James Henshaw

 1. James Henshaw (<1770-?)
    +Sally Andrews (1777-1842)
 2..  Feronia Henshaw (1813-1898) 1,2,3
 2..  James Geary Henshaw (1815-1889) 1,3
 2..  Daniel Henshaw (c1815-?) 3,4
James Henshaw     [ID 13474] Click here to switch to Ancestror Tree view: Tree View

Born before 1770.5  One scrapbook of family notes indicates that James was born in England.6  

He married Sally Andrews.7,8,9,10  Sally, daughter of Daniel Andrews & Sarah Hall, was born Feb 16 1777.7,8,11  

James and family were shown in the 1830 census, Dansville Township, Steuben County, New York:5,12

James Henshaw household:
2 males age 15-20 (apprently sons Daniel and James).
1 male age 60-70 (James).
1 female age 15-20 (apparently daughter Feronia).
1 female age 50-60 (presumably his wife).
Also living in Steuben County in 1830 was James D. Hanshaw #6549,13 relationship unknown.  

This James Hanshaw family was not shown in the 1840 census.  However in the household of son James G. Hanshaw in 1840 there was a female age 60-70,14 who was probably James' widow, Sally.15  

Sally died 1842, age 65.11  

James is also buried in North Oak Hill Cemetery, Dansville, Steuben County, New York;7 however his gravestone is weathered and no dates can be discerned.  

James' wife's name is somewhat unproven, although probable.9  It is known from the 1830 census that James had in his household a female born between 1770 and 1780,5 who is assumed to have been his wife.16  Burial records of North Oak Hill Cemetery in Dansville show a Sally Henshaw who was born in 1777,11 who is assumed to have been the same female, apparently James' wife.16  

The connection between James and the children shown is also somewhat unproven, although also very probable.  Sons Daniel and James were known to have been brothers as "Uncle Daniel Henshaw" was mentioned in the diary of grandson Eli.4  Daughter Feronia is believed to have been their sister as her son and grandchildren were mentioned in the diary of the wife of grandson Eli.2  All three of these children, Daniel, James and Feronia, are an exact match in age to the children shown in James' household in the 1830 census,5 and therefore are assumed to have been his children.16  There is one assertion that there was an additional son, an Ezra Henshaw.7  

Although James' parents are not currently known, there is a clue that indicates his father (or grandfather) might have been a Daniel Henshaw: During the early Revolutionary War the lead window sash weights were taken from many households in New York City and melted down for ammunition.  One of the homes from which the window leads were taken was the house of a Captain Daniel Henshaw.17  

See also: James Henshaw #6548 who was in Tompkins County, New York in 1820 and might very possibly be the same person.16

(photo)Photo: James Henshaw gravestone North Oak Hill Cemetery 7

(photo)Photo: Sally Andrews gravestone North Oak Hill Cemetery 7

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  1. Contribution from Alice Daniels ().
  2. Contribution from Alice Daniels () citing: diary of Rebecca (Daniels) Henshaw.
  3. Conclusion - see: James Henshaw #13474.
  4. Contribution from Alice Daniels () citing: diary of Eli John Simeon Henshaw.
  5. 1830 census, Dansville Township, Steuben County, New York; roll M19-107, page 397.
  6. Contribution from Alice Daniels () citing:
    Family notes left by Sarah Elizabeth (Henshaw) Sneed.
  7. http://www.findagrave.com.
  8. Contribution from Linda Cornish ().
  9. Conclusion: female Henshaw who, from cemetery record, was of exactly the right age to match the 1830 census.
  10. RootsWeb WorldConnect data by Tim Chew ().
  11. burials at North Oak Hill Cemetery, Dansville, New York:
  12. 1830 census, Steuben County, New York; pg 397, line 24; USGenWeb Archives.
  13. 1830 census, Jasper Township, Steuben County, New York; roll M19-107, page 479.
  14. 1840 census, Dansville Township, Steuben County, New York; roll M704-340, page 7.
  15. Speculation.
  16. Somewhat speculative.
  17. "New York Military in the Revolution", Ancestry, Inc. (electronic reproduction of
    "New York in the Revolution as Colony and State", Vol. II, 1897).

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