Pleasant James Hinshaw

                                              ┌── Jonathan Hinshawc1774-1859 
                          ┌── John Hinshaw ───┤
                          │   c1801-1885      │
                          │                   └── Ann McDaniel
                          │                       c1775-?    
Pleasant James Hinshaw ───┤
B: 1839                   │                   ┌── Margaret Hinshaw
D: 1905                   │                   │
                          └── Hannah Carter ──┤
                              c1805-1887      │
                                              └── Joseph Carter
M: Elisabeth Brown
   └── Mary Lisabeth Hinshaw (1879-?) 1,2,3

Pleasant James Hinshaw     [ID 03988] Click here to switch to Ahnentafel view: Ahnentafel View

Pleasant James Hinshaw4,5,6 [P.J. Hinshaw7,8,9,10,11, James P. Hinshaw12,13,14].

Born Oct 15 183911 [about 18443,4,5,6,13, about 184614], North Carolina11.  (Very probably Surry, now Yadkin, County North Carolina).  

On Feb 10 1863, in Wayne County, North Carolina, P.J. Hinshaw and his brother Martin both enlisted as privates in Company H, 10th Regiment, 1st Light Artillery, North Carolina Confederate Army.7,8,9  They both deserted in June of 1863.7  

On Mar 1 1864, in Liberty Mills, Virginia, James Hinshaw again enlisted as a private in Company I, 28th North Carolina Infantry.8,9,10  

On May 5 1864, at the Wilderness Battle, on the Plank Road near Richmond, Spottsylvania County, Virginia, P.J. received a gunshot wound resulting in the loss of his left eye.10  The ball was taken out of his nostril ten years later.10  In a letter written by a J.M. Martin, the author mentioned "James was at home when I left with one of his eyes shot out".12  (For information on the Battle of the Wilderness see: and  

The following article was published in the "Weekly Standard" (Raleigh, North Carolina) on Wednesday, June 1, 1864:15

28th N. C. Regiment
In the battles commencing in the Wilderness near Chancellorsville, May 5; also the battles around Spotsylvania C. B., including May 14, 1864.  

Company A -- ...  ...  I -- Killed -- J S Spungle.  Wounded -- J T Wishore, J Hinshaw, ...

In 1865 P.J. was honorably discharged, by parole.10  

He married Elisabeth Brown, Feb 3 1870, Yadkin County, North Carolina.16  Elisabeth was born about 18433 [about 184714], North Carolina3.  In a letter of Mar 21 1885 to his nephew, John Benjamin Hinshaw, Pleasant James asserted that he had been married 16 years to Elisabeth Brown.1  Note that Pleasant's brother, Jesse had married an Eliza Brown in 1857 (relationship unknown).  

Pleasant James and Elizabeth were shown in the 1870 census (Aug 9 1870), living with his parents in Yadkin County, North Carolina:14

Hinshaw, John, age 65, born in North Carolina; farmer; $400 real estate; $150 personal property; cannot read or write.
Hinshaw, Hannah, age 63, born in North Carolina; keeping house; cannot write.
Hinshaw, James, age 24, born in North Carolina.
Hinshaw, Elizabeth, age 23, born in North Carolina; cannot read or write.

Pleasant James and family were shown in the 1880 census (Jun 16 1880), Sugar Creek Township, Boone County, Indiana:3

Hinshaw, P.J., age 37, born in North Carolina; parents born in North Carolina; works on farm.
Hinshaw, Elizabeth, wife, age 37, born in North Carolina; parents born in North Carolina; keeping house; can read, cannot write.
Hinshaw, Mary E., daughter, age 1, born in North Carolina; parents born in North Carolina.
Shores, Dora, adopted daughter [unclear], age 6, born in North Carolina; parents born in North Carolina.

In about 1886, P.J. moved to Elm Springs, Washington County, Arkansas.10  

In July of 1891, P.J. Hinshaw applied for a Confederate soldier's disability pension in Washington County, Arkansas.10  He was recorded as a resident of Elm Springs, Washington County, Arkansas.10  The pension application papers, among other things, included a report from a physician who had examined P.J.:

State description and character of wound ......  That his left eye is out.  He states that it was destroyed by a gun shot received during the war of the Rebellion.  

Physical condition and to what cause is his incapacity for manual labor attributable ......  He is in poor health, due principally to bronchitis.  

Financial condition ......  His means are very limited.  

Means of support ......  Manual labor.  

Extent of disability ......  About one half.

The same physician (J.W. Fergus), in another report, stated that P.J.'s incapacity for manual labor was attributable to chronic tuberculosis.10  

Among P.J.'s pension application papers is a statement from an E.H. Reece, which was sworn Jun 12 1901 before J.H.A. Hinshaw, a Justice of the Peace in Yadkin County, North Carolina10 (apparently P.J.'s nephew James Henry Asbury Hinshaw).  

By 1901 P.J. and Elizabeth were living in/near Blewford (aka Thornsberry), Washington County, Arkansas.10  

Pleasant James Hinshaw died Nov 3 1905, buried Nov 22 1905, White Oak Cemetery, Washington County, Arkansas.10,11  

On Apr 24 1906 in Washington County, Arkansas, E.A. Hinshaw applied for a pension as widow of P.J. Hinshaw.10  


  1. Contribution from Bill Hinshaw citing:
    letter from P.J. Hinshaw to J.B. Hinshaw, Mar 21 1885.
  2. Contribution from Bill Hinshaw citing:
    letter from P.J. Hinshaw to J.B. Hinshaw, Mar 21 1885.
  3. 1880 census, Sugar Creek Township, Boone County, Indiana; roll T9-0266, ED 114, page 73D, line #42, dwelling #389, family #397.
  4. Family group sheets contributed by Thornton Neal Hinshaw
  5. Lineage notes on the family and descendents of John Hinshaw and Hannah Carter, contributed by Bill Hinshaw
  6. 1850 census, Surry County, North Carolina; roll 646, page 203, dwelling #624.
  7. Contribution from Bill Hinshaw citing:
    "The Heritage of Yadkin County", 1981;
    "North Carolina Troops", North Carolina State Archives.
  8. "The American Civil War Research Database", Ancestry, Inc.
  9. U.S. National Park Service - "Civil War Soldiers & Sailors System":
  10. Civil War pension application papers for Pleasant James Hinshaw; contributed by Jan Porterfield ()
  11. White Oak Cemetery burials, Washington County, Arkansas; USGen Web archives.
  12. Contribution from Bill Hinshaw citing:
    "Voices From Cemetery Hill", by Allen Paul Speer
  13. 1860 census, Chestnut Ridge P.O., Yadkin County, North Carolina; roll M653-919, page 284, line #25, dwelling #500, family #478.
  14. 1870 census, Boonville P.O., Boonville Township, Yadkin County, North Carolina; roll M593-1166, page 623, line #21, dwelling #136, family #136.
  15. The "Weekly Standard", Jun 1 1864;
  16. Contribution from Bill Hinshaw citing:
    "The Heritage of Yadkin County", 1981.

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