Joshua Henshaw

 1. William Henshaw (1742-1796) m Elizabeth Gilbert (1746-1826)
 2.. Joshua Henshaw (1775-1847)
     +Betsy King (c1785-1862)
 3...  James Steuben Henshaw (1802-1872) 1,2,3,4
 3...  Elizabeth Henshaw (1804-1872) 1,2,5
 3...  Andrew Burnham Henshaw (1806-1885) 1,2,4
 3...  Maria Henshaw (1808-1867) 1,2,5,6
 3...  Madison Henshaw (1810-1893) 1,2,4
 3...  Polly Henshaw (1812-1864) 1,2
 3...  Joshua Henshaw (1814-1895) 1,2,4
 3...  Hetty Alvira Henshaw (1815-1902) 1,2,4,7
 3...  Ira King Henshaw (1816-1845) 1,2,8
 3...  Rachel Malvina Henshaw (1822-1852) 1,2
 3...  Julia Henshaw (1823-1826) 1,2
 3...  William Henshaw (1826-1855) 1,2,5
 3...  Barbara E. Henshaw (1827-1902) 9
 3...  Joseph Gilbert Henshaw (1829-1913) 1,2,5,10
Joshua Henshaw     [ID 04769] Click here to switch to Ancestror Tree view: Tree View

Born May 7 1775, Middletown, Middlesex County, Connecticut.1,3,4  

He married Betsy King, Jul 4 1801.1,3,4,11  Betsy was born about 1785, New York.5,11,12  Joshua and brother James were married on the same day in a double-ring ceremony.4  

Joshua was admitted to West Aurora Congregational Church, Griffins Mills, Erie County, New York on Aug 18 1810 by letter from Milton, New York.1  

The West Aurora Congregational Church was formed Aug 18 1810 under Rev. John Spencer, known as Father Spencer.  Original members were:1

Benjamin Enos
Clement King
Joshua Henshaw
Seth McKay
Laurinda Enos
Mary King
Samuel Henshaw
Betsey Henshaw

Joshua served with credit in the War of 1812.  He took part in the Battle of Black Rock and the roar of the cannonading so deafened him that he was never able to hear well afterwards.13  

In the fall of 1844 Joshua and family moved to Michigan, traveling the Great Lakes by boat.  From Detroit they went to Ypsilanti by team, staying there all winter.  In the spring of 1845 the family settled in Eckford Township, Calhoun County, Michigan.11  

Joshua Henshaw died Aug 12 1847, Eckford Township, Calhoun County, Michigan; age 72.3,4,11  

Widow Betsy and family were shown in the 1850 census, Eckford Township, Calhoun County, Michigan:5

Betsey Henshaw, age 65, born in New York.
Elizabeth Henshaw, age 46, born in New York.
Maria Henshaw, age 42, born in New York.
William Henshaw, age 24, born in New York; farmer.
Joseph G. Henshaw, age 21, born in New York; farmer.
Living next door in 1850 was the family of son Madison Henshaw.14  

Widow Betsy and family were again shown in the 1860 census (Jun 17 1860), Eckford Township, Calhoun County, Michigan:12

Betsey Hendshaw, age 74, born in New York; widow housekeeper; $150 personal property.
Marie Hendshaw, age 52, born in New York; housekeeper.
Elizabeth Hendshaw, age 56, born in New York; domestic.
Living next door in 1860 was the family of son Joseph.15  

Betsy died Mar 9 1862, Eckford Township, Calhoun County, Michigan; age 76.11  

A short biography of son Joseph Henshaw appeared in a book (published in 1891) in which Joshua and family are mentioned:11

... [Joshua] was of English descent, was born in Connecticutte May 7, 1775.  He was married July 4, 1801 to Betsy King, a native of New England.  In early manhood he went to Erie County, N.Y. and bought a farm there of the Holland Purchase Co.  He entered upon the pioneer task of clearing and improving it and retained it in his possession until 1833 when he sold out and removed to Batavia in Genesee Co., that state.  He purchased a farm: there on which he remained until 1838, when he sold that place and removed to Darien in the same Co.  He made his property over to his sons, Joshua, Jr., and Ira K., and took bond for maintenance of himself and wife.  In the fall of 1844 he came to Mich. with his family on board the boat, "Julia Palmer", for Detroit.  During their passage they encountered the biggest gale ever known on Lake Erie.  

...  In the spring of 1845 the family came to Eckford Township and here the parents died, the father Aug. 12, 1847, age, 72, mother Mar. 9, 1862, age 76.  ... [Joshua] served in the War of 1812 with Credit.  There were 13 children In the family, 7 sons, 6 daughters.  All grew to maturity except one daughter, who died at 3 years.


  1. Contribution from Tom Henshaw.
  2. Henshaw genealogical chart, author unknown; Contributed by Donald Craig Henshaw.
  3. Contribution from Kristen Wagner-Henshaw.
  4. Henshaw history and genealogy manuscript, original by Holmes Hart Henshaw, 1930; updated in 1995 by Donald Craig Henshaw and others.
  5. 1850 census, Eckford Township, Calhoun County, Michigan; page 410, line #35, dwelling #106, family #106.
  6. Michigan Department of Communty Health; Genealogical Death Index:
  7. Death record of Hetty Alvira Henshaw.
  8. Ancestry Family Tree data "Sara Renkert (Hiesrodt) Family Tree" posted by "sararenkert".
  9. Posting Sep 19 2000 by Jean Combs () to the Henshaw message board at
    citing: Calhoun County, Michigan vital records - death record.
  10. Death record of Joseph Gilbert Henshaw.
  11. Contribution from Tom Henshaw citing:
    biography of Joseph G. Henshaw.
  12. 1860 census, Homer P.O., Eckford Township, Calhoun County, Michigan; roll M653-539, page 36, line #16, dwelling #279, family #276.
  13. Contribution from Tom Henshaw citing:
    "Portrait and Biographical Album, Calhoun County, Michigan", page 564.
  14. 1850 census, Eckford Township, Calhoun County, Michigan; page 410, line #30, dwelling #105, family #105.
  15. 1860 census, Homer P.O., Eckford Township, Calhoun County, Michigan; roll M653-539, page 36, line #19, dwelling #280, family #277.

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