Joseph Gilbert Henshaw

 1. William Henshaw (1742-1796) m Elizabeth Gilbert (1746-1826)
 2.. Joshua Henshaw (1775-1847) m Betsy King (c1785-1862)
 3... Joseph Gilbert Henshaw (1829-1913)
      +Rebecca Falls (1836-1910)
 4....  John Theodore Henshaw (1861-1919) 1,2,3,4,5,6
 4....  Joseph Ernest Henshaw (1871-1926) 1,2,3
Joseph Gilbert Henshaw     [ID 04786] Click here to switch to Ancestror Tree view: Tree View

Born Feb 6 1829, Aurora Township, Erie County, New York.1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9  Christened Jun 6 1830, Presbyterian Church, Griffin Mills, Erie County, New York.10  

He married Rebecca Falls, Dec 20 1854, Calhoun County, Michigan.2,11  Rebecca, daughter of John Falls & Mary Ann Mead, was born Mar 15 1836, Concord, Jackson County, Michigan.3,4,5,6,8,9,12,13,14  

Joseph and Rebecca were shown in the 1860 census (Jun 17 1860), Eckford Township, Calhoun County, Michigan:8

Joseph Hendshaw, age 30, born in New York; farmer; $4255 real estate; $1000 personal property.
Rebecca Hendshaw, age 24, born in Michigan; housekeeper.
John Dole, age 21, born in New York; farmer laborer.
Viola Chase, age 8, born in Michigan.
Living next door in 1860 were Joseph's widowed mother and his sisters.15  

Joseph and family were shown in the 1870 census (Aug 6 1870), Eckford Township, Calhoun County, Michigan:4

Henshaw, Joseph, age 41, born in New York; farmer; $12000 real estate; $1880 personal property.
Henshaw, Rebecca, age 34, born in Michigan; keeping house; father foreign-born.
Henshaw, John, age 9, born in Michigan; attended school.
Blake, Emma, age 16, born in Michigan; house keeping.

Joseph and family were shown in the 1880 census (Jun 3 1880), Eckford Township, Calhoun County, Michigan:3

Henshaw, Joseph G., age 50, born in New York; father's birthplace unknown; mother born in Virginia; laborer.
Henshaw, Rebecca, wife, age 44, born in Michigan; father born in Ireland; mother born in New York; keeping house.
Henshaw, John, son, age 19, born in Michigan; father born in New York; mother born in Michigan; works at home.
Henshaw, Joseph, son, age 8, born in Michigan; father born in New York; mother born in Michigan; attended school.
Sloan, Hattie, servant, age 18, born in Michigan; parents born in Michigan; works in house; attended school.

A short biography of Joseph Henshaw appeared in a book (published in the 1891):16

Joseph G. Henshaw who is carrying on an extensive and lucrative business in Eckford and Albian Townships as a farmer and stock raiser in partnership with his son John under the firm name of Henshaw and son, is one of the leading and enterprising members of his calling in this part of the county.  He is one of a family of pioneers and his success in his work has materially aided in the development of the county and added to its prosperity.  

Mr. Henshaw is a native of Aurora, Erie County, N.Y., born Feb. 6, 1829.  His father, Joshua, who 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.  

Our subject and his brother Madison made the journey by team, arrived at Detroit in Oct., and there met their parents.  From there they went to Ypsilanti by team, staying all winter.  Ira died Jan. 5, 1845 at the age of 28 years and 5 months.  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.  Their father's brother was a soldier in the Revolutionary War.  Their father 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.  

When the family come to this county, our subject's brothers Madison and Joshua, Jr., bought 100 acres of land in Section 24, in partnership.  In 1847 our subject bought Joshua's interest in the land.  He farmed it in connection with his brother Madison, until 1854, when they divided it and each took 50 acres.  Just before he was married he bought 51 3/4 acres of land which was mostly improved.  There was a log house on the place, to which he took his bride and lived till 1861 when he built a large handsome frame residence.  Later he bought 48 and thn acres on Section 19, Albion Township, which was in wild condition, and improved it.  When his eldest son John was 24 he took him into equal partnership.  They are still conducting it together.  They have purchased 100 acres more on Section 19, Albion Township all of which was improved.  They have one of the best farms in the locality and continually make valuable improvements having two commodious barns, large sheep sheds, hog pens, corncribs, windmills, two tanks and three hydrants, so that water is carried to all barns and necessary places.  

They are general farmers and stock raisers, having fine specimens of highly graded cattle, hogs and sheep.  They have a thorough-bred Durham bull, a Chester white boar, also thorough-bred full blooded ram, all of which are registered.  During the War they sold wool for 90 cents a lb., wheat $2.50 a bushel.  They are especially interested in the business of dehorning cattle.  Among the attractions of the place is a fine orchard.  

He was married to Miss Rebecca Falls Dec. 20, 1854 and have two sons, John T. and Joseph E., the latter being a school boy living at home with his parents.  John T. married Cora I. Howe and have three children and he works with his father.  

Our subject's career in life marks him as a forcible, energetic man, shrewd and far seeing, and one who understands well how to conduct his business to the best advantage.  These traits have placed him among the solid men of the township, and he is looked up to by his fellow-citizens as a wise counselor.  He is a Republican, having been identified with the party since its inauguration.  Before that he was a Whig, casting his first presidential vote for General Taylor in 1852.  He held the office of Justice of the Peace for eleven years.  He has also been Pathmaster.  He and all his family belong to the Free Will Baptist Church and for the past three years has taught the old people's Bible class in Sunday School.

Joseph and family were shown in the 1900 census (Jun 13 1900), Eckford Township, Calhoun County, Michigan:5

Henshaw, Joseph, head-of-household, age 71, born Feb 1829 in New York; father born in Massachusetts; mother born in Connecticut; married 46 years; occupation: farmer; owned farm (mortgaged).
Henshaw, Rebecka, wife, age 64, born Mar 1836 in Michigan; father born in Ireland; mother born in New York; married 46 years; 2 children, 2 living.
Henshaw, John T., son, age 39, born May 1861 in Michigan; father born in New York; mother born in Michigan; married 17 years; occupation: farmer.
Henshaw, Cora I., daughter-in-law, age 36, born Sep 1864 in Michigan; parents born in New York; married 17 years; 4 children, 4 living.
Henshaw, May B., granddaughter, age 15, born Jan 1885 in Michigan; parents born in Michigan; attended school 6 months.
Henshaw, Jerome B., grandson, age 13, born July 1887 in Michigan; parents born in Michigan.
Henshaw, Reata L., granddaughter, age 11, born May 1889 in Michigan; parents born in Michigan; attended school 9 months.
Henshaw, John D., grandson, age 3, born Apr 1897 in Michigan; parents born in Michigan.
Kenada, William, servant, age 35, born Apr 1865 in Ireland; parents born in Ireland; immigrated 1888, U.S. resident 12 years; occupation: farm laborer.

Joseph and Rebecca were shown in the 1910 census (May 2-3 1910), living in the household of son John, Eckford Township, Calhoun County, Michigan:6

Henshaw, John, head-of-household, age 48, born in Michigan; father born in New York; mother born in Michigan; first marriage, married 28 years; occupation: farmer, general farm; owned farm (mortgaged).
Henshaw, Cora I, wife, age 45, born in Michigan; parents born in New York; first marriage, married 28 years; 6 children, 6 living.
Henshaw, Jerome, son, age 22, born in Michigan; parents born in Michigan; occupation: laborer, general farm.
Henshaw, Rheta, daughter, age 20, born in Michigan; parents born in Michigan.
Henshaw, John D., son, age 13, born in Michigan; parents born in Michigan; attended school.
Henshaw, Annette, daughter, age 6, born in Michigan; parents born in Michigan; attended school.
Henshaw, Maree, daughter, age 3, born in Michigan; parents born in Michigan.
Henshaw, Joseph G, father, age 81, born in New York; father born in Vermont; mother born in New York; first marriage, married 55 years; occupation: own income.
Henshaw, Betsy R, mother, age 74, born in Michigan; father born in Ireland; mother born in Massachusetts; first marriage, married 55 years; 2 children, 2 living.

Rebecca died Apr 27 1910, Eckford, Calhoun County, Michigan; buried Plot A01.13, East Eckford Cemetery, Eckford, Calhoun County, Michigan.9,12,13  

Joseph Gilbert Henshaw died Apr 5 1913, Eckford Township, Calhoun County, Michigan; age 84.9,13,17  


Sources

  1. Contribution from Tom Henshaw.
  2. Henshaw genealogical chart, author unknown; Contributed by Donald Craig Henshaw.
  3. 1880 census, Eckford Township, Calhoun County, Michigan; roll T9-0575, ED 50, page 201D, line #11, dwelling #29, family #31.
  4. 1870 census, Eckford Township, Calhoun County, Michigan; roll M593-666, page 570, line #26, dwelling #184, family #179.
  5. 1900 census, Eckford Township, Calhoun County, Michigan; roll T623-705, ED 45, page 6B, line #68, dwelling #132, family #132.
  6. 1910 census, Eckford Township, Calhoun County, Michigan; roll T624-639, ED 59, page 6B, line #74, dwelling #146, family #146.
  7. 1850 census, Eckford Township, Calhoun County, Michigan; page 410, line #35, dwelling #106, family #106.
  8. 1860 census, Homer P.O., Eckford Township, Calhoun County, Michigan; roll M653-539, page 36, line #19, dwelling #280, family #277.
  9. http://www.findagrave.com.
  10. Contribution from Tom Henshaw citing: church records.
  11. Contribution from Tom Henshaw citing:
    Vital Records of Calhoun County, Michigan; page 22.
  12. Ancestry Family Tree data "WIELAND/MEAD" posted by "pammy1122".
  13. Ancestry Family Tree data "Snashell" posted by "hollycorson".
  14. 1850 census, Concord, Jackson County, Michigan; roll M432-352, page 268B, line #6, dwelling #682, family #682.
  15. 1860 census, Homer P.O., Eckford Township, Calhoun County, Michigan; roll M653-539, page 36, line #16, dwelling #279, family #276.
  16. Contribution from Tom Henshaw citing:
    biography of Joseph G. Henshaw.
  17. Michigan, Deaths and Burials Index, 1867-1995; http://www.ancestry.com.


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