Hugh Ely Henshaw

                                                  ┌── Edward Henshaw
                                                  │    1828-1902 
                    ┌── Albert Melville Henshaw ──┤
                    │    1879-1950                │
                    │                             └── Mary Knight
                    │                                  1841-1933 
Hugh Ely Henshaw ───┤
B: 1909             │                             ┌── John Hugh Ely
D: 2004             │                             │
                    └── Nancy Stanton Ely ────────┤
                         1882-1962                │
                                                  └── Mary Darwin Stanton
M: Beatrice Schmitt
   ├── Nancy Wandalie Henshaw (1935-1989) 1,2,3
   ├── Harry Allan Henshaw (1938-) 1,2,3
   └── Phillip Daniel Melville Henshaw (1942-) 1,2,3

Hugh Ely Henshaw     [ID 07373] Click here to switch to Ahnentafel view: Ahnentafel View

Hugh Ely Henshaw1,4,5,6 [Albert Hugh Ely Henshaw1,7,8,9].

Born Apr 23 1909, Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio.5,6,7,8,9  

He married Beatrice Schmitt6,10 [Beatrice Schmidt1].  

Beatrice is the author of "Backward, Turn Backward, Recollections of a Childhood in Northern Michigan" (1986, Historical Society of Michigan).10,11  

In 1962 Hugh was living in Ann Arbor, Michigan.4  

In 1994 Hugh was living in Harbor Springs, Michigan.12  

In 2000-2004 Hugh and Beatrice were living in Petoskey, Emmet County, Michigan.5,13  

Hugh Ely Henshaw died Feb 16 2004, at his home, Petoskey, Emmet County, Michigan.2,5,6  

Hugh's obituary was published in the "Petoskey News Review" (Petoskey, Michigan) on February 20, 2004:6

Hugh Henshaw

Hugh Henshaw passed away at his home in Petoskey on Feb. 16, 2004.  

Born in Cincinnati, Ohio, on April 23, 1909, Mr. Henshaw received his high school diploma from the Ohio Military Institute (OMI) in Cincinnati.  He earned a bachelor of arts degree from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, in 1930, and then returned to OMI as a faculty member teaching a variety of courses and serving as conductor of the marching band.  For several summers, Mr. Henshaw attended the National Music Camp at Interlochen, where he played cornet.  Band music become a lifelong passion for him and he often recalled playing for John Philip Sousa at Interlochen.  

In 1933, Mr. Henshaw received a master's degree in education from the University of Michigan, where he also met and married his wife, Beatrice Schmitt, from Petoskey.  

The couple then settled in Cincinnati, where Mr. Henshaw rejoined the OMI faculty and they built and operated one of the first motels in Cincinnati.  By now, though, Northern Michigan was in Mr. Henshaw's blood and the couple developed and operated the Petoskey Motor Court at the corner of U.S. 31 and 131 in Petoskey as a summer business.  They operated both establishments along with Mr. Henshaw's teaching until the mid-1940s.  

In 1947, they decided to settle halfway between Cincinnati and Petoskey and built the Stage Stop Motel in Ann Arbor, where they raised their three children.  The motel, with a real stage coach on the front lawn, became an Ann Arbor landmark.  

Upon retirement in 1979, the Henshaws came back to Northern Michigan to live near Good Hart on 18 acres that became a family gathering place during the summers.  As the security of living in town became more important, they began to spend most of the year at their home in Petoskey.  

Mr. Henshaw is survived by his wife, Beatrice; two sons, Harry Henshaw of Monkton, Md., and Philip Daniel Henshaw of San Diego, Calif.; four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.  Mr. and Mrs. Henshaw's daughter, Wandalie, passed away in 1989.  

Friends may contribute to a memorial fund in Mr. Henshaw's name dedicated to the efforts for world peace led by Bishop Thomas Gumbleton, St. Leo's Parish, 4860 15th St., Detroit Mich. 48208.  

Interment will take place in the spring.  

Arrangements are being handled by Stone Funeral Home in Petoskey.

Social Security information for Hugh Ely Henshaw: 288-05-5498


  1. Contribution from Frank Apgar ().
  2. Contribution from Michael Dylan Henshaw.
  3. Obituary of Hugh Ely Henshaw.
  4. Contribution from Melissa Kay Hinshaw Owens citing:
    Obituary of Nancy Stanton Ely Henshaw.
  5. "Social Security Death Index" (as it is commonly called), derived from the Social Security Administration "Death Master File". See:
  6. Obituary of Hugh Henshaw; Emmet County, Michigan GenWeb:
  7. 1910 census, College Hill Village, Millcreek Township, Hamilton County, Ohio; roll T624-1196, ED 330, page 48A, line #25, dwelling #228, family #273.
  8. 1920 census, Cincinnati, Cincinnati Twp., Hamilton County, Ohio; roll T625-1395, ED 453, page #5A, line #40, dwelling #113, family #126.
  9. 1930 census, Cincinnati, Cincinnati Twp., Hamilton County, Ohio; roll T626-1817, ED 573, page 4A, line #1, dwelling #44, family #88.
  10. eBay posting Dec 24 2002: "Backward, Turn Backward" by Beatrice Schnitt Henshaw.
  11. Posting Jan 21 2003 by MCCORMICK BOOKS () to GEN-BOOKS-L.
  12. 1994 Phone and Address Directory;
  13. 2000 Phone and Address Directory;

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