Horatio Gates Henshaw

                                               ┌── Daniel Henshaw
                                               │    1701-1781 
                         ┌── William Henshaw ──┤
                         │    1735-1820        │
                         │                     └── Elizabeth Allen Bass
                         │                          1703-1774 
Horatio Gates Henshaw ───┤
B: 1788                  │                     ┌── Dudley Wade Swan
D: 1860                  │                     │
                         └── Phebe Swan ───────┤
                              1753-1808        │
                                               └── Beulah (Swan)
M: Elizabeth Hastings
   ├── Harriet Elizabeth Henshaw (1817-1896) 1,2,3,4,5,6
   ├── Almira Henshaw (1818-?) 2,3,6,7
   └── Caroline Henshaw (1824-?) 3,4

Horatio Gates Henshaw     [ID 04591] Click here to switch to Ahnentafel view: Ahnentafel View

Born Sep 21 1788, Leicester, Worcester County, Massachusetts.2,3,4,5,8,9  

Horatio was named after General Gates, under whom Horatio's father, William, served as assistant during the Siege of Boston in 1775, and the Battle of Long Island, August 1776.2  

He married Elizabeth Hastings.1,2,3  Elizabeth was born about 1792, Massachusetts.4,5  

Horatio was cashier of the Leicester bank and was justice of the peace.  He wrote many articles on contemporary political events and essays on local Revolutionary War history.2  

Horatio and family are shown in the 1850 census (Sep 12 1850), Leicester, Worcester County, Massachusetts:4

H.G. Henshaw, age 61, born in Massachusetts; wine manufacturer; $3000 real estate.
Elizabeth Henshaw, age 57, born in Massachusetts.
Harriet E. Henshaw, age 32, born in Massachusetts.
Caroline Henshaw, age 24, born in Massachusetts.
Margaret Campion [unclear], age 18, born in Ireland.

Horatio Gates Henshaw died May 7 1860, age 71.2,8,10  Medical: Horatio died from consumption (four years duration).10  

Widow Elizabeth and family were shown in the 1860 census (Jun 13 1860), including Horatio for some reason (even though he had died the month before), Leicester, Worcester County, Massachusetts:5

H. G. Henshaw, age 71, born in Massachusetts; $2000 real estate; $3000 personal property.
Eliz. Henshaw, age 68, born in Massachusetts.
Harriet E. Henshaw, age 43, born in Massachusetts.
Eliz., age 8, born in Pennsylvania; attended school.


  1. Contribution from Tom Henshaw.
  2. Library of Congress, National Union Catalog of Manuscript Collections (NUCMC), http://lcweb.loc.gov/z3950/rliname.html
  3. "History of the Henshaw Family", a handwritten manuscript identified as a copy of a letter written August 16, 1829 by Daniel Henshaw of Boston (probably #4588 to Joshua Henshaw Hayward of Boston (probably a son or grandson of Sarah Henshaw Hayward); part of the manuscript collection titled "Henshaw family Papers, 1757-1892" archived at the American Antiquarian Society, Manuscripts Department, 185 Salisbury Street, Worcester, MA 01609-1634.
  4. 1850 census, Leicester, Worcester County, Massachusetts; roll M432-342, page 336, line #20 dwelling #416, family #439.
  5. 1860 census, Leicester, Worcester County, Massachusetts; roll M653-531, page 193, line #25, dwelling #209, family #225.
  6. New England Historical & Genealogical Society. "Massachusetts Town Vital Records".
  7. Henshaw genealogical chart, author unknown; Contributed by Donald Craig Henshaw.
  8. Contribution from Lizbet119 () citing:
    Henshaw family bible archived at the Massachusetts Historical Society.
  9. Massachusetts Town and Vital Records, 1620-1988; http://www.ancestry.com.
  10. 1860 census Mortality Schedule, Leicester, Worcester County, Massachusetts; roll T1204-17, page 3, line #5.

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