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Monday, September 28, 2009

Samuel Bruce Ensley and Rachel Pauline Cassada

James Ensley married Elizabeth Louise Brown and they had a son named..
..Samuel Bruce Ensley who married Rachel Pauline Cassada and they had a daughter named..
....Margaret Alice Ensley who married McCoy Conner and they had a daughter named..
......Lillian Vianna Conner who married Bailey Bright Reese and they had a son named..
........William Wilford Reese who married Geneva Margaret Lamb "Ginnie" and they had a daughter named..
..........Eleanor Elaine Reese who married William Avery Huneycutt and they had ME!

Samuel Bruce Ensley was born 6/19/1829 in Sandy Mush, Buncombe County, NC to James Ensley and Elizabeth Louise Brown. He died 9/14/1896 in Madison County, NC and is buried at Flint Hill Methodist Church cemetery, Madison County, NC. He married Rachel Pauline Cassada on 11/1/1855 in Henderson County, NC.

1850 U.S. Census of Buncombe County, NC, Roll M432_622, Pg 301, Image 226, Ancestry.com, Lines 36-41, Dwelling 1423, Family 1423, "Ensley, James"
Ensley, James, 67 yrs old (DOB would be 1783), M(ale), W(hite), Farmer, $750 Real Estate Value, Born in NC, Cannot read or write
Ensley, Sarah (sic), 22 yrs old, F, W, Born in NC
Ensley, Saml, 20 yrs old, M, W, Laborer, Born in NC
Ensley, Adolphus E., 19 yrs old, M, W, Laborer, Born in NC
Ensley, Alfred, 17 yrs old, M, W, Laborer, Born in NC
Ensley, Rhoda M., 13 yrs old, F, W, Born in NC

Rachel Pauline Cassity was born about 1835 in Henderson County, NC to William Cassada and Jane Harrison. She died About 1879 in Madison County, NC. She is buried at Nelson Cemetery, Madison County, NC. I don't know why they are buried at different cemeteries. The name "Cassada" is spelled so many different ways and I'm not sure what it really should be. Here are the many different spellings I came across:
Cassada
Casada
Casida
Casady
Casadei
Cassaday
Cassiday
Cassidy
Cassity
Casaday
Casida
Cassada
Casada
Cassady
Cassedy
Cassida
Cassiday
Csidy
Cseday
Caseday
Cast
Cistie
Cashida
Castie
Cista
Cestie
Cowsett
Cowsetty
Cowsettie
Cassett
Caste
Casett
Casad
Cashatt
Cassat
Cassatt
Capady (due to the double "ss" in the middle of the name, old timers would use the old "f" for the first "s" and it would look like "fs" and was interpreted as a "p")
Capedy
Capidy
Capoda
Capada
Cpedy
Capity

1850 U.S. Census of Buncombe County, NC, Roll M432_622, Pg 302, Image 227, Lines 1-7, Dwelling 1424, Family 1424, "Capoda, Jane" (sic, Ancestry.com has it indexed as Capoda", Living next door to James and Sarah Ensley (how Samuel Ensley met Rachel Cassada and they got married)
Cassada, Jane, 49 yrs old (DOB would be 1800), F(emale), W(hite), No occupation, $600 Real Estate Value, Born in NC
Zilpah Cassada, 25 yrs old (DOB would be 1825), F, W, Born in NC
Cate Capada (sic), 22 yrs old (DOB would be 1828), F, W, Born in NC
Rachel Cassada, 17 yrs old (DOB would be 1833), F, W, Born in NC
Wm. E. Cassada, 15 yrs old (DOB would be 1835), M, W, Laborer, Born in NC
Nat Cassada, 13 yrs old (DOB would be 1837), M, W, Born in NC
Geo. C. Cassada, 8 yrs old, M, W, Born in NC


So this has not been an easy family to follow and I'm still working on it. For that matter, Samuel Bruce Ensley's last name has different spellings: Ansley, Ainsley, Ensly, Ansly, Ainsly, Hensley, Ensely, Endsley, Endseley, etc.

Samuel and Rachel had 12 children:
1) Sarah Katherine Ensley married David Ward
2) Melissa Jane Ensley narried William Fore
3) Margaret Alice Ensley married McCoy Conner
4) John Elmore Ensley
5) George Stokely Ensley married Jane Keith
6) James Harley Ensley married C. Wilde
7) William Earnest Ensley "Ernie" married Rinda Treadway
8) Arthur Van Buren Ensley married Mary Surrilda Reese
9) Charles McClelland Ensley married Susan Smith
10) Florence Vianna Ensley married Robert Maxfield Reese
11) Herbert Alfonso Ensley married Lara Cole
12) Louester Elmira Ensley married Ammons Hollingsworth Reese

Samuel was born and raised on his parent's farm in the Sandy Mush section of Buncombe County, NC. After he married, they lived for a short while in Sandy Mush near his father.

1860 U.S. Census of Leicester, Buncombe County, NC, Roll M653-889, Pg 268, Image 86, Lines 5-9, Dwelling 67, family 67, "Ensley, Saml"
Ensley, Saml, 30 yrs old, M(ale), W(hite), Farmer, $300 Real Estate Value, $100 Personal Estate Value, Born in NC
Ensley, Rachel, 26 yrs old, F, W, Born in NC
Ensley, Sarah, 4 yrs old, F, W, Born in NC
Ensley, Malissie, 3 yrs old, F, W, Born in NC
Ensley, Margaret, 1 yrs old, F, W, Born in NC

He enlisted in the Confederate Army on 5/16/1862 as a Private in the NC 60th Regiment, Co. F. He was detailed to the Confederate hospital at Murfreesboro, TN in November,1862, possibly for being wounded. He had rejoined his company by March, 1863 after having been taken as a prisoner of war by the Union Army when Murfreesboro fell on 1/5/1863. He was held at Camp Chase, Columbus, Ohio and released to the Confederate forces in an exchange of prisoners on 3/28/1863 in Louisville, KY. According to the family, he remained with the Confederate Army until April 1865 when he and some others decided to desert and join the Union Army. They were making their way to the Union forces when the War ended. Another recollection is that he participated in the Battle of Look Out Mountain, and brought a spent bullet home as a souvenir.
When Rachel died, he still had 8 minor children at home. The youngest were sent to the homes of the eldest 2 daughters and raised. Later, they lived with older siblings who had established their own homes. He died at 67 years old and is buried in an unmarked grave in the Flint Hill Methodist Churdh cemetery. His great granddaughter, Lillian Vianna Conner Reese, said that he was gone for 7 years during the War but did make it back. I have no explanation for why he was gone an additional 3 years (if the family story is true).

His great granddaughter, Lillian Vianna Conner Reese, had a few memories of him and said he was a "good ole thing."

American Civil War Soldiers
Samuel Ensley
Residence: Buncombe County, NC
Occupation: Farmer
Enlistment Date: 5/16/1862
Enlisted in Buncombe County, NC
Served in Confederacy with NC Co. F, 60th Infantry Regiment
Dropped from rolls of Co. F, 60th Infantry Regiment on 5/15/1864
Sources: 16

U.S. Civil War Soldier Records & Profiles
Samuel Ensley
Residence: Buncombe county, NC
Occupation: Farmer
Enlistment Date: 5/16/1862 as Private
Enlisted in Buncombe County, NC
Enlisted in Co. F, NC 60th Infantry Regiment
Mustered out 5/15/1864
DOB: About 1830
Source: NC Troops 1861-1865, A Roster

U.S. Civil War Soldiers, 1861-1865
Samuel Ensley
Side: Confederate
Regiment State: NC
Regiment: 60th NC Infantry
Co: F
Rank In: Private
Rank Out: Private
Film # M230 roll 12

1870 U.S. Census of Township #6, Madison County, NC, Roll M593_1147, Pg 425, Image 155, Lines 7-15, Dwelling 67, Family 67, "Crisly, Samuel" (sic, should be Samuel Ensley)
Crisly, Samuel (sic) , 40 yrs old (DOB would be 1830), M(ale), W(hite), Farm Laborer, $0 Real Estate Value, $100 Personal Estate Value, Born in NC, Cannot read or write
Crisly, Rachel, 37 yrs old (DOB would be 1833), F, W, Keeping House, Born in NC, Cannot read or write
Crisly, Sarah C., 14 yrs old, F, W, At Home, Born in NC, Cannot read or write
Crisly, Malissa, 12 yrs old, F, W, At Home, Born in NC, Cannot read or write
Crisly, Alice, 11 yrs old, F, W, At Home, Born in NC, Cannot read or write
Crisly, Elmore, 9 yrs old, F, W, At Home, Born in NC
Crisly, Stokley, 7 yrs old, M, W, At Home, Born in NC
Crisly, Harley, 5 yrs old, M, W, At Home, Born in NC
Crisly, Ernia, 2 yrs old, M, W, At Home, Born in NC

1880 U.S. Census of Marshall, Madison County, NC, Roll T9_971, Family History Film 1254971. Pg 7.1000. ED 123. Image 0185, Lines 37-48, Dwelling 117, Family 118, "Ensely, Samul" (sic, should be Samuel Ensley) & Dwelling 108, Family 119, Read, Jurder (sic, should be Jerel Reed 1st husband of Margaret Alice Ensley, Samuel's daughter. She later married Mack Coy "McCoy" Conner after Jerel died. Mack was living with Jerel and Alice at the time of this census.)
Ensely, Samul (sic), W(hite), M(ale), 50 yrs old (DOB would be 1830), Head, Widowed, Born in NC, Father Born in NC, Mother born in NC
Ensely, Mully J. (sic, should be Melissa Jane Ensley), W, F, 33 yrs old (DOB would be 1847), Daughter, Single, Housekeeper, Cannot read or write, Born in NC, Father born in NC, Mother born in NC
Ensely, Stockly (sic, should be Stokely Ensley), W, M, 19 yrs old (DOB would be 1861), Cannot read or write, Born in NC, Father born in NC, Mother born in NC
Ensely, Harly (sic, should be Harley Ensley), W, M, 15 yrs old (DOB would be 1865), Son, Cannot read or write, Born in NC, Father born in NC, Mother born in NC
Ensely, Ernest, W, M, 12 yrs old, Son, Attends school, Cannot read or write, Born in NC, Father born in NC, Mother born in NC
Ensely, Arthun (sic, should be Arthur Ensley), W, M, 11 yrs old, Son, Attends school, Cannot read or write, Born in NC, Father born in NC, Mother born in NC
Ensely, Charley (sic, should be Charles Ensley), W, M, 9 yrs old, Son, Born in NC, Father born in NC, Mother born in NC
Ensely, Flurance (sic, should be Florence Ensley), W, F, 8 yrs old, Daughter, Born in NC, Father born in NC, Mother born in NC
Ensely, Fonse (sic, should be Alfonso Ensley), W, M, 6 yrs old, Son, Born in NC, Father born in NC, Mother born in NC
Ensely, Lucsten (sic), W, M, 4 yrs old, Son, Born in NC, Father born in NC, Mother born in NC
Ensely, Weyle (sic, W, M, 4 yrs old, Son, Born in NC, Father born in NC, Mother born in NC
Club, Elizabeth (sic, could be Clark), W, F, 23 yrs old, Bond Servant, Born in NC, Father born in NC, Mother born in NC
Dwelling 108, Family 119, Read, Jurder (sic, should be Jerel Reed), W, M, 23 yrs old, Married, Farmer, Born in NC, Father born in NC, Mother born in NC
Read, Allas (sic, should be Margaret Alice Ensley Reed), W, F, 21 yrs old, Wife, Married, Born in NC, Father born in NC, Mother born in NC
Next PageRead, Luretter, W, F, 3 yrs old, no relationship noted (probably Louester Elmira Ensley), Born in NC, Father born in NC, Mother born in NC
Read, Sarah, W, F, 2 yrs old, no relationship noted (possibly Alice's little sister, Sarah Ensley?), Born in NC, Father born in NC, Mother born in NC
Ensely, Elmor (sic, should be Elmore Ensley), W, M, 20 yrs old, h***** (illegible relationship), Farmer, Born in NC, Father born in NC, Mother born in NC
Hunter, Bell (sic), W, F, 18 yrs old, D******** (illegible relationship), Single, Born in NC, Father born in NC, Mother born in NC
Conon, Mcke (sic, should be McCoy Conner, he's living with Jerel and Margaret Alice Ensley Reed. After Jerel dies, Margaret Alice married McCoy Conner), W, M, 17 yrs old, h**** (illegible relationship), Single, Farmer, Born in NC, Father born in NC, Mother born in NC
Read, Wm and family
Clube, Cal (sic) and family
Henderson, Z. W, M, 44 yrs old, Married, Farmer, Born in NC, Father born in NC, Mother born in NC
Henderson, Anney, W, F, 34 yrs old, Wife, Married, Housekeeper, Born in NC, Father born in NC, Mother born in NC
Henderson, Jane E., W, F, 10 yrs old, Daughter, Born in NC, Father born in NC, Mother born in NC
Henderson, Martha E., W, F, 8 yrs old, Daughter, Born in NC, Father born in NC, Mother born in NC
Henderson, Henery R. (sic), W, M, 6 yrs old, Son, Born in NC, Father born in NC, Mother born in NC
Henderson, Malay S., W, F, 4 yrs old, Daughter, Born in NC, Father born in NC, Mother born in NC
Henderson, Sufrana A. (sic), W, F, 2 yrs old, Daughter, Born in NC, Father born in NC, Mother born in NC
Henderson, Marion T., W, M, 1 yrs old, Son, Born in NC, Father born in NC, Mother born in NC
Marrell, John, W, M, 26 yrs old, Works on farm, Born in NC, Father born in NC, Mother born in NC
Conon, W.W. (sic, is William Washington Conner, McCoy Conner's brother), W, M, 18 yrs old, Works on farm, Born in NC, Father born in NC, Mother born in NC
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