┌── Thomas Hinshaw │ 1775-1824 ┌── Benjamin J. Hinshaw ──┤ │ 1795-1860 │ │ └── Lucy Clanton │ 1773-1859 William Pettis Hinshaw ───┤ B: 1820 │ ┌── Isaac Carter D: 1900 │ │ └── Ruth Carter ──────────┤ 1792-1882 │ └── Mary "Polly" Bray M: Sabrey Ann Carter ├── Edward Carter Hinshaw (1861-1862) 1,2,3,4 ├── Mary Annis Hinshaw (1862-1862) 1,2,3,4 └── William Carter Hinshaw (1864-1893) 1,3,4,5,6
|William Pettis Hinshaw [ID 01048]||Click here to switch to Ahnentafel view:|
Born Nov 9 1820, Surry County, North Carolina.1,4,5,7,8,9
He married Sabrey Ann Carter7,9,10,11,12 [Safrey Ann Carter1,2,4, Sabra Ann Carter1, Sabry Ann Carter13], May 10 18577,9,10,11,12, Jackson County, Missouri7,9,10,11,12. Sabrey, daughter of Edward Carter & Sarah Hutchins3,13, was born Apr 9 18323,13 [Apr 19 18324, May - 18319], Surry County, North Carolina3,13. Sabrey Ann was the daughter of Edward Carter, brother of William's mother Ruth Carter, therefore William and Sabrey Ann were first cousins.14
William and Sabrey were sometimes known within the family as "Uncle Pett" and "Aunt Sabe". William was also known locally as "W. P. Hinshaw".1
William Pettis came across the plains from Missouri by ox team in a party which was organized by Henry E. W. Lawrence in April of 1857, driving stock ahead of them. They arrived in Sonoma County the following October.1
William and family were shown in the 1860 census (Jul 20 1860), Sonoma County, California:15
On Dec 10 1866, William acquired land in Sonoma County, California (probably by homesteading).16
William and family were again shown in the 1870 census (Aug 11 1870), Sonoma County, California:5
On Nov 20 1873, the "Russian River Flag" (Healdsburg, California) reported the Sonoma County Tax Assessor List of Owners and Acreage, with tax assessed at $13.62 per acre. Among the property owners listed was:18
In 1875 William purchased land from his brother Hugh Baker. The transaction was reported in February 1875 in "The Sonoma Democrat", Santa Rosa, Sonoma County, California:19,20
H.B. HINSHAW to W.P. HINSHAW, 85 acres Bodega township, $1000.
William and family were again shown in the 1880 census (Jun 5 1880), Analy Township, Sonoma County, California:6
William and family were shown in the 1900 census (Jul 17-18 1900), Bloomfield Township, Sonoma County, California:9
William made a small fortune running a dairy and selling milk in San Francisco. He was worth over $25,000 when he died, a fortune to most of San Francisco. He was worth over $250,000 when he died, a fortune to most of his impoverished relatives. That which did not go to his wife was divided among the children and grandchildren of his brothers and sisters. Many relatives still remember this windfall.7
William Pettis Hinshaw died Nov 8 1900, near Bloomfield, Sonoma County, California; buried Cypress Hill Cemetery, Petaluma, Sonoma County, California.1,4,7,8,23
W.P.'s death was reported in the San Francisco "Call" on Nov 10 1900 (page 2/4).24 His death was also reported in the Santa Rosa "Press Democrat" on Nov 10 1900 (page 3 column 3), and his estate settlement was reported in the same newspaper on Nov 17 1900 (page 3 column 5).24
The following account of the settlement of W.P.'s estate was published in the "Marin Journal" (Marin County, California) on Thursday, February 27, 1902:23
Fine Record Established in HINSHAW Estate
The big Hinshaw estate is settled.
W.P. HINSHAW died November 8, 1900. He left a wife, 3 brothers, 1 sister, and 25 nephews and nieces entitled to share in his estate.
On November 27, 1900, Messrs. H.E. Lawrence and G.P. McNear were appointed administrators, with individual bonds of $88,440.
Leters of administration were issued to them on December 3rd, 1900. One week later, December 10th, the complete inventory of the estate was filed. On November 25th, 1901, the administrators filed their final account.
In the year, the administrators had appraised the estate, paid a heavy outstanding indebtedness, had three monster auctions, settled all claims and arranged diverse interests and handled matters so ably that the estate increased in value over the appraised figures $28,468.
The figures in the estate are all big. The real estate was appraised at $198,000. Of this $147,000 was in ranch property, and $51,000 in Petaluma town property, mostly Main Street business blocks. The personal property consisted of $1,557 in cash and $39,286 of other personal property.
On December 26, 1900, the first of three big sales took place. This was a private sale in Haskell & Denny's office but the usual sale conditions were changed into an auction. J.R. Denman bought 200 head of cows at $55 per head, A.J. Bloom bought 225 hogs for $1,117, 6 bulls brought $213, and a stallion was sold but was afterwards raised in price in court at a similar auction sale to $900.
On January 8, Mrs. Hinshaw purchased the 165 shares of Bank of Sonoma County stock for $22,605. On January 15-17 another big sale was held, this time at the Hinshaw Ranch. The balance of the stock, farm implements, and growing crops were sold to the amount of $10,704.
On August 14, the town real estate and 1 ranch was sold from the steps of the hill plaza for $66,895. The total sales amounted to over $106,000.
There was an indebtedness against the estate of $77,733. One of the claims was the E.C. Hinshaw note of $12,347 held by the William Hill Co., and endorsed by W.P. Hinshaw. The estate paid half the note, and E.C. Hinshaw paid the other half.
The rents and dividends received to date by the administrators amount to $10,524.
The final account settled on December 16, left with the administrators a cash balance of $38,924.68 from which the court ordered paid the inheritance tax to the state on shares of heirs, other than the widow of $2,425.85. This was paid a week ago Monday.
It cost $7,000 to settle the estate. The administrators got $2,097 each.
Other expenses were: Family allowance $1,200; cemetery work $750; taxes $4,452; property expenses $1,678; executing leases, holding sales, etc. $808. During their tenure of office, the administrators received and disbursed $267,461.
There is $36,398.81 in cash which is now being sent out by the administrators. The commissioners will have to partition the $3,150.17 acres of land. Mrs. Hinshaw is to receive three fourths of the entire land and money and will get 2,362.63 acres of land and $24,743 in cash.
John D. Hinshaw, as assignee of H.B. Hinshaw, gets $1,295.03 cash and 87 1/2 acres of land on the claim he bought. In his own right as an heir he gets a third of $1,295 and 87 1/2 acres of land which goes to John D. Hinshaw and the other 2 children of J.C. Hinshaw, deceased.
The 7 children of a deceased sister, Mary M. Fleming, get a total of $1295.03 and 87 1/2 acres of land.
The 4 children of Louisa Norman, a deceased sister, get a total of $1295.03 and 87 1/2 acres of land.
The 8 children of Almeda Reece get another $1295.03 and 87 1/2 acres of land.
The 3 children of Lucy Jester, deceased, get $1,295.03 and 87 1/2 acres of land.
The heirs are scattered through North Carolina, Oklahoma, Texas, Indiana, and California, though, but few of the heirs live in this state.
Sabrey died Nov 10 1914, Sonoma County, California; age 83.1,3,4,13,25
The following article appeared in the San Francisco Examiner on August 14, 1915 (page 2, column 1):14
WOMAN'S WILL CONTESTED
Heirs Commence Fight for Estate Valued at $250,000.
Santa Rosa, August 13. - Contest of the will of Mrs. Sabry Hinshaw, pioneer of this county, has been filed in the Superior Court. A citation has been issued directing the executor to appear in court and show cause why the will should not be revoked as petitioned by B. B. Hinshaw and other heirs. The estate is valued at $250,000.
The following article appeared in the San Francisco Examiner on May 21, 1916 (page 3, column 2):14
Mrs. Hinshaw's Will Is Broken By Heirs
Petaluma, May 20. - The estate of the late Sabry Hinshaw, a wealthy woman of this county, has been settled by a compromise of the heirs. A trust clause in the will of Mrs. Hinshaw was held void by Judge Seawell. Mrs Hinshaw directed that land valued at $100,000 be set aside for the poor of the city and named ?. R. Denman and H. B. Higbee of this city as trustees. The land will now go to the heirs. Mrs. Hinshaw's estate was worth $300,000."
A biographical sketch of William Pettis Hinshaw appears in the "History of Sonoma County" (Tuomey, Honoria; 1926; p. 511).24
Photo: William Pettis Hinshaw about 1860 26
Photo: Sabrey Ann Carter Hinshaw with son Willie, about 1866 26
Photo: Louisiana J. Carter (Sabrey's sister and William's sister-in-law), about 1866 26
Photo: William Pettis Hinshaw estate article "The San Francisco Call" (San Francisco, California), Dec 19 1900 27
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