James McHenry, born 6 Sep 1839, in Marshall County, W.Va., was the son of John and Mary (Dye) McHenry. John died in December 1849 and Mary in Apr 1861. Both are buried in the McHenry Cemetery, Rock Hill Road, Marshall County.
1860 Census, Marshall County, West Virginia
At the outbreak of the Civil War, James McHenry enlisted with the 1st West Virginia Infantry to serve for about 3 months, from 17 May to the end of August, 1861. He served under Captain George C. Trimble in Company “E.”
Captain Trimble wrote notes about daily life for the period 20 Jul 1861 to 01 Sep 1861.
James McHenry is named in the following diary entry:
July 20th Time 2. O/clock A.M.
Received Marching orders for the village of "Bulltown" Via Village of "Clarksburgh." The Order reads as follows. "You will proceed to "Bulltown" Via "Clarksburgh" to rejoin your "Regiment."
You will see that your company is provided with one Days cooked rations. And will have at 6.oclock precisely.
By Order of "Chas. W. H---" Brig. Gen. Comdg. U. S. Volunteers
Laid still for a short time cogitating. As to whether I would get up or not. Concluded to get up and have the Boys pack for Evacuation. For a short time all was confusion. Packing up and getting Breakfast at the same time is everything but a nice job. But in due time Breakfast was Discussed. One Days rations issued to the men. Baggage all at the Depot the company Armed & Accoutred. The "Long roll" was sounded and the Company formed. Marched out of the old Quarters into the Street. And gave the rousing cheers for "Grafton" and the girls we were leaving behind us. Marched to the "Depot" where a train of cars were ready to receive us. "Every Man was aboard at the ---d. Except 2 Privates W. C. Smith and James McHenry." The latter took sick quite sudden and fell upon the Platform. And had to be taken to the Hospital and left there……..
There is no further mention of James McHenry in the Trimble diary but he apparently recovered sufficiently to enlist in the subsequent First Infantry organization for two years, from 23 Feb 1862 to 23 Feb 1864. He had re-enlisted on Feb 14 and served with the 2nd W. Va. Veteran Volunteer Infantry until his discharge at Clarksburg, W. Va. 16 Jul 1865.
James McHenry, 28, married Hannah Jenkins, 22, d/o Aaron Jenkins, on 16 Apr 1868 in Marshall County, W.Va. The date he gives in the pension file is about a year later but this is the marriage record.
Information in his pension file indicates that, following the war, James lived in a number of counties in Illinois until 1868. Then he apparently made a trip back to W. Va., married Hannah and took her to live in Arkansas. He states he resided there until 1871. At some point between then and 1880, he moved back to W. Va., where they resided until 1882.
Hannah died in New Salem, Kansas before 1898. NO children. - James married R. S. Fetty in Montgomery Co., KS after 1898. He died in Cherryvale, KS, after Feb 1922.
Department of the Interior
Bureau of Pensions
Washington, D.C., January 15, 1898.
Certificate No. 842268
Name, JAMES McHENRY
In forwarding to the pension agent the executed voucher for your next quarterly payment please favor me by returning this circular to him with replies to the questions enumerated below.
H. Clay Evans
First. Are you married? If so, please state your wife's full name and her maiden name.
Answer. Not married wife dead
Second. When, where, and by whom were you married?
Answer. March 1868 place in Wheeling West Va Rev Davis
Third. What record of marriage exists?
Fourth. Were you previously married? If so, please state the name of your former wife and the date and place of her death or divorce.
Fifth. have you any children living? If so, please state their names and the dates of their birth.
Date of reply, May 3rd, 1898.
Declaration For Pension
(Act of February 6, 1907)
State of Kansas, County of Cowley, ss.
On this 2 day of March, A. D., one thousand nine hundred and seven personally appeared before me, a Notary Public within and for the County and State aforesaid James McHenry, aged 68 years, residing in the County of Cowley, State of Kansas who, being duly sworn according to law, declares that he is the identical James McHenry who was enrolled on the 14" day of February 1864; as a private in Copmpany "D" of the 2" Regiment of W.Va. Vet. Inf. Vol., commanded by Captain John W. Plattenburg.
That he also served for 3 mos. in Co. "E" 1st Regiment Virginia Inf. Vol. under Captain Geo Trimble, enrolling May 17, 1861; also served from Feb 1862 to Feb 1864 in Co. "K" 1" Regiment W.Va. Inf Vol.
That he was not employed in the military or naval service of the United States otherwise than as stated above. That his personal description at enlistment was as follows: height, 5 feet 10 inches; complexion, dark; color of eyes, blue; color of hair, dark; that his occupation was farmer; that he was born September 6", 1839, at Marshall Co W Virginia.
That his several places of residence since leaving the service have been as follows: Sangamon Co., Macon Co., McClain and other Counties in Ill, till 1868; Arkansas, till 1871; W.Va. till 1882; Cowley Co. Kansas till the present.
That he is a pensioner. Certificate No 842.268
That he makes this declaration for the purpose of being placed on the pension roll of the United States under the provisions of the act of February 6, 1907.
His post-office address is New Salem, Cowley Co, Kansas.
A. J. Tooley
J. M. Dunbar
That he also re-enlisted at Wheeling. Va. February 23, 1862 and was discharged at Wheeling, Va. Feb 23 1864; Re-enlisted Feb 14, 1864 and was discharged at Clarksburg Va., July 16, 1865.
That he was not employed in the military or naval service of the United States otherwise than as stated above. That his personal description at enlistment was as follows: Height, 5 feet 10 inches; complexion, dark, color of eyes, blue; color of hair, dark; that his occupation was farmer that he was born Sept 6", 1839, at Ohio Co. Va.
That he was a pensioner under certificate No. 842.268.
That he makes this declaration for the purpose of being placed on the pension roll of the United States under the provisions of the act of May 11, 1912.
That his post-office address is New Salem, county of Cowley, State of Kansas.
?. R. Tanner
W. A. Kansfield
Department of the Interior
Bureau of Pensions
Washington, D.C., January 2, 1915
Sir: Please answer, at your earliest convenience, the questions enumerated below. The information is requested for future use, and it may be of great value to your widow or children. Use the inclosed envelope, which requires no stamp.
G. M. Saltzgabber, Commissioner
842268 Act May
No. 1. Date and place of birth? Answer. September 6, 1839 Marshall Co Virginia
The name of organizations in which you served? Answer. first Virginia infantry and Second West Virginia Veteran Infantry
No. 2. What was your post office at enlistment? Answer. Sherrard Virginia
No. 3. State your wife's full name and her maiden name. Answer. R. S. McHenry. R. S. Fetty
No. 4. When, where,and by whom were you married? Answer. Montgomery Co Kan Probate Judge
No. 5. Is there any official or church record of your marriage? Sertificate
No. 6. Were you previously married? If so, state the name of your former wife, the date of the marriage, and the date and place of her death or divorce. If there was more than one previous marriage, let your answer include all former wives. Answer. Hannah E. Jinkins March, 1867. (died) New Salem Kansas
No. 7. If your present wife was married before her marriage to you, state the name of her former husband....... Answer. O. K. Fetty September 4 1870
No. 8. Are you now living with your wife, or has there been a separation? Answer. Yes.
No. 9. State the names and dates of birth of all your children, living or dead. Answer. No children
Note: James McHenry filed another application on 7 Feb 1922 when he was 82 years old.
No death date is given in the pension file.