James Leon Hennesy and Lucy Virginia Myles

James Leon HENNESY AND (1) Lucy Virginia MYLES, (2) Lucinda POUNDS, (3) Della NOBLES

James Leon HENNESY was born 4 May 1873 at Franklinton, Washington Parish, LA, the 2nd son and 4th child of 9 born to James HENNESY (of GA) and Nancy Caroline WELCH (of Washington Parish).

In 1898, at the age of about 25, James married Lucy Virginia MYLES, daughter of John William Edward MYLES and Sarena MILLER. She was born 1875 or 18 January 1871 or 28 January 1871.

Between 1899 and 1906, James and Lucy had 5 children:

  • Zula HENNESY b. 1899 Washington Parish, LA, d. 1925 Washington Parish, LA at about 26. Married Wilbur KNIGHT b. 22 Oct. 1892, Franklinton Area, LA., died Jan 1970, Franklinton LA at about 78.
  • Jewel HENNESY b. 25 Oct. 1901 or Dec. 25 1901, Washinton Parish, LA., died 9 April 1979 at Bogalusa LA at about 78. He married Heloise MCGUIRT and a woman named Maidie.
  • Esmond Edward HENNESY b. 1903 June 1 married Ethel Lorena Simmons
  • Zoe HENNESY was born 1905 at Washington Parish, LA and died about 1989 at Washington Parish, LA. She married Ray MIDDLETON.
  • Zeta HENNESY was born 26 May 1906 at Washington Parish, LA. She died 24 July 1906 at two months. Her mother died two days beforehand.

LOUISIANA GENEALOGICAL AND HISTORICAL SOCIETY, BE IT KNOWN AND REMEMBERED Volume Two Bible Records 1961: Pages 1 – 60 Bible of Samanthy Lewis, gives 28 January 1871 as Lucy MYLE’s date of birth.


“Died – Mrs. Leon Hennessy of Aurora, La., died at her home Sunday morning, July 22nd at 10 o’clock. She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Myles. Mrs. Hennessy had _____ children. Funeral services were conducted Monday at 11 o’clock am and the body was laid to rest near the home.”

James Leon HENNESY was named for his father, James. He was a farmer, miller and merchant. His daughter, Ethel HENNESY, wrote of him, “James Leon owned and operated a sawmill, cotton gin and grist mill on the Tangipahoa River…apparently operated restaurants, stores and post office as well.”

Jean Hennesy Kearns, a granddaughter, writes:

“I don’t remember when Grandpa Hennesy died, but I can remember being held in his lap as he sat in a large chair in his living room in Bogalusa, Louisiana. His name was James Leon Hennesy. I remember him as being a gentle, loving man. We visited him only once a year when Daddy had his two week vacation. I always thought that we were going to Uncle Jewel’s house, but found out only this year that the home was Grandpa Hennesy’s. When Uncle Jewel’s first wife died, he and his children made their home with Grandpa. Then when Grandpa died, the house became Uncle Jewel’s.

“He had a hard life…

“Grandpa Hennesy tried farming during his early adult years, but determined that ‘there was a better way to make a living’ and began operating a mill on the Tangipahoa River, which my father says was unique in that it was not only a saw mill but also a corn mill. Daddy tells of Grandpa building a house down by the mill so he could look after the children during the day. At night they would return to their home. He continued with the mill until he bought a country store on the Bogalusa-Franklinton highway, which he operated for many years. Grandpa married Lucinda Pounds after my father and Uncle Jewel were grown and they had one daughter, Lucille, before the death of Lucinda. His last marriage, in his later years, was to Della Nobles.

“I’ve always been fascinated with the connections between the families of my mother and father. The country store Grandpa Hennesy bought was a short distance down the highway from the farm owned by Lucious and Annie Simmons…In fact, Grandpa Simmons’ land bordered the store property. Last month, as I talked with my father, he told me about his father and my mother’s father working together. It seems that Grandpa Simmons owned a sawmill at one time, also, and Grandpa Hennesy’s store was the ‘company store’ where the mill employees got all of their supplies. Once a month Grandpa Simmons would reimburse Grandpa Hennesy for purchases made by his employees. Daddy said the first $100 bill he ever saw was one my Grandfather Simmons gave his daddy to pay off their monthly balance.”
From MY PERSONAL PROFILE AND FAMILY OF ORIGIN by Jean (Hennesy) Kearns, November 20, 1991.

James Leon married second Lucinda POUNDS who was a cousin, daughter of George Washington Pounds and Amanda. Their daughter was Lucille HENNESY, born 19 July 1920 at Washington Parish, LA and died Nov. 10 1999 at about the age of 79. She married Tom FARLEY, a widower with several children.

Lucinda, born about 1886 in Louisiana, must have died shortly after Lucille’s birth.

James married third, Della NOBLES. ABSTRACT ARTICLES FROM WASHINGTON PARISH’S ERA LEADER IN FRANKLINTON, LOUISIANA 1921-1930 BY: BONNIE DIER, FRANKLINTON, LA. 70438 gives their marriage license as having been taken out April 17, 1924.

James Leon died at the age of 65 in 1938. James Leon HENNESY, Lucy Virginia MYLES HENNESY, and Zeta HENNESY are all buried at the Hennesy Cemetery, located On The banks Of the Tchefuncte River, below Mt. Hermon.

C. Hennesy
Jean Hennesy Kearns
Ethel Simmons Hennesy
Nancy Caroline Welch Hennesy’s bible

Census info:

1900 Ward 1, Washington, Louisiana

187/193 HENNESY Leon Head wm May 1872 28 md 0 yr b. LA parents b. LA merchant. 0 months not employed, can read and write. Owns home, Not mortgaged (appears to be), Farm, farm #178;
Lucy Wife wf Jan or June 1872 28 md 0 yr 0 children b. LA parents b. LA, can read and write

1910 Louisiana, Washington Parish, Ward 1
pg. 11 ancestry.com
64/67 POUNDS Wanda 47
Mary L. 23
William A. 21
John W. 19
Leon J. 17
Millie J. 15

68/74 HENNESY Merida B. 33 md 7 years b. LA parents b. LA Farmer
Lula A 27? 4 children 2 surviving
Idie N? daughter
Lubie Daughter
69/75 HENNESY Marion H. 37? md 8 years Farmer
Maude E. 35 7 children 6 surviving
Clarence C. 16
Myrtie S. 14
Elbert I. 13
Curtis M. 7
Levi M. 5
Kirby H. 3
Jetti? D. 1
CORKERN John C. father-in-law 71
Lourainey mother-in-law 59 6 children 6 surviving

75/81 HENNESY J. Leon 35? wd Farmer General farm
Zula H? 8
Jewell J. 7
E…. son 6

77/83 CROW Henry B. 33 md 10 years farmer general farm
Malissa ? md 10 years 4 children 4 surviving
Ethel E. 7
Eva A. 5
Pinkney E. 3
Jewel W. 1
John W. father 60
Adrine D. mother 55 9 children 8 surviving

122/129 CARPENTER Willie J. 30 md 6 years Farmer General Farm
Effie J. 25 3 children, 3 surviving
Bessie 5
E? 3
Leo 1

(several pages over)
28 of 34 at Ancestry.com
illegible numbers MYLES Thomas I. 41 md. 18 years Farmer General Farm
Lucy? 38 5 children 3 surviving
Ambus 12
Earley E. 8?

Supervisor’s Dist No. 6
Enumeration District No (repeatedly crossedout)
16 day of Jan 1920
Washinton Collon?
Page 13 A
(Trans. note: 25 at Ancestry.com)
196/206 WARD Vernon
197/207 HARWELL John
198/208 HENNESY James Head (owns or rents is not given, some other illegible marking) mw 47 md can read and write b. LA father b. GA mother b. LA Clerk Grocery wage worker
POUNDS Lucy Cousin fw 34 md can read and write b. LA father parents b. LA
HENNESY Jule Son mw 18 sg school can read and write b. LA parents b. LA
Elzy Son mw 16 sg school can read and write b. LA parents b. LA
(Trans. note: John HARWELL, 38, at 197, is a merchant grocer and James’ employer. Lemus WARD, who lives in household 196, is also a worker at the grocery.)

1930 Bogalusa, Washington, Louisiana
630 456 548 HENNESY James L. head owns $2500 doesn’t live on farm mw 56 md 26 when first married, can read and write b. LS parents b. LA, salesman for wholesale co., wage earner, not at work day before or last working day, not a veteran;
Della wife 49 md first md at 14, can read and write b. LA father b. MS mother b. TN;
Lucille daughter fw 10 sg. attends school can read and write b. LA parents b. LA;
NOBLES Willis stepson 12 sg can read and write b. LA parents b. LA.

Photo and census info for Zoe Hennesy

This is Zoe Hennesy b. 1905 in Washington Parish, Louisiana to James Leon Hennesy and Lucy Virginia Myles. She died in 1989? So, I don’t really know. And if you do maybe you could drop me a line. She married a man named Ray Middleton and I’ve no marriage date for that.

This retouching was done when I first started working with Photoshop a number of years ago. I wanted to bring the image of Zoe to life and went bright with the colors as I had become weary of always using browns and blues. I thought I’d put her in bright red and chartreuse, which I view now as quite a mistake, no matter how tired I was of browns and blues.

When was the photo taken? The style reminds me of Natalie Wood in the movie “Inside Daisy Clover” which was supposed to occur in the early 30s I believe. We’ve a photo as well of her in 1924 when Ethel Simmons married Esmond Hennesy, Zoe’s brother, and she is definitely younger in that one and her hair style is different, shorter and she has bangs. I know my first impression when I saw this photo, before finding the 1930 census which gives Zoe as living in a rooming house and working as a clerk, is that it was of an independent, working woman. I don’t know what about her gave me that read, but I’d be inclined to think this was from that time period…except for the fact she appears to be wearing a wedding band. So this would have to be subsequent 1930.

My grandmother died shortly after the birth of their fifth child, a little girl, Zeda, who died as an infant…Zoe, the youngest surviving daughter, was raised by Lucy’s mother and father, Edward and Rene Myles. Before they would agree to take her, they made my grandfather promise that he would never try to take her back, that she would be their child, even though they never legally adopted her.

MY PERSONAL PROFILE AND FAMILY OF ORIGIN, by Jean (Hennesy) Kearns, November 20, 1991

Edward Myles was about 62 and Rene was about 60 when they took Zoe in. Edward died in 1920 so Zoe would have been 15. Rene died in 1924 when Zoe was 19. Which I imagine would have been tough, losing one’s mother and then losing Edward and Rene while she was a teenager, though her father lived to 1938. The 1920 census shows Edward and Rene’s daughter, Lillie, in the household so she must have been a help.

In 1930 Zoe was self-supporting as a clerk in Bogalusa while in 1930 Lillie was living in the household of William J. Carpenter, the widowed husband of Lillie’s sister, Effie, who had died some time between 1920 and 1930. No doubt she was likely helping to raise the remaining children in the household. The 1920 census showed her as 40. As did the 1930.

Source Citation: Year: 1910; Census Place: Police Jury Ward 1, Washington, Louisiana; Roll T624_534; Page: 10A; Enumeration District: 124; Image: 21.

Franklinton and Covington Road

120/129 MYLES Edward 66 md. 44 years, b. LA parents b. LA, general farming
Sarena A. wife 62, 8 of 12 children surviving
Lillie daughter 23
Zoa A. daughter 15 [sic]
121/129 MYLES John D. 24 md. 6 years, general farming
Michele wife 23, 2 children
Sarena daughter 4
Edward son 2
122/129 CARPENTER Willie J. 30, md. 6 years, general farming
Effie J. 25, 3 children
Bessie daughter 5
Edith daughter 3
Leo son 1

Source Citation: Year: 1920;Census Place: Police Jury Ward 9, Washington, Louisiana; Roll 31109_4300990; Page: 5A; Enumeration District: 148; Image: 514.

75 WELCH George 18 b. LA parents b. LA farm laborer
Lillie wife 18
76 CARPENTER Will 50 farmer on rural farm
Effie wife 33
Bessie daughter 15
Edith daughter 12
Leo son 11
Dallas son 7
Allie son 1 and 1/12
80 MYLES Edward 75 farmer parish
Rena wife 74 b. MS parents b. MS
Lillie daughter 40 b. LA father b. LA mother b. MS
HENNESY Zoe granddaughter 14 b. LA parents b. LA

Source Citation: Year: 1930; Census Place: Police Jury Ward 9, Washington, Louisiana; Roll 825; Page: 1B; Enumeration District: 22; Image: 96.0.
Franklinton-Amite Highway
8/10 CARPENTER William J. 57 widowed, married at 25 b. LA parents b. LA farmer
Bessie daughter 24 nurse at hospital
Edith daughter 22 nurse at hospital
Leo son 21 laborer on highway
Dalas son 17 laborer on farm
Ray son 14
Allan son 11
MYLES Lillie sister-in-law 40

Source Citation: Year: 1930; Census Place: Bogalusa, Washington, Louisiana; Roll 824; Page: 8A; Enumeration District: 7; Image: 765.0.
301 Mississippi Ave. 166.
174 SPORL M. J. $4000 50 49 md at 49 b. LA parents b. LA steward on steamship line
Blanche wife 38 md at 37 b. LA
BANKSTON May E. roomer 33 operator at telephone co
HUEY Velma roomer 23 b. MS parents b. MS operator at telephone co
ARA Alma roomer 25 b. LA parents b. LA operator at telephone co
SIMMONS Thurmon roomer 38 automobile salesman
SCOTT Evelyn roomer 17 b. AR parents b. AR waitress at hotel
SMITH Harriet roomer 19 b. MS parents b. MS waitress at hotel
HENNESSEY Zoe roomer 26 b. LA parents b. LA clerk at cafe
HENRY Walter roomer 35 salesman of carbon lights

301 Mississippi Avenue is somewhere there below.

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If descendants of Zoe run across this and have further information they’d like to leave on her, please do.