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John Henry was one of the Early Settlers of Colonial Virginia
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John Henry, born Abt. 1704 in Foveran Parish, Aberdeenshire, Scotland; died February 1773 in StudleyPlantation, Hanover Co., Virginia. He was the son of Alexander Henry and Jean (Jane) Robertson. He married SarahDabney Winston Syme widow of John Syme, Jr. Aft. October 07, 1732 in Hanover County, Virginia.Sarah Dabney Winston, daughter of Isaac Winston III, an Emigrant to Virginia and Sarah Mary (d'Aubigne)Dabney, she was born Abt. 1710 in Studley, Hanover Co., Virginia; died November 22, 1784 in Amherst County,Virginia and buried in Clifford, Amherst Co., Virginia. She was married first (1) Colonel John Syme, Jr, a gentleman,born in Scotland, who had made his fortune in Virginia. An older man and a widower who had inherited a greatdeal of Tidewater property from his first wife. Sara Dabney Winston married second to (2) John Henry.Children of John Henry and Sarah Dabney Winston are:
ii. Susanna "Sukey" Henry, born 1733 in Studley, Hanover Co., Virginia; died Aft. March 12, 1784; marriedGeneral Thomas Madison born Agusta Co., Virginia
iii. William Alexander Henry, born 1734 in Studley, Hanover Co., Virginia; died January 1785 in FluvannaCounty, Virginia; married (1) Mary McNair in Virginia; married (2) Alice Taylor. William Henry was a rowdy boy.His father exiled him to a patch of unoccupied land 50 miles w est on Fluvanna Creek in Fluvanna County. There hebecame a farmer, married and ultimately turned into a prosperous, solid citizen. William Henry, brother of theGovernor, Patrick Henry, had lands on the Hardware (River)." No. 9, October 1969 Page 6 "The list of petitioners forFluvanna County to be separated from Albermarle County includes . . . W. Henry . . ." No. 16, April 1973 Page 24Upper James River Seven Islands Post Office Seven Islands was important -- Fluvanna's first river port. It's mostfamous resident was William Henry, who represented Fluvanna in the General Assembly during the same period his brother, Patrick, was Governor. Perhaps William Henry was instrumental in the formation of Seven Isles Church.Page 26 Hardware -- Vallena Post Office. So named because "It was a hard way to go." A Post Office namedHardware opened in July 1838. Closed in 1840 and then tw o years later an office opened at Seven Islands. WilliamHenry's father gave him a large tract of land on the Hardware river and the James Rivers. The first minutes of theCounty note that "Wm. Henry, Gentleman," applied for permission to dam the Hardware to erect a water grist mill.late, Hardware became one of the important river ports for the trans-shipment of farm produce. No. 22, Page 4 Thefirst Justices of the Peace of Fluvanna County, appointed by Governor Patrick Henry, took oath of office on August7, 1777: . . . William Henry, The first man to sign the petition to form Fluvanna was William Henry, brother of newGovernor, Patrick Henry. Page 10 In 1767, John Henry of Hanover gave his son William Henry 723 acres of land onthe Hardware and James Rivers. He was the first lieutenant of the county militia in 1777 and became sheriff in1781. He was active in county government until his death in December 1784. Page 12 In May of 1778, three of theoriginal justices (who were passed over and given no special office) banded with a small group of citizens to haveRoger Thompson, William Henry and Jesse Burton indicted for bribery. They stated that they were guilty ofinjustice, partiality, and bribery as justices of the peace when they appointed John Cobbs clerk of Fluvanna Countyin August 1777. In their counter-petition, R. Thompson, William Henry and Jesse Burton claimed that one of theirdelegates had set the petition for their indictment into motion and fomented the differences that produced it, andthat they had testified against them at the House hearing. This delegate, they said, had personal contests andmisunderstandings with several of the accused, and the three justices were sorry the House should be troubled withtheir private differences. A notation by the House on November 9, 1779 states they were acquitted with "the greatesthonor," and the three men recouped their losses.No. 23, Page 14 William Henry, Esq. appointed Lieutenant of theCounty of Fluvanna by Commission from the Governor and was sworn into his office accordingly on September 4,1777.Henry's Track was a road between Fluvanna and Louisa named for Patrick and William Henry. They used theroad frequently during the years that Patrick lived in Louisa. You can still follow sections of this road through thewoods of Fluvanna. It crossed Kent's Brach of the Byrd Creek near Holland's Mill, near the junction of Routes 608& 629. Byrd Ordinary was located on Henry's Track, North east of Palmyra, very close to the Louisa County Line.The Hardware & James Rivers are located at the southern end of Fluvanna County, near Buckingham County Line.No. 30, Pages 17-19 Methodist circuit ride came to organize the Fluvanna Circuit in 1777 -- Philip Gatch. Uponreturning from the Green Mountains, Gatch stopped to preach on the Hardware River and then spent the night withWilliam Henry. William Henry's Seven Islands estate was later owned by John Pettus and then in 1832 by Adam andAppolonia Harrison.
iv. Patrick Henry, born May 29, 1736 in Studley, Hanover Co., Virginia; died June 06, 1799 in Red Hill,Charlotte Co., Virginia; married (1st) Sarah "Sallie" Shelton, October 1754 in Rural Plains, Hanover Co., Virginia;married (2nd) Dorothea Spotswood Dandridge October 09, 1777 in Fork Church, Hanover Co., Virginia.
v. Jane Henry, born Abt. 1738 in Studley, Hanover Co., Virginia; died Aft. March 12, 1784; married SamuelMeridith.
vi. Anne Henry was born in 1738 in Studley, Hanover Co., VA. She died in 1790/1791 in At Sea and was buriedin 1790/1791 in At Sea. She married General George William Christian. George died on 8 Apr 1786 in Louisville,Jefferson Co., KY.
vii. Sarah Henry, born Abt. 1740 in Studley, Hanover Co., Virginia; married Thomas Thomas. Thomas was born in of Bristol, Englandviii. Lucy Henry, born March 29, 1743 in Studley, Hanover Co., Virginia; died July 14, 1826 in FluvannaCounty, Virginia; married Valentine Wood January 01, 1764 in "Retreat", Hanover Co., Virginia.
ix. Mary Jane Henry was born about 1744 in Studley, Hanover Co., VA. She married (1) Colonel John McDowelland married (2) Luke Bowyer. Luke was born in Augusta Co., VA.
x. Elizabeth "Betsy" Henry, born Abt. 1746 in Studley, Hanover Co., Virginia; died October 10, 1804; married (1)Edward Carrington; married (2) William Campbell April 02, 1776 in Studley, Hanover Co., Virginia; married (3)William Russell, Jr. 1783.
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John HENRY (AFN:2276-SV) Born: 1704/1705 Place: Of Aberdeen, Scotland Died: Jan 1773 Place: , Hanover, Virginia Married: 1732 Place: , Hanover, Virginia Father: Alexander HENRY (AFN:BKW5-KW) Mother: Jean ROBERTSON (AFN:BKW5-L3)
Sarah WINSTON (AFN:2276-T2) Born: Abt. 1709 Place: , Hanover, Virginia Died: Nov 1784 Place: , Hanover, Virginia Married: 1732 Place: , Hanover, Virginia Father: John DABNEY (AFN:HPM4-1M) Mother: Sarah JENNINGS (AFN:C1GK-53)
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F Sarah HENRY (AFN:R7K6-BK) Born: < 1726 Place: <, Hanover, Virginia>
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M Patrick HENRY (AFN:R7K6-CQ) Born: < 1728 Place: <Studley, Hanover, VA>
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M HENRY (AFN:1X85-GP7) Born: 1734 Place: Studley, Hanover, VA
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F Mary Jane HENRY (AFN:2276-QJ) Born: 1735 Place: Studley, Hanover, VA
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M James Or Judge HENRY (AFN:2277-88) Born: 1731 Place: Studley, Hanover, VA Died: 9 Dec 1804 Place: , Logan, KY
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F Susanna HENRY (AFN:2277-9F) Born: 1733 Place: Studley, Hanover, VA
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M Patrick HENRY (AFN:2277-BL) Born: 29 May 1736 Place: Studley, Hanover Co, VA Died: 6 Jun 1799 Place: Red Hill, Charlotte Co, VA Buried: Jun 1799 Place: Red Hill, Charlotte County, Virginia
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M William HENRY (AFN:FSD6-66) Born: ABOUT 1734 Place: , Hanover, Virginia Died: Jan 1785 Place:
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F Annie HENRY (AFN:FSD6-51) Born: 1738 Place: Studley, Hanover, Virginia Died: 1790 Place:
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F Mary HENRY (AFN:FSD6-4T) Born: ABOUT 1740 Place: , Hanover, Virginia
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F Susannah (Sukey) HENRY (AFN:FSD6-3N) Born: ABOUT 1742 Place: , Hanover, Virginia
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F Elizabeth (Betsy) HENRY (AFN:FSD6-2H) Born: 10 Jul 1749 Place: , Hanover, Virginia Died: 1825 Place: