Elihu Bennett Hinshaw

                                                     ┌── Stephen Hinshaw
                                                     │    1797-1877 
                              ┌── Jacob Hinshaw ─────┤
                              │    1834-1920         │
                              │                      └── Hannah Davis
                              │                           1804-1881 
Elihu Bennett Hinshaw ────────┤
B: 1860                       │                      ┌── Seth Barker
D: 1930                       │                      │
No Issue                      └── Elizabeth Barker ──┤
                                   1836-1882         │
                                                     └── Margaret Martha Cox
M: Mollie Elizabeth Hunnicutt

Elihu Bennett Hinshaw     [ID 00254] Click here to switch to Ahnentafel view: Ahnentafel View

Born Oct 23 18601,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10 [about 186211], Holly Spring MM, North Carolina1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10.  

He married Mollie Elizabeth Hunnicutt1,3,12 [Molly E. Hunnicutt1, Molly Honeycutt4, Mary E. Hunicutt5,8], Jun 9 18841,3,12 [Jun 9 18955], Monroe County, Tennessee1,3,12 [Whitewright, Texas5].  Mollie, daughter of William Hunicutt5,10, was born Oct 12 18675,10 [Oct - 18648,9, about 186911], Tennessee5,10.  

No children.4  

Elihu lived in Durant, Oklahoma and in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.1,3,4  He was a preacher and a teacher, and reportedly was wealthy.4  He was at one time a director of Bloomfield Academy in the Chickasaw Nation.13  

Elihu and Mollie were shown in the 1900 census (Jul 2 1900), Bloomfield Seminary, Chickasaw Nation, Indian Territory (now Oklahoma):8

Hinshaw, Elihu B., head-of-household, age 39, born Oct 1860 in Indiana; parents born in North Carolina; married 16 years; occupation: superintendent; rented farm.
Hinshaw, Mary E., wife, age 35, born Oct 1864 in Tennessee; father born in South Carolina; mother born in Missouri; married 16 years; no children; occupation: matron.
[.. plus twelve teachers, staff and pupils ..]

The following article was published in "The Daily Ardmoreite" (Ardmore, Carter County, Oklahoma) on Friday, November 25, 1904:14

Milo, Nov. 24 -- Born to the J. W. Johnson family, on the 21st, a son.  The child is named Elihu Bennett in honor of Professor E. B. Henshaw of Bloomfield Seminary in which school three daughters of Mr. Johnson's were taught.

Elihu and Mollie were shown in the 1910 census (May 6 1910), Durant, Bryan County, Oklahoma:9

Hinshaw, Elihu, head-of-household, age 49, born in North Carolina; parents born in North Carolina; first marriage; no children; [..occupation unclear..]; owned home (free).
Hinshaw, Malley, wife, age 46, born in Tennessee; parents born in Tennessee; first marriage, married 25 years.

The following article was published in "The Evening News" (Ada, Oklahoma) on Friday, January 20, 1911:15


Prof. E. B. Hinshaw of Durant has conceived the idea of starting a school in the county jail at Durant.  His notion is that the enforced idleness of the prisoners is productive of nothing but plunging them deeper into the abyss of crime, and that if given the opportunity many of them would avail themselves of it and at least get the rudiments of an education.  At all events, his experiment, if he tries it, will be watched with interest and if it succeeds will doubtless be followed by other charity workers.

The following article was published in the "Daily Ardmoreite" (Ardmore, Carter County, Oklahoma) on Tuesday, August 31, 1915:16

Moves to Milburn

PROF. E. B. HENSHAW moves to Milburn this week.  For a number of years, he was in charge of the Bloomfield seminary, located in the southern part of what is now Bryan County and was first vice-president of the Southeastern State Normal at Durant, from which position he was elected president of the Haskell State School of Agriculture at Broken Arrow where he has been for several years.  From there he comes here and will be connected with the First State Bank.

Eli and Mollie were shown in the 1920 census (Jan 13-14 1920), Oklahoma City, Oklahoma:10

Henshaw, Eli, head-of-household, age 59, born in North Carolina; parents born in North Carolina; rented home; occupation: manager, own oil co.
Henshaw, Elizabeth, wife, age 53, born in Tennessee; father born in Tennessee; mother born in Missouri.

Eli and Mollie were shown in the 1930 census, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma:11

Hinshaw, E.B., head-of-household, age 68, born in North Carolina; parents born in North Carolina; first married at age 24; owned home ($10,000 value); radio in home; occupation: none, retired; not a war veteran.
Hinshaw, Elizabeth, wife, age 61, born in Tennessee; father born in Tennessee; mother born in Missouri; first married at age 18.

Elihu Bennett Hinshaw died Jun 7 1930, buried Collinsville Cemetery, Collinsville, Grayson County, Texas.5  

Mollie died Feb 26 1945, buried Collinsville Cemetery, Collinsville, Grayson County, Texas.5

(photo)Photo: Elihu Bennett Hinshaw 1

(photo)Photo: Elihu Bennett Hinshaw seated, in the middle front, with the staff of Bloomfield Seminary in the 1890's 17


  1. "The Hinshaw and Henshaw Families", by William Hinshaw; edited by Milo Custer; private printing, Bloomington, Illinois, 1911; Frank I. Miller Co., printers. LDS microfilm number 1402822.
  2. "Encyclopedia of American Quaker Genealogy", by William Wade Hinshaw, in many well-stocked libraries.
  3. "Charles and Hannah (Matson) Davis and their descendants" by Earl H. Davis, microfilm #1011836, Item 2, in the LDS Family History Library.
  4. Family history information contributed by Waldo Hinshaw.
  5. Collinsville Cemetery, Collinsville, Grayson Co Texas; USGenWeb Archives:
  6. 1870 census, Adams Township, Hamilton County, Indiana; page 5A, line #33, dwelling #66, family #69.
  7. 1880 census, Adams Township, Hamilton County, Indiana; ED 36, page 354C, line #9, dwelling #444, family #448.
  8. 1900 census, Township 9, Chickasaw Nation, Indian Territory; roll T623-1847, ED 129, page 25B, line #60, dwelling #407, family #464.
  9. 1910 census, 2nd Ward, Durant, Bryan County, Oklahoma; roll T624-1243, ED 14, page 163B, line #61.
  10. 1920 census, 3rd Ward, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma County, Oklahoma; roll T625-1474, ED 143, page 13B, line #55, dwelling #205, family #336.
  11. 1930 census, 3rd Ward, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma County, Oklahoma; roll T626-1920, ED 94, page 14A, line #3, dwelling #161, family #249.
  12. The Church Of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints (LDS) International Genealogical Index (IGI) - Tennessee.
  13. Posting Jan 19 2000 by Wendy Jacobs () to OKLOVE-L and OKCARTER-L.
  14. Posting Nov 10 2004 by () to the OKCARTER-L message board:
  15. "The Evening News" (Ada, Oklahoma), Jan 20 1911; http://www.ancestry.com.
  16. The "Daily Ardmoreite", Aug 31 1915; posted Nov 8 2005 by N.E. () to the Marshall County, Oklahoma message board:
  17. Photo courtesy of LaDena R. Parnacher ():
    from the cover of "The Journal of Chickasaw History", Vol 6, Number 2, Series 22, 2000.

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