George Holt 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) m Mrs. Huldah (Stillman) Sumner 
 8........ Joshua Henshaw (1765-1840) m Esther Burnham (1768-1853)
 9......... John Leavitt Henshaw (1792-1832) m Ann Maria Corey (1795-?)
10.......... George Holt Henshaw (1833-1890)
             +Cornelia Middagh Birdsall (c1836-1918)
11...........  George Herbert Henshaw (1862-1937) 1,2
11...........  Sarah Middagh Henshaw (c1864-1937) 2,3,4
11...........  Frederick Valdemar Henshaw (1867-1941) 2,3,5
11...........  Esther Holt Henshaw (1873-1953) 2,6
11...........  Walter Percival Henshaw (1876-1947) 2,3,6
11...........  Cornelia Gracie Henshaw (1877-1973) 2,3,6
George Holt Henshaw     [ID 00427] Click here to switch to Ancestror Tree view: Tree View

Born 18331 [about 18313], Montreal, Canada1.  

George was described by his sister-in-law Sarah Edwards Henshaw as "undoubtedly one of the most intellectual of the family".2  

He married Cornelia Middagh Birdsall1,2 [Gracie Birdsall2, Cornelia "Gracie" Birdsell7,8], 18581,2.  Cornelia, daughter of Henry Birdsall & Ann Pettit1,3,9,10, was born about 18361,3,9,10 [Jan - 18426], Brooklyn, Kings County, New York1,3,9,10.  Corenlia's father, Henry Birdsall, was from Brooklyn, son of Benjamin & Amy (Davis) Birdsall of Brooklyn, son of Jas. & Mary (Seaman) Birdsall of Long Island.1  

George's marriage to Cornelia was reported in the "New York Herald" (New York, New York) on October 2 1858.8  

On Aug 27 1861 Cornelia M. Henshaw applied for a U.S. passport in Brooklyn, New York.  She declared she was born in "The City of Brooklyn" and was a citizen of the United States.  She was recorded as age 26, 4' 10 1/2" tall, high forehead, hazel eyes, black hair, straight nose, small mouth, round chin, oval face, fair complexion.  The passport was requested for Cornelia "to be accompanied by her child a boy about 1 year & 10 month old".10  On Sep 2 1861 Cornelia's representative in New York wrote a letter to William Seward, Secretary of the Treasury, inquiring about the status of her passport application.  The letter states "Mrs. Henshaw wishes to sail for Europe next week, where she is to join her husband".10  

On Jun 4 1867 Cornelia and children arrived at the port of New York aboard the "Hecla", having sailed from Liverpool:4

Cornelia Henshaw, age 29, [belonging to] U.S.; [intending to reside in] U.S.
Sarah M. Henshaw, age 3, [belonging to] Denmark; [intending to reside in] U.S.
Geo H. Henshaw, age 5, [belonging to] Denmark; [intending to reside in] U.S.

George and family were shown in the 1881 census, Ste-Antoine Ward, Montreal, Montreal, Quebec:3

George Henshaw, age 50, born in Quebec; Episcopal.
Camelia Henshaw, age 45, born in USA; Episcopal.
Sarah Henshaw, age 16, born in Denmark; Episcopal.
Frederick Henshaw, age 14, born in USA; Episcopal.
Walter Henshaw, age 5, born in Quebec; Episcopal.
Carrie Henshaw, age 4, born in Quebec; Episcopal.
Mary Brennan, age 39, born Ireland; Catholic.

George Holt Henshaw died Jan 10 1890, Brooklyn, Kings County, New York; buried Jan 12 1891, Section 101 Lot 670, Green-Wood Cemetery, 500 25th Street, Brooklyn, New York.1,11  

Cornelia and family were shown in the 1900 census (Jun 1-2 1900), 79 State St., Brooklyn, Kings County, New York:6

Gracie, Sarah, head-of-household, age 89, born Dec 1811 in New York; parents born in New York; widow; no children; owned home (free).
Henshaw, Cornelia, daughter, age 58, born Jan 1842 in New York; parents born in New York; widow; 10 children, 6 living.
Sands, Cornelia H, niece, age 40, born Jan 1860 in New York; parents born in New York; single.
Henshaw, Walter P, grandson, age 24, born Aug 1876 in New York; father born in Canada; mother born in New York; single; occupation: engineer elect.
Henshaw, Esther, granddaughter, age 25, born Dec 1875 in New York; father born in Canada; mother born in New York; single.
Henshaw, Cornelia G, granddaughter, age 23, born Dec 1877 in New York; father born in Canada; mother born in New York; single.
[.. plus three female Irish servants ..].

Cornelia died Nov 25 1918, Kings County, New York; age 83.11,12

(photo)Photo: George Holt Henshaw 13


  1. The "American Registry", Vol. X, pg 181, 973 US015 Vol. X in the LDS Family History Library.
  2. "Our Family: A Little Account of it for my Descendents", by Sarah Edwards Henshaw, Oakland, California, 1894, contributed by Donald Craig Henshaw. USIGS scan:
  3. 1881 LDS census index, Ste-Antoine Ward, Montreal, Montreal, Quebec; film C-13220, district 90, sub-district H, division 7, page 6, household #22.
  4. New York Passenger Lists, 1820-1957;
  5. "Men of Nineteen-Thirteen. Builders of Our Nation: Men of 1913",
    1914, Chicago, IL.
  6. 1900 census, 1st Ward, Brooklyn, Kings County, New York; roll T623-1043, ED 11, page 1A-1B, line #48, dwelling #6, family #9.
  7. Henshaw genealogical chart, author unknown; Contributed by Donald Craig Henshaw.
  8. Index to Marriages and Deaths in the New York Herald 1856-1863 Vol. 2;
  9. 1930 census, 79 State St., Brooklyn, Kings County, New York; roll T626-1491, ED 914, page 18A, line #39, dwelling #138, family #332.
  10. U.S. Passport Applications, 1795-1925;
  11. Green-Wood Cemetery burials:
  12. New York, New York, Death Index, 1862-1948;
  13. By a 19th century artist [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons:

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