Thomas A. Henshaw

                                                     ┌── William Slaughter Henshaw
                                                     │    1783-1836 
                     ┌── Hugh Lyle Henshaw ──────────┤
                     │    1819-1861                  │
                     │                               └── Harriet Brown Lyle
                     │                                    1793-1870 
Thomas A. Henshaw ───┤
B: 1848              │                               ┌── William Patterson
D: 1931              │                               │
                     └── Cynthia Frances Patterson ──┤
                          1828-1906                  │
                                                     └── Asenath Piggott
M: Amanda Boren
   ├── Harold Hugh Henshaw (1881-1956) 1,2,3,4,5
   └── Lesah Virginia Henshaw (1884-?) 1,2,3,4

Thomas A. Henshaw     [ID 01709] Click here to switch to Ahnentafel view: Ahnentafel View

Thomas A. Henshaw6 [Thomas B. Henshaw7, Tom Warren Henshaw8].

Born Apr 19 18481,3,5,7,9,10,11,12 [Mar 18 18462], St. Louis County, Missouri1,3,5,7,9,10,11,12 [Illinois6].  

Thomas was shown in the 1880 census (Jun 10 1880), living (apparently in a hotel) in Whitehall, Greene County, Illinois:6

Laurig, Charles, age 45, born in Saxony; parents born in Saxony; hotel keeper.
Henshaw, Thomas A., age 32, born in Illinois; [parents birthplaces blank]; single; lawyer.

He married Amanda Boren1,2,9 [Amanda Boren McBride5], Oct 14 18801,2,9, Greene County, Illinois1,2,9.  Amanda, daughter of Absalom Boren, was born Sep 21 1856, Illinois.3,5,9,10,11,12,13,14,15  

Thomas and family were shown in the 1900 census (Jun 5 1900), Carrollton, Greene County, Illinois:3

Henshaw, Thomas, head-of-household, age 52, born Apr 1848 in Missouri; father born in Virginia; mother born in Missouri; married 20 years; occupation: lawyer; owned home (free).
Henshaw, Amanda, wife, age 43, born Sept 1856 in Illinois; father born in Indiana; mother born in Illinois; married 20 years; 2 children, 2 living.
Henshaw, Harold H., son, age 18, born July 1881 in Illinois; father born in Missouri; mother born in Illinois; attended school 9 months.
Henshaw, Lesah, daughter, age 15, born Sept 1884 in Illinois; father born in Missouri; mother born in Illinois; attended school 9 months.

Thomas was elected County Judge of Greene County, Illinois in 1909; re-elected in 1910.1  

Thomas and Amanda were shown in the 1910 census (Apr 20 1910), Carrollton, Greene County, Illinois:10

Henshaw, Thomas, head-of-household, age 62, born in Missouri; father born in West Virginia; mother born in Missouri; first marriage, married 30 years; occupation: lawyer, county judge; owned home (free).
Henshaw, Amanda, wife, age 54, born in Illinois; father born in Indiana; mother born in Illinois; first marriage, married 30 years; 2 children, 2 living.

Thomas and Amanda were shown in the 1920 census (Jan 15 1920), Carrollton, Greene County, Illinois:11

Henshaw, Thomas, head-of-household, age 71, born in Missouri; father born in Virginia; mother born in Missouri; owned home; occupation: county judge.
Henshaw, Amanda, wife, age 63, born in Illinois; parents born in Indiana.
Also living in Greene County, Illinois in 1920 was an unidentified Jennie O. Henshaw, widow, age 68, born in Missouri16 (probably the widow of a brother).17  

Thomas and Amanda were shown in the 1930 census (Apr 17 1930), 663 Maple Avenue, Carrollton, Greene County, Illinois:13

Henshaw, Thomas, head-of-household, age 86, born in Illinois; parents born in Illinois; first married at age 49; owned home ($5,000 value); no radio in home; occupation: attorney, private office; not a veteran.
Henshaw, Amanda, wife, age 73, born in Illinois; parents born in Illinois; first married at age 49.

Thomas A. Henshaw died Jul 14 1931, Carrollton, Greene County, Illinois; buried Section 5, Carrollton City Cemetery, Carrollton Township, Greene County, Illinois.5,12,18,19  

Amanda died Jul 12 193518 [Jul 12 19365,12,15], Carrollton, Greene County, Illinois18; age 7918.  

A biographical sketch of Thomas was published in the 1905 book "Past and Present of Greene County Illinois"9

THOMAS HENSHAW, engaged in the practice of law in Carrollton, has gained the success which follows individual merit and the careful preparation of cases.  He has a large clientage connected with much of the important litigation tried in the courts of the district, and his earnest effort, close application and close study of the principles of jurisprudence have been the salient features in his advancement.  

Mr. Henshaw was born in St. Louis county, Missouri, April 19, 1848, and is a representative of southern ancestry, the family having been founded in America in colonial days.  His grandfather, Captain William Slaughter Henshaw, was a native of Martinsburg, West Virginia, where also occurred the birth of Hugh L. Henshaw, the father of our subject.  After arriving at years of maturity he went to Missouri, the date of his removal being 1845, and he continued a resident of St. Louis county until his death, which occurred on the 25th of November, 1861, resulting from the kick of one of his horses.  He followed the occupation of farming throughout his business career.  He married Miss Fanny Patterson, a native of St. Louis county and they became the parents of seven children.  

Thomas Henshaw, the eldest of the family, acquired his preliminary education in the public schools and afterward attended Bryant & Stratton Business College in St. Louis.  He was but thirteen years of age at the time of his father's death.  In 1867 he came to Greene county, where he began teaching school, following that profession until the spring of 1876 and giving an upward impetus to the schools with which he was associated, for he was an able instructor, imparting readily and clearly to others the knowledge that he had acquired.  During the latter part of that period he devoted his leisure hours to the study of law and in July, 1876, he went to Winchester, Illinois, where he became a law student in the office of Knapp & Riggs.  In January, 1878, he was admitted to the bar and opening an office in Carrollton he began practice.  In March, 1879, he removed to White Hall, where he remained in practice until November, 1890, when he returned to Carrollton and has since remained a member of the bar of that city.  His advancement has been continuous and has resulted from his devotion to his clients' interests, his careful preparation of cases and his clear and forceful presentation of his cause before judge or jury.  

On the 14th of October, 1880, Mr. Henshaw was united in marriage to Amanda, a daughter of Absalom Boren, a citizen of Pike county, Illinois, and a representative of one of the old families of this state.  Their children are Harold, who is now in Chicago, and Lesah Virginia.  

In his fraternal relations Mr. Henshaw is an Odd Fellow and is also connected with the Masonic fraternity, a member of Carrollton Lodge, No. 50.  In his political views he is a Democrat and while living in White Hall he served for two terms as city attorney, being the first to occupy that position after the incorporation of the city.  He was a member of the board of education for three terms and during the last term was president of the board.  In matters of citizenship he is always deeply interested and has been the champion of many measures which have proved effective for the public good.  In 1888 he was elected state's attorney and was re-elected in 1892 without opposition.  He proved most capable and retired from office as he had entered it, with the confidence and regard of all who knew aught of his official service.  He is now giving his undivided attention to the private practice of law and has secured a good clientage, while the legal fraternity, as well as the public, recognizes his capability and accords him a creditable position in its ranks.

Note: No son named Thomas was ever shown in any census with his parents; It is possible that Thomas was the same as Hugh Lyle Henshaw's son William Henshaw.17

(photo)Photo: Thomas Henshaw & Amanda Boren gravestone Carrollton City Cemetery 15,19


  1. "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.
  2. Henshaw history and genealogy manuscript, original by Holmes Hart Henshaw, 1930; updated in 1995 by Donald Craig Henshaw and others.
  3. 1900 census, Carrollton, Greene County, Illinois; roll T623-303, ED 20, page 3A, line #3, dwelling #47, family #49.
  4. Biographical sketch of Thomas Henshaw.
  5. "Pedigrees of Some of the Emperor Charlemagne's Descendants" by Marcellus Donald Alexander R. von Redlich; Genealogical Publishing Company, 1988;
    Americans of Armorial Ancestry, page 404.
  6. 1880 census, Whitehall, Greene County, Illinois; roll T9-0209, ED 87, page 184C, line #18, dwelling #295, family #314.
  7. Contribution from Donna Henshaw Mason citing: information from Winona Burris.
  8. "The Piggott Family", by Helynn M. Carrier, Feb 14 1988.
  9. Biographical sketch of Thomas Henshaw; USGenWeb Archives:
  10. 1910 census, 1st Ward, Carrollton, Greene County, Illinois; roll T624-289, ED 33, page 39A, line #29, dwelling #165, family #165.
  11. 1920 census, Carrollton, Greene County, Illinois; roll T625-368, ED 42, page 10B, line #88, dwelling #270, family #273.
  12. Burials in Carrollton City Cemetery, Greene County, Illinois; USGenWeb Archives:
  13. 1930 census, Carrollton, Greene County, Illinois; roll T626-517, ED 4, page 20B, line #93, dwelling #539, family #539.
  14. State of Illinois; Database of Illinois Death Certificates, 1916-1950:
  16. 1920 census, Patterson, Greene County, Illinois; roll T625-368, ED 46, page 9A, line #1.
  17. Speculation.
  18. State of Illinois; Database of Illinois Death Certificates, 1916-1950:

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