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Descriptive Summary

Biographical Note

Scope and Content Note

Restrictions

Index Terms

Administrative Information

Description of Series

William R. Hensley Papers, 1847-1848

Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library at the Alamo

A Guide to the William R. Hensley Papers, 1847-1848



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Hensley, William Richardson, 1800-1849
Title: William R. Hensley Papers
Dates: 1847-1848
Creator Abstract: Kentucky native William Richardson Hensley (1800-1849) was an Austin colonist, a surveyor, and a delegate to the Convention of 1832. In the 1840s he became a merchant in Port Lavaca, Texas.
Content Abstract: The papers contain correspondence, including a letter from a relative in Tennessee containing family news, a letter from Hensley in Mexico discussing trade there, and an incomplete letter from Hensley's son. A photograph and a map have been separated from the collection.
Identification: Doc 9774
Extent: 3 items (3 folders)
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library at the Alamo, San Antonio, Texas

Biographical Note

From the Handbook of Texas Online:

William Richardson Hensley was born in Shelby County, Kentucky, on 1800 September 29. In 1823 he married Mary Thompson of Tennessee and moved to Johnson County, Indiana. From there he traveled to Texas in 1828 November and settled in San Felipe. Hensley surveyed widely, from San Felipe as far west as the Nueces River. Family records show that the Hensley family established homes in the areas of present Colorado, Fayette, and Jackson counties. In connection with his work, Hensley frequently encountered hostile Indians and so won a name as an Indian fighter.

Hensley was the delegate from the district of Alfred (Colorado County) to the Convention of 1832. William Barret Travis, a close friend, lived with the Hensley family for several years before the Texas Revolution, and it was for him that Travis Hensley, born shortly after the fall of the Alamo, was named. According to family tradition, William Hensley was a member of one of the early war councils of the provisional government and also fought in the battle of San Jacinto without benefit of enlistment or assignment.

In the early 1840s Hensley became a merchant in Port Lavaca and soon controlled great wagon trains to Mexico. He made a number of trips to Saltillo, Veracruz, and other Mexican cities to trade for hides, silver, and other commodities. On his return from one of his trading ventures, he contracted cholera and died in Port Lavaca on 1849 March 20. He was buried in an unmarked grave outside the Port Lavaca cemetery with other victims of the epidemic. He was survived by his wife and six children.

References

Moore, Helen Ashworth. "William Richardson Hensley." Handbook of Texas Online. http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/fhe24.

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Scope and Content Note

The papers contain correspondence, including a letter from a relative in Tennessee containing family news, a letter from Hensley in Mexico discussing trade there, and an incomplete letter from Hensley's son. A photograph and a map have been separated from the collection.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

No restrictions. The collection is open for research.

Usage Restrictions

Please be advised that the library does not hold the copyright to most of the material in its archival collections. It is the responsibility of the researcher to secure those rights when needed. Permission to reproduce does not constitute permission to publish. The researcher assumes full responsibility for conforming to the laws of copyright, literary property rights, and libel.

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Index Terms

Personal Names
Hensley, William Richardson, 1800-1849.
Locations
Mexico.
Port Lavaca (Tex.)
Genres/Formats
Personal papers.
Correspondence.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], William R. Hensley Papers, 1847-1848, Doc 9774, Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library, San Antonio, Texas.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Helen A. Moore, 1971 May.

Processing Information

Processed by Warren Stricker, 1997 July.

Finding aid edited by Tom D'Amore, 2011 January.

Finding aid edited and encoded by Caitlin Donnelly, 2011 January.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

 

William R. Hensley Papers, 1847-1848

Folder
1 William I. Donaldson, Jefferson County, Tennessee, to William R. Hensley, Port Lavaca, Texas, 1847 November 19.
Folder
2 W. R. Hensley, San Fernando, Mexico, to Mrs. W. R. Hensley, Lavaca, Texas, 1848 May 8.
Folder
3 Alex T. Hensley, Lavaca, Texas, to W. R. Hensley, Saltillo, Mexico [incomplete], 1848 August 30.
Separated material
Collection
Photograph Collection Photograph: William R. Hensley house, Port Lavaca, Texas.
Collection
General Collection Map: "Sketch of a portion of the Map of McMullen County Embraceing [sic] the Lands belonging to the Estate of Wm. R. and Mary Hensley."

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