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Ashbel Burnham Henshaw

                                               ┌── Benjamin Henshaw
                                               │    1730-1793 
                          ┌── Joshua Henshaw ──┤
                          │    1765-1840       │
                          │                    └── Mrs. Huldah (Stillman) Sumner
                          │                                   
Ashbel Burnham Henshaw ───┤
B: c1807                  │                    ┌── Ashbel Burnham
D: ?                      │                    │
                          └── Esther Burnham ──┤
                               1768-1853       │
                                               └── Hannah Sage
M: Margaret Houston Marsh
   └── John Marsh Henshaw,  1847-1906 

M: Elizabeth French

M: - Avery

Ashbel Burnham Henshaw     [ID 06040] Click here to switch to Ahnentafel view: Ahnentafel View

Born about 1807, Louisiana.a  (c1816).b  (c1804, Vermont).c

He married Margaret Houston Marsh.170,173,b,d  Margaret, daughter of John Craig Marsh & Eliza Ann Baldwin, was born about 1819, Petite Anse Island Plantation (Avery Island), Attakapas District, St. Martin Parish, Louisiana.b,a,d,e  Margaret had been previously married in 1837 to an Achille Berardb

Ashbel was shown in the 1840 census, apparently living alone, in New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana:f

A.B. Henshaw household:
1 white male age 20-30.
1 male slave under age 10.
1 male slave age 24-36.
1 female slave under age 10.
2 female slaves age 10-24.
Total in household: 6
1 person engaged in commerce.

In 1849 Margaret's father, John Marsh, sold his interest in his sugar plantation, Petite Anse Island Plantation (later known as Avery Island), to two of his sons-in-law, Daniel Dudley Avery and Ashbel Burnham Henshaw (John Marsh eventually returned to New Jersey and died there in 1857).  In 1854 Avery bought out Ashbel's interest in the plantation for $40,000.d,e  The plantation eventually became the foundation for the McIlhenny Company through Daniel Dudley Avery's son-in-law, Tabasco inventor Edmund McIlhennyg (who married Daniel's daughter Mary Elizabeth Avery).e

Ashbel and family were shown in the 1850 census, St. Mary Parish, Louisiana:a

George Marsh, age 35, born in Louisiana; planter.
A.B. Henshaw, age 43, born in Louisiana; planter.
Margaret Henshaw, age 30, born in Louisiana.
John Henshaw, age 4, born in Louisiana.
J. Eaton, age 40; overseer.
George Olson, age 30; carpenter.
Robert McClure, age 35; carpenter.

Ashbel and his business were shown in the 1850-1855 Louisiana Sugar Census Indexes.h,i,j,k,l,m

Margaret died May 5 1854, Attakapas District, St. Martin Parish, Louisiana; age 34.b,n

He then married Elizabeth French, Sep 10 1857, Concordia Parish, Louisiana.o,p  Elizabeth was born about 1820, Louisiana.c  Elizabeth had apparently been previously married to a -- Frenchp,c and had three children.c

Ashbel and family were shown in the 1860 census (Jul 30 1860), St. Martin Parish, Louisiana:c

A.B. Henshaw, age 56, born in Vermont; Gentleman; $25,000 real estate; $3,500 personal property.
Elizabeth L. Henshaw, age 40, born in Louisiana; attended school.
Wm F. French, age 14, born in Louisiana; attended school.
Alexander French, age 12, born in Louisiana; attended school.
Daniel A. French, age 8, born in Louisiana; attended school.
John M. L. Henshaw, age 13, born in Louisiana; attended school.
42 Slaves:q
1 black male age 46.
1 black male age 31.
1 black male age 34.
1 black male age 22.
1 black male age 30.
1 mulatto male age 51.
1 mulatto male age 29.
1 mulatto male age 40.
1 black male age 60.
1 black male age 34.
1 black female age 29.
1 black female age 30.
1 black female age 18.
1 black female age 46.
1 black female age 17.
1 black female age 18.
1 black female age 16.
1 black female age 37.
1 black male age 14.
1 black male age 12.
1 black female age 11.
1 black female age 8.
1 black female age 6.
1 black female age 8.
1 black male age 6.
1 black male age 7.
1 black male age 5.
1 black male age 5.
1 black female age 5.
1 black female age 4.
1 black male age 4.
1 black female age 2.
1 black male age 2.
1 black male age 2.
1 black female age 1.
1 black female age 1.
1 black female age 1.
1 black male age 1.
1 black female age 1.
1 black female age 2 months.
1 black female age 78.
1 black female age 68.

He then married - Avery.170,173  (This was probably Margaret Avery, 1848-, daughter of Daniel Dudley Avery).r

Ashbel also lived in Alabama.173  


SOURCES

170. "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

173. Henshaw genealogical chart, author unknown; Contributed by Donald Craig Henshaw.

(a) 1850 census, St. Mary Parish, Louisiana; roll 240, page 220, dwelling #332.

(b) RootsWeb WorldConnect data by Bonnie Bess Wood ().

(c) 1860 census, New Iberia P.O., Saint Martin Parish, Louisiana; page 125, line #20, dwelling #1015, family #1015.

(d) "Records of Ante-Bellum Southern Plantations From the Revolution Through the Civil War":
http://www.lexisnexis.com/academic/guides/southern_hist/plantations/plantj5.htm.

(e) Avery Family of Louisiana Papers Inventory; Manuscripts Department, Library of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill:
http://www.lib.unc.edu/mss/inv/htm/03289.html.

(f) 1840 census, 2nd Ward, New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana; page 93.

(g) Contribution from Shane K. Bernard, Ph.D., Historian & Curator, McIlhenny Company Archives ().

(h) 1850 Resident's List, Marsh Island, Saint Mary Parish, Louisiana; page 39.

(i) 1851 Sugar Census Index, Petite Anse Island, Saint Mary Parish, Louisiana; page 31.

(j) 1852 Sugar Census Index, Petit Anse Island, Saint Mary Parish, Louisiana; page 31.

(k) 1853 Sugar Census Index, Petite Anse Island, Saint Mary Parish, Louisiana; page 31.

(l) 1854 Sugar Census Index, Petite Anse Island, Saint Mary Parish, Louisiana; page 31.

(m) 1855 Sugar Census Index, Petite Anse Island, Saint Mary Parish, Louisiana; page 30.

(n) New Orleans Death Index, "Daily Picayune" 1837-1857; New Orleans Public Library:
http://nutrias.org/info/louinfo/deaths/deathha.htm.

(o) New Orleans Newspaper Marriage Index: "Daily Picayune" 1837-1857; New Orleans Public Library:
http://nutrias.org/info/louinfo/nmarrah.htm.

(p) Louisiana, Marriages, 1718-1925; http://www.ancestry.com.

(q) 1860 Slave Schedule, Tensas District, Catahoula Parish, Louisiana.

(r) Speculative - see:
"Records of Ante-Bellum Southern Plantations From the Revolution Through the Civil War":
http://www.lexisnexis.com/academic/guides/southern_hist/plantations/plantj5.htm.


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