Hugh Lyle Henshaw

 1. Nicholas Hancher (1705-1777) m Rebecca Smith (c1707-?)
 2.. William Henshaw (1736-1799) m Agnes Ann Anderson (c1745-<1806)
 3... William Slaughter Henshaw (1783-1836) m Harriet Brown Lyle (1793-1870)
 4.... Hugh Lyle Henshaw (1819-1861)
       +Cynthia Frances Patterson (1828-1906)
 5.....  Thomas A. Henshaw (1848-1931) 1,2,3,4,5,6
 5.....  William S. Henshaw (1848-?) 2,7,8,9
 5.....  Charles Henshaw  5
 5.....  Robert Henshaw  5
 5.....  Mary Virginia Henshaw (1851-1920) 1,2,4,8,9,10,11
 5.....  Winona Henshaw (1856-c1880) 2,4,5,9,12
 5.....  Creighton Anderson Henshaw (1859-1916) 2,4,5,8,9,13
 5.....  Laura Henshaw (1861-1878) 2,4,5,9
Hugh Lyle Henshaw     [ID 01703] Click here to switch to Ancestror Tree view: Tree View

Hugh Lyle Henshaw1,2,4,14,15 [Hugh L. Handshaw14].

Born Oct 23 1819, Martinsburg, Berkeley County, West Virginia.1,2,4,6,13,15,16  

He married Cynthia Frances Patterson1,3,4,13,14 [Fannie Patterson1,4,17, Nanny Peterson2], Mar 26 18461,3,4,13,14, St. Louis County, Missouri1,3,4,13,14.  Cynthia, daughter of William Patterson & Asenath Piggott3,4,7,11,14,17,18, was born Jun 5 18283,4,7,11,14,17,18, St. Louis, St. Louis County, Missouri3,4,7,11,14,17,18 [St. Ferdinand, St. Louis County, Missouri19].  

Hugh was a farmer.1  

Hugh and family were shown in the 1850 census, 82nd District, St. Louis County, Missouri (pg 494).4,7  

Hugh L. Henshaw, age 39, born in Virginia; farmer; $1000 real estate.
Cyntha F. Henshaw, age 22, born in Missouri.
William P. [or F. - unclear] Henshaw, age 2, born in Missouri.

Hugh and family were shown in the 1860 census (Jun 18 1860), St. Ferdinand Township, St. Louis County, Missouri:4,8

H.L. Henshaw, age 41, born in Virginia; farmer.
Frances Henshaw, age 37, born in Missouri.
William Henshaw, age 12, born in Missouri.
Crayton Henshaw, age 1, born in Missouri.
Mary Henshaw, age 8, born in Missouri.
Tom Murphy, age 27, born in Ireland; farm hand.
Daughter Winona was shown in the 1860 census (Jun 20 1860), living in the household of a Jerry & Bridget Donahoe, next door to Fannie's mother in St. Ferdinand Township, St. Louis County, Missouri:20
Winona Henshaw, age 4, born in Missouri.

Hugh Lyle Henshaw died Nov 25 1861, accidentally killed by a horse, buried Coldwater Cemetery, 1/2 mile east of old Fall's Ferry Road, Township 47, Florissant, north St. Louis County, Missouri.1,2,3,13,15,16  Hugh is buried next to a Mrs. Jane D. Patterson,15 who was Fannie's aunt by marriage [Jane "Jenny" Jamison, wife of Fannie's uncle John Patterson, Jr.].21  

After Hugh died, leaving her with five young children, Fannie moved the family to the village of Patterson, Greene County, Illinois.4  

Fannie and family were shown in the 1870 census (Aug 5 1870), Breese P.O., Greene County, Illinois:4,9

Henshaw, Fannie, age 42, born in Missouri; $2400 real estate; $1220 personal property.
Henshaw, William, age 22, born in Missouri; farmer.
Henshaw, Jennie, age 18, born in Missouri.
Henshaw, Annie, age 14, born in Missouri; attended school.
Henshaw, Crayton, age 11, born in Missouri; attended school.
Henshaw, Laura, age [9? ..unclear..], born in Missouri; attended school.

Fannie and family were shown in the 1880 census (Jul 2 1880), Greene County, Illinois:10

Henshaw, Cynthia, age 50, born in Missouri; father born in South Carolina; mother born in Illinois; widow; keeps house.
Henshaw, Virginia B., daughter, age 30, born in Missouri; father born in Virginia; mother born in Missouri; single; teacher.
Smith, Serena, age 64, born in Missouri; parents born in North Carolina; widow.
Baylip, Danl. S., boarder, age 31, born in Ohio; parents born in Ohio; single; engineer at mill.

Fannie and daughter Mary were shown in the 1900 census (Jun 4 1900), Wilmington, Greene County, Illinois:11

Henshaw, Cynthia F., head-of-household, age 71, born June 1828 in Missouri; father born in North Carolina; mother born in Illinois; widow; 7 children, 3 living; owned home (free).
Henshaw, Mary V., daughter, age 48, born Dec 1851 in Missouri; father born in Virginia; mother born in Missouri; single.

Cynthia died Jul 11 1906, Patterson, Greene County, Illinois; buried Pine Tree Cemetery, near Patterson, Illinois.3,4,17,18  

Fannie's obituary was published in a local newspaper, as follows:4

Mrs. C.F. Henshaw

Died at her home in the village of Patterson, at 7:20 o'clock Friday evening July 11, 1906, Cynthia Frances Henshaw, aged 78 years, 1 month and 6 days.  

She was a daughter of William and Asenath Patterson, and was born in St. Louis county, Mo., June 5, 1828, where she grew to womanhood and resided until she was nearly forty years of age.  

On the 28th day of March 1846 she was united in marriage with Hugh L. Henshaw.  His death occurred November 25, 1861, and to her was left the care of their five children, the eldest of whom was only fourteen years of age.  

In September 1867, six years after the death of her husband she moved with her children from St. Louis county, Mo., to Patterson, where she continued to reside until her death.  No woman has ever shown greater devotion to her children.  There was no sacrifice too great for her to make for her children.  No woman was more highly esteemed in the community in which she lived.  She was regarded by all who knew her as a noble character, a woman whose life was full of good deeds.  

Her surviving children are Thomas Henshaw of Carrollton; Creighton A. Henshaw, living west of White Hall; and Virginia Henshaw who has always made her home with her mother.  Winona and Laura, the two younger children of the family died more than 25 years ago.  Of a family of five brothers and four sisters only one sister is living, Mrs. Lydia Veale of Barton county, Mo.  A large number of nephews and nieces survive her.  

Funeral services will be held at the Patterson church tomorrow, Friday, at 11 o'clock a.m.  The interment will be in the Martin cemetery, east of Patterson.

A biographical sketch of son Thomas was published in the 1905 book "Past and Present of Greene County Illinois", and included the following about Hugh Lyle Henshaw:6

After arriving at years of maturity he went to Missouri, the date of his removal being 1845, and he continued a resident of St. Louis county until his death, which occurred on the 25th of November, 1861, resulting from the kick of one of his horses.  He followed the occupation of farming throughout his business career.  He married Miss Fanny Patterson, a native of St. Louis county and they became the parents of seven children.


  1. "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.
  2. Henshaw history and genealogy manuscript, original by Holmes Hart Henshaw, 1930; updated in 1995 by Donald Craig Henshaw and others.
  3. "The Piggott Family", by Helynn M. Carrier, Feb 14 1988.
  4. Family lineage notes from Donna Henshaw Mason
  5. Contribution from Donna Henshaw Mason citing: information from Winona Burris.
  6. Biographical sketch of Thomas Henshaw.
  7. 1850 census, 82nd District, St. Louis, St. Louis County, Missouri; roll M432-414, page 494.
  8. 1860 census, Florissant P.O., St. Ferdinand Township, St. Louis County, Missouri; roll M653-656, page 43, line #35, dwelling #246, family #242.
  9. 1870 census, Greene County, Illinois; roll 224, page 252B, line #8, dwelling #23, family #23.
  10. 1880 census, Greene County, Illinois; roll T9-0209, ED 87, page 204D, line #34, dwelling #683, family #714.
  11. 1900 census, Wilmington, Patterson P.O., Patterson Township, Greene County, Illinois; roll T623-303, ED 23, page 2B, line #83, dwelling #43, family #44.
  12. Obituary of Cynthia Frances (Patterson) Henshaw.
  13. GEDCOM archives at
  14. The Church Of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints (LDS) International Genealogical Index (IGI) - Missouri.
  15. "Missouri Cemetery Records", Vol. I; Heart of America Genealogical Society & Library, Inc., 1981; GS929.5 M67 in a local library.
  18. Burials in Pine Tree Cemetery, Greene County, Illinois; USGenWeb Archives
  19. The Church Of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints (LDS) computerized Ancestral File.
  20. 1860 census, Florissant P.O., St. Ferdinand Township, St. Louis County, Missouri; roll M653-656, page 46, line #1, dwelling #260, family #256.
  21. Contribution from Marilyn Patterson Devaney ().

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