Graydon Hinshaw

                                                  ┌── John Sidney Hinshaw
                                                  │    1830-1916 
                     ┌── Stephen Sidney Hinshaw ──┤
                     │    1869-1955               │
                     │                            └── Mary Jane Cruse
                     │                                 1836-1905 
Graydon Hinshaw ─────┤
B: 1907              │                            ┌── John Luther Nicum
D: 1994              │                            │
                     └── Emma May Nicum ──────────┤
                          1879-1950               │
                                                  └── Laura Ballard
M: Virginia K. Stone
   └── Gordon James Hinshaw (1941-2014) 1,2,3

M: Charlotte Waters

Graydon Hinshaw     [ID 01547] Click here to switch to Ahnentafel view: Ahnentafel View

Born Oct 16 1907, Westfield, Hamilton County, Indiana.1,4,5,6,7,8,9,10  

He married Virginia K. Stone, Nov 3 1938, Grand Rapids, Kent County, Michigan.1  Virginia was born Nov 13 1917, Plainwell, Allegan County, Michigan.1,6,8,11  

Graydon and Virginia were shown in the 1940 census (Apr 12 1940), living with his parents and the family of sister Martha, 8707 Detroit Avenue (apparently a large apartment building), Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio:6

Chereson, John, head-of-household, age 26, born in Pennsylvania; completed 4 years of high school; on Apr 1 1935 was living in Ohio; rented home ($33/month rent); occupation: clerical, hub supply office; worked 42 weeks in 1939; $920 wages in 1939, plus other income.
Chereson, Martha, wife, age 25, born in Michigan; completed 4 years of high school; on Apr 1 1935 was living in Ohio.
Chereson, Robert S., son, age 2, born in Ohio.
Chereson, Patricia, daughter, age 6 months, born in Ohio.
Hinshaw, Steven, father-in-law, age 70, born in Indiana; completed 8th grade; on Apr 1 1935 was living in the same city; $0 wages in 1939, plus other income.
Hinshaw, Emma May, mother-in-law, age 61, born in Indiana; completed 7th grade; on Apr 1 1935 was living in the same city; occupation: nursemaid, private family; worked 0 weeks in 1939; $0 wages in 1939.
Hinshaw, Graydon, brother-in-law, age 32, born in Indiana; completed 8th grade; on Apr 1 1935 was living in the same city; occupation: truck driver, express lines; worked 39 weeks in 1939; $975 wages in 1939.
Hinshaw, Virginia, sister-in-law, age 22, born in Michigan; completed 1 year of high school; on Apr 1 1935 was living in Grand Rapids, Kent County, Michigan.

During World War II Graydon served in the U.S. Army (Apr 15/22 1943 - Sep 25 1945).7,12  

Graydon and Virginia divorced Jul 25 1947, Wayne County, Michigan.13  Virginia remarried to a -- Wolff8,11 Virginia died Feb 5 1990, Grand Rapids, Kent County, Michigan; memorial plaque with Graydon's grave, Elmhurst Park Cemetery, 32787 Detroit Road, Avon, Lorain County, Ohio.8,10,11  

He then married Charlotte Waters.1  Charlotte was born Jul 4 1917, New Haven, New Haven County, Connecticut.1,10  

Charlotte had apparently been previously married, with children Gary Waters, Jack Waters, Cliff Waters, and Kenneth "Snooks" Waters.3  

Graydon was a veteran of the U.S. Army.14  On Apr 15 1943 Graydon Hinshaw, born 1907 in Indiana, enlisted at Cleveland Cuyagoga County, Ohio as a Private in the U.S. Army;12 service from Apr 22 1943 to Sep 25 1945.7  

The following article was published in "The Marion Star" (Marion, Ohio) on Saturday, July 15, 1950:15

6 Die in Crash Near Morrow County

Auto Burns
In Collision
With Truck

5 Trapped Inside;
Cleveland Family
On Vacation Trip

Six persons were killed instantly this morning in a head-on truck-auto collision on Route 42, one mile south of Lexington in Richland County, the Associated Press reported.  

The crash took place two and one-half miles north of the Morrow County line at 6:30.  

The state highway patrol at Mansfield identified the dead as Robert Carmen Turner, 47, of Cleveland; his wife Laura, 44; two daughters, Barbara, 14, and Joyce Lee, 11; a son, Robert James, 5; and Mrs. Grace Williams, 29, a sister of Mrs. Turner.  

They met death only two and one-half hours after leaving for a vacation trip to Georgia.  

Driver of the tractor-trailer truck was Graydon Hinshaw, 42, of Avon Lake, O.  He is confined to Mansfield General Hospital where he is suffering from scalp lacerations, leg abrasions and shock.  His condition is not believed to be serious.  

Cause Not Determined

Patrolmen were unable to determine the cause of the accident.  The mishap occurred on a straight stretch of the highway.  

The Turner car overturned after the crash and caught fire when the gasoline tank exploded.  The body of Mrs. Turner was thrown through the windshield, according to the patrol.  She was decapitated.  The five other persons were trapped inside car [sic] and authorities were unable to reach the bodies until the fire was extinguished more than an hour later.  One authority said death probably was instantaneous before the gasoline explosion.  The tank exploded after the car had plunged into the ditch and overturned.  

The trailer was torn loose from the tractor and overturned.  The tractor remained upright and did not burn.  

Patrolman Lucas said the names of the dead were found through the Cleveland Police Department after a check of the license plate on the auto.  

Cleveland police told patrolmen at Mansfield the Turner family had left the city at 4 a.m. today.  They were on their way to Blue Ridge, Ga., to visit relatives there.  Three other sons, Horace, Howard and Harry, remained in Cleveland.  

Mansfield authorities said today the area had been the scene of several serious accidents in the past years.  They said today's collision was the worst single accident in Richland County for several years.

The following article was published in "The Chronicle Telegram" (Elyria, Ohio) on Wednesday, January 12, 1977:16

Car hits youth,
both legs broken

AVON LAKE -- A 16-year-old Avon Lake youth was in fair condition at Lorain St. Joseph Hospital this morning after having both legs fractured in a truck-pedestrian accident last night.  

David Zrubek of 108 Beachdale Ave. was struck at the intersection of Lake Road and Gray-Gull by a truck driven by Graydon Hinshaw, 69, of 146 Sunset, according to Avon Lake police.  

Hinshaw was charged with driving while under the influence and failure to control his vehicle, police said.

In 1972 Graydon was living in Avon Lake, Lorain County, Ohio.1  

Charlotte died 1986, buried Elmhurst Park Cemetery, 32787 Detroit Road, Avon, Lorain County, Ohio.10  

In 1994 Graydon was living in/near Sheffield Lake, Lorain County, Ohio.8  

Graydon Hinshaw died Dec 4 1994, Elyria, Lorain County, Ohio; age 87.2,7,8,9,10

(photo)Photo: Graydon Hinshaw gravestone & Virginia K. Stone memorial Elmhurst Park Cemetery 10

(photo)Photo: Charlotte Waters gravestone Elmhurst Park Cemetery 10

Social Security information for Graydon Hinshaw: 385-09-6261

Social Security information for Virginia K. Stone: 363-14-2742


  1. "Genealogy of Hinshaw/Henshaw" by DoraLee Harvey Hatley (see Mary Jane Hinshaw), in the LDS Family History Library, microfilm #0982181, item 4.
  2. Contribution from Colleen Lee Hinshaw Dominguez.
  3. Gordon James Hinshaw obituary.
  4. 1910 census, 2nd Ward, Traverse City, Grand Traverse County, Michigan; roll T624-648, ED 53, page 14B, line #64, dwelling #278, family #282.
  5. 1920 census, Grout Township, Gladwin County, Michigan; roll T625-766, ED 178, page 8B, line #61, dwelling #165, family #166.
  6. 1940 census, Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio; roll T627-3203, ED 92-25, page 10A, line #25, household #236.
  7. U.S., Department of Veterans Affairs BIRLS Death File, 1850-2010;
  8. "Social Security Death Index" (as it is commonly called), derived from the Social Security Administration "Death Master File". See:
  9. Ohio, Deaths, 1908-1932, 1938-2007;
  11. Michigan, Deaths, 1971-1996;
  12. U.S. World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946;
  13. Michigan, Divorce Records, 1897-1952;
  14. "Ohio Deaths, 1993-98";
  15. "The Marion Star", Jul 15 1950;
  16. "The Chronicle Telegram" (Elyria, Ohio), Jan 12 1977;

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