Joseph Burnham Henshaw

                                               ┌── Benjamin Henshaw
                                               │    1730-1793 
                          ┌── Joshua Henshaw ──┤
                          │    1765-1840       │
                          │                    └── Mrs. Huldah (Stillman) Sumner
Joseph Burnham Henshaw ───┤
B: 1790                   │                    ┌── Ashbel Burnham
D: 1871                   │                    │
                          └── Esther Burnham ──┤
                               1768-1853       │
                                               └── Hannah Sage
M: Grace Augusta Sands
   ├── Emily Matilda Henshaw (1818-?) 1,2
   ├── Edward Augustus Henshaw (1820-?) 1,2
   ├── Grace Josephine Henshaw (1822-1889) 1,2,3,4
   ├── Ann Ayscough Henshaw (1825-1825) 1
   ├── George Hayward Henshaw (1826-?) 1,2
   ├── Joshua Sands Henshaw (c1828-1883) 1,2
   ├── Ellen Dorr Henshaw (1832-1868) 1,2
   └── Cornelia Middagh Henshaw (1836-1913) 1,2

Joseph Burnham Henshaw     [ID 04495] Click here to switch to Ahnentafel view: Ahnentafel View

Born Feb 14 1790, Middlebury, Addison County, Vermont.1,2,5  

He married Grace Augusta Sands, Oct 3 1817, New York County, New York.1,6,7,8  Grace, daughter of Joshua Sands & Ann Ayscough, was born Feb 24 1797, New York, New York.1,2,8  

Joseph's marriage was noted in the "New York Evening Post" (New York, New York) on Monday, October 6, 1817 [as abstracted]:8

Friday Bklyn Rev Mr Woodhull Joseph Henshaw of Boston Grace Augusta Sands dau Joshua
and [as abstracted]:9
Brooklyn,L.I. Friday eve.last by Rev Mr Woodhull, Joseph Henshaw of Boston to Grace Augusta Sands dau of Joshua.
Also reported in the "Columbian Centinel" on October 15, 1817 [as abstracted]:9
Henshaw, Joseph B.,merchant of Boston,m.Grace A. Sands,daughter of Joshua Sands Esq.,in Brooklyn,N.Y.

In 1829 Joseph B. Henshaw was shown in Spooner's Brooklyn Directory (published by Alden Spooner, at the Office of the Star, No. 57 Fulton-street).  His address was shown as 122 Hicks, Brooklyn, New York, with his store at 35 South N.Y., Brooklyn, New York.  His occupation was shown as merchant.10  

Joseph and daughter Ellen were shown in the 1860 census (Aug 24 1860), living in the household of brother Charles in Westchester County, New York:11

Charles J. Henshaw, age 62 [unclear], born in Connecticut; farmer; $12,000 real estate; $5,000 personal property.
Cornelia Henshaw, age 47, born in New York.
Cornelia M. Henshaw, age 23, born in New York.
Marcella M[..unclear], age 35, born in Ireland; cook.
Mary Martin, age 30, born in Ireland; nurse.
Wm N. Forster, age 15, born in Nova Scotia; servant.
Michael Morrisey, age 35, born in Ireland.
Peter Stilburg, age 20, born in Germany.
M. J. B. Henshaw, male, age 65 [unclear], born in New York;
Ellen D. Henshaw, age 27, born in New York.

Joseph and family were shown in the 1865 New York state census (Jun 22 1865), Brooklyn, Kings County, New York:2

Joseph Henshaw, age 75, born in Connecticut; merchant.
Grace Henshaw, wife, age 68, born in New York City; 7 children.
Emily Henshaw, child, age 46, born in Massachusetts; married, 1 child.
Josephine Henshaw, child, age 42, born in Massachusetts; married, 2 children.
Edward Henshaw, child, age 44, born in Massachusetts; single.
Hayward Henshaw, child, age 37, born in New York City; single.
Joshua Henshaw, child, age 35, born in Kings County; single.
Ellen Henshaw, child, age 31, born in Kings County; single.
Cornelia Henshaw, child, age 27, born in Kings County; married, 1 child.

Joseph Burnham Henshaw died Jan 9 1871, Mamaroneck, Westchester County, New York; age 81.12,13,14  

Joseph's death was noted in the "Brooklyn Eagle" (Brooklyn, New York) on Monday, January 9, 1871, and in the "New York Evening Post" (New York, New York) on Tuesday, January 10, 1871 [as abstracted]:12

Jan 9 Mamaroneck NY Joseph B Henshaw, 81y.  Greenwood Cemetery
Marmaroneck, NY Mon.9th Joseph B Henshaw.81y.  Greenwood Cemetery

Joseph died intestate (without a will).  His estate was administered in the Kings County [New York] Surrogate's Court on Feb 6 197115 (see scan below).  

Widow Grace was shown in the 1873 city directory of Brooklyn, New York:16

Henshaw Grace A. wid. Joseph, h 1290 Pacific
Widow Grace was shown in the 1874 city directory of Brooklyn, New York:16
Henshaw Grace A. wid. J.B. h 383 Herkimer

Grace died Sep 6 187412,13,17 [Apr 6 187418], Brooklyn, Kings County, New York12,13,17; buried Sep 8 1874, Section D Lot 19785, Green-Wood Cemetery, 500 25th Street, Brooklyn, New York12,13,17.  

Grace's death was noted in the "Brooklyn Eagle" (Brooklyn, New York) on Monday, September 7, 1874 [as abstracted]:12

Sept 6 Bklyn Grace A Henshaw wid Joseph B Ch of Redeemer
Grace's death was also noted in the "New York Evening Post" (New York, New York) on Monday, September 7, 1874 [as abstracted]:9,12
Bklyn Sun. 6th Grace A wid Joseph B Henshaw

See also: Linus K. Henshaw who was also living in Brooklyn, New York in 1829.

(photo)Photo: Joseph Burnham Henshaw gravestone Green-Wood Cemetery 14

(photo)Photo: Grace Augusta Sands gravestone Green-Wood Cemetery 17

(photo)Photo: Joseph Burnham Henshaw Letters of Administration Kings County Surrogate's Court 15


  1. Contribution from Melissa Kay Hinshaw Owens citing:
    "Descendants of James Sands of Block Island (with notes on the walker, Hutchinson, Ray, Guthhrie, Palgrove, Cornell, Ayscough, Middagh, Holt, and Henshaw families)";
    privately printed, New York, 1949; compiled by Malcom Sands Wilson.
  2. 1865 New York state census, Brooklyn, Kings County, New York; Ward 3, page 26, line #18, family #175.
  3. Henshaw genealogical chart, author unknown; Contributed by Donald Craig Henshaw.
  4. 1865 New York state census, Brooklyn, King County, New York; Ward 3, page 26, line #18, family #175.
  5. Ancestry Family Tree data posted by "alkerr22".
  6. Halbert's "The New World Book of Henshaws" (for what it's worth).
  7. GEDCOM file H7290 at
  8. New York, Marriage Newspaper Extracts, 1801-1880 (Barber Collection);
  9. U.S., Newspaper Extractions from the Northeast, 1704-1930;
  10. "U.K. and U.S. Directories, 1680-1830";
  11. 1860 census, Pound Ridge P.O., Mamaroneck Township, Westchester County, New York; page 325, line #8, dwelling #2160, family #2432.
  12. New York, Death Newspaper Extracts, 1801-1890 (Barber Collection);
  13. Green-Wood Cemetery burials:
  15. New York, Wills and Probate Records, 1659-1999;
  16. U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995;
  18. New York, New York, Death Index, 1862-1948;

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