(Thomas Henesy)

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  • Name (Thomas Henesy) 
    Born (1650-1658)  Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Immigration Talbot County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Immigration 8 Mar 1679  Youghal, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Died (Maryland) Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I26192  The Hennessee Family
    Last Modified 13 May 2015 

    Father FNU O'Sheal,   b. (1600-1650), Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother unnamed spouse 
    Family ID F31  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family (Catherine LNU),   b. (1650-1660), Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. (Maryland) Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married (Ireland) Find all individuals with events at this location 
     1. 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
    Last Modified 26 Apr 2021 
    Family ID F9347  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - (1650-1658) - Ireland Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsImmigration - - Talbot County, Maryland Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsImmigration - 8 Mar 1679 - Youghal, Ireland Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - - (Maryland) Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - - (Ireland) Link to Google Earth
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    The Hennessy Coat-of-Arms
    The Hennessy Coat-of-Arms
    The surname "Hennessee" is an Anglicised form of the Gaelic "Ó hAonghusa" meaning "son of Angus". We cannot prove our ancestral link to this ancient family...

    Early Unlinked Hennessee Antecedents
    Early Unlinked Hennessee Antecedents
    Earliest record begins March 18, 1663 David Hennessee, Compiler

  • Notes 
    • Philip Popplestone craves [claims] Rtts for 1150 Acres of Land due to him for importation of 23 persons into this Province to Inhabit according to the following Catalog: viz.

      A Catalogue of the names of what Servants were brought in the Shipp called the Increase of Youghale, Philip Popleston, Commander, Anno Domini 1679:

      Cornelius Nevill
      Mary Buchan
      Ann Barry
      Piers Wally
      Dennis Donnavan
      Margarett Duohy
      Darby Quick
      Cornelius Lynch
      Robert Kearny
      Dennis Murphy
      Edward Kirby
      John Clancy
      Cornelius Hible
      Katherine Leary
      Hana Neal
      Margarett Joflynger
      Darby Sullivan
      Joan Dally
      Daniel Murphy
      Thomas Corcran

      Thomas Henesy

      John Haghiesen
      Joan Ronayne

      The Persons above specified were imported by me Philip Popleston and never made use of the rtts for their transportation untill assigned by me unto William Sharp. Witness my hand this 19th of March 1679: s/ Philip Popleston

      March 19, 1679:

      Warrant: then granted by the Rtt Honorable: the Lord Proprietor to William Sharp of Talbott County for 1150 Acres for and in consideration of the foregoing rtts of Assignment :
      __________________ Ret. in Six Months.


      Philip Poplestone craved Rtts to One Thousand Acres of Land for Importacon from Ireland into this Province to Inhabitt according to the following Catalogue viz

      Anno 1679

      William Newmarch
      Morrish Keally
      Timothy Connor
      Adam Merritt
      Thomas White
      Joan English
      Habia Loftus
      John Legge
      Thomas Gelliburne
      James Smyth
      Dennis Nunane
      Edmund Goremond
      John Haghieren

      Thomas Henery (sp)

      Honor Mulrean
      Thomas Bullen
      Robert Hawkins
      Corneluis Sheehane
      John Brendevill
      Katherine Londry

      The persons above specified were imported by me Philip Poplestone and never made use of the rights for their transportation untill Assigned by me unto John Stevens Witness my hand this nineteenth Day of March 1679

      s/ Philip Popleston

      and underneath was thus written vis

      Do hereby Assigne and make over all my right and Interest to the Rtts above specified unto John Stephens and his Assigns as witness my hand and seal the 19th March 1679:

      Philip Popleston (Seale)

      March 19th: 1679
      Warrant then granted unto John Stevens of Dorchester County by the Rtt Honorable the Lord Proprietor for and in consideration of the foregoing Rtts and Assignment from Philip Poplestone for one Thousand Acres of Land. ___
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      Maryland Ss:
      Know all men by these presents that William Sharpe of Talbott County and Phillip Poplestone, Master of the Ship Encrease of Youghal are holden and firmly bound to the right Honorable Charles Lord Baltimore in the sum of One hundred pounds Sterling money to be paid to the said Charles Lord Baltimore the said Sum of One Hundred Pounds or his certain Attorney Executors and Administrators or Assignees To which payment well and trulely to be made We bind us and either of us, our and either of our heirs executors and Administrators and every of us joyntly and severally by Himself for all and in the whole firmly by these presents. Signed with our hands and Sealed with our Seals dated this eight and twentieth day of March One Thousand six hundred seventy nine and in the fourth Year of the Dominion of the Said Charles Lord Baltemore over Maryland ?? ____

      WHEREAS the persons in the Catalogue mentioned were lately brought over by the above bound Philip Poplestone in the Ship above mentioned and their rights to him assigned to the above bound William Sharpe as by the said Catalogue may appear due. Whereas upon their Humble request the the above named Charles Lord Baltemore hath the day of the date above written promised a grant to the said William Sharpe by his generall Warrant to take up Land in this Province for the rights of the said severall Persons mentioned and named in the said Catalogue or any or either of them have not formerly been mad use of in order to their rights nor shall hereafter be made use of that purpose otherwise than according to the Interest that is herein and hereby declared Then this obligation to be void and of none Effect otherwise to remain in full force and Virtue ____

      Sealed and delivered by the said William Sharpe in the presence of William Sharpe Vincent Sower Rich Recii Thomas Greenway?

      Annexed to the above Obligation was this Catalogue followingn Viz.

      (667) Catalogue of all the Servants Nameds which came out of Ireland into Maryland in the Ship the Encrease of Youghall Philip Poplestone, Master

      John Coverane 1
      Morrish Magrath 2
      Morgan Caduell 3
      Edward Burke 4
      Thomas Smith 5
      Patrick Sacey 6
      Patrick Freeman 7
      David Dally 8
      Morish Doulen 10
      Rich Ashwood 14
      Dorris Brothers 12
      Coriel Driskols 13
      Dave Gallahoe 14
      John Jones 15
      John Feakine 16
      Thomas Nanury 17
      Patrick Cahane 18
      Mortagh Murphey 19
      Tim Hartaggue 20
      Thomas Sherwin 21
      William Heage 22
      John London 24
      John Tye 25
      Norris Fitzgerald 26
      John Mushhave 27
      Catherine Magralis 28
      her young daughter 29
      Alice Green 30
      Catherine Haloorans 32
      Margaret West 33
      Catherine Kennedy 34
      Mary Ireland 35
      Catherine Ahagh 36
      Elizabeth Fostor 37
      Alice Quaine 38
      Houdra Neale 39
      Mary Bower 40
      Mary Carrous 41

      Catherine Henesy 42

      Helena Mulreau 43
      Marg Gerrald 44
      Joan Pully 45
      John Bughlaus 46

      Underneath the aforegoing Catalogue was thus written ???

      ( 185)

      This is a true Account of the names of what Servants I brought to Maryland as above said and do by these Presents assign all my right Title of this Forty-six Servants by name above said unto William Sharpe being never before assigned nor made over to any other person as Wittness my hand

      Witness George Sullivan Philip Poplestone (Signed)

      Maryland Ss: Know all men by these presents that Samuel Groome the Younger as owner Commander of the Globe of Soudou are holden and firmly bound to the right Honorable Charles Lord Baltimore in the value? of One hundred and fifty pounds Sterling to be paid to the said Charles Lord Baltimore or his order Attorney Executors of Assignees To which payment well and trulely to be made We bind us, our heirs executors and Administrators firmly by these presents. Signed with my hand and Sealed with my Seal dated this five and twentiety day of April One Thousand six hundred seventy nine.........................

      WHEREAS the persons mentioned in the Catalogue annexed were brought over in the Ship above mentioned by Samuel Groome the Elcer, father of the above bound Samuel Groome as by the said Catalogue ??? appear and Whereas upon the Humble request of the said Samuel Groome the above named Charles Lord Baltemore hath promised against? Warrant to take up Lands for the rights of the said Several Persons amounting in the whole to four Score and Three Now the Conditionn of this obligation is such that if the said persons mentioned in the Catalogue annexed or any or either of them have not formerly been made use of [or?] in order to use? their rights ??? shall hereafter be made use of to that purpose by Consent or Knowledge of the said Samuel Groome the Elder of Samuel Groome the Younger or either of them or by any other under them or by their Title otherwise before mentioned then this present Obligation to be void and of none Effect or else it to Stand and abide in full force and Virtue _________ Samuel Groome ??? (Sealed)

      Sealed and delivered in the presence of

      Thomas Green???. Annexed to the above Obligacion was the following Catalogue Viz

      Servants imported into Maryland by the Owners of the Ship Globe .. Viz


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      5 Jun 1995:

      There is no proof that this Thomas HENESY is our progenitor. I include him as he is the earliest HENNESSEE found in records and the fact that "Thomas" is a re-occuring forename in our family...DAH

      30 Jul 2009:

      Nick Hennessee confirms that "Thomas & Catherine" are the parents of Patrick. This fact has been long suspected but not proven until now...

      Through a serendipitous web search, Nick found:

      "An 1820 publication that I found in a 2009 internet search, A Collection Of All The Laws Of Virginia, From The First Session Of The Legislature In The Year 1619, Volume VII, documents that Patrick was son of Irish natives, Thomas and Catherine, who immigrated in 1688 and 1689 to Maryland. Colonial Maryland records confirm the immigration: Thomas was indentured to John Stevens of Dorchester County and Catherine to William Sharpe of adjacent Talbot County under arrangements made by Philip Poplestone, Captain of the ship Increase of Youghale (Ireland), with the employers of Thomas and Catherine and with Lord Baltimore, Proprietary Governor of Maryland."


      Nick & I suspected that there was an intermediate generation between Thomas and Patrick because of the considerable age disparity between the two. I still feel uncomfortable with their pairing for that same reason. In addition, I wonder why we've not been able to locate more issue for Thomas & Catherine given their assumed Catholic heritage and its cultural invective to procreate large families. An Irish Catholic family with one child? If that is the case, then there must have been some tragic circumstance regarding their union, i. e., a death of one of the spouses or infertility for either...

      30 Aug 2009 Nick's response:

      "I can agree with your comment with the addition that ages of Thomas and Catherine at time of marriage or conception ...if after they had fulfilled the indentures... could be a factor in family size. Also, if other children had been female, poor people, colonial practices did not honor female identity for posterity as much as later periods (witness Ailsey McDowell)."

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      Hennessee pioneer genealogy questions and answers by Nick Hennessee relating to Thomas Hennessee (the immigrant), Thomas (son of the immigrant), Thomas (possible grandson of the immigrant) and Patrick of Burke County, North Carolina

      CONCLUSIONS 9/9/2009:

      (1) It can reasonably be assumed and concluded (but is not completely documented) that 1688 Maryland immigrant Thomas Henesy was forebearer of Patrick Hensey of Bedford County, VA, and Burke County,NC.

      (2) Whether there were one or more generations between late 17th Century Maryland immigrant Thomas and mid 18th Century Bedford resident Patrick depends on assumptions (no birth year records found) of birth years of Maryland immigrant Thomas, of other Henesys named Thomas and of Patrick.

      (3) The Thomas christening reported in Middlesex County, VA, in 1736, while not identifying the christened person by age, has other value because it shows location then of the Hennessee family near the Chesapeake Bay after the earlier Maryland locale and before their migrating west (a pattern common in that century) to Bedford County.

      (4) Was the 1736 christening of an adult or an infant? With other evidence of Thomas and Patrick at Bedford, an adult christening in Middlesex County in 1736 would fit supposed age of the adult Thomas of Bedford, and an infant christening would fit a reasonably calculated age of child Patrick. Whatever the answer, a reasonable assumption is that Thomas was father and not brother of Patrick.

      (5) The father-son (not brother) relationship assumption also extends from (a) historic records of community popularity and honor from serving in the Bedford Militia that would likely attract any male old engough to be eligible and (b) Militia records that Thomas of the Militia survived the French and Indian War initial battle at Fort Necessity in Pennsylvania in 1754 before (c) the earliest record of Patrick in the Militia in 1758.

      (6) Therefore, I propose to report in an article for a Burke County book:

      18th Century Burke County, NC, settler Patrick Henesy was son of French and Indian War militiaman Thomas, who had earlier migrated from coastal Middlesex County, VA, to western frontier Bedford County, VA, and who likely descended one or two generations from Thomas and Catherine Henesy, 1688 and 1689, immigrants to Maryland from Ireland.


      Early Hennessee History documentations:
      Thomas, Irish immigrant indentured to Maryland 1688
      Thomas christening, Middlesex County, VA, 1736
      Thomas, member Bedford Militia, French and Indian War, 1754
      Thomas, land grant (for Militia service) 1755 in Bedford County
      Patrick, Bedford Militia, 1758
      Patrick, homesteader in North Carolina, 1775 (Polk) and 1778 (Burke)

      Thomas Hennessee, the immigrant in Maryland as an indentured servant in 1688, would have worked off his indenture by 1691 or 1695 (3 to 7 years per Wikipedia extract below).

      How old was he in 1695? (Maybe 25, if born 1670. Maybe 45, if 1650 birth as assumed in http://ftp.rootsweb.com/pub/usgenweb/va/bedford/military/mil1758b.txt).

      Were there one or two Henesys named Thomas between Thomas the immigrant and Patrick of Burke?

      To me, the Thomas christening reported in Middlesex County, VA, in 1736, has greatest riddle-solving value of the listed Hennessee documentations because it shows location then of the Hennessee family near the Chesapeake Bay. Irish immigrant Thomas, if still living in 1736, could then be 66 or 86 years old when member-of-Bedford-Militia Thomas was 20 years old and Patrick was an infant. That leaves a large age gap that supports existence of a generation or more between immigrant Thomas and member-of-Bedford-Militia Thomas. The christening makes sense to me now only if it:

      (A) was an adult christening (a) of immigrant Thomas or (b) of son of immigrant Thomas or (c) of member-of-Bedford-Militia Thomas or

      (B) if it was an infant christening of Patrick, who was in the Bedford Militia in 1758 (age 22 if Christened 1736). Presumed also is that some time after the christening, the family (particularly family of member-of-Bedford-Militia Thomas) migrated from Middlesex County (near Chesapeake Bay) to Bedford County (just east of the Blue Ridge Mountains).

      Scenario 1: Where does the 1736 Patrick christening premise put birth year for his father Thomas, who was in the Bedford Militia in 1754? If father of Patrick were to be 20 before the presumed christening of Patrick, that would make father-of-Patrick's birth in 1716 and his age 38 at Fort Necessity in 1754. In this scenario, immigrant Thomas would have been 46 or 56 when father of Patrick was born in 1716. That suggests greater possibility but not certainty that immigrant Thomas was grandfather, not father, of Thomas, the father of Patrick.

      Scenario 2 assumes another generation, between Thomas, the immigrant (1650 or 1660-?), and Thomas (possibly 1716-?), father of Patrick. This alternative implies younger ages for births in generations from the immigrant Thomas to father of Patrick.

      Scenario 3 supports assumption by some Hennessee genealogists that Thomas in Bedford County was brother of Patrick in Bedford County and accepts, without identifying intermediate kin, that both descended from immigrant Thomas.

      From Wikipedia -- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indentured_servant

      "Indentured Servant"

      An indentured servant is a laborer under contract of an employer for usually three to seven years, in exchange for their transportation, food, drink, clothing, lodging and other necessities. Unlike a slave, an indentured servant is required to work only for a limited term specified in a signed contract.[1]

      The labor-intensive cash crop of tobacco was farmed in the American South by indentured laborers in the 17th and 18th centuries.[2] Indentured servitude was not the same as the apprenticeship system by which skilled trades were taught, but similarities do exist between the two mechanisms, in that both require a set period of work.

      In addition to slaves (who were mostly from Africa), Europeans, including Irish,[3] Scottish,[4] English, and Germans,[5] were brought over in substantial numbers as indentured servants,[6] particularly in the British Thirteen Colonies.[7] Over half of all white immigrants to the English colonies of North America during the 17th and 18th centuries may have been indentured servants.[8

      In Colonial North America, employers usually paid for European workers' passage across the Atlantic Ocean, reimbursing the shipowner who held their papers of indenture. In the process many families were broken apart. During the time living with their masters, their fellow indentured servants took the role of family.[citation needed]

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      In three trips in September and October 1791, Patrick Hennessee and his teenage son, John, patronized The Morganton Store, "the only store for miles around." Then they either walked or rode on horseback or in a horse- or mule-drawn wagon or buggy. It was a 4 to 6 hour or more roundtrip from their home six miles northeast of Courthouse Square. That was long travel time for purchases of 100 10-penny nails, stirrup irons and spurs as well as three pints of rum and a bushel of Indian corn.
      Patrick (circa 1735-1796) was forebear of the Hennessee family in Burke County. Records of the State of North Carolina show he was paid for Revolutionary War army service. In 1778, his first land grant in Burke was on both sides of the Catawba River between Johns River and Lower Creek. In his home, up from the south bank of the Catawba at Hunting Creek, he lived with his wife Alice, (nicknamed Ailsey), and sons James and John. Two daughters had married.
      Long after Patrick of Burke was alive and available to answer questions, descendants wanted to know more about him and his forebears. Was he an Irish immigrant or a descendant of immigrants? Was Patrick of Burke the Patrick of Bedford County, VA?


      Vagueness continues in the record, but helpful perspective and inspiration came in 2006. Then Virginia and North Carolina frontier historian Dr. Christopher Hendricks published The Backcountry Towns of Colonial Virginia, one of which was New London in Bedford County. Data and patterns emphasized by Professor Hendricks would logically relate Patrick of Bedford to the large colonial migration through Virginia to North Carolina via the store of William Calloway in New London. That perspective plus studies of 17th Century maps available to militiamen in that era and internet-enabled finding in 2009 of data previously not as accessible to or appreciated by family historians make plausible conclusions not earlier reached about Patrick of Burke and his heritage.
      In the Bedford Militia in the 1750s were Thomas Hennesey and Patrick Henicie. At the beginning of the French and Indian War, the Virginia Militia (on the western frontier consisting mostly of the Bedford Militia) was under command of celebrated land surveyor, map maker and college professor Colonel Joshua Fry, Major (later Colonel, General and President) George Washington and Captain (later Colonel) William Calloway, wealthy Bedford County merchant, land developer and manufacturer. Official Virginia records report Thomas Hennesey survived the first battle of the war at Fort Necessity, PA, in 1754 and Patrick Henicie received militia pay in 1758.
      A 1761 indenture evidences that Patrick Henicie paid "one pound, one shilling and six pence" for a lot in New London owned by Colonel Calloway. Within a year, he sold it back at a good profit.
      Some have suggested--and some questioned--the kinship of Patrick and Thomas (whether father-son or brothers) while proposing that one or both descended a generation or two from Thomas and Catherine Henesy, 1688 and 1689 immigrants to Maryland from County Cork, Ireland; Maryland records confirm the immigration. Some others have argued that Patrick descended from James Hennessee, who left County Cork and landed in Norfolk, Va., in 1740; they were influenced (1) by the Irish tradition that the oldest son is named after the father's father and (2) by Patrick's first-born son being named James. Another claim: Confederate war veteran Hamilton Mortimer Hennessee said that his great grandfather, Patrick of Burke, migrated from Ireland.
      Regardless of the ancestry, pre-Revolutionary-War records show in addition to Thomas of Bedford, VA, (1) some Thomas Hennesey and other Hennesey families who continued to be residents of Maryland, (2) other Hennesys who located in coastal Virginia and North Carolina counties early in the 18th Century and (3) great migrations later in the century of many families from coastal counties in Virginia, Maryland and Pennsylvania not only to the western frontier of Virginia (including Bedford County) but also south to the western North Carolina Piedmont (including Burke County).


      A 1752 map of Virginia, Maryland and northern North Carolina had been surveyed by Militia Colonel Fry and Peter Jefferson. It informed migrating settlers about the Great Wagon Road from Philadelphia via the Valley of Virginia to inexpensive fertile North Carolina land. The primary route in Virginia went through the Roanoke Gap of the Blue Ridge Mountains. However, many settlers -- as many as 300 one week - went through the James River Gap. They continued toward North Carolina through Bedford County via Colonel Calloway's New London store, where many paused to buy provisions. Understandably, the great enthusiasm of the settlers en route to North Carolina opportunities would be contagious to New London witnesses such as Patrick Henicie.
      Other maps also added to the lure. A 1752 Moravian Church survey described fertile Burke County land on the Catawba River, Lower Creek, Johns River and Upper Creek. The Mouzon 1775 North Carolina map showed an old Cherokee Indian trail between Virginia and South Carolina crossing the Catawba River north of present-day Morganton near Quaker Meadows. From the river, the Indian trail went south on the path later followed by the old Rutherfordton road. Just north of the South Carolina line, the trail went through the remote Green River wilderness, where land was even less expensive than in Burke County. It was in that wilderness, southeast of Chimney Rock, that Patrick Henecy obtained a 200 acre grant February 28, 1775. (Acting under Patrick's will proven October 25, 1796, son John, executor of the estate, sold the Green River tract in 1800.)


      Twentieth Century descendant Elizabeth Hennessee Finger, heralded as a talented school teacher, as a diligent family historian and as a founding officer and life member of the Burke County Historical Society, shared her conclusions. She said that typical of the times for poor first-arriving settlers on the frontier wildernesses (as recorded by many families in the American colonies), Patrick initially was a trapper and hunter, trading animals and pelts for food and income. Most likely, she said, he devoted full time to trapping and hunting … in Green and Broad River forests and other frontier wilderness forests in and west of Burke … before he was able to acquire fertile Catawba River land, and he continued trapping, hunting and trading while farming in Burke County.
      Owning river-and-creek-enriched bottom land, it was natural that Patrick and his sons and grandsons were farmers (and at least one was also a blacksmith) in Burke County into the 20th Century. Until after the War Between the States, Patrick, John and their descendants farmed their Catawba river-front acreage.
      "The location of Patrick's home on the south bank of the river (below the mouth of Hunting Creek) was a very desirable one," wrote descendant Eugene L. Hennessee Jr. "There were easily defended…sites for a cabin and other buildings…. The relatively flat bottom, next to the river, appears better for corn than the steep slope rising to higher level ground…. However, this slope and ridge top … supplied wood for (house logs), poles, fences and fireplaces…. (Already cleared, Allen's Bottom, as shown on the land survey, suggested a previous occupant.)… The easy access to the river and the adjacent streams made the location ideal…. The ridge road to the south connected with the main east-west wagon road. The main north-south (Old Wilkes Road) passed through the property at a rocky ford on the river and went to Fort Defiance and other east-west roads." Evidence of the Old Wilkes Road still exists (2009) on a steep grade through the former Hennessee farm.
      It was a good neighborhood. General Charles McDowell had a grant to the south. North across the Catawba (on land previously Patrick's that in the 20th Century became the Burke County landfill) was Colonel John Suddreth (his sister married Patrick II). Also north was Thomas Wilcher (his daughter married James). To the east were John Ballew and Abraham Harshaw. West was John Hughes, Justice of the Burke County Court.
      About 1805, Patrick's older son James (1766-1851) and family, his Wilcher in-laws and other Burke residents moved west to even cheaper land. They went from Morganton via the old Indian Road south past Patrick's Green River grant into South Carolina and then west across Georgia and north to McMinnville in less-crowded middle Tennessee.

      Younger son John (circa 1775-1844) had two sons, Patrick II (1793-1845), who maintained the Hennessa plantation until his death, and John II, who moved to Murphy in Cherokee County. Beginning in 1833, Patrick II and John Sudderth, his brother-in-law on the north side of the Catawba, operated a ferry to carry Old Wilkes Road traffic.


      The two oldest sons of Patrick II, John Alexander and Emanuel Augustus (Manuel) Hennessee, followed the lure of the 1852 California Gold Rush. John remained and died there. Manuel returned home to resume his cabinetmaker trade and to marry Elizabeth Caroline Johnson, daughter of Isaac Wilburn and Catherine Louisa Kincaid Johnson.
      Elizabeth's cousin, Lt. William Joseph Kincaid, recruited Manuel to join the 11th NC Regiment of the Confederate Army. Also in the Army were four of Manuel's brothers. Thomas A. was killed in action, Manasa Sudderth died in a Yankee prison camp, and Patrick Waightsill surrendered with General Lee at Appomattox but did not return home.
      Two brothers did return home, Robert Jones (RJ) of the Burke Rifles and Manuel. RJ had been captured July 3, 1863 at Gettysburg near "the angle," the farthest advance of Pickett's Charge. Freed in early 1864, RJ won promotion to sergeant. In the Fall of 1864 in the Battle of Peebles Farm near Petersburg, VA, Manuel was gravely wounded and left to die on the battlefield. But he did not die. The next day, one may conclude from hospital records, RJ got him from the battlefield to the first of a series of hospitals.
      Among many wounds, Manuel had a hole in his forehead and suffered "paralysis of right arm and leg and loss of power of speech." However, he outlived all of his brothers, dying in 1903. Then the Morganton News Herald heralded him as best known of Burke's Civil War survivors. Also, ex-lieutenant Kincaid, by then a Georgia textile manufacturer, praised Manuel for his service in the war and example after the war and added: "The Hennessees are a good old Burke family and were among the valiant North Carolinians who won for our dear old state, during the Civil War, everlasting renown."


      Not in the army were brothers William Richard, who managed his in-law family farms in North Cove and was a Confederate quartermaster supplier, and James David, farmer and blacksmith who managed the Burke farm for his mother until it was sold. Sisters were Martha H. (Mrs. John) Ferree, Levinia Hennessee and Myra H. (wife of Sheriff Bartlett A.) Berry. Sheriff Berry acquired part of the riverfront Hennessee farm, and in the 20th Century, Duke Power Company bought all of it along with miles of Catawba riverfront south from the upper reaches of Lake James into South Carolina.
      By the time of the sale of the Hennessee Hunting Creek farm, the family of Patrick II had relocated. RJ continued nearby, a leader in the Zion Church community. Manuel and James David moved their families to farms near Gilboa Methodist Church in Silver Creek Township. Widow Nancy Sudderth Hennessee went to live with son William in North Cove. She took with her family heirlooms and records which could later have informed and enlightened family historians had they not been destroyed when the 1916 Catawba River Flood washed downstream the family's North Cove home, barns, etc.
      Manuel's children were Sarah (Mrs. George) Farr, Idalia (Mrs. Horace) Kincaid, Florence (Mrs. John) Ferree, Alice (Mrs. Thomas P.) Satterwhite, Manassa Nixon (Nas), Dr. Emanuel Augustus (Gus) MD, Joseph Richardson, Daniel Lafatte, William L. and Russell Kimsey Hennessee. All resided in Burke County. After US Army service and college medical education, Gus returned to Burke in 1902 to practice medicine, and in the 1920s, Spanish American War veteran Russell moved to Sunshine in Rutherford County.
      Children of RJ were Patrick Lee, James Phifer, Robert Avery, Ella H. Thompson, John and Margaret H. Garrison. Children of William Richard were Robert Horace Sr., James Patrick, William Lee, Paralee H. Brown, Wade Hampton and Samuel Arthur Hennessee. Children of James David were Martha Jo H. Duckworth, Thomas Patrick, Mary, Lois May and Ophelia Hennessee.
      Much more data about these and other descendants of Patrick are included in the 1981 and 2001 editions of Burke County Historical Society's Heritage of Burke County.


      Henesy, Henacie, Hensy, Hennessy, Henicie, Hennessa, Henessee, Henecy, Henessey and Hennessee are spellings found in documents from colonial to current times. Near consensus among later descendants of Patrick to spell the name "Hennessee" may be attributed not only to increasing familiarity with the spelling of Tennessee but also to the greater number of Tennessee Hennessees than North Carolina Hennessees. The name derives from the ancient Irish "O'haonghusa" (son of Angus) as also does Guinness -- the actor Alec, the stout beer and the world records.
      However the name is spelled, pronounce it Hen'-i-sy.
      Never never rhyme the last syllable with Tennessee.


      Patrick's great great grandson Nas in the late 19th Century began his mercantile career on the old Cherokee Indian Road south of Morganton toward Rutherfordton. At the store, just south of Conley Road and north of Mount Olive Church Road, Nas bought Silver Creek gold and served Brindletown area residents and patrons of the nearby Glen Alpine Springs Hotel. In 1889, he relocated his store near the Glen Alpine railroad depot to compete more productively for the hotel-bound trade and to serve the town's growing population. Nas was also Town of Glen Alpine Treasurer and Justice of the Peace and proprietor of the Linville Hotel, which additionally was his family residence until 1930. At both Brindletown (1888) and Glen Alpine (1893-1897), Nas was postmaster as was his son Paul at Glen Alpine (1939-1972). Also, both Nas (1898-1900 and 1917-1918) and Paul (1936-1939) were Burke County Commissioners.
      Reflecting the zeal of their mother and wives for childhood education, Gus and Nas Hennessee were among Glen Alpine leaders who won, 44-2, a 1906 public tax vote for a new school. Gus was Chairman and Nas Treasurer of the building committee to set a leadership precedent followed by school-teaching descendants, by Charliemae H. Hamilton (Morganton School Board member for 14 years) and by her sister Nelle's advocating college for talented students and, as warranted, providing scholarship aid.
      Incidents in Glen Alpine in 1913 in Pitts Store and in 1918 at the railroad depot resulted (a) in deaths of two men, including Dr. Gus Hennessee in 1918, (b) in trials that attracted extensive interest and newspaper coverage both in Morganton and across North Carolina and (c) in life-long emotional trauma for witnesses and the victims' families.
      Nas purchased the Pitts building in 1926 and made it his primary store location. After he died in 1946, the business continued as partnership of Paul and Nelle until, after Nelle died, Paul closed the 100+ year-old Hennessee business in 1996.


      Henessey was on early 20th Century US postal maps. It identified a post office established in 1896 in the store of John C. Landreau in the former home of Manuel and Elizabeth Caroline Hennessee at the intersection of US 64 and Bollinger Loop. The office served postal patrons south of Chambers, north of Brindletown and east of Rollins until rural free delivery began in 1903.


      Paddy's Creek flows into Lake James. Because of trapping and hunting ventures of Patrick before and after he settled in Burke, some 20th Century Hennessees speculated that Paddy's Creek was named for him. (What other men named Patrick and nicknamed Paddy were in Burke in the North Carolina Colony?)


      Toward the end of the 20th Century, descendants of Patrick Hennessee began annual reunions, with descendants of son John convening initially at Gilboa Methodist Church in Burke's Silver Creek Township and descendants of son James convening at McMinnville in Warren County, Tennessee. John and James descendants had a joint reunion in McMinnville in 1991. Reunions of descendants of John have also been held at Chesterfield (close to Patrick's farm and to Sudderth Cemetery), at Glen Alpine and Morganton in Burke County and at Sunshine in Rutherford County.


      The Back country Towns of Colonial Virginia, by Dr. Christopher E. Hendricks, 2006, University of Tennessee Press/Knoxville; "New London," pages 72-76 et al.

      "A Map of the Most Inhabited Part of Virginia (and) the Whole Province of Maryland With Parts of Pensilvania, New Jersey and North Carolina Drawn by Joshua Fry and Peter Jefferson in 1775," an update based on their 1751 original and including the 1752 Moravian Church survey of Catawba River and tributaries in what since 1777 has been Burke County, NC.

      "An Accurate Map of North and South Carolina With Their Indian Frontiers…from Actual Surveys by Henry Mouzon and Others, London, 1775."

      "Patrick Hennessee, Insight from Land Grants, Burke County, NC," by E. L. Hennessee Jr., 4237 West Enon Drive, Enon, OH, ehennessee@aol.com. ww.http://ftp.rootsweb.com/pub/usgenweb/va/bedford/military/mil1758b.txt. Hening, William Waller 1820, The Statutes at Large; Being A Collection Of All The Laws Of Virginia, From The First Session Of The Legislature In The Year 1619; VolumeVI; Franklin Press, Richmond, VA.

      "Hennessee Family in America", 1991 and revisions since, compiled by David A. Hennessee, including "Hennessee Pre-Revolution Chronology," Patrick, homesteader in North Carolina, 1775 (Polk) and 1778 (Burke), Transcript of answers by Hamilton Mortimer Hennessee on government questionnaire for Tennessee Civil War veterans.

      Fort Necessity National Battlefield Roster of Virginia Militia: Thomas Henacy (pre-battle), Thomas Hennesey (list of survivors) (http://www.nps.gov/archive/fone/rostercmb.htm#h).

      Archives, Colony of Maryland, documentation of passengers 1688 and 1689 by Philip Poplestone, Captain of the ship Increase of Youghale (Cork County, Ireland).

      North Carolina Atlas & Gazetteer, Fourth Edition, Copyright 2000, pages 33, 54.

      Bedford Co., Va. OB 3 1763 - 1771 pg 36-37, court cases involving Patrick Henicie and Alice Henicie, furnished Nita Hennessee by Jim Hamlin in 1999.
      Book of Patents, Colony of North Carolina, 1765-1775, County of Rowan, 200 Acres to Patrick Henecy, February 28, 1775, on both sides of the south fork of White Creek of the Green River (land in Polk County since it was established in 1855). Burke County: Land and Misc. Records 1771-1809, Volume III, Page 103. BURKE,

      The History of a North Carolina County, 1777-1920, 1982, by Edward William Phifer, Jr., pages 179-180, 364, 367, 369. North Carolina Wills: A Testator Index, 1665-1900;
      Corrected and Revised Edition by Thornton W. Mitchell including: "Hennessa, John/Heslip, Thomas/Deed/10-11/533/1800 and Hennessy, John/Heslip, Thomas/Deed/ 10-11/536/1800" (deeds of Green River land to Thomas Heslip by John Hennessa, executor of estate of Patrick Hennessa I). http://files.usgwarchives,org/nc/rutherford/deeds/h2grntor.txt. http://www.lib.unc.edu/mss/inv/n/North_Carolina_Land_Grants_and-Deeds.html.

      CSA Army records 1861-1865--regiment: "E A Hennessee" (spelling used by Manual); hospitals (1864): "E A Hennessa" (spelling favored by RJ Hennessa).

      My Dearest Friend, Civil War Correspondence of Cornelia McGimsey and Lewis Warlick, page 184. The Heritage of Burke County 1981, published by The Burke County Historical Society, Morganton, NC, pages 225-226, sketches 100,152, 221, 304, 329, 359, 408, 413, 596, 612, 650, 661,724 and 763.

      The Heritage of Burke County 2001, published by The Burke County Historical Society, Morganton, NC, articles 10, 24, 29, 31, 63, 80, 136, 173, 295, 365, 404, 413, 414, 416-428, 466, 488, 532, 534, 617,645, 676, 678, 717, 718,727 and 775.

      NC Rev Army Accts (Rev. Army Auditors Accounts),Vol III,BKG-16(Haun,Part V). North Carolina Atlas, 1975, University of North Carolina Press, Pages 13, 16.

      North Carolina Yearbook 1902, published by News & Observer, Raleigh ttp://www.archive.org/stream/northcarolinayea1902/northcarolinayea1902_djvu.txt.

      Interviews, conversations and correspondence with Elizabeth Hennessee Finger, Jean Davis Hennessee, Nita Hennessee Shepard, David A. Hennessee, Eugene L. Hennessee, Jr., Keith C. Hennessee, Philip H. Hennessee, Fred Hennessee, Carl D. Hennessee, R. Floyd Hennessee, Nelle Augusta Hennessee, Margaret Hennessee Williams, Peggy Hennessee Ballew, Dewey W. Hennessee, Caroline Hamilton Ervin, Nixon Scott Hennessee, James D. Spainhour, Robert T. Pitts, et al.

      By Manassa Nixon (Nick) Hennessee III,

      Descendant of Patrick, John, Patrick II, Emanuel Augustus (Manuel), Manassa (Nas) Nixon and Manassa Nixon (Nick) Hennessee Jr.,

      Father of Nixon Scott Hennessee,

      Grandfather of Sean Alexander, Ryan Augustus and Aidan Patrick Hennessee

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      From: Helen R Money
      To: schoolstuff@worldnet.att.net
      Subject: Archibald W. Hennessee
      Date: Saturday, March 07, 1998 1:27 PM


      The other day when I talked to you, I mentioned that someone had moved to TN when they were 6 yrs. old. I said that it was Patrick but I was WRONG. It was Archibald W. Hennessee. Could you tell me where you found that fact. Reference in your notes: See testimony. What testimony and do I have it? I have not seen anything in detail on Archibald at all. Where are you getting this? I realize that you said that you did not have references on some of the things but if you have this, I would like to have it. I do have the rest of the references.

      The Revolutionary War........

      In the book VIRGINIA'S COLONIAL SOLDIERS by Lloyd Bockstuck, it lists

      Thomas Henacy, pg 129, 12 March
      Thomas Henacy, pg 134,
      Thomas Hennesey, pg 47, 50
      Thomas Hennessey, pg 131
      Patrick Hensey, pg 208 0.5.0

      REVOLUTIONARY WAR RECORDS Vol. I VA by Gaius M. Brumbaugh

      Wm. Henesey #4803 3 yrs. pg. 448

      This was all they had at the Family History Library here. It is very small. Don't know if you are interested in this "poop" or not. I printed off the Hennessee family that they had at the FHL-BC. I do not use it but only as a reference to look for something.

      I am really having a problem with Ailsey McDowell. Can't find doodley-squat on her. Will continue to look...................


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      "An 1820 publication that I found in a 2009 internet search, A Collection Of All The Laws Of Virginia, From The First Session Of The Legislature In The Year 1619, Volume VII, documents that Patrick was son of Irish natives, Thomas and Catherine, who immigrated in 1688 and 1689 to Maryland. Colonial Maryland records confirm the immigration: Thomas was indentured to John Stevens of Dorchester County and Catherine to William Sharpe of adjacent Talbot County under arrangements made by Philip Poplestone, Captain of the ship Increase of Youghale (Ireland), with the employers of Thomas and Catherine and with Lord Baltimore, Proprietary Governor of Maryland."

      The full Virginia citation: Hening, William Waller 1820, The Statutes at Large; Being A Collection Of All The Laws Of Virginia, From The First Session Of The Legislature In The Year 1619. VolumeVII. Franklin Press, Richmond, Virginia. “Patrick Hensey, Bedford County Militia, 1758, Parents (Thomas Henesy) #26192 born (circa 1650), (Ireland), died (MD or PA), married in (VA), (Catherine) #26193, born (circa 1650), Ireland, died (MD or PA).” <http://ftp.rootsweb.com/pub/usgenweb/va/bedford/military/mil1758b.txt>

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      "Hennessy" and all its corruptions;

      The early homeland of one O'hAonghusa sept, ancestors of families named Hennessy, was in the barony of Lower Philipstown, Co. Offaly, along the present border of that county and Co. Westmeath.
      Hennessy is a name from which the prefix O has been dropped in modern times, though O'Hennessy was still widely used in the seventeenth century and may be retained by some families today. In Irish it is O'hAonghusa, i.e. descendant of Aonghus of Angus. The principal sept of the name was located near the town of Kilbeggan and the hill of Croghan, their territory being chiefly in the northern part of Co. Offaly, where they shared with O'Holohan the lordship of Clan Cholgain: a branch of this was located nearer to Dublin, the head of it being chief of Gailenga Beg on the north side of the River Liffey on the borders of Counties Meath and Dublin. The latter was displaced by the Anglo-Norman invasion. The Offaly O'Hennessys spread into Tipperary and Clare - in the later county they are now called Henchy, formerly Hensey.

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    1. [S52598] This document located and submitted by Philip Howard Hennessee (1955-.

    2. [S30] David A. Hennessee, HENNESSEE Researcher & Compiler, 626 Biscayne Drive,West Palm Beach,FL 33401, 561.832.6612, info@c.

    3. [S48586] Manassa Nixon "Nick" Hennessee, III (1930- | HENNESSEE Researcher & Historian | nasnick@mindspring.com.

    4. [S52597] Nick Hennessee | Telephone Interview | 1244 Arbor Road Mail 511, Winston-Salem,NC 27104 | 336.725.5968 | nasnick@mindspr.

    5. [S1812] From: Helen R Money .

    6. [S7622] Nick Hennessee, August 30, 2009, nasnick@mindspring.com.

    7. [S52596] http://www.electricscotland.com/webclans/scotsirish/hennessey.htm.