William Pettis Hinshaw

                                                    ┌── 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: 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

W P Hinshaw, age 34, born in North Carolina; farmer; $7700 real estate, $6000 personal property.
Sabry A Hinshaw, age 28, born in North Carolina; keeping house.
Edward C Hinshaw, age 25, born in North Carolina.
L. J. Carter, female, age 25, born in North Carolina.

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

Hinshaw, Wm P., age 49, born in North Carolina; farmer; $81,500 real estate, $21,700 personal property.
Hinshaw, Sabra, age 37, born in North Carolina; keeping house.
Hinshaw, Wm C., age 5, born in California.
Carter, Josiah M., age 51, born in North Carolina.
Carter, Louisa, age 32, born in North Carolina; house keeper.
Wolf, George, age 47, born in Wurtemburg; farm laborer; "insane".
Shafer, Adam, age 42, born in New York; farm laborer.
Chester, Reuben, age 19, born in North Carolina; farm laborer.
Jennie (no last name), age 13, born in California.
Living nearby in 1870 was brother Edward Carter.17  

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

W.P. Henshaw - 1,422 acres.

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

Hinshaw, Wm P., age 59, born in North Carolina; parents born in North Carolina; farmer.
Hinshaw, Sabre, wife, age 49, born in North Carolina; parents born in North Carolina; keeping house.
Hinshaw, Willie, son, age 15, born in California; parents born in North Carolina; attended school.
Hinshaw, Amanda, niece, age 16, born in California; parents born in North Carolina; attended school; boarder.
Dunbar, James, laborer, age 43, born in Canada; single; laborer.
Olson, Charles, laborer, age 36, born in Sweden; single; laborer.
Ball, William, laborer, age 24, born in Illinois; single; laborer.
Leno, Manuel, laborer, age 23, born in Portugal; single; laborer.
Strif, Gabriel, laborer, age 26, born in Switzerland; single; laborer.
Woolfe, George, laborer, age 58, born in Germany; single; laborer.
Lauffenberg, George, laborer, age 19, born in California; single; laborer.
White, Pick, laborer, age 48, born in Georgia; single; dairy man.
Fredericks, Fred, laborer, age 26, born in Germany; single; dairy man.
Brayon, Adolph, laborer, age 20, born in Germany; single; dairy man.
Comieto, Silvo, laborer, age 19, born in Switzerland; single.
Living nearby in Analy Township in 1880 was the family of brother Edward Carter Hinshaw21 and also the family of nephew John David Hinshaw.22  

William and family were shown in the 1900 census (Jul 17-18 1900), Bloomfield Township, Sonoma County, California:9

Henshaw, William P., head-of-household, age 79, born Nov 1820 in North Carolina; parents born in North Carolina; married 43 years; occupation: farmer; owned farm (free).
Henshaw, Sabrey A., wife, age 69, born May 1831 in North Carolina; parents born in North Carolina; married 43 years; 3 children, none living.
Carter, Lutte [unclear] J., sister-in-law, age 66, born Apr 1834 in North Carolina; parents born in North Carolina; single; occupation: land lord.
Henshaw, William P. Jr., nephew, age 31, born Nov 1868 in California; father born in North Carolina; mother born in Missouri; single; occupation: farm laborer.
Henshaw, Lee, cousin, age 22, born in California; father born in North Carolina; mother born in California; single; occupation: farm laborer.
Henshaw, H. Baker, brother, age 66, born Oct 1833 in North Carolina; parents born in North Carolina; widower; occupation: horseman.

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.  

Fannie Hinshaw, on the assigned claim of E.C. Hinshaw, gets $1,295.03 in cash and 87 1/2 acres of land.  

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.  

Hulda D. Angel, a sister, gets $1,295.03 and 87 1/2 acres of land.  John T. Hinshaw, a brother, gets the same.  

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)Photo: William Pettis Hinshaw about 1860 26

(photo)Photo: Sabrey Ann Carter Hinshaw with son Willie, about 1866 26

(photo)Photo: Louisiana J. Carter (Sabrey's sister and William's sister-in-law), about 1866 26

(photo)Photo: William Pettis Hinshaw estate article "The San Francisco Call" (San Francisco, California), Dec 19 1900 27


Sources

  1. "The Valley of the Trail Between the Two Rocks in Its Younger Days, and Mine", manuscript by Margaret Martin Paull. Contributed by Richard Burton and John Burton.
  2. Contribution from Richard Burton citing:
    "Cemetery Records from Sonoma County, CA, 1846-1921" (R.979.41 MERRITT).
  3. Contribution from Richard Burton citing:
    "Cemetery Records from Sonoma County, CA, 1846-1921", Sonoma County
    Genealogical Society (R.979.41 MERRITT).
  4. http://www.findagrave.com.
  5. 1870 census, Anally Township, Sonoma County, California; page 224b, line #26, dwelling #106, family #86.
  6. 1880 census, Analy Township, Sonoma County, California; ED 133, page 260B, line #25, dwelling #73, family #79.
  7. A manuscript titled "The Hinshaw Family" by Thomas D. Hamm - submitted by Fontella Hinshaw.
  8. Contribution from Richard Burton citing:
    Sonoma County, California, death records;
    "Cemetery Records from Sonoma County, CA, 1846-1921", Sonoma County
    Genealogical Society (R.979.41 MERRITT).
  9. 1900 census, Bloomfield Township, Sonoma County, California; roll T623-114, ED 155, page 23A, line #34, dwelling #499, family #507.
  10. The Church Of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints (LDS) International Genealogical Index (IGI) - Missouri.
  11. Missouri Marriages, 1851-1900; http://www.ancestry.com.
  12. "Missouri, 1851-1900 Marriage Index".
  13. Contribution from Richard Burton and John Burton citing:
    Sonoma County, California, death records.
  14. Contribution from Richard Burton.
  15. 1860 census, Anally Township, Sonoma County, California; page 517, line #11, dwelling #278, family #279.
  16. California Federal Land Grants, USGenWeb Archives: http://www.rootsweb.com/~usgenweb/ca/ca-land.htm.
  17. 1870 census, Anally Township, Sonoma County, California; page 224, line #27, dwelling #99, family #91.
  18. Posting May 12 2000 by Jeanne Taylor () to NEWSPAPER-ABSTRACTS-L.
  19. Posting Nov 30 1999 in NEWSPAPER-ABSTRACTS-L.
  20. http://www.newspaperabstracts.com/CA/Sonoma/1875/FEB.html.
  21. 1880 census, Analy Township, Sonoma County, California; ED 133, page 261C, line #32, dwelling #81, family #87.
  22. 1880 census, Analy Township, Sonoma County, California; ED 133, page 261C, line #11, dwelling #78, family #84.
  23. Posting May 12 2001 by Carolyn Schwab () to Sonoma County, California Wills:
    http://cgi.rootsweb.com/~genbbs/genbbs.cgi/USA/Ca/SonomaWill/10017.
  24. "California Information File", California State Library.
  25. VitalSearch California Death Index 1905-1929:
    http://www.vitalsearch-ca.com/gen/ca/_vitals/cadeathm.htm.
  26. Photo courtesy of Richard Burton.
  27. Library of Congress, "Chronicling America":
    http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85066387/1900-12-19/ed-1/seq-3/.


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