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  • ID: I2115
  • Name: Thomas Henry
  • Given Name: Thomas
  • Surname: Henry
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: Abt 1719 in Northern Ireland 1
  • Death: 27 Sep 1787
  • Burial: Goshen Presbyterian Churchyard, Lincoln Co., North Carolina
  • Event: Grave Marker
  • Note:

    Thomas Henry's Headstone
    Goshen Presbyterian Chruchyard
    Lincoln (now Gaston) Co., North Carolina

    In memory of
    Who departed this life Sept. the 27 1787 Aged
    68 Years
    We rest in hope
    That though he slumber in the ground
    That the last trumpets' joyfull sound
    Will raise him up with sweet surprise
    To praise his God beyond the skies

  • Event: Domicile 1750s Frederick Co., Virginia
  • Note: Said to have been in Frederick Co., Virginia in the 1750s (per THE ROUTH FAMILY OF RANDOLPH COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA  Apparently he rented farm land from a large developer there according to court records.
  • Event: Land Grant 21 Apr 1764 South Carolina
  • Note: File # 250 (982); Gr #11, Bk 17, p 53 (18,50) Plat" (nd) Surveyed for Thomas Henry, 600 acres on Cherokee Creek about 2 miles from Cherokee foard of Broad River including Joseph Clements Improvements. By Francis Beaty, John Neill & Benja. Shaw, CB Iss 21 Apr 1764
  • Event: Deed 25 Jan 1764 Rowan Co., North Carolina
  • Note: Francis Beaty of Rowan Co. to Thomas Henry of Rowan Co., cabinet maker, (lease s5, release L30, on S side S fork Cataba, adj. to a survey made for Jeremiah Potts...adj. Daniel Warlocks...patented to Robert McPherson 13 Mar 1756...Francis Beaty (Seal), Wit: James Rusk, James Beaty
  • Event: Deed 17 Jul 1767 Mecklenburg Co., North Carolina
  • Note:
    Volume 4, Page 324-327: 16 & 17 July 1767, Thomas Hendry & wf Isabella of Meck., Carpenter and Jointer to ZACHEUS RUTH of same, millwright (lease s5, release 40
    NC money) on both sides Long Creek near the land that Francis Beaty purchased of James Armstrong now David S tanleys place ... granted to Francis
    Beaty 14 Apr. 1761 and conveyed to sd. Thomas Hendry ... Thomas Hendry (Seal),
    Isabella Hendry (Seal), Wit: James Cook, James Cook, James Henderson. Prov. Date
    not given.

    Court records from a will state that Beaty and Thomas Henry were cousins.

  • Event: Deed Oct 1768 Mecklenburg Co., North Carolina
  • Note:
    Volume 4, Page 749-750: Zachariah Routh & wf Elizabeth of Meck., to Michael Hoyle of same, for 100 proc. Money, 200 A on both sides of Long Creek a South branch of Catawba River, a little above the Great Falls near the land of Francis Beaty,
    purchased of James Armstrong, now David Staly (?), granted to Francis Beaty, 14
    Apr. 1761, conveyed to Thomas Henry, then to Routh ... Zachariah Routh (Seal),
    Elizabeth Routh (X) (Seal). Wit: Frederick Hambright, John Th___(torn) Rec. Oct.
    Term 1768.
  • Event: Deed 28 Feb 1770 Tryon Co., North Carolina
  • Note: A Deed of Sale from John Sloan to Thomas Henry Dated the 28th day of Feb'y 1770 for 150 acres of Land proved by James Henderson Evidence thereto. Ordered to be Registered. 4
  • Event: Deed 1 Aug 1772 Tryon Co., North Carolina
  • Note: Thos McKnight to Thomas Henry 195 acres dated 1st August 1772 proved by Thomas Beatey. 4
  • Event: Court Records 20 Jan 1773 Tryon Co., North Carolina
  • Note: A Power of Attorney from Thos Henry to Francis Armstrong Dated the 20th Day of January 1773 proved in Open Court by Ja's Graham Evidence thereto. Ord'd to be Reg'd. 4
  • Event: Deed 23 Aug 1773 Tryon Co., North Carolina
  • Note: A Deed of Sale from Thomas Henry to Christian Rinehart for 300 Acres of Land Dated the 23rd Day of August 1773 proved by Wm Alston Evidence thereto. Ord'd to be Reg'd. 4
  • Event: Estate 1791 Lincoln Co., North Carolina
  • Note:
    Lincoln Co. Estates 1779-1825
    CR .060.508.56;
    Thomas Henry, 1791
  • Change Date: 7 Jan 2004 at 22:58
  • Note: There is no conclusive evidence that Thomas Henry b. 1719 and William Henry, Sr. ("Crowders Creek" William Henry) are brothers. At least one researcher claims Thomas is the brother of "Henry's Knob" William Henry of York Co., SC. I have seen no conclusive proof of either scenario., though Thomas Henry and Henry's Knob William Henry appear to have received land grants in different locations on the same day (Oct 24, 1765) in what was at the time Mecklenburg Co., North Carolina. However, the proximity of the graves of Thomas and Isabella Henry and their children to those of Moses Henry's descendants at Goshen Presbyterian Chruch Cemetery and reference to a Thomas Henry as a brother of William, Jr. in the bible register recorded by Emmaline Minor Henry support the idea of Thomas's relationship to this William Henry. I have chosen not to connect these Henrys until more evidence is found.

    Marriage 1
    Isabella b: Abt 1728
    • Note: The children listed here are assumed to be the children of Thomas and Isabella Henry. Some sources suggest that Thomas Henry married Martha Shields in Mecklenburg Co., NC in 1764, and still other sources have referred to the bride as Martha Isabella Shields. If this is correct, then this marriage was probably the second for both Thomas and Isabella, a possibility supported by a grouping of children born beginning with Robert Henry in 1765 and continuing into the mid-1770s, when Thomas was in his 50s and Isabella was in her 40s. The possibility certainly exists that Thomas had (during an earlier marriage) another household in the area of Beatty's Ford (one possible child being James Henry, b. abt. 1755, who married Dorcas Henry and had sons named Thomas and William).
    • Married:
    • Change Date: 6 Apr 2003
    1. Has Children Joseph Henry b: Abt 1762
    2. Has Children Jane Henry b: Abt 1762
    3. Has No Children Robert Henry b: 10 Feb 1765 in Tryon Co., North Carolina
    4. Has Children Margaret b: Abt 1767
    5. Has Children Isaac Henry b: 14 Oct 1771
    6. Has Children Rachel Henry b: Abt 1773
    7. Has No Children John Henry b: 10 Mar 1774

    1. Abbrev: Hardy, Dr. J. F. E.
      Title: Letter to Dr. J. F. E. Hardy from William L. Henry
      Author: William L. Henry
      Text: To Dr. J. F. E. Hardy.
      Asheville, N. C.

      My Dear Sir and Kind Friend;
      I send you the MS of my father, ROBERT HENRY. He was born in Tryon (now Lincoln) county, N. C. in a roll pen, 10th February, 1765; was a lawyer and surveyor by profession; was one of the first settlers in Buncombe county; taught School on Swannanoa, the first school taught in Buncombe county. He died in Clay county, N. C. February 6th, 1863; wanting but four days of being 98 years old. THOMAS HENRY, his father, died soon after the Revolution, of rheumatism contracted during the war. THOMAS HENRY was from the North of Ireland.
      I do not want this manuscript lost, as you see it is in ROBERT HENRY'S own hand, and a little relic. If not used, I should like it should be returned to.

      WM. L. HENRY
      Buncombe County, N. C.
    2. Abbrev: Mecklenburg Deed Abstracts
      Title: Deed Abstracts of Mecklenburg Co., North Carolina 1763-1779
      Author: Holcomb, Brent H. C.A.L.S. and Parker, Elmer O.
      Page: page 109
      Quality: 3
      Date: 24 Dec 2002
    3. Abbrev: Mecklenburg Deed Abstracts
      Title: Deed Abstracts of Mecklenburg Co., North Carolina 1763-1779
      Author: Holcomb, Brent H. C.A.L.S. and Parker, Elmer O.
      Page: page 133
      Quality: 3
      Date: 24 Dec 2002
    4. Abbrev: Tryon County, North Carolina, Court Minutes, 1769-79
      Title: Tryon County, North Carolina, Court Minutes, 1769-79
      Author: Holcomb, Brent, compiler
      Publication: Provo, UT:, 2000. Original data: Holcomb, Brent. Tryon County, North Carolina, Minutes of the Court of Pleas and Quarter Session, 1769-79. Columbia, SC: SCMAR, 1994.

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