Benjamin Hinshaw

Benjamin Hinshaw
B: 1795 
D: 1849 
M: Sarah A. Vestal
   ├── Diana Hinshaw (1812-c1852) 1
   ├── Thomas Hinshaw (1820-1847) 1
   ├── Ann Hinshaw (c1824-1861) 1
   ├── Nathan Hinshaw (1827-1876) 1,2
   ├── Martha Hinshaw (1831-1879) 1
   ├── Martin Hinshaw (c1833-?) 3
   ├── Jesse M. Hinshaw (1834-1873) 1
   ├── Hannah Hinshaw (c1836-?) 1,3,4,5
   └── Matilda Jane Hinshaw (1838-1925) 1,6,7

Benjamin Hinshaw     [ID 11807] Click here to switch to Ahnentafel view: Ahnentafel View

Born 1795, Surry County, North Carolina.1,8  The wife of Benjamin's son Nathan always told her children and grandchildren that the family was from Orange County, North Carolina.9  

He married Sarah A. Vestal, Nov 10 1812, Surry County, North Carolina.1,6,10,11  Sarah was born about 17921,3 [about 17945, about 179612,13], Surry County, North Carolina1,3.  

A marriage bond was recorded for Benjamia Hinshaw & Sarah Vestal on Nov 10 1812, Surry County, North Carolina.  The bondsman was recorded as Jonathan Hinshaw14,15 (possibly Johathan Hinshaw #1035 or Jonathan Hinshaw #4535).16  

It appears that Benjamin moved to Missouri sometime before 1840.  Benjamin Henshaw was shown in the 1840 census, Jackson County, Missouri (page 79):17,18

One male under age 5.
One male age 5-10 (Jesse, Jr.).
One male age 10-15 (Nathan).
One male age 15-20 (Thomas).
One male age 40-50 (Jesse).
One female under age 5 (Matilda).
One female age 5-10 (Martha).
One female age 15-20.
One female age 40-50 (Sarah).

On Nov 10 1841, a Benjamin Hinshaw purchased 81.375 acres of land in Howard County, Missouri.19  He was described as "Benjamin Hinshaw of Howard County, Missouri".19  (There is some doubt if the above was this same Benjamin Hinshaw or a different Benjamin Hinshaw).  

On May 1 1843 Benjamin purchased 40 acres of land in Jackson County, Missouri.19  He was described in this record as "Benjamin Hinshaw of Jackson County, Missouri".19  

Benjamin Hinshaw was shown in the 1848 Tax List of Cass County, Missouri.20  

On Jan 1 1849 Benjamin purchased 160 acres of land in Cass County, Missouri.19  He was described in this record as "Benjamin Hinshaw of Van Buren County, Missouri".19  (Van Buren County was renamed to Cass County in 1849).  About this same time, sons Thomas and Nathan also purchased land in Cass County, Missouri.19  

Benjamin Hinshaw died 1849, Jackson County, Missouri; age 55 years.1,8,21  

Benjamin and Sarah's son Thomas, who died in 1847, is buried next to Benjamin in the same cemetery.22  

On Oct 6 1849 Benjamin's will was recorded in court in Cass County, Missouri, and a John M. Armstrong was appointed executor23 (see scan below).  

Widow Sarah and children were shown in the 1850 census, Cass County, Missouri:3,4

Sarah Hinshaw, age 54, born in North Carolina; $150 real estate.
Martin Hinshaw, age 17, born in North Carolina; farmer.
Jesse Hinshaw, age 15, born in North Carolina; farmer.
Hannah Hinshaw, age 13, born in North Carolina.
Matilda J. Hinshaw, age 11, born in North Carolina.
Living next door in 1850 was son Nathan.24,25  Also living nearby was the family of Thomas & Elizabeth Vestal26 (relationship unknown).  

Widow Sarah was shown in the 1860 census (Sep 11 1860), living in the household of daughter Hannah in Big Creek Township, Cass County, Missouri:5

Sarah Hinshaw, age 66, born in North Carolina; cannot read or write.

Widow Sarah was shown in the 1870 census (Jun 18 1870), living in the household of daughter Hannah in Pleasant Hill, Cass County, Missouri:13

Hishaw, Sarah, age 74, born in North Carolina; cannot write.

Sarah died in Cass County, Missouri and is buried in Reed Cemetery, near Harrisonville, Cass County, Missouri.1,27  

See also: Benjamin Hinshaw #96 and Benjamin Hinshaw #4536.  

Note: there is much uncertainty as to who was this Benjamin Hinshaw who settled in Missouri.  
There is evidence indicating he might have been the same as Benjamin Hinshaw #4536, son of Jacob Hinshaw & Nancy Ann Clanton:

- This Benjamin was born and married in Surry County, North Carolina; the family of Benjamin Hinshaw #4536 was known to have been living in Surry County.  
- The marriage bond for Benjamin Hinshaw & Sarah Vestal shows the recorded bondsman was an unidentified Jonathan Hinshaw.  Benjamin Hinshaw #4536 had a brother named Jonathan.  
- This Benjamin married Sarah Vestal; Benjamin Hinshaw #4536 had a brother Eli who married a Phebe Vestal, and his aunt Mary Hinshaw married a Thomas Vestal.  
- This Benjamin moved to Missouri; Benjamin Hinshaw #4536 had a brother Eli whose son Levi was known to have been in Missouri, and also brother Jonathan who appears to be Jonathan Hinshaw #8055 who was known to have been in Missouri.

However there is also some evidence supporting the idea that he might have been Benjamin Hinshaw #96, son of Jesse Hinshaw & Mary Marshall.  This Benjamin was born in 1795; Benjamin #96 was also born in 1795.  Furthermore, there is the following evidence from family oral history, as first told by Benjamin's daughter-in-law Mary G. Sloan Hinshaw to her grandson Nathan Houser Hinshaw:9


- Mary G. Sloan Hinshaw told that Benjamin's mother died when he was 12 years old, and his father remarried; the mother of Benjamin #96 died in 1806 when he was 11 years old and his father remarried.  
- Mary said that when Benjamin came to Missouri, he had a brother named Jacob who also came with them and then went on to Texas in the 1850's; Benjamin #96 did indeed have a brother named Jacob.  
- Mary also said that when Benjamin and Jacob moved to Missouri, they had either one or two brothers who moved to Indiana at that same time; Benjamin #96 did indeed have brothers Jesse who moved to Parke County, Indiana, and Isaac who settled in Wayne County, Indiana.  She also said that another Cousin came to visit them who had moved to Illinois back in the 1840's.  
- Mary reported that at one time either a brother or an uncle of Benjamin, a Methodist preacher, came to visit the family in Missouri; Benjamin #96 did indeed have a brother John who was a Methodist preacher.  
- Mary told that the visiting Methodist preacher said that Benjamin's father had been "kicked out of the Quaker Church"; the father of Benjamin #96 was indeed disowned in 1809.
However there are records of Benjamin #96 in North Carolina; some of these records occur in Chatham County, very close in time to when Sarah Vestal Hinshaw's children were being born in Surry County.  This adds further doubt.

(photo)Photo: Benjamin Hinshaw probate record Oct 6 1849, Cass County, Missouri 23

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Sources

  1. "The Hinshaw and Henshaw Families", by William Hinshaw; edited by Milo Custer; private printing, Bloomington, Illinois, 1911; Frank I. Miller Co., printers. LDS microfilm number 1402822.
  2. "The History of the Hinshaws", a 1995 manuscript by Dale Nathan Hinshaw.
  3. 1850 census, Cass County, Missouri; pg 94, dwelling #483:
    http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~mackley/Mo1850Jpegs/Cass50/CassP187.jpg.
  4. 1850 census, District 15, Cass County, Missouri; roll M432_395, page 94, line #36, dwelling #483, family #487.
  5. 1860 census, Pleasant Hill P.O., Big Creek Township, Cass County, Missouri; roll M653-612, page 903, line #35, dwelling #1433, family #1433.
  6. The Church Of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints (LDS) International Genealogical Index (IGI) - North Carolina.
  7. Matilda Jane Hinshaw death record.
  8. Contribution from Dale Nathan Hinshaw citing:
    Family bible of son Nathan Hinshaw;
    Benjamin Hinshaw's gravestone in Rheems Cemetery.
  9. Contribution from Dale Nathan Hinshaw citing:
    Oral history from Mary G. Sloan Hinshaw to Nathan Houser Hinshaw,
    told by Nathan Houser Hinshaw to Dale Nathan Hinshaw in 1960.
  10. "North Carolina Marriages to 1825" (www.ancestry.com).
  11. North Carolina, Marriage Index, 1741-2004; http://www.ancestry.com.
  12. The Church Of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints (LDS) computerized Ancestral File.
  13. 1870 census, Pleasant Hill, Cass County, Missouri; roll M593-767, page 664, line #30, dwelling #338, family #322.
  14. "North Carolina Marriage Bonds" fiche in the LDS Family History Library.
  15. North Carolina, Index to Marriage Bonds, 1741-1868; http://www.ancestry.com.
  16. Speculation.
  17. 1840 Missouri census index, Jackson County, Missouri.
  18. http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~mackley/Mo1840Jpegs/Jackson40/JacksonP79.jpg.
  19. U.S. Bureau of Land Management - http://www.glorecords.blm.gov.
  20. "Missouri Genealogical Gleanings 1840 and Beyond", Vol. 1;
    by Sherida K. Eddlemon; Heritage Books, 1997; citing:
    "Cass County, Missouri, 1848 Tax List".
  21. Pleasant Gardens (Rheems) Cemetery, USGenWeb Archives:
    http://www.rootsweb.com/~tnunion/historical/pgc.htm.
  22. Contribution from Dale Nathan Hinshaw citing:
    Thomas Hinshaw's gravestone in Rheems Cemetery.
  23. Missouri, Wills and Probate Records, 1766-1988; http://www.ancestry.com.
  24. 1850 Missouri census index, Cass County, Missouri.
  25. 1850 census, Cass County, Missouri; pg 94, dwelling #484:
    http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~mackley/Mo1850Jpegs/Cass50/CassP187.jpg.
  26. 1850 census, Cass County, Missouri; pg 94, dwelling #485:
    http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~mackley/Mo1850Jpegs/Cass50/CassP188.jpg.
  27. Contribution from Dale Nathan Hinshaw citing:
    Family bible of son Nathan Hinshaw;
    Sarah Vestal Hinshaw's gravestone in Reed Cemetery.


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