Holmes Hart Henshaw

 1. Nicholas Hancher (1705-1777) m Rebecca Smith (c1707-?)
 2.. William Henshaw (1736-1799) m Agnes Ann Anderson (c1745-<1806)
 3... Hiram Henshaw (1771-1845) m Mary McConnell (1777-1842)
 4.... Samuel Preston Henshaw (1813-1884) m Julia Ann Margaret Hunsicker (1813-1903)
 5..... Marion Lee Henshaw (1845-1929) m Emily Polk Payne (1845-1936)
 6...... Holmes Hart Henshaw (1870-1959)
         +Mattie Permelia Dougherty (1870-1897)
 7.......  Russell Holmes Henshaw (1897-1971) 1,2,3
         +Pearl Florence Shafer (1872-1920)
         +Annie Louise Ambrose (1876-?)
         +Lady Lou Williams 
Holmes Hart Henshaw     [ID 05267] Click here to switch to Ancestror Tree view: Tree View

Born Oct 5 1870, Mill Creek, West Virginia.1,2,4,5,6,7  

On Nov 11 1891, Holmes left Wichita for Los Angeles, arriving there on Nov 15 1891 at 4:00 PM.2  

He married Mattie Permelia Dougherty1,2 [Emma Dougherty5,8], Jan 1 18951,2, at the home of Mattie's father, Glendora, California1,2.  Mattie, daughter of John Lindsay Dougherty & Mary Octavia Landon, was born Feb 26 1870, Glendora, Los Angeles County, California.2,5,9  

Mattie died Jun 8 18971,2,5,9 [18955,8], Los Angeles County, California1,2,5,9; buried Fairmount Cemetery, Azusa, Los Angeles County, California1,2,5,9.  

Mattie's death certificate shows the cause of death as meningitis, but family folklore is that she died from the shock of the house fire that nearly took the life of her infant son Russell.2  Not having anyone to care for baby Russell, Holmes took him to his parents who raised and educated him.  

Widower Holmes was shown in the 1900 census (Jun 1900), living in a boarding house in Kern County, California:6

Henshaw, Holmes, boarder, age 29, born Oct 1870 in West Virginia; father born in West Virginia; mother born in Virginia; widower; [..occupation unclear..].
Son Russell was shown in the 1900 census (Jun 6 1900) living with Holmes' parents in Attica Township, Sedgwick County, Kansas:10
Henshaw, Russell H., grandson, age 3, born Feb 1897 in California; father born in West Virginia, mother born in California.

In September of 1904, Holmes visited the St. Louis World's Fair, going on to West Virginia to visit the family homestead where he was born.  He returned to Wichita Kansas where he remarried.2  He then married Pearl Florence Shafer, Nov 2 1904, Wichita, Sedgwick County, Kansas.1,2,11  Pearl was his former schoolmate at Attica School.2  Pearl, daughter of William W. Schafer & Keturah Magee2, was born Jan 24 18722 [187312, about 18733], Attic Township, Sedgwick County, Kansas2 [Kentucky3].  Pearl had been the first white child born in Attica Township.1,2  

Holmes was shown in the 1910 census (Apr 15-22 1910), Coalinga, Fresno County, California ("Persons found in West Side Oil Fields who claim Coalinga as their Home - These are working temporary and claim most any lodging house as their home"):7

Henshaw, H., age 39, born in West Virginia; parents born in West Virginia; second marriage, married 6 years; occupation: sulfor see, Oil Co.
Pearl and Russell were enumerated separately in the 1910 census (Apr 27 1910), Fresno County, California:3
Henshaw, Pearl, head-of-household, age 37, born in Kentucky; father born in Indiana; mother born in Illinois; married 5 years; rented home.
Henshaw, Russell, step-son, age 13, born in California; father born in West Virginia; mother born in California; attended school.

Pearl died May 6 1920, Wichita, Sedgwick County, Kansas; buried Section 6, Lot 33, Pleasant Ridge Cemetery, near Goddard, Sedgwick County, Kansas.1,12,13  Pearl died of "creeping paralysis".1  

Holmes returned to California and became active in the oil well drilling business.  He was president of the Chamber of Commerce and also president of the Laguna Beach Realty Board.1  

He then married Annie Louise Ambrose1,2 [Annie Louise (Ambrose) (Conable) Wade2], Nov 4 19221,2, Riverside, California1,2.  Annie was born Mar 21 1876, Urbana, Champaign County, Illinois.2  Annie had first been married to Edgar Wallace Conable, a journalist.  After Edgar died Annie had remarried to Robert David Wade, by whom she had a son, David Robert Wade, Jr.  Her second husband had died in 1913.2  

Holmes and Annie made their home in Laguna Beach, California, when not traveling.2  

Holmes was shown in the 1930 census (Apr 19 1930), living with (or visiting with) his widowed mother on Cedar Street, Goddard, Sedgwick County, Kansas:14

Henshaw, Emily P., head-of-household, age 84, born in West Virginia; father born in Virginia; mother born in Pennsylvania; widow; owned home ($2000 value); no radio in home; occupation: none.
Henshaw, Holmes H., son, age 59, born in West Virginia; parents born in West Virginia; married, first married at age 25; occupation: realtor, real estate; not a veteran.
Annie was shown in the 1930 census (Apr 15 1930), living alone at 311 Jasmine, Laguna Beach, Orange County, California:15
Henshaw, Annie, head-of-household, age 53, born in Ohio; father born in Ohio; mother born in Kentucky; married, first married at age 29; owned home ($7500 value); radio in home; occupation: writer, at home.

Holmes and Annie were divorced Nov 4 1937.2  Annie died in California.1  

He then married Lady Lou Williams16 [Lady Lou Robertson1], Jul 11 194816.  

Holmes retired in Newport Beach, California.1  He studied Henshaw genealogy and history and published at least one lineage.1  

Holmes Hart Henshaw died May 26 1959, Santa Ana, Orange County, California; buried Fairmount Cemetery, Azusa, Los Angeles County, California.2,5,17

(photo)Photo: Mattie Permelia Dougherty gravestone Fairmount Cemetery 9


  1. "History of Henshaws in Scotland, in England and in America to the Present Time", Edith Henshaw Kuntz, 1956; contributed by Don Henshaw.
  2. Henshaw history and genealogy manuscript, original by Holmes Hart Henshaw, 1930; updated in 1995 by Donald Craig Henshaw and others.
  3. 1910 census, 6th Township, Fresno County, California; roll T624-76, ED 59, page 152B, line #68, dwelling #154, family #154.
  4. RootsWeb California Death Index:
  5. Burials in Fairmount Cemetery, Los Angeles County, California; USGenWeb:
  6. 1900 census, 6th Judicial Township, Kern County, California; roll T623-87, ED 26, page 11B, line #78.
  7. 1910 census, 6th Township, Coalinga, Fresno County, California; roll T624-76, ED 59, page 151A, line #26.
  8. http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=101644555.
  9. http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=19604055.
  10. 1900 census, Attica Township, Sedgwick County, Kansas; roll T623-499, ED 253, page 4B, line #95, dwelling #88, family #89.
  11. Sedgwick County, Kansas Marriage Index, May 9 1870 - May 24 1922;
    Kansas State Library Archives: http://skyways.lib.ks.us/genweb/mhgs/F-H.htm.
  12. Burials in Pleasant Ridge Cemetery, Wichita, Kansas; USGenWeb Archives:
  13. http://www.findagrave.com.
  14. 1930 census, Goddard, Attica Township, Sedgwick County, Kansas; roll T626-719, ED 2, page 2A, line #11, dwelling #37, family #37.
  15. 1930 census, Laguna Beach, Orange County, California; roll T626-180, ED 47, page 11A, line #42, dwelling #361, family #361.
  16. Henshaw genealogical chart, author unknown; Contributed by Donald Craig Henshaw.
  17. "California Death Index".

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