Elizabeth Hanshaw or Henshaw

England, United Kingdom

The Life of Elizabeth

When Elizabeth Hanshaw or Henshaw was born in 1832, in England, United Kingdom, her father, Elisha Hanshaw, was 35 and her mother, Mary Hutchins, was 31. She married James Widbin in 1847, in Watford, Hertfordshire, England, United Kingdom. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 1 daughter. She lived in St. Louis, St. Louis, Missouri, United States in 1880.

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James Widbin
Elizabeth Hanshaw or Henshaw
Marriage: 1847
William Widbin
Frank Widbin
Adelaide Widbin

Spouse and Children

Watford, Hertfordshire, England, United Kingdom


    William Widbin


    Frank Widbin


    Adelaide Widbin


Parents and Siblings

    Elisha Hanshaw





    Elisha Hanshaw


    Mary Hanshaw



    Sarah Hanshaw


World Events (8)

1832 · The Black Hawk War

Age 0

Convinced that a group of Native American tribes were hostile, The United States formed a frontier militia to stop them in their tracks. Even though Black Hawk was hoping to avoid bloodshed while trying to resettle on tribal land, U.S. officials opened fire on the Native Americans. Black Hawk then responded to this confrontation by successfully attacking the militia at the Battle of Stillman's Run and then left northward. After a few months the militia caught up with Black Hawk and his men and defeated them at the Battle of Wisconsin Heights. While being weakened by hunger, injuries and desertion, Black Hawk and the rest of the many native survivors retreated towards the Mississippi. Unfortunately, Black Hawk and other leaders were later captured when they surrendered to the US forces and were then imprisoned for a year.
1833 · The Factory Act Restricts Child Labor

Age 1

The Factory Act restricted the hours women and children could work in textile mills. No child under the age of 9 were allowed to work, and children ages 9-13 could not work longer than 9 hours per day. Children up to the age of 13 were required to receive at least two hours of schooling, six days per week.

Age 31

Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.

Name Meaning

1 English: perhaps a variant of Henshaw .2 Possibly also an Americanized spelling of German Handschuh .

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

Possible Related Names

Sources (3)

  • Elizabeth Widbin, "United States Census, 1880"
  • Elizabeth Widbin, "United States Census, 1880"
  • Elizabeth Henshaw in entry for William Widbin, "Florida, Deaths, 1877-1939"

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