Harl Eugene Hennessee

Male 1892 - 1976  (83 years)


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  • Name Harl Eugene Hennessee 
    Born 9 Dec 1892  Athens, McMinn County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
    Gender Male 
    Occupation Farmer 
    Also Known As Harle Hennessee  [7
    Census Name Harold Hennessee  [6
    Military McMinn County, Tennessee  [7
    Died 23 Jul 1976  Athens, McMinn County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 9
    Buried Oak Grove Cemetery, Riceville, McMinn County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 9
    Person ID I1897  The Hennessee Family
    Last Modified 21 Oct 2014 

    Father John David Hennessee,   b. 10 Nov 1849, Murphy, Cherokee County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Jun 1921, McMinn County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 71 years) 
    Mother Lee Ann "Ann" Shook,   b. 24 Jul 1859, Athens, McMinn County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Sep 1897, McMinn County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 38 years) 
    Married 18 Nov 1875  (McMinn County, Tennessee) Find all individuals with events at this location  [10
    Residence (Family) 0___ 1880  McMinn County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  [11, 12
    Family ID F716  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Fannie Meldoria Vincent,   b. 18 Dec 1893, Athens, McMinn County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Dec 1962, Athens, McMinn County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 68 years) 
    Married ~ 1913  McMinn County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  [6, 8
    Residence (Family) 0___ 1930  McMinn County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Residence (Family) 0___ 1940  McMinn County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Children 
     1. Annie Mary Hennessee,   b. 30 Apr 1913, McMinn County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Apr 2012, Acme Mill, McMinn County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 98 years)
     2. Johnie William Hennessee,   b. 22 Feb 1916, Meigs County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Apr 2007, McMinn County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 91 years)
     3. Ruby Alice Hennessee,   b. 28 Jun 1917, Meigs County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Jan 1961, McMinn County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 43 years)
     4. Arlen Lee Hennessee,   b. 3 Apr 1919, Meigs County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Oct 1988, Athens, McMinn County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 69 years)
     5. Arthur Eugene "Hootie" Hennessee,   b. 6 Nov 1920, Meigs County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Apr 1948, Athens, McMinn County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 27 years)
     6. Charlie Roscoe Hennessee
     7. Billy Lewis Hennessee,   b. 21 May 1924, McMinn County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Nov 2012, Athens, McMinn County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 88 years)
     8. Mattie Belle Hennessee,   b. 13 Mar 1926, McMinn County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Jul 2018, Riceville, McMinn County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 92 years)
    Photos
    The Homeplace...
    The Homeplace...

    Family home of Harl & Fannie Hennessee located in rural McMinn County, Tennessee and painted by their loving granddaughter, Charlotte Hennessee Davis
    Oak Grove Church & Cemetery
    Oak Grove Church & Cemetery

    The old church was located in Riceville, McMinn County, Tennessee and has been since replaced with a new edifice. Its cemetery is still the burial site for:

    Harl Eugene Hennessee (1892-1976) and wife
    Fannie Meldora Vincent Hennessee (1893-1962)
    Johnie William Hennessee (1916-2007) and wife
    Rosa Lee Elkins Hennessee (1920-2008)
    James Franklin Harrison (1916-2005) and wife
    Ruby Alice Hennessee Harrison (1917-1961)
    Arlen Lee Hennessee (1919-1988)
    Noah Ross Hennessee (2005-2005) son of Allen & Odessa Hennessee

    Painted by Charlotte Hennessee Davis...
    Harl & Fannie Hennessee
    Harl & Fannie Hennessee

    Harl Eugene Hennessee (1892-1976)
    Fannie Meldoria Vincent Hennessee (1893-1962)

    Photo taken circa 1960 in McMinn County, Tennessee and provided by their loving granddaughter, Charlotte Hennessee Davis
    Last Modified 18 Sep 2018 
    Family ID F722  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 9 Dec 1892 - Athens, McMinn County, Tennessee Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - ~ 1913 - McMinn County, Tennessee Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence (Family) - 0___ 1930 - McMinn County, Tennessee Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence (Family) - 0___ 1940 - McMinn County, Tennessee Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 23 Jul 1976 - Athens, McMinn County, Tennessee Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Oak Grove Cemetery, Riceville, McMinn County, Tennessee Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • Harl Eugene and Fannie Meldoria Vincent Hennessee

      Harl Eugene Hennessee was born in McMinn County, Tennessee on December 9, 1892 to parents, John David Hennessee and LeAnn Shook Hennessee. He married Fannie Meldoria Vincent. They set up housekeeping in the lower part of Meigs County near the river. While living in Meigs County, four of their children, Johnie, Ruby, Arlen and Hootie were born. They moved to the Hennessee home place in McMinn County to take care of Harl's step-mother, Margaret Williams, when Hootie was a baby about 1921.

      Harl, as a young man was a well known sawyer. He would board for long periods of time in the community where he was cutting the timber and overseeing the saw mill. It was said he would go into the knobs and cut timber all day and come out looking as clean as when he went in. After Harl and Fannie were married, they were big into farming too. Harl would still go to his timber work and Fannie and the children took care of most of the farming duties. In the spring, time the big crop was raising strawberries. Ladies from all over the community would come and pick strawberries for a cent and a half per quart. Some of the good pickers could pick as many as 120 quarts a day. Harl would haul the strawberries all the way to Knoxville in an old truck that he had made out of a car. He could haul as many as 100 crates. Each crate contained 24 quarts and he would get only .80 cents per crate. At one time Charlie remembers them having about 8 acres of strawberries. One day Harl returned from a strawberry haul, he called all the pickers together, he told them he would only be able to pay them a penny a quart because on this trip he had lost money. Everyone was still willing to take the cut in pay.

      Harl inherited the 90 acre farm of his parents for taking care of his step-mother, Margaret Williams Hennessee. Harl and Fannie bought 120 more acres for $1500.00 and had to raise anything on the farm that would sell to make the 300.00 a year payment. They raised cotton, peas, cane for molasses, which brought .35 per gallon. Tobacco was not a popular crop raised to sell at that time. Only enough was raised to have their own chewing tobacco. The fall of the year was harvest time for their grain such as corn and wheat. When the thrasher came through the community, each farmer would follow the thrashing machine from farm to farm helping each other. The ladies would get together and cook dinner for the workers, usually at Harl and Fannie's house. Harvest time was the time to empty out all the straw tick beds and replace them with new straw. They would boil water and pour into any cracks or crevices of the beds or bedrooms to make sure they stayed free of chinches (bed bugs).

      Harl was most serious and particular with no foolishness. Getting the giggles and laughing at the dinner table was a serious matter. The boys would leave the table immediately if they got tickled and the brothers loved to get each other in trouble. Fannie was a good hardworking, dedicated mother, she was calm and loved her children and grandchildren.

      Fannie always had chickens that supplied plenty of eggs and plenty of chicken to eat. When she had a setting hen, Harl would put some quail eggs under her to hatch. Harl was a well-known bird dog trainer and he loved the sport himself as well. Harl always had some good bird dogs for himself, but trained bird dogs for people all over the county. He passed this heritage on to some of his sons as well.

      Fannie passed away on December 15, 1962 after a broken hip. Harl lived on at their home with Charlie and his family until he passed on July 23, 1976 from a blood clot moving to his heart. They were both laid to rest in Oak Grove Baptist Church Cemetery, McMinn County, Tennessee. [8]

  • Sources 
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    8. [S3694] "Harl Eugene Hennessee and Fannie Meldoria Vincent Hennessee Family", compiled by Charlotte Hennessee Davis, and publish.

    9. [S2114] rootsweb.com/pub/usgenweb/archives/tn/mcminn/cemeteries/oakgrove.txt.

    10. [S52819] http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=Hennessee&GSiman=1&GScid=2177067&GRid=27291442&.

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