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John Jackson Hensley
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Birth: Aug. 18, 1816
Franklin County
Missouri, USA
Death: Dec. 24, 1902
Madera County
California, USA

Father: John Hensley b: Abt 1782 in Virginia
Mother: likely Frances "Fannie" Moore b: Abt 1786 in North Carolina, also a Mary Polly Staples listed as mother in some references.

J J Hensley was the son of John and Fannie Hensley. He married Margaret Murray. They joined the Murray wagon train arriving in California in 1853, traveling with younger brother James Perry Hensley and his family.

The 2 families prospected gold for a while before choosing other professions. J Perry chose Tulare County to settle in while J J Hensley chose Fresno County {later Madera).

Age 87, listed as a miner, one of the original settlers in Madera County, he is recognized as the patriarch of the Hensley family for which Hensley Lake is named.

J. J. Hensley, was engaged in agricultural pursuits in Missouri. He came to California in 1853 and followed the varied fortunes of the miner in Calaveras County until 1858, when he moved to Tulare County, and in the following year entered the stock business, in 1861 they moved to the Fresno area before it became Madera.

An early settler of Mariposa County and what was then Fresno County, before Madera County was created, he eventually settled on the Fresno River, downstream from the Martin Baty Lewis homestead, both homesteads are now at the bottom of Hensley Lake, named for his family. The settlement of Dennis was named for his sister-in-law's family (Leroy Dennis was an early lawman in Fresno County and is buried at historic Winchell's Cove Cemetery), and is likely at the bottom of Hensley Lake.

J J Hensley was recognized as a pioneer by 3 counties, Mariposa, Madera and Fresno.

HENSLEY, John Jackson
January 3, 1902
Mariposa Gazette
Death of J. J. HENSLEY.
J. J. HENSLEY, an old resident of this county died at his home in Dennis about midnight Wednesday of last week, (18 Dec 1901) at the age of 87 years. He is the father of the HENSLEY boys of that place and has a host of friends among the older settlers of this county. His death was due to general debility brought on by old age. His funeral took place to-day, the internment being in the Cemetery at Dennis. 
Family links: 
  Margaret M. Murray Hensley (1819 - 1898)
  Thomas Jefferson Hensley (1844 - 1927)*
  John Murray Hensley (1850 - 1925)*
  Sarah M Hensley (1863 - 1864)*
*Calculated relationship
Note: No headstone exists, so likely one of several unidentified remains moved when Hensley Lake was created. These are marked "Hidden Lake Site, by U.S. Government 1971"
Hensley-Noble Ranch Cemetery
Madera County
California, USA
Created by: Lester Letson
Record added: Mar 30, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 67683770
John Jackson Hensley
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John Jackson Hensley
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 Added: Sep. 13, 2012

- Lester Letson
 Added: May. 20, 2012

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