Joshua Henshaw

                                                      ┌── Daniel Henshaw
                                                      │    1701-1781 
                  ┌── Benjamin Henshaw ───────────────┤
                  │    1730-1793                      │
                  │                                   └── Elizabeth Allen Bass
                  │                                        1703-1774 
Joshua Henshaw ───┤
B: 1765           │
D: 1840           │
                  └── Mrs. Huldah (Stillman) Sumner
M: Esther Burnham
   ├── Caroline Hayward Henshaw  1,2,3,4,5
   ├── Esther Emeline Henshaw (c1784-?) 2,3,4,6
   ├── Charlotte Louisa Henshaw  2,4,5
   ├── Maria Ward Henshaw  3,4,5
   ├── Frederick Henshaw  4
   ├── Sarah Henshaw  4
   ├── Joseph Burnham Henshaw (1790-1871) 1,2,3,4,7
   ├── John Leavitt Henshaw (1792-1832) 1,2,3,4,5,8
   ├── George Sage Henshaw (1794-1840) 1,2,3,4,5
   ├── Charles Joshua Henshaw (c1798-1869) 2,3,4,5
   └── Ashbel Burnham Henshaw (c1807-1874) 3,4,5

Joshua Henshaw     [ID 00259] Click here to switch to Ahnentafel view: Ahnentafel View

Of Middlebury, Vt.8  

Born Jun 25 1765, Middletown, Middlesec County, Connecticut.5,8,9  

He married Esther Burnham, Oct 21 1787.2,5,8  Esther of Middlebury, Vt.8  Esther, daughter of Ashbel Burnham & Hannah Sage, was born Jul 25 1768.4  

In 1800-01 Joshua had a large frame house built in one of the more prominent sites in Middlebury, Vermont at 1 South Pleasant Street.10  

Joshua removed to Montreal, Canada.8  Joshua had been a director of the Vermont State Bank.10  A published history of Middlebury, Vermont noted "In 1814 the bank was robbed of some $28,000 in what looked like an inside job.  The next morning Henshaw left town for Canada, never to return, and subsequently a duplicate key to the bank was found concealed in the attic of his house."10  

Joshua Henshaw was shown in an 1813 list of Montreal persons able to serve as jurors.11  

Joshua Henshaw died Nov 15 1840, Montreal, Canada; age 75.5,8,12,13  

Esther died May 13 1853, Flushing, Long Island, New York; age 85.4,12,14  

Esther's death was noted in the "New York Evening Post" (New York, New York) on Saturday, May 14, 1853 [as abstracted]:14

Flushing L I May 13, Esther wid of late Joshua Henshaw 84y

See also: Elizabeth Cuyler Henshaw who also lived in Quebec and was probably a daughter or granddaughter.  


  1. Contribution from Eric Litchfield ().
  2. Contribution from Tom Henshaw.
  3. "Our Family: A Little Account of it for my Descendents", by Sarah Edwards Henshaw, Oakland, California, 1894, contributed by Donald Craig Henshaw. USIGS scan:
  4. RootsWeb WorldConnect data by ().
  5. Henshaw genealogical chart, author unknown; Contributed by Donald Craig Henshaw.
  6. Ancestry Family Tree data posted by "alkerr22".
  7. Contribution from Melissa Kay Hinshaw Owens citing:
    "Descendants of James Sands of Block Island (with notes on the walker, Hutchinson, Ray, Guthhrie, Palgrove, Cornell, Ayscough, Middagh, Holt, and Henshaw families)";
    privately printed, New York, 1949; compiled by Malcom Sands Wilson.
  8. The "American Registry", Vol. X, pg 181, 973 US015 Vol. X in the LDS Family History Library.
  9. The Church Of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints (LDS) International Genealogical Index (IGI) - Connecticut.
  10. "A Walking History of Middlebury", by Glen M. Andres, 1975:
  11. "Records of Immigrants to Canada". Provo, UT:, 1999.
  12. Burials in McDonough Cemetery; "Ray's Place" New England history:
  13. Contribution from David G. White ().
  14. New York, Death Newspaper Extracts, 1801-1890 (Barber Collection);

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