Danford Alfonzo Hanshaw

                                                 ┌── Samuel Henshaw
                                                 │    1780-1818 
                            ┌── Samuel Henshaw ──┤
                            │    1809-?          │
                            │                    └── Abigail Taylor
                            │                         1782-?    
Danford Alfonzo Hanshaw ────┤
B: 1834                     │
D: 1916                     │
                            └── Sarah Gregg
M: Harriet Melissa Sherwood
   └── Ida May Hanshaw (1858-1905) 1

M: Cora L. Haas

Danford Alfonzo Hanshaw     [ID 15222] Click here to switch to Ahnentafel view: Ahnentafel View

Danford Alfonzo Hanshaw1,2,3,4,5,6,7 [Danford Alfonso Henshaw1,8,9,10,11,12].

Born May 9 1834, New York.1,2,4,5,7,10,12  (c1844, New York).6  

Danford was shown in the 1850 census (Sep 20 1850), living with his remarried mother and family in Wyocena Township, Columbia County, Wisconsin:4

Danford Hanshaw, age 16, born in New York.
Danford was also shown in the 1850 census (Sep 27 1850), working in the household of a Joseph D. Fish in Geneva, Walworth County, Wisconsin:5
Danford Hanshaw, age 16, born in New York; laborer.

Danford was shown in the 1855 Wisconsin State Census, Walworth County, Wisconsin.13  

On Feb 20 1857 Danford A. Henshaw "of Monroe County" acquired two 40 acre parcels of land in Monroe County, Wisconsin (LaCrosse land office).8,9  On Jul 1 1859 Danford A. Henshaw "of Monroe County" acquired an additional 80 acre parcel of land in Monroe County, Wisconsin (LaCrosse land office).8,9  

He married Harriet Melissa Sherwood1 [Hattie Sherwood1].  

Danford and Harriet were apparently divorced or separated.  Harriet remarried to a Thomas McGary, Jun 29 1862, Monroe County, Wisconsin.14  

Danford was shown in the 1860 census (Aug 22 1860), living in the household of a George & Ann Williamson in Christiana Township, Bad Ax County, Wisconsin:10

Danford Henshaw, age 26, born in New York; teacher of public schools.

He then married Cora L. Haas, Feb 19 1877, Fremont, Dodge County, Nebraska.2,3  Cora, daughter of John Haas, was born about 1860, Michigan.2  

Danford was shown in the 1880 census, living (apparently as a boarder) in the household of a Phillip Schuchort in Petrolia, Humbolt County, California:6

Hanshaw, Danford, age 36, born in New York; parents born in New York; single; occupation: prof. penmanship.

Danford was shown in the 1910 census (Apr 29 1910), living in a boarding house in Willamina, Yamhill County, Oregon:7

Hanshaw, Danford A., boarder, age 75, born in New York; parents born in New York; widower; occupation: teacher, writing.

Danford was an artist (he taught calligraphy) and a poet.15  

Danford Alfonzo Hanshaw died Feb 1 1916, Cotati, Sonoma County, California; age 81y 8m 23d.1,11,12  Medical: Danford died from "chronic gastritis".1  

Danford's obituary was published as follows (apparently in the "Argus", Petaluma, Sonoma County, California):12

The Late D.A. Henshaw

Danford Alfonso Henshaw, who passed away at noon Tuesday at Cotati, and whose death was briefly alluded to in the Argus Tuesday afternoon, was a native of New York and was aged 81 years, 8 months and 23 days.  The date of his birth was May 9, 1834.  He had resided at Cotati for the past sixteen months and had been in the state forty-nine years.  

Mr Henshaw was admitted to the bar in Missouri many years ago, but did not practice law and he devoted considerable of his time to writing and drawing.  For the past sixteen months he had been making his home with his half-brother, J. F. Welch.  The deceased was well known in this county and the state, and had many friends at Cotati, and was also known here.  His long life was well spent.  

In addition to his half-brother, J.F. Welch, the deceased is survived by three newphew, D.F. Welch of Alameda, J.W. Welch of Oakland, and Harry Perry of Cloverdale, and a neice, Mrs. Calista Lighthall of Alameda, and three grandchildren and several great grandchildren who reside near LaCrosse, Wisconsin.  

The remains are at the Beauregard & Brunson funeral parlors.


  1. Contribution from Sue Welda Borg ().
  2. Dodge County, Nebraska marriage records, Book C; USGenWeb Archives:
  3. Nebraska Marriages, 1856-1898; http://www.ancestry.com.
  4. 1850 census, Wyocena Township, Columbia County, Wisconsin; roll M432-994, page 162B, line #11, family #754.
  5. 1850 census, Geneva, Walworth County, Wisconsin; roll M432-1007, page 263, line #18, dwelling #594, family #605.
  6. 1880 census, Petrolia, Humbolt County, California; roll T9-0066, ED 40, page 445D, line #32, dwelling #40, family #42.
  7. 1910 census, Willamina, Yamhill County, Oregon; roll T624-1290, ED 291, page 185B, line #58, dwelling #26, family #26.
  8. U.S. Bureau of Land Management, Land Patent database: http://www.glorecords.blm.gov.
  9. Wisconsin Land Records; http://www.ancestry.com.
  10. 1860 census, Coon Prairie P.O., Christiana Township, Bad Ax County, Wisconsin; roll M653-1399, page 191, line #29, dwelling #1866, family #1779.
  11. VitalSearch California Death Index 1905-1929:
  12. Obituary of Danford Alfonso Henshaw; contributed by Sue Welda Borg ().
  13. Wisconsin Census, 1820-90; http://www.ancestry.com.
  14. Wisconsin Marriages, 1835-1900; http://www.ancestry.com.
  15. Contribution from Jan Welda Fleetham (); http://www.janwelda.com.

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