Henry Clay Henshaw

 1. Joshua Laurens Henshaw (c1802-1866) m Susanna George Nevitt (c1802-1869)
 2.. Henry Clay Henshaw (1840-1903)
     +Amelia Gertrude White (1846-1928)
 3...  Frederika Henshaw (1869-1921) 1,2,3,4,5
Henry Clay Henshaw     [ID 11125] Click here to switch to Ancestror Tree view: Tree View

Born Sep - 1840, Washington, D.C.1,2  (c1839).6  (c1841).7  

Henry was shown in the 1862 city directory of Washington, D.C.:8

Henshaw H. Clay, engineer U S N, bds 4th east cor Va av
Henry was shown in the 1864 city directory of Washington, D.C.:8
Henshaw H Clay, U S N, bds 523 Va ave

He married Amelia Gertrude White, about 1865.1,2  Amelia, daughter of John Wailes White & Sarah Attillia White, was born Sep 28 1846, Locust Hill, Baltimore County, Maryland.4,9,10  (c1850).1  

Henry and family were shown in the 1880 census (Jun 9 1880), living with Gertrude's parents in Frederick County, Maryland:11

White, John, age 61, born in Maryland; parents born in Maryland; farmer.
White, Sarah, wife, age 52, born in Maryland; parents born in Maryland; keeping house.
White, W. Walles, son, age 21, born in Maryland; parents born in Maryland; attended school.
White, Stephen, son, age 18, born in Maryland; parents born in Maryland; attended school.
White, Nellie, daughter, age 12, born in Maryland; parents born in Maryland; "maimed, crippled, bedridden, or otherwise disabled".
White, Bonnie, daughter, age 10, born in Maryland; parents born in Maryland; attended school.
Henshaw, Henry, son-in-law, age 40, born in D.C.; father born in Massachusetts; mother born in Maryland; navy officer.
Henshaw, A. Gertrude, daughter, age 30, born in Maryland; parents born in Maryland.
Henshaw, Freddie, niece, age 12, born in Maryland; parents born in Maryland; attended school.
Norris, Alice, servant, black, age 24, born in Maryland; parents born in Maryland; single; servant; cannot read or write.
Norris, Edward, black, age 9, born in Maryland; parents born in Maryland.
Robinson, Dollie, servant, black, age 60, born in Virginia; parents born in Maryland; widow; servant; cannot write.

Henry and family were shown in the 1900 census (Jun 11 1900), living with Gertrude's family in Frederick County, Maryland:2

White, Juian [unclear], head-of-household, age 25 [unclear], born May 1875 [unclear] in Maryland; parents born in Maryland; single; occupation: clerk, Navy office; owned farm (mortgaged).
White, Sarah A., mother, age 75, born Feb 1825 in Maryland; parents born in Maryland; widow.
White, Sirrah J., sister, age 30, born Nov 1870 in Maryland; parents born in Maryland; single.
Henshaw, Henry C., head-of-household, age 59, born Sept 1840 in Washington D.C.; parents born in Washington D.C.; married 35 years.
Henshaw, Amelia G., wife, age 5? [unclear], born Sept 184? [unclear] in Maryland; father born in Maryland; mother born in Washington; married 35 years; 1 child, 1 living.
Norris [unclear], Fredricia, daughter, age 31, born Mar 1869 [unclear] in Maryland; father born in Washington; mother born in Maryland; married 6 years; 1 child, 1 living; boarder.
", Alexandria J., husband, age 30, born Nov 1869 in Mexico; father born in Virginia; mother born in New Orleans; married 6 years; occupation: "sivel engineer".
", Henry, son, age 6 months, born Nov 1899 in Maryland; father born in Mexico; mother born in Maryland.
[..unclear..], female, relationship: none, age 43, born May 1857 in Maryland; parents born in Maryland; single; occupation: school teacher.

The following article was published in "The Daily News" (Frederick, Maryland) on May 4, 1898:12

CAPTAIN HENSHAW'S EXPERIENCE.  

Fought With Both Dewey and Schley
in His Navy Service.

  

Captain H. Clay Henshaw, of near Adamstown, one of Frederick county's best known citzens, [sic] is greatly interested in the success of the Asiatic and flying squadrons, owing to the intimate friendship that exists between himself and both Commodore George Dewey and Commander Winfield Scott Schley.  

In 1861 Captain Henshaw, together with Commodore Dewey and Commander Schley, fought in the West Gulf fleet, under the command of Captain William Walker, a near relative of Captain Henshaw.  At the death of Captain Walker, Captain Farragut afterwards admiral, was put in command of the fleet.  Later, Captain Henshaw, who was engineer on the cruiser Niagara, was transferred to the gunboat Itaska, and in 1863 he was again transferred to the United States revenue cutter service.  Captain Henshaw was on the Itaska when a shell from Fort Jackson struck the ship and exploded her boiler.  In a helpless condition, the Itaska drifted out of range of the guns of Fort Jackson, and after the fort surrendered repairs were made to the boiler and the ship headed for the city of New Orleans, from whence it was ordered to Vicksburg.  Captain Henshaw's navy experience was of such a satisfactory nature that he was afterward placed upon the retired list of officers.  

Captain Henshaw is also personally acquainted with Captain Sigsbee of the ill-fated Maine.  A few years ago Captain Sigsbee visited the home of Captain Henshaw and while there paid a visit to Frederick and called at The News office.  

Several weeks ago Captain Henshaw offered to re-enlist in the navy and again go forth to battle, but his former gallant record no doubt satisfied the secretary of the navy that he had already done his part in time of war, and his offer was not taken.

Henry Clay Henshaw died Mar 12 1903, at his home, near Adamstown, Frederick County, Maryland; age 62.4,13,14  (Mar 13 1903).4  

Henry's obituary was published in "The News" (Frederick, Maryland) on Friday, March 13, 1903:15

Prominent Resident of the County Passes Away
A VETERAN OF THE CIVIL WAR
Commanded a Revenue Cutter In the Federal Service - For Many Years Chairman of the Republican County Central Committee.  

CAPT. HENRY CLAY HENSHAW, one of the best-known residents of Frederick county, died at 11 o'clock last night at his home near Adamstown, of a complication of troubles resulting from an attack of grip, aged 62 years, 5 months and 17 days.  Capt. Henshaw was a native of Washington, D. C., and shortly before the outbreak of the Civil War entered the service of the United States Navy.  During the war he commanded a revenue cutter and saw active service in southern waters.  About the close of the war Captain Henshaw married Miss Gertrude White, daughter of the late John White, and when he retired from service some years later they took up their residence on the White homestead, the Moreland Stock Farm, near Adamstown, where they have since lived.  Their only child, a daughter, Fredericka, married A. J. Norris, a civil engineer, now engaged in work in Kentucky.  She also resides at the family homestead.  One sister, Mrs. Frances Henshaw Baden, of Washington, D.C., also survives him.  Captaln Henshaw took an active interest in policies and for a number of years was chairman of the Republican county central committee.  He was also for a number of years a member of the board of managers of the Frederick County Agricultural Society.  The funeral will take place on Sunday.  Services will be held at 10 a.m. in St. Luke's Protestant Episcopal church at Adamstown, conducted by Rev. Mr. Thomas, after which the remains will be brought to Frederick and interred in Mt. Olivet cemetery.

Henry's death was noted in "The News" (Frederick, Maryland) on March 13, 1953:14

Fifty Years Ago

Items From The Columns
Of The News, March 13, 1903.
  

CAPT. HENRY CLAY HENSHAW, one of the best-known residents of the county, died at his home near Adamstown of complications, age 62 years.  During the Civil War he commanded a revenue cutter.  For a number of years, after moving to Frederick county from Washington, he was chairman of the Republican county central committee.

On Dec 29 1903 Amelia G. Henshaw applied for a Civil War pension as widow of Henry Clay Henshaw, "Acting 3d Asst. Eng.." [unclear].16  

Widow Amelia and daughter were shown in the 1920 census (Feb 14 1920), Pleasant View Township, Frederick County, Maryland:10

Henshaw, Amelia G, head-of-household, age 73, born in Maryland; parents born in Maryland; widow; owned home (mortgaged).
Farris, Fredericka, daughter, age 53, born in Maryland; parents born in Maryland; widow.
Farris, Henry S, grandson, age 20, born in Maryland; parents born in Maryland; attended school.
Farris, Gertrude H, granddaughter, age 18, born in Maryland; parents born in Maryland; attended school.
Farris, Benjiman W, grandson, age 12, born in Peru; father born in Mexico; mother born in Maryland; attended school.
[.. plus two servants ..]

Amelia died Sep 23 1928, Maryland; buried Area H, Mount Olivet Cemetery, 515 S. Market St., Frederick, Frederick County, Maryland.4

(photo)Photo: Henry Clay Henshaw in his naval uniform, c1863, Civil War CDV 4,5,17

(photo)Photo: Amelia Gertrude White 4

(photo)Photo: Amelia Gertrude White with unidentified child 5

(photo)Photo: Henry Clay Henshaw gravestone Mount Olivet Cemetery 4

(photo)Photo: Amelia Gertrude White gravestone Mount Olivet Cemetery 4


Sources

  1. 1880 LDS census index, Buckeystown Precinct, Frederick County, Maryland; roll T9-0509, ED 65, page 6D.
  2. 1900 census, Buckeystown Precinct, Frederick County, Maryland; roll T623-622, ED 2, page 9B, line #58, dwelling #145, family #149.
  3. "The Daily News" (Frederick, Maryland), Nov 4 1893; http://www.ancestry.com.
  4. http://www.findagrave.com.
  5. Ancestry Family Tree data "Green/Blair Family Tree" posted by "FionaGreen1961".
  6. 1850 census, Ward 2, Washington, D.C.; roll M432-56, page 84, line #17, dwelling #276, family #317.
  7. 1860 census, Ward 6, Washington, D.C.; roll M653-104, page 577, line #10, dwelling #89, family #99-100.
  8. U.S. City Directories, 1821-1989 (Beta); http://www.ancestry.com.
  9. 1870 census, Adamstown P.O., District 1, Frederick County, Maryland; roll M593-586, page 15-16, line #39, dwelling #5, family #5.
  10. 1920 census, Pleasant View Township, Frederick County, Maryland; roll T625-672, ED 55, page 4B, line #75, dwelling #77, family #79.
  11. 1880 census, Buckeystown Precinct, Frederick County, Maryland; roll T9-509, ED 65, page 6D, line #31, dwelling #86, family #91.
  12. "The Daily News" (Frederick, Maryland), May 4 1898; http://www.ancestry.com.
  13. Obituary of Henry Clay Henshaw, "The News", Mar 12 1903;
    Ancestry Family Tree data "Darby-Lundy-Mays" posted by "DCDarby".
  14. Death of Capt. Henry Clay Henshaw; "The News", Mar 13 1953; http://www.ancestry.com.
  15. Obituary of Henry Clay Henshaw, "The News", Mar 13 1903;
    Ancestry Family Tree data "Darby-Lundy-Mays" posted by "DCDarby".
  16. U.S., Civil War Pension Index: General Index to Pension Files, 1861-1934; http://www.ancestry.com.
  17. Photo courtesy of Sharon Hinshaw-Payne.


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