James Gaston Henshaw

                        ┌── Daniel Henshawc1817-1891 
James Gaston Henshaw ───┤
B: 1844                 │                    ┌── Calvin Merritt
D: 1903                 │                    │
                        └── Emily Merritt ───┤
                            c1817-1892       │
                                             └── Mehitable Pratt
M: Malissa Mark
   ├── Minnie M. Henshaw (c1869-?) 1,2
   ├── Grace Henshaw (1870-1950) 2,3
   ├── Laura L. Henshaw (1876-1965) 2
   └── George Gaston Dean Henshaw (1899-1966) 3

James Gaston Henshaw     [ID 09249] Click here to switch to Ahnentafel view: Ahnentafel View

James Gaston Henshaw2,4,5,6 [Gaston Henshaw1].

Born Aug 8 1844, Prattsville, Vinton County, Ohio.1,2,3,4,5,6  

On Oct 17 1861 James G. Henshaw, of Chillicothe, Iowa, age 18 [sic], enlisted as a bugler in Company F, 4th Iowa Cavalry.  Taken POW on Jun 22 1863 at Bear Creek, Mississippi.  Mustered out Dec 4 1864 at Memphis, Tennessee.  Noted for Distinguished Service.7  

He married Malissa Mark, Dec 27 1866.1,2,3,4  Malissa was born Jan 13 1845, Ohio.1,2,3,8  

On June 12 1868 [date unclear], James G. Henshaw applied for a pension as veteran of Company F, 4th Iowa Cavalry.9  

James and family were shown in the 1870 census (Jul 6 1870), Chillicothe Cass Township, Wapello County, Iowa, as follows:1

Henshaw, Gaston, age 25, born in Ohio; $500 real estate; $250 personal property; occupation: "telegrapher".
Henshaw, Malissa M., age 25, born in Ohio; keeping house.
Henshaw, Minni M., age 1, born in Iowa.

James and family were shown in the 1880 census (Jun 8 1880), Chillicothe, Wapello County, Iowa:2

Henshaw, James, head-of-household, age 35, born in Ohio; father born in Ohio; mother born in Pennsylvania; railroad agt.
Henshaw, Melissa, wife, age 35, born in Ohio; parents born in Ohio; keeping house.
Henshaw, Minnie, daughter, age 11, born in Iowa; parents born in Ohio.
Henshaw, Grace, daughter, age 9, born in Iowa; parents born in Ohio.
Henshaw, Laura, daughter, age 4, born in Iowa; parents born in Ohio.

James and family were shown in the 1900 census (Jun 1 1900), Maricopa County, Arizona Territory:3

Henshaw, J.G., head-of-household, age 55, born Aug 1844 in Ohio; father born in Ohio; mother born in Pennsylvania; married 34 years; occupation: R.R. agent; rented home.
Henshaw, Melissa M., wife, age 55, born Jan 1845 in Ohio; father born in Ohio; mother born in New York; married 34 years; 4 children, 2 living.
Henshaw, George G.D., son adopted, age 5 months, born Dec 1899 in Arizona; father born in Pennsylvania; mother born in Iowa.
Nordyke, Grace, daughter, age 29, born Nov 1870 in Iowa; parents born in Ohio; widow; occupation: photography.

James and family were shown in the 1903 city directory of Phoenix, Arizona:10

Henshaw, J. G., and wife, baggagemaster S. F., P. & P. Ry., r. 704 W. Madison.
Nordyke, Grace Mrs. (widow), photographer, r. 704 W. Madison.

James Gaston Henshaw died May 1 1903, Phoenix, Maricopa County, Arizona; buried Rosedale Cemetery.11,12  Medical: James died from heart failure.11  

James' death was reported in "The Arizona Republican" (Phoenix, Arizona) on Saturday morning, May 2, 1903:12


The Sudden Death of J.C. Henshaw
of the Santa Fe.


J. G. Henshaw, employed in the baggage department of the Santa Fe, Prescott & Phoenix railroad dropped dead yesterday afternoon.  A woman by the name of Mrs. Martha Litz, who was sending out a couple of trunks, went to the depot for the purpose of having them checked.  Mr. Henshaw wheeled them into the depot and weighed them.  He discovered that there was an excess on each and when Mrs. Litz asked how much it would amount to he stepped upon a platform at his desk and taking a pen proceeded to make a calculation.  Mrs. Litz noticed that he leaned to one side.  She mistook the movement for an attitude of calculation but the next instant she was undeceived.  Mr. Henshaw partially straightened and fell backward across the scales.  Mrs. Litz ran out of the depot and screamed, bringing to the baggageroom several persons who picked up the prostrate man and laid him in a comfortable position.  A doctor was sent for and in a few minutes Dr. Conner came.  Henshaw expired almost upon his arrival.  He had never been conscious from the moment of his falling.  His face had been purple and death was almost certainly caused by an apoplectic stroke.  

Justice Burnett impaneled a coroner's jury which viewed the body and then adjourned until today to receive the testimony of the physician.  

The body of Mr. Henshaw was taken to his home at 704 West Madison street from which the funeral will be held some time on Sunday afternoon.  

Mr. Henshaw came to the valley several years ago and bought the old Massie farm not far from town.  He afterward entered the service of the railroad company and until recently he was stationed at Peoria.

James' obituary was published in "The Ottumwa Courier" (Ottumwa, Iowa) on Thursday, May 21, 1903:4


James Gaston Henshaw was born in Prattsville, Ohio, August 8, 1844.  He came with his parents to Wisconsin when but a small boy, and from there to Iowa.  While a student in the Oskaloosa college he responded to the call of his country and enlisted ofr [sic] the civil war in 1861, and served for three years and a half.  At the close of the war, while living in Chillicothe, he was married to Malissa Mark, December 27, 1866.  

For twenty-six years, Mr. Henshaw was in the employ of the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Ry., serving as agent fourteen years at Chillicothe and twelve years at Bethany, Mo.  For a short time, on account of declining health, he gave up his agency and moved on a small fruit farm.  

Five years ago, October 15, he came to Phoenix and was placed in charge of the office of the Santa Fe, Phoenix & Prescott, at Peoria.  Last February he moved back to Phoenix, and in March was given charge of the station work in this city.  While faithfully discharging his duty he fell at his post Friday afternoon at 4 o'clock.  

The Christian life of Brother Henshaw began thirty-two years ago.  He united with the Methodist Episcopal church and during all the years has proven himself a worthy and faithful follower of the Lord Jesus Christ.  

His home life was one of the most tender and affectionate kind, choosing rather to dwell in the quiet and comfort of home than to engage in the affairs of public or social life.  

Four daughters have been born in the home, one dying in infancy; another, Mrs. Dean, passing away three years ago, January 10, 1900, while two daughters remain to comfort their mother in this her hour of deepest sorrow.  

Brother Henshaw had lived that kind of a life that death could not destroy, and although his death was sudden, he was not found unprepared.  

The funeral service will be held from the family residence, corner of Seventh avenue and Madison street, tomorrow afternoon at 4:30.  The G.A.R. will attend and have charge of the services at the grave.  -- Phoenix, Arizona.

The following article was published in "The Arizona Republican" (Phoenix, Arizona) on Sunday, May 17, 1903:13


James Henshaw estate: Claim of Mohn & Dorris filed and allowed.

The following article was published in "The Arizona Republican" (Phoenix, Arizona) on Saturday, May 16, 1903,14 and repeated in the same newspaper through June 6, 1903:


Estate of James G. Henshaw, deceased.  Notice is hereby given by the undersigned, executrix of the last will and testament of James G. Henshaw, deceased, to the creditors of and all persons having claims against the said deceased, to exhibit them, with the necessary vouchers, within ten months after the first publication of this notice to the said executrix at house No. 704 West Madison street, city of Phoenix, the same being the place for the transaction of the business of said estate, in said county of Maricopa.

Executrix of the last will and testament of James G. Henshaw, deceased.  
Dated Friday, this 15th day of May, 1903
First publication May 16.

The following article was published in "The Arizona Republican" (Phoenix, Arizona) on Friday, March 18, 1904,15 and again on Thursday, March 24, 1904:16


James G. Henshaw Estate, petition for decree of distribution.

On May 18 1903 [date unclear], in Arizona, Melissa M. Henshaw applied for a pension as widow of James G. Henshaw, veteran of Company F, 4th Iowa Cavalry.9  

Malissa died May 4 1906, Phoenix, Maricopa County, Arizona; buried Rosedale Cemetery.17,18  Medical: Melissa died from gastritis.  

The following article was published in "The Arizona Republican" (Phoenix, Arizona) on Wednesday, May 9, 1906:18

A WILL FOR PROBATE -- The will of Melissa M. Henshaw was presented for probate yesterday.  The will leaves the property of the deceased in equal shares to daughters and an adopted son.

(photo)Photo: James Gaston Henshaw & Malissa Mark gravestone Rosedale Cemetery 19


  1. 1870 census, Chillicothe P.O., Cass Township, Wapello County, Iowa; page 45, line #8, dwelling #9, family #9.
  2. 1880 census, Chillicothe, Cass Township, Wapello County, Iowa; roll T9-0368, ED 72, page 264A, line #42, dwelling #9, family #9.
  3. 1900 census, Township 3, Maricopa County, Arizona Territory; roll T623-45, ED 26, page 1A, line #39, dwelling #8, family #10.
  4. Obituary of James Gaston Henshaw; "The Ottumwa Courier", May 21 1903; http://www.ancestry.com.
  5. 1850 census, Grant County, Wisconsin; roll M432-998, page 3, line #15, dwelling #28, family #30.
  6. 1860 census, Cass Township, Wapello County, Iowa; page 590B, line #9, dwelling #10, family #10.
  7. American Civil War Soldiers; http://www.ancestry.com.
  8. Ancestry Family Tree data "Desc of Nathaniel Merritt, Rev. War soldier" posted by "stemather" (Stephanie Mather: ).
  9. Civil War Pension Index; http://www.ancestry.com.
  10. U.S. City Directories, 1821-1989; http://www.ancestry.com.
  11. Death certificate of J.G. Henshaw; Arizona Department of Health:
  12. Death of James Gaston Henshaw; "The Arizona Republic", May 2 1903; http://www.ancestry.com.
  13. "The Arizona Republican", May 17 1903; http://www.ancestry.com.
  14. "The Arizona Republican", May 16 1903; http://www.ancestry.com.
  15. "The Arizona Republican", Mar 18 1904; http://www.ancestry.com.
  16. "The Arizona Republican", Mar 24 1904; http://www.ancestry.com.
  17. Death certificate of Mrs. J.D. Henshaw; Arizona Department of Health:
  18. "The Arizona Republican", May 9 1906; http://www.ancestry.com.
  19. http://www.findagrave.com.

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