Lester C. 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..... William B. Henshaw (1831-1898) m Catherine Young (1842-1926)
 6...... George Memmel Henshaw (1867-1895) m Louise Florence Bingham (1870-1957)
 7....... Lester C. Henshaw (1893-1990)
          +Mary Edna Abel (1894-1954)
 8........  George Callistus Henshaw (1916-2008) 1,2,3,4
 8........  Mary Catherine Henshaw (1918-2010) 1,2,3,4
 8........  Edna Louise Henshaw (1919-2014) 2,3,4,5
 8........  Joseph Lester Henshaw (1920-2012) 1,2,3,5,6
 8........  William Harold Henshaw (1922-2000) 1,2,3,5
 8........  Mildred Marie Henshaw (1924-2001) 1,2,3,5
 8........  Helen Theresa Henshaw (1926-) 1,2,3,5
 8........  Dorothy Ann Henshaw (1928-) 1,2,3,5
 8........  Margaret Jane Henshaw (1929-) 1,2,3,5
Lester C. Henshaw     [ID 05398] Click here to switch to Ancestror Tree view: Tree View

Lester C. Henshaw1,2,7,8,9 [George Celestine Henshaw1,2,10].

Born Feb 14 1893, Henshaw, Union County, Kentucky.1,2,3,4,5,7,8,10,11  

His mother wanted to name him Lester, but at that time the Catholic Church required a child to be baptized with a saint's name, so he was formally named George Celestine.  But his mother and everyone else always called him Lester.12  

He married Mary Edna Abel1,2 [Edna Abell13,14], Sep 28 19151,2, Morganfield, Union County, Kentucky1,2.  Mary, daughter of Callistus Abel & Edna Louise Burshears1,2,3,4,5,7 [Cal Abell & Catherine E. Beshears7,13,14], was born Jan 18 18941,2,3,4,5,7, Morganfield, Union County, Kentucky1,2,3,4,5,7.  

On Jun 5 1917 George Celestine Henshaw, age 24, registered for the World War I draft in Union County, Kentucky.  He declared he was born Feb 14 1893 in Henshaw, Union County, Kentucky, and was then residing in Morganfield, Kentucky, a self-employed farmer; no previous military experience.  He declared he was married, with dependent mother, wife and child.  He claimed an exemption due "to support mother wife + child".  He was recorded as medium height, medium build, blue eyes, light hair.10  

Lester and family were shown in the 1920 census (Mar 29 1920), Union County, Kentucky:4

Henshaw, Lester, head-of-household, age 27, born in Kentucky; parents born in Kentucky; owned home; occupation: farmer.
Henshaw, Edna, wife, age 26, born in Kentucky; parents born in Kentucky.
Henshaw, George C., son, age 3 years 6 months, born in Kentucky; parents born in Kentucky.
Henshaw, Mary C., daughter, age 2 years ? months, born in Kentucky; parents born in Kentucky.
Henshaw, Louise, daughter, age 11 months, born in Kentucky; parents born in Kentucky.
Henshaw, Louise F., mother, age 50 [unclear], born in Kentucky; parents born in Kentucky; widow.

Lester and family were shown in the 1930 census (May 1 1930), Union County, Kentucky:3

Henshaw, Lester, head-of-household, age 37, born in Kentucky; parents born in Kentucky; first married at age 22; owned home; no radio in home; occupation: farmer; not a veteran.
Henshaw, Edna M., wife, age 36, born in Kentucky; parents born in Kentucky; first married at age 21.
Henshaw, George C., son, age 13, born in Kentucky; parents born in Kentucky; attended school.
Henshaw, Mary C., daughter, age 12, born in Kentucky; parents born in Kentucky; attended school.
Henshaw, Edna Louise, daughter, age 11, born in Kentucky; parents born in Kentucky; attended school.
Henshaw, Joseph L., son, age 10, born in Kentucky; parents born in Kentucky; attended school.
Henshaw, William H., son, age 7, born in Kentucky; parents born in Kentucky; attended school.
Henshaw, Mildred M., daughter, age 5, born in Kentucky; parents born in Kentucky.
Henshaw, Helen T., daughter, age 3 years 6 months, born in Kentucky; parents born in Kentucky.
Henshaw, Dorothy A., daughter, age 2 years 2 months, born in Kentucky; parents born in Kentucky.
Henshaw, Margaret J., daughter, age 4 months, born in Kentucky; parents born in Kentucky.
Henshaw, Louise F., mother, age 60, born in Kentucky; parents born in Kentucky; widow; occupation: trained nurse, general practice.
Henshaw, Louise F., mother, age 40 [unclear], born in Kentucky; parents born in Kentucky; widow.

Lester and family were shown in the 1940 census (Apr 16 1940), Union County, Kentucky:5

Henshaw, Lester, head-of-household, age 47, born in Kentucky; completed 2 years of high school; on Apr 1 1935 was living in the same house; rented farm ($5/month rent); occupation: farmer.
Henshaw, Edna, wife, age 46, born in Kentucky; completed 8th grade; on Apr 1 1935 was living in the same house.
Henshaw, Louise, daughter, age 21, born in Kentucky; completed 1 year of college; on Apr 1 1935 was living in the same house; attended school.
Henshaw, Joe, son, age 20, born in Kentucky; completed 4 years of high school; on Apr 1 1935 was living in the same house; occupation: farmer.
Henshaw, Harold, son, age 17, born in Kentucky; completed 3 years of high school; on Apr 1 1935 was living in the same house; attended school.
Henshaw, Mildred, daughter, age 15, born in Kentucky; completed 8th grade; on Apr 1 1935 was living in the same house; attended school.
Henshaw, Helen, daughter, age 13, born in Kentucky; completed 7th grade; on Apr 1 1935 was living in the same house; attended school.
Henshaw, Dorothy, daughter, age 12, born in Kentucky; completed 5th grade; on Apr 1 1935 was living in the same house; attended school.
Henshaw, Margarete, daughter, age 10, born in Kentucky; completed 4th grade; on Apr 1 1935 was living in the same house; attended school.
Living next door in 1940 was the family of son George.15  

To their grandchildren Lester was known as "Gon Gon" and Mary Edna was called "Gonnie", names that stuck after firstborn grandchild Mary Lou Henshaw was unable to pronounce anything else (in fact most of Union County knew who were Gon Gon and Gonnie).12  

Everyone who knew Lester would say that he was a living saint.12  During the depression Lester and Mary Edna would take in stragglers that would hitch rides on the train.  They were allowed to sleep in the barn, if they chose to, and they were always supplied with a meal by Gonnie (they lived in the little community of Grove Center, just three miles up the road from Henshaw, and the railroad ran just a short distance from the house).  They always made sure that they had enough for those less fortunate.12  

Mary died Mar 15 1954, Morganfield, Union County, Kentucky; buried Saint Ambrose Cemetery, Henshaw, Union County, Kentucky.1,7  

Lester C. Henshaw died Apr 5 1990, Morganfield, Union County, Kentucky; buried Saint Ambrose Cemetery, Henshaw, Union County, Kentucky.1,2,7,8,16  

Lester's obituary was published in the "Courier-Journal Louisville" (Louisville, Kentucky) on Saturday, April 7, 1990:16

MORGANFIELD
Lester Henshaw, 97, died here Thursday.  Funeral, 11 a.m. Saturday, St. Ambrose Catholic Church near Morganfield.  Visitation is at Whitsell Funeral Home.

(photo)Photo: Lester C. Henshaw & Mary Edna Abel gravestone Saint Ambrose Cemetery 7

Social Security information for Lester C. Henshaw: 406-30-8886


Sources

  1. Henshaw history and genealogy manuscript, original by Holmes Hart Henshaw, 1930; updated in 1995 by Donald Craig Henshaw and others.
  2. Contribution from Marilyn Henshaw Woodhall.
  3. 1930 census, Raleigh Magisterial District, Union County, Kentucky; roll T626-779, ED 5, page 12A, line #32, dwelling #248, family #248.
  4. 1920 census, Magisterial District 1, Union County, Kentucky; roll T625-600, ED 120, page 11B, line #75, dwelling #139, family #139.
  5. 1940 census, Raleigh Magisterial District, Union County, Kentucky; roll T627-1359, ED 113-10, page 7B, line #45, household #128.
  6. Kentucky, Birth Index, 1911-1999; http://www.ancestry.com.
  7. http://www.findagrave.com.
  8. "Social Security Death Index" (as it is commonly called), derived from the Social Security Administration "Death Master File". See: http://www.rootsweb.com/~rwguide/lesson10.htm
  9. The Courier-Journal (Louisville, Kentucky), Obituaries, 1990-1998.
  10. U.S., World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918; http://www.ancestry.com.
  11. 1910 census, Morganfield Magisterial District, Union County, Kentucky; roll T624-504, ED 112, page 1A, line #25, dwelling #5, family #5.
  12. Contribution from Emily Jo (Thomas) Lyon.
  13. 1900 census, Morganfield, Union County, Kentucky; roll T623-553, ED 75, page 19A, line #19, dwelling #336, family #341.
  14. 1910 census, Magisterial District 2, Union County, Kentucky; roll T624-504, ED 115, page 66B, line #87, dwelling #144, family #144.
  15. 1940 census, Raleigh Magisterial District, Union County, Kentucky; roll T627-1359, ED 113-10, page 7B, line #54, household #129.
  16. "The Courier-Journal Louisville", April 7, 1990, pg 13A;
    (UMI Obituaries 1990-1997. Orem, UT: Ancestry Incorporated, 1998).


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