Thomas Henshall

                        ┌── William Henshall
Thomas Henshall ────────┤
B: ?                    │
D: c1631                │
                        └── Margerie Gyll
M: - Kendrick
   ├── John Henshall (1611-c1687) 1,2,3
   ├── Elizabeth Henshall (1607-?) 4
   ├── William Henshawe (c1608-1644) 1,2,3,5
   ├── Edwarde Henshall (1610-?) 4
   ├── Thomas Henshawe (1614-?) 1,2,3
   ├── Frances Henshall (1617-?) 4
   └── Ellin Henshall (1620-1699) 1,2,3

M: Elizabeth Wainwright

Thomas Henshall     [ID 00185] Click here to switch to Ahnentafel view: Ahnentafel View

Thomas Henshall1 [Sir Thomas Henshall, Sir Thomas Henshawe, Sir Thomas Henshaw1,2].

Spelled "Henshall" in early records but "Henshawe" later records.2  

According to the pedigree prepared in 1701 by grandson Joshua Henshaw, Thomas was from "Derby, in the County Palantine of Lancaster".2  

He married - Kendrick.  Thomas married a daughter of the Kendricks "of Prescot in the County Palantine of Lancaster, or rather of Kendrick's Cross, in the same parish".2,3,5  (This might have been Alice Kendrick or Kenricke).4  

In the Walton On The Hill church records Thomas was listed as a resident of "Darbye"6 (Derby) so one could assume that all of his children were probably born there.7  

He then married Elizabeth Wainwright, Jan 20 1625, Walton on the Hill, Lancashire.1,8  NOTE: This is pure speculation that it was *this* Thomas who married Elizabeth Wainwright (second wife?) - it could have been a different Thomas, although the proximity of dates and identical parish location seem to indicate it was probably this Thomas.  

Thomas, during the reign of James I, had Arms restored to him that had previously belonged to his ancestor, Sir Thomas Henshaw, and had a crest added, and he was knighted.2  Thomas Henshall died about 1631.2,3,5  According to Joshua's 1701 pedigree, Thomas died in Toxter Park (or Toxteth Park), near "Liverpool in the same County near 70 years ago"2 (making it c1631).  

Note: Thomas' parents are not known for sure.  It appears that his parents might have been William Henshall and Margerie Gyll because of the following: The records of the parish of Walton on the Hill in Lancashire show Thomas' marriage and also his children's christenings.  Also recorded at Walton on the Hill are records of several other Henshawe/Henshalls at approximately the same time period and about the same age as Thomas.1,8  One of these records is the christening of Margerie Henshall, which shows her parents were William Henshall and Margerie Gyll.1,8  It appears that Margerie was Thomas' sister and therefore William Henshall was his father.  

But there is also speculation from Tom Henshaw that perhaps Thomas might be connected with the family of Roger Henshawe of Farnsworth, near Prescot,7 because Thomas married a Kendrick of Prescot.  Roger did have a son named Thomas, born about 1572.9  Also living at Farnsworth, near Prescot was Raphe Henshawe (probably brother to Roger above), who also had a son named Thomas, born about 1570.9  Either of these Thomas's from Farnsworth might be this Thomas.7  

See also: Thomas d'Derbye Henshaw.  


  1. The Church Of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints (LDS) International Genealogical Index (IGI) - Lancashire, England.
  2. The "New England Historical and Genealogical Register", vol 22, 1868, The New England Historical and Genealogical Society. This issue includes a complete copy of the recorded pedigree of Joshua Henshaw.
  3. An article appearing in the magazine "Hobbies", February 1967, titled "At the Sign of the Crest - Henshaw Coat-of-Arms", by Hazel Karft Eilers copy supplied by Fontella Hinshaw.
  4. Speculation.
  5. The "American Registry", Vol. X, pg 181, 973 US015 Vol. X in the LDS Family History Library.
  6. Contribution from Tom Henshaw.
  7. Speculation by Tom Henshaw.
  8. "Computer Printout of Walton on the Hill, Lancashire, England (1586-1746)", Marriages (Microfilm 0883843 or microfiche 6904107, document 942.72 K29PR, Batch M005451): the LDS Family History Library.
  9. Contribution from Tom Henshaw citing: LDS IGI.

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