James Smith Henshaw

                                             ┌── Nicholas Henshaw
                                             │    1763-1821 
                       ┌── William Henshaw ──┤
                       │    1786-?           │
                       │                     └── Margaret McConnel
                       │                          1753-1810 
James Smith Henshaw ───┤
B: 1809                │
D: 1878                │
                       └── Ann Parker
                            1786-1845 
M: Anna Maria Gray
   ├── Jonathan Gray Henshaw (1848-1867) 1,2,3,4,5
   ├── William Henshaw (1850-1923) 1,2,3,4,5,6,7

M: Harriet Chalfant
   ├── Abigail C. Henshaw (1853-1865) 1,5
   ├── James Parker Henshaw (1854-1854) 1
   ├── Clarissa F. Henshaw (1855-1904) 1,2,5,7,8
   ├── Elizabeth Henshaw (1857->1889) 1,2,5,7
   ├── Samuel Wilson Henshaw (1859->1889) 1,2,5,7,8

M: Maria Jane McDougal
   └── Mary Margaret Henshaw (1871->1889) 1,2,8

James Smith Henshaw     [ID 03728] Click here to switch to Ahnentafel view: Ahnentafel View

Born Nov 20 18091,3,5,6,7 [about 18124], North Union Township, Fayette County, Pennsylvania1,3,5,6,7.  

James was educated in the public schools of Franklin Township.1  He was a farmer all his life, owning part of his grandfather's farm.1  

He married Anna Maria Gray1,6,9 [Ann Gray2,3], May 24 18481,6,9, South Union Township, Fayette County, Pennsylvania1,6,9.  Anna, daughter of Nathan Gray & Hannah Reinier1,9, was born Oct 31 18181,9 [about 18154], Pennsylvania1,9.  

James and family were shown in the 1850 census (Sep 25 1850), Union Township, Fayette County, Pennsylvania:4

James Henshaw, age 38, born in Pennsylvania; farmer; $400 real estate.
Anne Henshaw, age 35, born in Pennsylvania.
Jonathan Henshaw, age 2, born in Pennsylvania.
William Henshaw, age 1 month, born in Pennsylvania.
Living next door in 1850 was the household of father William.10  

Anna died Oct 31 18501,3,6,9 [Oct 29 185011,12], at the old Henshaw farm in North Union Township, Fayette County, Pennsylvania1,3,6,9; buried Laurel Hill Cemetery, Laurel Hills, near Uniontown, Fayette County, Pennsylvania1,3,6,9.  

He then married Harriet Chalfant1,3,9 [Harriet A. Olaphant13], May 4 18521,3,9.  Harriet, daughter of George Chalfant & Abigail Parker, was born about 1816, Fayette County, Pennsylvania.3,5,14,15  

The following newspaper notice appeared May 13, 1852 to announce their marriage:13

On the 4th inst., by Rev. Dr. Samuel Wilson, Mr. James S. Henshaw, of Laurel Hill, and Miss Harriet A. Olaphant, of Dunlap's Creek.

James and family were shown in the 1860 census (Jun 20 1860), North Union Township, Fayette County, Pennsylvania:5

Jas Henshaw, age 50, born in Pennsylvania; farmer; $4,000 real estate; $2,000 personal property.
Harriet Henshaw, age 44, born in Pennsylvania.
Jonathan G. Henshaw, age 11, born in Pennsylvania.
Wm Henshaw, age 9, born in Pennsylvania.
Abigail C. Henshaw, age 6, born in Pennsylvania.
Clarissa Henshaw, age 5, born in Pennsylvania.
Lizzie Henshaw, age 3, born in Pennsylvania.
Samel W Henshaw, age 6 months, born in Pennsylvania.
Anna Hadley, age 18, born in Pennsylvania; domestic.
David Jobs, age 20, born in Pennsylvania; farm laborer.
Living next door in 1860 was the family of brother William Harrison Henshaw.16  

Harriet died 1866.3  

He then married Maria Jane McDougal1,9 [Maria Jane McDougle2], Jan 16 18681,9, Fayette County, Pennsylvania1,9.  Maria was born about 1826, Pennsylvania.7,8  

James and family were shown in the 1870 census (Aug 6 1870), North Union Township, Fayette County, Pennsylvania:7

Henshaw, James S, age 60, born in Pennsylvania; farmer; $12,000 real estate; $3,000 personal property.
Henshaw, Maria J., age 43, born in Pennsylvania; keeping house.
Henshaw, William, age 20, born in Pennsylvania; works on farm.
Henshaw, Cl... F [unclear], age 15, born in Pennsylvania; attended school.
Henshaw, Elizabeth, age 13, born in Pennsylvania; attended school.
Henshaw, Samuel W, age 10, born in Pennsylvania; attended school.
Living two houses away in 1870 was the family of brother William Harrison Henshaw.17  

James Smith Henshaw died Oct 20 1878, North Union Township, Fayette County, Pennsylvania; buried Laurel Hill Cemetery, Laurel Hills, near Uniontown, Fayette County, Pennsylvania.2,3,6,12  

Widow Maria and family were shown in the 1880 census (Jun 25 1880), North Union Township, Fayette County, Pennsylvania:8

Henshaw, Maria, age 54, born in Pennsylvania; father born in Maryland; mother born in Pennsylvania; widow; house keeping.
Henshaw, Clara, step daughter, age 25, born in Pennsylvania; parents born in Pennsylvania.
Henshaw, Samuel W., step son, age 20, born in Pennsylvania; parents born in Pennsylvania.
Henshaw, Maggie M., daughter, age 9, born in Pennsylvania; parents born in Pennsylvania; attended school.
Living next door in 1880 was son William and his wife;18 one more house away was the family of James' brother William Harrison Henshaw;19 one more house away was the family of nephew John Henshaw.20  

A biography of son William appeared in the 1889 "Biographical and Portrait Cyclopedia of Fayette County", in which the following is mentioned about James:3

James S. Henshaw was born November 20, 1809.  He was a farmer - was a democrat - held various township offices and was a ruling elder in the Presbyterian church at Laurel Hill for a number of years.  He was first married to Miss Ann, daughter of Jonathan Gray, May 24, 1848.  She died October 31,1850.  They had two children: Jonathan G., deceased and William.  His second wife was Miss Harriett, daughter of George Chalfant; she died in 1866.  They had six children, of whom three are now living: Clarissa F., married to Samuel W Dunn; Elizabeth, married to Hiram Rankin; and Samuel W., married to Elizabeth Hankins.  In 1860 he married Miss Maria Jane McDougle, who still survives him.  They had two children, one of whom is now living: Mary Margaret, unmarried.  He was a successful farmer and a steady, earnest man; he died October 20, 1878.

Maria died Oct 15 1904, buried Laurel Hill Cemetery, Laurel Hills, near Uniontown, Fayette County, Pennsylvania.11,12

(photo)Photo: James Smith Henshaw 21


Sources

  1. "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 ().
  2. Herrin, Cynthia, ed. "Fayette County, Pennsylvania Vital Records to 1890"; Orem, UT: Ancestry, Inc. 1999.
  3. Posting Dec 12 1999 by Marta Burns () to PAFAYETT-L citing:
    "Biographical and Portrait Cyclopedia of Fayette County" by Gresham and Wiley, 1889, p180.
  4. 1850 census, Union Township, Fayette County, Pennsylvania; roll M432_779; page 164b, line #2, dwelling #233, family #239.
  5. 1860 census, Uniontown P.O., North Union Township, Fayette County, Pennsylvania; roll M653-1110, page 598, line #25, dwelling #387, family #387.
  6. The Church Of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints (LDS) computerized Ancestral File.
  7. 1870 census, Connellsville P.O., North Union Township, Fayette County, Pennsylvania; roll M593-1343, page 310, line #10, dwelling #67, family #65.
  8. 1880 census, North Union Township, Fayette County, Pennsylvania; roll T9-1130, ED 48, page 351C, line #1, dwelling #149, family #168.
  9. Henshaw history and genealogy manuscript, original by Holmes Hart Henshaw, 1930; updated in 1995 by Donald Craig Henshaw and others.
  10. 1850 census, Union Township, Fayette County, Pennsylvania; roll M432_779; page 164a, line #38, dwelling #232, family #238.
  11. Posting Jan 14 2001 by Ken O'Neal () to PAFAYETT-L.
  12. Laurel Hill Cemetery burials; USGenWeb Archives:
    ftp://ftp.rootsweb.com/pub/usgenweb/pa/fayette/cemeteries/oldlaurel.txt.
  13. Rentmeister: "Marriage and Death Notices Extracted from the Genius of Liberty and
    Fayette Advertiser of Uniontown, Pennsylvania 1805-1854"; Closson Press, Apollo, PA, 1981.
  14. Posting Dec 15 1999 by Jane Pinkerton () to PAFAYETT-L citing:
    "Chalfant Genealogy", a book by Paul S. Chalfant, 1972; LOC.
  15. 1850 census, Redstone Township, Fayette County, Pennsylvania; roll M432-780, page 345, line #3, dwelling #1029, family #1029.
  16. 1860 census, Uniontown P.O., North Union Township, Fayette County, Pennsylvania; roll M653-1110, page 598, line #35, dwelling #388, family #388.
  17. 1870 census, Connellsville P.O., North Union Township, Fayette County, Pennsylvania; roll M593-1343, page 310, line #21, dwelling #69, family #67.
  18. 1880 census, North Union Township, Fayette County, Pennsylvania; roll T9-1130, ED 48, page 351C, line #5, dwelling #150, family #169.
  19. 1880 census, North Union Township, Fayette County, Pennsylvania; roll T9-1130, ED 48, page 351C, line #7, dwelling #151, family #170.
  20. 1880 census, North Union Township, Fayette County, Pennsylvania; roll T9-1130, ED 48, page 351C, line #12, dwelling #152, family #171.
  21. Photo courtesy of David H. Henshaw.


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