William Henshaw

                                          ┌── William Henshaw
                                          │    1742-1796 
                    ┌── William Henshaw ──┤
                    │    1767-1822        │
                    │                     └── Elizabeth Gilbert
                    │                          1746-1826 
William Henshaw ────┤
B: 1796             │
D: 1884             │
                    └── Jerusha Brace
M: Julia Ann Strope
   ├── Isaac Henshaw (c1820-1893) 1
   ├── Cordelia Henshaw (1825-?)
   └── Adeline Henshaw (1827-?) 2,3,4

M: Martha Boley

William Henshaw     [ID 04801] Click here to switch to Ahnentafel view: Ahnentafel View

Born 17961,5,6,7,8,9, New York1,5,6,7,8,9 [Canada10].  

He married Julia Ann Strope.2,3  Julia, daughter of Isaac Strope & Lucy Wheeler, was born about 1804, Pennsylvania.7,11  

William reported fought in the Mexican-American War of 1846-1848.12  

William and family were shown in the 1850 census (Nov 5 1850), Tippecanoe Township, Henry County, Iowa, as follows:1

William Henshaw, age 54, born in New York; farmer.
Julia Henshaw, age 47, born in New York.
Isaac Henshaw, age 29, born in New York; farmer; $1,000 real estate.

William and Julia were shown in the 1860 census (Jun 11 1860), Mount Pleasant Township, Henry County, Iowa:7

Wm Henshaw, age 63, born in New York; miller; $15000 real estate; $1000 personal property.
Julia Henshaw, age 56, born in Pennsylvania.

During the Civil War, William served in the Thirty-Seventh Iowa Volunteer Infantry.  He was appointed captain of Company 'H' on Sep 2 1862, mustered Nov 15 1862; mustered out May 24 1865, Davenport, Iowa.6  Although William was in his 60s at the start of the Civil War, he still raised a company of old men, for whom he was their captain, and they fought throughout the war.  The company was known as "The Gray Beards".12  

He then married Martha Boley.8,9,13  Martha was born about 18169,14 [about 181315], Indiana9,14 [Virginia8, Iowa15].  Martha was the widow of James Boley who had died of Cholera in Lee County, Iowa in 1855.13,15  

William and Martha were shown in the 1870 census (Jun 20 1870), Fort Madison, Lee County, Iowa, where he was operating a hotel8 (which appears to have been owned by his second wife, Martha):16

Henshaw, William, age 74, born in New York; hotel keeper; $200 real estate; $1600 personal property.
Henshaw, Martha, age 54, born in Virginia; keeping house; $6000 real estate; $1000 personal property.
... 10 hotel guests/residents ...

In January, 1873, William was granted a monthly pension of $8.00 as a survivor of the War of 1812.17  

William moved to Elk County, Kansas sometime before 1880.10,17  

William was shown in the 1880 census (Jun 9 1880), living in (or visiting with) the household of son Isaac, Union Center Township, Elk County, Kansas:10

Henshaw, William, father, age 84. born in Canada; parents born in Connecticut; married.
William was doubly-enumerated in the 1880 census, as William and Martha were also shown (Jun 19 1880) living in Pleasant Township, Appanoose County, Iowa:9
Henshaw, William, age 84, born in New York; parents born in New York; retired farmer.
Henshaw, Martha, wife, age 64, born in Indiana; parents born in Virginia; keeping boarders.
Boley, J.A. J[r?]., step son, age 40, born in Indiana; father born in Indiana; mother born in New York [sic]; single; day laborer; unemployed 3 months during the year.

William Henshaw was shown in the 1883 List of Pensioners of Western Park, Elk County, Kansas.17  

William Henshaw died 1884, Kansas; buried Howard Cemetery, Howard, Elk County, Kansas.5,11  


  1. 1850 census, Tippecanoe Twp., Henry County, Iowa; pg 247A; USGenWeb Archives.
  2. Contribution from Tom Henshaw.
  3. Lineage Books of the Charter Members of the National Society of the
    Daughters of the American Revolution (www.ancestry.com).
  4. Lineage Books of the Charter Members of the National Society of the
    Daughters of the American Revolution.
  5. Contribution from Kristen Wagner-Henshaw.
  6. Thirty-Seventh Iowa Volunteer Infantry; USGenWeb Archives.
  7. 1860 census, Mount Pleasant Township, Henry County, Iowa; page 51, line #28, dwelling #125/403, family #110/358
  8. 1870 census, 2nd Ward, Fort Madison, Lee County, Iowa; roll M593-403, page 73, line #35, dwelling #75, family #89.
  9. 1880 census, Pleasant Township, Appanoose County, Iowa; roll T9-326, ED 19, page 530B, line #7, dwelling #12, family #13.
  10. 1880 census, Union Center Township, Elk County, Kansas; roll T9-380, ED 86, page 362D, line #35, dwelling #123, family #123.
  11. Contribution from IVP ().
  12. Contribution from Eleanor Schnider () citing:
    letter written in 1901 from Eli. G. Manning.
  13. Contribution from Gary W. Watson ().
  14. 1860 census, Charleston P.O., Charleston Township, Lee County, Iowa; roll M653-330, page 50, line #24, dwelling #346, family #349.
  15. 1850 census, Division 28, Lee County, Iowa; roll M432-186, page 329, line #26, dwelling #556, family #556.
  16. Conclusion from census data.
  17. Elk County, Kansas 1883 List of Pensioners; USGenWeb Archives:

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