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William Richard Hensley

William Richard Hensley

Male 1800 - 1849  (48 years)

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  • Name William Richard Hensley 
    Born 29 Sep 1800  Shelby, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 20 Mar 1849  Lavaca Bay, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Lavaca Cemetery, Lavaca Bay, Calhoun, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I331  Yatesville History & Genealogy
    Last Modified 5 Apr 2019 

    Father Edmund Hensley,   b. 1780, Spotsylvania, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1814, Washington, Davis, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 34 years) 
    Mother Polly Garrett,   b. 1784, Shelby, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1812, Shelby, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 28 years) 
    Married 14 Aug 1797  Shelby, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F213  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Mary Thompson,   b. 18 Jan 1809, Grainger, Tennesse Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Oct 1873, Port Lavaca, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 64 years) 
    Married 23 Jan 1823  Edinburg, Johnson, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Alexander Thompson Hensley,   b. 12 Jan 1824,   d. 27 May 1900  (Age 76 years)
    Last Modified 3 Jul 2022 
    Family ID F272  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Name: William Richardson Hensley Birth Date: 29 Sep 1800 Birth Place: Shelby County, Kentucky, United States of America Death Date: 19 Mar 1849 Death Place: Lavaca County, Texas, United States of America Cemetery: Port Lavaca Cemetery Burial or Cremation Place: Port Lavaca, Calhoun County, Texas, United States of America Has Bio?: Y Spouse: Mary Hensley

      HENSLEY, WILLIAM RICHARDSON (1800-1849). William Richardson Hensley, surveyor, legislator, and merchant, was born in Shelby County, Kentucky, on September 29, 1800. In 1823 he married Mary Thompson of Tennessee and moved to Johnson County, Indiana. From there he traveled to Texas in November 1828 and settled in San Felipe. He surveyed widely, from San Felipe as far west as the Nueces River. Family records show that the Hensleys established homes in the areas of present Colorado, Fayette, and Jackson counties. In connection with his work, Hensley frequently encountered hostile Indians and so won a name as an Indian fighter.
      He was the delegate from the district of Alfred (Colorado County) to the Convention of 1832.qv William Barret Travis,qv a close friend, lived with the Hensley family for several years before the Texas Revolution,qv and it was for him that Travis Hensley, born shortly after the fall of the Alamo,qv was named. According to family tradition William Hensley was a member of one of the early war councils of the provisional governmentqv and also fought in the battle of San Jacintoqv without benefit of enlistment or assignment.

      In the early 1840s he became a merchant in Port Lavaca and soon controlled great wagon trains to Mexico. He made a number of trips to Saltillo, Veracruz, and other Mexican cities to trade for hides, silver, and other commodities. On his return from one of his trading ventures, he contracted cholera and died in Port Lavaca, on March 20, 1849. He was buried in an unmarked grave outside the Port Lavaca cemetery with other victims of the epidemic. He was survived by his wife and six children.

      BIBLIOGRAPHY: Texas House of Representatives, Biographical Directory of the Texan Conventions and Congresses, 1832-1845 (Austin: Book Exchange, 1941).

      Location http://www.tsha.utexas.edu/handbook/online/articles/HH/fhe24.html