Meridith Henshaw

Meridith Henshaw
B: c1806
D: 1883 
M: Margaret Etheridge
   ├── Jane C. Henshaw (1828-1912) 1,2,3
   ├── Sarah Jane Henshaw (1829-1908) 2,4
   ├── William Carroll Henshaw (1830-1891) 1,3,5,6
   ├── Albert Henshaw (c1833-?) 1,3
   ├── Seany Elizabeth Henshaw (c1836-?) 1,3,7
   ├── Malinda Henshaw (1839-1902) 1,3,5
   ├── Lucinda Henshaw (c1841-?) 1,3
   └── John T. Henshaw (1845-1915) 1,3,5,8,9

Meridith Henshaw     [ID 02492] Click here to switch to Ahnentafel view: Ahnentafel View

Born about 1806, North Carolina.1  Meredith was shown born about 1805 per the 1850 census, about 1807 per the 1860 census, and about 1806 per his obituary.  He was shown born before 1800 in the 1840 census.  

He married Margaret Etheridge.1,10  Margaret was born about 1802, North Carolina.3,8  Margaret was shown born about 1801 per the 1850 census, and about 1803 per the 1860 census.  

Meredith and family were shown in the 1830 census, Lincoln County, Tennessee:11

Meredith Henshaw household:
1 male under age 5 (William).
1 male age 20-30 (Meredith).
1 female under age 5 (Jane).
1 female age 20-30 (Margaret).

Meredith served in the Lincoln County, Tennessee Volunteer Regiment.12  

Meridith Henshaw was shown in the 1839 tax roll of Dyer County, Tennessee.13  

Meredith Henshaw was shown in the 1840 census, DeSoto County, Mississippi:12,14

M. Henshaw household:
2 males age 5-10 (William) and (Albert).
1 male age 16-20 (?? hired worker ??).
1 male age 20-30 (?? hired worker ??).
1 male age 40-50 (Meredith).
2 females under age 5 (Seany) and (Malinda).
1 female age 10-15 (Jane).
1 female age 30-40 (Margaret).
No slaves.
9 total persons; 3 persons engaged in agriculture.

Meredith and family were again shown in the 1850 census, DeSoto (now Tate) County, Mississippi:3

Meredith Henshaw, age 45, born in North Carolina; farmer; $300 real estate.
Margaret Henshaw, age 49, born in North Carolina.
Jane C. Henshaw, age 22, born in Tennessee.
William Henshaw, age 20, born in Tennessee; farmer; attended school.
Albert Henshaw, age 17, born in Alabama; farmer; attended school.
Seaney Henshaw, age 14, born in Tennessee.
Malinda Henshaw, age 12, born in Mississippi.
Lucinda Henshaw, age 9, born in Mississippi; attended school.
John Henshaw, age 5, born in Mississippi; attended school.
Also living in the same county in 1850 was Meredith's married daughter, Sarah Jane Henshaw Barr.15  

Meredith and family were shown in the 1860 census, Senatobia, DeSoto (now Tate) County, Mississippi:8

Meredith Henshaw, age 53, born in North Carolina; farmer; $1200 real estate; $600 personal property.
Margaret Henshaw, age 57, born in North Carolina.
J.T. Henshaw, age 14, born in Mississippi; attended school.
Living next door in 1860 was the family of daughter Seany Elizabeth;16 one more house away was the family of daughter Jane;17 one more house away was the family of daughter Lucinda;18 one more house away was was the family of son William.19  

Meredith was shown in the 1870 census (Jul 27 1870), living with his widowed daughter Malinda in Arkabutla, DeSoto (now Tate) County, Mississippi:20

Henshaw, M., age 64, born in North Carolina; farmer; $1000 real estate; $500 personal property.
Simmons, Malinda, age 31, born in Mississippi, keeping house.
Simmons, Margret, age 8, born in Mississippi.
Simmons, William, age 7, born in Mississippi.
Note that wife Margaret seems to have died sometime before the 1870 census.  Living next door in 1870 was son John,21 and nearby was son William.22  

Widower Meredith was shown in the 1880 census, again living with his daughter Malinda (then remarried) in Senatobia, Tate County, Mississippi:23

Watts, John T., age 31, born in South Carolina; parents born in South Carolina; farmer.
Watts, Malinda, wife, age 40, born in Mississippi, father born in South Carolina; mother born in North Carolina; housekeeper.
Simmes [sic], W.H., stepson, age 17, born in Mississippi; father born in South Carolina; mother born in Mississippi.
Henshaw, Meredith, father-in-law, age 74, born in South Carolina; parents born in South Carolina; widower.

But Meredith was doubly-enumerated in the 1880 census, also being shown in the household of daughter Seany in Tate County, Mississippi:24

Diffee, Noah, age 49, born in Tennessee; parents born in North Carolina; farmer.
Diffee, S.E., wife, age 45, born in Alabama; parents born in Alabama; keeping house.
Diffee, M.L., daughter, age 17, born in Mississippi; father born in Tennessee; mother born in Alabama.
Diffee, M.C., daughter, age 14, born in Mississippi; father born in Tennessee; mother born in Alabama.
Diffee, S.J., daughter, age 11, born in Mississippi; father born in Tennessee; mother born in Alabama.
Diffee, J.M., son, age 9, born in Mississippi; father born in Tennessee; mother born in Alabama.
Diffee, Ida, daughter, age 7, born in Mississippi; father born in Tennessee; mother born in Alabama.
Diffee, A.L., son, age 4, born in Mississippi; father born in Tennessee; mother born in Alabama.
Henshaw, M., father-in-law, age 64, born in Alabama; parents born in Alabama; widower.

Meridith Henshaw died Aug 28 1883, Senatobia, Tate County, Mississippi.25  Meredith's obituary appeared in a newspaper as follows:25

Mr. M. Henshaw died at his home near Senatobia, on Tuesday night, Aug 28th, 1883 aged 77 years.

Speculation is that Meredith may have also been the father of Nancy Catherine Henshaw.12  

Note that Jane Hinshaw #2610 was also born in North Carolina and also settled near Senatobia, DeSoto (now Tate) County, Mississippi.  It is possible that Meridith and Jane might have been closely related (perhaps siblings, first cousins etc.).26  Note also that Jane's brother William was the progenitor of the line of Hinshaws/Henshaws/Hanshaws of Jackson County, Alabama.  Both Jane and her brother William were known to have migrated through Franklin County, Tennessee.  

Note also that Jane's nephew, Eli Hinshaw, settled in Panola County, Mississippi,12,27,28 which is also where Jane's husband died.  

Because of his connections to North Carolina, Tennessee and Alabama, it is likely that Merideth descended from the Hinshaws of North Carolina.29  

There is a record in the LDS International Genealogical Index (IGI) which claims Meredith was the son of Jesse Hinshaw & Eunice Gifford.30  The IGI record came from a member submission, so no corroborating source information is indicated.  While Meredith's approximate birth date and place would be consistent with this claim, there is no other known evidence connecting him with that family (and there were many other Hinshaw families in North Carolina at the time which could be equally likely).  

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Sources

  1. Contribution from Steve Morgan () citing:
    Letter from the Tate County, Mississippi genealogical society.
  2. Contribution from Andy Barr ().
  3. 1850 census, Southern Division, DeSoto County, Mississippi; roll 371, page 331, dwelling #252.
  4. Contribution from Nan Beavers (Nan Beavers).
  5. Contribution from Barbara Peddicord () citing:
    1850 census, DeSoto County, Mississippi; page 331B.
  6. Contribution from Rose Ella Smith ().
  7. Rhnea Burcham database: http://www.familytreemaker.com/users/b/u/r/Rhnea-Burcham.
  8. 1860 census, Senatobia P.O., DeSoto County, Mississippi; roll M653-581, page 55, line #30, dwelling #418, family #418.
  9. Contribution from Barbara Peddicord () citing:
    1860 census, DeSoto County, Mississippi; page 55.
  10. The Church Of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints (LDS) computerized Ancestral File.
  11. 1830 census, Lincoln County, Tennessee; page 276.
  12. Contribution from Steve Morgan ().
  13. Tennessee, Early Tax List Records, 1783-1895; http://www.ancestry.com.
  14. 1840 census, DeSoto County, Mississippi; page 124, line 21:
    http://files.usgwarchives.net/ms/desoto/1840/p121-125.txt.
  15. 1850 census, Southern Division, DeSoto County, Mississippi; roll 371, page 314, dwelling #30.
  16. 1860 census, Senatobia P.O., DeSoto County, Mississippi; roll M653-581, page 55, line #33, dwelling #419, family #419.
  17. 1860 census, Senatobia P.O., DeSoto County, Mississippi; roll M653-581, page 55, line #37, dwelling #420, family #420.
  18. 1860 census, Senatobia P.O., DeSoto County, Mississippi; roll M653-581, page 55-56, line #40, dwelling #421, family #421.
  19. 1860 census, Senatobia P.O., DeSoto County, Mississippi; roll M653-581, page 56, line #9, dwelling #422, family #422.
  20. 1870 census, DeSoto County, Mississippi; page 329, line #36, dwelling #148, family #148.
  21. 1870 census, DeSoto County, Mississippi; page 329, line #40, dwelling #149, family #149.
  22. 1870 census, DeSoto County, Mississippi; page 330, line #19, dwelling #153, family #153.
  23. 1880 census, Senatobia, Tate County, Mississippi; roll T9-0665, ED 185, page 290C, line #6, family #305.
  24. 1880 census, Beat 1 (1st District), Tate County, Mississippi; roll T9-0665, ED 181, page 198A, line #26, dwelling #565, family #565.
  25. Contribution from Barbara Peddicord () citing:
    obituary of Meredith Henshaw.
  26. Speculation.
  27. 1840 census, Panola County, Mississsippi; roll 218, page 138.
  28. 1841 Mississippi state census, Panola County, Mississippi; http://www.ancestry.com.
  29. speculation.
  30. LDS IGI.


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