Joshua Laurens Henshaw

 1. Joshua Laurens Henshaw (c1802-1866)
    +Susanna George Nevitt (c1802-1869)
 2..  Cynthia Susan Henshaw (1828-1828) 1
 2..  Frances L. Henshaw (1835-1911) 1,2
 2..  Edith O. Henshaw (c1837-1889) 1,2,3
 2..  Henry Clay Henshaw (1840-1903) 2,3
Joshua Laurens Henshaw     [ID 09883] Click here to switch to Ancestror Tree view: Tree View

Joshua Laurens Henshaw4 [Joshua Lawrence Henshaw4, Josiah L. Henshaw5].

Born about 1802, Boston, Massachusetts.2,3  

He married Susanna George Nevitt6,7,8 [Susannah George Wailes9,10], Nov 14 18266,7,8, Washington, D.C.6,7,8  Susanna was born about 1802, Maryland.2,3  (c1797).4  Susanna (Susan) had been previously married Dec 24 181211 (Dec 24 1813),12 St. Mary's County, Maryland to George L. Nevitt11 (George L.C. Nevitt)12 (Captain Charles L. Nevitt)13 (Charles Le Compe Nevitte).14  The marriage notice published for her first marriage noted she was the daughter of "the late Captain Wailes".9  

Joshua and family were shown in the 1850 census (Jul 9 1850), Washington, D.C.:2

J.L. Henshaw, age 48, born in Massachusetts; Depty. U.S. Marshall.
Susan G. Henshaw, age 48, born in Maryland.
Charlotte S. Nevitt, age 26, born in D.C.
Francis L. Henshaw, age 15, born in D.C.
Edith Henshaw, age 13, born in D.C.; attended school.
Henry C. Henshaw, age 11, born in D.C.; attended school.

Joshua was shown in an 1853 city directory of Washington, D.C., residing on the south side of Massachusetts Ave. between 6th and 7th west.  His occupation was recorded as "clerk, Marshal's Office".15  Susan was also listed, under "Schools", as "Mrs. S.G. Henshaw, teacher.  School-room on 11th street, in the German Hall".16  Also residing in Washington, D.C. in 1853 was Foster Henshaw #7322.15  

Joshua and family were shown in the 1860 census (Jun 5-6 1860), Washington, D.C.:3

Joshua L. Henshaw, age 58, born in Massachusetts; teacher of languages; $2500 personal property.
Susan Henshaw, age 58, born in Maryland.
Edith O. Henshaw, age 21, born in D.C.
Henry C. Henshaw, age 19, born in D.C.; engineer.
Thomas E. Baden, age 33, born in Maryland; claim agent; $3000 real estate.
Frances Baden, age 25, born in D.C.
Francis Baden, age 3, born in D.C.
Charlotte H. Baden, age 6 months, born in D.C.

Joshua was shown in the 1862 city directory of Washington, D.C.:17

Henshaw Joshua L., h Va av cor 4th east
Joshua was shown in the 1864 city directory of Washington, D.C.:17
Henshaw Joshua L. clerk Pay Dept, b 524 Va ave
Joshua was shown in the 1865 city directory of Washington, D.C.:17
Henshaw Joshua L. clerk Treas Dept, h 524 Va ave
Joshua was shown in the 1866 city directory of Washington, D.C.:17
Henshaw Joshua L., clerk 3d Auditor, bds Va

Joshua Laurens Henshaw died Sep 14 1866, buried Range 16, Site 85, Historic Congressional Cemetery, 1801 E Street SE, Washington, D.C.1  

Joshua's death was noted in a Washington D.C. area newspaper as follows:4

Henshaw.  On the 14th instant at 4 o'clock p.m, after a brief illness, Joshua Laurens Henshaw, a native of Boston, Mass., but a resident of this city many years.  The friends of the family are invited to attend his funeral from his late residence, corner of 4th street east and Virginia avenue, on Monday, the 17th instant, at 4 o'clock p.m.

Susanna died Dec 10 1869, age 72.1  

Susannah's death was noted in a Washington D.C. area newspaper as follows:4

Henshaw.  On Friday, December 10th, at the residence of her son-in-law, Thomas E. Baden, Mrs. Susannah George Henshaw, widow of the late Joshua Laurens Henshaw, in the 72d year of her age.  A faithful friend, a devoted mother, a true Christian.  "Blessed are the dead that die in the Lord, for they rest from their labors and their works do follow them".  The funeral will take place at the house, corner of Virginia avenue and 3rd street east, on Sunday, the 12th, at three o'clock p.m.  Friends of the family are invited to attend.

Susannah's obituary was published in "The Evening Star" (Washington D.C.) on Friday, December 10, 1869:4

Death of an Estimable Lady
We regret to announce that Mrs. Susana George Henshaw, widow of the late Joshua Lawrence Henshaw, died this morning at the residence of her son-in-law, Thomas E. Baden, at the corner of Virginia avenue and 4th street east, in the 72d year of her age.  Deceased was greatly beloved for her many excellent traits of character, by a large circle of friends.  She was the stepmother of the well-known authoress, Mrs. Emma D.N. Southworth.  Her funeral will take place on Sunday afternoon, the 12th instant, at 3 o'clock, from the residence of Mr. Baden.

Another obituary was published in "The Evening Star" (Washington D.C.) on Saturday, December 11, 1869:4

Mrs. Susannah George Henshaw, who died in this city yesterday, was the mother of Mrs. E.D.E.N. Southworth, the authoress, and not the step-mother as was erroneously published.  In consequence of the death of Mrs. Henshaw, Mrs. Southworth will discontinue her Friday evening receptions at Prospect Cottage, Georgetown, for the remainder of the season.

Susannah's funeral was noted in "The Evening Star" (Washington D.C.) on Monday, December 13, 1869:4

Funerals Yesterday
The funeral of the venerable Mrs. Henshaw, mother of Mrs. Southworth, the novelist, took place yesterday afternoon from her late residence, in the eastern section of the city, and was very largely attended by prominent citizens of the District.  The funeral services were conducted by Rev. J.C. Smith, D.D., a member of whose church the deceased had been for over thirty years.  The remains were interred in the Congressional Cemetery.

A biographical sketch of Susan's daughter from her first marriage was published in "The Twentieth Century Biographical Dictionary of Notable Americans", Volume V:18

SOUTHWORTH, Emma Dorothy Eliza (Nevitte), novelist, was born in Washington, D.C., Dec. 26, 1819; daughter of Capt. Charles Nevitte.  She attended the school of her stepfather, Joshua L. Henshaw, and in 1840 she was married to Frederick H. Southworth of Utica, N.Y.  She taught school, 1844-49, and contributed stories to the Baltimore Saturday Visitor, the National Era, and other periodicals.  When Robert Bonner purchased the Ledger, he paid Mrs. Southworth $5,000 per year, for her contributions.  In 1876 she moved from Georgetown, D.C., to Yonkers, N.Y., retiring later to Georgetown.  She is the author of over sixty books, many of which were translated into Spanish, French and German.  Her best known novels include: Retribution (1849); Unknown (1874); Nearest and Dearest (1881); An Exile's Bride (1887); The Deserted Wife; Cruel as the Grave.  She died in Washington, D.C., June 29, 1899.

Another biographical sketch of Susan's daughter Emma was published in "The Washington Post" (Washington, D.C.) on Sep 4 1904.5  

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Sources

  1. Contribution from Sandra Schmidt, Association for the Preservation of Historic Congressional Cemetery: http://www.congressionalcemetery.org.
  2. 1850 census, Ward 2, Washington, D.C.; roll M432-56, page 84, line #17, dwelling #276, family #317.
  3. 1860 census, Ward 6, Washington, D.C.; roll M653-104, page 577, line #10, dwelling #89, family #99-100.
  4. Association for the Preservation of Historic Congressional Cemetery:
    http://www.congressionalcemetery.org/PDF/Obits/H/Obits_Henshaw.pdf.
  5. "The Washington Post" (Washington, D.C.), Sep 4 1904; http://www.ancestry.com.
  6. "Washington DC Marriages From 1806 to 1850".
  7. "Washington, DC Marriages, 1826-50"; Ancestry.com.
  8. "Marriage Index: District of Columbia, Delaware, Maryland, & Virginia, 1740-1920"; http://www.genealogylibrary.com.
  9. Contribution from Alicia Towster () citing:
    marriage notice in the Alexandria newspaper, reprinted in "Magazine of Virginia Genealogy", volume 41, #3.
  10. Ancestry Family Tree data "Darby-Lundy-Mays" posted by "DCDarby".
  11. Maryland Records Colonial, Revolutionary, County, and Church from Original Sources Vol. I; http://www.ancestry.com.
  12. LDS IGI, citing: Marriage records, 1794-1940 St. Mary's County (Maryland). Clerk of the Circuit Court.
  13. Contribution from Alicia Towster ().
  14. LDS IGI, citing: member submission.
  15. "The Washington and Georgetown Directory, Strangers' Guide-book for Washington, and Congressional and Clerks' Register",
    1853. Compiled and Published by Alfred Hunter; USGenWeb Archives:
    http://ftp.rootsweb.com/pub/usgenweb/dc/misc/georgetown2.txt.
  16. "The Washington and Georgetown Directory, Strangers' Guide-book for Washington, and Congressional and Clerks' Register",
    1853. Compiled and Published by Alfred Hunter; USGenWeb Archives
    http://ftp.rootsweb.com/pub/usgenweb/dc/misc/georgetown4.txt.
  17. U.S. City Directories, 1821-1989 (Beta); http://www.ancestry.com.
  18. Biographies of Notable Americans, 1904; http://www.ancestry.com.


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