Zimri Hinshaw

 1. William Henshall  m Margerie Gyll 
 2.. Thomas Henshall (?-c1631) m - Kendrick 
 3... John Henshall (1611-c1687) m Elizabeth - 
 4.... William Hinshaw (?-1699) m Elizabeth - 
 5..... John Hinshaw (c1660->1768) m Elizabeth Belshaw 
 6...... Jesse Hinshaw (1720-1797) m Abigail Marshall (1724-1806)
 7....... Jesse Hinshaw (1770-1846) m Mary Marshill (1773-1806)
 8........ Jesse Hinshaw (1797-1875) m Hannah Moon (1798-1886)
 9......... Zimri Hinshaw (1821-1854)
            +Rachel Crofford (1814-1898)
10..........  Anna Jane Hinshaw (1842-1935) 1,2,3
10..........  John Rufus Hinshaw (1844-1926) 1,2,3,4
10..........  Cyrenius Elwood Hinshaw (1846-1924) 1,2,3,5
10..........  William Jasper Hinshaw (1849-1937) 1,2,3,6
10..........  Mary Matilda Hinshaw (1850-1929) 1,2,3,7
10..........  Albert Anderton Hinshaw (1852-1880) 1,2,3
Zimri Hinshaw     [ID 01892] Click here to switch to Ancestror Tree view: Tree View

Zimri Hinshaw2,8,9 [Zimry Henshaw8,10, Yancy Hanshaw5].

Born Dec 2 1821, Bartholomew County, Indiana.3,7,11,12,13  

He married Rachel Crofford8,10,14 [Rachel Rardin2,3,15, Rachel Rerdin2], Dec 2 18418,10,14, Parke County, Indiana8,10,14.  Rachel was born Dec 11 18147,11,12,16 [about 182117], Ohio7,11,12,16 [Pennsylvania3,5, Indiana17].  

Rachel seems to have been previously married to a Crofford (or Crawford), and her maiden name apparently was Rardin (or Riordan/Reardon).  Her marriage license (and the Parke County, Indiana marriage records) show her name as Rachel Crofford, but the death certificate of her son John shows his mother's maiden name as Rardin,15 and family notes recorded by granddaughter Mary Cisela Stuart also shows her as Rardin.3  

In 1848 Zimri and Rachel removed to Clay County, Indiana.18  

Zimri and family were shown in the 1850 census, Washington Township, Clay County, Indiana, as follows:5

Zimry Hanshaw, age 29, born in Indiana; laborer.
Rachael Hanshaw, age 36, born in Pennsylvania.
Anna Hanshaw, age 8, born in Indiana.
John Hanshaw, age 5, born in Indiana.
Sirena Hanshaw [sic], female [sic], age 3, born in Indiana.
William Hanshaw, age 1, born in Indiana.
Mary Hanshaw, age 1 month, born in Indiana.

Zimri Hinshaw died Sep 1 1854, at his residence, Clay County, Indiana; age 32 years, 9 months.3,7,11,12,13,19  Medical: Zimri died from liver disease.13,20  

In September, 1854, daughter Anna Jane Hinshaw wrote a letter to an Alexander Helton, sending news of Zimri's death.13  It is unknown if this was ever printed as a formal obituary:

Brother Zimri Hinshaw departed this life Sept 1st 1854. at this residence in Clay Co., died, aged 32 years and 9 months.  

Brother Hinshaw was born in Bartholomew Co., and emigrated from there to Parke, with his parents at the age of seven and there married in 1841, soon after which he joined the United Brethren Church and lived a worthy member of the same until his death.  Though he seemed to have a lived more faithful during the last years of his life than ever before.  His disease was bilious fever with which he suffered seven days.  He died in the triumph of living faith.  

The circumstance of his death were somewhat singular and very interesting.  He had a strong presentiment of his approaching dissolution, and a short time before he died, he requested someone present to pray with him, after which he immediately followed in prayer and then delivered an exhortation to those present in a remarkably clear and forcible style of an hour and a half in length, in which he spoke of his clear conviction of the truth.  

Morality alone is not sufficient to insurance happiness beyond the grave, and in this his dying declaration he said "I wish all my friends to distinctly understand that there is no repentance after death".  Immediately after closing his exhortation he fell asleep in Jesus as calmly as an infant sinking to rest, without a struggle or a groan.  

He left a wife and six children with a large circle of friend to mourn their loss.  But they not as those who have no hope, for their loss is his eternal gain.  

Oh weep not for the friends that pass
In to the lonely grave,
[????? - unclear, looks like bruzes] sweep the withered grass
Along the restless wave.  
For though they pleasure may depart
and mournful days be given,
And lonely though on earth thou art
Yet bliss awaits the holy heart
Where friend rejoin in Heaven.

Widow Rachel and family were shown in the 1860 census (Jun 11 1860), Penn Township, Park County, Indiana:17,21

Rachel Henshaw, age 39, born in Indiana; widow; $250 real estate.
Anna Henshaw, age 18, born in Indiana; occupation: "farm girl".
John R. Henshaw, age 16, born in Indiana; attended school; occupation: "farm boy".
Cyrenius Henshaw, age 14, born in Indiana; attended school.
Jasper Henshaw, age 12, born in Indiana; attended school.
Albert Henshaw, age 7, born in Indiana; attended school.
Matilda Henshaw, age 9, born in Indiana; attended school.
Living nearby in 1860 were Zimri's parents.22  Children Anna and Cyrenius were apparently (erroneously) enumerated twice in the 1860 census, again in the household of Zimri's parents22 (apparently Anna and Cyrenius were spending some time living with their grandparents, since their mother was widowed with six children to raise).  

Widow Rachel and family were again shown in the 1870 census (Aug 2 1870), Center Point, Clay County, Indiana:23,24

Hinshaw, Rachel, age 55, born in Ohio; keeping house.
Hinshaw, John R., age 25, born in Indiana; farmer; $2000 real estate.
Hinshaw, William J., age 21, born in Indiana; works on farm.
Hinshaw, Mary M., age 19, born in Indiana.
Hinshaw, Albert, age 17, born in Indiana; works on farm.

Rachel died May 9 1898, Clay County, Indiana; (at noon).3,7,11,12

(photo)Photo: Zimri and Rachel's children

(photo)Photo: Rachel Crofford Hinshaw 25

(photo)Photo: Rachel Crofford Hinshaw 26

(photo)Photo: Zimri Hinshaw & Rachel Crofford marriage record 27

(photo)Photo: Zimri & Rachel Hinshaw family notes recorded by granddaughter Mary Cisela Stuart 28


  1. Contribution from Sherian Kennedy ().
  2. "Hinshaw Family": a collection of family group sheets by Edna Harvey Joseph; LDS FHL microfilm #1572018 items 8-10 and #1572019 items 1-4
  3. Zimri & Rachel Hinshaw family notes, recorded by granddaughter Mary Cisela Stuart; contributed by Joey Okamoto ().
  4. Ray Maris database: http://www.maris.net/gen.
  5. 1850 census, Clay County, Indiana; film M432-138, page 227a, household #84.
  6. Contribution from Robert Lloyd Hinshaw.
  7. Contribution from Sharon Arndt () citing:
    Family bible of Mary Matilda Hinshaw.
  8. The Church Of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints (LDS) International Genealogical Index (IGI) - Indiana.
  9. Contribution from Sherian Kennedy () citing:
    Hinshaw Genealogy by Edna Harvey Joseph.
  10. "Index of Indiana Marriages Through 1850", Indiana State Library, Genealogy Division: http://www.in.gov/library/genealogy.htm
  11. Posting Feb 3 2001 by () to INCLAY-L citing: gravestone.
  12. Contribution from Sherian Kennedy () citing:
    "Cemetery Records of Clay Co, Indiana, Vol II, Sugar Ridge Twp";
    Compiled by Betty Herbert, Lois Moss, Kristina Stearley; Clay County Genealogical Society, Inc.
  13. Contribution from Joey Okamoto () via Sherian Kennedy (), citing:
    Letter from Anna Jane Hinshaw, dated September, 1854, hand copied by her daughter, Mary Cisela Stuart.
  14. "Indiana Marriages to 1850" (www.ancestry.com).
  15. Contribution from Sherian Kennedy () citing:
    death certificate of John Hinshaw.
  16. 1870 census, Clay County, Indiana (USGenWeb Archives).
  17. 1860 census, Wrights Mills P.O., Penn Township, Park County, Indiana; page 619, line #20, dwelling #256, family #255.
  18. Parke County, Indiana Biographies; USGenWeb Archives;
    citing: p.297 History of Parke Co IN; JH Beadle, Chicago: HH Hill, 1880;
  19. Biography of John R. Hinshaw:
    Parke County, Indiana Biographies; USGenWeb Archives;
    citing: p.297 History of Parke Co IN; JH Beadle, Chicago: HH Hill, 1880;
  20. http://members.aol.com/jweaver300/grayson/medterm.htm
  21. Contribution from Sherian Kennedy () citing:
    1860 census, Parke County, Indiana; page 619.
  22. 1860 census, Annapolis P.O., Penn Township, Park County, Indiana; page 617, line #13, dwelling #242, family #241.
  23. 1870 census, Clay County, Indiana; page 177; USGenWeb Archives:
  24. 1870 census, Center Point, Sugar Ridge Township, Clay County, Indiana; page 177, line #39, dwelling #983, family #984.
  25. Photo courtesy of Robert Lloyd Hinshaw and Margie Hinshaw Walton.
  26. Photo courtesy of Sherian Kennedy () and Sharon Arndt ().
  27. Photo courtesy of Sherian Kennedy ().
  28. Scan courtesy of Joey Okamoto ().

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