Andrew Patton Hanshew

                                                    ┌── Samuel Spencer Hanshew
                                                    │    1846-1929 
                         ┌── Daniel Glenn Hanshew ──┤
                         │    1882-1932             │
                         │                          └── Marcum V. Harmon
                         │                               1856-1935 
Andrew Patton Hanshew ───┤
B: 1914                  │
D: 1932                  │
                         └── Rosa Mae Harner
Andrew Patton Hanshew     [ID 16790] Click here to switch to Ahnentafel view: Ahnentafel View

Born Dec 2 1914, Illinois.1,2,3,4  

Andrew Patton Hanshew died Jun 9 1932, St. James Hospital, Pontiac, Livingston County, Illinois; age 17.4,5  

Andrew's death was reported in the "Metamora Herald" on June 17, 1932 (page 8, column 2),3 and in the "Chatsworth Plaindealer" (Chatsworth, Illinois) on June 16, 1932:6

Andrew P. Hanshew, aged 17, youngest son of Mrs. D.G. Hanshew, died at St. James hospital in Pontiac last Thursday (June 9) night at 9:30 o'clock from a fractured skull.  

He had evidently been kicked over the right eye by a horse during the afternoon while plowing corn in a field near his home on the Stoddard farm, a mile and a quarter east of Chatsworth on Route 8.  The boy was rushed to the Pontiac hospital but never regained consciousness.  

Following his death Coroner Knick was notified and impaneled a jury at Pontiac who viewed the body after which the body was returned to Chatsworth in the Roach ambulance and prepared for burial.  Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock in the Church of God in Forrest, conducted by Rev. David Nelson, pastor of the Forrest church, and Rev. Jesse Powers, pastor of the Chatsworth Baptist church, who had a few days previously conducted the services for the boy's father.  Burial was in the Chatsworth cemetery.  

The death of the boy, just a few days over 17 1/2 years of age, was, like his father's, sudden and unexpected.  Daniel Hanshew, the father, became ill on June 3 from systemic poisoning and died the following Monday night at 10 o'clock after being ill for a few hours with septic pneumonia resulting from the other illness.  The family and the community as well was shocked and much grieved by the deaths.  

The exact cause of the young man's death will probably never be known.  He was plowing corn in a field some distance from the house.  His mother saw him coming into the barn lot sitting on the cultivator and driving the team.  She went out to see why he was returning from the field in mid-afternoon suspecting that he might be ill.  Being asked if he was ill he replied that "Old Frank kicked me" and fell forward on the cultivator seat unconscious.  Men working along the hard road in front of the house were summoned and carried the boy into his home.  A physician was summoned, an examination made and an ambulance called and accompanied by his sister, Hilda, and Dr. O.D. Willstead he was taken to the Pontiac hospital.  No visible marks appeared on the boy, but an x-ray examination showed a skull fracture above the eyes but the skin was not broken nor any marks visible.  

The young man, it appears, had complained of a sever [sic] headache during the day but it was thought it was caused from loss of sleep and grief over the death of his father a few days before.  Arthur Stebbins, working for E.T. Perkins, was in the same field with Andrew.  Mr. Perkins had offered assistance to the family due to the death of Mr. Hanshew and Mr. Stebbins says the boy complained to him when passing him in the field that he was suffering from a headache and was not certain whether he could remain at work all afternoon.  Mr. Stebbins saw him leaving the field but did not witness any accident.  He had to open and pass through two gates to reach the farm yard.  "Old Frank", whom he said kicked him, was one of the horses he was working.  


A coroner's jury, composed of Pontiac men, under the direction of Coroner Knick, rendered a verdict Friday evening that death came from hemorrhage of the brain, caused by a broken artery, resulting from a fractured frontal bone of his forehead.  


While various opinions have been expressed as to what caused the horse to kick the boy, as the animal is said to be gentle, is that a tug became unfastened from a singletree while the team was being turned at the end of the corn rows or else while going to the house and that when the boy stooped over to pick up the tug he either bumped into the horse and frightened him or else the horse in stamping off flies from his legs struck the boy accidentally.


  1. 1920 census, Forrest Township, Livingston County, Illinois; roll T625-383, ED 28, page 14B, line #73, dwelling #71, family #71.
  2. 1930 census, Forrest Township, Livingston County, Illinois; roll T626-533, ED 18, page 5A, line #14, dwelling #89, family #90.
  3. "Woodford County, Illinois, Prairie District Library, Obituaries, 1887 to Present";
  4. Illinois, Deaths and Stillbirths Index, 1916-1947;
  5. State of Illinois; Database of Illinois Death Certificates, 1916-1950:

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