Joshua Laurens Henshaw B: c1802 D: 1866 M: Susanna George Nevitt +-- Cynthia Susan Henshaw, 1828-1828 +-- Frances L. Henshaw, 1835-1911 +-- Edith O. Henshaw, c1837-1889 +-- Henry Clay Henshaw, 1840-1903
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(Joshua Laurens Henshaw)a    (Joshua Lawrence Henshaw)a    (Josiah L. Henshaw)b
Born about 1802, Boston, Massachusetts.c,d
He married Susanna George Nevitt, Nov 14 1826, Washington, D.C.e,f,g    (Susannah George Wailes)h,i    Susanna was born about 1802, Maryland.c,d    (c1797).a    Susanna (Susan) had been previously married Dec 24 1812j (Dec 24 1813),k St. Mary's County, Maryland to George L. Nevittj (George L.C. Nevitt)k (Captain Charles L. Nevitt)l (Charles Le Compe Nevitte).m    The marriage notice published for her first marriage noted she was the daughter of "the late Captain Wailes".h
Joshua and family were shown in the 1850 census (Jul 9 1850), Washington, D.C.:c
Joshua and family were shown in the 1860 census (Jun 5-6 1860), Washington, D.C.:d
Joshua's death was noted in a Washington D.C. area newspaper as follows:a
Henshaw.    On the 14th instant at 4 o'clock p.m, after a brief illness, Joshua Laurens Henshaw, a native of Boston, Mass., but a resident of this city many years.    The friends of the family are invited to attend his funeral from his late residence, corner of 4th street east and Virginia avenue, on Monday, the 17th instant, at 4 o'clock p.m.
Susanna died Dec 10 1869, age 72; buried Range 16, Site 86, Historic Congressional Cemetery, 1801 E Street SE, Washington, D.C.q
Susannah's death was noted in a Washington D.C. area newspaper as follows:a
Henshaw.    On Friday, December 10th, at the residence of her son-in-law, Thomas E. Baden, Mrs. Susannah George Henshaw, widow of the late Joshua Laurens Henshaw, in the 72d year of her age.    A faithful friend, a devoted mother, a true Christian.    "Blessed are the dead that die in the Lord, for they rest from their labors and their works do follow them".    The funeral will take place at the house, corner of Virginia avenue and 3rd street east, on Sunday, the 12th, at three o'clock p.m.    Friends of the family are invited to attend.
Susannah's obituary was published in "The Evening Star" (Washington D.C.) on Friday, December 10, 1869:a
Death of an Estimable Lady
We regret to announce that Mrs. Susana George Henshaw, widow of the late Joshua Lawrence Henshaw, died this morning at the residence of her son-in-law, Thomas E. Baden, at the corner of Virginia avenue and 4th street east, in the 72d year of her age.    Deceased was greatly beloved for her many excellent traits of character, by a large circle of friends.    She was the stepmother of the well-known authoress, Mrs. Emma D.N. Southworth.    Her funeral will take place on Sunday afternoon, the 12th instant, at 3 o'clock, from the residence of Mr. Baden.
Another obituary was published in "The Evening Star" (Washington D.C.) on Saturday, December 11, 1869:a
Mrs. Susannah George Henshaw, who died in this city yesterday, was the mother of Mrs. E.D.E.N. Southworth, the authoress, and not the step-mother as was erroneously published.    In consequence of the death of Mrs. Henshaw, Mrs. Southworth will discontinue her Friday evening receptions at Prospect Cottage, Georgetown, for the remainder of the season.
Susannah's funeral was noted in "The Evening Star" (Washington D.C.) on Monday, December 13, 1869:a
The funeral of the venerable Mrs. Henshaw, mother of Mrs. Southworth, the novelist, took place yesterday afternoon from her late residence, in the eastern section of the city, and was very largely attended by prominent citizens of the District.    The funeral services were conducted by Rev. J.C. Smith, D.D., a member of whose church the deceased had been for over thirty years.    The remains were interred in the Congressional Cemetery.
A biographical sketch of Susan's daughter from her first marriage was published in "The Twentieth Century Biographical Dictionary of Notable Americans", Volume V:r
SOUTHWORTH, Emma Dorothy Eliza (Nevitte), novelist, was born in Washington, D.C., Dec. 26, 1819; daughter of Capt. Charles Nevitte.    She attended the school of her stepfather, Joshua L. Henshaw, and in 1840 she was married to Frederick H. Southworth of Utica, N.Y.    She taught school, 1844-49, and contributed stories to the Baltimore Saturday Visitor, the National Era, and other periodicals.    When Robert Bonner purchased the Ledger, he paid Mrs. Southworth $5,000 per year, for her contributions.    In 1876 she moved from Georgetown, D.C., to Yonkers, N.Y., retiring later to Georgetown.    She is the author of over sixty books, many of which were translated into Spanish, French and German.    Her best known novels include: Retribution (1849); Unknown (1874); Nearest and Dearest (1881); An Exile's Bride (1887); The Deserted Wife; Cruel as the Grave.    She died in Washington, D.C., June 29, 1899.
Another biographical sketch of Susan's daughter Emma was published in "The Washington Post" (Washington, D.C.) on Sep 4 1904.b
(a) Association for the Preservation of Historic Congressional Cemetery:
(b) "The Washington Post" (Washington, D.C.), Sep 4 1904; http://www.ancestry.com.
(c) 1850 census, Ward 2, Washington, D.C.; roll M432-56, page 84, line #17, dwelling #276, family #317.
(d) 1860 census, Ward 6, Washington, D.C.; roll M653-104, page 577, line #10, dwelling #89, family #99-100.
(e) "Washington DC Marriages From 1806 to 1850".
(f) "Washington, DC Marriages, 1826-50"; Ancestry.com.
(g) "Marriage Index: District of Columbia, Delaware, Maryland, & Virginia, 1740-1920"; http://www.genealogylibrary.com.
(h) Contribution from Alicia Towster () citing:
marriage notice in the Alexandria newspaper, reprinted in "Magazine of Virginia Genealogy", volume 41, #3.
(i) Ancestry Family Tree data "Darby-Lundy-Mays" posted by "DCDarby".
(j) Maryland Records Colonial, Revolutionary, County, and Church from Original Sources Vol. I; http://www.ancestry.com.
(k) LDS IGI, citing: Marriage records, 1794-1940 St. Mary's County (Maryland). Clerk of the Circuit Court.
(l) Contribution from Alicia Towster ().
(m) LDS IGI, citing: member submission.
(n) "The Washington and Georgetown Directory, Strangers' Guide-book for Washington, and Congressional and Clerks' Register",
1853. Compiled and Published by Alfred Hunter; USGenWeb Archives:
(o) "The Washington and Georgetown Directory, Strangers' Guide-book for Washington, and Congressional and Clerks' Register",
1853. Compiled and Published by Alfred Hunter; USGenWeb Archives
(p) U.S. City Directories, 1821-1989 (Beta); http://www.ancestry.com.
(q) Contribution from Sandra Schmidt, Association for the Preservation of Historic Congressional Cemetery: http://www.congressionalcemetery.org.
(r) Biographies of Notable Americans, 1904; http://www.ancestry.com.
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