Jane Hinshaw

                                             ┌── Jacob Hinshaw
                                             │    1710-1796 
                      ┌── Thomas Hinshaw ────┤
                      │   c1749-1825         │
                      │                      └── Rebecca Mackeyc1716-1796 
Jane Hinshaw ─────────┤
B: 1785               │
D: 1853               │
                      └── Hannah Seasfield
M: Rev. Richard Benge

Jane Hinshaw     [ID 02610] Click here to switch to Ahnentafel view: Ahnentafel View

Born Feb 8 1785, Surry County, North Carolina.1  

She married Rev. Richard Benge, Jan 8 1801, North Carolina.1,2,3,4,5,6  Richard, son of Thomas Benge & Susannah Lewis, was born about 1780, Wilkes County, North Carolina.3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10  

Note that Jane's sister Hannah married Richard's brother Thomas Benge.  

Following the death of Richard's father, Jane and Richard moved in 1811 to Franklin County, Tennessee.11  

Richard Benge was shown in the 1812 Tax List of Franklin County, Tennessee.11  

Richard Benge served under David "Davy" Crockett in Russell's Separate Battalion, Tennessee Mounted Gunmen.11  


Rebecca Benge, born c1804; married 1) Abraham Embry, 2) William Vestal.
Thomas H. Benge, born c1804; died 1846-1848, St. Augustine, Texas; married Anna Sterrett/Starritt. 12
Richard H. Benge, Jr., born c1815; died 1843/1850; married Jane Hall.
Baxter Bell Berry Benge, born Dec 12 1816; died Sep 11 1879; married Elizabeth Pierson. 11
Mary Adeline Benge, born 1822; died 1898; married 1840, John Gates.. 5,6
Susan / Ellen C. Benge, born c1827, North Carolina; married John Sorrels/Sorrells. 8
James M. Benge; died at Richmond, Virginia during the Civil War; married 1) Drusilla/Drucilla Levach, 2) Prescilla Ross;
Joel Benge; married Martha Sorrels.
William P./B. Benge; married Sallie Lester/Luster.
Presley Benge.
Alfred Benge; married Polly Hays.
Martin Lewis/Luther Benge, born Dec 11 1814; died 1909; married 1) Emeline Roseborough, 2) Jane Strong.

Jane and Richard were shown in the 1850 census, DeSoto County, Mississippi:10

Richard Benge, age 73, born in North Carolina; farming.
Jane Benge, age 63, born in North Carolina.

Jane Hinshaw died Aug 12 1853, near Senatobia, DeSoto (now Tate) County, Mississippi.1,13  

Jane's obituary was published in "The Tennessee Baptist" (Nashville, Tennessee) on September 24, 1853:14,15

Mrs. Jane Benge

Died, of inflammation of the stomach, in DeSoto county, Miss., on the morning of the 12th of August, 1853, Mrs. Jane Benge, in the 69th year of her age.  

Sister Benge was the daughter of Thomas and Hannah Henshaw, formerly of Surry county N.C.; born on the 8th day of Feb. 1785; was married to brother Richard Benge on the 8th day of Jan., 1801; was the mother of 12 children, all of whom had professed religion, and 8 of whom with the bereaved partner of her bosom, still survive to mourn her loss, but not mourn as those who have no hope.  She made a profession of religion near 30 years of age, and was baptized into the fellowship of Shiloh Church, Franklin county, Tenn. by Rev. Wm. Woods.  She lived an exemplary member of the church, ever setting the example of a true mother in Israel.  For several years her health had been quite feeble, but she bore her infirmities and afflictions with becoming christian patience and resignation to the will of her heavenly Father.  During her last sickness, she frequently said to her husband, "I shall not stay much longer with you".  Three days before she died, she raised herself in bed, and sang: "My soul's full of glory, it filleth my tongue; Could I meet with bright angels I'd sing them a song - I'd sing of my Jesus, and tell of his charms, And bid them to bear me to His living arms".  

She became very happy in her singing, and in meditating upon the future glories that awaited her; and said that when she died, she should just begin to live.  When dying, her son Martin approached her bedside, she turned her eyes towards him and said, "I am dying".  He asked her how all was with her - she replied, "I see my way clear, the Lord is with me"; and in a few moments her happy spirit took its flight to the "spirit land".  "And I heard a voice from heaven, saying unto me, Write blessed are the dead, which die in the Lord from henceforth; yea, saith the spirit, that they may rest from their labors, and their works do follow them".  

May all who now mourn their loss, like her be prepared, through faith in Christ, to triumph over the sting of death, and enter upon that rest which remaineth to the people of God.  

Ira Townsend
Como, Panola County, Miss. Sept. 1, '53

Widower Richard was shown in the 1860 census (Sep 27 1860), living in the household of daughter Ellen in Panola County, Mississippi:8

John Sorrells, age 38, born in North Carolina; farm laborer; $650 personal property.
Ellen C. Sorrells, age 33, born in North Carolina.
W.T. Sorrells, age 17, born in Mississippi; farm laborer.
James R. Sorrells, age 14, born in Mississippi.
John H. Sorrells, age 12, born in Mississippi.
Ben Sorrells, age 6, born in Mississippi.
Ella Sorrells, age 2, born in Mississippi.
Robert Sorrells, age 1, born in Mississippi.
Richard Benge, age 80, born in North Carolina; laborer.

Richard died 1860, Panola County, Mississippi.2,3,4,5  

Note that Meridith Henshaw #2492 was also born in North Carolina and also settled near Senatobia, DeSoto (now Tate) County, Mississippi.  It is possible that Jane and Meridith might have been closely related (perhaps siblings, first cousins etc.).16  


  1. Contribution from Corey Olsberg () and Dora Robinson () citing:
    obituary of Jane Hinshaw Benge.
  2. Don Chesnut database: http://www.users.mis.net/~chesnut/pages/benge.htm.
  3. "Family Tree Maker, Family Archives, World Family Tree", Vol. 3, by Broderbund Software, a collection of individual family group submissions.
  4. GEDCOM file G720 at http://www.ancestry.com.
  5. "Lineage Books of the Charter Members of the National Society of the
    Daughters of the American Revolution", Vol. 96; DAR ID #95024.
  6. "Lineage Books of the Charter Members of the National Society of the
    Daughters of the American Revolution", Vol. 96; DAR ID #95025.
  7. Contribution from Corey Olsberg () citing: 1820, 1830, 1840, and 1860 censuses.
  8. 1860 census, Peach Creek P.O., Panola County, Mississippi; roll M653-589, page 255, line #17, dwelling #771, family #771.
  9. RootsWeb WorldConnect GEDCOM from Don Chesnut ().
  10. 1850 census, DeSoto County, Mississippi; roll 371, page 357, dwelling #625.
  11. Contribution from Pam Ingle ().
  12. Contribution from Ann Swank ().
  13. Posting Apr 12 2003 by Ann Swank () to Benge-L:
  14. Contribution from Dora Robinson () citing:
    obituary of Jane Hinshaw Benge, "The Tennessee Baptist", Vol. X, Sep 10 1853;
    from microfilm in the Southern Baptist Historical Library and Archives, 901 Commerce St., #400, Nashville, TN 37203-3630.
  15. Contribution from Dora Robinson () citing:
    "Obituaries and Marriage Notices from the Tennessee Baptist, 1844-1862";
    compiled by Russell Pierce Baker; 1979, Southern Historical Press.
  16. Speculation.

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