Thomas Hinshaw

                  ┌── Benjamin Hinshaw
                  │    1795-1849 
Thomas Hinshaw ───┤
B: 1820           │
D: 1847           │
                  └── Sarah A. Vestal
M: Mary Morgan

Thomas Hinshaw     [ID 00640] Click here to switch to Ahnentafel view: Ahnentafel View

Born Dec 10 1820.1,2  

He married Mary Morgan3,4,5,6 [Mary I. Morgan7, Polly Morgan3,5], Feb 3 18463,4,5,6, Cass County, Missouri3,4,5,6.  Mary was born about 18318,9,10 [about 182111], Missouri8,9,10.  

On Nov 1 1848 Thomas purchased 40 acres of land in Cass County, Missouri.12  He was described in this record as "Thomas Hinshaw of Van Buren County, Missouri".12  (Van Buren County was renamed to Cass County in 1849).12  About this same time, father Benjamin and brother Nathan also purchased land in Cass County, Missouri.12  

Thomas Hinshaw died Feb 6 1847, age 26 years, 1 month, 27 days.1,2,13,14  Thomas died during a cholera epidemic.15  Thomas is buried next to his father and mother in Rheems Cemetery.14  

Thomas died intestate.  On Jan 1 1848 Thomas's estate was probated, with named estate administrators Levi J. Shelton, Elias Shelton, and John Gray.16  

Mary (Polly) remarried to Levi J. Shelton, Dec 19 1847, Cass County, Missouri.3,5  Levi was born 1820 in North Carolina.7,8,11  

Note that Thomas' sister Matilda Jane also married an Elias Shelton in Cass County, Missouri in 1856.  

Polly and family were shown in the 1850 census (Oct 1 1850), Cass County, Missouri:8

Levi J. Chelton, age 29, born in North Carolina; farmer; $400 real estate.
Polly Chelton, age 19, born in Missouri.
Charles W. Chelton, age 20, born in Iowa.

Levi (presumably with Polly and children) settled in Oregon, arriving there Sep 18 1852.7  

Polly and family were shown in the 1860 census (Jul 9 1860), Polk County, Oregon:11

L.J. Shelton, age 40, born in North Carolina; farmer; $1800 real estate; $745 personal property.
Polly Shelton, age 39, born in Missouri.
S.E. Shelton, female, age 8, born in Missouri; attended school.
M.E. Shelton, female, age 6, born in Oregon; attended school.
J.A. Shelton, male, age 4, born in Oregon.
M.J. Shelton, female, age 6 months, born in Oregon.

Levi J. Shelton died Jul 27 1861, Polk County, Oregon.7,17,18  Levi committed suicide.17  

Mary (Polly) remarried to John Frederick Syron, May 14 1863, Polk County, Oregon19 (1862),20 with whom she had children John/Mack Syron (1864-1925),9,10,21 Jackson/Jack C. Syron (c1867),9,10 and Irazina/Zina Syron (1871-1950).10,21,22  John Frederick Syron was born Mar 28 1827, New Philadelphia, Tuscarawas County, Ohio.19  

Mary and family were shown in the 1870 census (Jul 11 1870), Polk County, Oregon:9

Syron, John F, age 43, born in Ohio; farmer; $630 personal property; cannot write.
Syron, Mary, age 39, born in Missouri; keeping house; $1200 real estate.
Syron, Montgomery, age 19, born in Iowa.
Syron, John, age 6, born in Oregon.
Syron, Jackson, age 3, born in Oregon.
Carlile, Alice, age 11, born in Oregon; attended school.
Carlile, Flora, age 4, born in Oregon.

Polly and family were shown in the 1880 census (Jun 9-10 1880), Polk County, Oregon:10

Syron, John F, age 53, born in Ohio; father born in New York; mother born in Canada; farmer.
Syron, Polly, wife, age 49, born in Missouri; father born in Tennessee; keeping house.
Syron, John McL, son, age 16, born in Oregon; father born in Ohio; mother born in Missouri; attended school.
Syron, Jack C, son, age 13, born in Oregon; father born in Ohio; mother born in Missouri; attended school.
Syron, Irazina, daughter, age 8, born in Oregon; father born in Ohio; mother born in Missouri; attended school.
Syron, James R, father, age 89, born in New York; widower.

Mary died 1890, buried Pleasant Hill Pioneer Cemetery, Sheridan, Polk County, Oregon.20,21  

John Frederick Syron died Jan 7 1912, Sheridan, Polk County, Oregon.19  


  1. Pleasant Gardens (Rheems) Cemetery, USGenWeb Archives:
  2. "Missouri Cemetery Records", Vol. I; Heart of America Genealogical Society & Library, Inc., 1981; GS929.5 M67 in a local library.
  3. "Missouri Marriages to 1850" (
  4. "Marriage Index: AR, MO, MS, TX";
  5. Missouri, Marriage Records, 1805-2002;
  6. Marriage records, Cass County, Missouri; USGenWeb Archives:
  7. State of Oregon, Secretary of State, Early Oregonian database:
  8. 1850 census, District 16, Cass County, Missouri; roll M432-395, page 94, line #18, dwelling #488, family #492.
  9. 1870 census, Grand Ronde P.O., Polk County, Oregon; roll M593-1287, page 317A, line #8, dwelling #570, family #535.
  10. 1880 census, Jackson Precinct, Polk County, Oregon; roll T9-1083, ED 103, page 452A, line #24, dwelling #77, family #78.
  11. 1860 census, Salt Creek P.O., Polk County, Oregon; roll M653-1056, page 550, line #35, dwelling #381, family #344.
  12. U.S. Bureau of Land Management -
  14. Contribution from Dale Nathan Hinshaw citing:
    Thomas Hinshaw's gravestone in Rheems Cemetery.
  15. Contribution from Dale Nathan Hinshaw.
  16. Missouri, Wills and Probate Records, 1766-1988;
  17. Oregon, Biographical and Other Index Card File, 1700s-1900s;
  18. Oregon, Wills and Probate Records, 1849-1963;
  19. State of Oregon, Secretary of State, Early Oregonian database:
  20. State of Oregon, Secretary of State, Early Oregonian database:
  22. Oregon, Select Births and Christenings, 1868-1929;

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