John Prentiss Kewley Henshaw

                                                           ┌── Benjamin Henshaw
                                                           │    1730-1793 
                                ┌── Daniel Henshaw ────────┤
                                │    1762-1825             │
                                │                          └── Mrs. Huldah (Stillman) Sumner
John Prentiss Kewley Henshaw ───┤
B: 1792                         │                          ┌── John Prentis
D: 1852                         │                          │
                                └── Sarah Esther Printis ──┤
                                     1770-1849             │
                                                           └── Esther Richards
M: Mary Gorham
   ├── John Kewley Henshaw (1815-1843) 1
   ├── Alexander Griswold Henshaw (c1817-1854) 1,2
   ├── Mary Gorham Henshaw (1819-1888) 1,3,4
   ├── William Milner Henshaw (1820-1850) 1,5
   ├── Daniel Henshaw (1822-1908) 1,3,6
   ├── Charles Henry Henshaw (1825-1825) 7,8
   ├── Charles Henry Henshaw (1830-1910) 1,2,3,8
   └── Richmond Henshaw (1833-1890) 1,3,9

John Prentiss Kewley Henshaw     [ID 04643] Click here to switch to Ahnentafel view: Ahnentafel View

John Prentiss Kewley Henshaw6,10 [John Prentiss Kerley Henshaw3].

Born Jun 13 1792, Middletown, Connecticut.3,6,10  

John was graduated at Middlebury college, VT, A.B., 1808, A.M., 1811, and S.T.D., 1830.  He also received the degree of A.B., from Harvard in 1808.6  

He was brought up in the Congregational church, but soon after graduating, during a visit to his native place, he was baptized by the Rev. Dr. Kewley and determined to study for the ministry in the Protestant Episcopal church.  Bishop Griswold of the Eastern Diocese made him a lay-reader and he did successful missionary work in Vermont, at Marblehead, Mass., and in Bristol, R.I., while pursuing his theological coarse.  He was ordained deacon, June 13, 1813; and was called to St. Ann's church, Brooklyn. N.Y., and was ordained priest, June 13, 1816.  He was rector of St. Peter's church, Baltimore, Md., 1817-43, and while in that city was active in mission work outside the labors of his large and growing congregation.6,10  

He was a candidate for bishop of Maryland before the diocesan conventions of 1828 and 1840, but failed the elections, having received a majority but less than the vote of two-thirds of the clergy as required by the constitution.  In 1843 he was elected first bishop of Rhode Island and also served as rector of Grace Church, Providence, R.I.6,10  

John was the author of:6

Usefulness of Sunday Schools (1833);
Henshaw's Sheridan (1834);
Communicant's Guide;
Theology for the People (1840);
Memoir of the Rt. Rev. Channing Moore, D.D. (1842);
An Inquiry concerning the Second Advent (1842);
The Work of Christ's Living Body (1843), and other works.

He married Mary Gorham, Jul 9 1814.1,6,11,12  Mary, daughter of Isaac Gorham & Sarah Thomas, was born Dec 10 1791, Bristol, Rhode Island.6,7,11  

John and family are shown in the 1850 census, 4th Ward, Providence, Providence County, Rhode Island, as follows:2

John P.K. Henshaw, age 58, Episcopal Clergyman, Bishop.
Mary Henshaw, age 58, born in New York.
Alex G. Henshaw, age 32, born in Maryland; Episcopal Clergyman.
Charles H. Henshaw, age 19, born in Maryland; student.
Ellen Mc... [last name unclear], age 24, born in Ireland.

John Prentiss Kewley Henshaw died Jul 19 18526,7,10 [Jul 20 185213], Frederick County, Maryland6,7,10; buried Grace Church Cemetery, Elmwood Ave at Broad St., Providence, Rhode Island6,7,10.  John died while officially serving the diocese of Maryland in the absence of Bishop Whittingham.6  

Widow Mary was shown in the 1860 census (Jul 10 1860), living in the household of daughter Mary in Providence, Rhode Island:14

Mary H. Henshaw, age 50, born in Maryland.

Widow Mary was shown in the 1870 census (Jun 10 1870), living in the household of daughter Mary in Providence, Rhode Island:15

Henshaw, Mary, age 70, born in Rhode Island.

Widow Mary was shown in the 1880 census (Jun 8 1880), living in the household of daughter Mary in Providence, Rhode Island:16

Henshaw, Mary, wife's mother, age 88, born in Rhode Island; parents born in Rhode Island; widow.

Mary died Sep 26 1881, Rhode Island; buried Grace Church Cemetery, Elmwood Ave at Broad St., Providence, Rhode Island.7,11,13  


  1. "A Genealogical Register of the Descendants of Several Ancient Puritans",
    Vol. III; Abner Morse, N.E.H.G.S.; H.W. Dutton Press, Boston, 1861.
  2. 1850 census, Providence County, Rhode Island; roll 845, page 240, dwelling #199.
  3. Henshaw genealogical chart, author unknown; Contributed by Donald Craig Henshaw.
  4. "Colonial Families of the United States of America", Vol. 2.;
    George Norbury Mackenzie, ed.; New York: 1907.
  5. San Francisco Cholera Epidemic:
  6. "Twentieth Century Biographical Dictionary of Notable Americans",
    Johnson, Rossiter, ed.; The Biographical Society, 1904.
  7. "The Rhode Island Historical Cemeteries Transcription Project":
  8. LDS IGI, citing: records of Saint Peters Protestant Episcopal, Baltimore.
  9. LDS IGI - Maryland.
  10. Contribution from Michael Livingston () citing:
    Encyclopedia of Names, published by The Times, London, and the
    Century Company of New York in 1903.
  11. The Church Of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints (LDS) computerized Ancestral File.
  12. Contribution from Tom Henshaw.
  13. Rhode Island Deaths, 1630-1930;
  14. 1860 census, 2nd Ward, Providence, Rhode Island; roll M653-1210, page 6, line #21, dwelling #54, family #55.
  15. 1870 census, 2nd Ward, Providence, Rhode Island; roll M593-1478, page 247B-248A, line #40, dwelling #155, family #157.
  16. 1880 census, Providence, Providence County, Rhode Island; roll T9-1211, ED 11, page 184D, line #41, dwelling #175, family #197.

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