Joshua 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)
        +Mary Hay Webster (1672-1747)
 6......  Daniel Henshaw (1701-1781) 1,2,3,4,5,6,7
 6......  Joshua Henshaw (1703-1777) 1,3,5,6,7
 6......  John Henshaw (1705-1757) 5,6,8,9
 6......  James Henshaw (1706-1757) 5,9
 6......  William Henshaw (1708-1783) 5,6,8,9
 6......  Samuel Henshaw (1711-1777) 1,5,6,8,9
 6......  Thomas Henshaw (1715-1751) 5,6,8,9
Joshua Henshaw     [ID 00207] Click here to switch to Ancestror Tree view: Tree View

Born 1672, Dorchester, Suffolk County, Massachusetts.4,6,10,11,12  

He married Mary Hay Webster, Dec 27 1700, Suffolk County, Massachusetts.1,2,3,4,5,6,7,13  Mary, daughter of James Webster & Mary Hay, was born Dec 9 1672, Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts.1,5  

Joshua was a merchant and a distiller.1  

Joshua built a house in Boston that stood on the north corner of what is now (or was in 1868) called "Hayward Place" and Washington (then Newbury) street.  His second son Joshua was born in this house.1  

In 1743 he built a tomb next to that of Joseph Bass (father-in-law of Daniel) in the Granary Burying Ground and designated it by the Henshaw Coat of Arms.1  

Joshua Henshaw died Apr 27 1747, Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts.1,4,5  

Mary died Dec 15 1747, Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts.1,4,5  

An extensive biography of Joshua appeared in the New England Historical and Genealogical Society "Register", Vol XXll, April 1868, some of which is excerpted below:5

Johua Henshaw [...] was born in Dorchester in 1672 and married Mary Webster, of Boston in 1700.  He settled in the latter town, and engaged in merchant business.  He was also a distiller, and largely interested in the fishries at Canso.  He became a wealthy merchant.  His wife is said to have been a superior woman.  

At the first allotment of pews in the New South Church, Dec. 1716, pew No. 27, valued at £38, was assigned to Joshua Henshaw and pew No. 23, to Joseph Bass.  Mar. 10, 1716, Mr Henshaw was one of a committee of four to state methods of procedure in the choice of the first minister of said parish.  Aug. 20, 1720, he was of the Standing Committee.  

In 1743, he built a tomb next to the one of Mr. Bass, in the Granary Burying Ground, and designated with the Henshaw Coat of Arms.  He died April 27, 1747.  His widowed died Dec. 15, 1747.  

By his will dated April 1, 1743, he gives to his wife Mary "all my negroes, plate, money, household goods and moveables, and other personal estate of every kind, to her sole use and behoof forever, also the sole income and improvement of all my real estate, both in possesion and reversion, during the term of her natural life, and at her decease all my said real estate shall be equally diveded among my surviving children and their heirs, after each of them shall have been allowed whar either of them are indebted to me, per account or otherwise.  My son Samuel shall have the still house and land under the same, with a passage from the backside of his house to the still house as it is now improved by him; he allowing for said still house what men chosen to value it shall think it worth.  Further, if any of my children be dissatisfied with this my will, so as to molest and disturb my said wife in her quiet and peaceable possession and improvement of my estate as aforesaid, I do then authorize and empower my said wife to cut off said child, that so molest her, with the sum of five pounds in full of his proportion of my said estate.  Wife Mary sole executrix."


  1. The "New England Historical and Genealogical Register", vol 22, 1868, The New England Historical and Genealogical Society. This issue includes a complete copy of the recorded pedigree of Joshua Henshaw.
  2. The "American Registry", Vol. X, pg 181, 973 US015 Vol. X in the LDS Family History Library.
  3. An article appearing in the magazine "Hobbies", February 1967, titled "At the Sign of the Crest - Henshaw Coat-of-Arms", by Hazel Karft Eilers copy supplied by Fontella Hinshaw.
  4. "New England Library of Genealogy and Personal History", New England Historical Publishing Company, Boston, 1902. Contributed by David Henshaw.
  5. Contribution from Tom Henshaw.
  6. Manuscripts relating to William Henshaw, archived at the American Antiquarian Society, Worcester, MA, including a handwritten family lineage.
  7. "Genealogical Dictionary of First Settlers of New England", volume 2
    James Savage, Genealogical Publishing Company, 1965.
  8. Contribution from Kristen Wagner-Henshaw.
  9. "Boston Births, 1700-1800";
  10. "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.
  11. "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 ().
  12. "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 ().
  13. Halbert's "The New World Book of Henshaws" (for what it's worth).

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