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Amanda Lou "Mandy" Swearengin Henshaw
Birth: Feb. 25, 1907
Swaim
Jackson County
Alabama, USA
Death: Oct. 10, 1990
Scottsboro
Jackson County
Alabama, USA

My beloved grandma, Amanda Lou (Swearengin) Henshaw was born at home in Swaim, AL. She was the daughter of Albert David Swearengin and Wade Hampton (Bishop) Sanders Swearengin.

"Mandy" married Ernest ("Earn") Wann Henshaw February 17, 1923 and had 5 children: Hampton, was stillborn at birth and buried in the Bouldin Cemetery; Edith Grace (my Mother); Lois Hampton (male); Elsie Faye, and Ernest Jimmie Dean (female).

Mama's siblings: Eliza Ellen, Jones, Callie, John David, Jesse James, and Charlie

I have wonderful fond memories of my Mama Henshaw. She was a very strong-willed woman and worked very hard. She used to roll her own cigarettes and chew snuff. She built a 2-seater outhouse by herself and raised chickens and a huge garden. I remember we used to pick polk salad and she would make a wonderful batter and fry it in her cast iron skillet on her wood stove. She never had an indoor bathroom or her very own running water, or air conditioning. She had to get her water from a well bucket. She would wash her clothes outside in a big black kettle and use a scrub board. She made her own lye soap. She used to trade with the peddler that made weekly visits. She'd trade her eggs for such things as sugar, cornmeal, kerosene, and coffee. She sewed her daughters clothing out of flower sacks. She had all her babies at home. She was a loving grandma who I miss very much.

I remember sleeping in her wonderful feather bed and waking up to the smells of biscuits & gravy, pork sausage, eggs, and fried sweet potatoes. She would get out of bed every morning at 4:30 a.m. and go to bed around 8:30 p.m. All the family would gather round the wood stove during cold winter evenings and talk about "old" times and laugh until our sides hurt. Those days were wonderful days! Mama always gave her grandkids a BIG peppermint stick at Christmas.

Mama acquired diabetes in her later years and developed heart problems. After Papa passed away, she moved in with her daughter, Faye. She died in a hospital from a heart attack with her family close by.

I miss and love YOU very much, Mama!!

The Daily Sentinel ran her obituary on October 12, 1990:

Amanda "Mandy" Henshaw,83 of Baileytown, died Wednesday, October 10, 1990 at the Jackson County Hospital.
Funeral services will be conducted Saturday, October 13, 1990 at 2 p.m. from the Bostick Hill Methodist Church with the Rev. Robert Sims officiating.

Burial will be in Henshaw Cemetery.

Visitation will be Friday from 6-9 p.m. at the Scottsboro Funeral Home.

Surviving are three daughters, Edith Morris, of Skyline, Elsie Faye Bailey, of Baileytown, and Jimmie Dean Prince of Harvey, Ill; one son, Lois Henshaw of Baileytown; nine grandchildren; eleven great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Inscription: Asleep Till Jesus comes
 
 
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 Parents:
  Albert David Swearengin (1863 - 1918)
  Wade Hampton Bishop Swearengin (1866 - 1950)
 
 Spouse:
  Ernest Wann Henshaw (1904 - 1984)
 
 Children:
  Hampton Henshaw (1923 - 1923)*
  Edith Grace Henshaw Morris (1925 - 2006)*
  Lois Hampton Henshaw (1927 - 2009)*
  Elsie "Faye" Henshaw Bailey (1931 - 2006)*
  Jimmie Dean Henshaw Prince (1936 - 2013)*
 
 Siblings:
  Callie Swearengin Robertson (1892 - 1968)*
  John David Swearengin (1897 - 1980)*
  Jesse James Swearengin (1900 - 1990)*
  Charlie Cargile Swearengin (1903 - 1972)*
  Amanda Lou Swearengin Henshaw (1907 - 1990)
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Henshaw Cemetery
Jackson County
Alabama, USA
 
Created by: Joanie
Record added: Feb 18, 2007
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Love YOU, Mama!
- Joanie
 Added: Apr. 18, 2014
Think of YOU often, Mama Henshaw. Love YOU and miss YOU!
- Joanie
 Added: Mar. 10, 2014
Happy Valentine's Day blessings to the families of Mandy Swearengin Henshaw!
- Carole Whittemore
 Added: Feb. 14, 2014
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