William Allen Hinshaw

                                                     ┌── William Edgar Hinshaw
                                                     │    1865-1916 
                            ┌── Owen Jacob Hinshaw ──┤
                            │    1890-1960           │
                            │                        └── Julia Louisa Simkin
                            │                             1866-1941 
William Allen Hinshaw ──────┤
B: 1910                     │                        ┌── Nathan Cox
D: 1962                     │                        │
                            └── Ethyl May Cox ───────┤
                                 1890-1982           │
                                                     └── Anna M. Reeves
M: Thelma Elizabeth Pittman
   ├── Heather Elizabeth Hinshaw (1934-) 1,2,3,4
   ├── William Allen Hinshaw (1936-1937) 1,2,3,4
   ├── Dean Stuart Hinshaw (1938-) 1,2,3,4
   ├── Marion Lynn Hinshaw (1940-) 1,2,3,4,5
   └── Sue Ellen Hinshaw (1942-) 1,2,3,4

William Allen Hinshaw     [ID 03994] Click here to switch to Ahnentafel view: Ahnentafel View

William Allen Hinshaw1,6 [Allen W. Hinshaw1,7].

Born May 22 1910, Oskaloosa, Mahaska County, Iowa.1,2,6,7,8,9  

He married Thelma Elizabeth Pittman, Jan 28 1934, Reno, Nevada.1,2  Thelma, daughter of Thomas Pittman & Marion Muirhead, was born Dec 14 1911, Atwater, Ohio.1,2,8,9,10  

William Allen Hinshaw died Nov 15 1962, Willows, Glenn County, California; buried Section 4, Block 5, Lot 24, Space 2, Gridley-Biggs Cemetery, Gridley, Butte County, California.1,2,8,9,11  

In 1994 Thelma was living in Santa Maria, California.10  

Thelma died Oct 21 1994, Santa Maria, Santa Barbara County, California; buried Section 4, Block 5, Lot 24, Space 2, Gridley-Biggs Cemetery, Gridley, Butte County, California.1,8,9,10,12,13  

The following is a short biography by Marion Hinshaw, daughter of William Allen and Thelma:1

Allen was born in Oskaloosa, Iowa and grew up in Gridley, CA., attended Chico State College where he studied theology and where he met and dated both Gertrude Miller (once) and Thelma Pittman.  Thelma won his heart, and they ran off to Reno to be married on 1-28-1934.  Gertrude married his brother, Chester Hinshaw in 1932.  

Allen and Chester both worked for the Bank of America a few years, then Allen worked for the Diamond Match Co.  Chester followed his brother and they both worked their way up from the outside yard to managing a yard in different towns.  Shortly after the big Manteca flood in 1940 where he was Diamond Match manager, Allen moved to Willows to manage the Diamond Match Co. there.  He got his Real Estate license and became an agent for State Farm Insurance around 1947. He stayed with State Farm until his accidental death on Nov. 15, 1962.  

Allen and Thelma built their dream home NW of Willows in 1946-7 where they grew vegetables, alfalfa, horses, a cow called "Betsy", many calves and an orchard with peach, apricot, fig and cherry trees.  

Allen belonged to the Kiwanis Club and was president of the Glenn County High School Board.  He and Thelma were active in the First Methodist Church in Willows, where Allen served on the board, was a lay minister and taught the high school Sunday school classes.  Thelma taught the Jr. High Sunday school classes, directed the Junior Choir and both Allen and Thelma sang in the adult choir.  In 1958, after a disagreement with the religious philosophy of the Methodist Church, Thelma and Allen joined the First Christian Church of Willows.  

Allen, Chester and their dad, and later their sons, went pheasant and deer hunting every year.  Family vacations were always spent camping and hiking in the mountains.  

When the children were well along in school, Thelma went back to Chico State to finish her degree and get her teaching credential.  She taught 6th grade at Sycamore School in Willows from about 1956 to 1963.  A year after Allen's death, Thelma taught school in Germany on U.S.  military bases for 15 years.  She visited over 60 countries and was on the first tour into China, sponsored by Germany.

Social Security information for Thelma Elizabeth Pittman: 548-34-2189


  1. Contribution from Marion Hinshaw.
  2. "The Hinshaw Family", an extensive family history manuscript by Heather Hinshaw-Tomas
  3. VitalSearch California Birth Index 1905-2001:
  4. California Birth Index, 1905-1995; http://www.ancestry.com.
  5. Contribution from Marion Lynn Hinshaw ().
  6. 1930 census, Gridley Township, Butte County, California; roll T626-113, ED 24, page 3A, line #23, dwelling #64, family #65.
  7. 1920 census, Harrison Township, Mahaska County, Iowa; roll T625-501, ED 71, page 4B, line #88, dwelling #90, family #90.
  8. RootsWeb California Death Index:
  9. California Death Index, 1940-1997; http://www.ancestry.com.
  10. "Social Security Death Index" (as it is commonly called), derived from the Social Security Administration "Death Master File". See: http://www.rootsweb.com/~rwguide/lesson10.htm
  11. Gridley-Biggs Cemetery burials:
  12. Letter from Heather Hinshaw-Tomas.
  13. Gridley-Biggs Cemetery burials:

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