Edgar Craven Henshaw

                                                               ┌── Levi Henshaw
                                                               │    1769-1843 
                                     ┌── Levi Henshaw ─────────┤
                                     │    1815-1896            │
                                     │                         └── Ann McConnell
                                     │                              1778-1839 
Edgar Craven Henshaw ────────────────┤
B: 1859                              │                         ┌── Colonel Robert Verdier Snodgrass
D: 1924                              │                         │
                                     └── Sarah Ann Snodgrass ──┤
                                          1827-1899            │
                                                               └── Sarah Ann Snodgrass
M: Sarah Mason "Sallie" Lingamfelter
   ├── Edgar Levi Henshaw (1887-?) 1,2,3,4,5
   ├── Elizabeth Henshaw (1894-1975) 1,2,3,4,5
   ├── Newton Lee Henshaw (1896-) 1,2,3,4
   └── Frances Snodgrass Henshaw (1899-1978) 1,2,3,4,5

Edgar Craven Henshaw     [ID 03608] Click here to switch to Ahnentafel view: Ahnentafel View

Edgar Craven Henshaw1,2,3 [Edgar Caven Henshaw6].

Born Nov 9 1859, at the Henshaw homestead on Mill Creek, near Bunker Hill, Berkeley County, West Virginia.1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9  

Edgar was educated in the public schools.  During school vacations, and after he graduated at about age eighteen, he worked on a farm until September, 1881, when he went to Springfield, Ohio to try his fortunes.  In 1882 he returned to Hedgesville, West Virginia, and went into the livestock business, in which he was successful.3  

He married Sarah Mason "Sallie" Lingamfelter, 1886.1,2,3,6,9,10  Sarah was born Jul - 1865, West Virginia.4,5  

On Apr 4 1889, Edgar was appointed Postmaster of Martinsburg, West Virginia.2,3  

Edgar and family were shown in the 1900 census (Jun 20-21 1900), Hedgesville, Berkeley County, West Virginia:4

Henshaw, Edgar C., head-of-household, age 40, born Nov 1859 in West Virginia; parents born in West Virginia; married 14 years; occupation: stock dealer; owned home (mortgaged).
Henshaw, Sarah M., wife, age 34, born July 1865 in West Virginia; parents born in West Virginia; married 14 years; 4 children, 4 living.
Henshaw, Edgar L., son, age 12, born Nov 1887 in West Virginia; parents born in West Virginia; attended school 8 months.
Henshaw, Elizabeth, daughter, age 5, born Aug 1894 in West Virginia; parents born in West Virginia.
Henshaw, Newton L., son, age 3, born July 1896 in West Virginia; parents born in West Virginia.
Henshaw, Frances S., daughter, age 2, born Dec 1897 in West Virginia; parents born in West Virginia.

Edgar and family were shown in the 1910 census (Apr 25 1910), 425 West King Street, Martinsburg, Berkeley County, West Virginia:5

Henshaw, Edgar C., head-of-household, age 50, born in West Virginia; parents born in West Virginia; first marriage, married 23 years; occupation: dealer, live stock; owned home.
Henshaw, Sallie M., wife, age 43, born in West Virginia; parents born in West Virginia; first marriage, married 23 years; 4 children, 4 living.
Henshaw, Edgar L., son, age 22, born in West Virginia; parents born in West Virginia; occupation: farmer, fruit farm.
Henshaw, Elizabeth, daughter, age 15, born in West Virginia; parents born in West Virginia; attended school.
Henshaw, Frances S., daughter, age 12, born in West Virginia; parents born in West Virginia; attended school.

Edgar Craven Henshaw died Aug 17 19247,9 [Aug 18 192411], City Hospital, Martinsburg, Berkeley County, West Virginia7,9; age 64y 9m 8d7,9.  

Edgar's obituary was published in the "Washington Post" (Washington, D.C.) on Wednesday, August 20, 1924:11

E. C. Henshaw Dies at Martinsburg.  

Martinsburg, W. Va., Aug. 19. -- Edgar C. Henshaw, 64 years old, former postmaster of Martinsburg, banker and orchardist, died in the City hospital here yesterday after two weeks' illness.  He is survived by his wife and four children.  He was a descendent of Joshua Henshaw, who came to this country from England in 1663 and settled in Massachusetts.  The family moved to West Virginia after the civil war.

Another obituary was published in "The Daily News" (Frederick, Maryland) on Tuesday, August 19, 1924:9

THE WORK OF DEATH
Edgar C. Henshaw.
  

Edgar Craven Henshaw, of Martinsburg, W. Va., one of the best known men in Berkeley county of West Virginia, long and conspicuously active as a fruit man, churchman, banker and civic leader died Sunday.  Death was caused by Bright's disease.  He was related in Frederick.  

The deceased was born at the old Henshaw homestead on Mill Creek, near Bunker Hill, W. Va., on November 9, 1859, and was in his 65th year.  He was a descendent of Joshua Henshaw, who came to Massachusetts, from Lancashire, England, in 1635. [sic]

Mr. Henshaw's business interests were wide and extensive.  He was vice president of the board of directors of the People's Trust Company, and held that position at death.  He was a pioneer in the fruit field here, and during his life accumulated considerable holdings in fruit lands.  He was particularly well acquainted with the fruit problem, - the production and marketing ends, - and was regarded much as an authority because of his experience in the business.  

Mr. Henshaw was also active in Masonary.  Church affairs also claimed close attention, and he served as a deacon.  

Surving [sic] are his widow, formerly Miss Sarah Mason Lingamfelter, of Hedgesville, to whom he was married in 1886; and the following children: Edgar Levi, and Mrs. Trammell Hollis, Martinsburg; Mrs. E. W. Steedle, of Newark, Del.; and Newton Lee, of Chicago.  The following sisters and brother also survive: Mrs. M. L. Butler and Mrs. Valley Virginia Berry, of Hedgesville; Miss Frances L. Henshaw and Mrs. Mabel Henshaw-Gardiner, Martinsburg; and Robert L. Henshaw, of Seattle, Wash.  

Funeral services Tuesday afternoon at 4 o'clock from the late home at 400 West Burke street.  Burial in the Henshaw plot in Mt. Zion cemetery in Hedgesville.

The following article was published in "The Daily News" (Frederick, Maryland) on Thursday, October 2, 1924:12

Fruit Man Leaves $117,452

Appraisal of the estate of the late Edgar C. Henshaw, one of the pioneer fruit men of Berkeley county West Virginia, shows a total valuation of $117,452.32.  Orchard properties and bank stock holdings constitute the bulk.

(photo)Photo: Edgar Craven Henshaw death certificate 7


Sources

  1. Contribution from Brant Henshaw.
  2. "History of Henshaws in Scotland, in England and in America to the Present Time", Edith Henshaw Kuntz, 1956; contributed by Don Henshaw.
  3. Henshaw history and genealogy manuscript, original by Holmes Hart Henshaw, 1930; updated in 1995 by Donald Craig Henshaw and others.
  4. 1900 census, Hedgesville Village, Hedgesville District, Berkeley County, West Virginia; roll T623-1755, ED 13, page 12B, line #52, dwelling #227, family #231.
  5. 1910 census, 2nd Ward, Martinsburg, Berkeley County, West Virginia; roll T624-1676, ED 20, page 13B, line #92, dwelling #258, family #272.
  6. Wardell, Patrick G.: "Virginia & West Virginians 1607-1870", Volume 3; Heritage Books, Inc.; Bowie, Maryland; 1992
  7. Edgar Craven Henshaw death certificate; West Virginia Division of Culture and History:
    http://www.wvculture.org/vrr/va_view.aspx?Id=425822&Type=Death.
  8. Contribution from Bill Henshaw citing:
    1860 census, Berkeley County, Virginia
    1870 census, Berkeley County, West Virginia.
  9. Obituary of Edgar C. Henshaw; "The Daily News", Aug 19 1924; http://www.ancestry.com.
  10. "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 ().
  11. Obituary of E.C. Henshaw; The "Washington Post", Aug 20 1924; http://www.ancestry.com.
  12. "The Daily News", Oct 2 1924; http://www.ancestry.com.


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