James William Henshaw

                                               ┌── William Henshaw
                                               │    1736-1799 
                          ┌── Hiram Henshaw ───┤
                          │    1771-1845       │
                          │                    └── Agnes Ann Anderson
                          │                        c1745-<1806
James William Henshaw ────┤
B: 1809                   │                    ┌── William McConnel
D: 1861                   │                    │
                          └── Mary McConnell ──┤
                               1777-1842       │
                                               └── Mary Cowan
M: Nancy Elizabeth Miller
   ├── William Hamilton Henshaw (1841-1910) 1,2,3,4,5
   ├── Hiram Joseph Henshaw  5
   ├── Nancy E. Henshaw  5
   ├── Mary Paulina Henshaw (c1842-?) 2,3,5
   ├── John Moore Henshaw (1845-1905) 2,3,4,5,6
   ├── James Merle Henshaw (1847-?) 5,7
   ├── Almira Henshaw (c1849-?) 2,3,4,5
   └── Nora Alberta Henshaw (1851-?) 3,4,5

James William Henshaw     [ID 01692] Click here to switch to Ahnentafel view: Ahnentafel View

Born Mar 29 1809.1,7,8  

He married Nancy Elizabeth Miller, Dec 14 1837, Berkeley County, Virginia.1,7,9,10,11  Nancy, daughter of Joseph Miller & Margaret "Peggy" Hamilton, was born Mar 10 1818, Virginia.1,4,6,7  

James was a good friend of Nancy's brother David A. "Davy" Miller.12  In 1835 Davy Miller left for a cross-country trip to Missouri.  James wrote this farewell poem in honor of Davy:12

A Farewell Token

Accept my friend, before you go,
And leave your native land,
The token I on you bestow,
From under my own hand.
Then as you journey all along,
And pass ore hill and dale,
Let friendship mingle with your song,
Glide sweetly on the gale.
And when you have wander'd far away
Into thos distant lands,
Where art sublime and nature gay
A pleasing prospect stands.

Then O my friend with sympathy
And fond rememberance,
Think of the night you spent with me
And every circumstance.

Think how beneath the burning sun
Your friend is toiling hard,
And when his tale of work is done
How he becomes a bard.

Think how at leisure he can go
The neighbourhood around,
And see the ladies where we know
That pleasure can be found.

And when you further on do go
and get to Illinois,
Were men do neither plough nor sow
But play about like boys.
And when in those majestic plains
When rivers large do flow,
Nurish'd by perpetual rains
The difference then you will know
Between the pleasures men have then
Where ev'rything looks wild,
And those enjoyments we have here
Where vice itself seems mild.

But O my friend the time has come
When you and I must part,
Accept therefore with kindness some
Warm wishes from my heart.

That in enjoyment you may see
Your health preserved good,
And that you still remember me,
While in the western wood.

That fortune there may smile on thee
Even in that distant state,
And soon that you may married be
Before it is too late.

At present I no more can say
For time will not allow,
But I will bid you a good day
And make an humble bow.

James W. Henshaw
Pleasant Eminence
Davy Miller was killed by roaming guerillas shortly after the Centralia Massacre in Missouri.12  

James and family were shown in the 1850 census, Berkeley County, Virginia, as follows:2

James W. Henshaw, age 41, born in Virginia; farmer; $12000 real estate.
Nancy E. Henshaw, age 32, born in Virginia.
William Henshaw, age 10, born in Virginia.
Mary Henshaw, age 8, born in Virginia.
John Henshaw, age 6, born in Virginia.
Almira Henshaw, age 1, born in Virginia.
The 1850 census shows the following Henshaws all living near each other in Berkeley County, Virginia:
Joseph Henshaw 13
Anderson Henshaw 14
Levi Henshaw 15
James Henshaw 16
Samuel Preston Henshaw 17
widow Harriet Henshaw 18
James William Henshaw 2

James was apparently interested in family history, as he wrote a letter to David Henshaw of Boston in an attempt to learn about his family genealogy.  In 1855 David's brother, John Henshaw, replied with details of the New England Henshaws (but no details on the Virginia Henshaws).19  Click here to see John's letter: Letter

James and family were shown in the 1860 census, Berkeley County, Virginia:3

James W. Henshaw, age 51, born in Virginia; farmer; $12800 [unclear] real estate; $9000 personal property.
Nancy Henshaw, age 49, born in Virginia.
William Henshaw, age 18, born in Virginia; attended school.
Mary Henshaw, age 16, born in Virginia; attended school.
John Henshaw, age 14, born in Virginia; attended school.
Almyra Henshaw, age 12, born in Virginia; attended school.
Nora Henshaw, age 9, born in Virginia; attended school.

James William Henshaw died Jul 17 1861, Gerrardstown, West Virginia.1,7,8  

Widow Nancy and family were shown in the 1870 census (Jul 18 1870), Berkeley County, West Virginia:4

Henshaw, Nancy E., age 51, born in West Virginia; keeping house; $27,000 real estate; $1,263 personal property.
Henshaw, William H., age 29 [or 39 - unclear], born in West Virginia; farm manager.
Henshaw, John M., age 25, born in West Virginia; farm laborer.
Henshaw, Mira A., age 19, born in West Virginia; no occupation.
Henshaw, Nora A., age 17, born in West Virginia; no occupation.
Mason, Artillia, black, age 51, born in Virginia; domestic servant; cannot read or write.
Mason, Adolphus, black, age 14, born in Virginia.
Mason, Edmonia, black, age 13, born in Virginia.

Widow Nancy was shown in the 1880 census (Jun 2 1880), living with son John in Berkeley County, West Virginia:6

Henshaw, Jno M, age 35, born in Virginia; parents born in Virginia; widower; farmer & miller.
Henshaw, Nancy E., mother, age 62, born in Virginia; parents born in Virginia; widow; keeping house.

Nancy died Nov 9 1893, Gerrardstown, Berkeley County, West Virginia.1,7

(photo)Photo: James William Henshaw & Nancy Elizabeth Miller marriage record Berkeley County, West Virginia 11

(photo)Photo: James William Henshaw & Nancy Elizabeth Miller marriage bond Berkeley County, West Virginia 20


Sources

  1. "History of Henshaws in Scotland, in England and in America to the Present Time", Edith Henshaw Kuntz, 1956; contributed by Don Henshaw.
  2. 1850 census, 9th District, Berkeley County, Virginia; roll 936, pg 418, family #1565.
  3. 1860 census, Gerardstown P.O., Berkeley County, Virginia; page 902, line #5, dwelling #1596, family #1654.
  4. 1870 census, Martinsburg P.O., Arden Township, Berkeley County, West Virginia; roll M593-1684, page 135, line #36, dwelling #35, family #35.
  5. Posting Feb 27 2010 by Shelley Cardiel () to HENSHAW-L.
  6. 1880 census, Mill Creek, Berkeley County, West Virginia; roll T9-1400, ED 13, page 245A, line #2, dwelling #37, family #38.
  7. "Family Tree Maker, Family Archives, World Family Tree", Vol. 3, by Broderbund Software, a collection of individual family group submissions.
  8. Henshaw history and genealogy manuscript, original by Holmes Hart Henshaw, 1930; updated in 1995 by Donald Craig Henshaw and others.
  9. "The Hinshaw and Henshaw Families", by William Hinshaw; edited by Milo Custer; private printing, Bloomington, Illinois, 1911; Frank I. Miller Co., printers. LDS microfilm number 1402822.
  10. "Virginia Marriage Index, 1740-1850", Ancestry, Inc.
  11. James William Henshaw & Nancy Elizabeth Miller marriage record; West Virginia Division of Culture and History:
    http://www.wvculture.org/vrr/va_view.aspx?Id=12498728&Type=Marriage.
  12. Contribution from Donna Duwe ().
  13. 1850 census, 9th District, Berkeley County, Virginia; roll 936, pg 416, family #1519.
  14. 1850 census, 9th District, Berkeley County, Virginia; roll 936, pg 416, family #1524.
  15. 1850 census, 9th District, Berkeley County, Virginia; roll 936, pg 416, family #1525.
  16. 1850 census, 9th District, Berkeley County, Virginia; roll 936, pg 416, family #1528.
  17. 1850 census, 9th District, Berkeley County, Virginia; roll 936, pg 416, family #1529.
  18. 1850 census, 9th District, Berkeley County, Virginia; roll 936, pg 417, family #1543.
  19. Letter from John Henshaw to James Henshaw, 1855; contribution from Tom Henshaw.
  20. James William Henshaw & Nancy Elizabeth Miller marriage bond; West Virginia Division of Culture and History:
    http://www.wvculture.org/vrr/va_view.aspx?Id=12495911&Type=Marriage.


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