William Henson was the son of Nelly and unknown. William and his siblings were born in Clay County Kentucky. Sometime before 1850, William and his family moved to Pike County Kentucky. Very little is known about William’s parents until more records can be discovered. There are only two scenarios for his parents. The first being, his father, an unknown male Henson, has died or left the family. This would be between the years of 1844 and 1850. The second scenario is his mother is Nelly Henson and had illegitimate children. The first scenario is more likely the case in fact. The 1850 Pike Co. Kentucky census record, is the first census William and his family are found on. They are listed in household #366. This is really household #266, the census taker mistakenly wrote 366. On this census their surname is listed as Hensley instead of Henson. Living very close in household #263 is the Hollinsworth family. This family has connections to the Henson families of Clay County Kentucky. With the Hollingsworth's living very close to the Henson's; this would make you think that they are related. However by many researchers all the Henson's listed on earlier census records in Clay Co. Ky. are claimed in family lines. Nelly Henson never shows up on an earlier census. Therefore she was not the head of a household, it would have been a male Henson in Clay County Kentucky, where her children were born. This would fit the first scernrio.
William married Darcus Bentley on the 1st of May 1856 in Letcher County Kentucky. This marriage record states that William is a resident of Pike County Kentucky and was born in Clay County Kentucky. Darcus is a resident of Letcher Co. Kentucky and was born in Perry County Kentucky. There marriage was blessed with children,