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)
          +Elizabeth Lord (?-1761)
 8........  Benjamin Henshaw (1754-1828) 1,2,3,4,5
 8........  Elizabeth Henshaw (1755-1847) 1,2,3,4,5
          +Mrs. Huldah (Stillman) Sumner 
 8........  Daniel Henshaw (1762-1825) 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8
 8........  Joseph Henshaw (1763-1787) 1,2,3,4
 8........  Joshua Henshaw (1765-1840) 1,2,3,4,7,9
 8........  Sarah Henshaw (1767-1768) 4
 8........  Sarah Henshaw (1768-?) 1,2,3,4,7
 8........  John Henshaw (1770-1787) 1,2,3,4
Benjamin Henshaw     [ID 00258] Click here to switch to Ancestror Tree view: Tree View

Born Jan 12 1730, Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts.5,9,10,11,12,13,14,15,16  

Benjamin lived in Middletown, Connecticut.9,13,17  

He married Elizabeth Lord, May 31 1753, Middletown, Middlesex County, Connecticut.1,2,3,9,10  Married by Rev. V. Russell.5,16  

Elizabeth died Jan 8 1761.5,16  

He then married Mrs. Huldah (Stillman) Sumner6,9,10,17 [Huldah Stillman2,3,4], Jul 2 17616,9,10,17, New Haven Second Church, Wethersfield, Connecticut6,9,10,17.  Married by Rev. Mr. Lockwood.5  

Benjamin is listed in the "Patriot Index" of the Daughters of the American Revolution, where it claims he was a lieutenant in the Connecticut continental army during the Revolutionary War.10  However there is other evidence that indicates this is in error, and it was more likely it was his son Benjamin who served in the war.  

In 1787 Benjamin and Huldah lost two sons, Joseph and John, who were washed from the deck of their ship during a gale in the West Indies.  Benjamin reportedly said that he saw Joseph and John through an apparition in his garden in Middletown, Connecticut, at about the same time they died.4  

Benjamin hired (indentured) several young apprentices:18

Fisher, Christophor - aged about 15 years the 13th of last September, was born in Portsmouth, England.  He now resides in New London and binds himself to Benjamin Henshaw of Middletown until age 21 to learn the trade of seaman with the mariner art or the art of navigation.  Indenture Date: 29 Jul. 1771
Griffin, Joseph, of New London, aged about 15 February last, states he was born in Galloway, Ireland and having no one to care for him, binds himself to Benjamin Henshaw of Middletown until age 21 to learn the trade of seaman with the mariner art or art of navigation.  Indenture Date: 29 Jul. 1771
White, John (alias John Patrick), ran away from Benjamin Henshaw of Middletown.  John is age 26, 5' 10" tall, has brown hair and light complection.  He also stutters.  Reward 20 shillings.  Newspaper Dated: 13 Nov. 1769

See also: William Henshaw #4648 (William Henshaw #4483), and James Henshaw #8882 who might have been raised by Benjamin and/or might have been additional apprentices.19  

Benjamin Henshaw died Aug 2 1793, Middletown, Middlesec County, Connecticut; age 62.5,9,10,13,15,20,21  

Benjamin's will mentions his children, as follows:22

... For love and affection I bear to my Children: Benjamin Henshaw, Jr., Daniel, Joshua, and John Meigs for my daughter Elizabeth and Lemuel Hayward for my daughter Sarah ...


  1. The Church Of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints (LDS) International Genealogical Index (IGI) - Connecticut.
  2. Contribution from Tom Henshaw.
  3. Contribution from David G. White ().
  4. Henshaw genealogical chart, author unknown; Contributed by Donald Craig Henshaw.
  5. 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;
  6. "Ancestors of Daniel Henshaw", in the LDS Family History Library, microfilm number 0022327, item 8.
  7. "Our Family: A Little Account of it for my Descendents", by Sarah Edwards Henshaw, Oakland, California, 1894, contributed by Donald Craig Henshaw. USIGS scan:
  8. Lineage Books of the Charter Members of the National Society of the
    Daughters of the American Revolution (
  9. The "American Registry", Vol. X, pg 181, 973 US015 Vol. X in the LDS Family History Library.
  10. The "Patriot Index" of the Daughters of the American Revolution.
  11. John Banes database:
  12. Contribution from David G. White () citing:
    "Ancestry of the Henshaws", by Olive White Murray, Sept. 1, 1928.
  13. "History of the Henshaw Family", a handwritten manuscript identified as a copy of a letter written August 16, 1829 by Daniel Henshaw of Boston (probably #4588 to Joshua Henshaw Hayward of Boston (probably a son or grandson of Sarah Henshaw Hayward); part of the manuscript collection titled "Henshaw family Papers, 1757-1892" archived at the American Antiquarian Society, Manuscripts Department, 185 Salisbury Street, Worcester, MA 01609-1634.
  14. "Boston Births from A.D. 1700 to A.D. 1800", Boston Registry Dept.,
    Rockwell & Churchill, 1894, Boston, MA (
  15. Manuscripts relating to William Henshaw, archived at the American Antiquarian Society, Worcester, MA, including a handwritten family lineage.
  16. Family bible of Daniel Henshaw; "The Mayflower Descendant", Vol. 41, No. 2, July 1991.
  17. "Connecticut Marriages to 1800" (
  18. "Apprentices of Connecticut 1637-1900", Kathy A. Ritter,
    Salt Lake City, UT, 1986 (
  19. Speculation.
  20. Contribution from David G. White () citing:
    "Ancestry of the Henshaws", by Olive White Murry, Sept. 1, 1928.
  21. Burials in McDonough Cemetery; "Ray's Place" New England history:
  22. Contribution from Tom Henshaw citing: Will of Benjamin Henshaw of New Hartford, Connecticut,
    obtained from the Middletown, Connecticut Historical Society by Sibyl Henshaw.

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