Opra Ernest Hanshaw

                                               ┌── Jacob Henry Hanshaw
                                               │    1866-1958 
                       ┌── Emma Etta Hanshaw ──┤
                       │    1893-1944          │
                       │                       └── Mary Florence Rogers
                       │                            1871-1927 
Opra Ernest Hanshaw ───┤
B: 1910                │
D: 1995                │
                       └── [-]
M: Elsie Marie Adkins
   └── Judy Lynn Hanshaw (1950-) 1

Opra Ernest Hanshaw     [ID 02403] Click here to switch to Ahnentafel view: Ahnentafel View

Opra Ernest Hanshaw2,3,4 [Ernest Hanshaw5].

Born Mar 23 1910, Valley Fork, Clay County, West Virginia.2,3,4  

Opra was born when his mother was only 16 years old.  His biological father's name is unknown.  Opra seems to have been raised by his maternal grandparents.  

Opra was shown in the 1940 census (Jun 4 1940), living in (or staying in) the household of a Leman & Florence Butler, Union Township, Clay County, West Virginia:6

Hanshaw, Opra, lodger, age 30, born in West Virginia; completed 6th grade; on Apr 1 1935 was living in the same place/area; single; occupation: labor, on saw mill.

He married Elsie Marie Adkins, Dec 24 1941, Wallback, Clay County, West Virginia.1,7,8,9  Elsie, daughter of John Noah Adkins & Margaret Sophia Overbaugh3,10,11, was born Sep 25 19243,10,11 [Sep 25 192512,13], Clay County, West Virginia3,10,11.  

Elsie was the sister of Beulah Roberta Adkins who married Opra's second cousin Noble Leo Hanshaw.14  

In 1995 Opra was living in/near Mannington, Marion County, West Virginia.3  

Opra Ernest Hanshaw died May 4 1995, buried Mannington Memorial Park Cemetery, 106 E. Main Street, Mannington, Marion County, West Virginia.3,11,15  

In 2000-2003 Elsie was still living in Mannington, Marion County, West Virginia.3,16  

Elsie died Oct 4 2003, buried Mannington Memorial Park Cemetery, 106 E. Main Street, Mannington, Marion County, West Virginia.3,11,12

(photo)Photo: Opra Ernest Hanshaw delayed birth certificate Clay County, West Virginia 2

(photo)Photo: Opra Ernest Hanshaw & Elsie Marie Adkins marriage license Clay County, West Virginia 7

(photo)Photo: Opra Ernest Hanshaw & Elsie Marie Adkins gravestone Mannington Memorial Park Cemetery 15

Social Security information for Opra Ernest Hanshaw: 232-18-1385

Social Security information for Elsie Marie Adkins: 216-48-0682


  1. Contribution from Stacy Lynn White ().
  2. Opra Ernest Hanshaw birth certificate; West Virginia Division of Culture and History:
  3. "Social Security Death Index" (as it is commonly called), derived from the Social Security Administration "Death Master File". See: http://www.rootsweb.com/~rwguide/lesson10.htm
  4. U.S. Public Records Index, 1950-1993, Volume 2; http://www.ancestry.com.
  5. Contribution from (private) Hanshaw, citing:
    1923 family notebook of Alfred Morgan Rogers, with additional notes from Dorothy Janet Hanshaw and son Ray Wilmoth.
  6. 1940 census, Union Township, Clay County, West Virginia; roll T627-4400, ED 8-8, page 21B, line #45, household #335.
  7. Opra Ernest Hanshaw & Elsie Marie Adkins marriage license; West Virginia Division of Culture and History:
  8. West Virginia, Marriages Index, 1785-1971; http://www.ancestry.com.
  9. RootsWeb WorldConnect data by Debbie Stephens Oglesby (), citing:
    Clay County, West Virginia marriage records, Book 14, page 230.
  10. RootsWeb WorldConnect data by Debbie Stephens Oglesby ().
  11. Mannington Memorial Park Cemetery burials; USGenWeb Archives:
  12. U.S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007; http://www.ancestry.com.
  13. 1930 census, Henry District, Clay County, West Virginia; roll T626-2530, ED 5, page 7A, line #12, dwelling #116, family #117.
  14. Obituary of Evelyn B. (Adkins) Townsend; the "Charleston Gazette", Aug 7 1998.
  15. http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=91966941.
  16. U.S. Phone and Address Directories, 1993-2002; http://www.ancestry.com.

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