George Washington Hensley, Sr

  • Birth 1788 Albemarle County, Virginia, USA
  • Death Apr 1860 Boyd County, Kentucky, USA
  • Burial Unknown
  • Memorial ID 89590162

Son of Samuel Hensley and Sibba Halen

Husband of Ruth A Van Bibber — married May 20, 1815 in Greenup, Kentucky

Father of Robert Hensley, George Washington Hensley Jr, Susan Lightner, Nancy Hensley, Tabitha Hensley and Jacob Hensley


Marriage record revealed George Hensley and Ruth VanBibber married on Saturday May 20, 1815 in Greenup County, Kentucky. The bondsman was John Miller and consent was given by her father, Jacob VanBibber.

George was about twenty-seven and Ruth was fifteen the day they married.

The 1820 census of August 7, revealed George was engaged in agriculture and they lived in Floyd County, Kentucky. Household members: George Hendey (26-45), Rutha (16-26), Robert (under 10) and three female slaves (45 & up).

The 1830 census revealed they lived in Greenup County, Kentucky. Household members: George Hensley (40-49), Ruth (30-39), Robert & William (10-14), John, George & one male (5-9), one male (under 5) and Sarah (under 5).

The 1840 census revealed four household members were engaged in agriculture and they lived in Breathitt, Greenup County, Kentucky. George and Ruth could not read or write. Household members: Geo Hensley (50-59), Ruth (40-49), John & George (15-19), 1m (10-14), Sarah (10-14), Susannah (5-9) and Nancy & Tabitha (under 5).

Kentucky Land Grant of March 18, 1846 revealed George Hensley received 117 acres of land with watercourse, Hensley's Brook in Greenup County.

The 1850 census of September 6, revealed George was a farmer and their real estate value was $200. They were living in District 2, Greenup County, Kentucky. George and Rutha were born in Virginia and could not read or write. Household members: George Hensley (62), Rutha (50), Susan (17), Nancy (14), Tabitha (10) and Jacob (7). Their son, William (32) and family lived next door and their son, George W. (26) and family lived three doors away.

Their known children:

Robert Hensley (b.1817)*
William Hensley (b.1820)
John Hensley (b.1822 d.1892)
George Washington Hensley (b.1823 d.1913)
Sarah Ellen Hensley (Lightner)(b.1825 d.1905)
Susannah Elizabeth Hensley (Lightner)
(b.1833 d.1957)
Nancy Hensley (b.1836 d.1856)
Tabitha Hensley (Mutters)(b.1840 d.1929)
Jacob Hensley (b.1843 d.1860)

They had been married forty-four years when George died in April 1860.

The 1860 Mortality Schedule revealed George Hensley was a laborer and died at age (80) of dropsy in April 1860 in Boyd County, Kentucky.

Boyd County, Kentucky have no death records for 1860.

The Boyd County Library could not find a will or a cemetery listing for him.

George lived to about age 72.

Bio provided by Find a Grave contributor Debbie Gibson

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  • Added: 4 May 2012
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