John L. Henshaw

                                                    ┌── Lewis M. Henshawc1811-?    
                       ┌── Andrew Jackson Henshaw ──┤
                       │   c1834-?                  │
                       │                            └── Belinda -
                       │                                c1805-?    
John L. Henshaw ───────┤
B: 1858                │                            ┌── Jonathan Maxson
D: 1932                │                            │
                       └── Wilhelmina Maxson ───────┤
                            1837-?                  │
                                                    └── Christian Davis
M: Emma Holace
   ├── Daisy Viola Henshaw (1880-1926) 1,2,3
   ├── Pearl Henshaw (1882-?) 2,4
   ├── Earl Henshaw (1884-?) 2,4
   └── Fay Edith Henshaw (1888-1919) 2,4

M: Beirty McCletchie

M: Minnie Lee Franklin

John L. Henshaw     [ID 05596] Click here to switch to Ahnentafel view: Ahnentafel View

John L. Henshaw5,6,7,8 [John P. Hinshaw9, Johnathan Henshaw10].

Born Dec 23 18581,5,6,7,8,9,10,11 [Sep - 18574], Rock County, Wisconsin1,5,6,7,8,9,10,11 [Nebraska4].  

John migrated from North Platte, Nebraska to Payette, Idaho where, initially, he worked on the Union Pacific Railroad as it was being built through Idaho.  He homesteaded on Washoe Bottom near Payette and owned a cattle ranch for several years.  He also had a livery barn and coal business and was the town marshall for 7 years.  He built the first motel in Payette which later burned down.2  

He married Emma Holace, about 1878.1,8  Emma was born Nov 30 1858, Illinois.1,8  

John and family were shown in the 1880 census (Jun 1 1880), living in a boarding house in Emmett, Idaho Territory:1,11

Henshaw, John L., boarder, age 21, born in Wisconsin; father born in New York; mother born in Connecticut; married; farmer.
Henshaw, Emma, boarder, age 21, born in Illinois; father born in Tennessee; mother born in Indiana; married.
Henshaw, Viola, boarder, age 2 months, born Mar [1880] in Nebraska; father born in Wisconsin; mother born in Illinois.

Emma died Sep 28 1889, age 30y 9m 28d.8  

He then married Beirty McCletchie, about 1890.4  Beirty was born Mar - 1857, Chile.4  

John and family were shown in the 1900 census (Jun 16 1900), Payette Precinct, Canyon County, Idaho:4

Henshaw, John, head-of-household, age 42, born Sept 1857 in Nebraska; parents' birthplaces unknown; married 10 years; occupation: farmer; owned farm (free).
Henshaw, Beirty., wife, age 43, born Mar 1857 in Chile; father born in Chile; mother born in Spain; immigrated 1861, resident of U.S. 39 years; married 10 years; 7 children, 7 living.
McCletchie, Clifton, step-son, age 19, born Apr 1881 in Utah; father born in Ireland; mother born in Chile; occupation: soldier, U.S.
Henshaw, Pearle, daughter, age 17, born Feb 1882 in Idaho; father born in Nebraska; mother born in Indiana.
Henshaw, Earle, son, age 15, born Aug 1884 in Idaho; father born in Nebraska; mother born in Indiana; attended school 3 months.
Henshaw, Fay, daughter, age 12, born Mar 1888 in Idaho; father born in Nebraska; mother born in Indiana; attended school 9 months.

He then married Minnie Lee Franklin5,12 [Minnie Applegate2], Jan 15 19085,12, Vale, Malheur County, Oregon5,12.  Minnie was born Apr 12 1863, Alabama.6,7,9  Minnie had been previously married (apparently more than once).5  

John and Minnie were shown in the 1910 census (Apr 21 1910), West Payette, Canyon County, Idaho:5

Henshaw, John L., head-of-household, age 51, born in Wisconsin; father born in New York; mother born in Indiana; married 2 years; occupation: city marshall; owned home.
Henshaw, Minnie L., wife, age 43, born in Alabama; father born in United States; mother born in Louisiana; married 2 years; 6 children, 5 living.
Henderson, Ida M., step-daughter, age 19, born in Idaho; parents born in Alabama; single; occupation: Manicurist, Beauty Parlor.
Franklin, Perry L., step-son, age 10, born in Idaho; father born in Montana; mother born in Alabama; single.

John and Minnie were again shown in the 1920 census (Jan 20-22 1920), West Payette, Payette County, Idaho:6

Henshaw, John L., head-of-household, age 61, born in Wisconsin; father born in New York; mother born in Indiana; owned home; [..occupation unclear..].
Henshaw, Minnie L., wife, age 56, born in Alabama; parents born in United States.

The death of Minnie's son Harry was noted in the "Payette Enterprise" on Thursday, September 24, 1925:13

Former Payette Boy Accidentally Killed

Harry Franklin, son of Mrs. John Henshaw, of Payette, was accidentally killed at Los Angeles, California, on Saturday afternoon.  The truck which he was driving was run into by a train.  Death was instantaneous.  Mrs. Henshaw left Monday for Los Angeles, to attend the funeral of her son.  

Harry Franklin, who has been away from Payette for several years, visited in Payette last fall and renewed old friendships.  He was twenty-five years old at the time of his death.  Besides his mother, he leaves a widow to mourn his loss.  To those Payette extends heartfelt sympathy.

John and Minnie were again shown in the 1930 census (Apr 3 1930), North Payette, Payette County, Idaho:7

Henshaw, John L., head-of-household, age 71, born in Wisconsin; father born in New York; mother born in Indiana; first married at age 19; owned home; no radio in home; occupation: farmer, general farm; not a veteran.
Henshaw, Minnie L., wife, age 66, born in Alabama; father born in Virginia; mother born in Georgia; first married at age 14.

John L. Henshaw died Jun 7 1932, Payette, Payette County, Idaho; buried Riverside Cemetery, Payette, Idaho.2,8,9  All the schools in Payette closed down in his honor when he died.2  

John's obituary was published in the "Payette Enterprise" (Payette, Idaho) on Thursday, June 9, 1932:8


J. L. Henshaw, one of the early pioneers of the Payette Valley, died suddenly at his home on Second street, Tuesday, June 7th while eating supper.  He was taken with a coughing spell, and got up from the table, walked to the door, when death came without a moments warning.  While his death was unexpected, he had been affected with heart trouble for some time.  

Mr. Henshaw was a man well thought of by every one.  He was quiet and unassuming in his way, a typical pioneer, always ready and willing to lend assistance to those in need, during the early days when help was deeply appreciated.  He came to Idaho fifty-two years ago and settled on a farm in Washoe bottom, near Payette, where he resided for many years.  He has been a constant resident of this community since coming west, and his death takes from our midst a familiar figure who was always highly respected for his honesty and fair dealing.  He was born in Rock County, Wisconsin, December 23, 1858 and at the age of 20 years was married to Emma Holace, who passed away 30 years ago, and in 1908 was married to Mrs. Minnie Franklin, who still survives.  He is also survived by three grand children and one brother.  The funeral services were held this Thursday afternoon from the Baptist church conducted by Rev. L. G. Fraser, and interment made in Riverside cemetery.

Another obituary was published in "The Payette Independent" (Payette, Idaho) on Thursday, June 9, 1932:8


John L. Henshaw passed away at his home Tuesday evening, June 7, from a heart attack after an illness of two years.  

The deceased is another one of the old pioneers of this community, having lived here for a period of 52 years.  In a recent conversation with an old friend he stated that at the time of his arrival, his mail was sent to Falk, the most convenient post office.  He was born in Rock County, Wisconsin December 23, 1858 and came to this country in 1880, where he has since made his home.  He was a member of the Baptist church and is survived by his wife, Minnie Henshaw.  

Funeral services were held this afternoon, June 9th, at 2:00 in the Baptist church, Rev. L. G. Fraser conducting the services.  Interment was in the Riverside Cemetery.

Minnie died Feb 4 1934, Payette, Payette County, Idaho.9  

See also: Daniel G. Henshaw who was also born in Wisconsin about this time and who might be a brother.14  

See also: Charles M. Henshaw who was also born in Wisconsin about this same time and who might be closely related.14

(photo)Photo: John L. Henshaw gravestone Riverside Cemetery 8

(photo)Photo: Emma Holace gravestone Riverside Cemetery 8


  1. 1880 census, Emmett, Gem County, Idaho Territory; roll T9-173, ED 3, page 41B, line #37, dwelling #21, family #21.
  2. Contribution from Greg Schaecher.
  3. Obituary of Daisy V. Henshaw.
  4. 1900 census, Payette Precinct, Canyon County, Idaho; roll T623-232, ED 132, page 11B, line #58, dwelling #220, family #231.
  5. 1910 census, West Payette, Canyon County, Idaho; ED 107, page 223 (sheet 6B), line #51, dwelling #118, family #120.
  6. 1920 census, West Payette, Payette County, Idaho; roll T625-294, ED 158, page 13B, line #68, dwelling #274, family #286.
  7. 1930 census, North Payette, Payette County, Idaho; roll T626-403, ED 2, page 1B, line #61, dwelling #17, family #17.
  9. Idaho Death Index, 1911-15;
  10. 1870 census, Ashland P.O., Ripley, Dodge County, Minnesota; roll M593-3, page 792, line #14, dwelling #20, family #21.
  11. 1880 census, Emmett, Gem County, Idaho Territory; USGenWeb Archives:
  12. "Western States Historical Marriage Records Index" (vol. A, pg 182):
  13. Obituary of Harry Franklin Henshaw; the "Payette Enterprise", Sep 24 1925:
  14. Speculation.

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