The Henley line has been mistakenly compressed.I have yet to solve all of the Leonard Henleys found in various counties.But, of this I am certain:the progenitor (as far as we can prove), was Reynold (no "s" in any official document) Henley who first bought land in James City County, VA on 15 Dec 1661.Any attempts to claim his father was Thomas Henley are inaccurate.There is no proof.Reynold died bef 26 Oct 1694 on which date his heir-at-law (meaning his eldest son), Leonard Henley claimed the land, 175 acres in Cattaile meadow, originally purchased by Reynold.This Leonard had to be at least 21 years of age to do this.In addition, on this date, he claimed another 185 acres for the importation of four Negroes.In 1704, he is on the Rent Roll in James City County with 360 acres.
Then, comes the difficulty.If one believes an article written on the Dandridges of Virginia in 1896, there are not enough generations - that is, unless one believes Leonard lived to be over 100.I suspect people have been confused by this article, believing the Henley Bible referred to therein, goes back farther than, in fact, it does.The bible was given to Elizabeth Dandridge by her mother in 1773 and she married a Leonard Henley in 1779.It does NOT discuss the Henley lineage prior to her marriage.If you believe the article, this Leonard married some time before 1720, not impossible, but I doubt he lived long enough to have died before 10 Aug 1789, based on information provided by Judge Richardson Leonard Henley who died in 1896.I suspect he compressed at least two, of not three, generations of Leonard Henleys.This is the Leonard who had a daughter, Elizabeth.I have never found any document of the period which refers to her as Mary (only an old DAR lineage) Elizabeth - and, as a matter of fact, middle names were not common prior to the Revolution except in "high society."This Elizabeth did marry William Hamner as proven by the Chancery court files . . . also see the Slave Sale of 1813 relating to that court case which was filed in 1831.It lays out her descent as follows: "The affidavit of Elizabeth Fitzpatrick Sister of Jeremiah Hamner and the daughter of Elizabeth Hamner who was the Daughter of Leonard Henley Senr. Decd this deponant being first duly sworn on the holy Evangelist of Almighty God deposeth and Saith that Jeremiah Hamner is the Eldest Male Child of her Mother Elizabeth Hamner above mentioned. Albemarle County to witElizabeth (her mark) Fitzpatrick This day came before me Edward Garland as Justice of peace for said county Elizabeth Fitzpatrick and made oath the above affidavit Edward Garland 3 Jun 1813"
I am trying to trace the disposition of the original land as it passed from generation to generation.The original land, purchased in 1661, was granted to the Olive Branch Christian Church which was built on this land in 1835.By 1896, there were still Henleys living in James City County.Other Leonard Henleys are found in Albemarle, Louisa, Henrico, etc.It seems obvious that there were younger sons who named their sons, Leonard.Remember that prior to the Revolution, land passed automatically to the eldest son.Fathers either deeded land to younger sons or gave them the money to buy land.I have consulted Tax Lists, etc. and compiled a table of the early Henleys in an effort to sift out the correct generations.I'm not there yet.What I can say, is that the message to which I am replying refers to a son of whom I've never seen anything in primary documents (Ware).There was a William, but not a Ware. Regards, Toby