James Robert Hennessee

James Robert Hennessee

Male 1872 - 1965  (93 years)

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  • Name James Robert Hennessee 
    Born 6 May 1872  White County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Gender Male 
    Occupation Retired Postmaster  [3
    Occupation Sheriff 
    Died 16 Dec 1965  Sparta, White County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3, 4
    Buried Highland Cemetery, Sparta, White County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  [4, 5
    Person ID I1499  The Hennessee Family
    Last Modified 1 Sep 2014 

    Father Patrick Roberts Alexander Hennessee,   b. 23 Jun 1838, White County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Jun 1917, White County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years) 
    Mother Dicy Loucinda "Cindy" Smith,   b. 2 Dec 1839, White County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 May 1919, White County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years) 
    Married 18 Jul 1865  White County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Family ID F565  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Lula Dee Wilhite,   b. 20 Jan 1875, White County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 May 1946, White County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 71 years) 
    Married 7 Sep 1890  White County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Children 
     1. Ora Ethel Hennessee,   b. 6 Feb 1892, White County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Jan 1979, (White County, Tennessee) Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 86 years)
     2. Hascal Stone Hennessee,   b. 27 Jun 1893, White County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Jan 1894, White County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)
     3. Hasco Smith Hennessee,   b. 27 Jun 1893, White County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Feb 1894, White County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)
     4. Zola Brown Hennessee,   b. 12 Nov 1894, White County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Apr 1980, Sparta, White County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 85 years)
     5. William Clayton "Clayton" Hennessee,   b. 1 Jul 1896, White County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Sep 1918  (Age 22 years)
     6. Lydia Maude Hennessee,   b. 30 Jul 1898, White County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Mar 1919, Sparta, White County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 20 years)
     7. Dicy Ethma Hennessee,   b. 3 Aug 1900, White County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Mar 1960, White County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 59 years)
     8. Infant Hennessee,   b. ~ 1901, White County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. White County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location
     9. James Clifty Hennessee, Sr.,   b. 14 Dec 1905, White County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Apr 1988, Richmond, Macomb County, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 82 years)
     10. Bessie Lee Hennessee,   b. 6 Dec 1907, White County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Dec 1910, White County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 3 years)
     11. Clarence Robert "Slick" Hennessee,   b. 20 Jan 1911, White County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 May 1990, Kern County, California Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years)
     12. Stone Wilhite Hennessee, Sr.,   b. 15 Jan 1914, White County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Nov 2001, (Morgan County, Tennessee) Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 87 years)
     13. Frances Willard Hennessee,   b. 31 May 1915, White County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Oct 1957, White County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 42 years)
     14. Charles Long Hennessee,   b. 23 Dec 1917, White County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Apr 1994, White County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years)
    Last Modified 19 Aug 2020 
    Family ID F570  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Mary Prater,   b. 1 Jul 1892, White County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Dec 1978, White County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 86 years) 
    Married 22 Jun 1948  White County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Last Modified 19 Aug 2020 
    Family ID F1223  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 6 May 1872 - White County, Tennessee Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 7 Sep 1890 - White County, Tennessee Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 22 Jun 1948 - White County, Tennessee Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 16 Dec 1965 - Sparta, White County, Tennessee Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Highland Cemetery, Sparta, White County, Tennessee Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    James Robert Hennessee (1872-1965)
    James Robert Hennessee (1872-1965)

    Photo provided by his loving granddaughter, Linda Hennessee Taylor and emailed by his great, grandson, Patrick Hennessee

  • Notes 
    • James R. Hennessee was born in White County, and has lived there all his life.

      He has a large farm and dairy herd, and is one of the largest burley tobacco growers in the county; he was trustee, high sheriff and postmaster..."History of White County", by Rev. Monroe Seals.

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    • Writes Linda Faye Hennessee Taylor, his granddaughter;

      "My grandfather James Robert Hennessee owned good farm land in White County. Tenant farmers and other people worked it for him. He was active in local government; serving as deputy sheriff, then sheriff and later serving two terms county trustee. He concluded his career serving as postmaster from 1933-45.

      Early in the 1900's, when he was a deputy sheriff, a black man was in jail for murder. The negro watched as men began to build a scaffold. He asked Deputy Hennessee if the scaffold was being built to hang him.

      Hennessee told him, "Yes, it is." The black man sorrowfully replied, "I don't thnk I can stand that."

      The sheriff called Jim Hennessee in to tell him he had a job for him to do. Hennessee said, "You want me to hang 'Tom' don't you."

      The high sheriff replied, "Yes."

      Hennessee said, "I can't do that. I don't hang nigras." (The implication being that it would like hanging a child.)

      Fortunately, Jim Hennessee did not have to disobey his boss because the Negro's former owner intervened and saved the man from execution.

      My step-grandmother told this story to me several times."

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  • Sources 
    1. [S51] 1880 White County,Tn Census, District 5, taken by G.H.Templeton,, p. 187 (Reliability: 3).

    2. [S13274] "Harriet Leola Hennessee Clouse", Cemetery Profile, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=Clouse&GSiman=.

    3. [S1813] Charles & Ruby Hennessee, personal interview during June of 1991,.

    4. [S2371] http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=93765878.

    5. [S70] "The Fred Clark Book of Cemeteries of White County, Tennessee", Vol. I, 258.

    6. [S3987] "White County Marriage Records, Part of Book I: January 11, 1859 to June 11,, p. 10 (Reliability: 3).

    7. [S38340] Charles & Ruby Hennessee, personal interview during June of 1991,.