Francis Hanshaw B: c1802 D: 1870 M: Mary Ann Obrion Simmons +-- Miram Hanshaw, 1823->1900 +-- Francis Hanshaw, 1831-1914 +-- John Jackson Hanshaw, 1832-1913 +-- William Hanshaw, 1836-? +-- Henry H. Hanshaw, 1837-? +-- Silas Smith Hanshaw, c1839-<1910 +-- Sarah Jane Hanshaw, 1842-1936 +-- James M. Hanshaw, 1844-? +-- Minerva Ann Hanshaw, 1846-? +-- Perry Hanshaw, 1848-1915
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(Francis Hanshaw)a,b    (Francis Handshaw)c,d
Born about 1802, Norfolk County, Virginia.    (age 58 in the 1860 census;a age 42 in the 1850 census).d,b
Family tradition has it that Francis was born in France,e,b but there is reason to doubt this folklore.    It is more probable that he would have been born in America (there is no other known Hanshaw/Henshaw etc. presence in France at any time).    The 1850 census recorded his birthplace as Norfolk [county, Virginia],f and the 1860 & 1870 censuses also recorded his birthplace as Virginia.g,h    It is possible that Andrew might have been a son of George W. Hanshaw and Nancy Hughes.
Francis reportedly settled in Clay County, West Virginia, on the Elk River, downstream from Clay in the place commonly known as "Jack's Bend".e,i    He was called "Jack the Sailor".e
He married Mary Ann Obrion Simmons.e    (Mary Ann Obrion)e    Mary was born about 1801.    (age 49 in the 1850 census;d age 65 in the 1860 census;a age 85 in the 1880 census).j    She was probably a daughter of Adam Obrien (Obrion / O'Brion).k,b
Mary Ann was the widow of Michael "Lum" Simmons,e,k,l,m by whom she had two children:m,l
Francis and family were shown in the 1870 census (Aug 1 1870), Clay County, West Virginia:h
Francis Hanshaw died 1870.b
On Dec 12 1876 Mary A. Hanshaw was granted a pension as mother of Henry H. Hanshaw, veteran of Company M, 7th West Virginia Cavalry.r
Widow Mary Ann and family were shown in the 1880 census (Jun 23 1880), Clay County, West Virginia:j
See also: William H. Hanshaw #11564 of Clay County, West Virginia.
See also: George W. Hanshaw of West Virginia.
See also: Mary Hanshaw who married about this same time in WVa.
(a) USGenWeb Archives: Clay County WVA - http://www.rootsweb.com/~wvclay/clacen2.htm.
(b) Contribution from Gary Dudding.
(c) USGenWeb Archives: Nicholas County WVA - http://www.rootsweb.com/~wvnichol/html/1850h.htm.
(d) 1850 census, 43th District, Nicholas County, Virginia, roll 963, pg 366, family #351.
(e) Contribution from Melissa Kay Hanshaw McLain citing:
Information from Minnie Hanshaw.
(f) 1850 census, 43th District, Nicholas County, Virginia, roll M432-963, page 366, line #30, dwelling #351, family #351.
(g) 1860 census, Clay County, Virginia; page 85, line #27, dwelling #112, family #112.
(h) 1870 census, Clay Court House P.O., Union Township, Clay County, West Virginia; roll M593-1685, page 691, line #5, dwelling #15, family #14.
(i) Contribution from Steven Hanshaw ().
(j) 1880 census, Union District, Clay County, West Virginia; roll T9-1401, ED 24, page 312B, line #9, dwelling #40, family #40.
(k) "Hacker's Creek Pioneer Descendants", "Don Norman Family Files": http://www.rootsweb.com/~hcpd/norman/HANSHAW.
(l) RootsWeb WorldConnect GEDCOM from Cheri Astrahan ().
(m) Contribution from Diana L. Simmons Clark ().
(n) 1840 census, Nicholas County, Virginia; roll M704-571, page 13.
(o) 1860 census, Clay County, Virginia; page 85, line #23, dwelling #111, family #111.
(p) 1870 census, Clay Court House P.O., Union Township, Clay County, West Virginia; roll M593-1685, page 695, line #35, dwelling #15, family #14.
(q) 1870 census, Union Township, Clay County, West Virginia; page 692, line #33, dwelling #33, family #30.
(r) Civil War Pension Index; http://www.ancestry.com.
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