Van Noy, Henry Harrison (ca. 1841–1874)

By: Aragorn Storm Miller, R. Matt Abigail, and Laurie E. Jasinski

Type: Biography

Published: November 4, 2014

Updated: October 29, 2014

Henry Harrison Van Noy (also listed as Vannoy), state legislator, was born in Yalobusha County, Mississippi, about 1841. He was the son of William and Catherine (Calvin) Vannoy. Van Noy’s family immigrated to Texas possibly during the mid-1850s and settled to the east of Dodd City in Fannin County. The family later relocated to Dial in Fannon County. After hearing of the secession of his home state of Mississippi in early 1861, Van Noy left Texas to volunteer in the Forty-fourth Mississippi Infantry Regiment. In October 1863, shortly after the battle of Chickamauga, he was captured by Union forces near Huntsville, Alabama. He spent the remainder of the war in a series of Union prison camps. Following the war, Van Noy returned to Texas. He married Mary Jane “Polly” Ball there in December 1868, and they had a daughter. They were listed as living in Honey Grove in Fannin County in the 1870 census. In 1869 Van Noy, a Radical Republican, was narrowly defeated in the race to represent the Eleventh District, including Fannin and Lamar counties, in the Twelfth Texas Legislature. However, he was later awarded the House seat when, in February 1870, his opponent, Micajah J. Armstrong, was declared ineligible for office. Van Noy served from April 29, 1870, to January 14, 1873, and was on the Claims and Accounts and Federal Relations committees. Van Noy died in Bonham, Fannin County, on May 13, 1874.

Floy Crandall Hodge, A History of Fannin County (Hereford, Texas: Pioneer, 1966). Legislative Reference Library of Texas: Henry Van Noy (, accessed October 28, 2014. Mary Van Noy Roberts, Confederate Pension Application No. 49508, Fannin County, Texas.

  • Twelfth Legislature (1870-1871)
  • House
Time Periods:
  • Reconstruction
  • Civil War

The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this entry.

Aragorn Storm Miller, R. Matt Abigail, and Laurie E. Jasinski, “Van Noy, Henry Harrison,” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed June 25, 2022,

Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

November 4, 2014
October 29, 2014

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