William Arthur Henshaw

                                                      ┌── Samuel Henshaw
                                                      │    1805-1875 
                          ┌── William Henry Henshaw ──┤
                          │    1859-1940              │
                          │                           └── Mary Ann Proctor
                          │                               c1837-?    
William Arthur Henshaw ───┤
B: 1880                   │                           ┌── Levi Downes
D: 1949                   │                           │
                          └── Emma Elizabeth Newman ──┤
                              c1859-c1905
M: Phoebe Betts
   ├── Phoebe Henshawe (1909-1992) 1,2,3,4,5
   ├── Arthur "Sonny" Henshawe (1914-2005) 1,2,3,4
   └── Ernest Henshawe (1916-1975) 1,2,3,4

William Arthur Henshaw     [ID 08016] Click here to switch to Ahnentafel view: Ahnentafel View

William Arthur Henshaw1,2,6 [William Arthur Henshawe2,7,8,9, William A. Hanshawe4].

Born Jan 27 1880, London, Middlesex, England.2,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11  Christened May 11 1880, St. Paul, Bedford, Bedfordshire.6  

According to family oral history, William had a falling out with his father and as a result he added an 'e' to the end of Henshaw as a way to separate himself from his father.2  

William immigrated to the U.S., arriving in New York (Ellis Island) on Apr 24 1906 on the ship S.S. New York, having departed Southampton, England on Apr 14 1906.2,7  His immigration record listed his age as 26, occupation as 'painter'.2,7  His residence was listed as Bedford7 and his final destination was with a friend, Fred Stafford, of 108 Grand View Ave., North Braddock, Pennsylvania.2,7  (He was also recorded as not a criminal, insane, a polygamist or anarchist).7  

He married Phoebe Betts, about 1907.2,5,12  Phoebe, daughter of Joseph Betts & Mary Ann Bird, was born about 1879, Shambrook, England.4,5,7  

Phoebe had immigrated to the U.S., arriving in New York (Ellis Island) on Jun 8 1907 on the ship S.S. St. Louis, having departed Southampton, England on Jun 3 1907.  Her immigration record shows her as age 27, occupation "maid".  It also shows her reason for immigrating was to be married to Mr. W.A. Henshawe, 108 Grand View, Pittsburg, Pennsylvania.  She was recorded as 5' 2" tall, fair complexion, fair hair, grey eyes.2,7  

William and family were shown in the 1910 census (Apr 25 1910), 216 Bloomer Ave., East Pittsburg, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania:5

Henshawe, William, head-of-household, age 29, born in England; parents born in England; first marriage, married 3 years; immigrated 1906; naturalized citizen; occupation: painter, outside; not out of work, 12 weeks out of work in 1909.
Henshawe, Pheobe, wife, age 31, born in England; parents born in England; first marriage, married 3 years; 2 children, 1 living; immigrated 1907.
Henshawe, Pheobe, daughter, age 6 months, born in Pennsylvania; parents born in England.

In 1914 William was living at 1110 Mill St., Wilkensburg, Pennsylvania.7  

On Sep 12 1918 William Arthur Henshawe, age 38, registered for the World War I draft in Wilkensburg, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania.  He declared he was born January 27th 1880, a naturalized citizen, and was then residing at 1609 Coal St., Wilkensburg where he was a house painter employed by J. Werner + Son Painters of East Liberty, Pennsylvania.  He declared his nearest relative was Mrs. W. Henshawe of the same address.  He was recorded as medium height, medium build, brown eyes, dark hair.8  

William and family were shown in the 1920 census (Jan 2 1920), 1609 Coal Street, Wilkinsburg, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania [census page very difficult to read]:3

Henshawe, William [..initial unclear], head-of-household, age 39 [unclear], born in England; parents born in England; [..immigration year unclear..]; naturalized citizen; rented home; occupation: painter, house.
Henshawe, Phoebe, wife, age 4? [unclear], born in England; parents born in England; [..immigration year unclear..]; naturalized citizen.
Henshawe, Phoebe, daughter, age 10, born in Pennsylvania; parents born in England; attended school.
Henshawe, Arthur, son, age 5, born in Pennsylvania; parents born in England; attended school.
Henshawe, Earnest, son, age 3 years ? months [unclear], born in Pennsylvania; parents born in England.
Henshawe, George, brother, [..age unclear..], born in England; parents born in England; [..immigration year unclear..]; naturalized citizen; occupation: laborer, factory.
Henshawe, Rhoda, sister-in-law, age 25 [unclear], born in England; parents born in England; [..immigration year unclear..]; naturalized citizen.

William and family were shown in the 1930 census (Apr 12 1930), 1609 Coal Street, Wilkinsburg, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania:4

Hanshawe, William A., head-of-household, age 50, born in England; parents born in England; first married at age 28; immigrated 1906; naturalized citizen; owned home ($2000 value); radio in home; occupation: painter, building contractor.
Hanshawe, Phoeb, wife, age 51, born in England; parents born in England; first married at age 28; immigrated 1907; naturalized citizen.
Hanshawe, Phoeb, daughter, age 20, born in Pennsylvania; parents born in England; single; occupation: stenographer, mercantile co.
Hanshawe, Arthur, son, age 15, born in Pennsylvania; parents born in England; single; attended school.
Hanshawe, Ernest, son, age 14, born in Pennsylvania; parents born in England; single; attended school.

In 1942 William Arthur Henshawe, age 62, registered for the World War II draft.  He declared he was born Jan 27 1880 in London, England, and was then residing at 1609 Coal Street, Wilkinsburg, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania (telephone Penhurst 4048) where he was a self-employed house painter.  He declared his relative contact was Mrs. Phoebe Henshaw of the same address.9  

William Arthur Henshaw died 1949, Roaring Spring, Blair County, Pennsylvania; buried Roaring Spring Cemetery, Roaring Spring, Pennsylvania.2  

William's obituary mentions that he left "by his wife, Phoebe Betts Henshawe, one daughter Mrs. Phoebe Smeltzer of Pittsburgh; two sons, Arthur and Ernest, of Wilkinsburg; one brother, G. M. Henshawe of Albany, N. Y.; several brothers and sisters in England and Australia..."2  

Phoebe died 1964.2

(photo)Photo: William Arthur Henshaw World War I draft registration card 8

(photo)Photo: William Arthur Henshaw World War II draft registration card 9


Sources

  1. Contribution from Corrie Maitland ().
  2. Contribution from Terry Bortz.
  3. 1920 census, 1st Ward, Wilkinsburg, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania; roll T625-1530, ED 858, page 25B, line #96, dwelling #369, family #536.
  4. 1930 census, Wilkinsburg, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania; roll T626-1992, ED 863, page 14A, line #12, dwelling #224, family #342.
  5. 1910 census, East Pittsburg, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania; ED 63, page 235B, sheet 11B, line #96, dwelling #121, family #159.
  6. Contribution from Terry Bortz, citing:
    Vital Records Index, British Isles; LDS FHL.
  7. Ellis Island Foundation manifest database: http://www.ellisisland.org.
  8. World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918; http://www.ancestry.com.
  9. U.S. World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942; http://www.ancestry.com.
  10. 1881 LDS census index, London, Middlesex County, England; PRO Reference RG11, piece/folio 0299/106.
  11. 1891 census, Parish of St Cuthbert, Bedford, Bedfordshire, England; PRO Reference RG12/1248, page 30, folio 18;
    Bedfordshire Online Census Project: http://www.yourtotalevent.com/projects/1248.html.
  12. RootsWeb WorldConnect data from Terry Bortz.


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