Make your own free website on


Note for:   James Henry,   12 SEP 1803 - 1 FEB 1875         Index
     Place:   Mawhinney Cemetery on Will Higgs Farm beyond Wilson Creek

Note:    [Henry Family Tree.FTW]

James Henry (Whiskey Jim) and his brothers Robert, William and Hugh were descendants of Scotch Irish, known as Ulster Presbyterians, immigrated to America for conjust actions against woolen industry and against Presbytrianism. They came by sail boat which took 10 weeks as sea. The four brothers were hardie and survived the trip, as many on the ship did not survive. James landed in the Carolina's.

James married Jeanett Miller. Her father was well educated and all for history say all Henrys get their brains from Jeanett Miller. They lived in North Carolina until Jan. 1, 1833 (Land Sale recorded in Chester District SC pg 96. 1/1/1833)
when they came by ox wagon to Alabama and stayed 20 years. (11/15/1833 Land bought in Greene Co. Alabama)

In 1852 they came along the Old San Antonia trail and by ox wagon, immigrated to Texas. They bore hardships and dangers of savage warfare. This was seven years after Texas was admitted to the Union. (His brother William was killed by Indians.) He built a place on Thompson Creek near old Booneville. The land was fifty cents an acre. James and his son James Jr. gave the railroad rights to build rails in Texas on his land 4400 acres, and a (labor) of 360 acres total 4760 acres.

James Henry was of stocky build, appearing almost low in stature. His eyes were blue and his hair greyed prematurely. He was quick to act, very talkative, and friendly. Everyone liked him and he was noted for his hospitatility. He always served a bountiful table and every visitor was urged to stay for a meal. Refusal to do so, was an insult to him. Every visitor was loaded with thinkgs to take home with him. Those who remember say that the Scotch-Irisman on Thompson Creek was quick to respond to need and his big smokehouse, full of jars of peas, honey, lard, sausages cooked-down and great pieces of cured meats was continually opened and shared. But like the pitcher of Baucis and Philemon, the store never seemed to be depelted, and often meat would spoil before it could be used.

James Henry was also known as Flop-eared Jim. He was typically Scotch-Irish, but he was also staunchly Southern, and the first election after the Civil War in 1866 he resented having to take the Amnesty Oath required of Confederates who voted. He and a neighbor Mr Pierce walked to town . When they got there, they were forced to march down to the polls between two lines of negroes with pointed bayonets. The farther he got the angrier he became. His Southern, Scotch-Irish temper must have boiled. So when the Yankee at the polls asked him how long he had been in America, his retort was "Forty years before you was born, dom your souls

Just before his death, ever thoughtful of his children. James went to see each one and left each a bag containing $100.00 in gold and a deed to 100 acres of land. He gave the same to each of the five grandchildren he had reared with his own eight children. He visited his daughter Jeannette Caroline bearing the gift. A little while after that visit, word came that James wasn't expected to live. Jeanette and her husband George Young, went by wagon to see him. He was dead when they arrived. Both of them contracted pneumonia from the bitter cold ride to his bedside, that she died within a few days. James died at 79 years of dropsy, is in Mauhimeye Cemetary beyond Wixon Creek.

In 1821 eight Irish families came from Ireland to SC. After some time thee they moved to Alabama. From there between 1829 and 1834, they immigrated to Texas, settling in a wooded section west of the present town of Benchley in Robertson County. The community became known as Staggers Point, the name deriving from "striver" indicating a determination to succeed. Some had settled there in 1830 and others as late as 1833. Staggers point was a "thriving Irish town" by the time of the Texas Rvolution.

A state historical marker reads:

"The Original Irish Settlers of Staggers Point
William Henry, Mary Fullerton, Henry Dixon, James M. Dixon, Ann McMillan, Henry and Sarah Fullerton, Robert and Elizabeth Henry, George H. Fullerton, John R. and Sarah Payton, Jimmie H. Rice, William Fullterton, Hugh & Elizabeth Henry, James A. Henry, Bradford and Mary Henry Seale, and James and Isabella Dunn."

Another Historical Marker near San Jacinto reads "Survivors of the earlier engagements wee weith General Houston at San Jacinto. Among them were Irish-born William McGuill, William Redmond, Walter Lambert, Daniel Driscoll, and mrtin O'Toole of the Irish colinies west of the Guadalupe River and Robert Heny, Edward McMillan, Benjamine Bryant, and matthew Dunn of the Scotch-Irish of Staggers Point near the Brazos River. In all, about one hundred Irish-born participated in the Battle of San Jacinto. They made up about one-seventh of the Texas army.


Chester County, South Carolina
Clerk of the Court
21st December 1827 - Deed No. 522

State of South Carolina

Know all men by these presents that I Robert Miller of Chester District and State aforesaid for and in consideration of the love and affection I have for my Son in Law James henry of the Same District and State aforesaid and also in consideration of on Dollar to me in hand paid by the Said James henry I have given granted bargained and conveyed and by these presents do give grant bargain and convey all that plantation or tract of land containing one hundred and ten Acres more or less being a part of two Surveys on granted to Josiah Miller and the other to Samuel Miller the said land is lying on the Waters of Rocky Creek and has the following courses and distances beginning at a post Oak and running E 27.30 to a Stake S27 W25.60 to a Stake N63 W6 to a red oak S27 W30 60 to a stake N79 W17.60 to a post oak N70 W16.10 to a Stake N16 E9..30 to a Black Oak E31 to a hickory N4 E27.50 to the beginning. Together with all and Singular the rights members, Hereditaments and appurtenances to the said premises belonging or in any wis Incident or appertaining to have and to hold all and Singular the premises before mentioned unto the Said James Henry his heirs and assigns for ever And I do hereby bind myself my heirs executors and administrators to Warrant and for ever defend all and singular the Said premises Unto the Said James Henry his heirs and assigns against myself my heirs and against every person whom so ever lawfully claiming or to claim the Same or any part thereof Witness my had seal the Twenthieth day of July in the year of our Lord One Thousand Eight-hundred and twnety Seven and in the fifty Second year of the Independence of the United States of America

Robert Miller SS

Signed Sealed and delivered in the presence of
Robert H. Miller
Abraham White
South Caroling Chester District
Robert H. Miller appeared and made oath that he saw Robert Miller sign seal and deliver the within deed for the users purpose therein mentioned and that he with Abraham White in the presence of each other witnessed the due execution thereof
Robert H. Miller
Sworn to and Signed December 21st 1827
Before me
J Rosborough, (--)


In 1828, this petition for citizenship was recorded:
Citizenship Petitions
Chester County, South Carolina
Report of James Henry, an alien from Ireland who arrived in the united States in the city of Charleston, S.C. on or about the month of November 1821 made for himeself to the Court of Common Pleas holden (sic) at Chester Co. Court House on the 27th day of October 1828.

Name: James Henry
Place of birth: Loughgiel Co. Antrim N. ireland
Age: 25 years
Allegiance: King of Great Britian (sic)
Country from whence emigrated: Ireland
To settle: South Carolina
James Henry appeared and made oath that it was his bona fide intention to become a naturalized citizen of the United States of America as soon as possible agree duly to the Acts of Congress in that case made and provided, and to renounce for ever all allegiance and fidelity to any foreign Prince Potentate State and Sovereignty what-so-ever, and particularly of King George the 4th King of the United Kingdom of Great Britian (sic) and Ireland, whose subject he has lately been.
Sworn and signed in open court Novermber 1st, 1828.
J. Rosenborough, CC
James Henry.

The above documentation was copied from micro film obtained from Salt Lake City, and copied at the L.D.S. Library, Turtle Creek, Dallas, Texas by Daisy Pierce Sellingsloh, 4167 park Lane, Dallas Texas 75220

The name of the town in County Antrim is spelled Loughguile in the mape of George Phillips, 1885. On a mape purchased in Belfast 1958, it is spelled Loughgiel. This town is located in the northern part of County Antrim, near town of Ballmoney.