John Ezekiel Henshaw

 1. Nicholas Hancher (1705-1777) m Rebecca Smith (c1707-?)
 2.. William Henshaw (1736-1799) m Agnes Ann Anderson (c1745-<1806)
 3... Jonathan Seman Henshaw (1773-?) m Elizabeth Stafford 
 4.... George Henshaw (1795-1882) m Sarah "Sally" Pool (1806-1855)
 5..... John Ezekiel Henshaw (1824-1890)
        +Dorothy Ann Delaney (c1830-1854)
 6......  George Willis Henshaw (1849-1849) 1
 6......  Addison Bell Henshaw (1850-1871) 1,2,3
 6......  William Parks Henshaw (1853-?) 1,3,4
        +Sarah E. Rowley St. Aubin (1828-1869)
 6......  James Major Henshaw (1856-1912) 1,3,4,5,6,7
 6......  Sarah Francis Henshaw (1858-?) 1
 6......  Laura Ellen Henshaw (1859-?) 1,3,4,5,8
 6......  Mary Barnett Henshaw (1861-?) 1,4,5,8
 6......  John Ezekiel Henshaw (1865-1922) 1,4,5,8,9
 6......  Emmer Henshaw (1867-?) 1
 6......  Rebecca Henshaw (1869-?) 1
John Ezekiel Henshaw     [ID 05347] Click here to switch to Ancestror Tree view: Tree View

Born Dec 11 1824, on the Henshaw farm, one mile from Geiger Lake, Union County, Kentucky.1,2,3,4,8  

He married Dorothy Ann Delaney1 [Ann Delaney5], Feb 8 18471, Union County, Kentucky1.  Dorothy, daughter of George W. + Sarah Delany, was born about 1830, Kentucky.2,10  Note that John's cousin James married Dorothy's sister Martha Delaney.  

John and family were shown in the 1850 census (Sep 24 1850), Union County, Kentucky:2

Jno E Henshaw, age 25, born in Kentucky; farmer.
D A Henshaw, age 19, born in Kentucky.
A B Henshaw, age 1 month, born in Kentucky.
John E. Henshaw household:
1 black female, age 13.

Dorothy died Apr - 185410 [Jul 15 18541], Kentucky10; age 2410.  Dorothy died from consumption1,10 (tuberculosis).  

He then married Sarah E. Rowley St. Aubin1 [Sarah E. Rowley1,5,6], Feb 16 18561.  Sarah, daughter of Major Rowley & Alyza Skinner1,3,12,13, was born Jun 12 18281,3,12,13 [182912], Virginia1,3,12,13.  Sarah was the widow of John R. St. Aubin1 (John K. St. Aubin),12 whom she had married on Mar 24 1853.1  Sarah was also the sister of Gustavis Rowley,1,12 who owned the land which is the site of Rowley Cemetery, where at least seventeen family members are buried.1  

John and family were shown in the 1860 census (Jul 2 1860), Morganfield, Union County, Kentucky:3

Jno E Henshaw, age 35; farmer; $3000 personal property.
Sarah Henshaw, age 32.
Addison B Henshaw, age 10; attended school.
William Henshaw, age 7; attended school.
James Henshaw, age 3.
Laura Henshaw, age 10 months.
Jno E Henshaw household:
1 black male, age 22.
1 black female, age 20.
1 black male, age 2.
1 black male, age 3 months.
1 slave house.

Sarah died Jun 16 1869, buried Rowley Cemetery, Kentucky 109, near Henshaw, Kentucky.1  

Widower John and family were shown in the 1870 census (Sep 13 1870), Raleigh Precinct, Union County, Kentucky:4

Henshaw, John, age 45, born in Kentucky; farmer; $5800 real estate; $1450 personal property.
Henshaw, William, age 17, born in Kentucky; farm hand; attended school.
Henshaw, James, age 13, born in Kentucky; farm hand; attended school.
Henshaw, Laura, age 10, born in Kentucky; attended school.
Henshaw, Mollie, age 9, born in Kentucky.
Henshaw, John, age 4, born in Kentucky.
Wadkins, Martha, age 50, born in Tennessee; domestic servant; cannot write.
Living next door in 1870 was an unidentified Peter Henshaw, age 50, with (apparently his wife) Eliza, age 50.15  

In April of 1872, John was appointed Justice of the Peace by the Governor.1  

On Apr 21 1873, John deeded to Shiloh Community and Trustees of F & AM #353 at Shiloh, for the price of $1.00, one acre around the Shiloh Meeting House.1  

On Feb 24 1877, John was granted a license to solemnize the rites of marriage in Union County.1  

On Mar 24 1879, John was appointed Deputy Assessor of Union County.1  

Widower John and family were shown in the 1880 census (Jun 19 1880), Raleigh District, Union County, Kentucky:8

Henshaw, Jno. E., age 55, born in Kentucky; father born in Virginia; mother born in Kentucky; widower; farmer.
Henshaw, Laura E., daughter, age 20, born in Kentucky; father born in Kentucky; mother born in Virginia; keeping house.
Henshaw, Mollie B., daughter, age 18, born in Kentucky; father born in Kentucky; mother born in Virginia; attended school.
Henshaw, John E., son, age 14, born in Kentucky; father born in Kentucky; mother born in Virginia; attended school.

John owned five hundred and seventy acres of land, with three hundred and fifty cleared and cultivated.  His house, built in 1870, was a neat, frame house with six rooms and a hall.1  

John Ezekiel Henshaw died Mar 12 1890, buried Rowley Cemetery, Kentucky 109, near Henshaw, Kentucky.1  

The following biography of John Henshaw appeared in the 1886 book "The History Of Union County":5

John E. Henshaw.  
The subject of this sketch was born on the old Henshaw farm one mile from Geiger's Lake December 11, 1824.  His is the son of George and Sallie (Pool) Henshaw.  George, one of the first settlers of the county, was born in Burkley [sic], Virginia, in 1794.  In 1819 he came to Kentucky and settled near Geiger's Lake, and in 1822 was married.  He was very poor when he went to house-keeping, but before many years he amassed a fortune.  He was one of the largest land owners in the county.  He raised a large family, and left every member a nice fortune.  Many, many times has the old gentleman related his bear and wolf hunts to the writer.  He was a member of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, with membership at Shiloh.  He died at the home of one of his children in this county in 1883, having lived and served his country eighty-nine years.  Subjects mother was born in North Carolina in 1804.  Her father was a Virginian, who moved to this country in an early day.  She died in 1855.  Subject has been twice married: First, 1847, to Miss Ann Delaney, unto whom two children were born; secondly, in 1856, to Miss Sarah Rowley, daughter of Major Rowley, who came from Virginia in 1832.  The married children are as follows: William P., a merchant at Blackburn, Ky., married Bell Morris, and has one child; James, a farmer in Shiloh Precinct, married Sudie Morris and has two children; Laura married George Smith, a carpenter from Evansville, and has one child; Mollie married John Slack, a farmer of Raleigh Precinct; John, who is his only single child, manages on the farm for his father.  Subject is a Democrat, and has held the office of Magistrate in his precinct for sixteen years.  He was one of the Levy Court that appropriated the money to build our present court house and jail.  

Subject owns five hundred and seventy acres of fine land, with three hundred and fifty acres cleared and in a high state of cultivation.  His present house, built in 1870, is a neat frame, with six rooms and hall.  Subject has been a member of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church for over thirty years.


  1. Henshaw history and genealogy manuscript, original by Holmes Hart Henshaw, 1930; updated in 1995 by Donald Craig Henshaw and others.
  2. 1850 census, District 1, Union County, Kentucky; roll M432-220, page 449, line #10, dwelling #148, family #148.
  3. 1860 census, Union County, Kentucky; roll M653-398, page 66, line #7, dwelling #516, family #516.
  4. 1870 census, Raleigh P.O., Raleigh Precinct, Union County, Kentucky; roll M593-501, page 360, line #4, dwelling #108, family #108.
  5. Contribution from Patricia M. Gibson () citing:
    "The History Of Union County", by Charles O'Malley, published 1886.
  6. Death certificate, Commonwealth of Kentucky, State Board of Health, Bureau of Vital Statistics; contributed by Joy Bliss Gerber
  7. James Major Henshaw death certificate; Kentucky Vital Records Project:
  8. 1880 census, Raleigh District, Union County, Kentucky; roll T9-444, ED 33, page 582A, line #31, family #208.
  9. Posting Jun 19 2001 by Jan Hall () to ILGALLAT-L.
  10. Contribution from Bill Varden () citing:
    Kentucky Death Notices; Tri-State Genealogy Center, The Willard Library, Evansville, Indiana.
  11. 1850 Slave Schedule, District 1, Union County, Kentucky.
  12. Rowley family queries:
  13. Patsy Ransom database:
  14. 1860 Slave Schedule, Union County, Kentucky.
  15. 1870 census, Raleigh P.O., Raleigh Precinct, Union County, Kentucky; roll M593-501, page 360, line #11, dwelling #109, family #109.

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