Martin Luther Hinshaw

                                                     ┌── John E. Hinshaw
                                                     │    1831-1914 
                         ┌── Luther Monroe Hinshaw ──┤
                         │    1875-1937              │
                         │                           └── Sarah "Sally" Moxley
                         │                                1831-1920 
Martin Luther Hinshaw ───┤
B: 1911                  │                           ┌── Henry Brown
D: 1933                  │                           │
                         └── Minnie N. Brown ────────┤
                              1881-1958              │
                                                     └── Elisa Evans
Martin Luther Hinshaw     [ID 10739] Click here to switch to Ahnentafel view: Ahnentafel View

Born Jun 23 1911, North Carolina.1,2,3,4  

Martin Luther Hinshaw died Jun 11 1933, near Traphill, Wilkes County, North Carolina; buried Mitchell's Chapel United Methodist Church Cemetery, Yadkin County, North Carolina.1,2,5  

Martin was murdered.  His death was reported in "The Yadkin Ripple" on June 15, 1933.6  According to the report, Martin was shot down in cold blood by Herschel Richardson.  The news account states that Martin's brother Clyde S. had an altercation with Richardson earlier in the day, and Richardson left to get a gun.  Martin was unaware of the dispute and returned to the scene and was shot by Richardson.  (Clyde and friends had been warned that Richardson was returning with a gun and had left).6  

The following article was published in "The Landmark" (Statesville, North Carolina) on Tuesday, June 13, 1933:5

Martin Hinshaw
Slain Near Elkin

Elkin, June 13. -- Martin Hinshaw, 22, son of Mr. and Mrs. L. M. Hinshaw, was fatally shot late Sunday at a mill pond swimming resort near Traphill.  Hershel Richardson, alleged to have fired the ball into the back of Hinshaw's head as he tried to run, is being sought by officers.  

Play among a group of boys around a spring, after a swim, turned to fury on part of Richardson, it is said, after he had been sprinkled with water.  Flashing a jack knife which was forced from his hand, he left the spot, returning with a pistol to attack Hinshaw, firing twice at his back as Hinshaw ran.  The second discharge pierced the brain.  Hinshaw died an hour later in a local hospital.

The following article was published in "The Landmark" (Statesville, North Carolina) on Tuesday, August 8, 1933:7

Defendant Puts
Blame on Liquor
for Wilkes Murder

Wilkesboro, Aug. 4. -- A verdict of guilty of murder in the second degree was returned by the jury at 9:15 Wednesday night against Herschel Richardson, young Traphill man, who was on trial for his life in Wilkes Superior court.  

Richardson received the verdict calmly and relaxed into the faintest smile as he was being returned to the county jail.  Judge Cowper announced that sentence will be pronounced later in the week.  

State's witnesses testified that Richardson called out Hinshaw from a party and they went a short distance away.  Shots were heard and Hinshaw was found in a dying condition with a bullet wound in his head.  

Richardson took the stand in his own defense shortly before noon Tuesday and testified that he was drinking heavily the day of the killing, that he was enraged by the loss of about $60 which he believed Hinshaw and the other boys had taken from him during an altercation at the spring a short distance from the Holbrook mill pond and that Martin Hinshaw had told him he was going to kill him.  He said he shot the boy when Hinshaw reached down as if to get a rock.  

The defendant admitted that he had been engaged in the liquor business for several years, but denied that he had been a bootlegger.  He said he had confined his activities to the making of liquor and to selling it wholesale in large quantities to retail dealers.  

He said he had hid his gun and some home brew in some brush near the spring where members of the Elkin party attacked him.  

Defense witnesses corroborated his statement that the deceased and others had jumped on Richardson at the spring.

(photo)Photo: Martin Luther Hinshaw gravestone 8


  1. Family lineage notes from Kim Hinshaw ()
  2. Gravestone.
  3. 1920 census, Edwards Township, Wilkes County, North Carolina; roll T625-1329, page 2B, line #65, dwelling #29, family #29.
  4. 1930 census, Edwards Township, Wilkes County, North Carolina; roll T626-1728, ED 8, page 7B, line #64, dwelling #116, family #124.
  5. "The Landmark", Jun 13 1933;
  6. Contribution from Bill Hinshaw citing: "The Yadkin Ripple", Jun 15 1933.
  7. "The Landmark", Aug 8 1933;
  8. Photo courtesy of Bill Hinshaw.

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