Elsie Gray Hinshaw

                                                     ┌── James Madison Hinshaw
                                                     │    1833-1912 
                        ┌── Joseph Vance Hinshaw ────┤
                        │    1862-1934               │
                        │                            └── Elizabeth Ellen Welborn
                        │                                 1835-1906 
Elsie Gray Hinshaw ─────┤
B: 1905                 │                            ┌── William G. Branson
D: 2005                 │                            │
                        └── Louiza Gazille Branson ──┤
                             1862-1924               │
                                                     └── Lydia Louisa Lamb
M: Ira Oscar Lewis, Jr.

Elsie Gray Hinshaw     [ID 04212] Click here to switch to Ahnentafel view: Ahnentafel View

Elsie Gray Hinshaw1 [Gray Hinshaw1,2, Grey Hinshaw3,4].

Born Mar 20 19051,3,5 [May 20 19052, about 19076], North Carolina1,3,5.  

She married Ira Oscar Lewis, Jr., Mar 8 1929, Randolph County, North Carolina.1,2,4  Ira, son of Ira Oscar + Allice Lewis, was born Jan 13 1908, North Carolina.6,7,8,9  

Children (both born in Guilford County, North Carolina):1,2,10,11

Betsy Jean Lewis, born Jan 7 1931; married Francis 'Pete' Kennedy.
Charles V. Lewis, born Jun 1 1936; married Julie --.

Elsie and Ira were shown in the 1930 census (Apr 14 1930), 612 Stirling Street, Greensboro, Guilford County, North Carolina:6

Lewis, Ira O. Jr., head-of-household, age 22, born in North Carolina; parents born in North Carolina; first married at age 21; rented home ($15 rent); radio in home; occupation: driver, dry cleaner co.; not a war veteran.
Lewis, Elsie G., wife, age 23, born in North Carolina; parents born in North Carolina; first married at age 22.

Ira died May 15 19917,8 [May 18 19912], at his home, Charlotte, Mecklenburg County, North Carolina7,8; age 837,8.  

In 1999 Gray was living in an assisted living facility in Charlotte, North Carolina.1  

Elsie Gray Hinshaw died Oct 29 2005, Huntersville Oaks, Huntersville, Mecklenburg County, North Carolina; age 100.2  

Gray's obituary was published in "The Charlotte Observer" (Charlotte, North Carolina) on Sunday. October 30, 2005 and on Monday, October 31, 2005:

Gray Hinshaw Lewis

Mrs. Lewis, of Charlotte, passed away on October 29, 2005 at Huntersville Oaks.  She celebrated her 100th birthday on May 20, 2005.  She was born in Randleman, NC to the late Joseph V. Hinshaw and Louisa B. Hinshaw.  She was the youngest of ten.  Her education was completed at a boarding school in Pleasant Garden, NC.  Mrs. Lewis was married to Ira O. Lewis on March 8, 1929.  They shared a warm and loving life together for 62 years until his death on May 18, 1991.  She moved to Merrywood in 1992 and there, she enjoyed many years with her friends.  She was a member of First United Methodist Church for 60 years and a member of the 'Sarah' Circles.  Mrs. Lewis was also a member of Masonic Amaranth, Carolina Circle #10 and served a year as the Royal Matron.  She will be missed dearly.  

Mrs. Lewis was a loving and devoted mother and friend to her two children and in-laws.  She was preceded in death by all of her siblings.  She is survived by her son, Charles V. Lewis and wife Julie, of Charlotte; daughter, Betsy L. Kennedy and her husband, Francis 'Pete', their children, grandchildren and great grandchildren of High Point, NC.  

A graveside service for Mrs. Lewis will be held at 2:00 PM, Monday, October 31, 2005 at Sharon Memorial Park with Rev. Bob Boggan officiating.  

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to First United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 31603, Charlotte, NC 28231.  

Harry and Bryant Company is serving the family of Mrs. Lewis.

Social Security information for Ira Oscar Lewis, Jr.: 239-09-3511


  1. Contribution from William Banks Hinshaw.
  2. Obituary of Gray Hinshaw Lewis; "The Charlotte Observer", Oct 31 2005:
  3. "Genealogical Journal", Vol. 12, No. 4, February 1988;
    Randolph County, North Carolina Genealogical Society.
  4. North Carolina Marriage Collection, 1741-2000; http://www.ancestry.com.
  5. 1910 census, 4th Ward, Randleman, Randolph County, North Carolina; roll T624-1128, ED 96, page 253A, line #18, dwelling #336, family #342.
  6. 1930 census, Greensboro, Guilford County, North Carolina; roll T626-1695, ED 35, page 16A, line #2, dwelling #299, family #350.
  7. "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
  8. North Carolina Death Collection, 1908-1996; http://www.ancestry.com.
  9. 1920 census, Morehead Township, Guilford County, North Carolina; roll T625-1302, ED 148, page 12A, line #2, dwelling #186, family #197.
  10. North Carolina Birth Index, 1800-2000; http://www.ancestry.com.
  11. Guilford County, North Carolina, Register of Deeds:

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