A Short

Henson Family History

Submitted by John William Henson III
henson3@chattanooga.net

 

 

 

1.   Wiley _____ Henson

Born Haywood County, North Carolina

Married Pearl Ina Harkins

Spouse born Ca 1813

 

Letter Mrs. Iona Pfeifer

820 Hickory Street

Sevierville, TN 37862

(615) 453-6389

 

Dated  1982.    ...Pearl Ina Harkins Henson and Nancy

Johnson Harkins are shown in census as being born in

South Carolina.   Daddy's notes (W.B.) state Nancy Johnson

came from Ireland at age 12.    The Harkins family are

shown in 1860 census for Union County Georgia; Nancy, a

widow, is shown living in the home of Asbury Harkins.  

Nancy  Johnson married William (Bill) Harkins.   (Most

Harkins came to Union County, Georgia after the 1850

census and were listed in Old Union Co.   for 1860.   Many

still live there now.   IHP)

 

Siblings of Wiley Henson

 

A - James A.   Henson

B - Cathrine Henson - Devers

C - Thomas Henson

D - Gilbert Henson

E - Loyd Henson

F - Wiley Henson

We are not sure that this is a complete or accurate

list.

 

It is family legend that Wiley lived in Gilmer County,

Georgia,  and  worked  at  the mines in Copperhill,

Tennessee.    He would walk to the mines and board in the

town of Copperhill.   He would stay a couple of months

before returning home.   One time he walked from his home

to the mines to collect some money that was owed to him

for wages.    When he didn't return as he should have, a

couple of the boys went searching for him.   They were

told that he died of Pneumonia and had been buried for a

couple of months.   I had Historian Roy Lillard search all

the cemetery records there and found no trace of Wiley.  

This could have been true or he could have deserted his

family; other records may clear that up.   JWH III

 

 

 

 

 

A.   James A.   Henson

Born Ca 1819 in North Carolina

Married Catherine _____

Spouse born Ca 1826 in North Carolina

 

Chilren of James A.   Henson

(1870 Census Towns County, Georgia)

 

1.   William H.   Henson  age 21

2.   Margarette Henson  age 19

3.   Fredrick Henson   age 16

4.   Bartly Henson age 6

5.   John A.   Henson age 13

6.   Josephine Henson   age 10

7.   James D.   Henson   age 9

8.   Julia Henson  age 4

 

B.   Catherine Henson

Married Rufus LaFayette (Fayet) Devers

W.B.   Henson's notes state "Came to dad's house

several times."

 

C.   Thomas Henson - Preacher

 

D.   Gilbert Henson

W.   B.   Henson's notes state "Came to dad's house

several times.

 

E.   Loyd Henson

 

The 1870 Census, Gilmer County, Georgia shows

Loyd Henson, age 43, born in North Carolina,

Married to Millie Harkins age 37, born in North

Carolina.   They are buried in the Oakhill

United  Methodist Church Cemetery, in Gilmer

County, Georgia.   See article in this Appendix

about their courtship and marriage, and

a picture of Millie.   Loyd was a farmer and a

U.S.   Marshall.

 

Children of Loyd Henson (all born in Georgia)

1.   Mary M.   Henson age 18

2.   John Wyley Henson  age 16

3.   George W.   Henson   age 11

4.   Sarah M.   Henson   age 7

5.   William S.   Henson  age 4

6.   James A.   Henson   age 1

 

Census shows Nancy Harkins, age 75, living there in

1870.   She is believed to be Millie's mother.

 

 

 

 

 

1860 Census for this family showed a

 

7.   Nancy J.   Henson

 

1880 Census shows two more children

 

8.   Alice Henson  age 6

9.   Andrew J.   Henson   age 4

 

I contacted an Arch Henson at R6 Box 456, Canton,

Georgia 30114, who is married to Tina Henson.   He

is very old and a son of Andrew J.   Henson (JWH lll -

8/15/88)

 

F.    Wiley & Pearl Ina Henson (See Anscester 1)

 

Children of Wiley & Pearl Ina Harkins-Henson

 

2.     Armanda Henson-Powell

Married John Powell

 

Children of Armanda and John Powell

a.   John Asbury Powell

Born Ca 1866

 

b.   Nancy Jane Powell-Miller-Cowart

 

These children were shown in the 1870

census for Gilmer County, Georgia living

with Pearl Ina Harkins-Henson

 

 

 

 

 

3.     William Henson

(note of W.B.   Henson "...In Northern Army,

unmarried,  died  and  buried  in Nashville,

Tennessee."

 

 

 

 

 

4.     Dotson Henson

Born Ca 1842

Married Mary L.   Williams

Spouse born Ca 1852

Doston was in the Civil War

 

 

 

 

 

 

Children of Dotson and Mary Henson

 

1880 Census

 

a.   Lula Henson  age 10

b.   John Henson  age 8

c.   Mary C.   Henson age 3

d.   Minnie Henson age 8 Mo.

 

 

 

 

 

5.     Mary Jane Henson-Stanley

Born Ca 1843 (Rowena Henson-Young said that

Mary Jane died and was buried in Little Murray,

Whitfield County, Georgia about 1920.   IHP) Aunt

Rowena said that they died without children.

 

 

 

6.     George W.   Henson

Born Ca 1846

Married Betsy Jane ______

 

Children of George Henson

 

From  the  1880 Gilmer County, Georgia

Census

 

a.   John L.   Henson   age 10

b.   Louisa Henson age 7

c.   Georgia Henson   age 2

 

 

 

7.     Asbury Denton Henson

Born Sep.   13, 1850

Died Aug.   29, 1944

Married Hulda Wood

Wed.   date; Aug.   25, 1878

Spouse born May 16, 1858

Died Aug.   29, 1949

Buried Summerhour Methodist Church Cemetery at

Crandel, Georgia

 

(JWH III Note The Summerhour Methodist Church

in Crandel is now a Baptist Church and I had a

difficult time finding it - 1987)

 

 

 

 

 

 

(W.B.   Henson's notes They were married by Rev.  

Jake S.   Burton at the house of Hulda's parents,

Joseph H.   & Barbary Woodring - Woods, Towns

County, Georgia.    Witnesses, John T.   Henson and

James A.   Henson.

 

Hulda E.   Wood-Henson was a Democrat & Baptist.  

Asbury D.   Henson was a Republican and Methodist.  

Hulda was the oldest member of the Big Springs

Baptist  Church  in Cleveland, Tennesee, and

Asbury  was  the oldest at the Big Springs

Methodist  Church.    On Sundays Frank Henson

(brother of W.B.   and Father of Mrs.   Jim Ruble)

would drive them to their individual church

which was within one block of each other.  

 

About the year 1887 or 1888 Asbury & Hulda,

along with other families went to Washington

County, Arkansas and settled on or near the

White River.    Joseph Hershel Henson, son died

there on Dec.   20, 1888.    Son Frank F.   Henson

born there on Mar.   2, 1890.   Son John B.   Henson

died there on Mar.   16, 1890, of malaria fever.  

Barbary  C.   Wood, mother of Hulda, went to

Arkansas  and brought them back to Georgia.  

Believe Margaret Wood-Cook and Vailor Cook and

family returned with them.

 

1900 Census for Habersham County, Georgia shows

Asbury D.   owning, Clear and Free, 188 acres of

land.    Vailor and Margaret Cook owning 190 acres

of land free and clear.)

 

Children of Asbury and Hulda Henson

 

a.   Joseph Hershel Henson

Born May 28, 1879 Towns County, Ga.

Died Dec.   20, 1888 in Washington

County, Arkansas

 

b.   James Wiley Henson

Married Lou Jane Day

 

Children of James & Lou Henson

 

1.   Charlie Fay Henson

Born Nov.   8, 1902

Died Feb.   17, 1968

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2.   J.   D.   Henson

Born Feb.   6, 1905

Died May 30, 1937

 

3.   Rector CARL Henson

Born Dec.   20, 1907

 

4.   Albert LEONARD Henson

Born Sep.   9, 1910

 

5.   JAMES Grady Henson

Born Sep.   13, 1919

Died Feb.   3, 1920

 

6.   Jimmie Lou Henson

Born Jul.   28, 1921

Died Nov.   21, 1921

 

 

c.   William Bartow Henson

Born Jan.   19, 1883

Died Feb.   24, 1967

Married Zora Elizabeth Wilson

Wed.   date 1904

Spouse born Dec.   23, 1879

Died Oct.   16, 1957

Buried Hilcrest Memorial Gardens,

Cleveland, Tennessee

 

 

W.B.    Henson was born in Habersham

County, Georgia and died in Cleveland,

Tennessee.    (Mother and I visited him

several  times  - JWH III) He was

elected  Justice  of  the  Peace,

Batesville District, Habersham County

in 1916.    Appointed for an additional

4 years in 1920.   Moved to Whitfield

County,  Georgia  in  1922  and to

Cleveland,  Tennessee in Nov.   1923.  

Elected  Circuit and Criminal Court

Clerk in Sept.   1938 and additional

terms, 1942, 1946 and 1950.   Retired

age 71.    He was  ordained a Baptist

Preacher  on March 4, 1953 at the

Waterville Baptist Church with Rev.   H.  

L.   Lewis Pastor (I knew Rev.   H.   L.  

Lewis rather well, he was a gracious

man - JWH III)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Children of W.B.   & Zora Henson

 

1.   EULA Leona Henson

Born Mar.   20, 1904, Habersham

County, Georgia

Married Lester Elrod

 

2.   Maggie DELLA Henson

Born Oct.   1, 1908, Habersham

County, Georgia

Married Frank May

 

3.   William BONNIE Henson

Born Aug.   26, 1906, Murray County,

Georgia

Died Jan.   1, 1927

 

4.   NAOMI Henson

Born Oct.   25, 1914, Habersham

County, Georgia

Married Clell C.   Mayes

 

5.   LUCILLE Henson

Born Mar.   29, 1911, Habersham

County, Georgia

 

6.   IONA Henson

Born Jul.   29, 1918, Habersham

County, Georgia

Married Joseph C.   Pfeifer, Jr.

 

7.   WILLENE Henson

Born Mar.   10, 1920, Habersham

County, Georgia

 

(original birth certificate reads

Father, W.B.   Henson; delivered by

W.B.   Henson; birth registered by

W.B.   Henson.)

(Willene  and Iona live together -

1988,  JWH lll)

 

8.   Lorene Henson

Born Dec.   5, 1922, Whitfield

County, Georgia

Married LeRoy Wonn

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

d.   Barbary Addeline Henson

Born 1885

Died 1967

Married 1st.   E.   Van Harris

Spouse born 1870

Died 1906

 

 

Children of Addie & Van Harris

 

1.   Lester Harris

 

Married 2nd.   Gay Plemons

 

Children of Addie & Gay Plemons

 

1.   Pearlie Plemons

2.   Charlie Buck Plemons

3.   Delmar Plemons

 

e.   John B.   Henson

Born 1887

Died 1890

 

f.   Frank F.   Henson

Born 1890

Married Icie (Icy) Kennedy

 

 

Children of Frank & Icy Henson

 

1.   Fredereck Allen Henson

2.   Barbara Kathryn Henson

Married Jim Ruble

 

(Jim  Ruble  is an automotive body

repairman & owns a shop in Cleveland,

Tennessee.    In  1965 Audrey had a

mishap with her car and a Mr.   Plemon's

car.    I did not know the Rubles, but

rang their doorbell about some repair

work.    Kathryn  Ruble answered the

door.    I told her that I was John

Henson.    She said she was a Henson

also.    I have visited with them many

times and we talk on the telephone

often.    In 1982 Jim Ruble ran for the

Recorder of Deeds for Bradley County,

Tennessee and lost the electon - 1982

by JWH III)

 

 

 

 

 

g.   Barnett J.   Henson

Born 1895

Died 1921

He was a mess Sargent in the U.   S.  

Army

 

h.   Monty (Maggie) Henson

Born 1892

Died 1930, Cleveland, Tennessee

Married William P.   Frisbee

 

Children of Maggie & William Frisbee

 

1.   J.   C.   Frisbee

2.   Inez Frisbee

3.   William (Pascal) Frisbee

4.   Roy Frisbee

5.   Eloise Frisbee-Snody

6.   Dorothy Addeline Frisbee

7.   (Dee) Henson Frisbee

 

 

i.   Minnie (Pearl) Henson

Born 1897

Died 1967, Louisville, Kentucky

Married James Grey

 

 

Children of Pearl & Jim Grey

 

1.   Hulda Margaret Grey

Married _____ Harris

 

j.   Asbury (Dee) Henson

Born1899

Died Jun.   30, 1922 - Died in a Road

Bank Cave-

in at Clarksville, Georgia.

 

SPECIAL RECOGNITION All of the above

information on the Wiley et al came,

with permission, fron the work of Iona

Henson Pfeifer, many thanks, Iona.

 

 

8.   John Tilman Monroe Henson

 

Mary Caroline Southers

Parents  John  Jefferson  Souther and

Matilda Dicket.

 

 

 

 

 

"My Great Grand Father J.   W.   Souther was

in the Civil war, joining the Southern

Army on Sept.   19, 1861.   Lost Third finger

on right hand.    His brother Jesse joined

the same day.   Jesse deserted Aug.   1863.  

J.   W.   Souther surrendered at Appomattox,

Virginia.   - JWH lll"

 

Siblings (not in chronological order) -

from Gilmer County, Georgia

a.   Jesse W.   Souther

Born 1860, buried at Deep Springs

Baptist Church Cemetery

 

b.   Bergan Souther

Buried Murray County, Georgia

 

c.   John J.   Souther

Buried Murray County, Georgia

 

d.   Benjamin Souther

Born Dec.   1, 1872

Died Jan.   4, 1937

Buried Gates Chapel, Ellijay,  

Georgia

 

e.   Harriett A.   Souther-McClured

Born 1854

 

f.   Mary Caroline Souther-Henson

Wife of John Tilman Monroe Henson

 

g.   James Hix Souther - (Per Mrs.   Tom

Littlejohn, Nee Margie Nicholson)

Single, Schoolteacher, buried Deep

Springs Baptist Church Cemetery

 

I  remember the pleasant times when I

visited Grandmother Henson in the early

1930's.    My mother said that she had the

best memory of anyone she ever know.   I

would sit in her lap and feel secure

because of her sweet gentle manner.  

 

John T.M.   Henson died in a hospital in

Atlanta, Georgia in 1929.

 

John T.M.'s tombstone shows born 1855 (no

month or day).   THE 1860 census for Towns

County, Georgia, shows him 8 years old.  

That means he would have been born in

1852.   JWH III

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

9.     Sarah Armanda Henson-Putnam

Born In Little Murray County, Georgia

 

Aunt Sarah was a small woman aquainted

with hardship and the demands of a large

family.    She was a very sweet, loving

person.     She  became  a  Seventh-day

Adventist by  association with my mother.  

Nina, Louise and Hattie joined her in her

new found faith.   JWH III

 

 

 

 

 

10.     Wiley Hixson (Hix) Henson

 

Uncles Hixson and George visted us in my

mother's home at Collegedale, Tennessee.  

That visit meant much to me because it was

a friendship visit.   Uncle Hix was a tall

man and on a cane at that time.   Later at

a family reunion he was in a wheel chair

because of arthritis.   JWH III

 

1900 census shows Hixson as 13 years old

in  McDonald  District,  Murray County,

Georgia.

 

 

 

 

 

11.     Harrison Benjamin Henson

 

Uncle Harrison was somewhat of a "loner."

I remember once when visiting Grandmother

Caroline (8) on a cold winter's day that

Uncle Harrison went into another room and

built a fire in the fireplace to be by

himself.    It was the house near Cohutta-

Varnell,  Georgia.    It  is  located in

Whitfield County.   Turn off the Stewart

Road onto the Bill Stewart Road, traveling

east.   At the county line the road name

changes to Scott Road.   This house belongs

today to the family of the late Willard

Scott.   The house looks very much as it did

when our family lived there.   Back in 1935

it had 2 fireplaces (only one today).

 

 

 

 

 

HARRISON HENSON & HERMON O'DONALD DEATHS

 

(This story was written on the shore of beautiful Lake

Chapala,  Mexico's largest lake, Jalisco, Mexico, in

January, 1989)

 

I have always heard of the tragic deaths of Uncle B.  

Harrison Henson and Hermon Wallace O'Donald.   There were

never but sketchy details at best, so I decided to see

what additional information was still lurking in the

minds of some of those living in the area at the time the

murders occured.   These killings happened in 1934 in

Whitfield County, Georgia.   Hermon O'Donald was a youth of

18 years.   It was rumored in the community that he would

drink alcoholic beverages upon occasion (a).   It was also

stated that he would drive his car from church to church

on Sunday selling whiskey.   He was never arrested for

bootlegging (b).      

 

Hermon's mother, Irene Nance O'Donald, (December 6, 1898

to June 15, 1919), died when he was three years old and

he went to live with his maternal grandmother, Virginia

E.   Scott Nance, (September 7, 1858 to April 27, 1938),

wife of W.O.   Nance.   Their farm was what is now the Harley

and W.H.   Fortenberry farm on Stewart Road just south of

the Bill Stewart Road.   (See the Map and newspaper article

in the Appendix of the CONTEGIUM.   Remember when you read

the newspaper account that it is just another person

telling, under great stress, what they had been told.  

Also keep in mind the distortion that the media can give

to such things.)

 

The details that I have gathered are often contradictory

so I have keyed them to their source with a lower case

letter in parenthesis.   Hermon's tombstone indicates that

he was killed on Wednesday, November 7, 1934.   Early in

the afternoon of that day (b) G.M.   Miles (F.M.   Miles

(f)), Sammy Armstrong and Hermon O'Donald came to the

Henson home and asked Harrison to go duck hunting with

them at the Huckleberry Pond.   (Aunt Rowena says that they

were going Fox Squirrel hunting (f)).   They found Harrison

at the barn starting to hitch up his team to plow up his

sweet potatoes (f).   Harrison got his shotgun and handed

his wallet to Rowena in the house as he went out the door

(b)(f).   G.M.   Miles was a resident of the community and

was well known to both Harrison and Hermon.(Aunt Rowena

thinks he was visiting from Murray County, Georgia) Sammy

Armstrong  was a relative, visiting the Miles, from

Chattanooga.   Armstrong was said to have been hired to cut

wood for Hermon O'Donald.   All three of the men were much

 

 

 

 

 

younger than Harrison.   As Harrison left the house, Aunt

Rowena asked him not to go, because she had a bad feeling

that something would happen (f).

 

The four men walked west from the Henson home along the

road, toward the pond.   Huckleberry Pond was from 1/2 to

one acre in size (b).   It was a wet weather pond fed only

by the rains and would dry up in some summers.   There were

no fish in the pond, but the boys would go frog gigging

and hunting on it.   Today it is mostly overgrown by

vegetation.

 

Just across the road from the pond, in a curve of the

road, a woods lane ran off to the north.   The men took

this lane and walked about 100 yards along it into the

woods.   There they sat down upon the trunk of a fallen

tree to talk (f).   The lane makes a curve and a moderate

grade upward from the road to the point where they

stopped.   From there the lane begins a gentle slope

downwards.   The forest on either side of the lane has a

gradual  rise upward.   One sunny day Mr.   J.   Glaspie

Longwith and I walked to this spot and stood discussing

the tragedy that had happened there almost 55 years

before.

 

If the men went to hunt ducks, why did they take the

woods lane? Some say they had gone into the forest to cut

wood (a).   Some say that all four of the men had been

drinking (d), but preacher W."Will" H.   Stewart, in sworn

testamony before a court of law, said that Harrison and

Hermon had NOT been drinking, (more on this later).

 

At this point Sammy Armstrong grabbed Harrison's shotgun

and hit Hermon on the head.   Hermon started to run and

Armstrong shot him through  the lungs, from the back.  

Harrison started to run and one of them said, "Don't let

the old man get away." Harrison said that he was running,

and Armstrong was following trying to get a bead on him.  

He then shot Harrison with the last shell (b), the force

of the shot striking him in the upper back, neck, and

head.   Some stories say that Miles shot Uncle Harrison.

 

Armstrong took the 'windbreaker' off Hermon, and put it

on.   He was seen in the community wearing the jacket with

the hole in the back, and the bloodstains around the hole

(a) (f).

 

Harrison regained consciousness, and fearing that they

might come back to finish the job, crawled into the brush

of a fallen tree top.  

 

 

 

 

 

Miles told that Hermon was in the woods shot.   Preacher

Will Stewart went up and found Hermon.   He carried him in

his car to Dr.   Stephenson in Ringgold.   Dr.   Stephenson

called a Kennemer's ambulance from Dalton, Georgia, and

had him taken to the Physicans and Surgeons Hospital,

operated  by Dr.   Banks (a), on McCallie Avenue  in

Chattanooga, Tennessee.   Hermon died that afternoon about

615.

 

On the way out of the woods Hermon told Will Stewart that

Harrison was in the woods shot too (b)! It is said that

Miles pointed in the opposite direction when asked where

Harrison had actually run and was shot (b).   Miles tried

to put all the blame onto Armstrong.   When they were put

in prison they fought so much with each other that they

had to be separated (f).   J.D.   and Bill Stewart told me

that they went searching for Harrison, along with Bill

Ward and others.   Harrison's dog was still with him and

showed them where he was (b).

 

Gus Ward drove Harrison to Ringgold in a little one

seated  car with a rumble seat.   Mrs.   Ida Carpenter

remembers seeing them pass with Harrison sitting up in

the car (a).   Dr.   Stephenson examined him and called a

Bryon's ambulance from Chattanooga, and transported him

to Erlanger Hospital.   The Stewarts were in close contact

with the victims and would have discovered it if they had

been drinking.   Uncle Hix Henson came to the Henson home

and spent several days (weeks) helping the family through

the crisis (f).

 

Harrison kept having infections after being released fron

the hospital.   They had not removed all the shot from

around the base of his brain.   He continued to be seen by

Dr.   Stephenson, and on one trip J.G.   Longwith brought him

home from a visit to the docter's.   He says that Harrison

was a fine person (b).   One day Harrison laid down for a

nap (c) and could not be awakened.   He was rushed back to

Erlanger Hospital where he died on December 16, 1934.

 

I have often thought that had these shootings occured in

the  latter half of the twentieth century with the

antibiotics and medical skills, that Harrison could have

been saved ...   prehaps even Hermon.

 

What was the motive for such wanton waste of life? No one

is certain.   Aunt Rowena said it was robbery, pure and

simple.   It could have been an argument arising from talk

with two repulsive drunks, or it could have been a feud

with Hermon.   It was known that Harrison had sold a bale

 

 

 

 

 

of cotton (500 lbs.) the day before.   It is also said that

Hermon had  sold a bale of cotton the day before, too

(a)(f).   Others say that Hermon was not making a crop that

year (b).   Some say that Armstrong demanded that Harrison

give him his money, which he did'nt have, and that he got

$11 and change from Hermon (f).

 

The trial was held in Dalton, Georgia in January of 1935

(f).   Uncle Harrison was already dead by that time.   It is

said that Miles made threats on the lives of other Henson

family members(f).   Miles and Armstrong spent many years

in prison.   I have heard that Miles died in prison.   A

weepy eyed group of ladies worked for the release of

Miles  and  Georgia  Governor Talmadge commuted both

sentences from the electric chair to life in prison.   J.D.  

Stewart, long time sheriff of Catoosa County, told me in

the 1970's that Armstrong was to be released and that he

better never be caught in Catoosa County.   Mr.   Kendall

O'Donald of Three Notch Road, near Ringgold, says that

he has the old shotgun that killed Hermon (e).   I went to the

O'Donald home and photographed the old single barreled

Stevens shotgun.   Mrs.   O'Donald has several photographs of

Hermon.   One was made when he was about two years old, and

another at about fourteen.   He was a handsome young man,

in the later photo.

 

The memory of the crime is fading fast as the oldtimers

die off.   I hope this report will give some information to

those who are unfamilar with the account.

 

Paul Hughes (Frances Beasley's husband) said he was

picking cotton when he heard the shots fired.   Soon

somone came and told of the shooting.   He was 17 years of

age at the time.   Aunt Rowena said that she also heard the

shots.    JWH III

 

 

(a) Mrs.   Robert (Ida) Carpenter

(b) Mr.   J.   Glaspie Longwith

(c) Mrs.   Lucy Henson

(d) Miss.   Margaret Epps

(e) Mr.   Kendell O'Donald

(f) Aunt Rowena Henson Young (Harrison's sister)

 

I also owe thanks to The late J.D.   Stewart, Bill

Stewart, Melba O'Donald, and last but not least, our

beloved Paul Hughes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

12.     John William Henson

Born in Mountain Town, Georgia (near Ellijay)

 

My father died on June 7, 1931 when I was just

six months old.    Those who knew him speak in

glowing terms of him.    It is my loss to have

never known him.   JWH III

 

Served in World War I in France

 

Died in Ooltewah-Collegedale Community, Hamilton

County, Tennessee.

 

13.     George Jefferson Henson

Born in Little Murray County, Georgia

Died In 1972 of lung cancer

 

He served in the Army in World War I in France.  

Aunt Rowena said that when he got out of the

service he tried to slip home on the family.  

His dog heard the train stop and it nearly went

crazy  so  the  family  knew  something  was

happening.  

 

In France, George came thru a city on the

train.    His brother, Will, (12) helped to carry

water to the soldiers when the train stopped and

did not know that George was on the same train

until later.   JWH III

 

Ora's Parents were Alfred Tate Doug Clark and

Emma  Elizabeth  Dunn-Clark (For Clark File

Contact Jeanette Headrick, 449 Old Cottonwood

Mill Road, Tunnel Hill, Georgia 30755.

 

 

 

14.     Mary Estelle Henson-Beasley

Born In Little Murray County, Georgia

 

The Children of Aunt Estelle just recently (Sep.  

1988) paid her the greatest honor that a parent

could ever have.    They said, "We never saw

mother angry, never heard her speak a crossword

or say anything against another person." That's

a true Mother of Israel.   JWH III

 

I visited Aunt Estelle several times.   Cleve

Beasley, a brother to Uncle Grady was living

with her and Porter.   JWH III

 

 

 

 

 

Family lore says that the Beasleys came from

around Ebenezer Baptist Church (intersection of

U.S.   45 and I-75), Ringgold, Georgia.

 

 

 

15.     Franklin Henson

 

Mildred Carter (Uncle Jim's daughter) remembers

Uncle Frank as an intellectual and lover of

books, a social and gracious man.   JWH III

Died  in Wood Dale Nursing Home in Dalton,

Georgia.

 

Frank showed up as a few months old in the 1900

census  in McDonald District, Murray County,

Georgia.

 

 

16.     James C.   Henson

 

Uncle  Jim was a business man.    During the

depression he took a train to Texas and worked

in the oil fields.   Later he bought a laundry in

Atlanta, Georgia, followed by Barber Shops and

Barber Supply Businesses in Dalton, Georgia.  

The children grew up mainly living with the

Yorks.

 

 

17.     Asberry Henson

 

Died at about 15 years old.   He was a favorite

of the family.

 

 

18.     Rowena Hattie Henson-Young

 

Gus is buried at the Mt.   Vernon Baptist Church

Cemetery in Catoosa County, Georgia.

 

Aunt Rowena is the last living child of John T.  

M.   & Caroline Henson (8).

 

Many of the family records in this book came

from Aunt Rowena.    She really loves her family

and speaks of them in glowing terms.   She knows

more of our history than any of the rest of us.  

Thanks for your help Aunt Rowena.    JWH III