Bessie May Henshaw

                                                  ┌── Elkannah Hinshaw
                                                  │    1840-1900 
                      ┌── William Henry Hinshaw ──┤
                      │    1874-1927              │
                      │                           └── Nancy Melinda Ginn
                      │                                1842-1916 
Bessie May Henshaw ───┤
B: 1902               │                           ┌── William Montgomery
D: 1994               │                           │
                      └── Ada M. Montgomery ──────┤
                           1876-1905              │
                                                  └── Mary A. Finney
M: Clay Avon Harrell

Bessie May Henshaw     [ID 10538] Click here to switch to Ahnentafel view: Ahnentafel View

Bessie May Henshaw1,2 [Bettie May Henshaw1, Bettie Mae Henshaw1, Betty May Henshaw3].

Born Mar 1 1902, Alexandria, Madison County, Indiana.1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8  

On Oct 14 1919 Bessie was single and living at 704 N. Harrison St., Alexandria, Madison County, Indiana.1  

She married Clay Avon Harrell, Sep 2 1922, Anderson, Madison County, Indiana.3,6,7  Clay, son of Alonzo Martillis Harrell & Minnie Ellen Layton, was born Feb 27 1898, Westport, Decatur County, Indiana.7,8,9,10  


Clay Avon Harrell, Jr., born Feb 19 1925, Anderson, Indiana; died Apr 15 1994, Orlando, Florida; married Jane --, Mar 23 1978, Tampa, Florida. 3,7,11

Bessie and family were shown in the 1930 census (Apr 3 1930), 1120 West Second Street, Anderson, Madison County, Indiana:7

Harrell, Clay A., head-of-household, age 32, born in Indiana; parents born in Indiana; first married at age 23; rented home ($30 rent); radio in home; occupation: fireman, fire dept.; World War I veteran.
Harrell, Betty M., wife, age 28, born in Indiana; parents born in Indiana; first married at age 20.
Harrell, Clay Jr., son, age 5, born in Indiana; parents born in Indiana.

Clay died Apr 15 1957, Compton, Los Angeles County, California; age 59.8,10  

Bessie May Henshaw died Feb 16 1994, buried Park Cemetery, Monroe Township, Madison County, Indiana.3,6

(photo)Photo: Bessie May Hinshaw with brother Paul and sister Helen 1,12

(photo)Photo: Bessie May Hinshaw picking apples, Aug 13 1922, while visiting her aunt in Lucerne, Indiana 1

Social Security information for Bessie May Henshaw: 306-48-6852


  1. Contribution from Janet McDonald () citing:
    family bible belonging to Bessie Mae Hinshaw.
  2. 1910 census, 2nd Ward, Alexandria, Monroe Township, Madison County, Indiana; roll T624-364, ED 112, page 211A, line #15, dwelling #201, family #203.
  3. "Social Security Death Index" (as it is commonly called), derived from the Social Security Administration "Death Master File". See:
  4. Indiana Birth Records Index, 1880-1920. Provo, UT:, 2000.
  5. Indiana Births, 1880-1920;
  6. Madison County Area Cemetery Database; Anderson, Indiana Public Library:
  7. 1930 census, Anderson, Madison County, Indiana; roll T626-605, ED 21, page 3B, line #80, dwelling #66, family #70.
  8. Contribution from Angela Gonzalez ().
  9. 1920 census, Westport Township, Decatur County, Indiana; roll T625-429, ED 62, page 8B, line #68, dwelling #19, family #19.
  10. RootsWeb California Death Records:
  11. Florida Death Index, 1994-95;
  12. Hinshaw family notes and photos from Marta Flaherty, Peoria, Illinois.

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