┌── Joshua Henshaw │ 1672-1747 ┌── Daniel Henshaw ────────┤ │ 1701-1781 │ │ └── Mary Hay Webster │ 1672-1747 Benjamin Henshaw ────────────────┤ B: 1730 │ ┌── Joseph Bass D: 1793 │ │ └── Elizabeth Allen Bass ──┤ 1703-1774 │ └── Mary Belcher M: Elizabeth Lord ├── Benjamin Henshaw (1754-1828) 1,2,3,4,5 ├── Elizabeth Henshaw (1755-1847) 1,2,3,4,5 M: Mrs. Huldah (Stillman) Sumner ├── Daniel Henshaw (1762-1825) 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8 ├── Joseph Henshaw (1763-1787) 1,2,3,4 ├── Joshua Henshaw (1765-1840) 1,2,3,4,7,9 ├── Sarah Henshaw (1767-1768) 4 ├── Sarah Henshaw (1768-?) 1,2,3,4,7 └── John Henshaw (1770-1787) 1,2,3,4
|Benjamin Henshaw [ID 00258]||Click here to switch to Ahnentafel view:|
Born Jan 12 1730, Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts.5,9,10,11,12,13,14,15,16
Benjamin lived in Middletown, Connecticut.9,13,17
He married Elizabeth Lord, May 31 1753, Middletown, Middlesex County, Connecticut.1,2,3,9,10 Married by Rev. V. Russell.5,16
Elizabeth died Jan 8 1761.5,16
He then married Mrs. Huldah (Stillman) Sumner6,9,10,17 [Huldah Stillman2,3,4], Jul 2 17616,9,10,17, New Haven Second Church, Wethersfield, Connecticut6,9,10,17. Married by Rev. Mr. Lockwood.5
Benjamin is listed in the "Patriot Index" of the Daughters of the American Revolution, where it claims he was a lieutenant in the Connecticut continental army during the Revolutionary War.10 However there is other evidence that indicates this is in error, and it was more likely it was his son Benjamin who served in the war.
In 1787 Benjamin and Huldah lost two sons, Joseph and John, who were washed from the deck of their ship during a gale in the West Indies. Benjamin reportedly said that he saw Joseph and John through an apparition in his garden in Middletown, Connecticut, at about the same time they died.4
Benjamin hired (indentured) several young apprentices:18
Fisher, Christophor - aged about 15 years the 13th of last September, was born in Portsmouth, England. He now resides in New London and binds himself to Benjamin Henshaw of Middletown until age 21 to learn the trade of seaman with the mariner art or the art of navigation. Indenture Date: 29 Jul. 1771
Griffin, Joseph, of New London, aged about 15 February last, states he was born in Galloway, Ireland and having no one to care for him, binds himself to Benjamin Henshaw of Middletown until age 21 to learn the trade of seaman with the mariner art or art of navigation. Indenture Date: 29 Jul. 1771
White, John (alias John Patrick), ran away from Benjamin Henshaw of Middletown. John is age 26, 5' 10" tall, has brown hair and light complection. He also stutters. Reward 20 shillings. Newspaper Dated: 13 Nov. 1769
See also: William Henshaw #4648 (William Henshaw #4483), and James Henshaw #8882 who might have been raised by Benjamin and/or might have been additional apprentices.19
Benjamin Henshaw died Aug 2 1793, Middletown, Middlesec County, Connecticut; age 62.5,9,10,13,15,20,21
Benjamin's will mentions his children, as follows:22
... For love and affection I bear to my Children: Benjamin Henshaw, Jr., Daniel, Joshua, and John Meigs for my daughter Elizabeth and Lemuel Hayward for my daughter Sarah ...
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