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Capt John Henry
Birth: Apr. 15, 1757
Maggie Valley
Haywood County
North Carolina, USA
Death: Dec. 29, 1833
Maggie Valley
Haywood County
North Carolina, USA

After John's parents, William and Isabel McCowen Henry, raised their family in Virginia, they settled in York County, SC. A hill there is called Henry's Knob. Tradition asserts that John's father was a brother of Patrick Henry, the famous statesman.

John himself was born and reared in Virgina. He joined the War for Independence early on. He married Nancy Newman and had four sons: Lorenzo Newton, Malcolm, Meige Newman, and John William (or Wiley) Henry. Meige may have remained in Virgina, but Malcolm and Lorenzo followed their father to Haywood County after first moving to York County, SC, possibly with their grandparents and other family members. They are buried near their father and mother. John moved to Georgia and is buried in Fannin County.


John and Nancy also had six daughters: Mary, Isabella, Arabella, Elizabeth Ann, Rose, and Martha Jane (called Jane) Henry.


Because of his military service, John received a land grant around 1796 which is recorded in the Burke County, NC Register of Deeds office. A pioneer, he moved to the area that later became Haywood County, NC and first settled near the present town of Waynesville on the east fork of Raccoon and Richland Creeks. He began acquiring a great deal of property, particularly in the Upper Jonathan area, now known as Maggie Valley. He and Nancy eventually settled in Evans Cove of Maggie, not far from Jonathan Creek, on the left side of the current road. They, along with other family members, are buried in a field behind their homesite.


Sadly, the gravestones have fallen and the cemetery has been plowed over and crops raised on it for several years. Fortunately, on May 3, 1936, a new marker was unveiled to mark Captain Henry's grave. The honor was conferred by the Daughters of the American Revolution. He was cited for the important part he played in winning the Battle of King's Mountain, the Battle at Cowpens, SC, and others events. He was also honored for his valuable service in protecting the more thickly populated communities of the eastern sections of both North and South Carolina from the attack of the Creek and Cherokee Indians.

Captain Henry's service is additionally commemorated on a plaque on the lawn of the Haywood County Courthouse which honors Revolutionary War soldiers. A photo to the right shows that plaque. 
 
Family links: 
 Parents:
  William Henry (1715 - 1819)
 
 Spouse:
  Nancy Newman Henry (1757 - ____)
 
 Children:
  Malcolm Henry (1783 - 1849)*
  Lorenzo Newton Henry (1800 - 1868)*
  John William Henry (1801 - 1857)*
 
 Siblings:
  Mary Henry Smith (1740 - 1819)*
  William Henry (1753 - 1807)*
  John Henry (1757 - 1833)
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
John Henry Cemetery
Maggie Valley
Haywood County
North Carolina, USA
 
Created by: Frances Rogers
Record added: Feb 19, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 34001724
Capt John Henry
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Capt John Henry
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Capt John Henry
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- Vonnie Cantrell
 Added: Jul. 9, 2014
We honor you and your service sir!
- descendants of Gen.John Sevier of Tennessee
 Added: Oct. 31, 2013

- Lanie
 Added: Jul. 8, 2012
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