Francis Thomas 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..... Thomas Hinshaw (c1680-?) m Mary Marshall (c1685-?)
 6...... Absolom Hinshaw (1728-?) m Rebecca Haddock 
 7....... Absolom Hinshaw (1752-1830) m Elizabeth Hinshaw (c1753-1833)
 8........ Stephen Hinshaw (1797-1877) m Hannah Davis (1804-1881)
 9......... Thomas Hinshaw (1831-1925) m Mary Barker (1832-1923)
10.......... Francis Thomas Hinshaw (1858-1923)
             +Emma Jane Harvey (1858-1930)
11...........  Asa Benton Hinshaw (1886-1917) 1,2,3
11...........  Hervey Wistar Hinshaw (1895-1972) 2,3,4
Francis Thomas Hinshaw     [ID 00256] Click here to switch to Ancestror Tree view: Tree View

Francis Thomas Hinshaw1,2,5,6 [Frances T. Hinshaw5].

Born Sep 9 18581,5,6,7 [Sep - 18573], Holly Spring, Randolph County, North Carolina1,5,6,7.  

Francis was named after Francis T. King, a wealthy businessman of Baltimore and President of Johns Hopkins University and Johns Hopkins Hospital.  The first years after his parents were married, they attended Yearly Meeting together; they were both deeply impressed by the visiting Francis T. King, and Thomas Hinshaw helped in showing Francis T. King the North Carolina meetings.  The day after they had visited Cane Creek, Thomas said (to his wife, Mary Barker Hinshaw) "Mary, if we should ever have children in the years to come, let's name one - if we should have a boy - Francis T., after the most gracious visitor we have ever had in our home".  When Francis was born, a letter was sent to Francis T. King of Baltimore, informing him of their choice of a name in his honor.8  

At Holly Spring MM on 1-20-1883, Frances T. was granted a certificate to Greenwood MM, Hamilton County, Indiana.5  

He married Emma Jane Harvey1,9 [Emma Ann Harvey6,9], Mar 1 18831,9 [Mar 7 188310,11, Mar 8 18832], Hamilton County, Indiana1,9.  Emma, daughter of James J. Harvey & Rebecca Jane Rayle, was born Feb 6 1858, Indiana.1,2,3,6  Emma was a lifelong Quaker.2  

At Greenwood MM on 3-26-1883, Francis T. was received on a certificate from Holly Spring MM, N.C. - endorsed to Poplar Ridge MM.1  

At Poplar Ridge MM on 4-5-1883, Frances was received on a certificate from Holly Spring MM, N.C. - endorsed by Greenwood MM.1  

In his childhood, Francis had traveled with his mother to Indiana to be reunited with his father, who had been forceably conscripted into the Confederate army and then arrested by the Union army, finally fleeing to Indiana (where he and the family found sanctuary til the end of the war).  In the early 1880s Francis decided that he would like to spend one summer in Indiana working on the Harvey farm.  A biography of his parents noted:8

Handsome young man that he was, it was only natural for him and the attractive young Emma Harvey to begin thinking in terms of life-long associations.  The summer passed very quickly.  

Upon returning to North Carolina, Francis ate very little, and was moody and disconsolate.  One day Mary said to him quite simply, "Francis, is it the girl?"  
"Yes, Mother."  
"Then I think thee had better go back to Indiana."  

This was not an easy thing for her to say.  Advising a son to go to a distant state to live meant a lifetime of separation.  And Mary loved her children dearly.  Fortunately she had the strength of character to think in terms of their highest good.  

As soon as affairs could be arranged, his parents gave Francis his "inheritance" in terms of land.  This was the north part of the original Jacob Hinshaw home place, where Stephen's sister Ann Hinshaw Upton, had lived for a time.  To translate this inheritance into liquid assets, the land was sold to Alfred Macon.  It has remained in the Macon family to this day.  

When all arrangements had been completed, Mary Hinshaw helped Francis pack his clothes and personal belongings for shipment to Indiana.  During this time she tried very hard to appear happy and cheerful, but all the while she was "crying inside".  The day of departure came.  As her oldest son went out of sight, she wondered why love requires such great sacrifices!  


Francis Hinshaw came from Indiana to visit as often as he could.  They had been "lonesome for him" through the many long years since he had gone away, although his frequent letters kept them well informed as to all that was happening to him and his family.  

One especially memorable visit from the Indian Hinshaws occurred in the summer of 1898 when Francis and Emma Hinshaw, and their two boys, Asa and Hervey, arrived.  As was the custom during those years, preparation was made for an all-inclusive family picture.  A traveling photographer was secured for the great occasion.  The east porch of the Lewis Hinshaw home was used for the background.

Francis settled in Hamilton County, Indiana, living on his farm on Millspring road, 4 1/2 miles northwest of Westfield, between Westfield and Carmel.  He was a farmer and conducted the elevators at Hortonville and Nora.2  

Francis and family were shown in the 1900 census (Jun 4 1900), Washington Township, Hamilton County, Indiana:3

Hinshaw, Francis, head-of-household, age 42, born Sept 1857 in North Carolina; parents born in North Carolina; married 17 years; occupation: farmer; owned farm (mortgaged)..
Hinshaw, Emma, wife, age 42, born Feb 1858 in Indiana; parents born in North Carolina; married 17 years; 3 children, 2 living.
Hinshaw, Asa B., son, age 13, born Dec 1886 in Indiana; father born in North Carolina; mother born in Indiana; attended school 6 months.
Hinshaw, Hervey W., son, age 5, born Mar 1895 in Indiana; father born in North Carolina; mother born in Indiana.
Rayl, T.C., boarder, age 46, born June 1853 in Indiana; parents born in North Carolina; single; occupation: farm laborer.

Francis and Emma were shown in the 1910 census (Apr 28 1910), Washington Township, Hamilton County, Indiana:12

Hinshaw, Francis T, head-of-household, age 51, born in North Carolina; parents born in North Carolina; first marriage, married 28 years; occupation: farmer, home farm; owned farm (mortgaged)..
Hinshaw, Emma A, wife, age 52, born in Indiana; parents born in North Carolina; first marriage, married 28 years; 3 children, 2 living.
Stout, Pennelopy, cousin, age 36, born in North Carolina; parents born in North Carolina; single; occupation: working [..unclear..].

Francis Thomas Hinshaw died Sep 18 1923, buried Sep 18 1923, Old Carmel Cemetery, Hamilton County, Indiana.2,6  

Emma died 1930, buried Old Carmel Cemetery, Hamilton County, Indiana.6

(photo)Photo: Francis Hinshaw 13

(photo)Photo: Thomas & Mary Barker Hinshaw family 13


  1. "Abstracts of the Records of the Society of Friends in Indiana", Part 6, subtitled "Encyclopedia of American Quaker Genealogy, Volume VII", (a compendium of many of the records left by William Wade Hinshaw on his death), edited by Willard Heiss; GS929.3 H47 in a local library.
  2. Contribution from Waldo Hinshaw.
  3. 1900 census, Washington Township, Hamilton County, Indiana; roll T623-375, ED 92, page 2B, line #96, dwelling #46, family #47.
  4. Hervey Wistar Hinshaw marriage license.
  5. "Encyclopedia of American Quaker Genealogy", by William Wade Hinshaw, in many well-stocked libraries.
  7. 1860 census, Moffetts Mills P.O., Eastern Division, Randolph County, North Carolina; roll M653-910, page 241, line #1, dwelling #186, family #186.
  8. "Mary Barker Hinshaw, Quaker", by Seth Bennett Hinshaw; Whittier College library.
  9. Indiana Marriages, 1845-1920; (Book 6, page 558).
  10. Indiana Marriages, 1845-1920; (Book C-1, page 20).
  11. Indiana, Marriage Collection, 1800-1941;
  12. 1910 census, Washington Township, Hamilton County, Indiana; roll T624-353, ED 111, page 9B, line #97, dwelling #222, family #223.
  13. Photo courtesy of Waldo Hinshaw.

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