Myrle Virginia Hinshaw

                                                      ┌── George Washington Hinshaw
                                                      │    1853-1921 
                          ┌── Joseph Aaron Hinshaw ───┤
                          │    1893-1962              │
                          │                           └── Sarah L. Clutter
                          │                                1861-1913 
Myrle Virginia Hinshaw ───┤
B: 1920                   │                           ┌── Robert Rush McDaniel
                          │                           │
                          └── Ella Sonora McDaniels ──┤
                               1898-1933              │
                                                      └── Anna Laura Peace
M: Leslie Ferris French

Myrle Virginia Hinshaw     [ID 10660] Click here to switch to Ahnentafel view: Ahnentafel View

Born Dec 1 1920, Sweetwater, Nolan County, Texas.1,2,3  

She married Leslie Ferris French, Feb 28 1942, Lebonon, Laclede County, Missouri.4,5,6  Leslie, son of William A. + Esther M. French, was born Feb 3 1920, Saint Augustine, Texas.4,6,7,8,9  


Robert Leslie "Bob" French, born Jan 16 1946, Taylor County, Texas; [email: ]. 1,5
John Allen French, born Dec 29 1951, Galveston County, Texas. 5

Leslie died Mar 18 2004, Decatur, Wise County, Texas; age 84.6,7,8  

Leslie's obituary was published in the "Denton Record-Chronicle" (Denton, Texas) on Friday, March 19, 2004:6

Leslie Ferris French

DECATUR -- Leslie Ferris French, 84, of Decatur, a retired assistant district engineer and chief design engineer for the Texas Department of Transportation, died Thursday, March 18, 2004, in Decatur.  

He was born Feb. 3, 1920, in Saint Augustine.  On Feb. 28, 1942, he married Myrle V. Hinshaw in Lebonon, Mo.  

He was a World War II Army corps veteran.  He attended Abilene High School and graduated from Texas A&M University in 1941 with a B.S.C.E. degree.  He was a member of the Registered Professional Engineers.  

He was a member of Decatur First Baptist Church.  

A funeral service will be at 4 p.m. Saturday, March 20, at the chapel of Coker Funeral Home in Decatur.  Interment will follow at Oaklawn Cemetery.  

Visitation will be from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, March 19, at Coker Funeral Home.  

Survivors include his wife of Decatur; two sons, Robert L. French of Keller and John A. French of Decatur; one sister, Lillian Wood of Galveston; and four grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by his brother, William Allen French Jr.

(photo)Photo: Merle Virginia Hinshaw 1938 Abilene High School yearbook photo 10

(photo)Photo: Merle Virginia Hinshaw & Leslie Ferris French marriage license Laclede County, Missouri 4

(photo)Photo: Merle Virginia Hinshaw & Leslie Ferris French newspaper article "The Abilene Reporter-News", Wednesday evening, Apr 8 1942 11

(photo)Photo: Merle Virginia Hinshaw & Leslie Ferris French newspaper article "The Abilene Reporter-News", Sunday, Oct 28 1945 12

Social Security information for Leslie Ferris French: 463-07-1015


  1. Contribution from Bob French.
  2. Contribution from Sandy (Spalding) DeSpain.
  3. 1930 census, Precinct 1, Abilene, Taylor County, Texas; roll T626-2399, ED 12, page 8B, line #95, dwelling #176, family #187.
  4. Missouri Marriage Records, 1805-2002;
  5. Texas Birth Index, 1903-1997;
  6. Obituary of Leslie Ferris French; "Denton Record-Chronicle", Mar 19 2004;
    "Obituary Collection",
  7. "Social Security Death Index" (as it is commonly called), derived from the Social Security Administration "Death Master File". See:
  8. U.S. Veterans Gravesites, ca.1775-2006;
  9. 1930 census, Precinct 1, Abilene, Taylor County, Texas; roll T626-2399, ED 14, page 18A, line #13, dwelling #381, family #451.
  10. U.S. School Yearbooks;
  11. "The Abilene Reporter-News", Apr 8 1942;
  12. "The Abilene Reporter-News", Oct 28 1945;

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