Lewis Henshaw

                                         ┌── Joshua Henshaw
                                         │    1767-1854 
                    ┌── Baxter Henshaw ──┤
                    │    1792-1871       │
                    │                    └── Elizabeth Nichols
                    │                        c1770-1844 
Lewis Henshaw ──────┤
B: 1821             │                    ┌── Amos Adams
D: 1901             │                    │
                    └── Lovisa Adams ────┤
                         1797-1824       │
                                         └── Mary Lynd
M: Clarinda W. Wood
   ├── Royal L. Henshaw  1
   ├── Lovisa M. Henshaw (1859-1939) 1,2
   └── Celia L. Henshaw (1860-1860) 1,3

Lewis Henshaw     [ID 07545] Click here to switch to Ahnentafel view: Ahnentafel View

Born Sep 5 1821, Brookfield, Worcester County, Massachusetts.3,4,5,6,7  

He married Clarinda W. Wood8,9, Oct 3 18448,9 [Oct 23 18456], Brookfield, Worcester County, Massachusetts8,9.  [marriage bann date].8  Clarinda, daughter of Welcome Wood & Nancy W. Gallup, was born Aug 19 1825, Massachusetts.6,7,9  

Lewis and Clarinda were shown in the 1850 census (Sep 11 1850), Brookfield, Worcester County, Massachusetts:7

Lewis Henshaw, age 29, born in Massachusetts; shoe maker; $1500 real estate.
Clarinda W. Henshaw, age 25, born in Massachusetts.
Esther E. Wood, age 16, born in Massachusetts; attended school.
Living nearby in 1850 was the family of brother Loring.10  

Lewis Henshaw died Sep 12 1901, Brookfield, Worcester County, Massachusetts; age 79y 5d.3  

A biographical sketch of Lewis Henshaw was published in "Biographical Review" XXX (Biographical Review Publishing Company, Boston, 1899), "Sketches of leading citizens of Worc. Co. Mass.":6

Lewis HENSHAW, a veteran agriculturist of East Brookfield, son of Baxter HENSHAW, was born in Brookfield, Sept. 5, 1821.  He is a descendant of one of the early settlers of this section of Worcester County, his grandfather, Joshua HENSHAW, having located here when a young man, and having afterward contributed his full share toward the upbuilding of the town which was to be his permanent home.  The father, who spent his entire life in Brookfield, was for many years one of its leading citizens.  He adhered through life to the occupation in which he was reared, and was recognized as a skillful agriculturist.  Interested in all matters pertaining to the welfare of the town and county, he was a most desirable official, and for several years served as Selectman.  He married Lovisa ADAMS, also of Brookfield.  Of their children, the survivors are: Melinda, the widow of James HOWLAND, late of this town; Lewis, the subject of his sketch; Louisa A., the wife of George KENDRICK, of West Brookfield; Charles R. of Brookfield; and Lucy E., the widow of the late William PIERCE, of this town.  The deceased children were: Elbridge, Loring and George.  

Lewis HENSHAW had what regular schooling the neigborhood afforded, a few weeks each winter at the little red school house.  The knowledge there obtained he supplemented by reading and by practical experience.  

On reaching man's estate he left the parental homested to begin the battle of life for himself.  For 2 years he worked as a farm laborer.  Then he turned his attention to shoemaking, which he followed continuously for a number of years.  Soon after his marriage he purchased his present farm of 100 acres in East Brookfield, where he has been successfully engaged in general farming, including, to some extent, lumbering, dairying, and stock raising.  An unswerving Republican in politics, he has faithfully served his town as Selectman, besides which he has held many offices of minor importance, and on several occasions has acted as juryman.  When a boy of 10 years he became actively interested in the temperance cause, of which he has since been an ardent advocate.  He takes pardonable pride in the fact that he has never tasted spirituous liquors.  

On October 23, 1845, Mr. HENSHAW married Clarinda W., daughter of Welcome WOOD, of Brookfield, Mass.  He has had 3 children, namely: Royal L., now of New York City; Lovisa M., who is now the wife of Charles VARNEY, and has 4 children---Florence A., Leah B., Charles R., and Raymond L.; and a babe, who is now deaceased.


  1. Biographical sketch of Lewis Henshaw.
  2. Massachusetts, Marriage Records, 1840-1915; http://www.ancestry.com.
  3. Massachusetts, Death Records, 1841-1915; http://www.ancestry.com.
  4. Adams, Andrew N., "Adams History". privately published, Rutland 1898.
  5. Contribution from Tom Henshaw citing:
    Vital Records, Brookfield, Worcester County, Massachusetts; page 124.
  6. Posting Nov 11 2002 by Marcia Payne () to MAWORCES-L citing:
    Biographical Review XXX, Sketches of leading citizens of Worc. Co. Mass., page 824.
  7. 1850 census, Brookfield, Worcester County, Massachusetts; roll M432-343, page 55A, line #12, dwelling #41, family #59.
  8. Contribution from Tom Henshaw citing:
    Vital Records, Brookfield, Worcester County, Massachusetts; page 339.
  9. Gallup, John D., "Genealogy Of The Gallup Family", Press of the Hartford Printing Co. Hartford Conneticut. 1893.
  10. 1850 census, Brookfield, Worcester County, Massachusetts; roll M432-343, page 56A, line #13, dwelling #54, family #78.

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