Phebe H. Hinshaw

                                         ┌── Ezra Hinshaw
                                         │    1783-1838 
                    ┌── Reuben Hinshaw ──┤
                    │    1809-1877       │
                    │                    └── Phebe Hobson
                    │                         1783-1838 
Phebe H. Hinshaw ───┤
B: 1840             │                    ┌── Col. James Newton
D: 1894             │                    │
                    └── Mary Newton ─────┤
                         1813-1873       │
                                         └── Mary (Newton)
M: Henry A. Crego

Phebe H. Hinshaw     [ID 09636] Click here to switch to Ahnentafel view: Ahnentafel View

Phebe H. Hinshaw1,2 [Phoebe Hinshaw3].

Born Mar 6 18402, Young's Prairie, Cass County, Michigan2 [on the family farm, 1 mile north of Wakelee, Michigan4].  

She married Henry A. Crego2,3,4,5 [Squire Crego6], Aug 8 18672,3,4,5.  Henry, son of Rulef D. Crego & Eliza Arms, was born Aug 2 1840, Lenawee County, Michigan.4,6,7,8  Henry had been previously married Feb 14 1863 to Mary Lunch, by whom he had a son, Charles C. Crego.6  

Henry was a step brother to C. Carroll Nelson (son of Henry's mother by her first marriage to Ichabod S. Nelson) who married Phebe's cousin Phebe Pegg.6,9  


Frank R. (R. Frank) Crego, born 1875; died 1920.

Phebe and family were shown in the 1870 census (Aug 23 1870), Newberg Township, Cass County, Michigan:10

Crego, Henry A., age 31, born in Michigan; farmer; $5000 real estate; $800 personal property.
Crego, Phebe H., age 30, born in Michigan; keeping house.
Crego, Charles C., age 8, born in Michigan.
Bailey, Henderson, age 20, born in Kentucky; farm laborer.

Phebe and family were shown in the 1880 census (Jun 7 1880), Volinia Township, Cass County, Michigan:7

Crego, A. Henry, age 40, born in Michigan; father born in New York; mother born in Massachusetts; farmer.
Crego, H. Phebe, wife, age 39, born in Michigan; father born in North Carolina; mother born in Ohio; keeps house.
Crego, C. Charles, son, age 18, born in Michigan; parents born in Michigan; works on farm; attended school.
Crego, R. Frank, son, age 4, born in Michigan; parents born in Michigan.
Henshaw, Emily, age 43, born in Michigan; father born in North Carolina; mother born in Ohio; single.

Phebe H. Hinshaw died Mar 24 1894, age 54 years, 18 days.2,4,5  

Phebe's obituary was published in the Cassopolis (Michigan) "Vigilant" on Mar 29 1894:2

Phebe H. Hinshaw

Phebe H. Hinshaw was born March 6, 1840 at Young's Prairie, and came to her home near Wakelee with her parents when six months old, where she has continued to reside until her death, March 24, 1894, aged 54 years and 18 days.  

She was married to H.A. Crego August 8, 1867, and to them was born one son, Frank.  Phebe united with the Disciple Church in Vandalia in 1863 and has ever lived a consistent Christian life, never demonstrative in her character, in her quiet winning she made many friends and none knew her but to love her.  Trusting fully in her Savior she quietly fell "Asleep in Jesus, blessed sleep From which none ever wakes to weep."

In 1897 Henry remarried to Mary Jane Newton.8  

Henry was shown in the 1920 census (Feb 6-11 1920), Volinia Township, Cass County, Michigan:8

Crego, Henry A., age 80, born in Michigan; father born in New York; mother born in Massachusetts; owned home; occupation: farmer, general farm.
Crego, Mary [..unclear..], wife, age 67, born in Michigan; parents born in Ohio.
Bray, William, age 47, born in Michigan; father born in Ohio; mother born in Indiana; occupation: farmer, general farm.

Henry died Feb 19 1920.4  

A biographical sketch of Henry A. Crego was published in "The History of Cass County":6

H. A. Crego, known throughout Cass county as Squire Crego, has for thirty-six years been justice of the peace, and no stronger evidence could be given of capable service and impartial decisions than the fact that he has so long been retained in the office.  He has lived in Cass county from an early day and now makes his home on section 29, Volinia township.  Moreover he is entitled to representation in this volume as a native son of Michigan, his birth having occurred on the 2nd of August, 1840, in Lenawee county, at the junction of the Chicago and Monroe turnpikes.  His parents were Rulef D. and Eliza (Arms) Crego.  The father was born in the Mohawk valley of New York and there remained until about thirty years of age, when, believing that he might enjoy better business opportunities in the new but growing west, he made his way to Michigan, settling in Lenawee county.  He had been married in New York.  His first wife was Mary J. Strannahan and there were ten children born of that marriage.  Following the death of the mother the father married again.  His wife was a native of Conway, Franklin county, Massachusetts, and was there reared.  She first married Ichabod Nelson, and it was subsequent to his death that she gave her hand in marriage to Rulef D. Crego.  By this marriage there were born three children, of whom Squire Crego is the second.  The other two, however, died in infancy, so that the subject of this review is the only surviving member of the entire family.  

When only two years old Squire Crego was brought to Cass county by his parents, the family locating in Newberg township, where he was reared in the usual manner of farm lads of that period and locality.  He was educated in the district schools and shared with the family in the pioneer experiences incident to the establishment of a home on the frontier.  The father died when the son was eighteen years of age and he and his mother remained in Newberg township for about four years thereafter, when Mrs. Crego also passed away.  Squire Crego, however, continued to reside in the same township for some time thereafter, and was married there on the 14th of February, 1863, to Miss Mary Lunch, a daughter of George and Rebecca Lynch, who lived in Adamsville, New York, and came from the Empire state to Michigan.  The birth of Mrs. Crego occurred in Adamsville, and at her death she left one son, Charles C. Crego, who is now a salesman in a department store in Washington.  In 1869 Mr. Crego was married to a Miss Phebe Hinshaw, who died leaving one son, Frank R., now a resident of Volinia township.  In 1897 occurred the marriage of Squire Crego and Mary Jane Newton, who was born upon the farm where she now resides January 1, 1853, her parents being George and Esther (Green) Newton, who came to this county in pioneer days, the father in 1831 and the mother in 1834.  The name of Newton has since been associated with the history of progress and development here and has always stood as a synonym of good citizenship.  

Squire Crego has been a life-long farmer and is now following agricultural pursuits on section 29, Volinia township.  He has voted with the Republican party since age gave to him the right of franchise, and has been honored with a number of local positions of public trust, having served as constable and as township clerk in Newberg township, as highway commissioner of Volinia township and as justice of the peace for about thirty-six years.  His positions were strictly fair and impartial and have "won golden opinions from all sorts of people".  He belongs to the Methodist Protestant church and is a member of the Masonic lodge at Volinia and also the Knights of the Maccabees.  He has been a resident of the county for sixty-four years and in 1905 was elected president of the Pioneers' Association.


  1. Contribution from Melissa Anne (Bates) Sheets.
  2. Contribution from Melissa Kay Hinshaw Owens citing:
    obituary of Phebe Hinshaw; sent by Brian Shumway, obtained from a Cass County, Michigan historical library.
  3. "The Hobson Family Lineage", by Jay W. Hobson, 1994; GS929.2 H684 in a local library
  4. "Hinshaw Family": a collection of family group sheets by Edna Harvey Joseph; LDS FHL microfilm #1572018 items 8-10 and #1572019 items 1-4
  6. Biographical sketch of Henry A. Crego; "The History of Cass County"; USGenWeb Archives:
  7. 1880 census, Volinia Township, Cass County, Michigan; roll T9-0575, ED 76, page 601C, line #14, dwelling #89, family #90.
  8. 1920 census, Volinia Township, Cass County, Michigan; roll T625-756, ED 140, page 8A, line #23, dwelling #190, family #196.
  9. Biographical sketch of C. Carroll Nelson; "The History of Cass County"; USGenWeb Archives:
  10. 1870 census, Cassopolis P.O., Newberg Township, Cass County, Michigan; roll M593-668, page 130, line #14, dwelling #89, family #90.

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