Silas Hinshaw

                           ┌── Elias Hinshawc1786-c1840
                           │
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Silas Hinshaw ─────────────┤
B: 1831                    │                    ┌── Katherine Martin
D: 1865                    │                    │
                           └── Sarah Williams ──┤
                                1789-?          │
                                                └── Benjamin Williams
M: Melvina Ellen Ledington
   ├── Elihu William Hinshaw (1856-1930) 1,2,3,4,5
   ├── Nancy Jane Hinshaw (c1857-?) 3
   ├── Daniel Ephraim Hinshaw (1858-?) 1,2,3,4,5,6
   └── Martha Malinda Hinshaw (1862-1929) 1,2,3,5

Silas Hinshaw     [ID 02629] Click here to switch to Ahnentafel view: Ahnentafel View

Born Nov 7 1831, Indiana.1,4,7  

Silas was shown in the 1850 census (Oct 2 1850), living at home with his widowed mother and siblings in Madison County, Iowa:7

Silas Henshaw, age 18, born in Indiana; farmer.

Silas was shown in the 1854 Iowa state census (Jul 1 1854), Madison County, Iowa:8

Silas Hinshaw household:
1 male.
no females.
1 voter.
1 militia.
1 person total in household.

He married Melvina Ellen Ledington1,9,10 [Melvina Ellen Leddington9], Sep 20 18551,9,10, Gentry County, Missouri1,9,10.  Melvina, daughter of Thomas Nathan Ledington & Lucinda Ann Hendrickson2,3,11, was born Feb 28 18352,3,11 [about 18326, Aug - 183513], Cumberland Gap, Virginia2,3,11 [Kentucky12, Indiana4, Missouri5].  

Silas and Melvina were shown in the 1856 Iowa state census, Madison County, Iowa:12

William Hinshaw, age 32, born in Ohio; resident of Iowa 7 years; farmer; native voter; militia; owner of land; 54 acres of improved land, 146 acres of unimproved land.
Nancy Hinshaw, age 26, born in Virginia; resident of Iowa 7 years.
Silas Hinshaw, age 23, born in Indiana; resident of Iowa 7 years; farmer; native voter; militia; owner of land; 160 acres of unimproved land.
Melvina E. Hinshaw, age 22, born in Kentucky.

By 1857 or 18582 (or more probably shortly after 1860)4 Silas and Melvina had settled in Platte County, Missouri, where they lived on the farm of Daniel King, an uncle by marriage to Melvina.  Daughter Martha was born on the King farm.2  

Silas and family were shown in the 1860 census, Vienna Township, Pottawatomie County, Kansas Territory:4

Silas Henshaw, age 28, born in Indiana; farmer; $300 real estate; $200 personal property.
Vina E. Henshaw, age 24, born in Indiana.
William Henshaw, age 4, born in Kansas Territory.
Daniel Henshaw, age 2, born in Kansas Territory.
Living next door in 1860 was the family of Melvina's (apparently widowed) father, Thomas Ledington.14  

Silas Hinshaw died Jun 16 1865, Deer Spring / Deer Creek Station, Dakota Territory.2,9,15  

Silas Hinshaw, of Leavenworth, Kansas, was a private in Company A, Eleventh Regiment, Kansas Volunteer Cavalry15,16,17 (enlisted Aug 14 1862).15  He was killed by Indians in the line of duty.16,18  (Deer Creek Station was along the old Oregon Trail, eighty miles west of Fort Laramie, twenty miles east of Platte Bridge Station.  In 1865 Indians had been cutting the telegraph line and killing guards, which is probably how Silas was killed).2  

On Jun 6 1866, Melvina E. Hinshaw applied for a pension as wife of Silas Hinshaw, veteran of Company A, 11th Kansas Cavalry.19  

After Silas died, Melvina moved to Kansas to live near her brothers.2  She lived in Pottawatomie County, Kansas; she was living at America City, Nehama County, Kansas when she filed for her pension.2  

Widow Melvina and family were shown in the 1870 census (Jul 12 1870), Vienna Township, Pottawatomie County, Kansas:5

Hinshaw, Melvina E., age 34, born in Missouri; keeping house.
Hinshaw, Elihu, age 14, born in Iowa; works on farm; attended school.
Hinshaw, Daniel E., age 10, born in Missouri; attended school.
Hinshaw, Martha M., age 8, born in Missouri; attended school.
Ledington, Daniel, age 30, born in Missouri; farmer; $1500 real estate; $700 personal property.
Ledington, Thomas, age 32, born in Missouri; works on farm; cannot write.
Living next door in 1870 was the family of Elijah Ledington.20  

Widow Melvina and family were shown in the 1880 census (Jun 16 1880), Mill Creek Township, Pottawatomie County, Kansas:6

Henshaw, Melvina, age 48, born in Virginia; parents born in Virginia; widow.
Henshaw, Danl, son, age 21, born in Missouri; father born in Indiana; mother born in Virginia; single; farmer.

In 1883 Melvina and family, and the Ledingtons, left Onga, Kansas and moved to Idaho, settling in the Salubria valley near Cambridge, Idaho.2  

Widow Melvina was shown in the 1900 census (Jun 12 1900), living with her brothers in Salubria Precinct, Washington County, Idaho:13

Ledington, Daniel, head-of-household, age 60, born Nov 1839 in Missouri; father born in Virginia; mother born in Pennsylvania; single; occupation: farmer; owned farm (free).
Ledington, Thomas, brother, age 63, born Mar 1837 in Virginia; father born in Virginia; mother born in Pennsylvania; single; cannot read or write.
Hinshaw, Malvina, sister, age 64, born Aug 1835 in Virginia; father born in Virginia; mother born in Pennsylvania; widow; 3 children, 3 living.

Melvina died Jan 9 1918, Cambridge, Washington County, Idaho; buried Salubria Cemetery, Washington County, Idaho.2,3  

Melvina's obituary was published on Thursday, January 17, 1918 in the "Weiser American" (Weiser, Washington County, Idaho), page 5:2

Jan 9, 1918
Mrs. Melvina Hinshaw passed away Wednesday evening at 11:00.  Mrs. Hinshaw had only been ill a few days, but she was quite old.  She had not been strong all winter.  The remains was kept until Saturday morning in order for a brother to reach here from Missouri.  The funeral service were [sic] held Saturday morning at the Baptist Church by Rev. T. A... [unclear] and later laid to rest in the cemetery at Salubria.  She came to this area with her brothers and son's family in 1883.

A biographical sketch of Melvina Ledington Henshaw was included in the Kansas history "Old Settler's Tales" by F.F. Crevecoeur11 (note that this sketch differs in some dates and details):

Thomas Ledington, sr., a widower, came here from Missouri in 1858 or 1859, with his children, Melvina (Mrs. Silas Henshaw, whose husband was killed by Indians in Wyoming), William, Thomas, jr., Daniel, Elijah, and Lettie, who died while still a younger girl.  Melvina (Mrs. Henshaw) had three children when she came, Elihu, Daniel, and Martha (Mrs. Charles Points).  Mrs. Henshaw stayed here but a short time, when she went back to Missouri, but she returned here in 1865, and made her home with her children, her father and brothers.  Mrs. Henshaw pre-empted George Regar's home place about 1873, and lived there several years in a small frame house she had put up.


Sources

  1. Contribution from Hope Phillips ().
  2. Family group sheets by Alta Ione Bradbury, Kanab, Utah
  3. Contribution from Sherry Fleischer ().
  4. 1860 census, Louisville P.O., Vienna Township, Pottawatomie County, Kansas Territory; roll M653-352, page 551, line #6, dwelling #345, family #271.
  5. 1870 census, Louisville P.O., Vienna Township, Pottawatomie County, Kansas; roll M593-441, page 462, line #33, dwelling #99, family #99.
  6. 1880 census, Mill Creek Township, Pottawatomie County, Kansas; roll T9-393, ED 239, page 218D-219A, line #50, dwelling #219, family #235.
  7. 1850 census, Madison County, Iowa; roll M432-187, page 140A, line #11, dwelling #727, family #784.
  8. 1854 Iowa state census, Madison Township, Madison County, Iowa; http://www.ancestry.com.
  9. Contribution from Lucille Bigelow ().
  10. "Old Settler's Tales" by F.F. Crevecoeur;
    "The Kansas Collection", University of Kansas:
    http://www.ukans.edu/carrie/kancoll/books/crevecoeur/ost06.htm#00170.
  11. "Old Settler's Tales" by F.F. Crevecoeur;
    "The Kansas Collection", University of Kansas:
    http://www.kancoll.org/books/crevecoeur/ost06.htm.
  12. 1856 Iowa state census, Union Township, Madison County, Iowa; http://www.ancestry.com.
  13. 1900 census, Salubria Precinct, Washington County, Idaho; roll T623-234, ED 110, page 6A, line #9, dwelling #93, family #94.
  14. 1860 census, Louisville P.O., Vienna Township, Pottawatomie County, Kansas Territory; roll M653-352, page 551, line #10, dwelling #346, family #272.
  15. American Civil War Soldiers; http://www.ancestry.com.
  16. William Cutler's "History of the State of Kansas"; The Kansas Collection:
    http://www.kancoll.org/books/cutler/sthist/milrec-p12.html.
  17. U.S. National Park Service - "Civil War Soldiers & Sailors System":
    http://www.itd.nps.gov/cwss/.
  18. Graden, Debra, ed. "Kansas Adjutant General Roll, Civil War Soldiers, 1861-1865". Orem, UT: Ancestry, Inc., 1999.
  19. National Archives and Records Administration. "General Index to Pension Files, 1861-1934":
    "Civil War Pension Index". [database] Provo, UT: Ancestry.com, 2000.
  20. 1870 census, Louisville P.O., Vienna Township, Pottawatomie County, Kansas; roll M593-441, page 462, line #39, dwelling #100, family #100.


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