From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Edward Renshaw '47

Date of birth: 1824

Date of death: November 23, 1857

Age: 33


Edward died on November 23, 1857 in Philadelphia. He was last stationed aboard the receiving ship Union, stationed in Philadelphia.

From “The Papers of Francis Gregory Dallas," a journal of a naval officer:

A friend of mine, Lt. Edward Renshaw, died near my rooms of consumption.

He was living ashore in Philadelphia at the time.

He was born in, and appointed to the Naval Academy from, New Jersey. He is buried in New York.


From researcher Kathy Franz:

Edward was in Rye, Westchester County, New York, when he received orders in November 1846 to report to the Ohio. In January 1848, he requested that the Navy pay his passage cost of $125 for sailing on Captain John Oliver’s barque Stella. In a separate letter, he assured the Navy that he had forgotten that he owed a Mr. Bustis some dept after three years at sea but would pay him shortly. He then was in Annapolis, took leave to Quincy, Illinois, and in October, reported to the Fredonia.

In 1853 Edward requested to stay on the mail ship Ohio as he was only on board seven months and a circular from the Department stated service would be for 12 months. In 1855 he was detached from the San Jacinto and then lived in Brooklyn. He went to North Conway, New Hampshire, and reported that the mountain air helped him immensely but he still needed shore duty. He was sent to the receiving ship Union. In 1857, he was detached from the Cyane, and returned to New York on March 28 on the steamship Illinois from Aspinwall. In June he resided at Ritchfield Springs, New York, and in October, he felt better and was living in New York City. His physician thought the climate of California would improve his health. On November 21, Edward wrote from Philadelphia that he had another attack and was very ill, and he included a note from his physician. He died two days later. I believe the reason he is buried in the Chauncey mortuary chapel and tomb is that Mary Renshaw married Commodore Isaac Chauncey’s son Peter. He was a reverend at Christ’s Church in Rye for many years. Among their seven children born between 1835 and 1848, their daughter Mary and son James both had the middle name of Renshaw.


From the Naval History and Heritage Command:

Midshipman, 4 November, 1841. Passed Midshipman, 10 August, 1847. Master, 14 September, 1855. Lieutenant, 15 September, 1855. Died 23 November, 1857.

Navy Directories & Officer Registers

The "Register of Commissioned and Warrant Officers of the United States Navy and Marine Corps" was published annually from 1815 through at least the 1970s; it provided rank, command or station, and occasionally billet until the beginning of World War II when command/station was no longer included. Scanned copies were reviewed and data entered from the mid-1840s through 1922, when more-frequent Navy Directories were available.

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September 1842

Midshipman, Sloop Falmouth

January 1843

Midshipman, Sloop Falmouth

October 1843

Midshipman, Sloop Falmouth

January 1844

Midshipman, Sloop Falmouth

January 1846

Midshipman, Brig Lawrence

January 1847

Midshipman, Ohio, 74

January 1849

Midshipman, Frigate Constitution

January 1850

Passed Midshipman, Store Ship Fredonia

January 1851

Passed Midshipman, leave of absence

January 1852

Passed Midshipman, Brig Dolphin

January 1853

Passed Midshipman, Steam Frigate Powhatan

Others at this command:

January 1854

Passed Midshipman, Steamer Corwin

Others at this command:

January 1855

Passed Midshipman, acting master, Steamer Corwin

Others at this command:

January 1856

Lieutenant, Receiving ship, Philadelphia

Others at this command:

January 1857

Lieutenant, Sloop Cyane

Others at this command:

Class of 1847

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