Adam Stephen Henshaw

 1. Nicholas Hancher (1705-1777) m Rebecca Smith (c1707-?)
 2.. William Henshaw (1736-1799) m Agnes Ann Anderson (c1745-<1806)
 3... Adam Stephen Henshaw (1772-?)
      +Margaret McKenny 
 4....  James D. Henshaw (1813-<1880) 1,2
Adam Stephen Henshaw     [ID 01681] Click here to switch to Ancestror Tree view: Tree View

Adam Stephen Henshaw3,4,5,6,7,8 [Adam Steven Henshaw9, Adam S. Handshaw10].

Born 1772.7  

Adam was probably named after Adam Stephen/Stephens, the first sheriff of Berkeley County and also an officer who had figured prominently in the Revolution and colonial wars.  Adam's father William might have been friends with Adam Stephen as William once posted a 1000 pound bond for Adam.11  

He married Margaret McKenny10 [Mary McKenny6], Aug 25 180210, Berkeley County, Virginia10.  Margaret, daughter of Daniel McKenny.7  

Adam Stephen Henshaw and his nephew George Henshaw were pioneer settlers of Union County, Kentucky.12  

Adam S. Henshaw was shown in the 1820 census, Union County, Kentucky.13  

Adam S. Henshaw household:
2 free white males under age 10.
1 free white male age 10-16.
1 free white male age 16-26.
1 free white male age 26-45.
3 free white females under age 10.
1 free white female age 10-16.
1 free white female age 16-26.
3 persons engaged in agriculture.
2 male slaves under age 14.
1 male slave age 14-26.
1 female slave age 14-26.

On Jun 20 1820, Adam S. Henshaw appeared before a Justice of the Peace in Union County, Kentucky and made an oath that his removal to this state was "with the intention of becoming a citizen" and that, although he brought slaves to Kentucky, "it was not with the intention of selling them".14  

About 1821/22, Adam Henshaw was granted a tavern license in Union County, Kentucky.15  

On Jun 27 1836 a slave named Moses was recorded as emancipated in Gallatin County, Illinois.  Moses was recorded as age 23, born in Virginia, 5ft. 7in. tall.  The "other party" in the emancipation record (usually the slave owner) was recorded as Adam Henshaw.16  


  1. Contribution from Richard Young ().
  2. Contribution from Richard Young ().
  3. "The Hinshaw and Henshaw Families", by William Hinshaw; edited by Milo Custer; private printing, Bloomington, Illinois, 1911; Frank I. Miller Co., printers. LDS microfilm number 1402822.
  4. "The West Virginia Historical Magazine Quarterly", Vol. 4, No. 2, April 1904. The West Virginia Historical and Antiquarian Society, Charleston, W.VA. Article "The Henshaw Family" by Valley Virginia Henshaw. Contributed by David H. Henshaw ().
  5. "Genealogical and Personal History of Fayette County Pennsylvania", Volume II. John W. Jordan & James Hadden, editors. Lewis Historical Publishing Company, New York, 1912. Contributed by David H. Henshaw ().
  6. Family group sheets created by Frances G. Brumley, citing Henshaw family bible records, Greene County, TN court & cemetery records, and several secondary sources. Contributed by Ruth Jenkins ().
  7. "History of Henshaws in Scotland, in England and in America to the Present Time", Edith Henshaw Kuntz, 1956; contributed by Don Henshaw.
  8. Contribution from Tommy Karns (), citing:
    William Henshaw's will, Superior Court Will Book I, pages 388-390,
    Frederick County Court, Winchester, VA.
  9. "Family Tree Maker, Family Archives, World Family Tree", Vol. 3, by Broderbund Software, a collection of individual family group submissions.
  10. "Virginia Marriage Index, 1740-1850", Ancestry, Inc.
  11. Speculation.
  12. Contribution from Bill Varden () citing:
    Genealogical research report by Heritage Consulting and Services, Salt Lake City, UT, 1991;
    research performed for William H. Henshaw of Dover, Delaware.
  13. 1820 census, Morganfield, Union County, Kentucky; roll M33-20, page 153.
  14. Contribution from Bill Varden () citing:
    Union County, Kentucky, Deed Book B, 1819-1923, entry B-157.
  15. Abstracts - County Order Books, Union County, Ky, 1821-1822; USGenWeb Archives.
  16. State of Illinois, Servitude and Emancipation Records Database:

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