updated February 2019
Daniel Henson & Rhoda Vaughn are my 3x great grandparents, parents of my 2x great grandfather Isaac Newton Hinson.
Daniel Henson was born between 1806 & 1810 in Tennessee. His parents are unknown.
Rhoda Vaughn was born between 1810 & 1816 in Tennessee. She was the daughter of Daniel Vaughn & Margaret Hammons, one of their 8 children. Since I don’t know her birth year, I don’t know if she was their first or second.
Daniel & Rhoda married in about 1830, probably in Arkansas.
On the 1840 US Census, Daniel was head of a household in Prairie, Madison County, Arkansas. There were 6 in the family: 2 males aged 5-9 (William, unknown); 1 male aged 20-29 (Daniel); 2 females under age 5 (Margaret, Penelope); 1 female aged 20-29 (Rhoda).
On the 1850 US Census, the family was farming in Brush Creek, Washington County, Arkansas. Daniel and Rhoda were both listed as age 40. Children in the home were: William, age 17; Margaret, age 14; Penelope, age 11; Thomas, age 8; Daniel, age 5; Isaac, age 1. Only William was attending school.
On the 1860 US Census, the family was farming in Clear Creek, Washington County, Arkansas. Daniel was 54 and Rhoda was 48. Children at home were: Thomas, age 18; Phillip, age 15; Isaac, age 10; Emily, age 1; Penelope, age 20 with husband William Linley, age 43, and infant Mary. Penelope and Rhoda were marked as being unable to read.
Many people online note that Daniel Henson and his son Phillip Daniel Henson served in the Civil War. Between records I found on Fold3 and information on Edward G. Gerdes Civil War Page I think it’s likely both did, but I can’t be sure. The records don’t include identifying information other than name and age.
A Daniel Henson served on the Confederate side in Company K of the 11 and 17 Consolidated Arkansas Infantry (Griffith’s Consolidated Arkansas Infantry) and Company D of 17 (Griffith’s) Arkansas Infantry from 1861-1863.
Daniel & Rhoda’s son Phillip Henson and brother-in-law Thomas Carter (married to Margaret) served on the Confederate side in Company A, 34 Arkansas Infantry. They both joined in June 1862 and deserted in January 1863. Phillip enlisted again on March 12, 1864, this time serving the Union with Company L, 1 Arkansas Cavalry. He was removed from service due to “circular 48” – perhaps because the war ended in April 1865.
Daniel died between 1863 & 1870, probably related to the war. Rhoda’s parents died during this period too, her father in 1864 (murdered by bushwhackers) and her mother in 1870 (cancer). She lost two sisters, one in 1870 and one in 1871.
On the 1870 US Census, Rhoda was 56 and a widow. She lived in Prairie, Madison County, Arkansas with her youngest daughter Emily, age 12, who was working as a farm hand. Two of her children (Newton and Penelope) lived nearby with their spouses, as did several of her siblings.
On the 1880 US Census, Rhoda lived in Prairie, Madison County, Arkansas, and was 64. She lived with daughter Emily, age 21, who married the next year. Rhoda was marked as being unable to write, and Emily is marked as being unable to read or write. This the last record I have for Rhoda.
The children of Daniel Henson & Rhoda Vaughn:
William Henson – William was born in about 1833 in Arkansas. I have no record of him past the 1850 US Census.
Margaret Jane Henson – Margaret was born February 21, 1836 in Arkansas. She married Thomas Carter on February 12, 1859 in Washington County, Arkansas and they had 4 children. Thomas served the Confederacy in the Civil War. She was widowed by the 1900 US Census, and the 1920 US Census she was living in Kansas with a grandchild’s family. On the 1930 US Census she was back in Arkansas living with another grandchild’s family. She died August 28, 1930 in Washington County, Arkansas. She was 94. Her Find a Grave memorial is here.
Penelope Henson – Penelope was born in about December 1838 in Arkansas. She married William Lindley on November 25, 1858 in Washington County, Arkansas. The 1900 US Census says that she had 9 children, but that only 2 are living, and that was the last record I find of them.
Thomas Henson – Thomas was born about 1842 in Arkansas. I have no record of him after the 1860 US Census. It’s likely he served in the Civil War.
Phillip Daniel Henson – Phillip was born about 1845 in Arkansas. He married Amanda Hale immediately after the Civil War in 1865 and they had at least 8 children. The 1880 US Census was the last record I have of him.
Isaac Newton Hinson – My 2x great grandfather Newton was born November 24, 1849 in Arkansas. He married Louisa Cumi Harp on October 14, 1868 in Madison, Arkansas and they had 10 children. Newton died July 12, 1925 in Washington County, Arkansas. He was 75. His Find A Grave memorial is here. Read more about him here.
Emily Henson – Emily was born about 1859 in Arkansas. She married Henry Dallas Hale in 1881 and had 6 children, 4 of which were living in 1900. On the 1910 US Census they lived in Texas, and by the 1920 US Census Emily was a widow and lived in Oklahoma with a daughter and her family. The last record I can find of her was the 1930 US Census, when she lived with her daughter’s family in Oklahoma.