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.

Marion Thomas “Isaac” Knight and Frances “Fannie” Breland

Image of Marion Isaac Knight from the collection of Jeff Hennesy. Photoshopped it a touch.

Marion (Marian) Isaac KNIGHT was born 25 Aug 1866 to William KNIGHT and Martha (Mary E.) NOBLE/NOBLES. He died 25 Dec. 1947.

Marion married Frances A. “Fannie” BRELAND, daughter of Elijah BRELAND and Mariah BROWN. She was born 9 May 1871 (given as from Pine, LA) and died 24 Sept. 1907.

Fannie is buried at the Nobles Cemetery at Pine.

Ethel (Simmons) HENNESY described Marion, her mother’s father, as a “full-blooded Irishman.” Which isn’t so. His grandfather, Charles KNIGHT, was born in Virginia in 1785.

Marion Knight was wealthy and disapproved of his daughter, Annie, marrying Lucius SIMMONS, who was poor. He left Annie out of his will.

Marion’s name in the Fowler/Simmons Genealogy is spelled Marion. Often it is also given as Marian.

Marion was a Mason, member of Pine Lodge No. 264, F&AM. I have a very, very poor xerox of a photo which reads, “Pine Lodge No. 264, F&AM, has quite a history–as is indicated in this old photograph which was taken July 27th 1900. The heirs of Monroe Knight donated the original photograph to the lodge. From left are James “Jockey Jim” Knight, Plummer Knight, Dr. Warner, Ira Pope, Monroe Knight, D.E. Branch, P.E. “Rev. Pink” Toney, Rev. Tom Bennett, Marian Knight, Layton Schilling, Meride Breland, James “Peg Jim” Knight, W.E. Alford, Archie Whittington, and Curtis “Boy” Miley.” So we have four Knights and a Breland in the photo.

I have some notes from Jean Kearns (granddaughter of Annie) that state that while 4 children survived there were others who were killed by typhoid.

Marion and Frances had:

  • Annie Clarinda b. 22 Feb. 1888 at Sheridan LA, married Lucius SIMMONS in 1904.
  • William E. “Bill” b. 1889 Oct 17, d. 1954 Feb 3 (buried at Nobles Cemetery at Pine, Washington Parish, Louisiana) married Mima Letchworth
  • J. C. (see C. J. below, buried at NOBLES cemetery) b. 1891 Dec 10, b. 1907 Sep 18
  • Wilbur. SSDI shows Wilbur as born 22 Oct. 1893 and dying Jan. 1970. Married Zula Hennesy
  • Albert M. b. 1895 Dec 4, d. 1896 Sep 4 (buried at Nobles Cemetery at Pine, Washington Parish, Louisiana)
  • Mary b. 1896 Jan at Washington Parish, Louisiana
  • Bertha b. 1898 June at Washington Parish, Louisiana

NOBLES cemetery shows a C. J. KNIGHT, son of M. T. and F. A. KNIGHT, b. 10 Dec. 1891, died 18 Sept. 1907.

NOBLES cemetery also shows Albert M., Son of M. T. & F. A. KNIGHT, b. 4 Dec. 1895 and died 4 Sept. 1896.

Frances’ tombstone at the NOBLES cemetery shows her as wife of M. T. KNIGHT, May 9, 1871 – Sept. 24 1907.

Marion’s second wife was Leah CORKERN. A Franklinton LA newspaper article, August 19th 1926, mentions a Mrs. Marion KNIGHT, daughter of Rev. C. T. CORKERN.

Monday, at the residence of his daughter, Mrs. C. J. Gayer, Rev. C.T. Corkern died at the age of 65 years, 11 months, and 21 days.

He married 1st, Mollie Magee, sister of W.L. Magee. He later married Mrs. May Voyles, widow of Rev. Claude Voyles of Shreveport. The following children survive him, Mrs. Marion Knight, C.J. Gayer, and 1 son, John Corkern, all of Franklinton; Mrs. Iddo Crain of Hammond; Miss Annette Corkern of Magnolia; Mrs. W.M. Edwards, Texas; and Rev. W.A. Corkern of Kerns, Texas. Funeral services were held at the Ellis cemetery.

This would be Leah Lenora CORKERN, daughter of Charles Thomas CORKERN and Mary Jane MAGEE. She was b. 31 Jan 1884 in Washington Parish, LA, d. 11 July 1959, Washington Parish, LA. She is buried at the Ellis Cemetery. She and “Marion T.” are given as having married 11 Nov. 1908 in Washington Parish, LA.

Jack Kearns writes, “She was a wonderful Christian lady. She was blind, but could do just about anything in the house.”

A posted photo shows Marion, Leah, Annie, William E. Sr., Wilbur Warren and Lela Maye KNIGHT.

The ELLIS Cemetery shows:

Leah L. KNIGHT – Jan 31, 1884 – July 11 1959
Marion T. KNIGHT – August 25 1866 – Dec. 25, 1947 – Masonic Emblem
Lela Maye KNIGHT – Aug. 19, 1909 (was living in 1963 when this was recorded)
W. E. (Bill) KNIGHT Sr. – Oct. 17 1889 – Feb. 3, 1954 – Mason
W. E. (Bill) KNIGHT, Jr. – June 2, 1924 – July 11, 1963.

The following are land transactions involving Marion T. Knight found at http://www.geocities.com/knighthistory/LouisianaKnights.htm:

1908 – M. T. Knight from succession of Francis A. Knight, 297.60 acres, bk. 13, pg. 374
1908 – Anna C. Knight from Marion T. Knight, 42.33 acres, bk. 13, pg. 528
1908 – Wm. E. Knight from Marion T. Knight, 42.57 acres, bk. 13, pg. 528
1909 – Chas. C. Knight from Marion T. Knight, 1 acres, bk. 15, pg. 179
1911 – Wilbur W. Knight from M. T. Knight, 42.03 acres, bk. 18, pg 744
1919 – M. T. Knight from Lampton Realty Co., Sq. 260 & 289, Franklinton, bk. 33, pg 49
1919 – Marion T. Knight from W. W. Babington et al, N ½ of N ½ of NW 1`/4, Sec. 16-2-12, bk 33, pg 382
1920 – M. T. Knight from Lampton Realty Co., Sq. 261, Franklinton, bk 33, pg 519
1927 – M. T. Knight from Rosa Amacker, 60 acres, bk 48, pg 400
1930 – M. T. Knight from John E. Burris, 1760 acres, bk 57, pg 244
1931 – M. T. Knight from (By shff.) John Yassich, Movables & 55 acres Hr. 45-2-10, bk 58, pg 284
1931 – M. T. Knight, Sqs. 260, 261, 289, Franklinton, bk 58, pg 581
1932 – M. T. Knight from Dennis Watson, NE ¼ of SE ¼ Sec. 192-2-11, bk 60, pg 1
1932 – M. T. Knight from Wilber W. Knight, 3 acres, bk 60, pg 79
1932 – R. D. Knight from M. T. Knight, 3 acres, bk 60, pg 80
1934 – M. T. Knight from Sam Wood, E ½ Lot 2 Sq. 317 Franklinton, bk 64, pg 597
1935 – Marion T. Knight from M. M. Magee, Lot 6, Sq. 316, Franklinton, bk bk 68, pg 617

Census information thus far located:


11/12 SIMMONS Jesse own 33 b. LA father b. MS mother b. LA merchant at grocery store
Margie 30 b. LA father b. MO mother b. LA
Jesse W. son 8 b. LA
Clarence son 6
Thurmond son 5
Youx son 1 and 61/12
12/13 HENNESY Marion own 48 b. LA parents b. LA farmer
Maud 45
Curtis 17
Levy 15
Kirby 12
? son 10
Wanda daughter 6
HOOPER Mary servant 36 single unable to read or write b. LA parents b. unk
13/14 KNIGHT Marion L. own 53 b. LA father b. LA mother b. NC farmer
Leah wife 35 b. LA parents b. LA
Mary Jane daughter 10

1930 Louisiana, Washington Parish, Police Jury Ward 3
(The image, at Ancestry.com, is very fuzzy)
222/222 KNIGHT, Wilbur Owns home, 33, married at 18 b. LA parents b. LA, Farmer, general farm
Ethel 27, married at 25
Leon 14 Son
Mildred 12 Daughter
Dorothy Daughter (age illegible)
Marion Father 66 married at 45
Lenora stepmother 46 married at 25
223/223 KNIGHT William owns home 40 md at 18, Farmer, General Farm
Mina 40, md at 18
illegible 20
Muddie? Son 18
Wilma Daughter 16
Willie Son 14
Lillie Daughter 12
Maline? Daughter 10
illegible Daughter 7
illegible Son 6
illegble Son 4 and some months
illegible Son 1 and some months
Year: 1930; Census Place: Police Jury Ward 3, Washington, Louisiana; Roll: T626_824; Page: 13A; Enumeration District: 5; Image: 0703.

The Knight Family

The Knight Family

Marian (Marion) Isaac KNIGHT and second wife Leah Corkern KNIGHT, then Annie Knight SIMMONS (married to Lucius Theodore Simmons), William E. KNIGHT Sr., Wilbur Warren KNIGHT and Lela Maye KNIGHT.

Marion was born 1866 in Louisiana and died 1947, daughter Annie was born 1888 and died 1961, son William E. was born 1889 and died 1954, Wilbur was born 1892 and died 1970. I have no information on Lela Maye.

I’m having difficulty dating this photo. Might it be from about 1940 when Marion was 74 an Annie was 52?