Elisabeth Jean Henshaw

                                                           ┌── Frederick Henshaw
                                                           │    1866-1935 
                                ┌── Fred Merritt Henshaw ──┤
                                │    1895-1988             │
                                │                          └── Etta Walkup
                                │                               1870-1936 
Elisabeth Jean Henshaw ─────────┤
B: 1925                         │                          ┌── Jonathon Kellum Duck
                                │                          │
                                └── Helen Florence Duck ───┤
                                     1900-1985             │
                                                           └── Mary Ellen Love
M: Fielding Lewis "Doc" Greaves

Elisabeth Jean Henshaw     [ID 15623] Click here to switch to Ahnentafel view: Ahnentafel View

Elisabeth Jean Henshaw1,2,3,4,5 [Jean Henshaw1].

Born Feb 5 1925, Los Angeles County, California.1,2,3,4,5  

She married Fielding Lewis "Doc" Greaves, Jun 6 1944.1  Fielding, son of Gennad Alban Greaves & Nellie Deans Taylor, was born Jan 27 1923, Norfolk, Virginia.1,6,7,8,9  

Jean's engagement had been announced in the "New York Times" (New York, New York) on February 6, 1944.10  Jean's wedding was reported in the "New York Times" (New York, New York) on June 7, 194411 (see scans below).  


Fielding Lewis "Mike" Greaves, Jr., born Apr 18 1947; died Dec 12 1965.
James Maclean Greaves, born Dec 1 1948; married 2) Melanie Violet Gray (children: Fielding Lewis Greaves III, Margaret Valentine Greaves); 3) Lark Lenore Chadwick (step-daughter: Charlie Julia Buffo). [email: ].
Steven Merritt Greaves, born Jan 2 1951; married 1) Janice "Kayla" Brinson (child: Dakoda Blue "Cody" Greaves).

Fielding died Apr 15 2013, at his home, San Rafael, Marin County, California; age 90.6  

Fielding's obituary was published in the "Marin Independent Journal" (Sab Rafael, Marin County, California) on Wednesday, April 17, 2013:6

Marin taxpayer advocate Fielding Greaves dies at 90

Fielding Greaves, a passionate Marin County tax-cutting crusader for nearly four decades, died at his home in San Rafael on Monday.  He was 90.  

Mr. Greaves, a founding director of the Marin United Taxpayers Association in 1977 who reigned as the county's leading taxpayer advocate, battled leukemia for almost two years before dying on income tax payment day.  

Living a life that reflected a favorite comment by Gen. George Patton, "Your duty's never done until you die," Mr. Greaves remained engaged in local affairs until the end, urging from his hospice bed last week that Marin Civic Center officials adopt a more informative tax bill detailing the spending and pension debt of public agencies.  

A murmur swept across a diverse crowd when his death was announced by a group he mentored, Citizens for Sustainable Pension Plans, at a Board of Supervisors meeting Tuesday.  The county board, often the target of Mr. Greaves' barbs, ignored his final advice on tax bills but adjourned the meeting in his memory.  

Asked two years ago what he would do if he could change one thing at the Civic Center, Greaves called for "Draconian staff cuts" including "returning the Board of Supervisors to the original part-time job."  Over the years, he added, county officials "have sedulously followed the professor C. Northcote Parkinson rule that bureaucracy always multiplies, and work always expands to fill the time available for its completion."  

Mr. Greaves, born an Army brat in Norfolk, Va. as the son of a colonel, had a colorful life that spanned the nation and the globe, as well as several careers.  His wife, Jean, whom he married hours after graduating from West Point on D-Day, June 6, 1944, noted her husband was an American who "wanted to have a little adventure in life, and he really loved his country."  

Mr. Greaves served in Army field artillery with the 70th Infantry Division in France at the end of World War II, working the guns on the ground, and going aloft as an air observer, completing 54 missions and winning an air medal.  He studied Chinese, Bulgarian and Turkish after the war, became an intelligence officer and was stationed in posts including Hong Kong and Istanbul.  He completed two tours at the Pentagon, monitoring communist activities as well as weapons and intelligence development, and retired in 1965 as a lieutenant colonel.  

After moving to Italy to study archaeology, he became involved in the film industry, scoring roles that included work alongside Hollywood stars in "Shoes of the Fisherman," "Waterloo" and "Patton."  After the family moved to Marin in 1976, he continued film and television work, joining trade unions including the Screen Actors Guild.  

He was best known locally for his role as a taxpayer spokesman at war with bureaucracy and big government, a reputation he nurtured after serving as North Bay spokesman promoting the Proposition 13 campaign.  A striking personality graced with a deep, resonant voice, shock of silver hair and piercing eyes behind distinctive black-rimmed glasses, Mr. Greaves was a familiar figure at public meetings, where his keen intellect, quick wit and eloquence sometimes overwhelmed those he debated.  

"He was a worthy adversary," recalled former supervisor Denis Rice, who found common ground with Greaves when pressing for pension reform at the Civic Center in 1979.  

Mr. Greaves said his public affairs activism was based on the precept emblazoned over the entrance to the Board of Equalization tax office in Sacramento: "Participation in the rights of citizenship presumes participation in the duties of citizenship."  

His advocacy included a half-century fighting to preserve Second Amendment rights, including two terms as a director of the National Rifle Association.  

He was a proud and prolific writer, and in material he prepared for an autobiography, he included favorite stories, advice and quotes.  "Life is a process of continuing learning," he observed.  "Never stop learning."  

He regarded as "marvels of the world" the beauty of nature and its creatures, politics, the value of history and "our marvelous English language."  Ever the patriot, he believed that "If you are reading this, thank a teacher.  If you are reading it in English, thank a veteran."  

His son, Steven, a school teacher, described him as a strict father who encouraged his children to think for themselves and enjoyed lively debate with more liberal family members.  "He was determined that we understand the Constitution," he added.  

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sons, Steven of Richmond, and Jim of Thompson Falls, Mont.; three grandchildren and two great grandchildren.  A third son, Fielding Jr., died at 18.  

Mr. Greaves' ashes will be scattered privately by the family.

(photo)Photo: Elisabeth Jean Henshaw & Fielding Lewis "Doc" Greaves engagement announcement "New York Times", Feb 6 1944 10

(photo)Photo: Elisabeth Jean Henshaw & Fielding Lewis "Doc" Greaves marriage announcement "New York Times", Jun 7 1944 11

(photo)Photo: Fielding Lewis "Doc" Greaves 1940 yearbook photo, Virginia Military Institute, Lexington, Virginia 12

(photo)Photo: Jean Henshaw & Doc Greaves and children 1944 yearbook, United States Military Academy, West Point, New York 12

(photo)Photo: Children of Jean Henshaw & Doc Greaves Mike, Jim and Steve Greaves, Christmas 1963 13

(photo)Photo: Fielding Lewis "Doc" Greaves 6


  1. Contribution from Jim Greaves.
  2. VitalSearch California Birth Index 1905-2001:
  3. California Birth Index, 1905-1995; http://www.ancestry.com.
  4. 1930 census, Portland, Multnomah County, Oregon; roll T626-1952, ED 361, page 1A, line #45, dwelling #14, family #14.
  5. 1940 census, Portland, Multnomah County, Oregon; roll T627-3389, ED 37-257, page 4B, line #66, household #94.
  6. Obituary of Fielding Greaves; "Marin Independent Journal", Apr 17 2013:
  7. 1940 census, 4003 Dorchester Road, Baltimore, Maryland; roll T627-1524, ED 4-420, page 7B, line #49, household $170.
  8. Obituary of Gennad Alban Greaves; "Washington Post" (Washington, D.C.), Jun 9 1958; http://www.ancestry.com.
  9. Obituary of Elizabeth Maclean Greaves; "Washington Post" (Washington, D.C.), Aug 15 1973; http://www.ancestry.com.
  10. "New York Times" (New York, New York), Feb 6 1944; http://www.ancestry.com.
  11. "New York Times" (New York, New York), Jun 7 1944; http://www.ancestry.com.
  12. U.S. School Yearbooks; http://www.ancestry.com.
  13. Photo courtesy of Jim Greaves.

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