The problem is: I am a Massengill descendant and while the wonderful book produced by Dr. S.E. is a fabulouscontribution to posterity, I believe that this book may in itself be the wall that I has me blocked or shut out.
I have an ancestor, Henry Massengill, who is the right age to be the son of Henry (Hal)Massengill.Of Sullivan County, Tennessee.At any rate, I am stumped as to who his parents and brother/sisters are, whether he is a son of ‘Hal' Massengill and Penelope Cobb or not. I have some clues that hint that he belongs in this family.In addition to this, he was in SullivanCounty from 1818 to 1828.As you know, in the book, "Massengills, Massengales and Variants", the three male children ofHenry (Hal) Massengill are: William, Michael and James. DO YOU HAVE ANY EVIDENCE THAT THERE COULD BE ANOTHER BROTHER NAMED HENRY?My PROVEN line is: Henry Massingill (b.1790 to 1800--d.circa 1834 in Noxubee County, MS; married to Elizabeth A. Windham about 1817 in the Mississippi Territory (Alabama area).Elizabeth A. went with her brothers/sisters and widowed mother, Rachel Windham, and others from Marlborough (Marlboro) County, South Carolina to the Tombigbee settlement inWashington County, Alabama (Mississippi Territory) in 1809.Who went with Henry Massengill from Tennessee, I don't know; input is welcome. After the Massengill/Windham marriage, Rachel and her family went back to Marlboro County, S.C. where they were in the 1820 census.Elizabeth and Henry went back to what seems to have been his home, Sullivan County, Tennessee, where children were born and property was bought from Henry (Hal) Massengill. There is no census.They were the parents of 7 sons and a dau: John H. Massingill born c. 1818 SC or TN William L. Massingill Thomas M. Massingill James W. Massingill born c. 1823 TN David Jehu Massingill born c. 1825 TN Francis (Frank) A. Massingill born c.1829 AL Eliza D. Massingill born AL Levi Cobb Massingill born c. 1834 ALLevi Cobb Massingill, above, was the father of my grandfather, John Stephen Massingill, born 29 Dec. 1886; died c. 1961.Next comes my mother, Mary Etta Massingill, b. 21 August 1920 and still living.Here are some of the 'clues' and my problem with the Massengill connections:1. On page 504 of the Massengill book, Rachel Penelope Mabry wrote to Dr. S.E. that her grandfather was 'William' or 'Henry' and that he married Elizabeth Windham and had seven sons and a daughter. Mrs. Mabry was a descendant of David Jehu Massingill. In this text, she states that 'William'or 'Henry' (I have this documented as being 'Henry') WAS RELATED TO 'MR. COBB', and that my ancestor, Levi C. Massingill was, in fact, named:
Levi COBB Massingill. She also states that her grandmother, ELIZABETH A. WINDHAM MASSINGILL, named her 'Rachel Penelope' for her mother--Rachel Windham and for her GRANDFATHER'S mother: PENELOPE.I have produced solid documentation that Levi Cobb Massingill did take his daughter, (as stated by Mrs. Mabry in 1930),Lillie Massingill, to New Orleans to boardand be taught music/piano. I have produced solid documentation regarding the family members of Elizabeth A. Windham and her mother WAS named: RACHEL WHITTINGTON PERKINS WINDHAM. I have documented that David Jehu Massingill died in Arkansas in the early 1860's when Mrs. Mabry was a small child, as she said. Although of no proof, this passage suggests that the mother of my Henry Massingill ancestor was PENELOPE COBB, wife of 'Hal' Massengill.Dis-crediting this idea is Dr. S.E.'s listing of William, Michael, and James as the only sons. But WHAT is his documentation. As best as I can tell, the general list of children of Henry of Watauga and of Hal and his marriage to Penelope came from ONE man, Solomon Sterling Massengill about 1898. I have found no reference to a Bible of 'Hal' and Penelope existing. My ancestor, Henry, was dead by 1834, where the children are clearly listed in probate in Noxubee County, Mississippi a little later than this.Prior to this, he is listed in the 1830 census of Pike County, Alabama. In Dr. S.E.'s listings of various census, he does not list any Massengill in the 1830 census of Pike County, Alabama in his book, Massengills, Massengales and Variants.2. A SECOND CONNECTION of my guy to 'Hal's' group is this: Dr. S.E. states that your William Massengill went down into Mississippi for a while (do not have this reference in front of me). In the Chancery Court records of Noxubee County, MS, William L. Massengill (of my group) acted as agent for a William Massengill regarding a dispute (of money) involving the sale of a plantation in Hinds County, MS (dates not at hand, but in my files).3. A THIRD CONNECTION WITH HAL'S GROUP IS: The brothers, William L. and Thomas M. Massingill, (my great grandfather's brothers) can be documented as being in Hinds County, MS by a sheriff's summons in the file of the probate of their father, Henry, in Noxubee County, MS, about 1841 or 1842. They are both on the tax rolls in Hinds County in the 1840's, but not the 1850 census. Here, about 1843, William L. Massingill married Rebecca Kent, dau. of Laban Kent. His bondsman on the license application was: WILLIAM P. MASSENGILL, obviously the WilliamPorter Massengill and the son of ‘William' Massengill, son of Hal.4. A FOURTH CONNECTION is: William L. Massengill (my guy) has a probate in the court house in Raymond, Hinds County, Mississippi of which the administrator was: MICHAEL J. MASSENGILL. It states that William L. went back to 'Alabama' (most likely Pickens County where his mother's family--Windhams--were) where he died in 1854. The records of Pickens/AL burned. In this Hinds, MS probate: MICHAEL J. MASSENGILL states that HE "IS THE CLOSEST RELATIVE OF WILLIAM L. IN THE STATE" (MS).5. A FIFTH CONNECTION IS--and this is to 'HAL'--is the listing of Sullivan County land sales involving Massengills, Dr. S.E. lists a deed (notes not available) in which Henry, Sr. sells to Henry, Jr. 300+ acres. He footnotes the bottom of the page and states that: "Henry, Sr. is in fact, 'Hal' and Henry Jr. is Henry (Hoss) Massengill, son of William Massengill. There is also a slave deed attached which gives slaves to this same 'Henry Jr.' (original dates are different, but filing dates are the same). A statement is made that 'he will get more later when I die' or something to this effect. (This may be only on the original copy on microfilm--not sure). Not in the book?On this one, I dispute that this is 'Hoss' since the land deed is witnessed by Levi B. Windham. Levi B. Windham was the brother of my Henry's wife, Elizabeth A. Windham. Apparently, he went up to ensure the comfort of his sister, and when Henry Jr. sold this same land, he sold it to DeVault; unfortunately, in Tenn. at this time, wives were often not on deeds. I believe that it is just across the road from the Massengill Cemetary at Rocky Mount where the large house is. Thereafter, my Henry Massengill/ wife and children born in Tenn. were with ALL the Windhams and other families from Marlboro County, SC throughout their southern trek of Pike, Tuscaloosa, Pickens, Alabama; and Noxubee County, MS which is contiguous to Pickens, AL.About 1847, David Jehu (Mrs. Mabry's ancestor) pioneered to Chicot County, Arkansas from Noxubee County, Miss. (Where there were also descendants of Solomon and Alfred Massengale who had pioneered from Madison County, Alabama to Noxubee, MS.
He was joined by Elizabeth Massingill now Frazier and Francis A. and my ancestor, Levi Cobb Massingill. At another date close to this, James W. and John H. joined them. My grandfather was an orphan so we started with no cousins; I have only found descendants of David who can not add info about the parents of THIS Henry Massingill.I realize that the Henryof Watagua had brothers who could be the father of THIS Henry (Matthew, Thomas, or whoever..) but why do the clues lead to the Cobb family and to Hal, William, Michael J., William P. and Sullivan Co., TN?? I seek your help because most material is just a 'polly parrot' of Dr. S.E.'s material. There are also Cobb books that QUOTE out of his book.Your effort in looking this over will certainly be appreciated.Tony Lanagan