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Below is a family biography included in Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Lonoke County, Arkansas published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1889.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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William Madison Hensley is a grandson of an old Revolutionary soldier, and was the fifth son in a family of nine children born to Jacob and Betsey (Collins) Hensley. The former’s birth occurred in Greene County, Tenn., September 7, 1803, and in 1868 he removed to Lonoke County, where he still resides. He is a millwright by trade, and in his younger days traveled all through the South, engaged in his occupation. He is a strong Democrat, and cast his first presidential vote for Andrew Jackson. He was a son of Christian Hensley, originally from Shenandoah County, Va., who died in Knoxville, Tenn., at the age of ninety-two years. He and his father (who came to this country from Germany) and a brother were in the Revolutionary War. William M. Hensley’s mother is still living, and has a family of nine children, six living: Fleecy Ann, Martin, Catherine, Harriett, William M. and Martha. William M., who was born in Chattahoochee County, Ga., April 10, 1857, was about ten years of age when his parents moved to this State, and here he has resided ever since. He was married in January, 1885, to Miss Pazzetty Johnson, a native of Lee County, Miss., born September 3, 1866, and the daughter of Josiah and Margaret (Blackwood) Johnson. Mr. and Mrs. Hensley are the parents of three children: Ollie S., Carrie L. and James D. Mr. Hensley has a farm of 120 acres, forty of which are under cultivation. He and his wife are members of the Missionary Baptist Church, he also belonging to the County Wheel. He is a strong Democrat, and a highly respected citizen.

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This family biography is one of 143 biographies included in Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Lonoke County, Arkansas published in 1889.  For the complete description, click here: Lonoke County, Arkansas History, Genealogy, and Maps

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