┌── Joshua Laurens Henshaw │ c1802-1866 │ │ Henry Clay Henshaw ──────┤ B: 1840 │ D: 1903 │ └── Susanna George Nevitt c1802-1869 M: Amelia Gertrude White └── Frederika Henshaw (1869-1921) 1,2,3,4,5
|Henry Clay Henshaw [ID 11125]||Click here to switch to Ahnentafel view:|
Born Sep - 1840, Washington, D.C.1,2 (c1839).6 (c1841).7
Henry was shown in the 1862 city directory of Washington, D.C.:8
He married Amelia Gertrude White, about 1865.1,2 Amelia, daughter of John Wailes White & Sarah Attillia White, was born Sep 28 1846, Locust Hill, Baltimore County, Maryland.4,9,10 (c1850).1
Henry and family were shown in the 1880 census (Jun 9 1880), living with Gertrude's parents in Frederick County, Maryland:11
Henry and family were shown in the 1900 census (Jun 11 1900), living with Gertrude's family in Frederick County, Maryland:2
The following article was published in "The Daily News" (Frederick, Maryland) on May 4, 1898:12
CAPTAIN HENSHAW'S EXPERIENCE.
Fought With Both Dewey and Schley
in His Navy Service.
Captain H. Clay Henshaw, of near Adamstown, one of Frederick county's best known citzens, [sic] is greatly interested in the success of the Asiatic and flying squadrons, owing to the intimate friendship that exists between himself and both Commodore George Dewey and Commander Winfield Scott Schley.
In 1861 Captain Henshaw, together with Commodore Dewey and Commander Schley, fought in the West Gulf fleet, under the command of Captain William Walker, a near relative of Captain Henshaw. At the death of Captain Walker, Captain Farragut afterwards admiral, was put in command of the fleet. Later, Captain Henshaw, who was engineer on the cruiser Niagara, was transferred to the gunboat Itaska, and in 1863 he was again transferred to the United States revenue cutter service. Captain Henshaw was on the Itaska when a shell from Fort Jackson struck the ship and exploded her boiler. In a helpless condition, the Itaska drifted out of range of the guns of Fort Jackson, and after the fort surrendered repairs were made to the boiler and the ship headed for the city of New Orleans, from whence it was ordered to Vicksburg. Captain Henshaw's navy experience was of such a satisfactory nature that he was afterward placed upon the retired list of officers.
Captain Henshaw is also personally acquainted with Captain Sigsbee of the ill-fated Maine. A few years ago Captain Sigsbee visited the home of Captain Henshaw and while there paid a visit to Frederick and called at The News office.
Several weeks ago Captain Henshaw offered to re-enlist in the navy and again go forth to battle, but his former gallant record no doubt satisfied the secretary of the navy that he had already done his part in time of war, and his offer was not taken.
Henry Clay Henshaw died Mar 12 1903, at his home, near Adamstown, Frederick County, Maryland; age 62.4,13,14 (Mar 13 1903).4
Henry's obituary was published in "The News" (Frederick, Maryland) on Friday, March 13, 1903:15
Prominent Resident of the County Passes Away
A VETERAN OF THE CIVIL WAR
Commanded a Revenue Cutter In the Federal Service - For Many Years Chairman of the Republican County Central Committee.
CAPT. HENRY CLAY HENSHAW, one of the best-known residents of Frederick county, died at 11 o'clock last night at his home near Adamstown, of a complication of troubles resulting from an attack of grip, aged 62 years, 5 months and 17 days. Capt. Henshaw was a native of Washington, D. C., and shortly before the outbreak of the Civil War entered the service of the United States Navy. During the war he commanded a revenue cutter and saw active service in southern waters. About the close of the war Captain Henshaw married Miss Gertrude White, daughter of the late John White, and when he retired from service some years later they took up their residence on the White homestead, the Moreland Stock Farm, near Adamstown, where they have since lived. Their only child, a daughter, Fredericka, married A. J. Norris, a civil engineer, now engaged in work in Kentucky. She also resides at the family homestead. One sister, Mrs. Frances Henshaw Baden, of Washington, D.C., also survives him. Captaln Henshaw took an active interest in policies and for a number of years was chairman of the Republican county central committee. He was also for a number of years a member of the board of managers of the Frederick County Agricultural Society. The funeral will take place on Sunday. Services will be held at 10 a.m. in St. Luke's Protestant Episcopal church at Adamstown, conducted by Rev. Mr. Thomas, after which the remains will be brought to Frederick and interred in Mt. Olivet cemetery.
Henry's death was noted in "The News" (Frederick, Maryland) on March 13, 1953:14
Fifty Years Ago
Items From The Columns
Of The News, March 13, 1903.
CAPT. HENRY CLAY HENSHAW, one of the best-known residents of the county, died at his home near Adamstown of complications, age 62 years. During the Civil War he commanded a revenue cutter. For a number of years, after moving to Frederick county from Washington, he was chairman of the Republican county central committee.
On Dec 29 1903 Amelia G. Henshaw applied for a Civil War pension as widow of Henry Clay Henshaw, "Acting 3d Asst. Eng.." [unclear].16
Widow Amelia and daughter were shown in the 1920 census (Feb 14 1920), Pleasant View Township, Frederick County, Maryland:10
Amelia died Sep 23 1928, Maryland; buried Area H, Mount Olivet Cemetery, 515 S. Market St., Frederick, Frederick County, Maryland.4
Photo: Henry Clay Henshaw in his naval uniform, c1863, Civil War CDV 4,5,17
Photo: Amelia Gertrude White 4
Photo: Amelia Gertrude White with unidentified child 5
Photo: Henry Clay Henshaw gravestone Mount Olivet Cemetery 4
Photo: Amelia Gertrude White gravestone Mount Olivet Cemetery 4
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