w/o Mallie L. Lewis;
children: Ross #93,
LEWIS, Mallie L.
b. Sept. 19, 1891 - d. Nov. 4, 1946
In loving memory of husband and father - footstone Father
[wife Mary C. Hensley, s/o Robert Hiram Lewis and Ban Hensley
Martins Creek #629/630; siblings: Goldman
John B., Janis A.,
b. May 14, 1915 - d. Nov. 11, 1934
Son of Mary and Mallie Lewis - Gone but not forgotten
[s/o Mary Hensley and Mallie Lewis,-#91-92]
b. Oct. 20, 1917 - d. July 7, 1921
Daughter of M.L & M.C. Lewis - footstone A.L
[can not read inscription; d/o Mary C Hensley and Mallie Lewis #91-92]
NOTE: Unicoi Co. death record #375,
cause of death "flux", buried Hensley Cem., parents mentioned in record
unmarked with Crosses
HENSLEY, Barbara ANGEL
b. abt. 1755 - d.
[d/o Charles Angel and Sybella Cummings of Surry (now Stokes Co.) NC in the Bellew area; w/o
Sgt. Henry "Harry" Hensley
, Yancey Co.; children:
1) George Washington - b.
1775 (md. Lucinda; moved to TN);
2) James b. Feb. 15, 1779
(md. Nancy Anderson; moved to Clay Co., KY); buried
Hensley Cem. Red Bird River
3) Nancy b. 1774
William Jesse Lewis; moved to Madison Co., NC);
4) Henry Halen b. 1781
(md. Mary Howard; remained in Yancey NC); suspected buried
Hensley Cem. Bee Log
5) Lewis (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
SEE info about his killing
b. 1791 (md. Louisa Shelton;
1824 acquired 62 acres in the Flag Pond area, Unicoi Co., TN);
Barbara b. Dec. 27, 1792 (md. Holland Higgins; moved
to Flag Pond, TN; buried
Higgins Chapel Cem.)
#103, b. 1794 (never married; moved w/brother &
mother to Spivey, TN)
9) William Allison
#105a (md. Lucinda Higgins d/o Holland Higgins and
unknown); moved to
Spivey, TN); buried
Hensley #3 Cem]
NOTE: Barbara met Henry Hensley in Surry
Co., NC and they married about 1771 in Surry Co., NC. She is
mentioned in both her father and mother's Wills respectively. After
the death of her husband, during the 1830 Buncombe Co. census (now Yancey
Co.), youngest son William A. took over the household and she and Zania
were living with him. During the 1850 Wash. Co., TN census,
Barbara Angel-Hensley age 95 and Zania Hensley age 57
were living with William A. Hensley and family.
Barbara died sometime before 1860 as she was gone during
this census. On September 7, 2013, I created the commemorative
placard and placed (left photo) on one of the concrete crosses that would
appear to be a logical location within the cemetery.
WILL OF CHARLES ANGEL
HENSLEY, Zania [unmarked
b. abt. 1794 - d. abt.
[d/o Barbara Angel and
Henry Harry Hensley - never married; no known children]
*NOTE: During the 1850 and 1960 Washington Co., TN Census,
Zania was living wtih her brother's family.
married and died sometime before 1870 as she
was gone during this census.
104. HIGGINS, Dora E.
b. March 25, 1886 - d. February 17, 1904
She faltered by the wayside and the angels took her home
[d/o George Washington Higgins and Martha C. Hensley]
William A. (Allison)
b. September 18, 1798
- d. November 5, 1889
The First Settlers on Spivey Mountain
"Harry Hensley and Barbara Angel]
served as Sheriff for Yancey Co. in 1837; moved to Unicoi Co.,
TN side abt. 1847 bringing along his widowed mother, Barbara Angel-Hensley and single sister
never married. Family lore claims he was a great fist fighter.
I suspect he acquired the nickname "Black Bill" because of his trade as a
blacksmith and having very strong hands/ arms to create objects from
wrought iron or steel.
b. July 8, 1803 -
May 24, 1898
[d/o Holland Higgins
(buried Higgins #2 Cem. Temple Hill) and unknown companion;
children: William K. #65, Cornelia, Robert Burton #117,
Creek #278; Louisa Jane #26, Richmond,
John #89b, Silas #116]
NOTE: According John Hensley (son) Unicoi Co. death record
#6787-1927, it states he was the son of WA Hensley and Lucinda Higgins. Lucinda's
father, Holland had a prior relation with an unknown woman and sired two
children, Lucinda and Elizabeth, before he married William's sister,
Barbara Hensley (buried
Higgins Chapel Cem #98). Lucinda's father was murdered on Nov.
30, 1824, by
David Greer who was found not guilty by the court; however, he was
later killed by local residents to avenge the unjust ruling and murder.
The murder of Holland Higgins was very personal to William A. because of
family ties through his wife (d/o Holland) and sister (w/o Holland) who
just had a baby son a few months before he was murdered and thus became a widow to raise 9
children on her own.
More info on William A. and Lucinda Higgins.
b. Nov. 2, 1845 - d. Nov. 4, 1935
His Record is on High - footstone S.H.
[s/o William A. Hensley and Lucinda
NOTE: He was a lifetime farmer and
assumed the property and old residence of his parents after they died.
PHOTOS: Silas and Sarah's wedding photo circa abt. 1867
probably taken about the same time his is older brother John and wife
Mary #89. the original photo is on a tinplate and in possession of
of the late Pearl Lee Hensley-Bradford, grand daughter of Silas and Sarah.
Tin plate scanned in 2003 --photo restored by bbpytel.
Sarah E. [HENSLEY
b. January 7, 1846 - d.
August 16, 1936
Her End was Peace - footstone S.E.H.
A. Hensley and Carlotta "Lottie" Briggs buried
John C. Wilson Cem Yancey Co., NC; children:
2) Mariah Cordelia #88
NOTE: Sarah was born and raised in
the Lottie's Creek area of Bald Mountain. She was the twin sister to Howell M. Hensley buried Watts
Cem. Photos of Sarah: (Left) she is
about age 50 and right, she is standing next to her husband, Silas and mother
Charlotta "Lottie" Briggs-Hensley circa abt. 1895. Original photos were in
possession of the late Pearl Lee Hensley-Bradford, grand daughter of Silas and
107-111. Crosses [5 graves with crosses --no identification]
NOTE: possibly Higgins / Honeycutt graves? in relation to Cora Lee Higgins
112. HONEYCUTT, Cora
b. April 11, 1879 - d. May 21, 1904
Mother of Three Children
[d/o Samuel Higgins and Margaret M. Higgins;
married Baulis M. Honeycutt on June 24, 1897
children: Lester and 2 others
b. Nov. 26, 1897 - d. Jan. 25, 1916
Gone to a brighter home - footstone
[s/o Cornelius E. Hensley and Rebecca Jane Hensley #119-120]
NOTE: Unicoi Co. Death
Record #439, cause of death "lagrippe"; informant - father in Kittyton; buried
Hensley Cem. "Lagrippe" or Spanish Flu was a pandemic
disease which covered the entire globe killing abt. 50 million, many of whom
were young healthy people.
HENSLEY, Hester B.
b. March 20, 1881 - d. Oct. 20, 1930
We will meet again
[d/o Cornelius E. and Rebecca Jane Hensley #119-120]
NOTE: Unicoi Co. Death Record #29520, cause of death
"tuberculosis of bowels"; informant father of Clear Branch; buried Hensley Cem.
HENSLEY, Martha Ann
b. May 5, 1862 - d. March 28, 1939
[w/o John Burton Hensley #116;
children: William Farris, Richard, Edward, Clyde, unnamed infant]
HENSLEY, John B. [Burton]
b. August 4, 1860 - d. Jan. 14, 1921
Resting till the resurrection morning
[s/o Robert B. Hensley and Catherine Jane Edwards. #117/118]
HENSLEY, R. B. [Robert Burton]
b. March 2, 1833 - d. Feb. 25, 1905
He bore the cross, he wears the crown
[s/o William A. Hensley and
Lucinda Higgins #106a/b; married
Catherine Jane Edwards #118 on March 31, 1953]
NOTE: photo circa abt. 1900 of RB
and Catherine courtesy of Terry Bradford
HENSLEY, Catherine Jane
b. March 24, 1832 - d. April 25, 1914
Earth has lost its look of gladness, Heaven seems to us more bright
Since the spirit of our dear mother took her happy home ****...
[d/o John Broke-Leg Edwards [b. Jan 3, 1806] and Leonnah Briggs [b.
1810] buried Sampson Creek, Yancey Co., NC;
w/o Robert Burton Hensley #117;
2) Cornelius E.
#119 - md. Rebecca Jane Hensley
3) Leanner Elvira- md. David Franklin Foster
Foster Cem #3
John Burton #116
Martha Jane - md. William H. Hensley buried New Victory Cem
Mary "Polly" Ann #69b - md. Hiram Cornelius
7) Lucinda Elizabeth
Family of ROBERT BURTON HENSLEY
William Allison Hensley and Lucinda Higgins)
and CATHERINE JANE EDWARDS
John “Broke-Leg” Edwards and Leannah Briggs)
Lucinda E., Mary “Polly” Ann, Martha Jane and Leanner Elvira; Front:
Cornelius Edwards, Catherine Jane, Robert Burton, John B. ----photo circa
abt. 1890ish, courtesy of Lola Hensley.
HENSLEY, Cornelius Edwards
b. July 14, 1855 - d. June 21, 1947
There is rest in heaven
[also known as Cornelius "Big", s/o Robert Burton and
Catherine J. Edwards #117/118; married Rebecca Jane
Hensley December 27, 1894 in Unicoi Co.]
no cause of death indicated
Family of Cornelius Edwards Hensley and Rebecca Jane Hensley
Robert Floyd, LaTokay, Loften M., Rebecca Jane, Eliza
M. (back), Katherine E. (front), Cornelius. ---photo circa abt.
HENSLEY, Rebecca Jane
b. November 21, 1855 - d. May 10, 1944
[d/o William Kimsey Hensley and Elvira Chandler #65a/b;
wife & first cousin of Cornelius E. #119; children:
1) Loften M. #113,
2) Hester B. #114,
3) Eliza M. #14,
4) Tokie H. #122
5) Luduskie F.
6) Robert Floyd - md.
Photo of Rebecca Jane and Cornelius Hensley courtesy Dwight Edwards
b. Aug. 7, 1915 - d. Aug. 20, 1969
[ground stone; s/o David M. Adkins & Tokie Hensley #122a/b]
ADKINS, David M.
b. Aug. 10, 1884 - d. Aug. 19, 1959
122b. ADKINS, Tokie
b. June 5, 1885 - d. Dec. 25. 1979
[d/o Cornelius E. & Rebecca Jane Hensley #119/120]
full name - LaTokay Hester Hensley
123. FOSTER, Claude
b. 1904 - d. 1960
[s/o Joseph Harrison Foster and Matilda Jane Higgins #124a/b]
b. January 3, 1874 -
d. April 28, 1953
Rest in Peace -
footstone Mother and Father
124b. FOSTER, Matilda Jane [HIGGINS]
b. August 8, 1883 - d. October 8, 1959
[w/o Joseph H.; children: Nora, Claude #123, Ida, Carl, Bert, Guy,
b. May 18, 1918 - d. July 16, 1962
Tennessee - PFC 198, AAA AW BN CAC - WWII
[s/o of Joseph Foster and Matilda J. Higgins #124a/b]
"Daughter of W.G. and Cinda E. Hensley"
b. December 25, 1902 - d. July 4, 1906
Gone Home - footstone
[d/o William G. and Lucinda #128a/b]
NOTW: grave is surrounded by purple Irises that
bloom in May
HENSLEY, Bonnie Kate
b. April 29, 1908 - d. July 19, 1921
Resting in hope of a glorious resurrection
[d/o William G. Hensley and Lucinda Hensley #128a/b]
b. June 25,
1868 - d. May 25, 1957
[s/o Silas Hensley & Sarah E. Hensley]
Cinda E. [Lucinda Elizabeth HENSLEY]
b. August 20, 1875 - December 11, 1963
[w/o William G.; d/o Robert B. Hensley and Catherine J.
children: Arthur #132,
Foster Cem #2,
Virgie Iola #126, Bonnie Kate #127,
buried Hensley Cem #2
b. Aug. 12, 1925 - d. Sept. 20, 1925
"Son of Mr. & Mrs. Sherman Lewis"
William Sherman Lewis and Cinda Jane Hensley
Hensley #3 Cem]
NOTE: Unicoi Co. death record #331-1925; cause of death not
stated; informant father of Clear Branch; parents mentioned in record; buried
130. HENSLEY, Ernest
March 19, 1896 - d. May 12, 1905
"Son of E. B and Celia A. Hensley
Asleep in Jesus' blessed thought"
[s/o of Elijah B. and Celia A. Hensley #76/77]
HENSLEY, William B.
b. July 5, 1925 - d. June 10, 1997
Free Mason - I will lift up mine eye unto the hills
[s/o Arthur Hensley and Amanda E. Foster #132/133]
NOTE: Known as "WB"; never married
The Family of Arthur and Amanda E. Hensley - circa abt. 1952
[l-r]: sons Winfred, William B. #131; sister, Lola; son Ray #134; dau.
[l-r]: parents Lucinda, William G. #128a/b; Arthur #132 and wife Amanda E.
photo courtesy of Lola Hensley, d/o W.G. and Cindy, who shared her
vintage photo collection with me in 2004 before she passed away.
b. September 19, 1893 - d. August 25, 1964
"His toils are past, His work is done, He fought the fight,
the victory won"
[s/o William Garrison and Lucinda Hensley-#128a/b]
HENSLEY, Amanda E. [FOSTER]
b. May 20, 1892 - d. June 28, 1964"
"Earth has no sorrow that heaven can not heal" - footstone Mother
F. Foster & Leannah E Hensley buried
w/o Arthur Hensley #132; children: Milam
(buried Evergreen-Erwin), Winfred,
Ray #135, William B. #131]
HENSLEY, Orville F.
b. July 27, 1919 - d. June 13, 1943
"PFC Co., D., 1st Staging area BN, US Army,
Killed in the line of duty in North Africa - WWII
A glorious death is his who for his country falls"
[s/o Arthur and Amanda #132/133]
PHOTO: Orville -tall man on the right with 2 of his army buddies -
photo courtesy of Lola Hensley.
b. Sept. 21, 1920 - d. July 14, 1994
"CPL, 5th Army - Anti Aircraft Div."
Hensley, CPL US ARMY, WWII
Sept, 21, 1920 -
July 14, 1994"
[s/o Arthur Hensley #2 & Amanda E. Foster #132/133]
PHOTO: WW11 army photo of Ray courtesy of Michael K. Hensley
136a. WILSON, William
b. November 7, 1879 - d. December 26, 1955
[s/o Edward "Ned" Amos Wilson and Leannah Edwards of Bee Log, NC]
WILSON, Cora Etta
b. April 18, 1884 - April 10, 1950
They gave their today for our tomorrow
[w/o William Thomas Wilson; d/o Rev. Rexter Samuel Wilson and Emily C. Honeycutt;
children: Hillard I. (buried Edwards Cem), Samuel E., John Laskie, Greely
#137, Oneece #138, Leanna
b. April 18, 1919 - d. September 20, 1924
[s/o W. Thomas Wilson
and Cora Etta Wilson #136a/b]
a tree stands between the crosses of #2 and #3
b. June 16, 1926 - d. December 12, 1929
[d/o Thomas Wilson and Cora Etta
NOTE: Unicoi Co. death record #3115-1929; "Onesel" age 4 yrs, 7
months, 13 days; cause of death "unknown"; informant W.F. Hensley of Clear
Branch; died Dec 15, 1929; parents mention in record.
b. May 11, 1914 - d. Jan. 11, 1995
"In Loving Memory"
[d/o W. Thomas and Cora Etta Wilson #136a/b]
140. Cross (no identification)
b. July 2, 1897 - d. Jan 6, 1990
[s/o Jesse A. C. Martin [b. 1859]
of Ramseytown, NC and Martha Jane Hensley [b. 1860]
NOTE: Preston's mother
is d/o Barnett L. Hensley and Lucinda Hensley #70a/b]. Both
parents died of Tuberculosis and buried in the Bee Log area of Yancey Co., NC.
141b. MARTIN, Martha Lucinda
b. Jan 22, 1898 - d. April 1, 1952
"In loving memory of father and mother"- Footstones Father
[twin d/o Hiram Cornelius Hensley and Polly Ann Hensley #69a/b]
EDWARDS, Virgil Thomas
b. February 12, 1960 - d. May 12, 2004
"Gone But Never Forgotten"
s/o Maynard B. Edwards and Annie Grace Martin
NOTE: died from serious injuries sustained by
an auto accident
Initial survey (photos) conducted by
Beth Bradford-Pytel on April 23, 2003. The Old Hensley Cemetery #3 is
located on the summit of Spivey Mountain, 19W, Unicoi Co., TN. I give
special thanks to uncles Terry Bradford (late) and Duane Bradford and cousin
Lola Hensley (late) for lending me their collection of vintage photos for
digital preservation and sharing their knowledge of our family history.
I also give special thanks to cousin Dwight Edwards for his collaboration and
PHOTOS: (L) the turn off from 19W onto Hensley
Cemetery Road which leads up the steep hill to the graveyard taken Oct. 2011;
(r) macro view of
the cemetery taken April 2003 --bbpytel
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