Berkeley County West Virginia Biography of Marion L. HENSHAW


         Marion L. HENSHAW, a son of Samuel P. and Julia (Hunsicker) Henshaw, both natives of West Virginia, the former born in Berkeley County and the latter in Jefferson County, was born in Berkeley County on June 25, 1845.

         On October 19, 1869, Marion L. Henshaw and Emily P. Payne were married; they had seven children, all living at home in 1884: Holmes Payne, October 5, 1870-?; Carter L. Payne, December 15, 1871-?; Myra A. Payne, October 22, 1873-?; Mary R. Payne, September 6, 1875-?; Valley V. Payne, October 31, 1877-?; Daisey M. Payne, February 7, 1879-?; and Martin P. Payne, March 4, 1881-?.      Emily Payne was the daughter of Jesse and Jane (Wright) Payne, well-known residents of Berkeley County; she was born in that county on August 20, 1845.

         Marion L. Henshaw was a soldier in the Civil War, serving in the Confederate Army at Harpers Ferry. In August 1863, he enlisted again, serving in Company K, 23rd Virginia Cavalry, until the close of the war. He served mostly in the campaign of the Virginia Valley, fighting in all the battles. In addition to being a farmer in the Bunker Hill, Mill Creek District, Berkeley County, West Virginia, he served his district as president of the board of education since 1876.

    Submitted by Marilyn Gouge and extracted from West Virginia Heritage Encyclopedia, a reprint of Hardesty's Historical and Geographical Encyclopedia Berkeley County, WV, Biographies List, 1884.

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