I am proud to say that, of the sixteen 3G grandparents on my mother’s side, I have identified all but one (although my COMPTON couple appears twice due to intermarriage in my tree). I have already written about Henry Proctor RICHARDSON I (who married Ann PACKHAM) and James HARRIS (who married Lucy RANDALL), two of my 3G grandfathers. And I have already mentioned the sturdy brick wall in my HOPGOOD line: I know only the name of my 3G grandfather William HOPGOOD and have no idea who his wife was.
I have been less successful on my father’s HENSON side, having identified only ten of the sixteen 3G grandparents. And most of that research is not my own. So it’s time to tell another story from this paternal side of my tree.
HENSON - Westward from North Carolina to Kentucky to Arkansas
The first record we have for Billy is his marriage to Lavina OSBORN on 7 Apr 1824 in Floyd County Kentucky. Lavina was a Kentucky girl born in 1805 in Knox County. We know from Billy’s father's revolutionary war pension documents that the Hensons were also living in Knox County Kentucky by 1827 (although William Sr had fought in the North Carolina Continental line}. We don’t know the exact year of their move to Kentucky, but presumably it was before Billy’s marriage there 1824.
Billy supported his family as a farmer, and in 1830 he may have been the “Wm Henson” who headed a household of four white people all under 30, living in Lawrence County Kentucky (a new county created in 1821 from parts of Floyd and Greenup counties). Then in 1831 William bought 50 acres of land on the Hurricane Fork stream in Pike County Kentucky, close to Osborn family land. By that time they had three children, the oldest being Jesse HENSON, my great-great-grandfather.
The 1850 US federal census lists William and Lavina living in White River Township, Arkansas with three of their younger children who were born in Kentucky and still attending school: Louisa (13), Mary (10) and John (8). (So the family must have still been in Kentucky in 1842.) Their son Jesse was living next door with his wife and 1-year-old son.
We have learned a few more details from a book titled “Kindred Families in the Land of Opportunity” by Beverly Pense (as reported in other posted family trees):
"William "Billy" Henson moved with his parents as a young man to Knox County, Kentucky. It was in this county that he met and married Lavina Osburn who was born and raised in this area. By the mid 1840's Billy, Lavina, and their children came with a train of wagons traveling to Arkansas. They settled in the white house community area of Washington county where Billy ran and operated a store, providing for his children. By this time his older children were marrying and starting lives of their own. Here in White Rock [River?] Community William, and Lavina lived out their lives.”