Mary Montague "Mollie" Henshaw

                                                                     ┌── Andrew Henshaw
                                                                     │    1783-1853 
                                  ┌── Andrew Isbell Henshaw ─────────┤
                                  │    1825-1865                     │
                                  │                                  └── Elizabeth Isbell Carson
                                  │                                       1786-?    
Mary Montague "Mollie" Henshaw ───┤
B: 1850                           │                                  ┌── James Isbell
D: 1932                           │                                  │
                                  └── Mary Anderson "Polly" Isbell ──┤
                                       1824-1901                     │
                                                                     └── Mary Daniel Montague
M: Harry Theophilus Toulmin

Mary Montague "Mollie" Henshaw     [ID 04606] Click here to switch to Ahnentafel view: Ahnentafel View

Born Jan 4 1850, Willow Banks, Virginia.1,2,3,4,5  

During the Civil War, Union soldiers took over the family home in Claiborne, Alabama and used it as a hospital.  One soldier took Mollie's beloved pony, Sol, and used him in training.  He would beat Sol whenever the pony didn't obey orders to "Halt".  Mollie, who was about 10 at the time and sick in bed with malaria, watched from her window in horror.  She ran out in her nightgown and threw her arms around Sol, but was dragged away by Union soldiers.6  

She married Harry Theophilus Toulmin1,6,7,8 [Harry T. Toulman2,9], May 4 18691,6,7,8, Mobile, Monroe County, Alabama1,6,7,8.  Harry, son of Theophilus Lindsey Toulmin & Amante Elizabeth DeJuzan8,10, was born Mar 4 18388,10 [Mar - 18354, about 18375], Mobile County, Alabama8,10.  

Harry had been named after his grandfather the first federal judge of the Southern District of Alabama.7,11  He was from Toulminville, Mobile County, Alabama.7  

Mary and Harry's marriage was published May 15 1869 in the "Alabama State Journal":12

Col. Harry T. TOULMIN, of Mobile, was married on the 4th instant, to Miss Mary M. HENSHAW, of Monroe County.

Harry had entered the Confederate army as private in 1861; he rose through grades to Colonel, commanding the twenty-second Alabama infantry.  In 1868 he was a democratic presidential elector; and in 1870-72 he was a member of the State legislature.  In 1874-82 he was state circuit judge; and from 1886 he was a United States judge for the southern district of Alabama.10  

Mary and Harry lived in the historic Toulmin-Buck house at Toulminville, built by Judge Toulmin's father in 1828, and which was moved from Toulminville in 1978 to the campus of the University of South Alabama.7,11  They also lived at "Oak Grove", on St. Stephens Road, the corner of Clinton Ave., on a 20-acre estate which later became the Toulminville City Library.  The house was demolished in 1955 and the Toulminville High School was erected on the site in 1956.11  

The Hon. Harry T. Toulmin was shown in the 1890-92 Mobile, Alabama City Directories:13

Harry T. Toulmin, third floor Customhouse, Toulminville; judge.

Mary and Harry were shown in the 1900 census (Jun 30 1900), Kosters District, Mobile County, Alabama:4

Toulmin, Harry T., head-of-household, age 65, born Mch 1835 in Alabama; father born in Kentucky; mother born in Alabama; married 31 years; occupation: judge, U.S. Court; owned home.
Toulmin, Mary M., wife, age 50, born Jan 1850 in Virginia; father born in Alabama; mother born in Virginia; married 31 years; no children.
Cooper, Charles L., boarder, age 30, born Oct 1870 in Alabama; father born in Virginia; mother born in Alabama; single; occupation: mill employee.

Mary and Harry were shown in the 1910 census (Apr 16 1910), St. Stevens Road, Kosters District, Mobile County, Alabama:5

Toulmin, Harry T., head-of-household, age 72, born in Alabama; father born in Kentucky; mother born in Alabama; first marriage. married 41 years; occupation: judge, U.S. Court; owned home (free).
Toulmin, Mary M., wife, age 59, born in Virginia; father born in Alabama; mother born in Virginia; first marriage. married 41 years.
Peques, Harry E., boarder, age 28, born in Alabama; parents born in Alabama; single; occupation: secretary, U.S. judge.
Yates, Nora, servant, mulatto, age 33, born in Alabama; parents born in Alabama; first marriage; 2 children, 2 living; occupation: servant, private family.
Yates, Lawrence, servant, black, age 12, born in Alabama; parents born in Alabama; occupation: servant, private family.
Yates, Clara B., servant, black, age 10, born in Alabama; parents born in Alabama; occupation: servant; attended school.
Thomas, Gayle, servant, black, age 35, born in Alabama; parents born in U.S.; single; occupation: servant, private family.

Harry died Nov 12 1916, Mobile County, Alabama.14  

Widow Mary (shown as Helen M.) was shown in the 1920 census (Jan 2 1920), living with the family of a Harry & Daisy Pillands at 906 Government [street], Mobile, Mobile County, Alabama:15

Pillans, Harry T., head-of-household, age 72, born in Texas; father born in South Carolina; mother born in Alabama; owned home; occupation: lawyer, general practice.
Pillans, Daisy H., wife, age 63, born in Massachusetts; parents born in Massachusetts.
Pillans, Laura, daughter, age 32, born in Alabama; father born in Texas; mother born in Massachusetts; single; occupation: stenographer, railroad.
Gaines, Elizabeth H., granddaughter, age 8, born in Alabama; parents born in Alabama; attended school.
Toulmin, Helen M., sister-in-law, age 67, born in Virginia; father born in Alabama; mother born in Virginia; widow.
Franklin, Adaline, servant, black, age 55, born in Alabama; parents born in Alabama; married; occupation: cook, private family.
Franklin, Benjamin, servant, black, age 78, born in Alabama; father born in United States; mother born in Alabama; married; occupation: wood[..unclear..], wood yard.
Penn, Addie Lee, servant, black, age 15, born in Alabama; parents born in Alabama; single; occupation: maid, private family.
Franklin, Grace, servant, black, age 13, born in Alabama; parents born in Alabama; single; occupation: maid, private family.

Widow Mary was shown in the 1930 census (Apr 15 1930), still living with the family of a Harry & Elizabeth Pillands at 908 Government Street, Mobile, Mobile County, Alabama:16

Pillands, Harry, head-of-household, age 92, born in Texas; father born in South Carolina; mother born in Alabama; first married at age 28; owned home ($10,000 value); radio in home; occupation: lawyer, private practice; Civil War veteran.
Pillands, Elizabeth, wife, age 74, born in Massachusetts; father born in Massachusetts; mother born in Alabama; first married at age 19.
Pillands, Laura, daughter, age 44, born in Alabama; father born in Texas; mother born in Massachusetts; single; occupation: [..unclear..], childrens' book co.
Pillands, Harry T., son, age 38, born in Alabama; father born in Texas; mother born in Massachusetts; first married at age 24; occupation: merchant, store; not a veteran.
Pillands, R[..unclear..], daughter-in-law, age 36, born in Florida; father born in Cuba; mother born in Florida; first married at age 22.
Gaines, Elizabeth H., granddaughter, age 18, born in Alabama; parents born in Alabama; attended school.
Pillands, Mary, granddaughter, age 10, born in Maryland; father born in Alabama; mother born in Florida; attended school.
Pillands, Patricia, granddaughter, age 8, born in Florida; father born in Alabama; mother born in Florida; attended school.
Toulmin, Mary M., sister-in-law, age 80, born in Virginia; father born in Alabama; mother born in Virginia; widow.

Mary Montague "Mollie" Henshaw died Mar - 1932, Mobile County, Alabama.14  

Pictures of Judge Harry Theophilus Toulmin and Mary Montague Henshaw appear in the book "The Great Bingville Fair" by Harry T. Toulmin (Daphne, AL: The Village Press, 1983).11  


Sources

  1. Lineage Books of the Charter Members of the National Society of the
    Daughters of the American Revolution.
  2. "Genealogy of the Denny family in England and America", Denny, Christopher Columbus; Leicester, Massachusettes, 1886.
  3. 1860 census, Burnt Corn P.O., Monroe County, Alabama; roll M653-18, page 880, line #30, dwelling #879, family #779.
  4. 1900 census, Kosters District, Mobile County, Alabama; roll T623-31, ED 88, page 28A.
  5. 1910 census, Kosters District, Mobile County, Alabama; roll T624-26, ED 70, page 2B, line #91, dwelling #35, family #37.
  6. Contribution from Mary Alden Hannon ().
  7. Posting Apr 23 2000 to ISBELL-L by Ray Isbell ().
  8. Biography of Harry Theophilus Toulmin; RootsWeb GenConnect Biographies:
    http://boards.ancestry.com/mbexec?htx=message&r=rw&p=localities.northam.usa.states.alabama.counties.mobile&m=978.
  9. Alabama, 1800-1900 Marriage Index; http://www.genealogy.com.
  10. Herringshaw, Thomas William. "Herringshaw's Encyclopedia of American
    Biography of the Nineteenth Century", Chicago, IL:
    American Publishers' Association, 1902.
  11. Contribution from Ray Isbell ().
  12. Posting Jul 11 2003 by Larry E. Caver, Jr. () to ALMONTGO-L, citing:
    "Death, Marriage And Probate Notices From Montgomery, Alabama Newspapers", Volume II, (1866-1875).
  13. Mobile, Alabama City Directories, 1890-92; http://www.ancestry.com.
  14. Alabama Deaths, 1908-59; http://www.ancestry.com.
  15. 1920 census, Mobile, Mobile County, Alabama; roll T625-35, ED 103, page 1A, line #28, dwelling #5, family #9.
  16. 1930 census, Mobile, Mobile County, Alabama; roll T626-41, ED 52, page 3B, line #73, dwelling #40, family #70.


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