William Alfred Hinshaw

                                                       ┌── Andrew Jackson Hinshaw
                                                       │    1831-1887 
                          ┌── William Alfred Hinshaw ──┤
                          │    1872-1958               │
                          │                            └── Nancy L. Godwin
                          │                                 1841-1927 
William Alfred Hinshaw ───┤
B: 1916                   │                            ┌── John Wesley Fleming
D: 1993                   │                            │
                          └── Mary Ilene Fleming ──────┤
                               1894-1980               │
                                                       └── Minnie Elizabeth Ennis
M: Ellen Wilson McAdoo
   ├── William Gibbs Hinshaw (1941-2007) 1,2

M: Barbara Brown
   ├── Christopher Alfred Hinshaw (1946-2004) 1,3,4,5
   └── Michael Andrew Hinshaw (1947-1947) 1,3,5,6

M: Elizabeth McGee

William Alfred Hinshaw     [ID 05015] Click here to switch to Ahnentafel view: Ahnentafel View

Born Sep 6 1916, Carrier Mills, Saline County, Illinois.1,7,8,9,10,11  

William was a world-class musician (french horn), having played first horn with the Los Angeles, California and Kansas City, Missouri symphony orchestras and the Fox and Warner Brothers movie studios.3,10  

He married Ellen Wilson McAdoo, Sep 13 1938, Santa Monica, Los Angeles County, California.1,10,11,12,13  Ellen, daughter of William Gibbs McAdoo, Jr. & Eleanor Randolph Wilson, was born May 31 1915, Washington, D.C.1,2,6,12,13,14  

Ellen was the daughter of U.S. Senator William Gibbs McAdoo and grandaughter of President Woodrow Wilson.1,2  She had been previously married, 1934, and divorced from Filipino actor Rafael Lopez de Onate,2,13,14,15 by whom she had one son, Richard Floyd Onate (1935-1992).13  

William's marriage had been announced in the "Long Beach Independent" (Long Beach, California) on Thursday, September 8, 1938:15

Ellen Wilson McAdoo, 23-year-old daughter of the U.S. Senator and grand-daughter of former President Wilson, filed notice of intention to wed William Alfred Hinshaw, young film and radio musician.  Her first husband, divorced, was Rafael Lopez de Onate, Philippine-born actor.

Ellen had schooled in France and studied music - she was particularly interested in voice.13  

Ellen filed for divorce in 1943.  The following article was published in the "Reno Evening Gazette" (Reno, Nevada) on Wednesday, September 8, 1943:16


LOS ANGELES, Sept. 8 (AP) -- Suit for divorce has been filed by Ellen McAdoo Hinshaw, granddaughter of the late President Woodrow Wilson and daughter of the late Senator William Gibbs McAdoo, against Alfred Hinshaw, a musician.

The following article was published in "The Herald Press" (St. Joseph, Michigan) on Wednesday, September 8, 1943:17
Wilson's Granddaughter
Files Suit for Divorce

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 8 (AP) -- Ellen McAdoo Hinshaw, 28, granddaughter of the late President Woodrow Wilson and daughter of the late Senator William Gibbs McAdoo, yesterday filed suit for divorce from Alfred Hinshaw, a musician.  She charged cruelty.  

Mrs. Hinshaw asked custody of their child, William Gibbs Hinshaw, 2.  

She and Hinshaw were married Sept. 12, 1938.  She was divorced the previous year from her first husband, Rafel Lopez de Onate, Latin actor, by whom she has a son, Richard, 8.

The following article was published in "The Milwaukee Journal" (Milwaukee, Wisconsin), on Friday, September 24, 1943:18
Former Ellen MacAdoo Is Granted Divorce

Los Angeles, Calif. -- (AP) -- Mrs. Ellen McAdoo Hinshaw, daughter of the late Senator William Gibbs McAdoo and granddaughter of Woodrow Wilson, Friday divorced her second husband, William Alfred Hinshaw, film studio musical director.

The following article was published in the "Pittsburgh Post-Gazette" (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) on Saturday, September 25, 1943:19
McAdoo's Daughter Awarded Divorce

LOS ANGELES, Sept 24. -- (AP) -- Mrs. Ellen McAdoo Hinshaw, daughter of the late United States Senator William Gibbs McAdoo and granddaughter of the late President Woodrow Wilson, today divorced her second husband, William Alfred Hinshaw, film studio musical director.  

She testified that her husband stayed away from home three or four days at a time and would not inform here [sic] where he had been.  An out-of-court agreement gives Mrs. Hinshaw custody of a two-year-old son.

Ellen died Dec 22 1946, Santa Monica, Los Angeles County, California; buried Dec 26 1946, Plot 332 Sunny Slope Grave 3, Inglewood Park Cemetery, 720 East Florence Avenue, Inglewood, Los Angeles County, California.2,6,13  Ellen died from an overdose of sleeping pills.3  

He then married Barbara Brown.1,10,11  

He then married Elizabeth McGee, Jul 28 1952, Las Vegas, Clark County, Nevada.1,10,11  Elizabeth, daughter of Arthur Lovie McKee & Mattie Lucinda Tilly, was born Sep 29 1923, Decatur, DeKalb County, Georgia.1,7,20,21  

William Alfred Hinshaw died Sep 3 1993, King Hospital, Tucson, Pima County, Arizona; buried Masters Cemetery, 5057 Flakes Mill Drive, Decatur, DeKalb County, Georgia.1,7,10,11,12  

Elizabeth died May 19 2006, buried Masters Cemetery, 5057 Flakes Mill Drive, Decatur, DeKalb County, Georgia.7,20

(photo)Photo: William Alfred Hinshaw 1932, age 16, with sister Maxine, age 14 22

(photo)Photo: William Alfred Hinshaw with family, 1920 22

(photo)Photo: William Alfred Hinshaw and Ellen Wilson McAdoo 2,22

(photo)Photo: William Alfred Hinshaw and Ellen Wilson McAdoo at the signing of their marriage license 23

(photo)Photo: Death notice for Ellen McAdoo Hinshaw The Dixon (Illinois) "Evening Telegraph", Dec 23 1946 24

(photo)Photo: Ellen Wilson McAdoo gravestone Inglewood Park Cemetery 2

(photo)Photo: William Alfred Hinshaw & Elizabeth McGee gravestone Masters Cemetery 11,20

Social Security information for William Alfred Hinshaw: 571-01-6455


  1. Contribution from Andrew Jackson Hinshaw.
  2. http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=21039383.
  3. http://www.findagrave.com.
  4. Contribution from Chris Hinshaw.
  5. VitalSearch California Birth Index 1905-2001:
  6. RootsWeb California Death Index:
  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. 1920 census, Liberty Township, Stoddard County, Missouri; roll T625-964, ED 211, page 12A, line #33, dwelling #277, family #282.
  9. 1930 census, Pontiac, Oakland County, Michigan; roll T626-1018, ED 93, page 20B, line #53, dwelling #380, family #419.
  10. Kinship Tree: http://www.kinshiptree.com/getperson.php?personID=I46378&tree=kinshiptree.
  11. http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=42051852.
  12. Ancestors & Descendants of President Thomas Woodrow Wilson:
  13. History and Genealogy of Camden and Charlton Counties Georgia:
  14. Mark Asbell database: http://homepages.rootsweb.com/~asbellm/genealogy/fam04059.htm.
  15. The "Long Beach Independent", Sep 8 1938, page 9; http://www.ancestry.com.
  16. The "Reno Evening Gazette", Sep 8 1943; http://www.ancestry.com.
  17. "The Herald Press", Sep 8 1943, page 7; http://www.ancestry.com.
  18. "The Milwaukee Journal", Sep 24 1943:
  19. "Pittsburgh Post-Gazette", Sep 25 1943:
  20. http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=42051865.
  21. Obituary of Mary Steele McKee Shelton; Cordele Dispatch (Cordele, Georgia), Aug 27 2006;
    United States Obituary Collection; http://www.ancestry.com.
  22. Photo courtesy of Andrew Jackson Hinshaw.
  23. "The Spartanburg Herald" (Spartanburg, South Carolina), Sep 10 1938:
  24. Death notice for Ellen McAdoo Hinshaw; The Dixon "Evening Telegraph" (Dixon, Illinois), Monday Dec 23 1946, page 7.

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