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  • Family grave, Mansfield (Nottingham Road) Cemetery. Photograph Rachel Farrand (July 2016).
Person Details
Langley, Derbyshire
Thomas was born about 1898 the son of William and Hannah Henshaw. William (b. abt 1856, Heanor/Langley) and Hannah Sharley (b. Losco, Heanor) were married on 14 July 1877 at St Lawrence's parish church, Heanor. The 1911 census records that they had been married for 33 years and had had 14 children of whom only 10 were still living. Thirteen children were named on the census between 1881 and 1911: Gershon, Betsy, Harriett, Albert, Gertrude, Louisa (d. 1898), Walter, Hannah (d. 1900), Elizabeth Agnes, William (Bill), Thomas, Violet, (d. 1902) and Ernest. With the exception of Elizabeth who was born in Aldecar, Derbyshire, and Ernest who was born in Kirkby in Ashfield, all the children were born in either Heanor or Langley (Langley Mill), Derbyshire. In 1881 William, a coal miner, and his wife were living on Lacey Fields Road, Heanor, with their three children, Gershon (5), Betsy (2) and Harriet (1 month). They were still living in Heanor ten years later in 1891; they now had eight children: Gersham (15), Betsy (13), Harriett (10), Albert (8), Gertrude (6), Louisa (4), Walter (2) and Hannah (4 months). Louisa died in 1898 (J/A/S) aged 11 and Hannah died in 1900 (O.N.D) aged 9. By 1901 the family had moved to 20 Park Street, Kirkby in Ashfield. Recorded in the household with their parents were Albert, Gertrude, Walter, Elizabeth (8), Bill (6), Thomas (3) and Violet (10 months). Violet died the following year (J/F/M). Their eldest son, Gersham, had married Vida Singleton on 10 September 1898 at St Lawrence, Heanor, and had left home. William and Hannah moved house again and in 1911 were living at 4 Mount Street, Mansfield. At home on the night of the census were Walter (miner), Elizabeth (laundry hand), Bill (miner), Thomas (apprentice boot maker) and Ernest (9). Gershon and Vida and their four children were also living in Mansfield at 57 Albion Street. Thomas' brother, William (known as 'Bill' in the family), 14066 Private 6th Bn Lincolnshire Regiment, died on 27 November 1915 and is buried in Hill 10 Cemetery, France. William's father died on 26 March 1930 aged 74 and his mother on 12 May 1938 aged 80.
In 1911 he was an apprentice boot maker
Thomas has been identified from the dedication on the family gravestone in Mansfield (Nottingham Road) Cemetery. His war record has not yet been traced.
Inscription on family gravestone Mansfield (Nottingham Road) Cemetery: 'In loving memory of William beloved husband of Hannah Henshaw who died March 26th 1930 aged 74 yrs. At rest. Also Hannah beloved wife of the above who died May 12th 1938 aged 80 yrs. Reunited. Also William and Thomas beloved sons of the above who gave their lives in the Great War.' The Derbyshire parish registers have records of the baptisms of William and Hannah's children at St Lawrence, Heanor: 28 March 1888: Gersham, Betsy, Albert, Gertrude, Louisa March1888: Harriet 6 February 1896: Hannah, Elizabeth Agnes and Bill (William)
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  • Family grave, Mansfield (Nottingham Road) Cemetery. Photograph Rachel Farrand (July 2016).
    Thomas Henshaw - Family grave, Mansfield (Nottingham Road) Cemetery. Photograph Rachel Farrand (July 2016).
  • Family grave Mansfield (Nottingham Road) Cemetery with dedication to William and Thomas Henshaw. Photograph Rachel Farrand (July 2016).
    Thomas Henshaw - Family grave Mansfield (Nottingham Road) Cemetery with dedication to William and Thomas Henshaw. Photograph Rachel Farrand (July 2016).