ISHAM HENRY - 1844 & HIS DESCENDANTS
Contributed by: MaryElla Henry-Fitzsimmons
of Woodbury, GA and
Myrtle Bridges. February 02, 2006.
Revised March 27, 2006. (Isham Henry's children named)
Revised April 22, 2006 (1810-1840 Census)
Revised April 25, 2006 (Criminal Action Papers)
"The Isham Henry estate record, personal letter, Civil War service records, deeds and
census records below are placed here in hopes that other descendants might see this and share information
leading to the names of Isham's parents, etc."
"Thanks to the Henry DNA and the Hendricks DNA Project participants, it now appears that prior to around
the time of Revolutionary War our surname was Hendricks. The 'Most Distant Known Ancestor' in our group
on the Hendricks DNA site is Francis Hendrickson (Immigrant from The Netherlands to NC by 1670). Our
current mission is to uncover the century of missing generations between Francis Hendrickson/Hendricks
(b. abt 1650s, Netherlands, d. 1715, NC) and our Isham Henry (b. abt 1755-65, d. 1844, Richmond Co, NC).
Group R1b NC/CT participants number 107-115: Thanks, MaryElla" November 1, 2010
Hendricks DNA Project Website
North Carolina, Richmond County -In the Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions. The petition of
Lucretia Henry vs. Reubin Henry, Wm. Henry, Jesse Henry, Eliza Henry, James Arrington and Jincy
his wife, William Knotts and Lucy his wife, Lottie Henry, (19 years), Patsy Henry, Caroline Henry,
Elijah Henry, Berry Henry, and Riley Henry.
1. Lucretia Henry humbly complaining sheweth unto your Worships that her husband Isham Henry,
late of Richmond County, departed this life about 16th day of October 1844 intestate.
2. That at the time of his death he was seized and possessed of a tract of land situate lying and
being in said County of Richmond on the waters of Little Mountain Crk. adjoining lands of Alexander
Martin, James Bostick, John McFadyen and others containing about three hundred and fifty acres more
3. Your petitioner further sheweth unto your Worships that he left him surviving his widow your
petitioner, and the following children: Reubin Henry, William Henry, Jesse Henry, Wilson Henry,
Eliza Henry, who intermarried with Jesse Segoe, Jincy Henry who intermarried with James Arrington,
Maranda Henry who intermarried with William Knotts, Lotty Henry, Elijah Henry all of whom reside
in Anson County. [A separate hand-written copy of this petition also shows Ann Henry Knotts wife
of Edward Knotts & Thomas Henry as children of Isham & Lucretia Henry. Thomas resides out of the
State], Patsy Henry and Caroline Henry infants under the age of twenty one who reside in Richmond
County, Berry Henry who resides in Mecklenburg County and Riley Henry who resides in the State of
Tennessee, and who previous to his removal, sold all his interest in said lands to Joseph P. Smith
of Anson County, and whose interest in said lands has also been sold by an attachment, and John
Watson became the purchaser.
4. Your petitioner further sheweth to your Worships that she is entitled to her dower in said
lands, and prays your Worships that the Sheriff be commanded to summon twelve freeholders unconnected
to your petitioner to lay off and allot to your petitioner her dower in said lands according to law.
And that copies of this petition issue to all the heirs at law and that publication be made in
Fayetteville Observer for six weeks for Riley Henry to appear at the next Court to be held in
Rockingham on the third Monday in April next to defend this petition and that your Worships will
grant such other and further relief in the premises as the nature of the case may require and to
your Worships shall seem meet.
May it please your Worships to grant your States Writ of Subpoena commanding the said defendants
personally to be and appear at our next Court to be held for the County of Richmond at the Court
House in Rockingham on the 3rd Monday in April next then and there to answer this petition.
A. Little Sol. For Petitioner. In testimony I hereunto set my hand and seal of office in Rockingham
the 3rd Monday in January 1847. R. S. McDonald
Isham's Children (& Spouses) in Approximate Order (birth dates estimated from various census
& military records)
*Isham, Jr. b. abt. or just prior to 1790, m. Dorcas Williams; d. 1840s maybe before Isham, Sr.
(not listed in Estate Petition; moved to Greene Co.Marengo Co., AL; after Isham Jr's death,
Dorcas married Henry Williams)
*Thomas, b. bet. 1790-1! 800, Probably the Thomas Henry who married Mary Williams, 7 Nov 1833 in
Greene Co., AL (can't get a fix on when he was born; at the time of Lucretia's petition it was
merely stated that he resided 'out of state')
*Jeremiah b. bet. 1790-1800, m. Mary Polly Smith (do Mary Seago & Jesse Smith); Jeremiah also
not listed in the Estate Petition by Lucretia, but Ann & Thomas were also added by a separate hand-
written note and attached to the Petition.
*Reubin R. b. abt 1804, m. Nancy West (do Charles West-will attached)
*William H. b. abt 1808, m. Rachel Seago
*Berry b. abt 1810, m. Harriet ?
*Riley b. 1812 d. 1886, m. Jane 'Jincy' Skinner (do ?John & Sarah Wilson Skinner or Enoch
& Elizabeth Wilson Skinner?, not sure of this);
*Elizabeth b. abt 1813, m. Jesse Seago
*Jesse b. abt 1815, m. Jane 'Jenna' Courtney
*Ann b. abt 1816, m. Edward Knotts
*Elijah b. 1820-30, m. Nancy Smith (moved to Tishimingo Co, Mississippi)
*Wilson b. abt 1823, m. Balinda (Deas?) (Uncle Wilson was visited in Lilesville by ggg-Riley's son
*Calvin C. in 1886 after Riley's death.)
*Jincy b. abt 1824, m. James Harrington
*Miranda 'Lucy' b. abt 1825, m. William Knotts
*Lottie, b. abt 1827,
*Martha E. (Patsy) b. abt 1828, possibly m. Thomas Gober in 1858
*Caroline b. abt 1832, (living wher brother Wilson's family in 1850)
See more Descendants of Isham and Lucretia Henry here
This little letter which was written to James Thomas Henry (son of Riley, grandson of Isham) by
his brother Calvin C. Henry. Riley Henry left Richmond Co. in 1845 soon after the death of his
father Isham. He spent a short time in Mecklenburg Co (probably with his brother Berry Henry
who lived there), until the birth of his son Rufus A. Henry. Riley & Jane Skinner Henry then
moved on and settled in Macon Co, NC. He died Nov 1886 and in December Calvin travelled to
see his father's remaining brothers and sisters in Charlotte and Lilesville.
(Spelling is as written in Calvin's letter:-)...
Liles Ville NC
Dec 30th 1886
Mr. J. T. Henry
I got to Charlotte on the 16th of Dec & stade there 6 Days & I had a Splendid time & I come to
Uncle Wilson's Henry on the 22 & am going a Round Evry Day I am going to Jane Carters to Day
me and W.F.H. I will leave Here for home in a few Day I want to Leave on the 5 of January
& will Have to Stop in Charlotte (page 2) one Day & In Asheville one Day. So if you
will come over By the 8 of Jany I will Tell you More than I can Rite I want you and Peggy
to come over the 8 & I will have some good whiskey for you So no more Give my Love to
all the Children for me
C. C. Henry
Riley Henry's passing from this world to the next was noted by his son James Thomas "Tom"
Henry in one of his notebooks
"Riley Henry was Born 1812 and Died Nov 13 at half past seven o'clock 1886."
"This Nov the 13th 1886 & I am at Watauga. Parker gone to Highlance."
Thanks to Cuz Riley Henry (desc. of Wm W. Henry, s/o Riley, s/o Isham) for all the CW Soldier Info.
Two of Isham's sons and many grandsons fought for North Carolina during The Civil War. His sons,
Reuben 59 and William 53, joined the 31st NC Infantry, Co. B, Anson Co.
Some of Isham's grandsons who served were:
26th NC Infantry, Co. K, Anson Co.: 32 yr old Jesse L. Henry (think this is Jesse "Talley" Henry,
son of Jeremiah 7161
31st NC Infantry, Co. B, Anson Co. NC: 21 yr old Patrick Henry Seago
20 yr old William F. Seago
*23 yr old Peter B. Cox
*19 yr old Calvin Cox
16 yr old Elijah Franklin Henry
43rd NC Infantry, Co. I, Anson Co. NC: 28 yr old John C. Henry
25 yr old Joseph N. Henry
36 yr old James M. Henry
*16 yr old Thomas P. Price
37th NC Infantry, Co. I, Mecklenburg Co NC:19 yr old Berry Grove Henry
22 yrs old Terrell B. Henry
1st NC Cavalry, Co. K, Macon Co. NC: 28 yr old John S. Henry
26 yr old William Wilson Henry
24 yr old James Thomas Henry
18 yr old Rufus A. Henry
39th NC Regt, Co B, Macon Co, NC: *Franklin Lafayette "Fate" Waldrup
20th AL Infantry, Co. I, Hale Co, AL: 21 yr old Isham C. Henry
__ yr old P. C. Henry
__ yr old Silas W. Henry
__ yr old A. Persell Henry
*married granddaughters of Isham Henry
DEED TO REUBEN HENRY FROM BERRY HENRY
Know all men by these present that in consideration of the sum of fifty dollars to me in hand
paid by REUBEN HENRY, I, BERRY HENRY wholly sell
and convey unto the said REUBEN HENRY and his
heirs forever all any part or share of the track of land wherein my father ISAM HENRY died
Being in the COUNTY OF RICHMOND adjoining the lands of ALEXANDER MARTIN, JAMES BOSTICK, JOHN
BOSTICK the same
part being one tenth as is
but the purpose and intention of this
deed is to convey all the part or share descended to me the same BERRY HENRY whatsoever that may
be and I the said BERRY sofar myself and my heirs forever warrant the said land is conveyed the
same REUBEN HENRY and his heirs forever. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed
any seal this 23rd day of October, 1844.
Witnesses: P. H. Winston & A. Little
State of North Carolina Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions
Richmond County April Term 1845
Then the foregoing deed of conveyance was duly sworn in open court by the oath of Alex Little a
subscribing witness there to
to be registered.
DEED TO JOSEPH P. SMITH FROM RILEY HENRY
State of North Carolina
Know all men by these present that in consideration of the sum of fifty dollars to me in hand
paid by JOSEPH P. SMITH, I, RILEY HENRY do hereby sell assign and convey unto the said JOSEPH P.
SMITH and his heirs forever all my part or share of the tract of land lying and being in the County
of Richmond and state aforesaid whereof my father ISHAM HENRY was seized and possessed adjoining
the lands of ALEXANDER MARTIN, JAMES BOSTICK, JOHN MCFAYDING, and TRUSY BOSTICK the said undivided
part being one tenth or is now supposed but the purpose and intention of this deed is to convey all
the part or share descended to me the said RILEY HENRY whatsoever that may be and I the said RILEY
do for myself my heirs forever warrant the said land so conveyed to the said JOSEPH P. SMITH and his
heirs forever. In witness whereof I do hereto set my hand and seal this 16th Dec 1844.
WITNESS L.H. COSSE RILEY HENRY
Isham may have fought during the Revolution
aside from the 1790 Census, this is the FIRST
documentation we find on Isham:
Not too long ago I came across Revolutionary War service for the one I think is "our" Isom:
ABSTRACT OF THE ARMY ACCOUNTS OF THE NORTH CAROLINA LINE, "settled by the commissioners at Halifax
from the 1st September, 1784, to the 1st Feby, 1785 and at Warrenton in the year 1786, designating
by whom the claims were receipted for respectively" as follows:
No. 2185 Isham Henry, received by Sherd. [sic, Sherwood] Barrow NOTE:
Source: Email from Cuz Michael Motes, Oct 2003:
Note: Found Oct 2003:
Isham is also listed as having received land grants in Smith Co, TN (originally in Davidson & Sumner
Co's, TN) between 1807-1811, Register of Deeds, Vol. C, Roll #112: 605 Henry, Isham (heirs)/ G.
(Since this land is granted to the 'HEIRS' of Isham Henry, maybe one of the Isam Henry's in the
1790 Census below is the father of 'our' Isham whom I've always thought of as 'Isham, Sr'.)
Research by mej, Oct 2003
1790 Census of Richmond County, Fayette District: pg. 179: Isam Henry, 1,1,1, neighbor Donald
McRae; pg. 182: Isam Henry, 1-1, listed between Wm Hall, Sr and Moses Hurley
. Hmm, 2 homes or
1800 Census of Richmond County: Isham Henry household; 1 free white male between the ages of 26 and
45 (Isham, Sr?); 2 males under 10 yrs (Jeremiah & Thomas?); 1 male between the ages of 10 and 16 yrs
(Isham, Jr.?); 1 free white female between the ages of 16 and 26 (Lucretia?), and 1 free white female
45 yrs. or older (mother or mother-in-law?).
1810 NC, Richmond Co, Rockingham Dist: Isam Henry, 3,3-1-1--1; neighbor to Mary Williams-----1--1
(relative of Dorcas Williams who married Isham(Jr) and Mary Williams who married Thomas Henry?)
1820 NC, Richmond Co, No Twp, 202: Henry, Isom household; Males- 3 under 10, 3 under 16, 1- 45;
Females- 2-10 & under, 2- 16 and under, 1- 45 & under
1830 NC, Richmond Co, Fair Ground Dist, 187: Henry, Isham household; Males: 1 under 5, 1 10-15, 3 15-20,
1 60-70; Females: 1 5 and under, 2 5-10, 1 10-15, 2 15-20, 1 30-40
1840 NC, Richmond Co, Fair Ground Dist: HENRY Isham p. 9: Males: 1 15-20, 1 20-30 1 70-80;
Females: 3, 1 50-60. Also, in Fair Ground Dist- HENRY Mary p. 8. And in 1840 Black Jack Dist: Isham's
son- HENRY Riley p. 5- Males: 1 under 5 (James Thomas), 2 5-10 (John S., Wm Wilson), 1 30-40 ;
Females: 1 20-30.
Isham Henry 1790 1796
Richmond Co NC Criminal Action Papers (Researched and transcribed by Myrtle Bridges)
April 1790 - State vs. Bird Shepherd Margaret Shepherd, ISOM HENRY, Elizabeth Carter and Margaret Bennet
summoned to appear before the Justice of Richmond County Court and the truth to say in behalf of Bird
Shepherd who stands accused of feloniously taking one pound of wool of the value of six pence of the
proper goods of one John Smith. Executed by Jos. Tarbutton Subpoena to Thos. Gibson. D. Judson
April 1795 - State vs. Elisha Collins AB James Stewart, Pros. ISAM HENRY, Alexander McCray, Witnesses
State of North Carolina, Richmond County. The Jurors for the State upon their oath present and say that
Elisha Collins late of the county of Richmond on the 31st day of January in the year of our Lord one
thousand seven hundred and ninety five with force and arms in the county aforesaid in and upon the body
of one James Stewart then and there being in the peace of said State an assault did make and him did beat,
wound and ill treat against the peace and dignity of the State. DOM Att.
July 1795 - State vs. George Webb & William Webb. AB Murdock McRae, Pros. Alexander McRae and ISHAM HENRY,
Wits. State of North Carolina, Richmond County. The Jurors for the State upon their oath present and say
that George Webb & William Webb late of the county of Richmond, on the 4th day of July in the year of our
Lord 1795 in the county aforesaid, in and upon Murdock McRae, Esq., then and there being in the execution
of his office as a justice of the peace, an assault did make and him did beat wound and ill treat to his
great damage, and against the peace and dignity of the State. D. P. McRae, Atto
July 1795 - State vs. Henry Webb & James Newberry. Affray. Murdock McRae, Esq. Pros., Alexander McRae
and ISHAM HENRY, Witnesses. State of North Carolina, Richmond County. The Jurors for the State upon
their oaths present and say that Henry Webb, Constable, and James Newberry both of the county of Richmond
on the 4th day of July in the year of our Lord 1795, in the county aforesaid with force and arms being
arrayed and unlawfully assembled together in a warlike manner did make an affray to the terror of divers
of the good people of this State, then and there being and against the peace and dignity of the State.
Dan. P. McRee, Atto James Bostick, Foreman.
April 1796 - State vs. Martha George State of North Carolina, Richmond County. Whereas upon the examination
of Martha George, single woman of the county aforesaid this day taken upon oath before us two of the justices
of the peace for the said county it appears that she has lately been delivered of a male Bastard child which
child will or may be chargeable to the said county and whereas the said Martha George on her oath hath
confessed and declared that Henry Stringfellow of the county did beget the said child on her body and hath
before so charged him with the same. These are therefore in the name of the State to command you to
apprehend the said Henry Stringfellow and to carry him before two justices of the peace for said county
to answer what is herein laid to his charge as aforesaid. Given and under our hands and seals the 17th
day of April 1796 Benjamin Powell and James Smith.
The examination of Martha George single woman in Richmond County aforesaid, taken before us two of the
justices of the peace for said county this 17th day of April 1796, who on her oath saith that she was
living with and keeping the house of Henry Stringfellow and upon proposal of marriage did prevail on her
and had carnal knowledge of her body and got her with child of which she has been delivered which is a
male child and saith that the said Henry Stringfellow of said county is the father of said child and that
no other man ever had carnal knowledge of her. Martha George (x her mark) Benjamin Powell and James Smith.
February 1796 - State vs. Henry Stringfellow. Know all men by these presents that I, Henry Stringfellow
and ISOM HENRY are held and firmly bound unto the justices of Richmond County in the full and just sum
of fifty pounds each which payment to be made and dun we bind ourselves our heirs and assigns jointly
and severally, sealed with out seals and dated this 20th day of February 1796. The conditions of the
above obligation is such that if the above bound Henry Stringfellow shall make his personal appearance
at the court house on the 2nd Monday in April at the Town of Rockingham in the year of one thousand
seven hundred and ninety six then and there to stand and abide by what shall be enjoined by the said
Court concerning a Bastard born child layed to him by Martha George, then the above obligation to be
void and of none effect otherwise to sand and remain in full force and virtue in law as witness out
hands and seals February the 20th day 1796. James Smith. Signed by Henry Stringfellow and ISOM HENRY.
August 1796 - State vs. State of North Carolina, Richmond County.
Whereas, Susannah Gingkins made oath before me Joseph Hines one of the justices for said county that
she is afraid that Samuel Webb will beat, wound, maim or kill her, and hath therefore prayed security
of the peace against him. These are therefore in the name of the State to command you to cause the said
Samuel Webb to come before me or some other justice of the peace for this county to find sufficient
security for his personal appearance at the next court to be held for this county then and there to
abide by and perform what shall be enjoined him by the said court as also, in the meantime to keep
the peace towards the good people of this State, but specially towards the said Susannah Ginkins, and
if the said Samuel Webb refuses so to do, that you to convey him to the gaol aforesaid, and deliver
him safely to the keeper there, and you the said keeper are heavily commanded to receive the said
Samuel Webb into your custody and him safely to keep in the common gaol until he shall find such
security as aforesaid or until he be otherwise discharged by due course of law. Given under my hand
and seal this 27th day of August 1796 Joseph Hines. To ISOM HENRY, Officer.
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