James Lawrence Henshaw

 1. Nicholas Hancher (1705-1777) m Rebecca Smith (c1707-?)
 2.. William Henshaw (1736-1799) m Agnes Ann Anderson (c1745-<1806)
 3... Levi Henshaw (1769-1843) m Ann McConnell (1778-1839)
 4.... James Lawrence Henshaw (1808-1888)
       +Susan Heiskell 
       +Louisa Clay Beall (1818-1862)
 5.....  Virginia L. Henshaw (1840-1915) 1,2,3,4,5
 5.....  Lisa Henshaw  6
 5.....  Louisa Henshaw  6
 5.....  George Washington Henshaw (1840-1924) 3,4,6
 5.....  John Marshall Henshaw (1840-?) 2,3,4,6
 5.....  Albert Lawrence Henshaw (1843-1931) 2,3,4,6
 5.....  Warren Henshaw (c1845-?) 2,3,4,6
James Lawrence Henshaw     [ID 03717] Click here to switch to Ancestror Tree view: Tree View

Born Apr 27 1808, Virginia.3,4,6,7,8,9  James and brother Washington were twins.7,9  

He married Susan Heiskell, Mar 19 1833.6,7,8,9  James and Susan had no children.6  

On Apr 5 1836, "James L. Henshaw of Berkley [sic] County, Virginia" purchased three 80-acre parcels of land in Noble County, Indiana.10  Brother Washington had previously purchased land in Noble County in 1834.  

On Mar 15 1837, "James Lawrence Henshaw of Noble County, Indiana" purchased an additional 40 acres in Noble County.10  (Note that he had apparently moved to Noble County, Indiana sometime between Apr 1836 and Mar 1837).  

James, along with brothers Washington, Charles and William, then settled in Clay County, Missouri.2  

The following article was published in the "South Branch Intelligencer" on December 8, 1838:11

In Chancery, James R. HEISKELL in his own right and as administrator of Margaret HEISKELL, Daniel HEISKELL and Susan HEISKELL plaintiffs against Christopher HEISKELL executor of Adam HEISKELL dec'd, Susan McRAE, John HEISKELL, James L. HENSHAW and Felix HEISKELL children of Samuel HEISKELL dec'd and James VANCE and Catherine, his wife defendants.

He then married Louisa Clay Beall1,2,6,12,13 [Louise Beall7,9], Jan 8 18401,2,6,12,13, Clark County, Missouri1,2,6,12,13.  Louisa, daughter of Thomas Beall & Elizabeth Dunn3,13,14, was born 18183,13,14 [about 18134], Virginia3,13,14.  Note that James' brother Charles married Louisa's sister Ann Beall in 1840.7  

Louisa was from the Beall family of Frederick, Maryland.  Her grandfather, Col. Asa Brooke Beall, was a banker and was one of Andrew Jackson's best friends.  Louisa remembered Andrew Jackson well.6  

J.L. Henshaw and family were shown in the 1840 census, Jackson Township, Clark County, Missouri:15

J.L. Henshaw household:
1 male under age 5 [probably son John].
1 male age 20-30 [perhaps brother Washington or brother John].
1 male age 30-40 [James].
1 female under age 5 [probably daughter Virginia].
1 female age 20-30 [Louisa].
2 female slaves under age 10.
7 total persons in household.
2 persons engaged in agriculture.
Living nearby in 1840 was the family of Louisa's father, Thomas Beall.15  Also shown in the 1840 census living nearby were brothers Charles16 and William (Desmones Township, page 332).17  

Shortly after Grundy County, Missouri was created from Livingston County in 1841, the following deed of trust was recorded in Grundy County on Oct 19 1842:18

Deed of Trust: James L. Henshaw of Grundy Co to Ebenezer H. Wood of the same..  $1.00 paid in hand doth grant, assign & transfer all the within described property (to wit): Note and book accounts - a schedule of which notes - that the said Ebenezer H. Wood shall as soon as convenient collect and recover all the demands & claims mentioned in the schedule due James L. Henshaw and after allowing all just endorsements & set off if any on the above mentioned notes & accts - the remainder to be paid out as follows:
To pay $19.75 at Lexington for which SAMUEL MERILL contracted for Iron;
To pay JAMES R. MERRILL for one sack of Coffee got at Lexington;
To pay GEORGE W. MOBERLY for bacon
To pay WILLIAM M. DANIEL $204.00
To pay JOSEPH WHORTON $327.00 after deducting one note of $70.00 and another one of $15.00, one note of $958.31.  
Schedule is to be applyed in part payment of a debt of $1180.75 in favour of WILLIAM MOORE for groceries to satisfy and pay F.W. SOUTHARD $35.37 furnished from New Orleans to satisfy and pay W.N. DEHAVEN $350.  The remainder if any is to satisfy and pay MIDDLETON MILLER - it is also further agreed and understood that the contract between JAMES L. HENSHAW and J.B. EWELL is recorded and all the notes from the sale by said EWELL is to be given over to EBENEZER H. WOOD for the use and benefit of said Ebenezer H. Wood in trust for the following persons of Baltimore:
to pay D. Reeler & Co $625;
to pay LILBY & FLOCK $100 of Baltimore;
to pay POINDEXTER $100 of Baltimore and the surplus if any remaining after fulfilling all the trusts aforesaid pay over to said James L. Henshaw.
/s/ J. L. Henshaw.  Test: J.B. Ewell, George W. Moberly, Justice of Peace for Grundy Co.

James and family were shown in the 1850 census (Oct 7 1850), 19th District, Clark County, Missouri:3

James L. Henshaw, age 41, born in Virginia; farmer; $1000 real estate.
Louisa A. Henshaw, age 32, born in Virginia.
John M. Henshaw, age 10, born in Missouri; attended school.
Virginia Henshaw, age 10, born in Missouri; attended school.
George W. Henshaw, age 9, born in Missouri; attended school.
Albert Henshaw, age 8, born in Missouri; attended school.
Warren Henshaw, age 5, born in Missouri.
Also shown in the 1850 census living nearby was the family of brother William.19  

James and twin brother Washington crossed the plains to California in 1850 (brother Charles had preceeded them).  In 1852 James returned to get his family and they then returned to California where they settled in Butte County.2,7,9  

James was also shown in the 1850 census, Butte County, California, living next door to his brother Washington.20  

Jas L. Henshaw, age 43, born in Virginia; farmer.
E. D. [surname unclear - perhaps Beall], age 24, born in Virginia; farmer.
In the same 1850 census, a James L. Henshaw was shown in Newtown, Yuba County, California:21
James L. Henshaw, age 42, born in Virginia; miner.
Brother Washington was also shown in Yuba County in 1850, so it appears that they were enumerated twice (in California, in addition to being enumerated in Missouri), once in Butte County and again in Yuba County.  

The first schoolhouse in Butte County, California was built in 1855 by J.L. Henshaw and R.B. Moore.  The schoolhouse stood on Mr. Henshaw's place, some distance below the town of Hamilton.  The first teacher was a Mr. Spurlock, who taught in 1855-56.  In 1861 the schoolhouse was moved to a different location.22  

James and family were shown in the 1860 census (Jun 8 1860), Hamilton Township, Butte County, California:4

Jas L. Henshaw, age 52, born in Virginia; farmer; $40,000 real estate; $5,000 personal property.
L. E. Henshaw, age 47, born in Virginia.
Marshall Henshaw, age 20, born in Missouri; twin; attended school.
Virginia Henshaw, age 20, born in Missouri; twin; attended school.
Washington Henshaw, age 18, born in Missouri; attended school.
Albt Henshaw, age 17, born in Missouri; attended school.
Warren Henshaw, age 14, born in Missouri; attended school.
E. Asner, age 25, born in New Jersey; farm laborer.
J. Vrooman, age 27, born in Ohio; farm laborer.

Louisa died Nov 21 1862, Hamilton, Butte County, California; age 42.23  

Louisa's death was noted in the "Sacramento Daily Union" (Sacramento, California) on Monday, December 1, 1862:23

In Hamilton, Butte county, Nov. 21st, Mrs. Louisa E. HENSHAW, aged 42 years.

James Lawrence Henshaw died 1888, Butte County, California.2,8  

See also: Philip T. Henshaw


  1. Lineage Books of the Charter Members of the National Society of the
    Daughters of the American Revolution (www.ancestry.com).
  2. "Henshaw Family Chronicles", a family history and collection of memorabilia by Caroline May Henshaw, 1995. Contributed by Kristen R. Wagner-Henshaw ().
  3. 1850 census, 19th District, Clark County, Missouri; pg 290/577, dwelling #680:
  4. 1860 census, Hamilton P.O., Hamilton Township, Butte County, California; roll M653-56, page 516, line #32, dwelling #34, family #32.
  5. Lineage Books of the Charter Members of the National Society of the
    Daughters of the American Revolution.
  6. Henshaw history and genealogy manuscript, original by Holmes Hart Henshaw, 1930; updated in 1995 by Donald Craig Henshaw and others.
  7. "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 ().
  8. GEDCOM archives at http://www.kindredkonnections.com.
  9. "History of Henshaws in Scotland, in England and in America to the Present Time", Edith Henshaw Kuntz, 1956; contributed by Don Henshaw.
  10. U.S. Bureau of Land Management - http://www.glorecords.blm.gov.
  11. Posting Aug 24 2005 by Martha Richards () to WVHARDY-L, citing:
    "Abstracts from the South Branch Intelligencer June 1837 - Dec 1839",
    compiled by Vicki Bidinger Horton (abstracts were taken from microfilm copies at the Hampshire County Library).
  12. "Missouri Marriages to 1850" (www.ancestry.com).
  13. Beall, Fiedler M. M., "Colonial Families of the United States descended
    from the Immigrants", Chas. H. Potter & Co., Inc. Washington D.C. 1929.
  14. Contribution from Candee Hoff () citing: will of Thomas Beall.
  15. 1840 census, Jackson Township, Clark County, Missouri; roll M704-221, page 340.
  16. 1840 census, Jackson Township, Clark County, Missouri; roll M704-221, page 341.
  17. 1840 census, Des Moines Township, Clark County, Missouri; roll M704-221, page 332.
  18. Posting Apr 5 2003 by June Bork () to the Grundy County, Missouri message board:
  19. 1850 census, 19th District, Clark County, Missouri; pg 292/581, dwelling #709:
  20. 1850 census, Butte County, California; roll 33, page 39, dwelling #3.
  21. 1850 census, Yuba County, California; roll 36, page 306, dwelling #896.
  22. "History Of Butte County"; USGenWeb Archives:
  23. Death notice of Louisa E. Henshaw; "Sacramento Daily Union", Dec 1 1862;
    posted Nov 2 2007 by "Betty" () to NORCAL-L.

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