John Hoover Henshaw B: 1817 D: 1883 M: Elizabeth Field ├── Emma Henshaw (c1842-1921) 1,2,3,4,5,6 ├── John Henshaw 3 ├── David Henshaw 3 ├── Augusta Henshaw (1843-1905) 1,2,3,4,5,6 ├── Daniel F. Henshaw (1847-1855) 4,5,7 └── Milo Henshaw (1852-1857) 3,8
|John Hoover Henshaw [ID 05935]||Click here to switch to Ahnentafel view:|
Born Feb 1 1817, Berks County, Pennsylvania.4,8
He married Elizabeth Field, May 21 1841, Golconda, Pope County, Illinois.2,3,9,10,11 Elizabeth, daughter of Daniel Field & Elizabeth Daily, was born Jun 27 1823, Golconda, Pope County, Illinois.2,4,5,8
Note: two sons died in infancy, Daniel plus another.7
John and family resided in Bayou Sara, West Feliciana Parish, Louisiana.2,12 John was a stable owner and was mentioned in a Louisiana history book as follows:13
Among the prominent business interests of Bayou Sara is horse dealing, it being a horse market for the surrounding country. Large droves of horses are brought here for sale from Kentucky and elsewhere. Messrs. Henshaw and Haile have very extensive stables and do a great deal in horse flesh.
John and family were shown in the 1850 census, West Feliciana Parish, Louisiana:14
But this same family (minus John) seems to also have been enumerated again in the 1850 census in Pope County, Illinois:16,17
John and family were again shown in the 1860 census (Jun 4 1860), Bayou Sara, West Feliciana Parish, Louisiana:18
During the Civil War, on Aug 18 1861, John enlisted in the 11th Louisiana Infantry (Confederate) at Camp Moore, Louisiana.20,21,22 He was recorded on the rolls to Oct 31 1861 as a private in Quatermaster Companies I, F and S. He was taken prisoner and was recorded as Major J. H. Henshaw, paroled at Meridian, Mississippi, May 13, 1865.20
One night during the Civil War, "Federalists" burned John & Elizabeth's house to the ground. Elizabeth and her two daughters fled through the night, driven "by a trusted Negro" to Enterprise, Mississippi, where John was stationed. There was no time to take more than a few of their possessions.7
John and family were apparently not included in the 1870 census of Louisiana,23 so it appears that they probably had moved away before 1870, apparently to Vicksburg, Mississippi.
John Hoover Henshaw died Sep 10 1883, Vicksburg, Warren County, Mississippi.5,6,8
Elizabeth died Oct 26 1898, Vicksburg, Warren County, Mississippi.5,8
Note: John Hoover Henshaw's lineage seems very much in doubt. John Hoover Henshaw has been shown as son of an unknown John Henshaw (died 1-8-1847, married Magdalena -).6 This John has also been reported to be the son of John Henshaw & Mary Stedman, which is also seemingly impossible since their son John was born in 1730, far too distant in the past to be John Hoover's father. This John has also been shown as the son of Thomas Henshaw & Eliza Field of Virginia,24 which is contradicted by censuses for John which show he was born in Pennsylvania (additionally, the John Henshaw who was son of Thomas Henshaw & Eliza Field married, lived and died in Johnson County, Missouri).
In an 1855 letter, John Henshaw #4523 mentioned that he had been in correspondence with John Hoover Henshaw, and in the letter he stated "his father if living, resides in Butler Co., Pennsylvania and must be at this time if alive some 82 years of age".12 (this would make his father born in approximately 1773).
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Photo: John Hoover Henshaw gravestone 8
Photo: Elizabeth Field Henshaw gravestone 8
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