┌── Levi Henshaw │ 1769-1843 ┌── Levi Henshaw ─────────┤ │ 1815-1896 │ │ └── Ann McConnell │ 1778-1839 Lillie Snodgrass Henshaw ─────┤ B: 1854 │ ┌── Colonel Robert Verdier Snodgrass D: 1938 │ │ └── Sarah Ann Snodgrass ──┤ 1827-1899 │ └── Sarah Ann Snodgrass M: Dr. Michael Seibert Butler
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Lillie Snodgrass Henshaw1 [Lily Snodgrass Henshaw2,3,4, Lillie Snow Henshaw5].
Born May 10 18541,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12 [about 185713], on a farm one mile from Bunker Hill, Berkeley County, Virginia1,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12.
She married Dr. Michael Seibert Butler, Aug 10 1875, Hedgesville, Berkeley County, West Virginia.2,3,4,5,11,14,15,16 Michael, son of Thomas Butler & Catherine Seibert7,8,12, was born Oct - 18537,8,12 [about 185613], Berkeley County, West Virginia7,8,12.
Lillie and family were shown in the 1880 census (Jun 29 1880), Hedgesville, Berkeley County, West Virginia:7
Lillie and family were shown in the 1900 census (Jun 21 1900), St. Mary [street], Hedgesville, Berkeley County, West Virginia:8
Lillie and family were shown in the 1910 census (Apr 15 1910), Mary Street, Hedgesville, Berkeley County, West Virginia:13
Lillie and family were shown in the 1920 census (Jan 17 1920), Hedgesville, Berkeley County, West Virginia:9
Michael died 1926, Berkeley County, West Virginia; buried Hedgesville Cemetery, Hedgesville, Berkeley County, West Virginia.19
Lillie moved to Baltimore, Maryland.3,16
Lillie was shown in the 1930 census (Apr 1930), living with the family of daughter Catherine at 605 38th Street, Baltimore, Maryland:10
Lillie Snodgrass Henshaw died Dec 12 1938, Baltimore, Baltimore County, Maryland; buried Hedgesville Cemetery, Hedgesville, Berkeley County, West Virginia.6
Lillie's obituary was published in the "Martinsburg Journal" (Martinsburg, West Virginia) on Monday, December 12, 1938:6
MRS. M. S. BUTLER
Mrs. Lilly Snow Henshaw Butler, 84, widow of Dr. M. S. Butler who practiced medicine in Hedgesville for a number of years, died Sunday in Baltimore, Md., where she resided with two daughters, Mrs. Fred C. Koppisch and Mrs. G. Albert Smith.
Funeral Director H. K. Brown brought the body from Baltimore, Monday afternoon. Friends and relatives meet at the Brown establishment Wednesday at 1:30 and go to Presbyterian Church, Hedgesville, where services will be held.
Mrs. Butler spent her entire life in Berkeley county with the exception of the last twelve years when she resided in Baltimore.
She was the daughter of the late Levi and Sarah Ann Snodgrass Henshaw and was born near Bunker Hill.
Surviving with the two daughters are six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Miss Frances L. Henshaw and Mrs. Mabel Henshaw Gardiner, North Maple avenue are sisters of Mrs. Butler and she has a wide family connection in the city and county.
A biographical sketch of Dr. Michael Seibert Butler appeared in "The History of West Virginia, Old and New":12,18
Note: the above biographical sketch of Michael Seibert Butler contains considerable Henshaw family history and folklore, not all of which is necessarily accurate. The sketch is presented here unedited, but the reader should keep in mind that some of the information presented in the sketch has been disproven and largely discredited.
MICHAEL SEIBERT BUTLER, M. D.
Nearly half a century of work as a physician constitutes a distinction such as few men can attain. In the case of Dr. Butler that work has been performed, except for the first few years, in the one community of Hedgesville in Berkeley County. His individual career deserves special mention, and it is noteworthy that his family record includes some of the oldest and best known names in the Eastern Panhandle, including Myers, Seibert, Henshaw, Anderson, Snodgrass and others.
Doctor Butler was born on the Michael Seibert homestead farm in Hedgesville district. His father, Thomas Butler, was born at Bunker Hill, Berkeley County, in 1825. The grandfather was probably a native of Pennsylvania, and as a young man came to Berkeley County and settled at Bunker Hill, where he followed his trade as a cooper. He married in Bunker Hill, and he and his wife spent their lives there. Thomas Butler learned the tailor's trade, and for several years was engaged in business as a merchant tailor at Martinsburg and Duffields. On account of failing health he removed to the Michael Seibert homestead farm, and died there at the early age of twenty-seven. He married Catherine Seibert, who was born in Hedgesville district, October 19, 1831. Her father, Michael Seibert, was born in Maryland in 1791, a son of John Jacob and Elizabeth (Bodarf) Seibert, and grandson of Wendell Seibert. This branch of the Seibert family came to Virginia about 1805. Michael Seibert bought land about a mile southeast of Hedgesville. The only improvements on the land were a log house and barn and a few acres cleared. Before the days of railroads in order to get his crops to market he transported them with wagon and team to Baltimore, spending a week on the road. He continued working the farm until his death, at the age of sixty-three. Michael Seibert married Catherine Myers, who was born near the present site of Berkeley Station, daughter of John and Mary (Kaufman) Myers, who were life-long residents of Berkeley County. Mrs. Catherine Butler is now past ninety years of age, and lives with her son, Doctor Butler and is in full possession of of her mental faculties. Her only daughter died in infancy.
Michael Seibert Butler, the only son of his parents, acquired his early education in the local schools, and as a youth began the study of medicine with Dr. George Hamil at Martinsburg, and later with Doctor Johnson at Hedgesville. He finished his medical education in the University of Maryland, where he graduated in 1874. For the first three years he practiced in the Bunker Hill community, and since then his professional skill and his kindly personal service has been at the disposal of the people of Hedgesville. Doctor Butler is a member of the Eastern Panhandle Medical Society and the American Medical Association.
At the age of twenty-two he married Lillie S. Henshaw, who was born on a farm one mile from Bunker Hill, in Berkeley County. Her father was Levy Henshaw, Jr., born on the same farm. The Henshaws are an old English family. There is record of a William Henshaw who was killed at the storming of Liverpool on June 20, 1644. He left a large estate. His two sons were Joshua and Daniel. In 1651 the widow died, and in 1653 the executor of the estate made a pretense of sending the boys to London, but instead shipped them to New England and put them under the care of Rev. Richard Mather at Dorchester, now a part of the City of Boston. They were reared and educated there, where Daniel died. The sons of Joshua, John and Nicholas, removed to Philadelphia. A son of Nicholas was Capt. William Henshaw, who was born March 16, 1736, and was one of the earliest pioneers of Berkeley County, purchasing a tract of land from Lord Fairfax, located on Mill Creek. He built his home on land about one mile west of the present site of Bunker Hill. He erected a grist mill and sawmill, which were among the first such institutions in Berkeley County. He was a man of great enterprise, acquired extensive and valuable holdings of land, and extended his investment to distant parts, having about 2,000 acres in Shelby County, Kentucky, and a large tract along the Kanawha River in West Virginia. He was a soldier in the Indian war and was at the battle of Point Pleasant in 1774, and was also present at the signing of the peace treaty with the Indians at Camp Charlotte at Chillicothe, Ohio. Many of the details of this frontiersman's life are preserved in the pioneer history. He was an active influence in securing the formation of Berkeley County in 1772, served as bondsman for Gen. Adam Stephen, was the first sheriff of Berkeley County and was a member of Col. Hugh Stephenson's Regiment. The body of this old pioneer rests in Christ Churchyard at Bunker Hill. He was a justice of the peace, and was one of the first board of trustees of Gerrardstown. Capt. William Henshaw married Agnes Anderson. Her father, William Anderson, was a native of Scotland, where he espoused the cause of Prince James and after the failure of that revolution fled to England and in 1715 came to America and was an early settler on the South Branch of the Potomac in Hampshire County, in the locality subsequently known as Anderson's Bottoms. He and his son Thomas joined Braddock's forces at Cumberland during the western campaign. He always wore the Scotch dress. William Anderson died in 1797, at the age of 104 years.
Levi Henshaw, Sr., son of Capt. William and grandfather of Mrs. Butler, was born July 22, 1769, was a farmer and a miller and for many years operated a merchant and custom mill, shipping his flour to Harpers Ferry with wagons and teams. He was prominent in public affairs, serving as justice of the peace, and was a member of the Virginia House of Delegates in 1821-22, 1830-31, and in 1840 was sheriff of Berkeley County. He spent his last days on his farm. He married Ann McConnell, who was born September 18, 1773. Her father, William McConnell, served on Berkeley County's first grand jury.
Levi Henshaw, Jr., father of Mrs. Butler, inherited part of the old estate, and continued the operation of the mill and farm until 1868, when he removed to Hedgesville. He bought the Tomahawk Mill and also a farm, and managed both properties, though keeping his residence in Hedgesville, where he died at the age of eighty-two. He married Sarah Ann Snodgrass, who was born at Tomahawk in Berkeley County, daughter of Robert and Sarah Ann Snodgrass. Robert Snodgrass was a son of William and Catherine (Patterson) Snodgrass and grandson of William Snodgrass, who came from Scotland to America about 1700. William Snodgrass was a pioneer of Berkeley County, locating on Back Creek. Robert Snodgrass, who was born October 14, 1744, married, March 23, 1762, Susanne Rawlings, who was born December 26, 1742, and died November 2, 1820. Her son Robert was born September 21, 1792, and on March 29, 1821, married his cousin, Sarah Ann Snodgrass. This Robert Snodgrass commanded the sixty-seventh regiment of Virginia Militia and was a representative in the Virginia House of Delegates in 1832-34-36-39. The mother of Mrs. Butler died at the age of seventy-two, having reared seven children.
Doctor and Mrs. Butler had three children, named Charles Claude, Catherine and Edna. Charles Claude, who was educated in the public schools of Hedgesville, subsequently removed to Rockland, Massachusetts, where he was in the leather business with the firm of French, Shriner & Urner. He married in New York City in 1900 Florence Dalzell, and she and two sons survive him. Her sons are Charles Claude and James Dalzell. The older of these, Charles Claude, was a student for two years in the University of West Virginia and late in George Washington University at Washington, D. C. James Dalzell is now in his fourth year at West Virginia University.
Catherine, the older daughter of Doctor Butler, is the wife of Charles Frederick Kohpisch, and they now live at New Rochelle, New York. They have four children, named Catherine Butler, Charles Frederick, Louise Henshaw and Charles Claude.
Edna Butler married George A. Smith, and they also live at New Rochelle, New York. They have a daughter, named Edna.
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