William Hinshaw

                                           ┌── William Hinshaw
                                           │       ?-1699 
                   ┌── John Hinshaw ───────┤
                   │   c1660->1768         │
                   │                       └── Elizabeth -
William Hinshaw ───┤
B: 1724            │
D: 1814            │
                   └── Elizabeth Belshaw
M: Sarah Courtney
   ├── Thomas Hinshaw (1757-1825) 1,2,3,4,5,6,7
   ├── Ezra Hinshaw (1753-1836) 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8
   ├── William Hinshaw (1759-1807) 1,2,5,6,7,9,10,11
   ├── Sarah Hinshaw (c1761-1852) 3,5,6,7,12,13
   ├── John Hinshaw (c1763-?) 3,14,15,16

M: Mary Hinshaw
   ├── Jacob Hinshaw (1772-1779) 1,2,6,7,9
   ├── Jesse Hinshaw (1773->1850) 1,2,6,9,17
   ├── George Hinshaw (1775-1862) 1,2,6,7,9
   ├── Elizabeth Hinshaw (1777-?) 1,2,6,7,9
   ├── Benjamin Hinshaw (1779-1839) 1,2,6,7,9,17
   ├── Jacob Hinshaw (1782-1846) 1,2,6,7,9
   ├── Samuel Hinshaw (1784-1849) 1,2,6,7,9
   ├── Mary Hinshaw (1789-1860) 1,5,6,9,17,18
   └── Rebecca Hinshaw (1789-1882) 1,5,6,9,17,18,19

William Hinshaw     [ID 00034] Click here to switch to Ahnentafel view: Ahnentafel View

Born 1724, County Tyrone, Northern Ireland.6,11,20,21  

He married Sarah Courtney, Apr 1 1749, County Antrim, N.Ireland.3,6,10,11,21  Sarah, daughter of Toby Courtney & Sarah Boyd, was born 1730.6,10,11,21  

Sarah Courtney might *possibly* be descended from Sir John de Courtenay (d May 3 1274), husband of Isabel de Vere, grandaughter of Robert de Vere, 3rd Earl of Oxford and surety of the Magna Carta in 1215.22  

At the Grange meeting on 2-13-1750, "William Hinshaw, the younger" was disowned for marrying a young woman of Ballinderry Meeting by a "priest".18,23  

But William (sometimes Hinshaw and sometimes Henshaw in the Grange Men's Meeting Book of Minutes) made a written 'offering' to Grange MM, dated 1-25-1758, expressing sorrow for his misconduct and asking to be reinstated in membership.  This was accepted by Grange MM on 1-27-1759.  Sarah, who was a member of the Lisburn MM and was described in that Meeting's minutes as "a young woman of Blandenderry", was also disowned by her Meeting.  She sent a letter (offering) to Lisburn MM on 3-2-1758 acknowledging her fault and asking to be reinstated in membership.  This was accepted by Lisburn MM about the same time Grange accepted William's offering.  Sarah was then transferred to Grange MM as wife of William Hinshaw.24  

Sarah died about 1768, Northern Ireland.  Sarah has often been reported to have died and buried at sea during the family ocean crossing of 1768.1,6,10,21  However, in a letter from William written shortly after he arrived, he clearly mentions "all of us arrived safe" and "our healths reesonable well",25 which clearly indicates none of his party had died during the crossing.  But in the same letter William makes clear that Sarah had already died by then, as he stated "I have no thoughts of changing my condition by marge [marriage] as yet" ...  So it seems clear that Sarah had died sometime before the crossing began, and was most likely buried in Northern Ireland (probably at the Grange MM).  

Widower William Hinshaw and family emigrated to North Carolina in 1768.1  An entry in the Grange MM minutes of 2-5-1768 shows:24

"William Henshaw signified to this meeting that he and his brother Jess, with their families intend to remove from this to America and desire our certificate.  Thomas Dawson and Jas Pillar are desired to make the needful enquiry concerning them and return acct. how thay find things to next preparative meeting which is appointed to be held the 26th of 2nd mo."
On 2-26-1768, a similar entry in the minutes for William's cousin Absolem was recorded:24
"Absolem Hinshaw acquainted this meeting that he intends removing with his wife and family to America and desires our certificate of removal, and this meeting being informed that Alice Hinshaw also intends removing to America and desires our certificate, this meeting therefore desires Thomas Dawson and Jas Pillar together with Jas Morton and Jonas Shaw to make enquiries concerning the above mentioned Friends and bring the same to the next meeting for approbation."
An entry on 3-11-1768 shows:24
"Certificates being drawn for Jess Hinshaw, Absolem Hinshaw and William Hinshaw with their families, also for Alice Hinshaw, the same was signed in this meeting.  Jonah Shaw is desired to record copies of said certificates and deliver the originals to said Friends."
The Grange Monthly Meeting has a later entry showing:23
"It Appears that Jesse Hindshaw, Absolem Hindshaw & Willm Hindshaw with their respective families and also Alice Hindshaw removed to America in the year 1768".

William and family (sans poor Sarah) presented their certificate to the Cane Creek Monthly Meeting, N.C., on 11-4-1769.23  The Cane Creek MM men's records shows an entry for 11-4-1769:2

"William Hinshaw received on a certificate".
The women's record shows an entry for the same date:2
"Alice Hinshaw received on a certificate from Six Weeks Meeting, Grange, near Charlemount, Ireland, dated 3-13-1768".
Note this certificate date is the same as that of Absolem's.2  

William was a farmer and a weaver.  He quickly acquired land in North Carolina for his family's new home.  A deed was recorded on Oct 19 1768 (Orange County Deed Book 3, page 505):12

From Herman Husbands of Orange County, farmer, to Wm. Hinshaw of same, weaver, for consideration of £40 - 166 acres on branch of "Sand Creek" (Sandy Creek), part of a tract granted to said Husbands from Lord Granville, 10 Dec 1762 for 700 acres.  

Witnessed by Jacob Hinshaw and Stephen Jones.  

Proven Mar 27 1769.

Another deed was recorded on Feb 20 1769 (Orange County Deed Book 3, page 506):

Enos Stimson [or Stinson] and wife Elizabeth, of Orange County, to Wm Hinshaw, late of the Kingdom of Ireland, now of sd county, weaver, consideration: £25 - 80 acres, part of a tract granted to Thomas Swift on a branch of Sandy Creek, the waters of Deep River.  

Witnessed by Jacob Hinshaw and John Fruit.  

Proven Mar 27 1769.

The land purchased by William was part of what was then Orange County, which became Guilford County in 1771, and then Randolph County in 1779.12  

He then married Mary Hinshaw, 1771.1,2,11,17  Mary, daughter of Jacob Hinshaw & Rebecca Mackey.1,2,26  William & Mary were first cousins once removed.  In his will, William's cousin Jacob named his daughter Mary and his son-in-law William (as well as his other daughter Jane) as executors of his estate.1  

When Holly Spring MM was set off from Cane Creek MM, William and Mary were automatically transferred to that new meeting because their homestead was in that verge.24  

William Hinshaw prepared his will on December 24, 1809,27,28 probated May, 181828 (see below).  

William Hinshaw died 12-4-1814, Cane Creek, North Carolina; buried 12-5-1814, Holly Spring MM, North Carolina.1,2,6,9,20,21,29,30  

William was noted for "Patriotic Service" during the Revolutionary War.20  He is listed in the "Patriot Index" of the Daughters of the American Revolution.20  

Mary Hinshaw died 7-18-1822, buried 7-20-1822, Holly Spring MM, North Carolina.2,26  

Mary's will, dated 11 Mo. 13, 1819, is recorded in Randolph County, North Carolina Will Book 5, page 76; will probated Aug 182212,28 (see below).  

See also: Details of the crossing from Ireland to North Carolina

See also: Letter from William Hinshaw to Thomas Greer, dated Jan 20 1769

See also: Letter from William Hinshaw to Thomas Greer, dated 8 Mo. 8 1784

(photo)Photo: William Hinshaw family death records Cane Creek MM Records 30

(photo)Photo: William Hinshaw's last will and testament 28

(photo)Photo: Mary Hinshaw's last will and testament 28


  1. "The Hinshaw and Henshaw Families", by William Hinshaw; edited by Milo Custer; private printing, Bloomington, Illinois, 1911; Frank I. Miller Co., printers. LDS microfilm number 1402822.
  2. "Encyclopedia of American Quaker Genealogy", by William Wade Hinshaw, in many well-stocked libraries.
  3. The Church Of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints (LDS) International Genealogical Index (IGI) - Ireland.
  4. "Family of William & Rebecca Dixon Marshill, Cane Creek Monthly Meeting, Orange County, N.C.", by Thomas W. Marshall (Washington D.C., 1945, a typewritten manuscript), from the National Library of the Daughters of the American Revolution (Washington D.C.) "Marshill Family Genealogical Records 1700-1900", microfilm #0876559, item 5, in the LDS FHL.
  5. "Hinshaw Chart and List" (1/1/68) by Ralph Edward Pike, from "Family Records of Morgan Co., Ind.", Public Library of Mooresville, Morgan Co., Indiana (LDS microfilm 1509501).
  6. "Hinshaw-Bernard and Related Families" by Cordelia E. Bogue Wright, in the Family History Library of the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints (LDS), microfiche #6019151.
  7. An untitled single-page typewritten document on yellow paper detailing Hinshaw lines of descent, author unknown - submitted by Fontella Hinshaw.
  8. Family group sheets from Randy Hunter ()
  9. Genealogy on file with the LDS (Microfilm number 1126498, Batch 7906602, Sheets 81-84) as submitted by Robert Lee Baker, 1345 Navajo Dr., Pleasant Grove, Utah 84062 ().
  10. "The Landed Gentry", by Burke.
  11. "The Compendium of American Genealogy", GS929.373 V81 in a local library.
  12. "History and Genealogy of the Hinshaw Family", compiled by Joseph Calvin Hinshaw, 1967; with considerable content from William Perry Johnson, a noted genealogist hired by Joseph Calvin Hinshaw. Contributed by Bob Mount ()
  13. "Hinshaw Family": a collection of family group sheets by Edna Harvey Joseph; LDS FHL microfilm #1572018 items 8-10 and #1572019 items 1-4
  14. The Church Of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints (LDS) computerized Ancestral File.
  15. Letter from William Hinshaw to Thomas Greer, dated 8 Mo. 8 1784:
  16. Letter from William Hinshaw to Thomas Greer, dated 8 Mo. 8 1784:
  17. The Church Of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints (LDS) International Genealogical Index (IGI) - North Carolina.
  18. Manuscript titled "Thomas Hinshaw 'The Little Irish Weaver' And Others" by John E. Hinshaw, Urban-Side-On-The-East, Emporia, Kansas, 1911.
  19. "Family Tree Maker, Family Archives, World Family Tree", Vol. 3, by Broderbund Software, a collection of individual family group submissions.
  20. The "Patriot Index" of the Daughters of the American Revolution.
  21. Registered Application Papers from the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), submitted by Joyce Loretta Caroline (Hinshaw) Berry of British Columbia, Canada.
  22. "The Magna Charta Sureties", third edition, GR929.2 A21 in a local library.
  23. Myers, Albert Cook. "Immigration of Irish Quakers into Pennsylvania", Swarthmore, PA: 1902; GR929.3748 M99 in a local library.
  24. A letter written July 5, 1941 by William Wade Hinshaw to Winford C. Hinshaw describing Hinshaw ancestry - submitted by Fontella Hinshaw.
  25. Letter from William Hinshaw, Jan 20 1769:
  26. A manuscript titled "The Hinshaw Family" by Thomas D. Hamm - submitted by Fontella Hinshaw.
  27. A manuscript titled "North Carolina Wills" compiled by The Alexander Martin Chapter D.A.R., High Point, North Carolina (1938), copy supplied by Fontella Hinshaw.
  28. Randolph County, North Carolina original wills; LDS FHL microfilm #1578527
  29. Genealogy on file with the LDS (Microfilm number 1396310, Batch 8705005, Sheet 43) as submitted by Paul Edwin Rudy, 379 East 400 South, #8, St. George, Utah 84770, 801-673-1061. He lists as his source "Hinshaw family by Edna Harvey Joseph". Later generations of Rudy's show his source of information as "Randolph Co. Court House records", so presumably he is descended from a North Carolina Hinshaw descended from William Hinshaw.
  30. Society of Friends, Cane Creek MM Records; LDS FHL microfilm #0371251

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