Eli Henshaw

                                        ┌── Josiah Henshaw
                                        │    1695-1752 
                   ┌── Josiah Henshaw ──┤
                   │    1752-1840       │
                   │                    └── Dorothy Crawford Goodnow
                   │                         1710-1770 
Eli Henshaw ───────┤
B: 1789            │                    ┌── John Phipps
D: 1868            │                    │
                   └── Sarah Phipps ────┤
                        1757-1844       │
                                        └── Rachel Lincoln
M: Abigail Sanford
   ├── Henry Henshaw (1816-1864) 1,2,3
   ├── Marshall Henshaw (1820-1900) 2,4,5,6
   ├── Dwight Henshaw (1823-1907) 2,4,6,7
   ├── Franklin Henshaw (1827-1830) 2,6
   ├── Maria Henshaw (1832-1910) 2,4,7
   └── Myron Henshaw (1834-1868) 2,7

Eli Henshaw     [ID 02795] Click here to switch to Ahnentafel view: Ahnentafel View

Born Nov 9 1789, Brookfield, Worcester County, Massachusetts.1,2,8,9,10  

He married Abigail Sanford, May 17 1815, Brookfield, Worcester County, Massachusetts.1,2,3,5,11  Abigail, daughter of Josiah Sanford & Theodora Wood, was born Aug 26 1796.1,6  

In 1816 Eli Henshaw, finding his father's authority irksom, went to Bethany, (from Brookfield, Massachusetts), then the county-seat of Wayne County, Pennsylvania, where his elder brother Increase had preeded him and had started a weekly newspaper.  At that time there were only two or three small settlements in that whole region of virgin forest.  Striking into the wilderness, about two and a half miles from Bethany, he cleared a lot and bult a log house with two small rooms.  Between this and the village there was only a footpath, and in returning from his work after dark, he carried a firebrand to protect himself from wolves and bears.  To this crude house in the forest, he brought his family - a wife and one child.  They made the then perilous journey in March, 1817, and barely escaped drowning while crossing the Hudson on the ice between Fishkill and Newburg.12  

He and his wife, Abigail, had seven children, and for years there was a hard struggle for the bare necessities of life.  The family was hard working and faired poorly.  Once for three days they had nothing to eat but potatoes and salt.  On one occasinon Eli drove to Newburgh, a journey of four days out and back, and bought a barrel of flour, for which he paid fifteen dollars.  Wolves howled around the house at night.  Water was brought from a spring a quarter of a mile distant.  Abigail spun and wove all the clothing of the family, and did some weaving especially rag carpets for others.12  

Eli and family were shown in the 1820 census, Dyberry Township, Wayne County, Pennsylvania:13

Eli Hinshaw household:
1 free white male under age 10
1 free white male age 10-16
1 free white male age 26-45 (Eli)
1 free white female age 16-26 (Abigail)
2 persons engaged in agriculture.
No slaves.
Living nearby in 1820 was the houshold of an unidentified Hester Hinshaw, age 16-26 (with one female under age 10).14  

Eli and family were shown in the 1830 census, Dyberry, Howesdale Village Township, Wayne County, Pennsylvania:15

Eli Hinshaw household:
1 free white male under age 5
2 free white males age 5-10
1 free white male age 10-15
1 free white male age 40-50 (Eli)
1 free white female age 30-40 (Abigail)

Eli and family were shown in the 1840 census, Dyberry Township, Wayne County, Pennsylvania:16

Eli Henshaw household:
1 free white male age 5-10
2 free white males age 15-20
1 free white male age 50-60 (Eli)
1 free white female age 5-10
1 free white female age 15-20
1 free white female age 40-50 (Abigail)

Eli was shown in the 1850 census, Diberry Township, Wayne County, Pennsylvania, living in the household of his son Dwight:17

Eli Henshaw, age 59, born in Massachusetts.
Dwight Henshaw, age 26, born in Pennsylvania; farmer; $1500 real estate.
Semantha Henshaw, age 24, born in Connecticut.
Geo S. Henshaw, age 1, born in Pennsylvania.
Mariah Henshaw, age 18, born in Pennsylvania; attended school.
Miron Henshaw, age 15, born in Pennsylvania; farmer.
Wife Abigail was not shown and so had probably died before 1850.  Son Dwight appears to have inherited the family farm.  The 1850 census also shows living nearby was brother Increase.18  

Eli Henshaw died Jun 15 1868, Bethany, Wayne County, Pennsylvania; buried behind the old Presbyterian Church, Bethany, Pennsylvania.6,11,19  Abigail is also buried with Eli behind the old Presbyterian Church in Bethany.19  

See also: Adolphus M. Henshaw who might be a grandson.  


Sources

  1. Contribution from Joan Shirk () citing:
    Vital records of Brookfield, MA.
  2. Contribution from Phil Henshaw.
  3. Massachusetts, Town and Vital Records, 1620-1988; http://www.ancestry.com.
  4. Contribution from Joan Shirk ().
  5. "Twentieth Century Biographical Dictionary of Notable Americans",
    Johnson, Rossiter, ed.; The Biographical Society, 1904.
  6. Posting Jan 20 2000 by Joan Shirk () to MAYFLOWER-L.
  7. 1850 census, Diberry Township, Wayne County, Pennsylvania; roll 835, page 194, dwelling #123.
  8. Birth Record (1) of the Children of Josiah Henshaw & Sarah Phipps; Brookfield, Worcester County, Massachusetts;
    Massachusetts, Town and Vital Records, 1620-1988; http://www.ancestry.com.
  9. Birth Record (2) of the Children of Josiah Henshaw & Sarah Phipps; Brookfield, Worcester County, Massachusetts;
    Massachusetts, Town and Vital Records, 1620-1988; http://www.ancestry.com.
  10. Record of the family of Josiah Henshaw & Sarah Phipps; Brookfield, Worcester County, Massachusetts;
    Massachusetts, Town and Vital Records, 1620-1988; http://www.ancestry.com.
  11. Stephanie J. Walker () database:
    http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~walkersj/Henshaw.htm.
  12. Contribution from Joan Shirk () citing:
    "A Memorial of Marshall Henshaw", 1901.
  13. 1820 census, Dyberry Township, Wayne County, Pennsylvania; roll M33-112, page 55.
  14. 1820 census, Dyberry Township, Wayne County, Pennsylvania; roll M33-112, page 56.
  15. 1830 census, Dyberry, Howesdale Village Township, Wayne County, Pennsylvania; roll M19-160, page 200.
  16. 1840 census, Dyberry Township, Wayne County, Pennsylvania; roll M704-493, page 271.
  17. 1850 census, Diberry Township, Wayne County, Pennsylvania; roll 835, page 194, line #30, dwelling #123, family #123.
  18. 1850 census, Diberry Township, Wayne County, Pennsylvania; roll 835, page 195, dwelling #134.
  19. Posting Feb 1 2000 by Joan Shirk () to PAWAYNE-L.


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