Hensley Cemetery of Little Creek
Little Creek, Yancey Co., North Carolina
"Hensley Cemetery" is named after Civil War Veteran William Issam Hensley (b. November 22, 1835 - d. November 7, 1928) the son of
William Bryson Hensley and Elizabeth "Betsie" Cooper. The cemetery
is fenced in, active and well taken care of. To access the
cemetery, it's recommended to park the car at the designated lot and
walk up the hill. There are several unmarked graves.
Directions: Proceed on 19W east towards Burnsville. At
the stop sign this is Bee Log Junction. Make a right and cross the
Guys General Store/Gas Station is on the left.
Continue on Little Creek Road for 3/10 of a mile and proceed straight on Phillips
Road for 2/10 of a mile (Little Creek Road bends to the left). Turn left on
Hensley Farm Road
which is a private road and proceed 4/10 of a mile. Turn right before reaching the old Marcus Hensley home. Proceed about 800 feet up the grassy
lane (4 wheel drive recommended). There is a small parking
area; you will see the cemetery in the distance which is about 700 feet.
NOTE: This project was in
partnership and collaboration with fellow researcher Julian Fender and a descendant of
William Issam Hensley. All photos are courtesy of Julian Fender
(unless otherwise noted) whom I give special thanks for his time and
Email me your comments, photos
MCCURRY [#11], PARKER
HENSLEY, William [Issam]
"Co. K 13
22, 1835 - d. November 22, 1928
Bryson Hensley and Elizabeth "Betsie" Cooper; he married 1st
Cooper-Bradford in 1866 (buried Sam Bradford Cem);
children: Edith, Belandrona
buried Martins Creek, and William. Hannah died in
1872 most likely giving birth to William.
2nd wife -
Nellie Ann Peake #2; married April 1, 1876.
NOTE: William Issam Hensley was
conscripted into the CSA as Private for the 64th NC Regiment but was
captured by Union forces and thereafter pledged allegiance and enlisted to serve the Union side as
Private, Co. K, 13th Tenn Cavalry. In his war pension,
his Leiutenant Henry M. Walker described him as being 5 feet 8", dark
complexion, blue eyes, black hair and enlisted in his unit on October 1,
1863, at Crab Orchard, KY by G.W. Doughty for 3 yrs.
William died of "hemiplegia and partial
CIVIL WAR SERVICE CERTIFICATE
ATTESTING TO MARRIAGES/CHILDREN
HENSLEY, Nellie Ann
b. April 14, 1850 -
d. May 29, 1930
"Faithful to Her Trust
Even Unto Death"
[d/o Rev. John Willis
Peake and Achsa "Axie" M. Byrd (buried
Peake Cem. Little
1st Cornelius R. Bailey January 25, 1876; 1 child -Cornelius R. Bailey,
After the death of CR
Bailey, she married William I. Hensley on April 1, 1876;
Alonzo #7, Hannah A., Samuel Turner
#4, James Frank #6, Kimsey M.
#3, Achsa L.,
Hiram Bulow (buried Hannum Cem.), Oscar B.]
NOTE: First husband "CR" Bailey (b.
June 13, 1849 - d. Jan. 14, 1872) is the s/o Harvey J. Bailey and Aldecca Byrd of the Jacks Creek area. He died after taking a bath
in Jacks Creek in mid winter to remove a sulphur-lard paste used to cure
scabies. Dr. W. A. Peake attested in an Affidavit for Nellie's
widow pension application of CR Bailey's death and that she was married
to William Hensley and they never divorced. KM Hensley #3, was the JP
who affirmed the document.
PHOTO: Nellie and William -
circa abt. 1920-courtesy of the Hensley Heirloom Collection. The
original portrait is hanging on the wall at the home near the cemetery
and this is a photo of that portrait taken by Julian Fender July 2014.
HENSLEY, Kimsey M. [K. M.]
b. June 27, 1884 -
d. May 29, 1950
[s/o William I. Hensley
and Nellie Ann Peake #1 and 2; married 1st Lovada Johnson but died of tuberculosis around age 21;
2nd wife - Lily Hubbard]
PHOTO: K. M. served as a Justice of
the Peace for Yancey Co.
Left is Kimsey Hensley
courtesy of June Honeycutt.
4 HENSLEY, Samuel Turner
b. April 28, 1880 - d. 1963
[s/o William I. Hensley and Nellie Ann Peake #1-2; married 1st
Mildred "Millie Adkins (buried
Peake Cem. Little Creek);
married 2nd to Birdie A. Tipton on Jan. 10, 1914 - he was age 31]
4b. HENSLEY, Birdie A.
b. 1892 - d. 1963
[2nd w/o of Samuel Turner
Hensley; son -William Martin (buried
NOTE: Photo of Sam Hensley and
Birdie A. courtesy of Darla Trotter - looks like their wedding day.
b. November 25, 1889 - d.
October 31, 1983
[d/o Stanford Frederick
Ledford and Amanda Adkins;
w/o James F. Hensley #6; children - Bruce, Bonnie
NOTE: Death certificate
indicates "Sarah Belle Hensley"; photo of James Frank, Belle and their
child. Bruce b. Feb.
18, 1924 - d. March 30, 1924; cause of death infantile paralysis buried
n "Ramseytown" - most likely an unmarked grave at the
HENSLEY, James Frank
b. March 11, 1882 - d. May
"M Sgt. ORD Dept - WWI"
[s/o William I. Hensley
and Nellie Ann Peake #1 and 2]
NOTE: photo of James Frank in
WWI Uniform; Frank lost a leg during the war.
HENSLEY, Marcus Alonzo
b. Sept. 6, 1876 - d.
Sept. 29, 1967
"North Carolina - CPL
17 Co. CAC - Spanish American War"
[s/o William I. Hensley
and Nellie Ann Peake #1-2; married 1st
L. Adkins (buried
Peake Cem.) and 2nd Marcene Parker #8]
PHOTO: Marcus A. Hensley and first
wife, Leah Adkins and children
Left to right: Marie Hensley, Leah
Adkins Hensley, Issam Hensley (boy) Bessie Hensley (standing in back)
Marcus Alonzo Hensley, Edthye Hensley. Leah is not the natural
mother of Bessie.
b. January 4, 1894 - d.
April 7, 1977
[d/o Thomas Parker and
Louretta McCurry #10-11;
w/o Marcus Alonzo
Hensley; children Leah and Nellie-Loretta #13]
PHOTO: Marcus with 2nd wife
b. May 27, 1908 - d.
December 13, 1942
"Wife of J. Walter
[d/o Thomas Parker and
b. January 19, 1870
- d. January 29, 1950
[s/o unknown and Jane
NOTE: per the 1880 Census, Egypt
Twp, he was "bound" to Cornelius Phillips and Lucinda.
Photo of Thomas Parker and wife Loretta McCurry courtesy of Hugh and
PARKER, Loretta MCCURRY
b. December 21, 1878
- d. April 24, 1962
"Forever with the Lord"
[d/o Bailus M.
McCurry and Nellie "Frashie" Ledford buried at
NOTE: Photo of Loretta McCurry
courtesy of Hugh and Norma Sullivan.
WELTON, George A.
b. September 12, 1903 - d.
February 22, 1986
"Here Lies the Ashes"
WELTON, Eleanor W.
b. September 1, 1913 - d.
October 31, 1981
[w/o George A.]
WELTON, Nellie Loretta HENSLEY
b. December 23, 1931
d. August 27, 2006
"In God's Hands Now -
Beloved Wife of John"
[d/o Marcus Alonzo Hensley
and Marcene Parker]
NOTE: Photo (l-r) sisters
Nellie Loretta and Leah Marcena Hensley/ 2nd photo of Nellie in nurse
uniform; Nellie had a long term military career in the US Army serving
as Lt. Colonel in the Medical Corps.
WELTON, John K.
b. May 28, 1940 - d. March
[s/o George Albert Welton
and Eleanor Wilma Smith; wife Nellie Loretta Hensley #13]
NOTE: Served as Major in the US Army Reserve; held
B.A. and M.S. degrees; served as a Federal Government administrator in
field hospitals and medical centers, and contracting officer for
construction, services and supplies.
b. December 29, 1916 - d.
March 2, 2004
[d/o James Frank Hensley
and Belle Ledford #5/6]
HOLLEY, Melvin F.
b. August 8, 1939 - d.
March 19, 2003
"Beloved Dad, Husband
and Paw Paw"
b. September 27,
1995 - d. October 18, 2000
NOTE: It's Jewish tradition to
place rocks on a grave in lieu of flowers for remembrance.
Plus Several Unmarked
PHOTOS: left is the lower entrance
gate of the cemetery; right is the path from parking area toward the
cemetery -- courtesy of Julian Fender. Oct 2011.