Thomas Doane Hinshaw

                                                      ┌── Thomas Doane Hinshaw
                                                      │    1835-1911 
                        ┌── William Wade Hinshaw ─────┤
                        │    1867-1947                │
                        │                             └── Anna Harriet Lundy
                        │                                  1842-1890 
Thomas Doane Hinshaw ───┤
B: 1899                 │                             ┌── John Wesley Williams
D: 1987                 │                             │
                        └── Anna Tannahill Williams ──┤
                             1868-1905                │
                                                      └── Mary Elizabeth Bradley
M: Barbara Bacon
   ├── (unnamed male child) Hinshaw (1944-1944) 1,2,3
   ├── Helen Winifred Hinshaw (1946-) 2,4,5
   └── Celia Jean Hinshaw (1950-) 2,4,5

Thomas Doane Hinshaw     [ID 00513] Click here to switch to Ahnentafel view: Ahnentafel View

Born Oct 21 1899, Cook County, Illinois.6,7,8,9,10  

In the 1920 census Thomas was shown living in the household of his widowed aunt Freme in Ann Arbor, Michigan.11  

He married Barbara Bacon, Aug 30 1942, Ann Arbor, Washtenaw County, Michigan.4,12,13  Barbara, daughter of Herbert Bacon & Winifred Manatt, was born Jan 9 1907, Tarsdale, Pennsylvania.8,14  

Thomas Doane Hinshaw died Aug 16 1987, Berkeley, Alameda County, California.4,8,9  

Barbara died Jan 10 2001.14  

Barbara's obituary was published in the San Francisco Chronicle on Tuesday, January 16, 2001:14

HINSHAW, Barbara Bacon -- Passed away on Wednesday, January 10th, one day after her 94th birthday.  She was born in Tarsdale, Pennsylvania to Herbert and Winifred (Manatt) Bacon.  Barbara's family moved to Berkeley, California in 1910 when she was 3 years old.  They lived in the Claremont district for several years before moving to the Thousand Oaks area in 1916 because they wanted to live in the country.  Barbara attended the Cora Williams institute in Berkeley which was later to become Williams College.  The Institute was known for its focus on languages, poetry, music and literature.  Well known guest lecturers included the author Mark Twain.  The Institute also taught interpretive dance inspired by Isadora Duncan.  Barbara and her sister danced at the Temple of the Wings with the Boyntons and later at the University of California Greek Theater with Papa Vasos Kanellos of Greece who was a colleague of Isadora Duncan.  Helen went on to dance with Martha Graham.  The Bacon family enjoyed Berkeley life in the early 1900's interacting with the local families including the Duncans, Boyntons, Bancrofts, Maybecks, and Adams.  They attended the Friends Church in Berkeley and came from a long line of Quakers who immigrated from England to Massachusetts in 1632 to escape religious persecution.  The Bacon family later bought part of the southern tip of New Jersey on the Delaware River from the Native Americans in 1683 through the offices of William Penn.  Barbara's grandfather, who opposed slavery, worked with the Underground Railroad before and during the Civil War.  Barbara's father, Herbert M. Bacon spearheaded the establishment of Stone Face park in Berkeley.  Barbara's mother, Winifred Manatt Bacon, was an independent woman well before it was fashionable.  She spoke eight languages and graduated from Brown University.  She taught old high German at Smith College and French and ancient history at the Cora Williams Institute after moving to Berkeley.  Barbara's sister, Helen Bacon Hooper, attended the Cora Williams Institute and UC Berkeley, danced with Martha Graham, traveled extensively with her husband professor Emmet Hooper, and later took up painting.  Her brother John Erving Bacon, attended the Cora Williams Institute, UC Berkeley and worked in the oil industry in Columbia, South America before his death in 1944.  Other notable ancestors include Sir Nicholas Bacon, who was knighted by Queen Elizabeth I in 1558, Sir Nathaniel Bacon the celebrated 16th century artist, Lord Francis Bacon the great English philosopher, Nathaniel Bacon the leader of Bacon's Rebellion in Virginia in 1676, and Francis Marion an American Revolutionary War hero better known as the 'Swamp Fox'.  Barbara attended UC Berkeley in the 1926 to study music.  She then went to the Ecole De Musique in Paris and the Mozarteum in Salzburg to study concert piano.  Her mother's failing health brought her back to Berkeley where she studied at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and with Alexander Robb.  At the same time she started a piano teaching career that would last well into her eighties.  She was an active member of the Berkeley Piano Club and Music Teachers Associations, performing at many functions over the years.  On a visit to her sister, Helen, in Ann Arbor Michigan, she met Thomas Doane Hinshaw (Tom), an ornithologist at the University of Michigan.  Barbara married Tom in 1942 in Ann Arbor, Michigan just days before he reported to duty in the United States Army.  Upon his return from service, Tom joined Barbara in Berkeley where they lived, raised two daughters, were engaged in many community and neighborhood activities, and were members of the First Congregational Church.  Upon Tom's retirement, they traveled extensively throughout Europe (in their VW camper bus), Australia, New Zealand and the United States.  They were married for 47 years at the time of Tom's death in 1987.  Barbara continued to travel on her own to Italy, Yugoslavia. and Turkey.  Besides her love of music, Barbara loved art, cooking, camping, and gardening.  Her garden at her home in Berkeley, started by her mother, was always evolving with a profusion of colorful flowers.  Her house was always filled with family, friends and music.  She was known for her exuberance and joy of living.  Barbara loved nature and was an avid hiker.  She was one of the first Sierra Club members and was honored for her long time membership.  She would also recall when she voted on the bond measure to establish the East Bay Regional Park District.  It was in 1936 and difficult to come up with the money to fund the required taxes.  However, she often said the 'precious hills had to be protected for the future'.  Barbara and Tom were also active members of the Audubon Society.  A service to celebrate her long and happy life will be held in her beloved Tilden Park on Sunday March 25, 2001.  Please contact the family for details.  Barbara is survived by her daughters, Heidi Winifred Cavagnaro of Roseburg, Oregon, and Celia Jean Hinshaw of Berkeley, California; and her grandsons, Christopher and Peter Cavagnaro of Roseburg, Oregon.  Cremation rites have been held at Long and Shukle Chapel in Roseburg, Oregon.

(photo)Photo: Thomas Doane Hinshaw with brothers, apparently during WWI 15

Social Security information for Thomas Doane Hinshaw: 545-34-9288

Social Security information for Barbara Bacon: 546-74-8269


  1. RootsWeb California Death Index:
  2. VitalSearch California Birth Index 1905-2001:
  3. RootsWeb California Death Index:
  4. Contribution from John V. Hinshaw Jr.
  5. Obituary of Barbara Bacon Hinshaw.
  6. "The Hinshaw and Henshaw Families", by William Hinshaw; edited by Milo Custer; private printing, Bloomington, Illinois, 1911; Frank I. Miller Co., printers. LDS microfilm number 1402822.
  7. Contribution from Dee March ().
  8. "Social Security Death Index" (as it is commonly called), derived from the Social Security Administration "Death Master File". See:
  9. Contribution from Nicole Wing citing: California Death Index:
  10. 1910 census, Valparaiso, Center Township, Porter County, Indiana; roll T624-374, ED 138, page 1B, line #83, dwelling #22, family #22.
  11. 1920 census, Ann Arbor, Washtenaw County, Michigan; roll T625-799, ED 141, page 5A, line #40, dwelling #114, family #129.
  12. Contribution from George Wing ().
  13. Contribution from Nicole Wing citing:
    Family pedigree chart with data entered by Thomas Doane Hinshaw himself.
  14. Contribution from Nicole Wing citing:
    Obituary of Barbara Bacon Hinshaw, San Francisco Chronicle, Jan 16 2001.
  15. Photo courtesy of Jeffrey W. Hill ().

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