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HENSLEY, JAMES (?–?). James Hensley (Hensly, Henley), one of Stephen F. Austin's Old Three Hundred settlers, was in the Austin colony as early as April 20, 1824, when he voted for the Baron de Bastrop as deputy to the convention of the state of Coahuila and Texas. He received title to a sitio and a labor of land now in Brazoria and Austin counties on August 3, 1824. He was not listed in the census of the colony in March 1826, but several Hensleys, including J. M., John, and H. Hensley, were at San Felipe de Austin in 1833 and 1834 and were clients of William Barret Travis. Travis recorded the death of "Old Hensley" in his diary on May 4, 1834, but did not indicate which member of the family he meant. The town of Biegel in Fayette County included the J. M. Hensley survey. During the Texas Revolution a James Henley fought under Amon B. King at Refugio in the spring of 1836 and was either killed in action on March 14 or massacred with King on March 15, 1836.


Eugene C. Barker, ed., The Austin Papers (3 vols., Washington: GPO, 1924–28). Lester G. Bugbee, "The Old Three Hundred: A List of Settlers in Austin's First Colony," Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association 1 (October 1897). James A. Creighton, A Narrative History of Brazoria County (Angleton, Texas: Brazoria County Historical Commission, 1975). Harbert Davenport, "Men of Goliad," Southwestern Historical Quarterly 43 (July 1939). Frank Lotto, Fayette County: Her History and Her People (Schulenburg, Texas: Sticker Steam Press, 1902; rpt., Austin: University of Texas Press, 1981). William Barret Travis, Diary, ed. Robert E. Davis (Waco: Texian, 1966).


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