Washington Henshaw

                                               ┌── Nicholas Hancher
                                               │    1705-1777 
                      ┌── William Henshaw ─────┤
                      │    1736-1799           │
                      │                        └── Rebecca Smith
                      │                            c1707-?    
Washington Henshaw ───┤
B: 1779               │                        ┌──  William Anderson
D: 1853               │                        │
                      └── Agnes Ann Anderson ──┤
                          c1745-<1806          │
                                               └── Mary Lauren
M: Charlotte Malick
   ├── Maria Henshaw (1803-1857) 1,2
   ├── Ann Henshaw (1804-1805) 2
   ├── Nancy Henshaw (1807-?) 2
   ├── Rebecca Henshaw (1807-1878) 2
   ├── William Henshaw (1809-?) 2
   ├── Rheumah Henshaw (1810-1882) 1,2,3,4
   ├── Elizabeth Henshaw (1812-1832) 2
   ├── Levi Henshaw (1814-1873) 2
   ├── (unnamed daughter) (1815-1815) 2
   ├── Philip Henshaw (1816-1878) 2
   └── Washington Henshaw (1818-1844) 2

M: Sarah Ann Boswell

M: Jane Robinson

Washington Henshaw     [ID 03708] Click here to switch to Ahnentafel view: Ahnentafel View

Born Mar 1 1779, Mill Creek, Berkeley County, Virginia.2,4,5,6,7,8  

He married Charlotte Malick2,4,9,10 [Charlotte Malich2, Charlotte Melick2, Charlott Maleck1, Charlott Malick11, Charlott Matlick12], Apr 10 18022,4,9,10, Frederick County, Virginia2,4,9,10.  Charlotte, daughter of Philip Melick & Maria King, was born Jul 27 1778.2,4  

In 1799 Washington moved from Rockingham County, Virginia to Greene County, Tennessee and erected the first mill of importance in Greene County.3  (it has also been reported that Washington moved to Tennessee in 1806).2,13,14,15  

Washington Hanshaw was recorded in the 1812 Tax List of Greene County, Tennessee.16  

Charlotte died Feb 24 1822, Greene County, Tennessee.2,4  

He then married Sarah Ann Boswell, Jul 28 1822.2  Sarah was born Mar 3 1778.2  Sarah Ann Boswell Wiley was the widow of Able Wiley (married May 31 1803; Able had died Feb 17 1821).2  

In 1823 Washington was named Green County Turnpike Commissioner.17  

Washington and family were shown in the 1830 census living in Greene County, Tennessee:18

Washington Henshaw household:
2 males age 10-15 (Washington and Philip)
1 male age 15-20 (Levi)
1 male age 20-30 (William)
1 male age 50-60 (Washington)
2 females age 15-20 (Elizabeth and Rheumah)
1 female age 50-60 (Sarah)
No slaves.

Sarah died Sep 20 1833.2  

He then married Jane Robinson, Feb 13 1834, Greene County, Tennessee.1,2,13,14,19,20  Jane was born about 17878 [about 178121], Tennessee8.  Jane had been a widow.13,14  

Washington and Jane were shown in the 1840 census, still living in Greene County, Tennessee:22

Washington Hinzhow [sic] household:
3 males age 20-30 (Levi, Washington and Philip)
1 male age 50-60 (Washington)
1 female age 15-20 (??)
1 female age 50-60 (Jane)
No slaves.

Washington and Jane were again shown in the 1850 census, Greene County, Tennessee:8

Washington Henshaw, age 71, born in Virginia; farmer; $600 real estate.
Jane Henshaw, age 63, born in Tennessee; cannot read or write.
Viana Stokes, age 21, female, born in Tennessee; cannot read or write.
The 1850 census shows living next door on one side was son Levi23 and on the other side was son Philip.24  

The 1850 Slave Schedule (Oct 7 1850) showed the following for Washington Henshaw:25

Washington Henshaw household:
1 mulatto male, age 15.

Washington was affiliated with the Methodist Church.2,3  He donated the land for the church cemetery where he is buried (deeded Apr 21 1821).2  

Washington Henshaw died Feb 11 18532,4,5,7 [Feb 11 18526], Greene County, Tennessee2,4,5,7; buried Hermon United Methodist Church Cemetery, on State Highway 170, four miles southeast of Tusculum, Greene County, Tennessee2,4,5,7.  

Washington's will was dated January 16, 1853 and was probated April 4, 1853.2,26  In his will Washington named wife Jane; sons Philip, Levi, William; and daughters Nancy Harrison, Rebecca Williamson, and Rheuhama Leming.2  His will reads:27

"To wife, Jane, what she brought here with her, $100, house, kitchen and garden.  To my son, Levi, to have slave, Tom, who is to be set free when 25 years old.  To son, Philip, my book.  To daughter, Maria Alexander, $100 in banknotes.  Children William, Nancy Harrison, Rebecca Williamson and Ruhama Lemming to have $120 each.  Land on Middle Creek to River, grist mill and saw mill."  Executors: Levi Henshaw, A.W. Howard, Joseph P. Jane, Thomas Davis.  Witnesses: David Rice, S. M. Doak, J. P. Janes, James F. Broyles.

In the 1860 census, widow Jane was shown living in the household of stepson Levi:21

Jane Hanshaw, age 74, born in Tennessee; $2000 real estate; $1000 personal property.

Jane died Jul 10 1867, Greene County, Tennessee; age 79 yrs., 7 mo., 7 days.2  

See also: "Henshaw Church and Cemetery", now "Herman Cemetery", Greene County, Tennessee: http://members.aol.com/_ht_a/atsissie1/page5

(photo)Photo: Washington Henshaw memorial marker Hermon United Methodist Church Cemetery 7


  1. The Church Of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints (LDS) International Genealogical Index (IGI) - Tennessee.
  2. Family group sheets created by Frances G. Brumley, citing Henshaw family bible records, Greene County, TN court & cemetery records, and several secondary sources. Contributed by Ruth Jenkins ().
  3. "History of Tennessee", 1887, The Goodspeed Publishing Co., Chicago and Nashville,
    reprinted 1980, Southern Historical Press, ISBN 0-89308-188-4.
  4. Contribution from Ruth Jenkins ().
  5. "Green Co. Tennessee, Cemeteries, Earliest to 1970-71", Reynolds.
  6. Greene County, Tennessee Cemetery Records; http://www.ancestry.com.
  7. http://www.findagrave.com.
  8. 1850 census, Greene County, Tennessee; roll 880, page 218, dwelling #989.
  9. "Virginia Marriage Index, 1740-1850", Ancestry, Inc.
  10. The Church Of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints (LDS) International Genealogical Index (IGI) - Virginia.
  11. The Church Of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints (LDS) International Genealogical Index (IGI) - West Virginia.
  12. Contribution from Tom Henshaw.
  13. "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 ().
  14. "Genealogical and Personal History of Fayette County Pennsylvania", Volume II. John W. Jordan & James Hadden, editors. Lewis Historical Publishing Company, New York, 1912. Contributed by David H. Henshaw ().
  15. "History of Henshaws in Scotland, in England and in America to the Present Time", Edith Henshaw Kuntz, 1956; contributed by Don Henshaw.
  16. Tennessee Census, 1810-91; http://www.ancestry.com.
  17. "ACTS OF TENNESSEE 1796 - 1830",
    Tennessee State Library and Archives (USGenWeb archives).
  18. 1830 census, Greene County, Tennessee; page 198.
  19. "Green Co. Tennessee, Marriages, 1783-1868", Burgner.
  20. "Early East Tennessee Marriages", Sistler, 1987.
  21. 1860 census, Horse Creek, Greene County, Tennessee; roll M653-1252, page 18, dwelling #138; USGenWeb Archives:
  22. 1840 census, Greene County, Tennessee; page 13.
  23. 1850 census, Greene County, Tennessee; roll 880, page 218, dwelling #988.
  24. 1850 census, Greene County, Tennessee; roll 880, page 218, dwelling #990.
  25. 1850 Slave Schedule, Division 9, Greene County, Tennessee.
  26. Green County, Tennessee: Will Book 1, 1828-1873;
    posted Jan 21 2006 by Charlotte Coats () to TNGREENE-L.
  27. "Green Co. Tennessee, Wills".

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