Samuel Henshaw

 1. Samuel Henshaw (c1661-c1719) m Keziah Pell (c1670->1721)
 2.. Samuel Henshaw (?-c1758) m Martha Noell (c1689-?)
 3... Samuel Henshaw (1715-1788) m Martha Briggs 
 4.... John Henshaw (1762-1804) m Patty Newman (1757-1805)
 5..... Samuel Henshaw (1782-1848)
        +Frances Morton Terrill (c1793-?)
 6......  George T. Henshaw (c1810-1876) 1,2
 6......  Patsey N. Henshaw (c1813-1875) 3
 6......  Elvira Henshaw (1819-1880) 4,5
 6......  John Henshaw (c1821-?) 6,7
 6......  Robert Henshaw (c1822-?) 6,7,8
 6......  Fayette Henshaw (1824-1881) 6,7,9
 6......  Edwin Henshaw (1831-1909) 6,7
Samuel Henshaw     [ID 05146] Click here to switch to Ancestror Tree view: Tree View

Born 1782, Madison County, Virginia.10  

He married Frances Morton Terrill, Mar 29 1809, Madison County, Virginia.4,10,11  Frances, daughter of Joseph Terrell & Ann Morton4,6,9, was born about 17934,6,9 [about 17918,12], Virginia4,6,9.  

Samuel Henshaw died Mar 28 1848, Madison County, Virginia.10,13  

Samuel's obituary was published in the "Richmond Enquirer" (Richmond, Virginia) on Tuesday morning, May 16, 1848:13

Departed this life, at his residence, in Madison county, on Tuesday morning, March 28th, Mr. Samuel Henshaw, in the 63rd year of his age.  In the deceased were combined all the qualities that constitute a good citizen, a moral man, a devoted and affectionate husband, a kind and fond parent, and a humane and indulgent master.  He had uniformly through life enjoyed a happy and cheerful disposition - fond of lively and innocent amusement, enjoying a high degree jokes and diverting anecdotes told on his young and youthful friends - but, for sometime before his demise, his mind became seriously disturbed and alienated, so much so, that he seemed to be, and doubtless was, a great and excruciating sufferer, mentally and bodily.  His old and intimate friends, with whom he had been reared could not pacify or soothe his feelings.  They would recite incidents that occurred when in their youth, to make him that agreeable and happy friend he had formerly been - but nothing could produce a lasting or permanent change for the better; - he continued to get worse - and, for some weeks before his death, he imagined that the usual vocations of life had stopped - that changes, advancements and revolutions had ceased their wonted course, -- such was the unpleasant and painful condition in which his intellect was, and which eventually terminated his earthly existence, for a better and happier world, we have abundant reasons to believe and hope.  The ways and workings of God are mysterious and incomprehensible to man.  Who can question or gainsay that his situation was brought upon him by his reflecting and contemplating upon his future condition and welfare? - How manifestly does the situation of the deceased prove to us our entire dependency upon the Creator of all things - how powerless, weak and impotent without his help?  The deceased has left a bereaved and disconsolate widow, who doubtless feels her loss to be great and irreparable - who was ever ready and willing to do what could be done for him - also, several children and grand children, to mourn and lament their loss - a loss truly afflicting and irreparable, never to be regained, for he has gone to that long home, whence no traveler returns.  A large circle of relations and friends are called upon to witness the exit from this world of one whom they were always glad to see, and in whose presence they delighted to be.  

J.T. The Whig, Examiner, Religious Herald and Republican will please copy.

Widow Frances and family were shown in the 1850 census (Aug 16 1850), Madison County, Virginia:6

Frances M. Henshaw, age 57, born in Virginia; $1500 real estate.
John Henshaw, age 29, born in Virginia; laborer; $600 real estate.
Robert Henshaw, age 28, born in Virginia; laborer; $600 real estate.
Fayette Henshaw, age 26, born in Virginia; laborer; $600 real estate.
Edwin Henshaw, age 19, born in Virginia; laborer; $600 real estate.
Living two houses away in 1850 was the family of Samuel's brother James;14 also living nearby was the family of daughter Elvira.15  

Widow Frances and son Robert were shown in the 1860 census (Aug 17 1860), Madison County, Virginia:8

Frances M. Henshaw, age 69, born in Virginia; farmer; $2,500 real estate; $10,400 personal property.
Robert Henshaw, age 38, born in Virginia; farmer; $1,500 real estate; $2,500 personal property.
Frances M. Henshaw slaves:16
1 black female age 65.
1 black male age 50.
1 black male age 30.
1 black male age 28.
1 black female age 25.
1 black female age 25.
1 black female age 25.
1 black male age 20.
1 black female age 10.
1 black female age 8.
1 black female age 6.
1 black female age 2.
Robert Henshaw slave:16
1 black female age 12.

Widow Frances and son Edwin were shown in the 1870 census (Aug 2 1870) living in the household of a John H. & Sophia J. Lillard in Robertson Township, Madison County, Virginia:12

Lillard, John H., age 30, born in Virginia; dry goods merchant; $550 personal property.
Lillard, Sophia J., age 21, born in Virginia; keeps house.
Henshaw, Edwin, age 38, born in Virginia; merchant (dry goods).
Henshaw, Frances M., age 79, born in Virginia.


  1. Contribution from Mary Ann McGuire, citing: Madison County, Virginia records.
  2. Virginia, Deaths and Burials Index, 1853-1917;
  3. The family bible of Paschal Early of Madison County, Virginia;
    USGenWeb Archives:
  4. GEDCOM file B8513 at
  5. Contribution from Wil Harrison Bowler ().
  6. 1850 census, Madison County, Virginia; roll M432-958, page 57B, line #25, dwelling #28, family #28.
  7. 1850 census, Madison County, Virginia; roll 958, pg 57, family #28.
  8. 1860 census, Oak Park P.O., Madison County, Virginia; roll M653-1360, page 45, line #31, dwelling #383, family #383.
  9. Contribution from Joan Tanner ().
  10. Contribution from Debra Henshaw Lawrence.
  11. "Virginia Marriage Index, 1740-1850", Ancestry, Inc.
  12. 1870 census, Madison Courthouse P.O., Robertson Township, Madison County, Virginia; roll M593-1662, page 77, line #19, dwelling #41, family #41.
  13. Contribution from Mary Ann McGuire () citing:
    "Richmond Enquirer", by Wm. F. & Thos's. Ritchie, Jr.; Richmond, VA., Tuesday Morning, May 16, 1848; Volume XLV, Number 4.
  14. 1850 census, Madison County, Virginia; roll M432-958, page 57B, line #41, dwelling #30, family #30.
  15. 1850 census, Madison County, Virginia; roll M432-958, page 57B, line #3, dwelling #24, family #24.
  16. 1860 Slave Schedule, Madison County, Virginia.

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