Clarissa Torence Henshaw

                                                  ┌── Nicholas Henshaw
                                                  │    1763-1821 
                            ┌── William Henshaw ──┤
                            │    1786-?           │
                            │                     └── Margaret McConnel
                            │                          1753-1810 
Clarissa Torence Henshaw ───┤
B: 1817                     │
D: 1898                     │
                            └── Ann Parker
M: Henry Fetz Foster

Clarissa Torence Henshaw     [ID 03731] Click here to switch to Ahnentafel view: Ahnentafel View

Clarissa Torence Henshaw1,2 [Clarissa Torrence Henshaw3].

Born Jul 4 1817, North Union Township, Fayette County, Pennsylvania.3  

She married Henry Fetz Foster.1,2,3  Henry, son of John Ferree Foster & Jane Fetz, was born Oct 18 1818, Franklin Township, Fayette County, Pennsylvania.3,4  

Note that Clarissa's brother William married Henry's sister, Elizabeth Foster.1,3  

Children (all born in Fayette County, Pennsylvania):3

Louisa Foster, born Jan 8 1842; died Dec 30 1885, buried Oak Grove.
Samuel Foster, born Jun 9 1844; died 1859, buried Oak Grove.
Virginia Foster, born Sep 2 1846; died Jun 15 1852, buried Laurel Hill.
John W. Foster, born Jun 28 1848; died 1934, buried Oak Grove; married Mary Eliza Conwell.
Moses A. Foster, born Dec 10 1850; died 1886, buried Oak Grove.
Harriet Ann Foster, born May 13 1853; died Dec 14 1865, buried Oak Grove.
Clarissa H. Foster, born Jul 26 1855 [twin]; died 1884, buried Oak Grove.
Caroline H. Foster, born Jul 26 1855 [twin]; died 1929, buried Oak Grove.
Rebecca Jane Foster, born Nov 16 1864; died Dec 23 1865, buried Oak Grove.
(infant) Foster.

Henry died Mar 7 1886, North Union Township, Fayette County, Pennsylvania; buried Oak Grove Cemetery, Uniontown, Fayette County, Pennsylvania.3,4  

Clarissa Torence Henshaw died Dec 29 1898, Uniontown, Fayette County, Pennsylvania; buried Oak Grove Cemetery, Uniontown, Fayette County, Pennsylvania.3  

A biographical sketch of Henry Fetz Foster was published in the 1912 "Genealogical and Personal History of Fayette County Pennsylvania":4

Henry Fetz, eldest son of John Ferree and Jane (Fetz) Foster, was born in Franklin township, Fayette county, Pennsylvania, October 18, 1818, died March 7, 1886.  He was educated in the common schools and remained at the home farm in North Union township, his father's assistant until his marriage.  He then rented the Samuel Evans farm, on which he lived for twelve years.  He then purchased his father's farm of one hundred acres and spent his after life engaged in its cultivation.  He was a man of high standing in his community, as the Fosters had ever been during their sixty years' residence on the same farm.  He was a Democrat in politics, and served for many years as school director and tax collector.  In religious faith both Mr. and Mrs. Foster were Presbyterians.  He married Clarissa Torrence Henshaw, born in North Union township, July 4, 1817, died in Uniontown, December 29, 1898, daughter of William Henshaw, a farmer of North Union township, and his wife, Ann Parker.  They had also three sons: James S., William H., married Elizabeth Foster; and Nicholas.  Children of Henry Fetz Foster: 1. Louisa, born January 8, 1842, died December 30, 1885.  2. Samuel, born June 9, 1844, died aged fifteen years.  3. Virginia, born September 2, 1846, died aged five years.  4. John W., born June 26, 1848; married Mary Eliza Conwell, and is now living retired in Uniontown.  5. Moses A., born December 10, 1850, died aged thirty-six years.  6. Harriet Ann, born May 13, 1853, died aged twelve years.  7. Clarissa H., born July 26, 1855, died aged twenty-nine years.  8. Caroline H., twin of Clarissa, mentioned below.  9. Rebecca Jane, born November 16, 1865, died in infancy.  10. An infant deceased.  

Caroline H., fifth daughter of Henry Fetz and Clarissa T. (Henshaw) Foster, was born in North Union township, Fayette county, Pennsylvania, and was educated in the public schools of that township and at a select school in Uniontown one mile from her home, walking the distance each way every day regardless of the weather, ten months each year for five years.  She remained at the homestead farm until the death of her father, then with her aged and widowed mother took up a residence in Uniontown, where she was the devoted daughter and faithful attendant until death claimed Mrs. Foster at the age of eighty-two years.  Miss Foster still continues her home in Uniontown, at 71 Connellsville street.  She is a member of the Second Presbyterian church, and a charter member of Union Grange, No, 1103, Patrons of Husbandry, in which she has filled several of the chairs, except the highest, which has never yet been filled in that Grange save by a man.


  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. Henshaw history and genealogy manuscript, original by Holmes Hart Henshaw, 1930; updated in 1995 by Donald Craig Henshaw and others.
  3. RootsWeb WorldConnect data by Michael Heskett ().
  4. "Fayette County, Pennsylvania, Genealogical and Personal History";

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