Elias Cooley Henshaw

 1. (unknown) Henshaw  m Mary - 
 2.. Elias Cooley Henshaw 
     +Sarah Ann Dossett (1833-1911)
 3...  Mary Jane Henshaw (1854-1912) 1,2,3
 3...  James Cooley Henshaw (1855-1917) 1,2,4,5,6
Elias Cooley Henshaw     [ID 02472] Click here to switch to Ancestror Tree view: Tree View

Elias Cooley Henshaw7,8,9 [Elias C. Hinsham10, James Henshaw6].

Born Ohio [Virginia12, Illinois6].  

It is not known what was the origin of Elias' middle name "Cooley", but it is interesting to note that the Knox County, Illinois County Clerk in the 1850s was a "Zelotes Cooley".9  

There seems to be no trace of Elias in Knox County, Illinois in the 1850 census.  The closest possibility is an Ellis or Elias Hand (possibly a faded Handshaw), age 19, laborer, born in Indiana, living in the Pennington household.13  It is also possible that perhaps Elias was somehow missed in the enumeration of the 1850 census, or he was not living in Knox County at that time.  

He married Sarah Ann Dossett7,8,10,14 [Sarah Ann Dassett, Sarah Ann Dopett7,10, Sarah Ann Dorset15], Mar 3 18537,8,10,14, Knox County, Illinois7,8,10,14.  Sarah, daughter of James Dossett & Tonzy (Tonsy/Thomy/Thompsy) Williams1,5,8,15,16,17, was born Nov 2 18331,5,8,15,16,17 [about 18372, about 18354], Malden, Kanawha County, West Virginia1,5,8,15,16,17 [Pennsylvania6].  

Elias apparently died sometime before 1860,18 or perhaps he and Sarah had separated by then,18 as he was not shown in the 1860 census.  

Sarah, apparently widowed, was shown in the 1860 census (Jun 11 1860), Knox County, Illinois, living in the household of her parents:2

James Dossett, age 89, born in Virginia; farmer; $800 real estate; $200 personal property.
Tomsy Dossett, age 88, born in Virginia.
Sarah Ann Henshaw, age 26, born in Virginia.
Mary J Henshaw, age 6, born in Illinois; attended school.
James C Henshaw, age 5 [unclear], born in Illinois.
Elizabeth M Henshaw, age 16, born in Illinois; attended school.
It is unknown who was the Elizabeth M Henshaw shown in the 1860 census.  It appears she was not a child of this marriage, so was most likely Elias' sister.18  

Note that the 1860 census of Knox County, Illinois does show Colin Henshaw #2315 (also born in Ohio), who might have been Elias Cooley Henshaw, somehow separated from Sarah Ann.18  

Sarah remarried to John J. Lawler, Dec 5 1861, Knox County, Illinois.8,16,19,20  Although the marriage record shows Sarah Ann Hanshaw [sic] married John J. Lolly,19,20 he in fact was John J. Lawler.5,8,16  

Sarah and family were shown in the 1870 census (Jun 21 1870), Persifer Township, Knox County, Illinois:4

Lawler, John, age 32, born in Pennsylvania; works on farm; $200 personal property.
Lawler, Sarah A., age 35, born in Virginia; keeps house.
Lawler, Isaac W., age 8, born in Illinois; attended school.
Lawler, Margarett, age 6, born in Illinois.
Lawler, Martha A., age 1, born in Illinois.
Lawler, John J., age 4 months, born in Illinois.
Henshaw, James, age 15, born in Illinois.
Also living in Knox County, Illinois in 1870 was newlywed daughter Mary Jane.21  

Sarah died May 22 1911, buried Lexington Cemetery, Bedford, Taylor County, Iowa.17  

Sarah's obituary was published in "The Bedford Times Republican", Bedford, Iowa, on June 1, 1911 ("Sarah A. Dossett Obituary", page 4).5  

Elias' mother's name was apparently Mary (Henshaw).  A paper accompanying Elias' marriage certificate (addressed to county clerk Zelotes Cooley) reads:

March The 2nd 1853

Mr. Cooley this is to certify that I, being the parent and only gardien of my son Elias Cooley Henshaw, do give my consent and I have know objections in the least to him marying Saly Ann Dosset.  Yours with respect

Mary Henshaw

Also accompanying the marriage certificate is the following statement in the county clerk's handwriting (with the exception of the signature):
I, Geo. Dawson do solemnly swear that Mary Henshaw whose signature apppears to the foregoing is the Mother of Elias C. Henshaw & that Sarah A Dossett is 18 years of age so help me God.  

(subscribed & sworn to before me this 2nd day of March, 1853, Zelotes Cooley clerk)

George Dawson

See also: David C. Henshaw #2315 who was in Knox County, Illinois in 1850 (possibly brothers).  

See also: Daniel Henshaw #4725 who also lived in Knox County, Illinois and might have been a close relative.  

See also: Barton/Colin Henshaw #3533


  1. Contribution from Karla J. Maki ().
  2. 1860 census, Knoxville, Persifer Township, Knox County, Illinois; page 598, line #4, dwelling #209, family #203.
  3. Contribution from Sharon Hinshaw-Payne citing: family group sheet
    compiled by Mary Ann Ashley, citing death certificate.
  4. 1870 census, Knoxville P.O., Persifer Township, Knox County, Illinois; roll M593-241, page 384, line #15, dwelling #107, family #97.
  5. Contribution from Stuart Roll ().
  6. James Cooley Henshaw death record.
  7. The Church Of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints (LDS) International Genealogical Index (IGI) - Illinois.
  8. Scott Walz database: http://www2.southwind.net/~walz.
  9. Contribution from Stuart Roll () citing: marriage certificate.
  10. Illinois Statewide Marriage Index, 1763-1900 (book 2, page 28):
  11. Contribution from Sharon Hinshaw-Payne citing: family group sheet
    compiled by Mary Ann Ashley, citing census data.
  12. Contribution from Karla J. Maki () citing:
    1880 census, Taylor County, Iowa (census data on daughter Mary).
  13. 1850 census, Township 9, Knox County, Illinois; roll 113, pg 454, dwelling #2020.
  14. LDS FamilySearch; "Illinois, County Marriages, 1810-1934":
  15. 1850 census, Township 11, Knox County, Illinois; roll 113, pg 363, dwelling #658.
  16. Knox County, IL GenBBS query: http://cgi.rootsweb.com/~genbbs/genbbs.cgi/USA/Il/Knox?read=24.
  17. http://www.findagrave.com.
  18. Speculative.
  19. Contribution from Donna (Francis) Thurman () citing:
    Knox County, Illinois, Marriages, Book 1, Vol. 6, No. 2.
  20. Illinois Statewide Marriage Index, 1763-1900 (book OOB, page 74):
  21. 1870 census, Knoxville P.O., Persifer Township, Knox County, Illinois; roll M593-241, page 379, line #28, dwelling #17, family #17.

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