Born in 1784 in Shrewsbury, Andrew Henshaw graduated from Harvard College with an A.B. in 1808. He married Sarah (“Sally”) Henshaw in 1809 and fathered 9 children. He became a lawyer in 1811 and practiced in Shrewsbury. He also served as town clerk. Later he moved to Boston in 1829 and became a customs official for nearly 25 years. Andrew Henshaw served as Justice of the Peace for three counties, for a total of 56 years. He was an active historian of Shrewsbury and genealogist of the Ward family. He published The Ward Family in 1851. Andrew Henshaw also helped to originate the "poor farm system". He died 1864 in Newton, MA.