Ralph Newton Henshaw

 1. David Henshaw  m Elizabeth Gardner 
 2.. Gabriel H. Henshaw (1822-1909) m Julia Ann Murray (1826-1910)
 3... Charles Alfred Henshaw (1856-1927) m Cenora Catherine LeVeck (1865-1943)
 4.... Ralph Newton Henshaw (1888-1975)
       +Rita Anna McDermott (1889-1954)
 5.....  Mae L. Henshaw (1913-1962) 1,2
Ralph Newton Henshaw     [ID 10063] Click here to switch to Ancestror Tree view: Tree View

Born Mar 9 1888, Yellow Springs, Greene County, Ohio.1,2,3,4,5,6  

On Sep 1 1914 Ralph enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps.4  He served in:4

Eastern Reserve Division until 6 Apr 1917.
Discharge 3 Aug 1918.
Reenlisted 1 Sept 1918.
Recruiting Duty, Virginia, 1 Sept 1918;
Navy Yard, D.C. 1 Nov 1918;
Quantico, VA, 10 Jan 1919;
Headquarters, Washington D.C. 24 May 1919.
Sergeant 1 Sept 1917;
Sergeant 1 Sept 1918;
Corporal 1 Nov 1918;
Sergeant 14 Nov 1918.
Discharge 22 Nov 1919.
"Character excellent".
Prior Service: 4 Years United States Marine Corps, Re-enlisted 23 Nov 1919.
His enlistment record shows his residence was Springfield, Ohio.4  

He married Rita Anna McDermott, Oct 5 1911, Alexandria, Virginia.1,2,3,7  Rita was born Mar 31 1889, Ireland.1,2,8,9  

Ralph and family were shown in the 1915 city directory of Springfield, Ohio:7

Henshaw Chas. A. machinist, res. 220 S. Yellow Springs. (Senora)
Henshaw Clarence, laborer, res. 220 S. Yellow Springs
Henshaw Clifford, printer, res. 220 S. Yellow Springs
Henshaw Ralph N. assembler, res. 511 E. Liberty. (Rita)
Henshaw Silas H. molder, res. 615 W. Pleasant.. (Nellie M)

Ralph and family were shown in the 1920 census (Jan 13 1920), 2901 Sherman Avenue NW, Washington, D.C.:1

Henshaw, Ralph N, head-of-household, age 31, born in Ohio; parents born in Ohio; rented home; occupation: marine, U.S. Marine Corps.
Henshaw, Rita A, wife, age 30, born in Ireland; parents born in Ireland; immigrated 1904, naturalized.
Henshaw, Mae, daughter, age 6, born in Indiana; father born in Ohio; mother born in Ireland; attended school.
[.. plus three lodgers ..].

Ralph retired as a Sargent Major in the U.S. Marine Corps.8  

Ralph and family were shown in the 1940 census (Apr 15 1940), Washington, D.C.:2

Henshaw, Ralph N, head-of-household, age 51, born in Ohio; completed 8th grade; on Apr 1 1935 was living in the same house; rented home ($40/month rent); occupation: manager pet shop, pet shop; worked 52 weeks in 1939; $1100 wages in 1939, plus other income.
Henshaw, Rita Ann, wife, age 50, born in Ireland, naturalized; completed 8th grade; on Apr 1 1935 was living in the same house; occupation: dry cleaning office, laundry; worked 52 weeks in 1939; $840 wages in 1939.
Burke, Mae L, daughter, age 26, born in Indiana; completed 1 year of high school; on Apr 1 1935 was living in the same house; divorced [unclear]; occupation: bookeeper, dairy; worked 35 weeks in 1939; $550 wages in 1939.

Rita died Mar 11 1954, buried Mar 16 1954, Section 33 Site 6803, Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia.8,9  

In 1975 Ralph was living in/near Miami, Miami-Dade County, Florida.10  

Ralph Newton Henshaw died Sep 2 1975, U.S. Naval Home, Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania; buried Sep 5 1975, Section 33 Site 6802, Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia.6,10,11  

Ralph's obituary was published in the "Washington Post" (Washington, D.C.) on Friday, September 5, 1975:11

On September 2, 1975, at the U.S. Naval Home, Philadelphia, Pa. (formerly of Washington, D.C.), RALPH N. HENSHAW, husband of the late Rita Anna McDermott.  Services Thursday at 1:00 p.m. at the Naval Home, Philadelphia, Pa.  Further services and interment on Friday, Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va.

Social Security information for Ralph Newton Henshaw: 577-12-7187


  1. 1920 census, Washington, D.C.; roll T625-212, ED 303, page 15B, line #1, dwelling #294, family #338.
  2. 1940 census, Washington, D.C.; roll T627-559, ED 1-202, page 4B, line #75, household #95.
  3. Charles Alfred Henshaw family bible records.
  4. Ohio Military Men, 1917-18; http://www.ancestry.com.
  5. 1900 census, Yellow Springs, Miami Township, Greene County, Ohio; roll T623-1272, ED 86, page 11A, line #6, dwelling #264, family #271.
  6. http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=126296720.
  7. U.S. City Directories, 1821-1989; http://www.ancestry.com.
  8. U.S. Veterans Gravesites, ca.1775-2006; http://www.ancestry.com.
  9. http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=49202605.
  10. "Social Security Death Index" (as it is commonly called), derived from the Social Security Administration "Death Master File". See: http://www.rootsweb.com/~rwguide/lesson10.htm
  11. Historical Newspapers, Birth, Marriage, & Death Announcements, 1851-2003; http://www.ancestry.com.

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