William Henshaw

William Henshaw
B: c1809
D: 1864 
M: Sarah A. Caldwell
   ├── Washington Henshaw (c1845-?) 1,2
   ├── Mary E. Henshaw (c1847-?) 1,2
   ├── John Henshaw (c1849-?) 1,2,3,4
   ├── William Henshaw (c1851-?) 2
   ├── Levi Henshaw (c1854-?) 2,3,4
   └── Sarah M. Henshaw (1857-1858) 5,6

William Henshaw     [ID 08070] Click here to switch to Ahnentafel view: Ahnentafel View

Born about 1809, Tennessee.1,2  (Kentucky).4  

He married Sarah A. Caldwell, Aug 24 1843, Cooper County, Missouri.7  Sarah was born about 1820, Kentucky.1,2,4  (c1818).3  

William and family were shown in the 1850 census (Nov 20 1850), Cooper County, Missouri:1

William Henshaw, age 40, born in Tennessee; farmer; $800 real estate.
Sarah Henshaw, age 30, born in Kentucky.
Washington Henshaw, age 5, born in Missouri.
Mary Henshaw, age 3, born in Missouri.
John Henshaw, age 1, born in Missouri.
William Henshaw:
1 black male age 28.

William Henshaw was listed in "Cooper County Justices of the Peace, 1850-1857", and also in "Cooper County Justices of the Peace, 1858-1865".9  

William and family were shown in the 1860 census (Sep 3 1860), Cooper County, Missouri:2

W Hanshaw, age 51, born in Tennessee; farmer; $3360 real estate; $4000 personal property.
S A Hanshaw, age 39, born in Kentucky.
Washington Hanshaw, age 14, born in Missouri; attended school.
Mary E Hanshaw, age 12, born in Missouri; attended school.
John Hanshaw, age 11, born in Missouri; attended school.
William Hanshaw, age 9, born in Missouri; attended school.
Levi Hanshaw, age 5, born in Missouri.
Jeremiah Vaughn, age 23, born in Ireland; farm hand.
Wm Hanshaw:
1 black female age 27.
1 black female age 9.
1 black female age 7.
1 black male age 4.

William Henshaw died Sep - 1864, Saline Township, Cooper County, Missouri.11  

William's death was mentioned in the book "A History of Cooper Co. Missouri", as follows:11

This (Saline) township as well as the rest of the County, had its troubles in the late civil war.  There were 9 union and 3 southern men killed within its borders.  The Southern men who were killed were, Benjamin Hill, William Henshaw, and Radford Bass.  These men were murdered at or near their homes, about the last of September 1864 by a scouting party of union soldiers, being under the command of Col. Hall, Missouri State Militia.  They were not belligerents, and the cause of their being slain is unknown.

Widow Sarah and sons were shown in the 1870 census (Jun 28 1870), Ionia, Pettis County, Missouri:3

Henshaw, Sarah, age 52, born in Kentucky; keeping house; $1000 real estate; $160 personal property.
Henshaw, John, age 21, born in Missouri; farmer.
Henshaw, Levi, age 16, born in Missouri.
Black, Jennie, black, age 10, born in Missouri.

Widow Sarah and sons were shown in the 1880 census (Jun 7 1880), Elk Fork Township, Pettis County, Missouri:4

Henshaw, Sallie, age 60, born in Kentucky; parents born in Kentucky; widow; keeping house.
Henshaw, John, son, age 31, born in Missouri; parents born in Kentucky; single; farmer.
Henshaw, Levi, son, age 26, born in Missouri; parents born in Kentucky; single; works on farm.
Martison, Peter, servant, age 27, born in Dane; parents born in Dane; single; works on farm.

Note: Rebecca Henshaw #4189 was also born in Tennessee about the same time, and also settled in Cooper County, Missouri.  This William might be the same as Rebecca's brother, William Henshaw #4190.12  

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  1. 1850 census, 23rd District, Cooper County, Missouri; roll M432-397, page 179, line #14, dwelling #1581, family #1581.
  2. 1860 census, Gooches Mills P.O., Saline Township, Cooper County, Missouri; roll M653-616, page 634-635, line #37, dwelling #304, family #304.
  3. 1870 census, Ionia City, Washington Township, Pettis County, Missouri; roll M593-797, page 628A, line #8, dwelling #250, family #250.
  4. 1880 census, Elk Fork Township, Pettis County, Missouri; roll T9-708, ED 114, page 43D, line #38, dwelling #15, family #15.
  5. Cooper County, Missouri, Cemetery Records, Vol. 1-12; http://www.ancestry.com.
  6. Cooper County, Missouri: Marriages (1819-1850) & Wills (1820-1870); http://www.ancestry.com.
  7. The Church Of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints (LDS) International Genealogical Index (IGI) - Missouri.
  8. 1850 Slave Schedule, District 23, Cooper County, Missouri.
  9. Contribution from Frank Machala Hinshaw.
  10. 1860 Slave Schedule, Saline Township, Cooper County, Missouri.
  11. Contribution from Frank Machala Hinshaw citing:
    "A History of Cooper Co. Missouri", by Levins & Drake, page 194, par. 6.
  12. Speculation.

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