John Percy Henshaw

                      ┌── William Henshaw
John Percy Henshaw ───┤
B: 1889               │
D: c1953              │
No Issue              └── Sarah -
M: Alice Mary Cooper

John Percy Henshaw     [ID 07066] Click here to switch to Ahnentafel view: Ahnentafel View

Born Apr 29 1889, Daybrook, Nottingham, England.1,2,3  

John Percy Henshaw immigrated to the U.S., arriving in New York (Ellis Island) on Aug 19 1910 on the ship S.S. Adriatio, having departed Southampton, England on Aug 10 1910.  His immigration record listed him as single, age 21, occupation 'valet'.  He was listed as a "non immigrant alien".  He arrived with brother Arthur Greg Henshaw, age 25, also single, also a 'valet'.  Both were born in Nottingham.  Their nearest relative in England was recorded as "father", 179 Lower Richmond Rd, Putney, London.  Their final destination was New York.  (They were also recorded as not criminals, insane, polygamists or anarchists).  John was recorded as having previously been in the U.S. 1908-1910, and Arthur 1907-1910.  Their U.S. relative or friend was listed as Mr. Smith, 161 W. 51st St., New York.  John was recorded as 5' 6" tall, black hair, blue eyes, dark complexion.2  

John apparently went back to England for some reason, perhaps just to visit.  John P. Henshaw again arrived in New York (Ellis Island) on Sep 22 1912 on the ship S.S. Kaiserin Augusta Victoria, having departed Southampton, England.  His immigration record listed him as single, age 23, occupation 'servant'.  He was listed as a "non immigrant alien".  His final destination was New York.  His "nearest relative or friend" [in England] was recorded as Thomas Hastings, 11 East [..unclear..], New York.  His passage was paid by "the Hastings", and his U.S. "relative or friend" was recorded as "service of the Hastings".  John was recorded as 5' 7" tall, fair hair, black eyes, fair complexion.2  

John was working in New York City as a valet in 1917.  On Sep 5 1917 he quit and joined the Canadian Over-Seas Expeditionary Force in Toronto.  On Nov 26 1917 he left Halifax, Canada on board the S/S Scotian, arriving in England on Dec 7 1917.  He arrived in France in March 1918 and was transferred to the 54th Battalion (Infantry) of the Canadian Expeditionary Force on Apr 4 1918.  He was just in time for the final successful push to end the war, i.e., Nov 11 1918.  John returned from England aboard the HMTS Mauretania on May 31 1919, arriving in Canada on Jun 6 1919; discharged Jun 8 1919 in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.  His service file recorded his proposed residence after discharge was 451 Madison Avenue, New York, New York.1  

John's WWI service record show the following description of him at time of enlistment:1

Height: 5 ft., 4 1/2 in.
Weight: 126 1/4 pounds
Complexion: Fair
Eyes: Brown
Hair: Brown
Religion: Presbyterian

John was shown in the 1920 census, working as a servant (with many other servants) in the household of an Olivia M. Cutting [unclear], 24 Madison Avenue, Manhattan, New York, New York:3

Henshaw, John P., servant, age 30, born in England; parents born in England; single; immigrated 1908; alien; occupation: butler, private family.

On May 5 1922, John Percy Henshaw petitioned for U.S. citizenship naturalization in Manhattan (New York).  He listed his address as 24 E. 72nd St., Manhattan.4  

He married Alice Mary Cooper, Jul 5 1923, New York, New York.5  Alice was born Jul 29 1886, Bersham, Denbigshire, Wales.5,6  

In 1927 Alice petitioned for U.S. citizenship, showing her husband as John Percy Henshaw, naturalized May 5 1922.  Her petition showed she was from Hertsfordshire, England.7  

John and Alice lived in Malverne, Long Island, New York for many years.5  

No children.5  

John Percy Henshaw died about 1953, buried Pinelawn Memorial Park, Farmingdale, Long Island, New York.5  

In 1975 Alice was living in/near Hempstead, Nassau County, New York.6  

Alice died Mar - 1975.6  

Social Security information for Alice Mary Cooper: 076-22-5492


  1. Contribution from Bill Knight () citing:
    Service record of John Percy Henshaw, First World War Canadian Expeditionary Force.
  2. Ellis Island Foundation manifest database:
  3. 1920 census, Manhattan, New York, New York; roll T625-1213, ED 1080, page 3B, line #58, dwelling #25, family #25.
  4. "New York Supreme Court Naturalization Petition Index: 1907-1924." Provo, UT:, 2000; volume #52539.
  5. Contribution from Bill Knight ().
  6. "Social Security Death Index" (as it is commonly called), derived from the Social Security Administration "Death Master File". See:
  7. Contribution from Bill Knight () citing:
    citizenship petition for Alice Mary Henshaw.

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