John Henshaw

 1. John Henshaw (1863-?)
    +Mattie Brown (1863-?)
 2..  Tempy Handshaw (c1879-?) 1
 2..  Jenette Henshaw (1886-?) 2
 2..  Ernest Henshaw (1889-1977) 2
 2..  Mamie Henshaw (1893-) 2
 2..  Maggie Henshaw (1894-) 2
 2..  Mattie Henshaw (1896-1929) 2,3
 2..  Amanda Henshaw (1899-) 2
John Henshaw     [ID 02389] Click here to switch to Ancestror Tree view: Tree View

John Henshaw2,4 [John Handshaw1].

Born Nov - 18632 [about 18574, about 18591], Alabama2.  

He married Mattie Brown4,5 [Martha Owens3], Dec 30 18784,5, Saint Francis County, Arkansas4,5.  Mattie was born Nov - 18632 [about 18594, about 18621], Tennessee2.  

John and family were shown in the 1880 census (Jun 19-21 1880), Johnson Township, St. Francis County, Arkansas:1

Handshaw, John, black, age 21, born in Alabama; [parents' birthplaces blank]; farmer.
Handshaw, Martha, wife, black, age 18, born in Tennessee; [father's birthplace blank]; mother born in Tennessee; keeping house; cannot read or write.
Handshaw, Tempy, daughter, black, age 1, born in Arkansas; father born in Alabama; mother born in Tennessee.

John and family were shown in the 1900 census (Jun 12 1900), Franks Township, St. Francis County, Arkansas:2

Henshaw, John, head-of-household, black, age 36, born Nov 1863 in Alabama; parents born in Alabama; married 22 years; occupation: farmer; rented farm.
Henshaw, Matha, wife, black, age 36, born Nov 1863 in Tennessee; parents born in Tennessee; married 22 years; 11 children, 7 living; cannot read or write.
Henshaw, Jenette [unclear], daughter, black, age 14, born Apr 1886 in Arkansas; father born in Alabama; mother born in Tennessee; occupation: farm laborer; cannot write.
Henshaw, Ernest [unclear], son, black, age 9, born July 1890 in Arkansas; father born in Alabama; mother born in Tennessee; occupation: farm laborer; cannot read or write.
Henshaw, Mammie [unclear], daughter, black, age 7, born Jan 1893 in Arkansas; father born in Alabama; mother born in Tennessee; cannot read or write.
Henshaw, Maggie, daughter, black, age 6, born May 1894 in Arkansas; father born in Alabama; mother born in Tennessee; cannot read or write.
Henshaw, Mattie, daughter, black, age 4, born Jan 1896 in Arkansas; father born in Alabama; mother born in Tennessee; cannot read or write.
Henshaw, Manda [unclear], daughter, black, age 1, born Feb 1899 in Arkansas; father born in Alabama; mother born in Tennessee; cannot read or write.
Jaew, John, nephew, black, age 11, born May 1889 in Arkansas; parents born in Arkansas; occupation: farm laborer; cannot read or write.

John was born at a time when he would have been born as a slave.  It is unknown where/how he or his family started using the Henshaw/Handshaw name, but slaves sometimes began using the surname of their previous owner (but not always - we don't know if that was true in this case).  In the 1860 federal census slave schedule, only the following Henshaws/Hanshaws were shown as slave owners in Alabama:

Ferrie Henshaw #2381, Talladega County, Alabama.
Edmund Henshaw/Hanshaw #2411, Baldwin County, Alabama.
Thomas Hanshaw/Handshaw #2390, Covington County, Alabama.
Andrew Isbell Henshaw #4605, Monroe County, Alabama.
Of those, only two showed a male slave in the 1-3 year old range:
Ferrie Henshaw #2381, black male age 3.
Andrew Isbell Henshaw #4605, mullato male age 1.
But it is possible that John might have been born after the 1860 census; the 1900 census showed his birth in 1863,2 although other records indicate a pre-1860 birth.1,4  

This person's ancestry is unknown!
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Sources

  1. 1880 census, Johnson Township, St. Francis County, Arkansas; roll T9-56, ED 264, page 216A, line #25, dwelling #110, family #116.
  2. 1900 census, Franks Township, St. Francis County, Arkansas; roll T623-75, ED 91, page 16B, line #74, dwelling #335, family #374.
  3. Death record for Mattie Henshaw.
  4. Arkansas, County Marriages Index, 1837-1957; http://www.ancestry.com.
  5. The Church Of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints (LDS) International Genealogical Index (IGI) - Arkansas.


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