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The JAMES MURRAY/DOUGLASS/HENSLEY/GLAS Puzzle
Posted by: Mildred Dotterer (ID *****8082) Date: August 24, 2002 at 16:04:45
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1. Nancy Caroline2 GLAS (Joseph1 GLAS?) was born Abt. 1820, and died March 14, 1900 in Seneca, Newton Co, MO. She married (1) James S. MURRAY. She married (2) James S. HENSLEY Abt. 1836. He died August 01, 1847 in Bolivar, Polk County, Missouri. She married (3) James S. DOUGLASS July 16, 1848 in Dade County, Missouri, son of Jonathan? DOUGLASS. He was born Bet. 1774 - 1779 in TN, and died February 12, 1859 in near Mt. Vernon, Lawrence Co, MO.
       
Children of Nancy GLAS and James HENSLEY are:
       i.       JOHN KELSEY HENSLEY/3 DOUGLASS?/MURRAY, b. November 02, 1839, Missouri; m. MARY A. ???; b. Abt. 1837, KY.
       ii.       JAMES FRANKLIN HENSLEY/DOUGLASS?/MURRAY, b. February 22, 1841, Polk Co, MO; d. January 27, 1927, near Mt. Vernon, Lawrence Co, MO; m. MARY E. TAYLOR, October 06, 1867, prob Lawrence Co, MO; b. Abt. 1845.
       iii.       ORLENA C. S. HENSLEY/DOUGLASS?/MURRAY, b. 1844, Missouri.
       iv.       VIRGINIA ALMEDA HENSLEY/DOUGLASS?/MURRAY, b. 1847, Missouri; m. GEORGE W. WALLACE, July 30, 1865, Lawrence Co, MO.
       v.       ALEXANDER D. HENSLEY/DOUGLASS?/MURRAY, b. March 19, 1846, MO; d. March 12, 1904, Dublin, Erath Co, TX; m. LOUISA R. HESS; d. December 17, 1899.

I believe I have enough evidence to support that Thomas DOUGLAS whose wife ??? GLAS was Nancy GLAS. She MAY have been using alias' of Nancy BARRON alias Mrs. Nancy Caroline HENSLEY widow of James S. HENSLEY who married July 16,1848, James S. DOUGLASS, meaning she was all these people. They and her HENSLEY surnamed children in the 1850 Greene Co, MO Cass Twp census, James S.(could be an L.) DOUGLASS and records in Lawrence Co, MO regarding his estate settlement.

I believe in addition James S. HENSLEY alias Thomas DOUGLASS James S. DOUGLASS, and James S. MURRAY were all the same person.

Jonathan DOUGLASS d. 1841 Greene Co, MO is a brother James DOUGLASS according to a two page list of heirs of James S. DOUGLASS who died in 1859 (list written by NANCY DOUGLASS, widow of JAMES DOUGLASS, estate settled in 1866.

James MURRAY was the admr. for the estate of Jonathan DOUGLASS (brother of James DOUGLASS d 1859, Jonathan DOUGLASS died 1841 in Greene Co, MO. Jonathan had extensive bank notes in Knox,TN, and Monroe Co, TN, as well as railroad stock (He is listed as Douglass, Jonathan Third (LDS,and there is evidence their information is true). Jonathan's older children contested in Monroe Co, TN his intestate settlement in Greene Co, MO,who sold all his personal effects and gave the money to his widow and minor children. (Jonathan left a will in 1840 Monroe Co, TN) and his widow and children are named.

James S. Douglass bought much land in Lawrence, Dade and Greene Co, MO. He may have been a land speculator, had at least 11 slaves even after one, Peter DOUGLASS killed James DOUGLASS' wife Martha WHITE 1848 in Dade Co, MO, as well as two of his own children. Pete was hung in Dade Co, MO for the murder. The elderly James DOUGLASS married two months later, Nancy Caroline HENSLEY, widow of James S. HENSLEY. In 1850 Greene Co, Mo they are living in Cass Twp, her Hensley chidren named HENSLEY. Two were apprenticed to Guion Leeper (Greene Co, MO) and James Douglass secured their release. Another older son was on his own. These same children went by MURRAY and HENSLEY. In a two-page handwritten (I have copies of the original records)narrative, Nancy listed the heirs of James DOUGLASS who were descendants of his siblings and where they lived. I have made contact with some of these siblings. Nancy applied for James DOUGLASS' pension (War of 1812)and did not give her maiden name on any of the many pages, nor any family of hers or James, she said his occupation was doctor. She was finally granted the pension. She had several friends who wrote affadavits she used as evidence of when she married James DOUGLASS. She stated that her husband James S. HENSLEY died in 1847 in Polk Co, MO. I have in my possession from Bert DUNN, a copy of the original handwritten marriage certificate by William DUNN, JP of James DOUGLASS to Caroline HENSLEY. The Dade County court house was burned in the Civil War, so this may be an original certificate or a replacement certificate but in any case exists. I have posted the estate settlements of James Douglass and Jonathan Douglass on-line.

The main reason for all the name changing may have been railroad and/or land speculation, Indian heritage (more than likely the reason) as they did not want to go to Indian Territories but the children of Nancy used MURRAY and HENSLEY surnames and we know she married JAMES DOUGLASS.

I believe Nancy was the daughter of Joseph GLASS and Jemima DOUGLASS. Joseph died in TN and Jemima and her family moved to Ark/Tx. She was buried beside her son Joseph B. GLASS in AR. She died in TX. Jemima was Indian. THOMAS DOUGLASS and JONATHAN DOUGLASS were named guardian's of Joseph and Jemima's children. They may have been brothers of Jemima DOUGLASS. Or Thomas may have been JAMES THOMAS DOUGLASS.

I don't know the answers to the above puzzle, but do want to know if my Jesse DOUGLAS (wife Sarah Ann) is related to them because Ira Alexander DOUGLASS was in what was then called Barry Co, MO by 1840, which then extended to include a much larger Smith Twp in Dade Co, MO. Didama DOUGLAS was Ira's sister and is my line and James HENSLEY also lived in Barry Co in 1840 with wife and right amount of children. Any help with this puzzle will be greatly appreciated.


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