Thomas William Henshaw

                          ┌── Newton Hinshawc1833-1867 
                          │
                          │
Thomas William Henshaw ───┤
B: 1858                   │                       ┌── Jacob Fears
D: 1926                   │                       │
                          └── Hannah Jane Fears ──┤
                              c1832-?             │
                                                  └── Ailsey (Ailsy) Holt
M: Hanah Olivar
   ├── Mary Ellen Henshaw (1876-c1932) 1,2,3,4
   ├── Robert Clay Henshaw (1878-1921) 1,2,3,5
   ├── William Marvin Hanshaw (1881-1962) 1,2,3,5
   ├── Martha Jane Henshaw (1882-?) 1,5,6
   ├── Ella Margeret Henshaw (1884-1920) 1,5
   ├── Samuel Jones Henshaw (1886-1926) 1,5,7
   ├── Grover Cleveland Henshaw (1890-1960) 1,5,7
   ├── Jackson Virgil Henshaw (1892-1921) 1,5,7
   ├── James Warren Hanshaw (1895-1956) 1,5,7
   └── Susie Francis Henshaw (1899-1965) 1,5,7

Thomas William Henshaw     [ID 05558] Click here to switch to Ahnentafel view: Ahnentafel View

Thomas William Henshaw1,2,8 [Thomas William Hinshaw9].

Born Oct - 18581 [about 18573,7,9,10, Oct 14 18542,5,11, about 185612], Paint Rock, Jackson County, Alabama1.  

William Floyd Hanshaw, Thomas' grandson, once stated that his grandfather Thomas William Henshaw was 'full-blooded Irish'.13  

He married Hanah Olivar8,14 [Hannah Oliver1, Margaret Hanah Oliver2, Margaret Hannah Oliver15], Mar 2 18758,14, Jackson County, Alabama8,14.  Hanah was born Nov - 18531,5 [about 185616, about 18593,7, about 185212], Alabama1,5.  

Hanah was one-fourth Cherokee Indian.1,13  

Hanah had polio as a child and was therefore somewhat crippled.1  

Thomas and family were shown in the 1880 census (Jun 3 1880), Jackson County, Alabama:3

Henshaw, Thos W., age 22, born in Alabama; parents born in Alabama; farm laborer; unemployed 8 months.
Henshaw, Hannah, wife, age 21, born in Alabama; parents born in Alabama; keeping house; unemployed 12 months.
Henshaw, Mary, daughter, age 4, born in Alabama; parents born in Alabama.
Henshaw, Robert, son, age 2, born in Alabama; parents born in Alabama.
Henshaw, Infant, son, age 3 months, born in Alabama; parents born in Alabama.
Living next door on one side in 1880 was the family of Warren Peter Hinshaw;17 two more houses away was the family of James T. Hinshaw;18 living next door on the other side was the family of Nancy E. Henshaw Prince;19 one more house away was the family of Newton Hinshaw;20 one more house away was the family of Mary Ann Hinshaw Reed;21

Thomas and family migrated to Lawrence County, Arkansas about 1895.2  According to family oral history, Thomas (whose nickname was "Tom Cat") got into a fight with another man in the 1890s in the Paint Rock, Alabama area.  The fight might have been over a woman.  According to family folklore, either a knife or a gun might have been involved, and Thomas might have killed the other man.  In any case, Thomas and a brother (probably Jacob Robert) left Alabama and moved to Lawrence County, Arkansas.13  

Thomas and family were shown in the 1900 census (Jun 23 1900), Strawberry Township, Lawrence County, Arksansas:5

Hinshaw, Thos. W., head-of-household, age 45, born Oct 1854 in Alabama; parents born in Alabama; married 28 years; occupation: farmer; rented farm.
Hinshaw, Hannah, wife, age 46, born Nov 1853 in Alabama; parents born in Alabama; married 28 years; 10 children, 10 living.
Hinshaw, Robert L., son, age 22, born May 1878 in Alabama; parents born in Alabama; occupation: farm laborer.
Hinshaw, William, son, age 20, born Mch 1880 in Alabama; parents born in Alabama; attended school 3 months; occupation: farm laborer.
Hinshaw, Martha, daughter, age 18, born Mch 1882 in Arkansas; parents born in Alabama; attended school 3 months; occupation: farm laborer.
Hinshaw, Ella M., daughter, age 15, born Oct 1884 in Arkansas; parents born in Alabama; attended school 3 months; occupation: farm laborer.
Hinshaw, Samuel J., son, age 13, born Feb 1887 in Alabama; parents born in Alabama; attended school 3 months; occupation: farm laborer.
Hinshaw, Cleveland, son, age 10, born Feb 1890 in Alabama; parents born in Alabama; attended school 3 months.
Hinshaw, Jackson, son, age 8, born Feb 1892 in Alabama; parents born in Alabama; attended school 3 months.
Hinshaw, James W., son, age 4, born Jan 1896 in Arkansas; parents born in Alabama.
Hinshaw, Susan P., daughter, age 1, born Mch 1899 in Arkansas; parents born in Alabama.

Thomas and family were shown in the 1910 census (May 6 1910), Flat Creek Township, Lawrence County, Arksansas:7

Hinshaw, Thomas W., head-of-household, age 53, born in Alabama; mother born in Tennessee; first marriage, married 34 years; occupation: farmer, general farm; rented farm.
Hinshaw, Hannah, wife, age 51, born in Alabama; mother born in Alabama; first marriage, married 34 years; 10 children, 10 living.
Hinshaw, Sam, son, age 22, born in Alabama; parents born in Alabama; occupation: farm laborer, general farm.
Hinshaw, Cleveland, son, age 20 [unclear], born in Alabama; parents born in Alabama; occupation: farm laborer, home farm.
Hinshaw, Jackson, son, age 18, born in Alabama; parents born in Alabama; occupation: farm laborer, home farm; attended school.
Hinshaw, Warren, son, age 15, born in Arkansas; parents born in Alabama; occupation: farm laborer, home farm; attended school.
Hinshaw, Susie, daughter, age 11, born in Arkansas; parents born in Alabama; attended school.
Living next door on one side in 1910 was the family of son Robert;22 living next door on the other side was the family of daughter Martha Jane.23  

Thomas and family were again shown in the 1920 census (Jan 9-10 1920), Black River Township, Lawrence County, Arksansas:12

Henshaw, Thos W, head-of-household, age 64, born in Alabama; parents born in Alabama; owned home; farmer; cannot read or write.
Henshaw, Hannah, wife, age 68, born in Alabama; parents born in Alabama.
Henshaw, Warren, son, age 23, born in Arkansas; parents born in Alabama; single; farm laborer, home farm.
Henshaw, Susie, daughter, age 19, born in Arkansas; parents born in Alabama; single.

Thomas William Henshaw died Jun 6 1926, Denton, Lawrence County, Arkansas; age 67.1,2  According to family folklore, Thomas predicted his own death: Just before he died he had been helping others plant cotton.  When finished, he threw the leftover cotton under a tree and told them that he would be dead before the cotton produced.1  Thomas reportedly died of "sardine poisoning".1  

Hanah died Dec 25 1927, age 74.1  According to family oral history, Hanah died tragically from extensive burns.  She was staying with her son James Warren and his wife Ethel.  Warren and Ethel were going out a Christmas eve party, but Hanah didn't feel well and therefore didn't attend and stayed at Warren's house and went to bed.  After Warren and Ethel left, Hanah got up to stir the fireplace, lost her balance, and fell into the fire, burning her hands and body.  She died the next day, Christmas day 1927.  Her death certificate states "Burned - Seized with an attack of vertigo and fell in fireplace."13,24

(photo)Photo: Thomas William Henshaw, Hanah Oliver and children 25

(photo)Photo: Thomas William Henshaw gravestone 15

(photo)Photo: Hannah Oliver gravestone 15


Sources

  1. Family group sheets and descendent chart contributed by Dorothy Henshaw White ()
  2. Contribution from Darrell Hanshaw.
  3. 1880 census, Beat 18, Jackson County, Alabama; roll T9-16, ED 102, page 66D, line #44, dwelling #35, family #36.
  4. The Church Of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints (LDS) computerized Ancestral File.
  5. 1900 census, Strawberry Township, Lawrence County, Arkansas; roll T623-64, ED 74, page 14A, line #64, dwelling #257, family #257.
  6. Ancestry World Tree, data submitted by ().
  7. 1910 census, Flat Creek Township, Lawrence County, Arkansas; roll T624-55, ED 81, page 130B, line #96, dwelling #261, family #262.
  8. "Marriages of Jackson County Alabama 1871-1876 and 1876-1881" (USGenWeb archives).
  9. 1860 census, Jackson County, Alabama; page 308, dwelling #280.
  10. 1870 census, Subdivision Two, Big Coon, Jackson County, Alabama; page 95, line #22, dwelling #390, family #395.
  11. Ancestry Family Tree data posted by Sara Henshaw ().
  12. 1920 census, Black River Township, Lawrence County, Arkansas; roll T625-68, ED 73, page 5A, line #5, dwelling #86, family #92.
  13. Contribution from Darrell Hanshaw citing: William Floyd Hanshaw, 1979.
  14. Alabama Marriage Collection, 1800-1969; http://www.ancestry.com.
  15. Ancestry Family Tree data "Henshaw Family Tree" posted by "possumvalleybrndr".
  16. 1870 census, Collins Precinct, Jackson County, Alabama; roll M593-20, page 101, line #29, dwelling #478, family #483.
  17. 1880 census, Beat 18, Jackson County, Alabama; roll T9-16, ED 102, page 66D, line #49, dwelling #36, family #37.
  18. 1880 census, Beat 18, Jackson County, Alabama; roll T9-16, ED 102, page 67A, line #15, dwelling #38, family #39.
  19. 1880 census, Beat 18, Jackson County, Alabama; roll T9-16, ED 102, page 66D, line #40, dwelling #34, family #35.
  20. 1880 census, Beat 18, Jackson County, Alabama; roll T9-16, ED 102, page 66D, line #38, dwelling #33, family #34.
  21. 1880 census, Beat 18, Jackson County, Alabama; roll T9-16, ED 102, page 66D, line #28, dwelling #32, family #33.
  22. 1910 census, Flat Creek Township, Lawrence County, Arkansas; roll T624-55, ED 81, page 130B, line #91, dwelling #260, family #261.
  23. 1910 census, Flat Creek Township, Lawrence County, Arkansas; roll T624-55, ED 81, page 131A, line #3, dwelling #262, family #263.
  24. Contribution from Darrell Hanshaw citing: Dorothy Henshaw White and Ethel Flood Hanshaw.
  25. Ancesrty Family Tree data posted by "emtigrl".


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