Daniel 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....... William Henshaw (1735-1820) m Phebe Swan (1753-1808)
 8........ Daniel Henshaw (1782-1863)
           +Deborah Brown Starkweather (c1796-?)
 9.........  Frances Ellen Henshaw (1824-?) 1,2,3,4,5,6,7
 9.........  Daniel Horatio Henshaw (1827-?) 1,2,3,4,6,7,8
 9.........  Marion Deborah Henshaw (1833-1856) 1,2,3,6,7,9
Daniel Henshaw     [ID 04588] Click here to switch to Ancestror Tree view: Tree View

Born May 9 1782, Leicester, Worcester County, Massachusetts.3,10,11,12  

On Oct 28 1821, in Winchendon, Massachusetts, Daniel Henshaw Esq. of Winchendon and Deborah B. Starkweather of Worthington published their intention of marriage.4  

He married Deborah Brown Starkweather, Nov 19 1821, Worthington, Massachusetts.1,2,13  Worthington, Massachusetts records show Daniel was from Winchendon.  It also mentions "intentions not recorded" (however they had in fact recorded their intentions at Winchendon).13  Deborah was born about 1796, Massachusetts.3  

Daniel and family are shown in the 1850 census (Sep 2 1850), Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts:3

Danl Hanshaw, age 67, born in Massachusetts; occupation: none.
Deborah Hanshaw, age 54, born in Massachusetts.
Frances E. Hanshaw, age 26, born in Massachusetts.
Danl H. Hanshaw, age 23, born in Massachusetts.
Marion D. Hanshaw, age 16, born in Massachusetts.
Several other families and individuals are shown in the same dwelling, as though perhaps it was a boarding house.  

Daniel (apparently widowed) was shown in the 1860 census (Jul 9 1860), living in the household of daughter Frances in Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts:11

Thomas Kingsbury, age 32, born in Massachusetts; occupation: grist flour; $14,000 personal property.
Frances E. Kingsbury, age 34, born in Massachusetts.
Geo H. Kingsbury, age 4, born in Massachusetts.
Daniel Henshaw, age 78, born in Massachusetts.
Susan Trevor, age 23, born in Massachusetts; domestic.
Agnes Ware, age 20, born in Virginia; attended school.
Hannah Trask, age 54, born in Maine; nurse.

Daniel Henshaw died Jul 9 1863.10  

In 1829 Daniel wrote the following letter to a Dr. Joshua Henshaw Hayward, of Boston (probably a son of Sarah Henshaw), discussing his family history (unreadable sections noted with ***):14

WINCHENDON, Mass., Aug. 16, 1829.  

* * * If you ask by what authority I do this, my answer is that most of the names, dates, & facts, are taken from records of my father, some of them from tradition through him, and a few from other sources deemed authentic.  My father took great pains in collecting and preserving these facts.  Only a few years before his death he took a journey to Dorchester, Braintree, and Quincy, examining monumental inscriptions, ancient records, and ancient inhabitants for information of this kind.  Probably he derived much from my grandfather, who it appears was 18 years old before the first Henshaw who came to this country, died; of course Grandfather would be knowing to many of these facts & circumstances or if not personally knowing to them, the accounts of them as related by his predecessors, would be fresh in his memory.  The first of the name of whom we have any account was Joshua Henshaw of Lancastershire, England, born about the year 1610, a man of wealth and influence.  A member of Parliament, opposed to the tyranny and encroachments of King Charles I.  He took an active part in the defense of liberty.  He personally engaged in the parliament army which fought against that monarch, and fell in the early stage of it, at the battle of Edgehill (twelve miles south of London) Oct. 23, 1642, leaving a widow whose name before marriage was Houghton, with two young children, Joshua, born 1638, & Daniel born 1640.  By his will his estate was to go to these children, but in case they died without issue, the whole was to go to the Steward.  * * * His widow died the next year, 1643.  * * * About the year 1648 when these boys were 8 & 10 years old they were sent to Boston by this steward who reported they were dead, for the horrid purpose of claiming their estate!  They were brought up in or near Boston where the youngest one died without children, & it is supposed, unmarried, as no record or account of his marriage is found.  Joshua Henshaw * * married Elizabeth Sumner of Dorchester, by whom he had seven children, viz: William, Joshua, Thankful, John, Samuel, Elizabeth, and Catherine.  He afterwards went to England to recover his estate & died in London 1719 aged 81.  His wife died in Milton 17--.  Joshua Henshaw, the second child * * of Joshua & Elizabeth Henshaw was born 1672 & married Mary Webster 1700 by whom he had seven sons, viz: Daniel, Joshua, John, James, William, Samuel, & Thomas.  He died April 27, 1747, aged 75.  Mary his wife died the same year Dec. 19, 1747.  His youngest sister Catherine Henshaw born 1687, died 1773.  * * * Daniel Henshaw the first son * * of Joshua and Mary Henshaw born Dec. 3, 1701.  Married Elizabeth Bass, Mar. 30, 1724, by whom he had 14 children, Daniel, Joshua, Joseph, Mary, Benjamin, John, John 2d, Elizabeth, William, Elizabeth 2d, Mary Belcher, David, Hannah, David 2d.  In the year 1748 he moved from Boston to Leicester, Mass., to a farm in the east part of the town, adjoining Worcester, where he spent the remainder of his days, choosing a retired life of laborious industry to the noise and bustle of a seaport.  (The farm was owned first I believe by grandfather's father, Joshua Henshaw, who was one of the first proprietors of the town.  The farm, or what little was cleared, was managed by two black men, servants of said Joshua, sometime before grandfather moved, which was the next year after the death of his father).  * * * He was considerably resorted to as referee or arbitrator in difficult cases, and was invariably chosen moderator at the town meetings from the time of his settlement in the country to his death.  * * He died at Leicester Nov. 18, 1781.  His first wife died Oct. 17, 1774.  His second wife was from England.  * * was when young a Lace maker by trade, * * and died about 1806.  As to Elizabeth, * * grandfather's first wife, the genealogy is as follows: Sam1. Bass was born in Great Britain in the year 1600 & came to Boston 1640, settled in that part of Braintree now called Quincy, his son John Bass married a daughter of John Alden Esq. who was one of the first company that came to New England & landed at Plymouth Dec. 1620, & was several years one of the assistants.  Samuel Bass aforementioned married Mary Alden 1640, & was a deacon of the church in Braintree more than 50 years.  * * He died Dec. 30, 1694, aged 94. Joseph Bass, his son, was born 1665 & married Mary Belcher 1689 by whom he had 7 children * * Elizabeth Bass (6th child) married Danl. Henshaw, born Feb. 2, 1704, died Oct. 17, 1774.  * * * William Henshaw, (9th. child of Danl. & Elizath. Henshaw) was born Sept. 20, 1735.  Married 1st. Ruth Sargent, 2d. Phebe Swan, resided in Leicester, Mass., died Feb. 21, 1820.  * * in the course of the war accepted a commission of Lieut.-Colonel.  * * He had 13 children, 3 by his first wife & 10 by his second.  Sarah, Elizabeth, William 1st, Ruth, Joseph, Phebe, William 2d, Daniel, Catherine, Lucinda, Horatio Gates, Benjamin, & Almira. Elizabeth (10th child of Danl. & Elizath. Henshaw) born Sept. 27, 1737.  Married Samuel Denny, Leicester, died Dec. 7, 1787.  * * David Henshaw 2d. (14th child of Danl. & Elizth.) born Aug. 19, 1744, married Mary Sargent, Leicester, died May, 1808.  * * * *

* * I am sir with respect & esteem your friend & servant



  1. Contribution from Tom Henshaw.
  2. "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.
  3. 1850 census, 9th Ward, Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts; roll M432-337, page 271, line #21, dwelling #735, family #1496.
  4. "Vital Records of Winchendon, Massachusetts, To the Year 1849",
    Franklin P.F., 1909, Worchester, MA.
  5. "Vital Records of Winchendon, Massachusetts, To the Year 1849",
    Franklin P.F., 1909, Worchester, MA (www.ancestry.com).
  6. Contribution from Kristen Wagner-Henshaw.
  7. Henshaw genealogical chart, author unknown; Contributed by Donald Craig Henshaw.
  8. Massachusetts, Town and Vital Records, 1620-1988; http://www.ancestry.com.
  9. Massachusetts Town Birth Records; Ancestry.com.
  10. Contribution from Lizbet119 () citing:
    Henshaw family bible archived at the Massachusetts Historical Society.
  11. 1860 census, 10th Ward, Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts; roll M653-523, page 509, line #28, dwelling #1242, family #2655.
  12. Massachusetts Town and Vital Records, 1620-1988; http://www.ancestry.com.
  13. "Vital Records of Worthington, Massachusetts, To the Year 1850",
    New England Historical Genealogical Society, 1911, Boston, MA.
  14. "Genealogy of the Denny family in England and America", Denny, Christopher Columbus; Leicester, Massachusettes, 1886.

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