Eli Henry Hinshaw

                                                ┌── Thomas Hinshaw
                                                │    1826-1890 
                     ┌── Ansel Monroe Hinshaw ──┤
                     │    1850-?                │
                     │                          └── Mary Robbins
                     │                               1826-?    
Eli Henry Hinshaw ───┤
B: 1881              │
D: 1938              │
                     └── Mary L. Musser
M: Minnie M. Power
   └── Catherine Hinshaw (c1911-) 1

M: Jeanne Jones

Eli Henry Hinshaw     [ID 02556] Click here to switch to Ahnentafel view: Ahnentafel View

Eli Henry Hinshaw2,3 [Henry E. Hinshaw1,4,5].

Born Jan 4 1881, Indiana.1,2,3,5,6,7  

He married Minnie M. Power8 [Bertha Power5], Jun 23 19098, Marion County, Indiana8.  Minnie, daughter of J. S. Power, was born about 1891, Ohio.5,9  

Henry and Bertha were shown in the 1910 census (Apr 23 1910), Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana:5

Hinshaw, Henry E., head-of-household, age 29, born in Indiana; parents born in Indiana; first marriage, married 1 year; occupation: undertaker; rented home.
Hinshaw, Bertha, wife, age 19, born in Ohio; parents born in Indiana; first marriage, married 1 year; no children.

In 1910 E. Henry Hinshaw and Arley E. Shirley opened the "Hinshaw & Shirley Undertakers" business at 3016 N. Illinois, Indianapolis, Indiana.10  

The following article was published in The Indianapolis Star (Indianapolis, Indiana) on Wednesday, October 23, 1912:11

Mrs. Henry Hinshaw, a well-known local musician, will be pianist for the operetta, "Jack and the Beanstalk," which is to be presented Saturday afternoon and evening at the German House for the benefit of the Indianapolis Playgrounds Association.  Music will be furnished by the Shortridge High School Orchestra.  The advance sale of seats for the production has been strong and the managers are putting the finishing touches on the cast after several weeks of hard work with the principals and the juvenile chorus.

The following article was published in The Indianapolis Star (Indianapolis, Indiana) on Sunday morning, July 20, 1913:12


Mr. E. Henry Hinshaw, formerly of Hinshaw & Shirley, undertakers, wishes to make known to the public the firm of Hinshaw & Shirley has dissolved and Mr. Hinshaw is connected with the well-known firm of Blanchard & Moore, 787 Mass. Ave., where he will be glad to serve you in their prompt, ever-ready, courteous way.

The very next day the funeral directors Frank A. Blanchard, Fred T. Moore and E. Henry Hinshaw began advertising as "Blanchard, Moore & Hinshaw", 737 Massachusetts Avenue.13  

The following article was published in The Indianapolis Star (Indianapolis, Indiana) on Sunday morning, August 3, 1913:14

A. E. SHIRLEY wishes to announce that he has taken charge of the undertaking establishment located at 3020 North Illinois, formerly Hinshaw & Shirley.  Ambulance service, lady attendant, carriages, flowers, chairs and tables furnished for all occasions; courteous service.

Minnie died Apr 7 1914, at her parents' home, 824 Udell Street, Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana; age 33.9  

Minnie's obituary was published in The Indianapolis Star (Indianapolis, Indiana) on Thursday, April 9, 1914:9

Woman Who Was Music Teacher
When 14 Years Old Is Dead

Mrs. Minnie Power Hinshaw, 23 years old, wife of Henry Hinshaw, and one of the best known musicians in Indianapolis, died at midnight Tuesday at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. S. Power, 824 Udell street.  Mrs. Hinshaw had been in ill health since last August, and underwent an operation in October at the Methodist Hospital.  She then was taken to her parents' home, where she suffered a relapse in January, and had been failing since.  The funeral will be held at 3:30 o'clock tomorrow afternoon at her parents' home.  

Mrs. Hinshaw began the study of music when very young in Bucyrus, O., and graduated from the Indianapolis Conservatory of Music as a student of the piano when only 13 years old.  At 14 she was a teacher of music and had twelve pupils.  She played in recitals and entertainments throughout the state and was pianist at the Sloan School, of which she also was a graduate, for five years.  In addition to teaching music, she composed a number of pieces.  When but 8 years old she composed a number entitled "Papa's Birthday".  

She is survived by her husband, by a 4-year-old daughter, by her parents and by two brothers, William J. and Robert S. Power.  Her father and brothers also are musicians.

He then married Jeanne Jones, Oct 30 1915, Marion County, Indiana.2  Jeanne was born Sep 22 1887, Indiana.1,2,7  

E. Henry Hinshaw, age 37, registered for the World War I draft in Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana.  He declared he was born January 4 1881, and was then residing at 701 North East St., Indianapolis, Indiana where he was a self-employed undertaker.  He declared his nearest relative was Jeanne Hinshaw of the same address.  He was recorded as medium height, stout, brown eyes, brown hair.3  

Henry and family were shown in the 1920 census, 37 West 13th Street, Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana:1

Hinshaw, Henry E., head-of-household, age 39, born in Indiana; parents born in Indiana; occupation: director, funerals.
Hinshaw, Jean, wife, age 32, born in Indiana; parents born in Indiana.
Hinshaw, Catherine, daughter, age 9, born in Indiana; parents born in Indiana; attended school.

Henry and Jeanne were shown in the 1930 census (Apr 4 1930), 2727 Bellifontaine Street, Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana:7

Hinshaw, E. Henry, head-of-household, age 49, born in Indiana; parents born in Indiana; first married at age 26; owned home ($6000 value); radio in home; occupation: funeral director, undertaking; not a war veteran.
Hinshaw, Jeanne, wife, age 42, born in Indiana; parents born in Indiana; first married at age 28.

Eli Henry Hinshaw died Jan 6 1938, Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana.15  

Henry's obituary was published in "The American Friend" on February 3, 1938 (page 60).15  


  1. 1920 census, 8th Ward, Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana; roll T625-453, ED 143, page 15B, line #89, dwelling #190, family #415.
  2. "Index to Marriage Record Marion County 1911-1915 Inclusive", Volume II;
    Indiana Works Progress Administration, 1939; book 83, page 213.
  3. World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918; http://www.ancestry.com.
  4. "Abstracts of the Records of the Society of Friends in Indiana", Part 2, subtitled "Encyclopedia of American Quaker Genealogy, Volume VII", (a compendium of many of the records left by William Wade Hinshaw on his death), edited by Willard Heiss; GS929.3 H47 in a local library.
  5. 1910 census, 15th Ward, Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana; roll T624-369, ED 252, page 20A, line #1, dwelling #246, family #253.
  6. 1900 census, Carthage, Ripley Township, Rush County, Indiana; roll T623-400, ED 90, page 5B, line #72, dwelling #109, family #117.
  7. 1930 census, 2nd Ward, Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana; roll T626-607, ED 310, page 2A, line #34, dwelling #30, family #30.
  8. Indiana Marriage Collection, 1800-1941; http://www.ancestry.com.
  9. Obituary of Minnie (Power) Hinshaw;
    The Indianapolis Star (Indianapolis, Indiana), Apr 9 1914; http://www.ancestry.com.
  10. The Indianapolis Star (Indianapolis, Indiana), Nov 20 1910; http://www.ancestry.com.
  11. The Indianapolis Star (Indianapolis, Indiana), Oct 23 1912; http://www.ancestry.com.
  12. The Indianapolis Star (Indianapolis, Indiana), Jul 20 1913; http://www.ancestry.com.
  13. The Indianapolis Star (Indianapolis, Indiana), Jul 20 - Oct 16 1913; http://www.ancestry.com.
  14. The Indianapolis Star (Indianapolis, Indiana), Aug 3 1913; http://www.ancestry.com.
  15. Earlham College Library; "American Friend Obituary Index":

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