Laura Leffingwell 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....... David Henshaw (1744-1808) m Mary Sargent (1755-1831)
 8........ Joshua Henshaw (1779-1854) m Rebecca Leffingwell (1793-1826)
 9......... Laura Leffingwell Henshaw (1820-1886)
            +Asa Hammond Whitney (1819-1858)
Laura Leffingwell Henshaw     [ID 04621] Click here to switch to Ancestror Tree view: Tree View

Laura Leffingwell Henshaw1,2 [Laura Leffinwell Henshaw3].

Born Jun 23 18201,2,4,5 [about 18236, about 18227], Warren, Trumbull County, Ohio1,2,4,5.  

She married Asa Hammond Whitney1,2,3,4,8,9,10,11,12,13,14 [Hammond Whitney6,8,10], Oct 3 18421,2,3,4,8,9,10,11,12,13,14, Henshaw Place, Leicester, Worcester County, Massachusetts1,2,3,4,8,9,10,11,12,13,14.  Asa, son of Asa Whitney & Mary Hammond, was born Jun 17 1819, Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts .2,6,9,11,14,15  

Laura's marriage was announced in the "New York Daily Tribune" (New York, New York) on October 7, 1842:10

At Henshaw Place, in Leicester, on the 8d ult. Hammond WHITNEY, Esq., of Boston, to Miss Laura L. HENSHAW, of Warren, Trumbull county, Ohio.

Asa had graduated from Harvard in 1838.2,9,11  After leaving college he made a voyage to the Mediterranean for his health and subsequently went to Rio de Janerio.  On his return he embarked in business as a junior partner in the house of Henshaw & Whitney, wholesale druggists, in Boston.  He resided in Cambridge, but subsequently removed to Norfolk, Virginia, where he managed the financial affairs of the Seaboard & Roanoke R.R.  He was a man of great energy and earnestness of character.9,11  

Laura and Asa resided in Vicksburg, Mississippi.2,9  


Laura Leffingwell Whitney, born Jun 15 1843; died Jan 24 1870.
Anna Henshaw Whitney, born Nov 30 1844, Massachusetts; noted dog breeder and first woman judge with the Westminster Kennel Club. 7
Richard Sullivan Whitney, born Jun 19 1846; died Aug 23 1847.
Catherine/Katherine Virginia/Dean Whitney, born Jun 14/17 1849; married Robert George Lawton.
Hammond Moore Whitney, born Jul 28 1851; married Catherine Reed.
Emily "Emma" Stark/Starks Whitney, born Jul 10 1854, Virginia. 7

Laura and family were shown in the 1850 census (Aug 1850), Norfolk, Virginia:6

Hammond Whitney, age 31, born in Massachusetts; Treasu. Rail Road.
Laura Whitney, age 27, born in Ohio.
Laura Whitney, age 7, born in Massachusetts.
Annie H. Whitney, age 5, born in Massachusetts.
Kate V. Whitney, age 2, born in Massachusetts.
L.V. Paddock, female, age 25, born in Vermont.

Asa died Oct 8 185811 [Oct 7 18582, Oct - 18591,15], Vicksburg, Mississippi11; age 3911.  

Laura and family were shown in the 1880 census (Jun 14 1880), Lancaster, Worcester County, Massachusetts:7

Whitney, Laura L., age 58, born in Ohio; father born in Massachusetts; mother born in Ohio; widow; keeping house.
Whitney, Anna H., daughter, age 34, born in Massachusetts; father born in Massachusetts; mother born in Ohio; single; teacher.
Whitney, Emma S., daughter, age 26, born in Virginia; father born in Massachusetts; mother born in Ohio; single.

Laura Leffingwell Henshaw died Apr 21 18865 [Apr 20 18861,2,9,16], Lancaster, Massachusetts5; age 65y 10m5.  

A biographical sketch of Asa Hammond Whitney was published in "Necrology of the Alumni of Harvard College, 1851-52 to 1862-63":11

1838. -ASA HAMMOND WHITNEY died in Vicksburg, Miss., 8 October, 1858, aged 39.  He was son of Asa and Mary (Hammond) Whitney, and was born in Boston, 17 June, 1819.  After leaving college, he made a voyage to the Mediterranean for his health, and subsequently went to Rio Janeiro as supercargo.  On his return, he embarked in business as a junior partner in the house of Henshaw and Whitney, wholesale druggists, in Boston; but for several years resided in Cambridge, where he built and occupied the house now owned by Charles Russell Lowell, Esq.  He subsequently removed to Norfolk, Va., where he managed the financial affairs of the Seaboard and Roanoke Railroad Company for many years with marked ability; and, at the time of his decease, was filling an important trust in Mississippi.  He was a man of great energy and earnestness of character, of warm and cordial feelings, and most courteous and winning manners; of an ardent temperament and a strong will; a most genial companion, and a steadfast friend.  He married, 3 October, 1842, Miss Laura Leffingwell Henshaw, of Alabama, niece and adopted daughter of the late David Henshaw, of Leicester, Mass.  He had five children, viz., Laura Leffingwell, Anna Henshaw, Catharine Virginia, Hammond, and Emily, -who, with their mother, survived him.


  1. Contribution from Sabra Serrin Fawcett (), citing:
    The old family bible belonging to Joshua Henshaw.
  2. "The Dana Family in America", BY Elizabeth Ellery Dana; Cambridge, Massachusetts; 1956.
  3. Contribution from Tom Henshaw.
  4. "Genealogy of the Denny family in England and America", Denny, Christopher Columbus; Leicester, Massachusettes, 1886.
  5. Massachusetts, Death Records, 1841-1915;
  6. 1850 census, Norfolk, Virginia; roll M432-964, page 46, line #33, dwelling #703, family #782.
  7. 1880 census, Lancaster, Worcester County, Massachusetts; roll T9-563, ED 813, page 304B, line #19, dwelling #171, family #191.
  8. Halbert's "The New World Book of Henshaws" (for what it's worth).
  9. Whitney Research Group archives:
  10. The "New York Daily Tribune", Oct 7 1842;
  11. Posting Mar 11 2007 by () to WHITNEY-L, citing:
    "Necrology of the Alumni of Harvard College, 1851-52 to 1862-63",
    by Joseph Palmer, class of 1820; Boston: J. Wvilson and son;
  12. Rick Holmes database:
  13. Randy Winch database:
  14. GEDCOM file G139 at

If you have additional information on this person, please share!

This page last updated Sat Dec 10 12:43:02 2016

If you would like to be automatically notified by email whenever an update is made affecting this page then enter your email address and click the "Enter" button below:

Your Email Address:
Notify me whenever this page is updated
Do not notify me if this page is updated
Show me my current registered notification requests

How is this person related to other ancestors? To find out, enter the database ID number of another ancestor, and then click the "Enter" button below:

ID Number:

If you would like to save this person on your computer ▾ more...

HFA Home Page Return to HFA Home Page

Copyright © 1997-2019, The Hinshaw Family Association. All rights reserved.
Permission is granted for all free personal, private and non-commercial uses.
Commercial use of any portion contained herein is expressly prohibited.

Privacy Policies

This site uses spambot thwarting technology to hide email addresses from all known email harvesting programs used by spammers.

[This page was computer generated]

Spambot Bait!