In the mid 1800s, Squire Hensley moved his family to a farmstead in Clay County, Kentucky. No written record exists of the family's crops or livestock, but we imagine that Squire's farm was like most other Kentucky farms of that period: highly diversified and remarkably self-sufficient.
Squire was blessed with children, and eventually raised 7 daughters. His generosity and love of family prompted him to give each daughter a farm from the original property. Squire's love for the land ran deep, however, and family history tells us that after turning the farm over to his children he directed them to "Take care of the old homeplace."
His generous gift provided Squire's children a good start in life, but it also served to fragment the original property among many heirs. In May 2004 the Bowling family received the opportunity to combine two of these disjointed tracts. Gloria Bowling (Squire's great-granddaughter) already owned about 30 acres of the original farm. Incidentally, one of her cousins owned 90 adjoining acres that included Squire's original house site. The Bowlings purchased the adjoining 90 acres, resulting in the 120 acre farm that we affectionately know as the "The Old Homeplace." Somehow, we think Squire would approve.
Update: In the summer of 2013, Will (Gloria's son, and Squire's great-great-grandson) got the opportunity to purchase 55 more acres of Squire's original farm. He did so, and one more piece of the Old Homeplace came home!
Squire Hensley, 1830 - 1917