John Hennessee

Male 1775 - 1843  (~ 68 years)


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  • Name John Hennessee 
    Born ~ 1775  (Burke County, North Carolina) Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Alt Birth 0___ 1780  Burke County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3
    Probate 1843  Cherokee County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Died 1843  [5
    Alt Death 0___ 1844  Caldwell County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Probate 1844  Caldwell County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Buried 0___ 1844  Fairfield Cemetery, Lenoir, Caldwell County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 7
    Will 17 Jun 1844  Caldwell County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  [7, 8
    Also Known As John Henesy  [9
    Also Known As John Hensey  [10
    Also Known As John Hinsey  [11
    Person ID I16  The Hennessee Family
    Last Modified 25 Jan 2018 

    Father Patrick Hennessee,   b. (1720-1730), (Ireland) Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1795, Burke County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother Alice "Ailsey" LNU,   b. (ABT 1735), (Virginia) Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1800, (Burke County) North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married (Virginia) Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Residence (Family) 1790  Burke County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  [12
    Family ID F6  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 (Elizabeth) Sumpter,   b. (~ 1774), North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married (Burke County, North Carolina) Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Children 
     1. Elizabeth Hennessee,   b. 0___ 1791, (Burke County) North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 0___ 1865, Gilmer County, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 74 years)
     2. Patrick Hennessa,   b. ~ 1793, Burke County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Aug 1845, (Caldwell County) North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 52 years)
     3. Ailsey Hennessee,   b. ~1795, Burke County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 31 Jul 1865, Murphy, Cherokee County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 70 years)
    Last Modified 25 Sep 2018 
    Family ID F352  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Elmina Thompson,   b. (~ 1774), (Burke County, North Carolina) Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married (Burke County, North Carolina) Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Children 
     1. David Hennessa,   b. 3 Sep 1805, Burke County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Dec 1885, Cherokee County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years)
     2. Elmina Hennessee,   b. 20 Oct 1808, Burke County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Jun 1841, (Caldwell County, North Carolina) Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 32 years)
    Last Modified 25 Sep 2018 
    Family ID F715  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 3 Elizabeth Wilson,   b. 13 Feb 1782, Randolph County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Sep 1855, Forsyth County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 73 years) 
    Married (~ 1810)  (Burke County, North Carolina) Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Children 
     1. Louisa Hennessee,   b. (~ 1810), (North Carolina) Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified 25 Sep 2018 
    Family ID F353  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - ~ 1775 - (Burke County, North Carolina) Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsAlt Birth - 0___ 1780 - Burke County, North Carolina Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsProbate - 1843 - Cherokee County, North Carolina Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsAlt Death - 0___ 1844 - Caldwell County, North Carolina Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsProbate - 1844 - Caldwell County, North Carolina Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - 0___ 1844 - Fairfield Cemetery, Lenoir, Caldwell County, North Carolina Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsWill - 17 Jun 1844 - Caldwell County, North Carolina Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - - (Burke County, North Carolina) Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - - (Burke County, North Carolina) Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - (~ 1810) - (Burke County, North Carolina) Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • The Last Will and Testament of John Hennessee of Caldwell County, North Carolina.

      I, John Hennessee, considering uncertainty of this mortal life and being of sound mind and memory blessed be Almighty God for the same as make and publish this my last will and Testament in manner and form following that is to say

      Item first.

      I give and bequeath unto my beloved wife Elizabeth Hennessee during her natural life my negro boy Philip or any other she may choose and my negro girl Sopshonia aged about thirteen years also my grey mare and colt also two cows and calves also what hogs I have and what few sheep I have and the increase of the stock The stock and its increase to be disposed of as she thinks best at her death and to have the use of the increase of the negro girl Sopshonia during her lifetime only; I also leave her all my household and kitchen furniture except two feather beds and furniture. I also give her my wheel and loom and one woman's saddle. also one Sett of horse gear one plow hoe and I give her the above bequest including all and every article she brought with her after her marriage I also give her her lawful dower in my Land where David Hennessee lives in Cherokee County but if my son David Hennessee and wife Catherine will make a good and sufficient deed to the tract of land given to them by Abraham Sudderth Jr called the Staples place during her natural life time and my life time. If my son David and his wife complies with the foregoing condition she is to have that for her Dower in land inlieu of the land in Cherokee County.

      Item Second.

      I give to my son Patrick Hennessee his choice of the negroes after my wife takes the two I bequeathed to her. If he takes my negro woman Dolly he is to have her youngest child Tom with her and Dolly's increase The above I give with all I have heretofore given him as his share of my estate also one feather bed

      Item 3rd.

      I give to my son David Hennessee all my interest in the tract of land where he now lives and all my other lands in Cherokee County subject to the Dower of my wife. but if my son David Hennessee will comply with the matter named in the first Item and make a Deed to land named therein (viz the Staples place) then my wife is to have the Staples place during her lifetime for dower and to have no dower in the land in Cherokee. I also give him choice of one of my negroes after what I have already bequeathed are taken out also one feather bed and furniture.

      Item 4th.

      I give Abraham Sudderth's children my Grand children the one half of my negroes remaining after the above bequests are taken out. and. also the boy my wife has during her lifetime.

      Item 5th.

      I give to my daughter Ailsey Johnson my negro Girl Sophsonia and her increase after the death of my wife and also any increase she may before my wife's death and also the one half of the negroes remaining after first those bequests are take out of which I have bequeathed Abraham Sudderth's children the other half.

      Item 6th.

      My will and desire is that all the balance of my property that I have not disposed of above of every description whatsoever to be sold and the proceeds after all my just debts are paid to be divided equally between all my children viz Patrick Hennessee, David Hennessee, Elmina Sudderth, Children & Ailsey Johnson.

      Item 7th.

      I nominate and appoint Abraham Sudderth Jnr. and Patrick Hennessee my executors of the last will & testament revoking all former wills by me made

      Item 8th.

      And lastly my express will and meaning is and I do hereby order and appoint that if any differences disputes questions or controversy shall be arise or happen concerning any gift bequest matter or thing in the my will given and bequeathed expressed or contained that then no suit or suits in Law or Equity or other wise shall be brought, commemced or prosecuted for and concerning the same shall refund wholly to the award order and determination of my friends Wm. Greenway and James Harper both of the County & State aforesaid and what they shall order direct & determine therein shall be binding and conclusive to all and every person or persons therein concerned In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 17th day if June, 1844.

      Published and declared by the above named John Hennessee to be John his mark Hennessee his last will & Testament in presence of the Testator

      the Testator Wm. Greenway Jurat Wm. C. Tate Jas. Harper Jurat


      Codicil to the above will this day as above written It is further my will and desire that if my son David Hennessee complies with the condition of the aforesaid will (viz) to make a sufficient deed as before stated to the Staples place that he also is to build a comfortable double house each Sixteen feet square with a passage between one and a half Story high with a chimney with one fire place at each end the chimnies to be built of stone or brick Two twelve windows in each room and otherwise furnished in comfortable manner & also to build a Kitchen smoke house and corn crib all to be finished by the 1st day of Jany. next

      Item 2nd.

      It is further my will and desire that out of the proceeds of sale of the balance of my property in my will there be paid to Mrs. Elizabeth Spencer wife Tisdell Spencer the sum of one dollar and no more

      Signed, sealed and delivered in presence of the 17th day of June 1844

      Wm. Greenway Jurat
      Wm. C. Tate John Hennessee (his mark)
      James Harper Jurat

      (Burke County Tax List of 1815 list John as owning 850 acres valued at $3000.)

      end of will
    • Text of speech given by Nita Hennessee Shepard during the Hennessee Reunion held in McMinnville,TN, July of 1991:

      Hello-o-o Tennessee Hennessees! And my Hennessee cousins from the various States of the Union. It's nice to see you! It's nice to be with you! I am Nita Raye Hennessee Shepard.

      I've been asked to speak on John Hennessee, Sr., son of our elder Patrick, and brother to your James.

      When brother James decided to leave western North Carolina for Tennessee, John decided to stay on, buying James' land on the Catawba River.

      John was my great-great grandfather - born about 1775. If John's birth date is reasonably accurate, John was 9 years younger than brother James. This makes me wonder about the accuracy of the date of John's birth or if there were other brothers or sisters born in those intervening 9 years. However, I was told today that there were other children between James and John, so we will leave the year of his birth as about 1775.

      It is thought John's mother was Ailsey McDowell, possibly a sister to Generals Charles and Joseph McDowell. It is said the McDowells came from Virgina with the Hennessees.

      I became especially interested in John Hennessee because of two articles in the Burke Co., N.C. Historical Society volumes. One article said John had 4 children and his wife's name was Elizabeth. The other article said Elizabeth Wilson, born Feb.13, 1782 married John Hennessee and had an only child.

      Senator Sam Erwin of Morganton,N.C., who had written the second article, said his information came from his mother and her information from a friend. Both were long deceased.

      We know from John's will dated, June 7, 1844, that his wife then was an Elizabeth. He mentions sons Patrick and David, daughter Elmira's children (Elmira was already deceased, having been struck by lightning), and he mentioned daughter Ailsey Johnson. As a codicil 10 days later - June 17, 1884 - he disinherits Elizabeth Spencer by leaving her the sum of $1.00.

      In trying to conciliate the two Burke Co. articles, I have come the conclusion, rightly or wrongly, that John may have been married 3 times. I think his first wife was possibly Elizabeth Sumpter from Kentucky. I believe she was the mother of my great-grandfather, Patrick, Jr., who was born about 1793, and Ailsey, born 1795.

      Since son David was not born until 11 years later and David's sister, Elmira, until 13 years later, I believe David and Elmira's mother was not Elizabeth Sumpter - unless of course there had been other children in those 11 years that did not live to maturity.

      We do know when John died his wife was an Elizabeth - Elizabeth Wilson Hennessee - and their 1 child was the Elizabeth Spencer disinherited in the will. I can only speculate that Elizabeth Spencer married against her father's wishes and was left with $1.00.

      Of interest, you might like to know that Elizabeth Wilson Hennessee was a descendant of John Howland and wife Elizabeth Tilley who came to what is now America on the Mayflower in 1620. Of further interest, while on board ship, John Howland was washed overboard, nearly drowned, but was miraculously saved. John Howland is described as being young and strong who was able to survive in the waters unitl he could be rescued.

      John Hennessee evidently died soon after his June, 1844, will because John's last will and testament was proved July 11, 1844, with his wife "Eliza" appearing in court to admit his will for probate.

      John was buried in the Fairfield Cemetery at Lenoir, N.C. His headstone has not been seen for many, many years so the exact location of his grave is not known. My husband and I, along with a Sudderth-cousin and her husband, went to the cemetery a few years ago and made a valiant effort to find the grave - but if his headstone was there somewhere, it had fallen is buried deeply.

      The Fairfield Cemetery, once the former cemetery of the 1st Methodist Church, goes back to the late 1700's and is said to hold the remains of 70 slaves and about 100 white people. We were told it is believed that John's father, the elder Patrick, is buried there too.

      When my husband and I tried to locate John's grave, we found the cemetery to be a small jungle, located at the back yards of a nice development of homes. A number of hours later, bent, sometimes on our hands and knees, with clothes snagged, hot and dirty, and many insect bites, we gave up trying to locate John (and Patrick too).

      Upon coming back home to Arlington, VA, I was hopeful that Fairfield would be cleared of underbrush and fallen stones. We pinned our hopes on the fact that the cemetery was to be turned over to the Caldwell County Genealogical Society. But, alas, in 1989, through what was charitably said to be a misunderstanding, a company brought heavy equipment into the cemetery, cut trees, and pulled the trees out across graves. There were, of course, many complaints.

      Since then, we have not heard of any further developments at the cemetery but perhaps good will come from this unhappy event.

      I wish I know more about John. I don't have a physical description nor a picture. I don't know whether he was kind and good. I must assume that John was industrious and brave. One had to be in what was a dangerous, undeveloped area of western North Carolina. He had to be industrious because he had land, slaves and obviously a standing in the community. I wish we had letters written by John. Then we could know him better. But,nevertheless, we are grateful to you, John, for being!

      Thank you very much for your time!

      end of biography [11]
    • John Hennessee (b c 1775 - d June, 1844, Caldwell County, North Carolina) was the son of pioneer Patrick Hennessee I and the husband of Elizabeth Wilson Hennessee (b February 13, 1782, Randolph County - d September 21, 1855, Forsyth County). Records indicate that an "only child" was born of that union. It is known that John had at least an older brother, James David (b 1766) who about 1805 moved with his family to Tennessee, and two sisters unidentified but married by 1780.

      A widower when he married Elizabeth Wilson, John had five other children. Some believe the mother of these children was Elizabeth Sumter (Sumpter) from Kentucky. Other names are offered. John's June 7, 1844, Caldwell County will names and makes bequests to his children Patrick (b c 1793), Ailsey (b c 1795), David (b September 3, 1805), and the children of his daughter Elmina (b October 20, 1808). (Tragically, Elmina was deceased, struck by lightning June 2, 1841.) A June 17, 1844, codicil disowns Elizabeth Spencer, wife of Tisdale Spencer. Although the codicil does not identify Elizabeth as his child, it is almost certain this Elizabeth was John's oldest - born c 1791. John named son Patrick II and son-in-law Abraham Sudderth, Jr., executors. When he died near the end of June, John was buried in Fairfield Cemetery, Lenoir. With his gravestone missing for many years, the location of John's grave is unknown. Patrick died August 29, 1845, just a little over a year after the death of his father, leaving Abraham sole executor. With some delays, John's estate was accepted for settlement in 1850, almost six years after his death.

      Senator Sam Ervin, Jr., wrote (Article 766 Burke Heritage Volume 1): "Elizabeth Wilson born February 13, 1782. She married John Hennessee of Caldwell County, North Carolina and had an only child." Questions remain as to the identity of the "only child". John's will did not include this child, leaving the conviction he or she predeceased John. Some time after John's death, Elizabeth, probably wishing to be near her own people, moved to Forsyth County. Here her April 29, 1855, will was dictated to and written by George C. Mendenhall, prominent attorney and husband of Elizabeth's niece, Delphina E. Gardner. It was not surprising that Elizabeth's bequests were to close family members mainly. Surprising were Elizabeth's bequests "to my daughter Louisa Kerr and her son Thomas Kerr." This leads one to question if the "only child" was alive and identified as Louisa or misidentified in the telling.

      Known to have had at least 300 acres of land through early Burke County land grants, January 14 and March 12, 1794, as well as other acreage, John's will included slaves, live stock, farm equipment, furnishings, etc. Inventory sale dated November 1, 1844, listed many buyers whose names would be recognized in Burke and Caldwell Counties even today. Slave Philip, left to Elizabeth Wilson Hennessee by John 11 years previously, appears on an inventory of the property and estate of Eliza W. Hennessee taken by John Watson, her executor, and returned to the March Term of Forsyth Court in 1856.

      The Hennessees and the Sudderths were good friends. Three of John's children married three children of Abraham Sudderth, Sr. Patrick married Nancy, David married Catherine, and Elmina married Abraham, Jr. Ailsey married Jacob Johnson, son of Philip Johnson and Martha Bassett.

      Descendants of John and his brother James were in touch at times over the years but their first known reunion was held in July, 1991, 186 years after James moved away. Over 260 family members representing 19 states came together at Shell's Ford Baptist Church, McMinnville, Tennessee, at the invitation of and hosted mainly by David Alden Hennessee, descendant of James.

      Sources:

      "Burke County, North Carolina, Land Records and More Important Miscellaneous Records 1751-1809, Excerpts from Miscellaneous Papers of Civil and Criminal Cases 1755-1790", Volume 3, Page 103, by Edith Warren Huggins;

      "Burke County, North Carolina, Records 1755-1821 (Including Wills Index 1784-1900), Tax Records 1794-1795", Page 112, Tax Records 1794-1798, Page 122"; "Land Grants, Burke County, North Carolina, 1787, 1794";

      "Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions, Caldwell County, North Carolina, First Six Years 1841-1847", Volume 1, Second Edition, Pages 37-38, 40-41, and 55 by Linda M. Staley and John O. Hawkins;

      "Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions, Caldwell County, North Carolina, 1847-1852", Volume 2, Page 51, Compiled by John O. Hawkins; North Carolina Archives, Raleigh;

      Research of David Alden Hennessee, West Palm Beach, Florida,

      Manassa Nixon (Nick) Hennessee, III, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and Elaine Gordon, San Antonio, Texas.

      Nita H. Shepard, 206 Treetop Place, Holland, Ohio 4352 (419) 867-7439


      Pg# Ln# Head of Household to-10 10-16 16-26 26-45 45+
      to10 10-16 16-26 26-45 45+ Others Slaves Remarks
      Last Name First Name (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) (8) (9) (10) (11) (12)
      ==================================================================================================================================================
      0 0 1 0 0 0
      754 17 Hinsy John H 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 2

      This census is from Microcopy No. T-498 Roll 2

      Hensy, Patrick, 1,1,1,0,3,I

      1790 Census North Carolina Burke County Morgan District

      1 of 1st # free white males 16 year upwards and head of families (Patrick)
      1 of 2nd # free white males under 16 years (Ailsey)
      1 of 3rd # free white females and head of families (John)
      0 of 4th # all other free persons (no other children)
      3 of 5th # slaves

      end of record
      [11]
    • MESSAGE FROM TOMBSTONE PICTURE VOLUNTEER: "I went back today Oct 29, 2009 and walked this small cemetery. About half of the markers are legible, but the other half are not...many are just broken off. I was not able to locate a marker for either John or Elizabeth Hennessee."

      - Sandra "Spiritwalker" Selph-Hunter

      Added: Oct. 29, 2009

      January 26th, 2018: "SEEKING ADDITIONS/CORRECTIONS Contact Sandy (Email: sandyspiritwalker@hotmail.com)

      end of message [13]
    • August 29, 2015:

      I found a record for "John Henesy" who is enumerated in the 1790 Burke County, North Carolina Index:

      97-52 Henesy, John 2 . 2 . . . 7th Co.

      end of record [14]
    • 1844 Probate record for John Hennessee: <http://www.thehennesseefamily.com/getperson.php?personID=I16&tree=hennessee>

      John Hennessee
      North Carolina Estate Files, 1663-1979
      Name: John Hennessee
      Event Type: Probate
      Event Year: 1844
      Event Place: Caldwell, North Carolina, United States
      Number of Names with File: 1
      File Name: John Hennessee
      First Image Number: 00799
      Last Image Number: 00875
      Number of Images: 77

      Source citation: <https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:V5PK-F93>

      A second probate record for John ... this time in Cherokee County in 1843. It looks like there was a dispute:

      John Hennesee
      North Carolina Estate Files, 1663-1979
      Name: John Hennesee
      Event Type: Probate
      Event Year: 1843
      Event Place: Cherokee, North Carolina, United States
      Number of Names with File: 1
      File Name: John Hennesee
      First Image Number: 01151
      Last Image Number: 01219
      Number of Images: 69

      Source citation: <https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:V121-467>

      end of message [4, 6, 15]
    • John Hennessee
      BIRTH 1780 Burke County, North Carolina, USA
      DEATH 1844 North Carolina, USA
      BURIAL Fairfield Cemetery Lenoir, Caldwell County, North Carolina, USA
      MEMORIAL ID 40749002

      Birth and death dates are estimates.
      ...........................................................
      Wife: Elizabeth Wilson

      Children: Alsey, David, Elmina
      ...........................................................
      Father:
      Mother:

      Siblings:
      ...........................................................
      Paternal G/P's:
      Maternal G/P's:
      ...........................................................

      SEEKING ADDITIONS/CORRECTIONS

      Contact Sandy
      (Email: sandyspiritwalker@hotmail.com)
      ...........................................................

      Family Members
      Spouse
      Elizabeth Wilson Hennessee*
      17701840

      Children
      Photo
      Patrick Hennessa*
      17931845

      Photo
      Alsey Hennesse Johnson*
      17951865

      Photo
      Elmira Hennessee Sudderth*
      18081841

      *Calculated Relationship

      end of profile [3]

  • Sources 
    1. [S35] Nita Raye Hennessee Shephard (1913-2003) | major contributor for the JOHN HENNESSEE Family.

    2. [S12178] "Elmira Hennessee Sudderth", Cemetery Profile, https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/7660993/elmira-sudderth, retrieved or.

    3. [S12179] "John Hennessee", Cemetery Profile, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=Hennessee&GSiman=1&GScty=88185.

    4. [S12183] "John Hennessee", 1843 Cherokee County, North Carolina probate file, https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:V121-46.

    5. [S12181] "John Hennessee", Probate, 1843, Cherokee County, North Carolina, https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:V121-467,.

    6. [S12180] "John Hennessee", Probate, 1844 Caldwell County, North Carolina, https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:V5PK-F93, r.

    7. [S35] Nita Raye Hennessee Shephard (1913-2003) | major contributor for the JOHN HENNESSEE Family (Reliability: 3).

    8. [S12188] "John Hennessee (1780-1844)", Profile, http://trees.ancestry.com/tree/8217770/person/116262150, retrieved or revisited,.

    9. [S7580] http://files.usgwarchives.net/nc/burke/census/1790/1790cen.txt.

    10. [S9563] Cited from, "Burke County,NC Minutes of the Court of Pleas".

    11. [S12182] Nita Shepard (1916-2003) | 15 Sep 1992 | Letter & Notes.

    12. [S6009] 1790 Census North Carolina, Burke County Morgan District.

    13. [S12186] "John Hennessee", Cemetery Profile, https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/40749002?search=true, retrieved or revisited, re.

    14. [S12187] "Burke County, NC - 1790 U.S. Census - INDEX, A-L",.

    15. [S10967] Stefani Hennessee, no1_decofan@hotmail.com, contributor, message received Sunday, March 2nd, 2017 and retrieved, recorde.