Elizabeth Sargent Henshaw

                                                           ┌── David Henshaw
                                                           │    1744-1808 
                             ┌── Andrew Henshaw ───────────┤
                             │    1783-1853                │
                             │                             └── Mary Sargent
                             │                                  1755-1831 
Elizabeth Sargent Henshaw ───┤
B: 1827                      │                             ┌── John Lewis Isbell
D: 1856                      │                             │
                             └── Elizabeth Isbell Carson ──┤
                                  1786-?                   │
                                                           └── Ann Hannah Anderson
M: Rufus Campbell Torrey

Elizabeth Sargent Henshaw     [ID 07466] Click here to switch to Ahnentafel view: Ahnentafel View

Born Aug 21 1827.1,2  

Elizabeth and her brother Andrew were taken as children to the Henshaw home in Leicester, Massachusetts to be educated.  Their parents returned to Alabama.  Elizabeth became an accomplished artist.3  

She married Rufus Campbell Torrey2,3 [Judge Rufus Campbell Torrey4], Jun 24 18462,3.  Rufus was born about 1813, Mississippi.5  Elizabeth and Rufus were distant cousins as they were both descended from John Alden.3  


Andrew Henshaw Torrey, born Feb 6 1848; died at age 5, Aug 6 1854. 6
Charles John Torrey, born Apr 25 1850.
Elizabeth Henshaw "Daisy" Torrey, born Aug 13 1855; died Aug 30 1946; married Harry Pillan/Pillans, Apr 28 1875.
Andrew Henshaw Torrey, born Dec - 1856. 6

Elizabeth Sargent Henshaw died Dec 18 1856, Monroe County, Alabama.7  Elizabeth Henshaw died of hemorrhage at the birth of her son Andrew Henshaw Torrey, who reportedly weighed 18 pounds (!!).3  

Widower Rufus and family were shown in the 1860 census (Sep 17 1860), residing with the family of Elizabeth's brother Andrew in Monroe County, Alabama:5

Rufus Torry, age 47, born in Mississippi.
Charles Torry, age 10, born in Alabama; attended school.
Elizabeth Torry, age 5, born in Alabama.
Andrew Torry, age 3, born in Alabama.
Andrew Henshaw, age 35, born in Alabama; farmer; $20,000 real estate; $90,000 personal property.
Mary Henshaw, age 30, born in Virginia.
Mary Henshaw, age 10, born in Virginia; attended school.
Elizabeth Henshaw, age 73, born in Virginia; $10,000 personal property.
Andrew Hanshaw:
1 black female age 28.
1 black male age 20.
1 black female age 18.
1 black male age 14.
1 black male age 7.
1 black female age 6 months.
"Rufus Torry & Trustee for 3 Minors":
1 black female age 45.
1 black male age 32.
1 black male age 30.
1 mullato female age 26.
1 mullato female age 9.
1 black female age 8.
1 mullato male age 5.
1 mullato female age 3.
1 mullato male age 1.

After Elizabeth died, Rufus remarried Feb 3 1869 in Monroe County, Alabama to Mary Anderson (Isbell) Henshaw,4,9 widow of Elizabeth's brother Andrew4 (and also Elizabeth's first cousin).4  


  1. The Church Of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints (LDS) International Genealogical Index (IGI) - Alabama.
  2. "Genealogy of the Denny family in England and America", Denny, Christopher Columbus; Leicester, Massachusettes, 1886.
  3. Contribution from Mary Alden Hannon ().
  4. Posting Apr 23 2000 to ISBELL-L by Ray Isbell ().
  5. 1860 census, Burnt Corn P.O., Monroe County, Alabama; roll M653-18, page 880, line #30, dwelling #879, family #779.
  6. Contribution from Doug Purcell ().
  7. Contribution from Doug Purcell () citing:
    gravestone inscription, as shown in "Early Settlers Along the Old Federal
    Road in Monroe and Conecuh Counties, Alabama" by Mary E. Brantley, 1976.
  8. 1860 Slave Schedule, Monroe County, Alabama.
  9. Contribution from Doug Purcell () citing:
    "Monroe and Conecuh County, Alabama Marriages 1833-1880", compiled by
    Dr. Lucy Wiggins Colson and Dr. Robert Ellis Colson, 1983; page 118.

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