Benjamin Henshaw

 1. William Henshall  m Margerie Gyll 
 2.. Thomas Henshall (?-c1631) m - Kendrick 
 3... William Henshawe (c1608-1644) m Katherine Houghton (1615-1651)
 4.... Joshua Henshawe (1643-1717) m Elizabeth Sumner (?-1728)
 5..... Joshua Henshaw (1672-1747) m Mary Hay Webster (1672-1747)
 6...... Daniel Henshaw (1701-1781) m Elizabeth Allen Bass (1703-1774)
 7....... Benjamin Henshaw (1730-1793) m Elizabeth Lord (?-1761)
 8........ Benjamin Henshaw (1754-1828)
           +Elsa Wheeler 
 9.........  Elizabeth Lord Henshaw (1792-?) 1,2,3
 9.........  Andrew Wheeler Henshaw (1794-c1835) 1,2,3
 9.........  Benjamin Hayward Henshaw (1795-?) 1,2,3
 9.........  Asher Miller Henshaw (1796-?) 1,2,3
 9.........  William Freeman Henshaw (1797-1853) 3
Benjamin Henshaw     [ID 01719] Click here to switch to Ancestror Tree view: Tree View

Born Mar 27 1754, Middletown Township, Middlesex County, Connecticut.1,3,4  

Benjamin served as a lieutenant on the Connecticut Line during the Revolutionary War.5  He was Ensign of Ward's Connecticut State Regiment, May 14 1776; 2nd Lieutenant 5th Connecticut, Jan 1 1777; resigned Jan 7 1778.6  On Sep 7 1818 he was granted a miltary pension of $240 per year.5  

A Benjamin Henshaw is shown in the 1790 census, Litchfield, Litchfield County, Connecticut:7

Benjamin Henshaw
Free white males of 16 years and upward, including heads of families: 5
Free white males under 16 years: 1
Free white females, including heads of families: 2
It is not known with certainty that the above census data refers to this Benjamin Henshaw.  

He married Elsa Wheeler, Aug 18 1791, New Haven Second Church, New Hartford, Litchfield County, Connecticut.1,2,3,8  

Note that Benjamin would have been 37 years old at the time of this marriage, an unusually late age to have been a first marriage.  Note also that the 1790 census data shows several children.  So it appears that Benjamin's marriage to Elsa Wheeler was very probably a second marriage.  

Benjamin Henshaw died May 18 18289 [May 17 18283,5,6]; age 729.  


  1. The Church Of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints (LDS) International Genealogical Index (IGI) - Connecticut.
  2. Contribution from Tom Henshaw.
  3. Henshaw genealogical chart, author unknown; Contributed by Donald Craig Henshaw.
  4. Extracts from the family bible of Daniel Henshaw, reprinted in "Genealogies of Pennsylvania Families", Vol. III; The Pennsylvania Genealogical Magazine; Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., Baltimore, 1982;
  5. United States Senate. "Report from the Secretary of War, in Obedience to
    Resolutions of the Senate of the 5th and 30th of June, 1834, and the 3d of March, 1835,
    In Relation to the Pension Establishment of the United States".
    [Connecticut Section], WASHINGTON, D.C.: Duff Green, 1835.
  6. Heitman, Francis B. "Historical Register of Officers of the Continental Army During the War of the Revolution".
    Rev. ed. Washington, D.C.: The Rare Book Shop Pub. Co., 1914; page 286.
  7. 1790 census, Litchfield, Litchfield County, Connecticut; pg 69.
  8. "Connecticut Marriages to 1800" (
  9. Burials in McDonough Cemetery; "Ray's Place" New England history:

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