William L. Henshaw

William L. Henshaw
B: ?    
D: 1894 
M: Mary Sutton

William L. Henshaw     [ID 08486] Click here to switch to Ahnentafel view: Ahnentafel View

He married Mary Sutton.1,2,3  Mary, daughter of Jacob Sutton, was born Aug - 1854, Michigan.1,2,3  (c1860, New York).4  (c1857, New York).5  

William L. Henshaw died Jun 15 1894, Grand Rapids, Michigan.1,2  

The following account of William's suicide was published in the "Decatur Daily Republican" (Decatur, Illinois) on June 16, 1894:1

A DRUNKEN HUSBAND
Murders His Father-in-Law, Shoots at His
Wife and Children, and Kills Himself.
  

Grand Rapids, Mich., June 16. -- Wm. Henshaw, a drunken painter, yesterday morning tried to kill his wife and children, fatally shot his father-in-law, Jacob Sutton, and then blew his own brains out.  

Mrs. Henshaw separated from her husband on account of cruel treatment a couple of years ago at Rock Island, Ill., and came here to live with her seven children.  Henshaw followed her, and has annoyed her more or less ever since.  

Recently Mrs. Henshaw instituted divorce proceedings, and it is believed this fact provoked yesterday's tragedy.  Henshaw went to Sutton's house in West street and shot the old man twice in the head.  He then crossed the street to his wife's house and tried to break in.  Failing in this he fired two shots at the woman and her children, and then sat down on the porch and blew out his own brains.  Sutton, who is 70 years old, will die.

Another article was published in the "Daily Advocate" (Newark, Ohio) on June 16, 1894"6

W. L. Henshaw, a drunken painter of Grand Rapids, Mich., tried to kill his wife and children, fatally shot his father-in-law, Jacob Sutton, and then blew his own brains out.

Another article was published in the Alexandria Post News (Alexandria, Douglas County, Minnesota) on Thursday, July 5, 1894:2

MURDER AND SUICIDE

A Brother of L. C. Sutton and
Mrs. Auxer, of Alexandria,
Shot by His Son-in-law.  

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., June 16. - William Henshaw, a drunken painter, tried to kill his wife and children, fatally shot his father-in-law, Jacob Sutton, and then blew his own brains out.  Mrs. Henshaw separated from her husband on account of cruel treatment a couple of years ago at Rock Island, Ill., and came here with her seven children.  Henshaw followed her and has annoyed her more or less ever since.  

The above telegraphic item appeared in the POST NEWS of June 21 and was the first known by relatives in this village of this most foul murder.  The victim, Jacob Sutton, was the brother of Mr. L. C. Sutton and Mrs. Auxer and the uncle of Messrs. C. W. and L. H. Sutton, who are residents of Alexandria and there are other relatives in this vicinity, Mrs. Huston being another sister.  They have written to Grand Rapids for further information.

Widow Mary and family were shown in the 1900 census (Jun 18-19 1900), Grand Rapids, Kent County, Michigan:3

Hanshaw, Mary [or Marie or Maggie - unclear], head-of-household, age 45, born Aug 1854 in Michigan; father born in Switzerland; mother born in Germany; widow; 8 children, 7 living; occupation: taking in washing; rented home.
Hanshaw, Lillie, daughter, age 19, born Dec 1880 in Missouri; father born in Switzerland; mother born in Michigan.
Hanshaw, John, son, age 18, born Oct 1881 in Illinois; father born in Switzerland; mother born in Michigan; occupation: day laborer.
Hanshaw, Charles, son, age 16, born June 1883 in Illinois; father born in Switzerland; mother born in Michigan; occupation: day laborer.
Hanshaw, Rosa, daughter, age 12, born June 1887 in Illinois; father born in Switzerland; mother born in Michigan; attended school 9 months.
Hanshaw, Annie, daughter, age 11, born July 1888 in Illinois; father born in Switzerland; mother born in Michigan; attended school 9 months.
Hanshaw, Roy, son, age 6, born Dec 1893 in Michigan; father born in Switzerland; mother born in Michigan; attended school 9 months.
Living next door (or in the same building) in 1900 were Jacob & Marie Sutten:7
Sutten, Jacob, head-of-household, age 75, born Mar 1825 in Switzerland; parents born in Switzerland; immigrated 1851, U.S. resident 49 years, naturalized; married 44 years; occupation: "city-poor"; owned home (free).
Sutten, Marie, wife, age 70, born Nov 1829 in Germany; parents born in Germany; immigrated 1845, U.S. resident 55 years; married 44 years; 1 child, 1 living.

Widow Mary and family were shown in the 1910 census (Apr 22 1910), 540 N. Ottawa St., Grand Rapids, Kent County, Michigan:4

Hanshaw, Mary, head-of-household, age 50, born in New York; parents born in Germany; widow; 7 children, 6 living; occupation: none; rented home.
Hanshaw, John, son, age 23, born in Illinois; father born in Germany; mother born in New York; occupation: laborer, odd jobs.
Hanshaw, Charlie, son, age 21, born in Illinois; father born in Germany; mother born in New York; occupation: laborer, odd jobs.
Hanshaw, Roy, son, age 16, born in Michigan; father born in Germany; mother born in New York; attended school.

Widow Mary was shown in the 1920 census (Jan 2 1920), living alone at 640 Ionia Ave., Grand Rapids, Kent County, Michigan:5

Hanshaw, Mary, head-of-household, age 63, born in New York; parents born in Germany; widow; rented home; occupation: none.

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Sources

  1. The "Decatur Daily Republican", Jun 16 1894; http://www.ancestry.com.
  2. Posting Mar 13 2004 by Joel Watne () to the Douglas County, Minnesota message board:
    http://boards.ancestry.com/mbexec/msg/rw/hIB.2ACI/4193.
  3. 1900 census, 7th Ward, Grand Rapids, Kent County, Michigan; roll T623-722, ED 74, page 18B, line #73, dwelling #347, family #394.
  4. 1910 census, 5th Ward, Grand Rapids, Kent County, Michigan; roll T624-657, ED 78, page 10A, line #37, dwelling #162, family #223.
  5. 1920 census, 2nd Ward, Grand Rapids, Kent County, Michigan; roll T625-777, ED 52, page 1B, line #100, dwelling #17, family #27.
  6. The "Daily Advocate", Jun 16 1894; http://www.ancestry.com.
  7. 1900 census, 7th Ward, Grand Rapids, Kent County, Michigan; roll T623-722, ED 74, page 18B, line #71, dwelling #346, family #393.


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