John Hinshaw

                                           ┌── John Henshall
                                           │    1611-c1687
                     ┌── William Hinshaw ──┤
                     │       ?-1699        │
                     │                     └── Elizabeth -
John Hinshaw ────────┤
B: c1660             │
D: >1768             │
                     └── Elizabeth -
M: Dorothy Lennox
   ├── Dorothy Hinshaw  1,2,3,4
   └── John Hinshaw (1724-1783) 1,2,3,4,5

M: Elizabeth Belshaw
   ├── William Hinshaw (1724-1814) 3,6,7
   ├── Jesse Hinshaw (1720-1797) 3,6,7,8,9,10
   ├── Alice Hinshaw (?-1786) 11

John Hinshaw     [ID 00035] Click here to switch to Ahnentafel view: Ahnentafel View

Born about 1660, Derryaghy, County Antrim, Northern Ireland.3,7  (John's birth date seems to be an estimate in all sources - no primary sources cited).  

John moved from Derryaghy to Grange in county Tyrone and became a member of the Society of Friends, Grange Friends Meeting.12,13  

He married Dorothy Lennox3,7,14 [Deborah Lennox2], 7-30-16783,7,14.  

In 1702 John and Dorothy were witnesses to the following marriage:10

Mary Sweethen, of Cloughan, Parish Kilmore, County Armagh, was married, 8 Mo. 22, 1702, to John Lenox of Drycroency, Parish Clanfekill, at Ballyhagen Meeting.  Among the signers were Alexander Sweethen, John Hinshaw, Dorothy Hinshaw, Elinor Whinery, Robert Lennox, Thomas Hinshaw, John Whinery.
John Lennox was probably the brother of Dorothy Lennox.  Mary Sweethen was probably the sister of Ann Sweethen who in 1703 married Joseph Mackey (two of Joseph & Ann Mackey's children married Hinshaws).  

He then married Elizabeth Belshaw6,7,12 [Elizabeth Belcher, Elisabeth Belshaw, Elisabeth Belcher], 17166,7,12, Derryaghy, County Antrim, Ireland6,7,12.  Elizabeth was John's house servant.5,7  

Both John and Elizabeth were disowned for marrying "contrary to discipline".5  The Grange MM Book of Disownments seems to indicate that there was something of a scandal connected with this marriage.  On 5 Mo 12 1716 the Grange MM recorded:7

A Testimony Given Forth Against John Hinshaw and Elizabeth His Wife: John Hinshaw of Edneycreaney a man well stricken in years ...  leting out his minde to a lustful liberty after his servant - viz: Elezebath Belshy a yong woman whoe of late would have gon under our name ...  and committed furnycation with her, notwithstanding the timely warneing and friendly admonishon given to the sd John to put the sd Elezebath out of his house and to intertaine another in her stead, intill the accomplishment of their intended maradge, but he rejected our councell notwithstanding his promises to the contrary and the better to cover their transgressions went to a preest and was maryed".

A John Hinshaw signed the marriage certificate of John Mackie and Katherine Meredith on 2 Mo. 22, 1737 at the Meeting House in Lisburn, County Antrim.  Could this have been *this* John, or John #1031 ???10  

John Hinshaw died after 1768.11  John might have died even as late as 1784 or after, as his son William, in a letter of 1784, indicates an expectation that his parents were still alive at that time.11  

Note: There appears to be something odd regarding John's marriages and children, none of which come from primary sources.  John's children by Dorothy Lennox (John, Dorothy and Mary) were all married in the mid 1740s.  If they were all born prior to John's marriage to Elizabeth Belshaw in 1716 (and if the 1716 date is correct) then they would have all been well into their 30s when they were married (an unusual age).  It seems very possible that all of these children might have been from John's second marriage to Elizabeth Belshaw.  

Note also that John's ancestry is not at all proven or certain.  John's ancestry seems to be sourced only by William Wade Hinshaw, who hired extensive research in Ireland, but never cited sources in any of his published lineages.  John's ancestry has been much repeated, but should be considered somewhat speculative.  


  1. A handwritten document titled "Hinshaws - Early Chatham Co. & Cane Creek Quaker Meeting", by William C. & Nolan Moran.
  2. GEDCOM file h5142.ged at
  3. "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.
  4. Contribution from William Banks Hinshaw.
  5. A letter written July 5, 1941 by William Wade Hinshaw to Winford C. Hinshaw describing Hinshaw ancestry - submitted by Fontella Hinshaw.
  6. The Church Of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints (LDS) International Genealogical Index (IGI) - Ireland.
  7. "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 ()
  8. "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.
  9. "Encyclopedia of American Quaker Genealogy", by William Wade Hinshaw, in many well-stocked libraries.
  10. Myers, Albert Cook. "Immigration of Irish Quakers into Pennsylvania", Swarthmore, PA: 1902; GR929.3748 M99 in a local library.
  11. Letter from William Hinshaw to Thomas Greer, dated 8 Mo. 8 1784:
  12. "The Landed Gentry", by Burke.
  13. "The Compendium of American Genealogy", GS929.373 V81 in a local library.
  14. "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).

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