Photo of James and Nancy Caroline Welch Hennesy

James Hennesy and Nancy Caroline Welch Hennesy

James Hennesy (4 Jan 1839 – 2 Oct 1911) and Nancy Caroline Welch Hennesy (9 Feb 1848 – 6 Nov 1925) in later years. There was no indication on the photo of photographer or date, but it would have been early 1900’s. If one looks closely one will note that the photo was taken outdoors. The chairs are set on wood slats over earth. The photographer has placed a white backdrop behind them.

The Hennesys lived in Washington Parish, Louisiana.

Photo from the collection of Jeff Hennesy.

James and Nancy Hennesy’s House

I took this photo from Jeff Hennesy’s website. The house is identified as being the old home of James and Nancy Caroline Hennesy.

However, Ethel Hennesy identified this photo as being of their house that was destroyed by a tornado, she said, in 1909-1910, and Curtis Hennesy said instead it was in 1912.

The first house looks close to a sidewalk or a very smooth earthen street that has little definition left, and shows no tall trees behind. The second house has tall trees in the background, seems far removed from a road or sidewalk, and seems to show no indication of the chimney that would have been on the right. The first house couldn’t be post reconstruction (if it was reconstructed) because it would have taken some time for the foliage in the yard to grow up around the house as it has. And why would it be identified as James and Nancy’s house if this was one rebuilt after he had died?

Questions, questions.

Curtis Hennesy noted that a letter from a C. C. S. (abbreviation by C. Hennesy) reported that the Hennesys lived in Bailey’s Mill, 1st Ward, which is near old Nebo Church in what is now Tangipahoa Parish. He mentioned elsewhere that they lived between James Hennesy’s store and Lular Hennesy’s House.

I’ve never been able to locate Nancy in the 1920 census.

James and Nancy (Welch) Hennesy’s Home Destroyed by 1912 Tornado

Home of James Hennesy and Nancy Caroline (Welch) Hennesy destroyed by a tornado 1909-1910. Stoney Point, Washington Parish, Louisiana.

Quick touch of color to give definition.

Ethel Hennesy identified this photo as possibly being of the home of James and Nancy Hennesy which was destroyed by a tornado in 1909-1910. Curtis Hennesy writes the home was instead destroyed in a 1912 tornado and was located between the Hennesy store at Stoney Point and Lular Hennesy’s house. There was no indication on the photo of photographer or date, nor any identification of the children. I wonder if Esmond, Jewel and Zula are among the children.

I love the big, broad-brimmed straw hats protecting some of the children. The way all are wearing hats and a couple pairs huddle under umbrellas, it seems it might be drizzling but I’ve a hard time imagining a camera being taken out into the rain. The ground doesn’t like muddy and the boards don’t look wet. The sun appears to be out and high in the sky.

I’ve not news yet on a 1912 tornado but there was a terrible storm with a number of tornadoes that swept through several states in April 1908, including Louisiana, and devastated Amite City. Wikipedia has listed a tornado outbreak occurred April 20-29 in 1912 that also affected the southeastern states.

Image from Ethel Simmons Hennesy’s collection.

James Daniel Welch and Nancy Caroline Bullock

James Daniel WELCH is generally given as born 30 Sept 1811 in either the “Mississippi Territory” or Georgia. He was a son of John Edward WELCH and Betsey E. MOORE.

I don’t know the ultimate source for the Betsey E. Moore, but I think John Welch is certain as an elder John Welch resided in Washington Parish, Louisiana as well, and a nephew was named John Edward Welch indicating it may have been a family name.

29 April 1838, at about 27, James married Caroline BULLOCK. She has been given as born in GA or MS on 12 Jan 1816 (David Garard) and the daughter of David BULLOCK and Nancy CLARK who came to Pike County MS at “around the turn of the century” (Paul White, Genforum, Nov. 29 2001 Bullock Forum #1765).

In the 1850 Washington Parish LA census, James gives himself as 34, b. MS., which would place birth year about 1816. Caroline gives herself as a year older and born in GA. Children in the household were James, 6, b. abt. 1844, William, 4, b. about 1846, and Nancy, 2, born about 1848. A Lucinda MOORE was also in the household, 35, born in MS. Next door was a 30 year old Miles BULLOCK from GA.

BIG CLUES: Lucinda Moore and Miles Bullock were probably relations. Right? Of course.

In the 1870 Tangipahoa Parish census, James gives himself as 58 and born in MS. Caroline gives herself as 54 and born in GA. This places James’ birth year as abt. 1812 and Caroline’s as abt. 1815.

James and Caroline had 6 known children:

  • James Pearson (Person) WELCH, b. 2 Jan 1844 at Franklinton, Washington Parish, LA, died 2 Dec 1889 at about 45. He married, 25 Nov 1868, Cynthia ALFORD, daughter of Warren Jackson ALFORD and Celia Ann LEWIS. Cynthia was born 15 Oct 1845 in MS and died 28 July 1937 in Pike County, MS. She is buried at the Alford Cemetery in Pike County MS. (SOURCE: FamilySearch.) Warren Jackson ALFORD’s parents were Edwin ALFORD and Martha “Patsie” Jane SMITH b. 1802 Lancaster SC. Martha Patricia SMITH had among her brothers a Calvin, born 22 Sept. 1812 in Pike County, MS, whose second marriage was to Beda BULLOCK b. 1800-1810.
  • William Henry Harrison WELCH, b. 6 April 1846 at Franklinton, Washington Parish, LA, d. 24 Dec 1914 at about 68, married Mary s. LEA.
  • Nancy Caroline WELCH b. 9 Feb. 1848 in Franklinton, Washington Parish, LA, m. James HENNESY.
  • Edward E. WELCH b. 6 Dec. 1851 at Franklinton, Washington Parish, LA.
  • Nicholas Edward WELCH b. 27 February or 28 October 1855, Franklinton, Washington Parish, LA., d. 14 Nov 1834 at about 80, married Nancy Ellen GRAHAM.
  • George P. WELCH, b. 24 Feb 1858, d. 22 March 1860.

David Gerard writes:

John Edward Welch born 1788 married Betsey E. Moore born 1792. They had a son James Daniel Welch born 30 Sept.1811 in the Mississippi Territory.

John died 18 Nov 1858 in Washington Parish, LA. Betsey also died in Washington Parish.

James Daniel Welch married 29 April 1838 to Caroline Bullock born 12 Jan.1816 in Georgia. They had five children:

  • James Pearson Welch born 2 Jan 1844 in Washington Parish LA. Married 26 Nov 1868 to Cynthia Alford died 2 Dec 1889.
  • William Henry Harrison Welch born 6 April 1846 in Washington Parish, married 11 April 1867 to Mary S. Lea and then 24 Dec 1872 to Jemima J. Morris, died 25 Dec. 1914.
  • Nancy Caroline Welch born 9 Feb. 1848 in Washington Parish, married 19 Mar 1868 to James Hennesy
  • Edward E. Welch born 1851 in Washington Parish, married to Julia A. Pear
  • Nicholas E. Welch born 27 Feb 1854 (28 Oct. 1855) in Washington Parish, married to Nancy E. _____. died 14 Nov. 1934.
  • George P. Welch born 24 Feb 1858, died 22 March 1860.

Caroline Bullock died in 1887 in Washington Parish. James Daniel Welch died 18 May 1890 in Washington Parish.

The 1870 census shows James living in ward 2 of Tangipahoa Parish (which was carved out of Washington Parish) in house hold # 267. It shows that he was a farmer worth $1500.

I had much of this info before but I also was able to verify it thru a transcript of Nancy Hennesy’s Bible inscriptions. I found this at the Southeastern Louisiana University’s Zuma Magee Collection Box 16, Folder 11. The Bible was in possession of Mrs. Nettie Davis Wood (Mrs. Tom Wood).

Most everyone who was settling in this region at that time seemed to come from Georgia and vicinity. There were many “wagon trains” led by Sam Dale from Georgia to this area at that time.

David Garard

Ethel (Simmons) Hennesy wrote, “Nancy may have been part Indian, Cherokee.” I’ve not really looked for it but I’ve yet to find anything as we know so little about the Welch family.

Curiously, a John Edward Welch b. 1753 in South Carolina, died 1830 in NC or TN is given as having married multiple times, one of these to a Betsy “Quatsy” who was Cherokee (he’s not given as John Edward Welch on this interesting PDF, only John Welch, but he is elsewhere). He is given as being perhaps in the pre 1800 tax list of Burke Co. NC near an Elijah Moore. This John Edward Welch’s father was James Welch, b. 1720 in Ireland, who lived at Estatoe Village and whose wife was an unnamed Cherokee woman. The father of Betsy is given as John “Hembree”/Emory whose mother was a Mary (Moore) Ayers, granddaughter “probably” of Col. James Moore and a Keowee Cherokee woman. John Hembree/Emory had wife Jane or Nancy Elder, a mixed blood woman, and their daughter was the mentioned Elizabeth “Quatsy” Jane Hembree b. 1765 who married first John Edward Welch and then his brother William Welch.

Ethel Simmons Hennesy would have had no information on the above, only family lore, so it is curious to me that we have with this family a John Edward Welch line that may be Cherokee, and is married to a Moore. It makes me wonder if it’s possible if these people are from out of the same area as John and Quatsy and there is yet another unidentified Cherokee line in that Welch family.

The Nancy Hennesy bible gives the following information on the WELCH name:
James D. Welch and Caroline Bulloch md. April 29 AD, 1838
William H. H. Welch married Mary S. Lea April the 11th, 1867
James D. Welch born Sept. 30th, 1811
Caroline Welch, wife, January 12, 1816
James P. Welch, son Feb. 8, 1844
Wm. H. H. Welch, son, born April 6, 1846
Nancy C. Welch, Dtr. born Feb. 9, 1848
Edward E. Welch, born Dec. 6, 1851
Nicholas E. Welch born Feb. 27, 1854
George P. Welch Feb. 24, AD 1858
John Welch, father of J. D. Welch died Nov. 18th, 1858
George Pinkney Welch Departed this life 22 March 1860
James Pearson Welch died Dec. 2nd, 1889
James D. Welch departed this life May 18, 1890

The 1830 census shows a John Welsh in Washington Parish.

Source Citation: 1830 U S Census: , Washington, Louisiana, Page: 81; NARA Roll: M19-43; Family History Film: 0009686.

Henrietta Bankston / – – – – – – – – 1 (she is 60 to 70 years of age)
John Welsh – 1 1 1 – – 1 / 2 2 1 1 1 – 1

John shows no slaves but Henrietta has 1 male under 10, 2 males 24 to 34 and 1 female 24 to 36. Henrietta Bankston was the wife of John Bankston born 1754 June 1, died 1820 Dec 9 in Washington parish. Daughter Cecelia Bankston was married to a John Dyson b. 1797, died 1823. They had a son William who is living next to Henrietta in this census.

1840 and 1850 census shows not only James Daniel Welch but John Welsh, 70, b. SC who is perhaps the father.

Source Citation: Year: 1840; Census Place: , Washington, Louisiana; Roll 129; Page: 147; Image: 299; Family History Library Film: 0009690.
John WELCH – – – 2 1 – – 1 / – – 2 2 2 – – – – – 1 / 2 male slaves under the age of 10 and 1 female slave age 10 to 24
James WELCH – – – – 1 1 / – – – – 1

Note the presence of an 80 to 90 year old female in the John Welch household, probably the Henrietta Bankston who was living beside him in 1830.

The 1840 census shows slaves but the 1850 census does not.

There are other Moores and Bullocks sprinkled about
pg. 439
J. THIGPEN 40 farmer Value: $2000 b. NC can’t read or write
Jane 41 b. AL can’t read or write
James 21 b. LA
Permelia 19 b. LA
Clement 9 or 4 b. LA
Clarissa 15 b. LA
Lemon 11 b. LA
John THIGPEN 25 Farmer b. LA
Martha 25 b. MS
Mary E. 5/12 b. LA
Washington? 16 b. LA
Lucy 22 b. LA
John THIGPEN 84 b. NC can’t read or write
Sally 75 b. NC can’t read or write
Charlotte PIERCE 21 b. LA can’t read or write
24/24 Alford MOORE 55 b. GA
James THIGPEN 81 farming $2500. b. NC
A. HARDY 32 b. NC
Cintha 27 b. GA
A. J. Hardy 2 b. LA
pg. 441
William ARD and Eliza
Mary C. ARD
James ARD and Margaret J.
J. PEIRCE and Charlotte
John CALHOUN and Nancy
Nathan BLACK and Mary
pg. 442
A. MORRIS b. NC and Sarah
W. KNIGHT 27 farm $100 b. LA
Mary 21 b. LA
Susan 2 b. LA
Polly 1 b. LA
Charles? 60 farm $100 b. VA
Susan 40 b. GA can’t read or write
James 20 laborer b. LA
Georgia 18 b. LA
Margaret 16 b. LA
Calvin 14 b. LA
Anne? 10 b. LA
James STAFFORD 20 b. LA
Stephen 1 b. LA
Sarah 2/12 b. LA
pg.443 81/81
Matthew THOMAS
Thomas BICKHAM 79 farm $6000 b. GA
Mary 61 b. SC
Thomas 22 farm b. LA
Jacob C. 35 b. LA
G. T. VICKERY? 24 b. MD
T. J. KING and Lucy
E. STEVENS and Nancy
Williy JONES 35 farm b. MS
Eliza 30 b. MS
Henry 8 b. MS
Alex 6 b. MS
Arena? 4 b. MS
Maranda 1 b. LA
Harriet 1 b. LA
pg. 444
T. WARNER and Kitty
T. C. WARNER and Jeremiah
T. C. BICKHAM 32 ? $2000 b. LA
Elizabeth 25
Martha E. 10
Sarah L. 8
Thomas A. 7
Elizabeth 5
Charles M. 4
Mary R. 8/12
David W. 12
A. BICKHAM 24 farmer $1000 b. LA
Mary 24
Washington 25 labor
Elizabeth 22
Thomas 21 schoolteaching
Elizabeth 19
Marion 17 labor
N. GREAVES and Arcadia
T. MAGU and Zoe
Pg. 445
Pg. 457
L B CON or COX and Nancy 42 and 28 MS and LA
WIlliam FENNY? 55 MS
282/282 Isaac HENNESY 65 farming $100 b. GA
Nancy 65 b. GA
Isaac 18 laborer b. LA
James 15 b. LA
? 1 b. LA
R. MCLEAN 45 and Mary b. SC
T? LENEAR 28 and Clarisa 75 LA and SC
Pg. 458 B?
Leslie BANKSTON 45 farm b. GA
Elizabeth 65 b. SC
Henrietta 25 b. lA
Catherine 22
Franklin EDY 12
G. R. GRIFFITH 46 Taylor b. NY
J. D. WELSH 34 farm b. MS
Caroline 35 b. GA
James 6 b. LA
William 4
Nancy 2
Lucinda MOORE 35 b. MS

Miles BULLOCK 30 farm $100 b. GA
Camantha 32 b. LA
Lefore 10
Georgia 7
William 5
Francis 3 female
Jackson GRAHAM 23 farm b. LA
Malinda 2 b. MS
Pauline MULFORD 3 b. LA
Isom GRAHAM 40 farmer $100 b. LA
Elizabeth 36
and family
Cullen SANDY 37 b. LA and Nancy 298/298
John GRAHAM 25 and Cintha
Nancy PITMAN 42 b. MS and family
Pg. 459
Peyton BOND 45 b. GA and Harriet (eldest child, Gideon, 13, b. MS)
Elijah WELCH 30 . b. LA
May LU 32 b. SC

Pg. 459 B
Isaac HENNESY 55 farm $100 b. MS
Lada 50
Cintha 16
Isaac 17
James 14
John POUNDS 35
Mary 23
George 6
? 2
R. MCLEAN 55 b. SC and Elizabeth
pg. 464
Thomas PETTIT 30 b. NC and Sarah
James GILL 48 farmer b. GA
Nancy 44 b. GA
Franklin 15 b. LA
Emily 12
Amanda 10
Madison 5
Mary COOK 35
John MOORE 30 laborer b. GA
383/383 Lefore GILL 40 farmer b. GA
Lourena 35
James 18 b. MS William 16
Thomas 14
Lucy 12
Mahaley 10
John 9
Circey 6
Cintha 9
William PRINE? 50 b. GA and Harriet
Rufus GILL 34 farm b. MS
Catharine 24
Neal 2 b. LA
Mary 1 b. LA
? 25 (male) b. MS
Martha 21 b. MS
Pg. 386/386
John WELSH 70 farming $300 b. SC

I haven’t found the Welch family in the 1860 census. Here they are in 1870.

In this census we find James and Nancy living between Isaac HENNESY, James’ father, and James Daniel WELCH, Nancy Caroline’s father.
pg. 138 2 W. Tangipahoa ( 128)
SINSEY William 45 (b) farmer b. VA and Millie and family
ELLIS Maria 40 (b) farming b. MS (and family)
PEAK Chapman 48 Farmer b. MS (and Eliza and family)
Patsy 16 (b) servant
Benton 9 (b) servant
HENNESSEY Isaac 65 b. GA
Judy 65 b. GA
HENNESSEY James 26 farming RE value $600 personal $640 b. MS
Nancy 22 b. LA
Hellan 2 b. LA
WELCH Jam. D. 58 farmer $1500 $1135 b. MS
Caroline 54 b. GA
William H. 24 b. LA
Edward E. 18
Nicholas 16
BURKHALTER M. (f) 20 (mulatto) b. LA
Rosa A. 2 (mulatto) b. LA
Charles? J. 2/12 (mulatto) b. LA

HOTTEN Andrew 65 farmer $6000 $665 b. NC
Mary 55 b. GA
Susan 5 b. LA

A Yvonne Moossy at Genform instead gives John Edward Welch as born 1780 in SC and in NC (posting 1526) in another posting, and gives James D. Welch (posting 1036) as born 30 Sept. 1811 in NC.

There may possibly be a photo or two of James Daniel Welch and Nancy Caroline Bullock floating around out there. If you have one and land here, please consider sharing it.

David Garard
Curtis Hennesy
Jean Hennesy Kearns
Ethel Simmons Hennesy
Census data
Nancy Caroline Welch Hennesy’s bible

James Hennesy and Nancy Caroline Welch

James HENNESY was born 4 Jan 1839, the 1st son and 4th of 5 children to Isaac HENNESY and Judith Ann GILL.

On 19 March 1868, at about 29 years of age, James married Nancy Caroline WELCH who was 20, born 9 Feb 1848. She was the 1st daughter and 3rd of 5 children born to James Daniel WELCH and Caroline BULLOCK.

Between 1868 and 1886 James and Nancy would have 9 children, 2 of whom died in infancy or early childhood:

  • Nancy Ellen HENNESY b. 31 Dec. 1868, LA, died 9 Dec. 1932 at El Paso, El Paso Co., Texas at about 64. She married, 14 Jan 1888 at Amite, Tangipahoa, LA, James E. BONDS, son of Frank BONDS. A child was Emmy BONDS who married Willy GRAY and died in 1985. Source: Curtis Hennesy
  • Cora M. HENNESY b. unknown, d. 11 Feb. 1918. married on 18 Feb. 1907 Ronald A. WALKER. They had Mae Idelia WALKER b. 17 Nov 1909 died 1983; Acy WALKER b. 8 Aug. 1911; and Ocy WALKER b. 13 July 1913. SOURCE: Nancy Hennesy bible.
  • Marion Isaac HENNESY, b. 3 May 1871 at Tangipahoa Parish LA., died 1 Nov 1948 in Houston, Harris Co., Texas, at 77. On 2 Feb 1893 he married (1) Fanny Samantha CROW and (2) Maude Edith CORKERN.
  • James Leon HENNESY b. 4 May 1873 married Lucy Virginia MYLES.
  • Laura Jane HENNESY, b. 16 Feb. 1875, d. 13 Apr. 1935 at 60, married on 5 Sept. 1898, Andrew Jackson DAVIS b. 4 June 1861, died 13 Jan. 1924. He was the son of James DAVIS and Rachel. Together they had Della Monetta DAVIS and Etta DAVIS. Source: Marriage from Nancy Hennesy Bible. Children’s names from James Guy, descendant. Jan 2002.
  • Meredith Bunyan HENNESY, b. 5 Nov. 1876, d. 2 March 1933 at abt. 57, maried Lular R., b. 26 Jan. 1882, d. May 1971 at about 89. They had 4 children: Ila Norman b. 1904; Lubie H. b. 1907 died 1977; Aubrey E. b. 1912 died 1982, and Ruby b. 1919. A newspaper article featuring Ila may be seen here. Lular and Meredith are both buried at the Stony Point Cemetery, Junction Of La Hwy 10 & La Hwy 450, Behind Stoney Point Missionary Baptist Church.
  • Addie H. HENNESY, b. 17 Nov. 1878, died 3 June 1911 at about 33. On 12 Jan 1905 she married John GIVENS. Addie is buried at the Hennesy Cemetery.
  • Norman HENNESY, b. 5 April 1881, died 5 April 1885 on his 4th birthday. Norman is buried at the Hennesy Cemetery.
  • Della HENNESY, b. 28 Feb. 1885, died 16 Sept. 1887 at about 1 and 1/2 years of age. She is buried at the Hennesy Cemetery.

James and Nancy Hennesy settled in Washington Parish, Louisiana. James was a farmer. Ethel (Simmons) Hennesy wrote, “Nancy may have been part Indian, Cherokee.”

Curtis Hennesy wrote that James may have been born in Natchez, MS or Marion County, MS. He gives that “C.C.S”s letter” says they lived in Bailey’s Mill, 1st Ward, which is near old Nebo Church in what is now Tangipahoa Parish.

James H. was a private in Company E, 3rd (Wingfields) Battalion, Louisiana Cavvlry. He enlisted May 01, 1862, at Camp Moore, LA. (Tangipahoa station). On roll to June 30, 1862. An Internet search shows:

James Hennesy, private in Company E, Regiment 3, Cavalry, birthday January 2, 1840, died October 3, 1911, Parish Tangipahoa, Cemetery code LA-AAA-09 (Hennessey cemetery, located on the banks of the Tchefuncte River, below Mt. Hermon). EVEN: _DATE2 30 JUN 1862

This online roster of the 3d Louisiana Cavalry, C. S. A., also known as the 1st Louisiana Cavalry Regiment, Partisan Rangers; 9th Louisiana Cavalry Battalion, Partisan Rangers or Wingfield’s Cavalry, shows James HENNESY. It also supplies a history.

Curtis noted that James and Nancy’s house was between the Hennesy store (Stoney Point) and Lular’s house. A tornado in 1912 blew the house down.

I have thus far only located James and Nancy in the following census:

In this census we find James and Nancy living between Isaac HENNESY, James’ father, and James Daniel WELCH, Nancy Caroline’s father.
pg. 138 2 W. Tangipahoa ( 128)
SINSEY William 45 (b) farmer b. VA and Millie and family
ELLIS Maria 40 (b) farming b. MS (and family)
PEAK Chapman 48 Farmer b. MS (and Eliza and family)
Patsy 16 (b) servant
Benton 9 (b) servant
HENNESSEY Isaac 65 b. GA
Judy 65 b. GA
HENNESSEY James 26 farming RE value $600 personal $640 b. MS
Nancy 22 b. LA
Hellan 2 b. LA
WELCH Jam. D. 58 farmer $1500 $1135 b. MS
Caroline 54 b. GA
William H. 24 b. LA
Edward E. 18
Nicholas 16
BURKHALTER M. (f) 20 (mulatto) b. LA
Rosa A. 2 (mulatto) b. LA
Charles? J. 2/12 (mulatto) b. LA
270/270 HOTTEN Andrew 65 farmer $6000 $665 b. NC
Mary 55 b. GA
Susan 5 b. LA

1880 Ward 4, Tangipahoa, Louisiana
11 66 ENNIS James wm 40
Nancy wf 32
Ellen wf 11
Marion wm 9
Leon wm 7
Laura wf 5
Merida wm 3
Adda wf 1
PASMAN Gid (or Sid) wm 25 Labors on Farm b. LA parents b. LA

James and Nancy appear to be living in a rooming house or apartment situation in 1910?

1910 District 24, Police Jury Ward 1, Washington, Louisiana
66/70 Stevens Dick ? R. and Evie and family
66/71 Walker Rudolph A. and Cora and family
66/72 Hennesy, James L. 70 b. LA parents b. LA farmer
Nancy C. 62 b. LA parents b. LA

James HENNESY died 2 Oct 1911 at about 72. Nancy Caroline WELCH died 6 Nov 1925 at about 77.

Curtis Hennesy gathered the birth and death dates for James and Nancy from headstones in the Hennesy Cemetery.

A headstone in the Hennesy cemetery shows Della Hennesy born February 28, 1885, and died September 16, 1887. She is probably a child of James and Nancy.