James Ronald Hinshaw

                                                 ┌── William Thomas Hinshaw
                                                 │    1881-1971 
                           ┌── Thomas Hinshaw ───┤
                           │    1902-1990        │
                           │                     └── Lillian F. Dorsett
                           │                          1884-1901 
James Ronald Hinshaw ──────┤
B: 1929                    │                     ┌── Emil Scott Heiland
D: 1998                    │                     │
                           └── Margery Heiland ──┤
                                1908-1988        │
                                                 └── Martha Eva Okray
M: Mary Louise Vanderhorst
   ├── Nancy Marie Hinshaw (1956-) 1,2,3,4
   ├── Ronald Joseph Hinshaw (1957-) 1,2,3,4
   ├── Lucy Therese Hinshaw (1959-) 1,2,3,4
   ├── Mary Christie Hinshaw (1961-) 1,2,3,4
   ├── John Anthony Hinshaw (1962-) 1,2,3,4
   └── Barbara Jean Hinshaw (1968-) 1,2,3,4

M: Bette Ann DeSmet

James Ronald Hinshaw     [ID 02603] Click here to switch to Ahnentafel view: Ahnentafel View

James Ronald Hinshaw5,6 [James Ronald Lynch6,7, Roland Henshaw8].

Born Apr 28 1929, Chicago, Cook County, Illinois.5,6,8,9,10,11,12,13,14,15,16  

Jim's birth was recorded as James Ronald Hinshaw.5  After Jim's parents separated (divorced?), his mother remarried to a Chester Lynch, and Jim seems to have adopted the Lynch name at some point.7  On Nov 25 1983 his Social Security record was under James Ronald Lynch.6  On Jan 21 1998 it was changed to James Ronald Hinshaw.6  

Jim was shown in the 1940 census (Apr 5 1940), living in (or staying in) a lodging house (five lodgers aged 9 to 19), 3758 West 65th Place, Chicago, Cook County, Illinois:7

Lynch, James, lodger, age 12, born in Illinois; completed 5th grade; on Apr 1 1935 was living in the same place/city; attended school

James was a U.S. Navy veteran, having served in Korea10,12 from Sep 23 1949 to Oct 25 1950.13  

He married Mary Louise Vanderhorst, Feb 20 1954, Culver City, Los Angeles County, California.1,4,17,18,19  Mary, daughter of John Jacob Vanderhorst & Mary Louise Ryckebosch, was born Sep 17 1934, Los Angeles County, California.1,4,17  

Jim and Mary divorced, Feb 19 1982, Orange County, California.20  

He then married Bette Ann DeSmet, May 10 1986, Clark County, Nevada.21,22,23  Bette was born Jul 6 1938.15  

James Ronald Hinshaw died Jan 6 1998, Chiriaco Summit, Riverside County, California; age 68.6,9,10,11,12,13,14,24  

The following article was published in the "Press-Enterprise" (Riverside California) on Wednesday, January 7, 1998:24

CHIRIACO SUMMIT A 68-year-old Placentia man was struck and killed by a passing big rig as he walked in the eastbound fast lane of Interstate 10 about 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, authorities said.  James Ronald Hinshaw was killed when a tractor-trailer hit him on the freeway just east of Box Canyon Road, about 50 miles east of Indio, said Riverside County Deputy Coroner Alendra Birdsall.  Authorities did not know why Hinshaw was walking along the roadway or if his vehicle had broken down.

Jim and Bette were full time RV'ers (he did not have a traditional residence - it was Bette's daughter who lived in Placentia).21  On Jan 6 1998, Jim was standing beside his truckbed and adjusting a tool container door when an 18-wheeler side swiped his 5th wheel trailer hitting Jim.  Contrary to the "Press-Enterprise" newspaper above, he was not walking along the roadway.21

(photo)Photo: James Ronald Hinshaw & Mary Louise Vanderhorst marriage certificate Los Angeles County, California 17

(photo)Photo: James Ronald Hinshaw & Bette Ann DeSmet marriage record Clark County, Nevada 21

(photo)Photo: James Ronald Hinshaw & Bette Ann DeSmet 21

(photo)Photo: Death of James Ronald Hinshaw newspaper article Jan 7 1998 21

(photo)Photo: James Ronald Hinshaw obituary "The Orange County Register", Jan 10 1998 21

(photo)Photo: James Ronald Hinshaw gravestone Riverside National Cemetery 11

Social Security information for James Ronald Hinshaw: 346-22-2174


  1. "Family Tree Maker, Family Archives, World Family Tree", Vol. 3, by Broderbund Software, a collection of individual family group submissions.
  2. James Ronald Hinshaw obituary.
  3. VitalSearch California Birth Index 1905-2001:
  4. California Birth Index, 1905-1995; http://www.ancestry.com.
  5. LDS FamilySearch, "Illinois, Cook County, Birth Certificates, 1871-1940":
  6. U.S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007; http://www.ancestry.com.
  7. 1940 census, Chicago, Cook County, Illinois; roll T627-947, ED 103-868, page 4A, line #33. household #64.
  8. 1930 census, Chicago, Cook County, Illinois; roll T626-479, ED 1480, page 25A, line #23. dwelling #374, family #454.
  9. "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
  10. Burials at Riverside National Cemetery, Riverside, California:
  11. http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=794046.
  12. U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, National Cemetery Administration, Nationwide Gravesite Locator:
  13. U.S. Veterans Cemeteries, ca.1800-2004; http://www.ancestry.com.
  14. VitalSearch California Death Index 1940-2000:
  15. U.S. Public Records Index, 1950-1993, Volume 1; http://www.ancestry.com.
  16. LDS FamilySearch, "United States Public Records, 1970-2009":
  17. LDS FamilySearch, "California, County Marriages, 1850-1952":
  18. Ancestry Family Tree data "SHOFFNER_SHARPE_HOLT_MOORE_ZIMMERMAN" posted by "hshoffner1".
  19. Contribution from Nancy Marie (Hinshaw) Tooley.
  20. LDS FamilySearch, "California Divorce Index, 1966-1984":
  21. Contribution from Bill McFall () and Bette Ann McFall ().
  22. Nevada, Marriage Index, 1956-2005; http://www.ancestry.com.
  23. LDS FamilySearch, "Nevada Marriage Index, 1956-2005":
  24. The Riverside (California) "Press-Enterprise":

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