William Elmer Hanshew

                                                       ┌── James Henry Hanshew
                                                       │    1850-1916 
                         ┌── William Everett Hanshew ──┤
                         │    1885-1971                │
                         │                             └── Isabell Good
                         │                                  1855-1929 
William Elmer Hanshew ───┤
B: 1911                  │                             ┌── George Washington Long, Jr.
D: 2000                  │                             │
                         └── Sabina Fay Long ──────────┤
                              1888-1987                │
                                                       └── Margaret Crawford
M: Violet I. Brummett
   └── Steve Hanshew  1

William Elmer Hanshew     [ID 10052] Click here to switch to Ahnentafel view: Ahnentafel View

William Elmer Hanshew2,3 [Elmer W. Hanshew4,5,6,7,8].

Born Jan 20 1911, Benton Township, Elkhart County, Indiana.2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10  

Apparently named after his mother's brother, Elmer Long.11  

Elmer was shown in the 1930 census (Apr 10 1930), living in the household of his uncle Jesse in Goshen, Elkhart County, Indiana:5

Henshew, Elmer, nephew, age 19, born in Indiana; parents born in Indiana; single; occupation: laborer, veneer works.

He married Violet I. Brummett.7,9,10,12  Violet, daughter of Homer Brummett & Bessie Mae Poling, was born Jan 9 1912, Lexington, McLean County, Illinois.12  

In 1994-2000 Elmer was living at 208 S. Babcock, Topeka, LaGrange County, Indiana.7,8,13,14  

William Elmer Hanshew died Dec 21 2000, Vencor Hospital, LaGrange, LaGrange County, Indiana; age 89.7,9,10  (Dec 28 2000).8  

Violet died Jul 3 2011, Parkview LaGrange Hospital, LaGrange, LaGrange County, Indiana; age 99.12  

Violet's obituary was published as follows:12

Violet I. Hanshew, age 99, of Topeka, IN passed away Sunday, July 3, 2011 at 4:10 AM in Parkview LaGrange Hospital.  She was born on January 9, 1912 in Lexington, IL to Homer & Bessie (Mae-Poling) Brummett.  She married Elmer Hanshew, he preceded her in death.  

Violet moved to the area in 1926 coming from Illinois.  She had worked as a secretary at Topeka Roller Mill.  Violet was a member of Topeka United Methodist Church where she served as the church caretaker for over 50 years.  She was also a member of UMW and the Sorosis Club.  

She is survived by her son, Steve (Charlene) Hanshew of LaGrange, a grandson, Eric (Jacquelyn) Hanshew of Arizona, and two great-grandchildren, Alexis & Zoe.  She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, and one sister, Rosemary.  

A funeral service will be held in Violet's honor on Friday, July 8, 2011 at 10 AM at Topeka United Methodist Church- 124 West Pine St., Topeka, IN 46571.  Pastor Harold Gingerich will officiate.  Burial will take place at Eden Cemetery in Topeka.  

Friends may call from 5-8 PM on Thursday, July 7, 2011 at the Church.

Social Security information for William Elmer Hanshew: 310-18-9599


  1. Violet I. Brummett obituary.
  2. Elkhart County, Indiana. Indiana Works Projects Administration. "Index to
    Birth Records A-M. 1882-1920; Book H-7, page 190.
  3. Indiana, Birth Certificates, 1907-1940; http://www.ancestry.com.
  4. 1920 census, Benton Township, Elkhart County, Indiana; roll T625-431, ED 2, page 2B, dwelling #48, family #48.
  5. 1930 census, 4th Ward, Goshen, Elkhart County, Indiana; roll T626-585, ED 30, page 12B, line #35, dwelling #348, family #379.
  6. 1930 census, Benton Township, Elkhart County, Indiana; roll T626-584, ED 3, page 6B, line #61, dwelling #150, family #159.
  7. Indiana, Death Certificates, 1899-2011; http://www.ancestry.com.
  8. "Social Security Death Index" (as it is commonly called), derived from the Social Security Administration "Death Master File". See: http://www.rootsweb.com/~rwguide/lesson10.htm
  9. http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=75083265.
  10. RootsWeb WorldConnect data by Nancy Crawford Spallinger ().
  11. 1900 census, Turkey Creek Township, Kosciusko County, Indiana; roll T623-382, ED 60, page 15B, line #99, dwelling #347, family #363.
  12. http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=75082861.
  13. U.S. Public Records Index; http://www.ancestry.com.
  14. U.S. Phone and Address Directories, 1993-2002; http://www.ancestry.com.

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