William Griffith Henshaw

                                                            ┌── John Leavitt Henshaw
                                                            │    1792-1832 
                            ┌── Edward Carrington Henshaw ──┤
                            │   c1821-1872                  │
                            │                               └── Ann Maria Corey
                            │                                    1795-?    
William Griffith Henshaw ───┤
B: 1860                     │                               ┌── Edwin Tyler
D: 1924                     │                               │
                            └── Sarah Edwards Tyler ────────┤
                                 1822-1894                  │
                                                            └── Alla Mary Edwards
M: Mehitable Stuart Tubbs
   ├── Alla Sarah Henshaw (1887-1950) 1,2,3,4,5,6
   ├── Florence Adams Henshaw (1890-1948) 1,2,3,4,5,6,7
   └── William Griffith Henshaw (1893-1958) 1,2,3,4,5,8

William Griffith Henshaw     [ID 06022] Click here to switch to Ahnentafel view: Ahnentafel View

Born Mar 28 18601,4,6,9,10,11,12 [Mar - 18612], Ottawa, LaSalle County, Illinois1,4,6,9,10,11,12.  

He married Mehitable Stuart Tubbs13 [Hetty Stuart Tubbs5, Hettie Stuart Tubbs6, Betty Stuart Tubbs1], May 20 188613.  Mehitable was born Aug 12 18709 [Aug - 18632, about 18684], Oakland, Alameda County, California9.  (Hetty was very inconsistent in the way she reported her birthdate).9  

William was a banker.1  He also was founder of the Riverside Cement Company and the San Diego Water Company, which built water projects in southern California.  He built Lake Henshaw and was the main force behind Lake Hodges.  The San Diego Water Company purchased the Warner Land Grant from Henry Huntington for the purpose of water rights for Lake Henshaw.1  

Federal land grant records show that Griffith Henshaw acquired a parcel of land in Mendocino County, California on Jun 2 1919.  Also shown is a William G. Henshaw who acquired two parcels of land, also in Mendocino County, on Aug 4 1919.14  These appear to refer to this William Griffith Henshaw, but they could also refer to his son, William Griffith Henshaw, Jr., who was sometimes called "Griff".  

Federal land grant records also show that William G. Henshaw acquired a parcel of land in San Diego County, California on Oct 6 1919.14  

William's home was "Mira Vista", a grand house with huge gardens in Montecito, California (near Santa Barbara).15  The estate was used as a set for the unreleased 1940's movie "Brazil".15  

William and family were shown in the 1900 census (Jun 9 1900), 1155 Jackson Street, Oakland, Alameda County, California:2

Henshaw, William G., head-of-household, age 39, born Mar 1861 in Illinois; parents birthplaces unknown; married 15 years; occupation: president, [..unclear..]; owned home (free).
Henshaw, Hettie T., wife, age 36, born Aug 1863 in California; parents birthplaces unknown; married 15 years; 3 children, 3 living.
Henshaw, Alla S., daughter, age 13, born June [unclear] 1887 in California; father born in Illinois; mother born in California; student.
Henshaw, Florence A., daughter, age 10, born Nov 1889 in California; father born in Illinois; mother born in California; attended school.
Henshaw, Griffith, son, age 6, born Oct 1893 in California; father born in Illinois; mother born in California.
[... plus four servants - names unclear ..]

William and family were shown in the 1910 census (Apr 23 1910), 115 Adams Street, Oakland, Alameda County, California:4

Henshaw, William G., head-of-household, age 50, born in Illinois; parents born in Illinois; first marriage, married 24 years; occupation: president, bank; owned home (free).
Henshaw, Hetty T., wife, age 42, born in California; parents born in California; first marriage, married 24 years; 3 children, 3 living.
Chickering, Alla, daughter, age 23, born in California; father born in Illinois; mother born in California; first marriage, married 2 years.
Chickering, Harry, son-in-law, age 39, born in California; parents born in California; first marriage, married 2 years; no children; occupation: own income.
Henshaw, Florence, daughter, age 20, born in California; father born in Illinois; mother born in California.
Henshaw, Griffith, son, age 16, born in California; father born in Illinois; mother born in California; attended school.
Dexter, Dorothy, friend, age 17, born in California; parents born in Illinois; attended school.
Graves, Alice, aunt, age 38, born in California; father born in Massachusetts; mother born in Rhode Island; single; occupation: none.
[... plus six servants ...].

On Jul 30 1912, Hettie & family arrived in New York City on the ship S.S. Kronprinzessin Cecelie, having departed from Cherbourg, France on Jul 21 1912:9

Chickering, Harry, age 32, born 1880 in Oakland, Cal.; current address: "Mills Bldg: S.Francisco, Cal."..
Chickering, Alla H., age 23, born Jun 14 1889 in Oakland, Cal; current address: "Mills Bldg: S.Francisco, Cal."..
Henshaw, Mrs W. G., age 45, born Aug 12 1867 in Oakland, Cal.; current address: "Mills Bldg: S.Francisco, Cal."..
Henshaw, Florence, age 21, born Nov 12 1891 in Oakland, Cal.; current address: "Mills Bldg: S.Francisco, Cal."..

William and family were shown in the 1920 census (Jan 2 1920), 901 California St., San Francisco, California:16

Henshaw, William G., head-of-household, age 55, born in Illinois; parents born in Illinois; rented home; occupation: president, cement works.
Henshaw, Hetty S., wife, age 50, born in California; parents born in U.S..
Chickering, Alta H., daughter, age 30, born in California; father born in Illinois; mother born in California; divorced.
Grimes, Alice, boarder, age 45, born in California; parents born in U.S.; single.
Chickering, Sally, granddaughter, age 8, born in California; parents born in California; attended school.
Carter, Coline, governess, age 47, born in Alabama; parents born in Alabama; widow; occupation: governess, children.
Kanetara, Yokayama, servant, age 33, born in Japan; parents born in Japan; divorced; occupation: butler, house.
Gunn, Woon, servant, age 45, born in California; parents born in China; married; occupation: servant, private family.

On Jul 13 1921, William & Hetty arrived in New York City on the ship S.S. Olympic, having departed from Southampton, England on Jul 6 1921:9

Henshaw, William G., age 61, born Mar 28 1860 in Ottawa, Ills. U.S.A.; current address: "Stanford Ct. Apts. San Francisco, Calif."
Henshaw, Hetty T., age 50, born 1871 in Oakland, Cal.; current address: "do.".

On Sep 12 1922, Hettie arrived in New York City (apparently alone) on the ship S.S. Majestic, having departed from Cherbourg, France on Sep 6 1922:9

Henshaw, Hettie Tubbs, age 50, born Aug 12 1870 in Oakland, Calif.; married; current address: "Anata Barbara, Calif.".

On Jun 27 1923, Hettie arrived in New York City (apparently alone) on the ship S.S. Olympic, having departed from Southampton, England on Jun 20 1923:9

Henshaw, Hettie T., age 50, born Aug 12 1872 in San Francisco, Calif.; married; current address: "c/o Mills Bldg: San Francisco, Calif.".

William Griffith Henshaw died Mar 2 1924, at his home, Francisco Apartments, Sacramento & Powell, San Francisco, San Francisco County, California; cremated.1,17  

William's death was reported in the San Francisco "Chronicle" on Mar 4 1924 (page 11/1).3  His will provisions were reported in the Chronicle on Mar 7 1924 (page 7/8), and his probate was reported in the same newspaper on Mar 21 1924 (page 4/5).3  

Mehitable died Oct 23 19433,18 [Oct 24 19431], New York3,18; buried Garden, Section F Tier 3, Cypress Lawn Memorial Park, 1370 El Camino Real, Colma, San Mateo County, California3,18.  Hetty's death was reported in the "Argonaut" newspaper on Oct 29 1943.3  

A biographical sketch of William Griffith Henshaw appears in "The History of San Francisco" (Byington, Lewis Francis; 1931).3

(photo)Photo: Newspaper article about William Griffith Henshaw "Oakland Tribune" (Oakland, California), May 3 1917 19

(photo)Photo: William Griffith Henshaw funeral home record Halsted and Company 17


Sources

  1. "Our Family: A Little Account of it for my Descendents", by Sarah Edwards Henshaw, Oakland, California, 1894, contributed by Donald Craig Henshaw. USIGS scan: http://www.usigs.org/library/books/families/Henshaw1894
  2. 1900 census, 5th Ward, Oakland, Alameda County, California; roll T623-82, ED 369, page 9B, line #92, dwelling #160, family #173.
  3. "California Information File", California State Library.
  4. 1910 census, 5th Ward, Oakland, Alameda County, California; roll T624-70, ED 124, page 24B, line #55, dwelling #445, family #528.
  5. Henshaw genealogical chart, author unknown; Contributed by Donald Craig Henshaw.
  6. "Timothy and Rhoda Ogden Edwards of Stockbridge, Mass., and Their Descendents: A Genealogy", by William H. Edwards (1903, Cincinnati: The Robert Clarke Company);
    http://books.google.com/books?id=dcsUAAAAYAAJ.
  7. California, Death Index, 1940-1997; http://www.ancestry.com.
  8. California Death Records database; RootsWeb:
    http://userdb.rootsweb.com/ca/death/search.cgi.
  9. Ellis Island Foundation manifest database: http://www.ellisisland.org.
  10. 1860 census, Ottawa, LaSalle County, Illinois; roll M653-196, page 464, line #10, dwelling #4183, family #4159.
  11. 1870 census, Ottawa, LaSalle County, Illinois; roll M593-244, page 559, line #1, dwelling #815, family #768.
  12. 1880 census, Ward 4, Oakland, Alameda County, California; roll T9-0061, ED 11, page 209A-B, line #50, dwelling #84, family #90.
  13. Contribution from Alla Henshaw Ponty.
  14. USGenWeb archives: http://www.rootsweb.com/~usgenweb/ca/ca-land.htm.
  15. Contribution from Anne Lee Henshaw.
  16. 1920 census, San Francisco, San Francisco County, California; roll T625-140, ED 259, page 8A, line #11, dwelling #2, family #5.
  17. California, San Francisco Area Funeral Home Records, 1895-1985; http://www.ancestry.com.
  18. http://www.findagrave.com.
  19. "Oakland Tribune" (Oakland, California), May 3 1917; http://www.ancestry.com.


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