Biography of Horace Henshaw
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Horace Henshaw was born Oct. 12, 1811, in Erie Co., N. Y. His parents, William and Jerusha (Brace) Henshaw, were natives of Connecticut, of English extraction. Both died in Canada, in 1822, of typhus fever, while en route to this State. Mr. H., of this sketch, left New York in 1837 for Ohio, and in 1857 located on see. 17, this tp., purchasing 80 acres of land. May 2, 1831, he was married to Martha M. Montgomery, of Auburn, N. Y. From this marriage five children remain, Lydia A., born April 3, 1832, now the widow of B. Davis, of Ohio; Byron M., born March 1, 1837, now living in Missouri; Henry H., born Dec. 6, 1838, now in the United States postal service, acting as Postoffice Inspector, with headquarters at Chicago; Harriet, wife of R. J. Stowe, of Grand Rapids, born Oct. 1, 1846, and Horace, born Aug. 20, 1852, now managing a commission house in Chicago. Mrs. K. died July 16, 1876. March 31, 1879, Mr. H. was married to Mrs. Sarah J. Kelsey, widow of Samuel Kelsey. Her first marriage occurred July 4, 1844. Mr. Kelsey died April 6, 1871, leaving five children, born, in the subsequent order: Theron A., May 1, 1845; Alice T., Oct. 8, 1851; Editha A., Jan. 22, 1855; Charles B., March 27, 1863, and Adelaide M., July 4, 1869. Mrs. H. has a farm of 62 acres on see. 18. Politically Mr. Henshaw is a Republican. He has held the position of Supervisor four terms, and has been Justice during the past 16 years. He is a man of tested integrity, justly esteemed by his fellow citizens, and descended from loyal and patriotic ancestry. His father served in the wars of the Revolution and 1812, and his grandfather held a general commission, dated June 27, 1775. He had two brothers in the battle of Lundy's Lane, in 1814. Henry and Charles Henshaw served in the war of the Rebellion; the latter died of disease, contracted in camp. The former served through the entire war. Mr. and Mrs. Henshaw are members of the Christian Church.

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