Levi Henshaw

                                           ┌── William Henshaw
                                           │    1736-1799 
                       ┌── Levi Henshaw ───┤
                       │    1769-1843      │
                       │                   └── Agnes Ann Anderson
                       │                       c1745-<1806
Levi Henshaw ──────────┤
B: 1815                │                   ┌── William McConnel
D: 1896                │                   │
                       └── Ann McConnell ──┤
                            1778-1839      │
                                           └── Mary Cowan
M: Sarah Ann Snodgrass
   ├── Robert Levi Henshaw (1853-1853) 1,2,3,4
   ├── Lillie Snodgrass Henshaw (1854-1938) 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8
   ├── Annie Laurie Henshaw (1856-?) 1,2,3,4,5,6,9
   ├── Robert Levi Henshaw (1857-1932) 1,2,3,4,5,6,10
   ├── Edgar Craven Henshaw (1859-1924) 1,2,3,4,5,6,10
   ├── Ella Snodgrass Henshaw (1861-1862) 1,2,3,4
   ├── Valley Virginia Henshaw (1863-1927) 1,2,3,4,5,6,10,11
   ├── Francis Henshaw (1865-1865) 1,2,4
   ├── Frances Little Henshaw (1866-1951) 1,2,3,4,5,6,10,11
   └── Mary Bell Henshaw (1866-1952) 1,2,3,4,5,6,10,11

Levi Henshaw     [ID 03604] Click here to switch to Ahnentafel view: Ahnentafel View

Born Jul 15 1815, at the old "Henshaw's Mill" home place on Mill Creek, near Bunker Hill, Berkeley County, W. Virginia.1,4,6,10,12,13,14  

Levi was shown in the 1850 census, Berkeley County, Virginia, living with his widowed sister Isabella and her children:15

Levi Henshaw, age 32, born in Virginia; $15,200 real estate.
Isabella J. Gorrell, age 38, born in Virginia.
Abraham Gorrell, age 14, born in Virginia.
Mary Gorrell, age 14, born in Virginia.
Levi Gorrell, age 12, born in Virginia.
Living next door in 1850 was the family of brother Anderson Henshaw;16 other Henshaws living nearby in Berkeley County, Virginia in 1850 were:
Joseph Henshaw 17
James Henshaw 18
Samuel Preston Henshaw 19
widow Harriet Henshaw 20
James William Henshaw 21

He married Sarah Ann Snodgrass1,2,3,4,6,12,22,23,24 [Annie S. Snodgrass12,23], Dec 16 18511,2,3,4,6,12,22,23,24, Church Hill, Tomahawk Springs, Berkeley County, Virginia1,2,3,4,6,12,22,23,24.  Sarah, daughter of Colonel Robert Verdier Snodgrass & Sarah Ann Snodgrass1,2,3,10,14,25, was born Nov 1 18271,2,3,10,14,25 [about 182513, Dec 17 182626], Tomahawk, Berkeley County, West Virginia1,2,3,10,14,25.  

Levi and Annie were married at the home of her father at "Church Hill", by the Rev. J. H. Jennings.1  

Note that Levi's brother Thornton married Susan Rawlings Snodgrass in 1844.1  Sarah Ann's relationship to Susan is unknown (but Sarah Ann's grandmother's name was Susanne Rawlings).25  

Levi and family were shown in the 1860 census, Berkeley County, Virginia:13

Levi Henshaw, age 45, born in Virginia; farmer; $18000 real estate; $1719 personal property.
Annie Henshaw, age 35, born in Virginia.
Lillie Henshaw, age 6, born in Virginia.
Annie Henshaw, age 4, born in Virginia.
Robt Henshaw, age 2, born in Virginia.
Edgar Henshaw, age 7 months, born in Virginia.
Edward Brady, age 26, born in Virginia; laborer.
Slave:
1 male mulatto, age 60.
Living next door in 1860 was the family of James D. Henshaw.27  

Levi was a Mason, a member of the A. F. & A. M. Lodge at Sheperdstown, W. VA.1  

On the fourth Thursday of May, 1861, a public referendum was held in Virginia on the issue of secession from the Union.  The referendum passed by a majority of 96,750 out of a total vote of 161,018.  Levi Henshaw voted against the ratification of the ordinance of secession.1  In 1864, Levi took an oath of loyalty to the Union:1

Office Provost Marshall,
Martinsburg, Va., Feb. 11, 1864.

This certifies that Levi Henshaw, of the county of Berkeley and the State of Virginia, has this day voluntarily taken the oath of allegiance to the Constitution and Government of the United States of America.  

Description: age, 49; height, 5-10; complexion, dark; eyes, dark; hair, dark.

Further evidence of Levi's loyalty to the Union:

Henry M. Whettelsey,
Capt. a Qu.
March 16, 1862

General:-
I have been aided very much by Mr. Henshaw in buying grain at Bunker Hill.  I should rely very much on his statements.  I believe him to be a good Union man.  

Yours,
Henry M. Whettelsey,
Capt. 7 a Qu. 1 Brigade

After of the Civil War, in 1868, Levi and family moved to Hedgesville, Berkeley County, West Virginia.3  

Levi and family were shown in the 1870 census (Jun 13 1870), Berkeley County, West Virginia:14

Henshaw, Levi, age 54, born in West Virginia; farmer; $17,500 real estate; $3,500 personal property.
Henshaw, Sarah A., age 43, born in West Virginia; keeping house.
Henshaw, Lillie S., age 16, born in West Virginia; attended school.
Henshaw, Anne L., age 14, born in West Virginia; attended school.
Henshaw, Robert L., age 12, born in West Virginia; attended school.
Henshaw, Edgar, age 10, born in West Virginia; attended school.
Henshaw, Valley V., age 7, born in West Virginia; attended school.
Henshaw, Mabel, age 3, born in West Virginia.
Henshaw, Fanney, age 3, born in West Virginia.

Levi and family were shown in the 1880 census (Jun 29 1880), Hedgesville, Berkeley County, West Virginia:10

Hanshaw, Levi, age 65, born in West Virginia; parents born in West Virginia; miller.
Hanshaw, Anna, wife, age 52, born in West Virginia; parents born in West Virginia; keeping house.
Hanshaw, Robert, son, age 22, born in West Virginia; parents born in West Virginia; miller.
Hanshaw, Edgar, son, age 20, born in West Virginia; parents born in West Virginia; works on farm; attended school.
Hanshaw, Vallie, daughter, age 17, born in West Virginia; parents born in West Virginia; attended school.
Hanshaw, Mabel, daughter, age 13, born in West Virginia; parents born in West Virginia; attended school.
Hanshaw, Fannie, daughter, age 13, born in West Virginia; parents born in West Virginia; attended school.

Levi Henshaw died Feb 21 1896, Hedgesville, Berkeley County, West Virginia; age 81.1,2,3,4,6  Levi was buried in the graveyard at Mt. Zion Protestant Episcopal Church at Hedgesville.1  The burial service was read by the Rev. W. T. Leavell, rector of the church.1  

Sarah died May 21 1899, Hedgesville, Berkeley County, West Virginia; age 72y 5m 4d.1,2,25,28,29  

See also: Philip T. Henshaw

(photo)Photo: Levi Henshaw & S. Anna Snodgrass marriage record Berkeley County, West Virginia 24

(photo)Photo: Sarah Ann Snodgrass death record Berkeley County, West Virginia 28

(photo)Photo: Sarah Ann Snodgrass death record Berkeley County, West Virginia 29


Sources

  1. "The West Virginia Historical Magazine Quarterly", Vol. 4, No. 2, April 1904. The West Virginia Historical and Antiquarian Society, Charleston, W.VA. Article "The Henshaw Family" by Valley Virginia Henshaw. Contributed by David H. Henshaw ().
  2. Contribution from Brant Henshaw.
  3. Henshaw history and genealogy manuscript, original by Holmes Hart Henshaw, 1930; updated in 1995 by Donald Craig Henshaw and others.
  4. "History of Henshaws in Scotland, in England and in America to the Present Time", Edith Henshaw Kuntz, 1956; contributed by Don Henshaw.
  5. Contribution from Bill Henshaw citing:
    1860 census, Berkeley County, Virginia
    1870 census, Berkeley County, West Virginia.
  6. Wardell, Patrick G.: "Virginia & West Virginians 1607-1870", Volume 3; Heritage Books, Inc.; Bowie, Maryland; 1992
  7. Posting Jul 19 2000 to WV-FOOTSTEPS-L by Valerie & Tommy Crook () citing:
    "The History of West Virginia, Old and New", Volume III: 1923
    The American Historical Society, Inc., Chicago and New York; pg. 512-513.
  8. Obituary of Lillie Snodgrass Henshaw.
  9. Lineage Books of the Charter Members of the National Society of the
    Daughters of the American Revolution (www.ancestry.com).
  10. 1880 census, Hedgesville, Berkeley County, West Virginia; roll T9-1400, ED 15, page 308A, line #17, dwelling #459, family #500.
  11. Contribution from Bill Henshaw citing:
    1870 census, Berkeley County, West Virginia.
  12. Contribution from Bill Henshaw.
  13. 1860 census, Mill Creek P.O., Berkeley County, Virginia; page 909, line #7, dwelling #1647, family #1708.
  14. 1870 census, Hedgesville P.O., Hedgesville Township, Berkeley County, West Virginia; roll M593-1684, page 201, line #17, dwelling #121, family #127.
  15. 1850 census, 9th District, Berkeley County, Virginia; roll 936, pg 416, line #30, dwelling #1493, family #1524.
  16. 1850 census, 9th District, Berkeley County, Virginia; roll 936, pg 416, family #1525.
  17. 1850 census, 9th District, Berkeley County, Virginia; roll 936, pg 416, family #1519.
  18. 1850 census, 9th District, Berkeley County, Virginia; roll 936, pg 416, family #1528.
  19. 1850 census, 9th District, Berkeley County, Virginia; roll 936, pg 416, family #1529.
  20. 1850 census, 9th District, Berkeley County, Virginia; roll 936, pg 417, family #1543.
  21. 1850 census, 9th District, Berkeley County, Virginia; roll 936, pg 418, family #1565.
  22. The Church Of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints (LDS) International Genealogical Index (IGI) - Virginia.
  23. "Marriage Index: District of Columbia, Delaware, Maryland, & Virginia, 1740-1920"; http://www.genealogylibrary.com.
  24. Levi Henshaw & S. Anna Snodgrass marriage record; West Virginia Division of Culture and History:
    http://www.wvculture.org/vrr/va_view.aspx?Id=12498728&Type=Marriage.
  25. Biographical sketch of Dr. Michael Seibert Butler.
  26. Birthdate calculated from age at death, as-reported in death record.
  27. 1860 census, Mill Creek P.O., Berkeley County, Virginia; page 909, line #14, dwelling #1648, family #1709.
  28. Sarah Ann Snodgrass death record; West Virginia Division of Culture and History:
    http://www.wvculture.org/vrr/va_view.aspx?Id=5118457&Type=Death.
  29. Sarah Ann Snodgrass death record; West Virginia Division of Culture and History:
    http://www.wvculture.org/vrr/va_view.aspx?Id=5120160&Type=Death.


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