Oliver Bridges Henshaw

                                                       ┌── William Henshaw
                                                       │    1804-1891 
                          ┌── William Oliver Henshaw ──┤
                          │   c1835-1896               │
                          │                            └── Sarah Holden Wetherbee
                          │                                 1810-1881 
Oliver Bridges Henshaw ───┤
B: c1871                  │
D: 1898                   │
                          └── Josephine Bridges
Oliver Bridges Henshaw     [ID 15941] Click here to switch to Ahnentafel view: Ahnentafel View

Born about 1871, Massachusetts.1  

Oliver Bridges Henshaw died Jul 4 1898, Camp Alger, Virginia; buried Cambridge, Middlesex County, Massachusetts.2,3  

Oliver's death was noted in the "Brooklyn Daily Eagle" (Brooklyn, New York) on Tuesday, July 5, 1898:2


Fatal Result of a Kick of a Horse at
Camp Alger.

(Special to the Eagle.)

Camp Alger, Va., July 5 -- Trooper O. B. Henshaw, who was kicked by a horse at 7 o'clock Sunday, died yesterday at 10 o'clock.  The remains were taken to Cambridge, Mass. for interment in the family vault by his only brother, Dr. Henshaw, at whose request no military services were held.  

Trooper O. Henshaw enlisted at the North Portland avenue armory on June 11, the day before the recruit started South.  He came from Tarrytown, being brought down by a friend who was in Troop C.  

Trooper Henshaw's is the first death in a Brooklyn organization in the field.

Oliver's death was also reported in the "Cambridge Tribune" (Cambridge, Massachusetts) on Saturday, July 9, 18983 (see scan below).  

Letters of Administration for the estate of Oliver B. Henshaw were filed in 1898 in Cambridge, Middlesex County, Massachusetts.4  

The following was published in the "Cambridge Chronicle" (Cambridge, Massachusetts) on April 30, 1910:5


A bronze memorial tablet to the Harvard men who died in the Spanish war will be unveiled in the Harvard union on Memorial day, May 30.  The tablet is to be placed directly over the main door leading into the large living room, replacing a temporary bronze ornament now in that position.  The commanding figure of the tablet will be a large eagle in relief.  Under the outstretched wings will be inscribed the names of the eleven men who gave their lives in the service of their country.  The names will appear in the following order: Oliver B. Henshaw, '93; Philip A. Crapo, L. '95; Stanley Hollister, '97; William A. Sanders, '97; William A. Talcott, Jr., L. '97; James T. Furness, '98; Nathaniel B. Adsit, '00; Ralph W. Lahmann, '00; and Sherman Hoar, '82.  The tablet has been designed and executed by the sculptor, Bela Pratt.  The exercises will be arranged somewhat in connection with those annually held in Sanders theatre on Memorial day.  The university will be closed in all its departments for the day.

(photo)Photo: Death of Oliver Bridges Henshaw "Cambridge Tribune", Jul 9 1898 3

(photo)Photo: Funeral for Oliver Bridges Henshaw "Cambridge Tribune", Jul 9 1898 6


  1. 1880 census, Cambridge, Middlesex County, Massachusetts; roll T9-0544, ED 446, page 324C, line #7, dwelling #178, family #183.
  2. Brooklyn Public Library, Brooklyn Collection; "Brooklyn Daily Eagle":
  3. Cambridge (Massachusetts) Public Library:
  4. Middlesex County, Massachusetts Probate Index, 1871-1909; http://www.ancestry.com.
  5. Cambridge (Massachusetts) Public Library:
  6. Cambridge (Massachusetts) Public Library:

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