Linnie Raye "Raye" Brinkley

Female 1893 - 1981  (87 years)


Personal Information    |    Notes    |    Sources    |    Event Map    |    All    |    PDF

  • Name Linnie Raye "Raye" Brinkley 
    Born 12 Feb 1893  Glen Alpine, Burke County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Gender Female 
    Residence Baltimore, Baltimore County, Province of Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Died 15 Jan 1981  Alexandria, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Buried National Memorial Park, Falls Church, Fairfax County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Person ID I1080  The Hennessee Family
    Last Modified 5 Oct 2014 

    Father James Marshall "Marshall" Brinkley,   b. 10 Nov 1871, Burke County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   bur. 13 Nov 1944, Forest Hill Cemetery, Morganton, Burke County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 73 years) 
    Mother Minnie Sophia Rowe,   b. 0Oct 1875, McDowell County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married 4 Jan 1891  McDowell County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Family ID F1469  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Dr. Emanuel Augustus "Gus" Hennessee, II,   b. 30 Dec 1863, Glen Alpine, Burke County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 31 Jan 1918, Glen Alpine, Burke County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 54 years) 
    Married 20 Dec 1912  Glen Alpine, Burke County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Children 
     1. Albert Edward "Al" Hennessee Houk,   b. 20 May 1914, Glen Alpine, Burke County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Jan 2003  (Age 88 years)
     2. Nita Raye Hennessee,   b. 26 Aug 1916, Glen Alpine, Burke County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 May 2003, Maumee,OH Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 86 years)
    Photos
    Dr. Gus Hennessee's (1863-1918) Homeplace
    Dr. Gus Hennessee's (1863-1918) Homeplace
    in Glen Alpine, Burke County, North Carolina.
    This is a recent photo, taken and contributed by Andrea Brooks,
    June 5, 2013

    Has it come to your attention that the long-abandoned-and-offered-for-sale early 20th Century Dr. Augustus Hennessee home handsomely over looking Glen Alpine, NC, finally has new owners?
    Purchaser is a family which with friends are making the house livable again.
    Hennessee cousin Caroline Ervin and her real estate agent daughter "Laura Ervin Mulwee" can provide more details...

    Manassa Nixon "Nick" Hennessee, III (1930- , HENNESSEE Researcher & Historian, nasnick@mindspring.com, sends these comments, December 31, 2015
    Last Modified 26 Apr 2021 
    Family ID F409  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Calvin Avery Houk,   b. 12 Feb 1885, Burke County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Oct 1962, Washington, DC Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years) 
    Married Burke County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Last Modified 26 Apr 2021 
    Family ID F1349  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 12 Feb 1893 - Glen Alpine, Burke County, North Carolina Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - - Baltimore, Baltimore County, Province of Maryland Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 20 Dec 1912 - Glen Alpine, Burke County, North Carolina Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 15 Jan 1981 - Alexandria, Virginia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - National Memorial Park, Falls Church, Fairfax County, Virginia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - - Burke County, North Carolina Link to Google Earth
     = Link to Google Earth 

  • Notes 
    • Houk Hennessee Brinkley, Linnie Raye

      It is remembered that in 1981 Linnie Raye (Raye) Houk, a remarkable woman, died, loved by her family and all who knew her. Raye touched the lives of many through her kindness and accomplishments. As the proprietor and owner of Whitehall, she affected the lives of many young women who moved to Washington, D. C. to begin their professional careers. To her family, special warmth and love left their lives with her passing.

      Raye's life was eventful. Raised in a large family, Raye (born February 12, 1893 Glen Alpine, North Carolina) was the oldest daughter of James Marshall Brinkley and Minnie Rowe. Not yet 20, Raye was prepared to meet the challenges facing her as the wife of well-known and respected Dr. Emanuel Augustus (Gus) Hennessee, Jr., widower, and father of 10 boys. Wed December 20, 1912, their marriage was a happy one. Son Albert Edward was born May 20, 1914, and daughter Nita Raye August 26, 1916.

      Tragedy struck January 31, 1918. Expected to arrive home on Train #21, after visiting a patient in Greensboro, Gus was shot and killed just after walking a few steps from the train in the direction of his home. Although others were first charged with his murder, they were acquitted. It was Aaron Wiseman of Avery County who was convicted of Gus' murder and sentenced to die. The sentence was commuted. He was paroled in 1929 at age 67.

      At Gus' death, Raye realized she would not be able to maintain such a large family and she would need to support herself and her two children. Having taught school for a brief period of time before her marriage, Raye was ill prepared to work outside the home.

      Devastated and overwhelmed by her husband's murder, Raye made the courageous decision to move to Baltimore with her children where she found work. Gus' younger children by his first marriage remained with extended family members.

      Calvin Avery (Avery) Houk (born February 12, 1885, Quaker Meadows), bachelor brother of Mae Brinkley (sister-in-law of Raye), and son of John Lewis Houk and Mary Ann Ward, was asked to pay Raye a courtesy call in Baltimore. In structural steel and working nearby, Avery came to see her. He found himself more than interested in Raye and asked to marry her. Wed May 6, 1920, Avery's love extended to Albert and Nita, whom he adopted.

      Avery continued doing structural steel work, moving as needed with his young family. Raye, natural entrepreneur and people person, regularly found ways of supplementing their income. In 1934 they moved to Washington, D. C., where, with money borrowed from her father, she bought out an established business housing young working girls in the Nation's Capital. After repaying her father, Raye and Avery were able to buy property nearby which they named Whitehall Girls' Club. Prospering, they bought 3 other buildings, joining them to Whitehall.

      Health problems affected both Avery and Raye in the 1960's. Avery died October 27, 1962, after a series of strokes. In 1966 Raye fell. Complications caused the loss of both legs. In spite of this handicap, Raye helped Nita run Whitehall until late December, 1967, when Whitehall was sold to the Washington International Youth Hostel. Raye died January 15, 1981. Many former Whitehall "girls" attended her funeral. Both she and Avery are buried in the National Memorial Cemetery, Falls Church, Virginia.

      Albert is listed in "American Men and Women of Science, Physical and Biological Sciences", 1979, 14th Edition, Volume 3. Along with other degrees and honors, Albert received a PhD (chem.) at Columbia University while doing cancer research at Yale. He retired from the Food and Drug Administration, Rockville, Maryland. In addition, he was a Lieutenant Colonel in the Army Medical Reserves. Marrying Vivian Louretta Judge, they had 3 sons, James Calvin, Lawrence Edward, and William Keith Houk. William Keith had 2 children.

      Nita preferred a business career. Along with other positions, she worked for the Department of Justice. She and husband, John Witcher Shepard, Sr., owned and ran Blueberry Acres, Nova Scotia, Canada. John was Director, Bureau of International Affairs, Export Controls, Commerce Department, Washington, D. C. Their children were Nancy Raye Shepard Dunn and Dr. John Witcher Shepard, Jr. (Industrial Psychologist). Nancy had 3 children and John, Jr. 2 children.

      Sources: News-Herald Articles 1918-19; Cleveland Star, May 3, 1919; "In the Supreme Court, Fall Term, 1919, State vs Wiseman"; "Wiseman Sentence Commuted" by Governor Thomas W. Bickett; "Parole" by Governor O. Max Gardner, Raleigh; Marriage and Death Certificates; Hennessee Family Bible; Newspaper Clippings, Washington Star; Issues of American Youth Hostels, Inc.; and family reminiscences.

      Nita H. Shepard
      206 Treetop Place
      Holland, Ohio 43528
      (419) 867-7439

      Picture enclosed: Linnie Raye Brinkley (original on a tin). According to Raye's own information, she was sixteen (about 1909).




      [3]
    • Hi Again David -
      Found another connection. While not blood, itís still a little closer.
      Dr Emanuel Hennesseeís 2nd wife Linnie married my 1st cousin, 2x removed, Calvin Avery Houk after Emanuel was shot and killed. My Great Great Aunt Mary Ann Ward was Calvinís mother.
      Just thought Iíd share.
      Have a great weekend.
      Julie [7]

  • Sources 
    1. [S1190] Nita Raye Hennessee-Houk Shepard's letter & personal knowledge, (Reliability: 3).

    2. [S2957] http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=houk&GSfn=linnie&GSbyrel=all&GSdyrel=all&GSob=n&GRid=35908044&df=a.

    3. [S3745] Nita Shepard (1916-2003) | 15 Sep 1992 | Letter & Notes.

    4. [S35] Nita Raye Hennessee Shephard (1913-2003) | major contributor for the JOHN HENNESSEE Family.

    5. [S1180] Gene & Dreama Hennessee | Family Group Records | 4237 West Enon Drive,Enon,OH 45323 | 513.864.7047 (Reliability: 3).

    6. [S3745] Nita Shepard (1916-2003) | 15 Sep 1992 | Letter & Notes (Reliability: 3).

    7. [S49068] Judy Ward Bujalski | Contributor | 27 apr 2013 | jbujalski@verizon.net.