Richard Allen Henshaw

                                                   ┌── Horace Levi Henshaw
                                                   │    1839-1918 
                         ┌── Hoyt Henshaw ─────────┤
                         │    1871-1943            │
                         │                         └── Abigail M. "Abbie" Holmes
                         │                              1843-1901 
Richard Allen Henshaw ───┤
B: 1906                  │                         ┌── Quincy Lowell Guernsey
D: 1987                  │                         │
                         └── Lillian R. Guernsey ──┤
                              1880-1970            │
                                                   └── Francis H. Roberts
M: Cleo Ellen Christy
   ├── Jane Evelyn Henshaw (1943-) 1
   └── Hoyt Christy Henshaw (1944-) 1

Richard Allen Henshaw     [ID 04889] Click here to switch to Ahnentafel view: Ahnentafel View

Born Nov 8 1906, New York.1,2,3  

Richard was shown in the 1930 census (Apr 14 1930), living in a rooming house on Grand Central Avenue, Horseheads, Chemung County, New York:4

Henshaw, Richard, roomer, age 27, born in New York; parents born in New York; single; occupation: "Draughstman, Bridge Works".

He married Cleo Ellen Christy, 1938.1,5  Cleo, daughter of Robert M. Christy & Sarah Isabel Kelley, was born Apr 23 1906, Tipton County, Indiana.2,3,5,6  Cleo had been previously married Jul 31 1924 to Orval C. Redmon.5  

Richard and Cleo were shown in the 1940 census (Apr 3 1940), 1409 Stratton Ave., Nashville, Tennessee:3

Henshaw, Richard A., head-of-household, age 33, born in New York; completed 2 years of high school; on Apr 1 1935 was living in Massillon, Ohio; rented home ($40/month rent); occupation: draftsman, Nashville Bridge Co.; worked 52 weeks in 1939; $2600 wages in 1939.
Henshaw, Cleo, wife, age 33, born in Indiana; completed 4 years of high school; on Apr 1 1935 was living in Muncie, Indiana.

Richard and Cleo were shown in the 1940 city directory of Nashville, Tennessee:7

Henshaw Richd A (Cleo C) drftsmn N'ville Bridge Co h1409 Stratton av apt B
Richard and Cleo were shown in the 1941 city directory of Nashville, Tennessee:7
Henshaw Richd A (Cleo) drftsmn N'ville Bridge Co h1409 Stratton av apt B
Richard and Cleo were shown in the 1942 city directory of Nashville, Tennessee:7
Henshaw Richd A (Cleo) drftsmn Nville Bridge Co h es Shady la 5 n Skyview dr
Richard and Cleo were shown in the 1943 city directory of Nashville, Tennessee:7
Henshaw Richd A (Cleo) clk h es Shady la 5 n Skyview dr
Richard and Cleo were shown in the 1946 city directory of Nashville, Tennessee:7
Henshaw Richd A (Cleo C) emp Nville Bridge Co h621 Shady la
Richard and Cleo were shown in the 1949 city directory of Nashville, Tennessee:7
Henshaw Richd A (Cleo E) eng Nville Bridge h621 Shady la
Richard and Cleo were shown in the 1953 city directory of Nashville, Tennessee:7
Henshaw Rich A (Cleo C) marine eng h621 Shady la
Richard and Cleo were shown in the 1957 city directory of Nashville, Tennessee:7
Henshaw Richd A (Cleo C) dept mgr Nville Bridge (Nville) h621 Shady la
Richard and Cleo were shown in the 1960 city directory of Nashville, Tennessee:7
Henshaw Richd A (Cleo C) dept mgr Nashville Bridge h621 Shady la

Richard Allen Henshaw died Sep 2 1987, Greenville, Washington County, Mississippi; buried Griffins Mills Cemetery, Aurora, Erie County, New York.1,2,6  

In 1995-1999 Cleo was living at 5437 S 1200 W, Kirklin, Clinton County, Indiana.8  

Cleo died Mar 14 1999, Sheridan, Boone County, Indiana; buried Hills Baptist Church Cemetery, Pickard, Clinton County, Indiana.2,5,6  

The following biographical sketch was provided by Richard's daughter, Jane Henshaw Smith:

Richard was a self taught Marine Engineer.  He was the inventor of the hydraulic pilot house which is built into tow boats up and down the Mississippi River.  His work was renown and towboat owners always knew they had a superior product when 'Dick' designed them.  He was with American Bridge Company of Ohio then moved to Nashville Bridge Company, Nashville, TN where he worked for over 20 years.  

Richard was inflicted with Polio at the age of 17.  He used full leg braces and crutches for 63 years.  He never allowed his disability to govern his life.  He built fine furniture, finished an attic in his house in Nashville (all while sitting down) and he designed a hydraulic lift to enable him to reach ceilings, etc. while working on it.  

Later in life he moved to Greenville, MS to help 3 other businessmen establish Greenville Shipbuilding.  They once told him they would not start the business unless Dick agreed to come on board as their engineer.  He designed PT boats during WW2, off shore drilling supply vessels, dry-docks, locks, small bridges, barges, towboats and other marine equipment.  

He retired at the age of 70.  He was born in Erie County, NY to Hoyt and Lillian Gurnsey Henshaw.  He is buried at the foot of his parents at Griffins Mills NY.

(photo)Photo: Richard Allen Henshaw gravestone Griffins Mills Cemetery 6

(photo)Photo: Cleo Ellen Christy gravestone Hills Baptist Church Cemetery 6

Social Security information for Richard Allen Henshaw: 298-03-9416

Social Security information for Cleo Ellen Christy: 307-07-6991


Sources

  1. Contribution from Jane Henshaw Smith.
  2. "Social Security Death Index" (as it is commonly called), derived from the Social Security Administration "Death Master File". See: http://www.rootsweb.com/~rwguide/lesson10.htm
  3. 1940 census, 23rd Ward, Nashville, Davidson County, Tennessee; roll T627-3976, ED 99-159, page 3A, line #39, household #53.
  4. 1930 census, Horseheads, Chemung County, New York; roll T626-1415, ED 53, page 7A, line #46, dwelling #188, family #189.
  5. RootsWeb WorldConnect data by Jana Farley ().
  6. http://www.findagrave.com.
  7. U.S. City Directories, 1821-1989 (Beta); http://www.ancestry.com.
  8. U.S. Phone and Address Directories, 1993-2002; http://www.ancestry.com.


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