John Herchel Hinshaw

                                                        ┌── Robert O. Hinshawc1839-1863 
                        ┌── William Alexander Hinshaw ──┤
                        │    1861-1904                  │
                        │                               └── Isabella Jane Reid
                        │                                    1840-1899 
John Herchel Hinshaw ───┤
B: 1889                 │
D: 1954                 │
                        └── Harriet C. Garner
M: Pearl Vandiver

M: Bertha Horn
   └── June Henshaw (c1919-) 1

John Herchel Hinshaw     [ID 10445] Click here to switch to Ahnentafel view: Ahnentafel View

John Herchel Hinshaw2,3,4 [Herschel Hinshaw5, Herschel Henshaw1, Hurshel Henshaw6].

Born Feb 27 18891,3,4,6 [Feb 27 18905,7, Feb 27 18928], Honey Grove, Fannin County, Texas1,3,4,6.  

He married Pearl Vandiver, Aug 19 1908, Estill Fork, Jackson County, Alabama.4,9  Pearl, daughter of George Vandiver, was born about 1891, Alabama.4,9  

Two children; both died young.10  

John and Pearl were shown in the 1910 census (Apr 20 1910), Paint Rock Valley Road, Jackson County, Alabama:4

Hinshaw, John H., head-of-household, age 22, born in Texas; father born in Alabama; mother born in Tennessee; first marriage, married 2 years; occupation: laborer, timber cutter.
Hinshaw, Pearl, wife, age 18, born in Alabama; father born in Alabama; mother born in Oklahoma; first marriage, married 2 years; 1 child.

Hurshel and Pearl moved to Franklin County, Tennessee about 1910.  On Oct 31 1913 Hurshel abandoned Pearl in Franklin County, Tennessee.  Hurshel and Pearl divorced, Oct 17 1914, Franklin County, Tennessee.10  

In 1916 Herschel was living in Marietta, Oklahoma.11  

He then married Bertha Horn, Jan 15 1916, Love County, Oklahoma.5,7,11  Bertha, daughter of Bill Horn, was born Aug 6 1891, Columbia, Maury County, Tennessee.1,7,8,12  

On Jun 5 [1917] Hurshel Henshaw, age 28, registered for the World War I draft in Carter County, Oklahoma.  He declared he was born Feb 27 1889 in H[..unclear..], Texas, and was then residing in Healdton, [Carter County,] Oklahoma where he was married [..occupation unclear..].  He was recorded as 6' tall, medium build, brown eyes, brown hair.6  

Herschel and Bertha were shown in the 1920 census (Jan 13 1920), 120 South Main Street, Newkirk, Kay County, Oklahoma:5

Bleakley, Leake C., head-of-household, age 60.
[.. Bleakley family ..]
[.. six lodgers and boarders ..]
Hinshaw, Herschel, boarder, age 29, born in Texas; father born in Tennessee; mother born in Kentucky; married; occupation: driller, oil field.
Hinshaw, Bertha, boarder, age 27, born in Tennessee; parents born in Tennessee; married.
[.. seven additional boarders ..]

On Apr 6 1922 Hurshel Henshaw applied for a U.S. passport in New York, New York.  He declared he was born February 27th 1890 in Honey Grove, Texas, and was then residing in Ardmore, Oklahoma, occupied as a driller; his father was William Henshaw, born in Kentucky, then deceased.  He declared he intended to depart from the Port of New York on Apr 8 1922, sailing on the Red "D" line, planning to visit Venezuela on "oil business" for no more than one year.  He was recorded as age 32, 6'0" tall, brown eyes, brown hair, high forehead, straight nose, large mouth, square chin, dark complexion.  His application was attested by a W.A. O'Neil, a driller of Basin, Wyoming, who swore that he had personally known Hurshel for 23 years.7  

On Dec 16 1922 Bertha Henshaw, accompanied "by her minor daughter", was issued a U.S. passport.  She declared she was born Aug 6th 1891 in Columbia, Tennessee, and her father, Bill Horn, was born in Tennessee and he was then residing in Holdenville, Oklahoma; Bertha declared she was also then residing in Holdenville, Oklahoma, occupied as a housewife.  She declared she intended to leave from the port of New York (date and ship unspecified), intending to visit Venezuela to "join husband".  She was recorded as age 31, 5' 5" tall, blue eyes, brown hair, light complexion.7  

On Sep 2 1923 Hurshel Henshaw arrived at the Port of New York on the S.S. Philadelphia, having sailed Aug 25 1923 from Curacao, Dutch West Indies:13

Henshaw, Hurshel, age 33 years 6 months, born Feb 23 1889 in Fannin County, Texas; address in the U.S.: Holdville, Oklahoma.

Herschel and family were shown in the 1930 census (Apr 10 1930), 1322 Pierce, Amarillo, Potter County, Texas:1

Henshaw, Hershal, head-of-household, age 41, born in Texas; father born in Alabama; mother born in Tennessee; first married at age 27; rented home ($20 rent); no radio in home; occupation: driller, oil company; not a war veteran.
Henshaw, Bertha, wife, age 39, born in Tennessee; parents born in Tennessee; first married at age 24.
Henshaw, June, daughter, age 11, born in Oklahoma; father born in Texas; mother born in Tennessee; attended school.

Bertha and daughter June were shown in the 1940 census (Apr 6 1940), Sasakwa, Seminole County, Oklahoma:14

Henshaw, Bertha, head-of-household, age 48, born in Tennessee; completed 8th grade; on Apr 1 1935 was living in the same place/town; married; rented home ($5/month rent); [.. occupation blank ..].
Henshaw, June, daughter, age 21, born in Oklahoma; completed 4 years of high school; on Apr 1 1935 was living in the same place/town; single; occupation: typesetter, local newspaper; worked 52 weeks in 1939; $468 wages in 1939.

John Herchel Hinshaw died Jul 19 1954, Spencer Hospital, Lusk, Niobrara County, Wyoming; age 62.8  

Hurshel's obituary was published in "The Lusk Herald" (Lusk, Wyoming) on July 22, 1954:8

Transient Dies in Hospital Here Monday

John H. Henshaw, a transient, died at the Spencer Hospital in Lusk Monday, at 12:30 p.m.  He had been hospitalized there for the past two months suffering from a kidney ailment.  

Mr. Henshaw was born February 27, 1891, and a wife and daughter survive him in Holdenville, Oklahoma.  

Funeral arrangements are pending awaiting word from relatives.

Hurshel's funeral was reported in "The Lusk Herald" (Lusk, Wyoming) on July 29, 1954:8

Funeral Services Held For John H. Henshaw

Funeral serivces were held for John H Henshaw, 62, at the Chapel of the Peet Mortuary at 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 21, with the Reverend Jacob Nein officiating.  Soft organ accompaniment was played by Mrs. Judson P. Watson.  Pallbearers were Robert Taylor, Bob Mandus, Michael J. Miller, and Raymond Lee, all of Lusk, and interment was made in the Lusk Cemetery.  

Mr. Henshaw, who was an oil driller by trade, died of a chronic illnss at the Spencer Hospital July 19, after having been hospitalized there since May 13.  

He is survived by his wife, Bertha, of Holdenville, Oklahoma, and a daughter in Tulsa, Okla.  A sister and two brothers reside in Huntsville, Alabama.

In 1976 Bertha was living in/near Holdenville, Hughes County, Oklahoma.12  

Bertha died May 4 1976, buried Holdenville Cemetery, Holdenville, Hughes County, Oklahoma.8,12

(photo)Photo: John Herchel Hinshaw 1922 passport photo 7

(photo)Photo: Bertha Horn with daughter June Henshaw, 1922 passport photo 7

Social Security information for Bertha Horn: 444-18-2246


  1. 1930 census, Amarillo, Potter County, Texas; roll T626-2384, ED 9, page 9A, line #9, dwelling #172, family #216.
  2. Contribution from Dan Hinshaw.
  3. 1900 census, Wynnewood, Township 2, Chickasaw Nation, Indian Territory; roll T623-1848, ED 136, page 17A, line #16, dwelling #331, family #335.
  4. 1910 census, Collins Precinct, Jackson County, Alabama; ED 37, page 52A-B, line #50, dwelling #44, family #44.
  5. 1920 census, Newkirk, Kay County, Oklahoma; roll T625-1466, ED 140, page 12A-B, line #50, dwelling #256, family #276.
  6. World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918;
  7. U.S. Passport Applications, 1795-1925;
  9. Alabama, Select Marriages, 1816-1957;
  10. Tennessee Divorce and Other Records, 1800-1965;
  11. Posting Jan 9 2007 by Mindy Horn Taylor () to HORN-L.
  12. "Social Security Death Index" (as it is commonly called), derived from the Social Security Administration "Death Master File". See:
  13. New York, Passenger Lists, 1820-1957;
  14. 1940 census, Sasakwa, Seminole County, Oklahoma; roll T627-3332, ED 67-32, page 3B, line #70, household #64.

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