Valley Virginia Henshaw

                                                     ┌── Levi Henshaw
                                                     │    1769-1843 
                           ┌── Levi Henshaw ─────────┤
                           │    1815-1896            │
                           │                         └── Ann McConnell
                           │                              1778-1839 
Valley Virginia Henshaw ───┤
B: 1863                    │                         ┌── Colonel Robert Verdier Snodgrass
D: 1927                    │                         │
                           └── Sarah Ann Snodgrass ──┤
                                1827-1899            │
                                                     └── Sarah Ann Snodgrass
M: Rev. Francis C. Berry

Valley Virginia Henshaw     [ID 03609] Click here to switch to Ahnentafel view: Ahnentafel View

Born Jan 23 1863, Mill Creek, Berkeley County, West Virginia.1,2,3  

She married Rev. Francis C. Berry.3,4,5,6,7  

On Apr 5 1899 in Hedgesville, West Virginia, Valley Virginia Henshaw organized the first chapter of the West Virginia Daughters of the American Revolution, the William Henshaw chapter, and Valley Virginia became the first regent of the West Virginia DAR.8  

Valley was shown in the 1920 census (Jan 17 1920), living with the family of sister Lillie in Hedgesville, Berkeley County, West Virginia:9

Butler, Dr. M.S., head-of-household, age 66, born in West Virginia; parents born in West Virginia; physician; owned home; occupation: practicing med., general.
Butler, L.S., wife, age 66, born in West Virginia; parents born in West Virginia; occupation: none.
Butler, C.C., grandson, age 20, born in New York; father born in West Virginia; mother born in Pennsylvania; occupation: none.
Butler, J.V., grandson, age 18, born in West Virginia; father born in West Virginia; mother born in Pennsylvania; occupation: none.
Butler, Katherine E, mother, age 88, born in West Virginia; parents born in West Virginia; widow; occupation: none.
Henshaw, Vallie V., sister-in-law, age 57, born in West Virginia; parents born in West Virginia; married; occupation: none.

Francis died before Jun 4 1927.10  

Valley Virginia Henshaw died Jun 4 1927, Weston, Lewis County, West Virginia; age 64.4,10  

A short biography of Valley Virginia was published in the book "An Anthology of Berkeley":11

Prominent among the educators of Berkely County was Valley Virginia Henshaw who began her teaching in the rural schools of the county.  Later she secured a position in the first grade of the grammer school in Hedgesville.  She took an active part in establishing the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution within the State and formed the William Henshaw Chapter.  During her regency, four other chapters were organized: the "Colonel Charles Lewis," June 11, 1901; the "Elizabeth Zane," July 21, 1902; the "James Wood," January 21, 1903; and the "Elizabeth Ludington Hagans," May 19, 1904.  Miss Henshaw was the first Chapter Regent in the State of West Virginia.  She married the Rev. Francis C. Berry and lived in Texas for several years.  Failing in health, she returned to West Virginia and died June 4, 1927.

(photo)Photo: Valley Virginia Henshaw death certificate 10


Sources

  1. Contribution from Brant Henshaw.
  2. Contribution from Bill Henshaw citing:
    1870 census, Berkeley County, West Virginia.
  3. Wardell, Patrick G.: "Virginia & West Virginians 1607-1870", Volume 3; Heritage Books, Inc.; Bowie, Maryland; 1992
  4. Contribution from Tom Henshaw citing:
    "An Anthology of Berkeley", Page 235.
  5. "History of Henshaws in Scotland, in England and in America to the Present Time", Edith Henshaw Kuntz, 1956; contributed by Don Henshaw.
  6. Henshaw history and genealogy manuscript, original by Holmes Hart Henshaw, 1930; updated in 1995 by Donald Craig Henshaw and others.
  7. Lineage Books of the Charter Members of the National Society of the
    Daughters of the American Revolution, Vol. 26, pg 226.
  8. West Virginia DAR: http://www.wvdar.org/100.htm.
  9. 1920 census, Hedgesville, Berkeley County, West Virginia; roll T625-1948, ED 23, page 13A, line #1, dwelling #52, family #57.
  10. Valley Virginia Berry death certificate; West Virginia Division of Culture and History:
    http://www.wvculture.org/vrr/va_view.aspx?Id=995354&Type=Death.
  11. Contribution from Tom Henshaw citing:
    "An Anthology of Berkeley", page 235.


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