Mary Elizabeth Henshaw

Brief Life History of Mary Elizabeth

When Mary Elizabeth Henshaw was born on 22 August 1837, in Caroline, Virginia, United States, her father, George W Henshaw, was 29 and her mother, Susan Samuel Chenault, was 22. She married William Heiter Vaughan on 15 March 1860, in Caroline, Virginia, United States. They were the parents of at least 9 sons and 3 daughters. She lived in Newtown, King and Queen, Virginia, United States in 1880 and Bermuda District, Chesterfield, Virginia, United States in 1900. She died on 25 May 1904, in Chesterfield, Virginia, United States, at the age of 66, and was buried in Chesterfield, Virginia, United States.

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Family Time Line

William Heiter Vaughan
Mary Elizabeth Henshaw
Marriage: 15 March 1860
Charles Vaughan
Edward Vaughan
William Lee Vaughan
Ernest Vaughan
George Frederick Vaughan
Betty Alice Vaughan
Buford Edward Vaughan
Wilton Vaughan
Louis A. Vaughan
Mary Ellen Vaughan
Edward Vaughan
Susie Etta Vaughan

Sources (27)

  • Bettie Vaughn in household of Wm H Vaughn, "United States Census, 1870"
  • Eliz Vaughan, "Virginia, Bureau of Vital Statistics, Birth Records, 1853-1896"
  • Mary Elizabeth Vaughan, "Find A Grave Index"

World Events (8)

1844 · Lumpkin's Jail

In 1844 when Robert Lumpkin bought land in Virginia, this would be the spot of the Infamous Slave Jail (or Lumpkin’s Jail). The slaves would be brought here during the slave trade until they were sold. Lumpkin had purchased the land for his own slave business.


U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.

1861 · The Battle of Manassas

The Battle of Manassas is also referred to as the First Battle of Bull Run. 35,000 Union troops were headed towards Washington D.C. after 20,000 Confederate forces. The McDowell's Union troops fought with General Beauregard's Confederate troops along a little river called Bull Run. 

Name Meaning

English (Lancashire):

habitational name from Henshaw in Prestbury (Cheshire), from Old English henn ‘hen’ + sceaga ‘copse, small wood’.

habitational name from Henshaw (Northumberland), possibly from the Old Norse personal name Hethinn (genitive Hethinns) + Old English halh ‘nook, corner of land’. See Hensell , of which Henshaw is sometimes a variant.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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