Samuel Henshaw

 1. Samuel Henshaw (c1661-c1719) m Keziah Pell (c1670->1721)
 2.. Samuel Henshaw (?-c1758)
     +Martha Noell (c1689-?)
 3...  Samuel Henshaw (1715-1788) 1,2
 3...  Elizabeth Henshaw  1,3
 3...  John Henshaw (c1728-1790) 1,3,4,5
Samuel Henshaw     [ID 05905] Click here to switch to Ancestror Tree view: Tree View

He married Martha Noell, Essex County, Virginia.4,6,7,8  Martha, daughter of Samuel Noell, was born about 1689, Essex County, Virginia.4,6,7  

Note: There is a published transcription of early Essex County, Virginia marriage records which shows this marriage occured in 1761.7,8  A 1761 marriage date seems entirely implausible as both Samuel and Martha would have been very old in 1761.  Furthermore, it appears that Samuel died about 1758 or so (see below), making a 1761 marriage date impossible.  It's possible that there might have been a transcription error in the publishing of those marriage records, and maybe the marriage date was 1716, not 1761.9  Some posted family trees show this marriage to have occured in 1715,10 or about 1715,4 or about 1713, but no primary (or close to primary) source is known which can confirm an exact marriage date.  

Samuel Henshaw died about 1758, Essex County, Virginia.4,11  

Samuel made his will on Mar 10 1758 as follows:4

In the name of GOD Amen I Samuell Henshaw Senior of Essex county at present being sick in body but perfect and strong in all my sences do make this my last will and testament as follows, in the first place I recomend my soul to God who gave it in hopes of a gracious reception by the merits and through the jnror opsion of my blessed saviour Jesus CHRIST and my Body to be buryed decently at the Discretion of my excutors here after named. Item I lend my loving wife my chair and horses durring her life or widowhood and after her death or marriage I leave the said chair and horses to my son john and his heirs I also lend my said wife during, her life or widowhood half stocks and half my household furniture and after her death or marriage to be equelly diveded among my two sons and william Bates my son in law I also lend my said wife during the time aforesaid half my still half of my tight cask and tubs. I leave to my son Samuell I also lend to my wife durring the time afforesaid the plantation on which I now live and half of my orchards and as much timber and land to work as she have occasion for, For her own use I also lend my said wife during time affordsaid six of my negroes to wit Essex, Tom, nanny Jude, Nell,and Binder Item I give to my daughter Keziahs childern fifty pounds current money and the same to remaine in the hand of my executors untilt they arrive to the age of twenty one or be married and as soon as any of them come to the age afforesaid or marry then they are to have their equall share but its my will in case my excutors shall request to spend any of the above sum on the said Children that they do it and divide the remainder as aforesaid.  Item, I Lend to my daughter during her life my negroe Jimmey and after her death to be divided among her children. I also lend to my said daughter Elizabeth after the marriage or decease of my wife three negroes named Nanny,Nell and Bender with their future increase the said negroes to continue in the possession of my said dauther Elizabeth during her life and thereafter to be equally divided among her children. Item, I give to my son Samuel half my still, tight cashe, and mobby tubs and half my orchards immediately after my decease, I also give my said son Samuel my three negroes young Charles, old Charles and Nan and after my wife's marriage or decease I leave him my negroe fellow Essex. I also leave to my son Samuel the tract of land on which I now live to him and his heirs forever. Item, I leave to my grandson Samuel Henshaw my negroe Jude immediatelly after the decease or marriage of my wife. Item, I leave to my son John the land I purchased of Richard Riply also three negroes named Harry, young Harry and Jeany and after the decease or marriage of my wife I leave him my negroe Tom, the said land and negroes to him and the heirs of his body lawfully begotten forever and failing of such heirs then it is my will that the land and negroes so left to my said son John be elllqually divided between the children of my son Samuel and my daughter Elizabeth and their heirs. Item, I leave to my two son and son in law William Bates immediately after my decease half my stock and household furniture and I also leave them the other half of the said stocks and furniture after the marriage or decease of my wife and further It's my will that in case any legates in this my will shall sue for or endeavour to recover more than I have left them from my executors then its my express will that the legacy hereby left to him or them so being shall be my executors be kept in their hands til such legates if a minor be of age or marry but if the legates so suing be of age then its my will that such legates be equally divided among my other legates and lastly I appoint my two sons John and Samuel executors of this my last will and testament hereby revoking all former wills. In witness where or I have here unto set my hand and seal this tenth day of march one thousand and seven hundred and fifty eight years.
Note: Samuel might have died shortly after he wrote his will in 1758, but we can't be certain.  It's entirely possible that he might have lived some years after writing his will.9  If the date when the will was proved in court can ever be found then we will know more precisely when he died.  


  1. Contribution from Charles Ruffin Henshaw Jr. citing: Will of Samuel Henshaw.
  2. Contribution from Charles Ruffin Henshaw Jr. citing:
    Will of Samuel Henshaw.
  3. Contribution from Charles Ruffin Henshaw Jr. citing: Will of Samuel Henshaw.
  4. Contribution from Charles Ruffin Henshaw Jr..
  5. Contribution from Jane Bennett ().
  6. "Virginia Marriges 1851-1929": Ancestry, Inc.
  7. Wilkerson, Eva Eubank. "Index to Marriages of Old Rappahannock and Essex
    Counties, Virginia, 1655-1900". Richmond, VA: Clearfield Company, 1953;
    Book D 29, pages 56 & 58.
  8. Virginia Marriages, 1851-1929;
  9. Speculation.
  10. Numerous postings to "Ancestry World Tree".
  11. Contribution from Debra Henshaw Lawrence.

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