Andrew Isbell Henshaw

                                                              ┌── David Henshaw
                                                              │    1744-1808 
                                ┌── Andrew Henshaw ───────────┤
                                │    1783-1853                │
                                │                             └── Mary Sargent
                                │                                  1755-1831 
Andrew Isbell Henshaw ──────────┤
B: 1825                         │                             ┌── John Lewis Isbell
D: 1865                         │                             │
                                └── Elizabeth Isbell Carson ──┤
                                     1786-?                   │
                                                              └── Ann Hannah Anderson
M: Mary Anderson "Polly" Isbell
   └── Mary Montague "Mollie" Henshaw (1850-1932) 1,2,3,4,5

Andrew Isbell Henshaw     [ID 04605] Click here to switch to Ahnentafel view: Ahnentafel View

Born Nov 7 1825, Alabama.4,6,7  

Andrew and his sister Elizabeth were taken as children to the Henshaw home in Leicester, Massachusetts to be educated.  Their parents returned to Alabama.  Andrew finished his education at Harvard.2  

Andrew graduated from the University of Alabama, and in 1847 from Harvard University, where he studied Latin under William Wordsworth Longfellow and was a member of the Hasty Pudding Club, the Fly Club, the A.D. Club, Alpha Delta Phi.8  

He married Mary Anderson "Polly" Isbell9, Aug 18 18489 [Aug 8 18481,2,3,6,8], Willow Banks, Virginia9.  Mary, daughter of James Isbell & Mary Daniel Montague3,8, was born Nov 27 18243,8 [about 18304], Cumberland County, Virginia3,8.  Andrew and Mary were first cousins.2,3  

Marriage performed by Rev. Olcott Bulkley; marriage reported in the "Richmond Whig & Public Advertiser" (Richmond, Virginia) on Friday, August 25, 1848.9  

Andrew was shown in the 1850 census living in the home of his parents in Clarke County, Alabama; his wife Mary was not shown:7

Andrew Henshaw, age 25, born in Alabama; lawyer; $100 real estate.

In 1851 Andrew served in the Alabama legislature.8  

Andrew and family moved to Claiborne, Alabama on the death of his sister Elizabeth to help care for her three surviving children.2  

Andrew and family were shown in the 1860 census (Sep 17 1860), residing with the family of his deceased sister Elizabeth in Monroe County, Alabama:4

Rufus Torry, age 47, born in Mississippi.
Charles Torry, age 10, born in Alabama; attended school.
Elizabeth Torry, age 5, born in Alabama.
Andrew Torry, age 3, born in Alabama.
Andrew Henshaw, age 35, born in Alabama; farmer; $20,000 real estate; $90,000 personal property.
Mary Henshaw, age 30, born in Virginia.
Mary Henshaw, age 10, born in Virginia; attended school.
Elizabeth Henshaw, age 73, born in Virginia; $10,000 personal property.
Andrew Hanshaw:
1 black female age 28.
1 black male age 20.
1 black female age 18.
1 black male age 14.
1 black male age 7.
1 black female age 6 months.
"Rufus Torry & Trustee for 3 Minors":
1 black female age 45.
1 black male age 32.
1 black male age 30.
1 mullato female age 26.
1 mullato female age 9.
1 black female age 8.
1 mullato male age 5.
1 mullato female age 3.
1 mullato male age 1.

During the Civil War Union troops took over the family home in Claiborne and used it as a hospital.  They vandalized the property and stole the silver and food (most of the silver had been buried, however, and remains in the family possession).  They molested the female servants of neighbors, but the Torrey/Henshaw servants were not harmed.  Polly, always the proverbial southern lady, continued to care for the sick and wounded confederate soldiers who remained after the eventual retreat of the Union troops.2  

During the Civil War Andrew served as a private in Captain E. Mills Company, Monroe County Militia (Home Guard).  On the muster roll of Sep 12 1864 he was listed as age 37, occupation: farmer.11  

Andrew Isbell Henshaw died Aug 23 1865.8  

After Andrew died, Mary remarried Feb 3 1869 in Monroe County, Alabama to Rufus Campbell Torrey,3,12 widower of Andrew's sister Elizabeth.3  

Mary died May 31 1901, Mobile, Mobile County, Alabama; buried Magnolia Cemetery, Mobile, Alabama.8  

See also: Susan Jane Henshaw who married John C. Isbell.  


  1. Contribution from Tom Henshaw.
  2. Contribution from Mary Alden Hannon ().
  3. Posting Apr 23 2000 to ISBELL-L by Ray Isbell ().
  4. 1860 census, Burnt Corn P.O., Monroe County, Alabama; roll M653-18, page 880, line #30, dwelling #879, family #779.
  5. Lineage Books of the Charter Members of the National Society of the
    Daughters of the American Revolution.
  6. "Genealogy of the Denny family in England and America", Denny, Christopher Columbus; Leicester, Massachusettes, 1886.
  7. 1850 census, Clarke County, Alabama; roll M432-3, page 259, line #7, dwelling #806, family #806.
  9. Library of Virginia; Henley Marriage/Obituary Index to VA Newspapers:
  10. 1860 Slave Schedule, Monroe County, Alabama.
  11. Alabama Department of Archives & History; Civil War Service Database:
  12. Contribution from Doug Purcell () citing:
    "Monroe and Conecuh County, Alabama Marriages 1833-1880", compiled by
    Dr. Lucy Wiggins Colson and Dr. Robert Ellis Colson, 1983; page 118.

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