George Hinshaw

 1. Elias Hinshaw (c1786-c1840) m Sarah Williams (1789-?)
 2.. George Hinshaw (c1820-1845)
George Hinshaw     [ID 02627] Click here to switch to Ancestror Tree view: Tree View

Born about 1820, Hillsboro, Highland County, Ohio.1,2,3  

In 1845, George and his brothers migrated by overland wagon train, heading to Polk County, Oregon.  About August 12, they arrived at Island Crossing, near Glenns Ferry, Idaho.  George and another man (thought to be Zachariah Hawkins) forded the river to go hunting.  

When George and Zachariah had not returned the next morning, George's brother Isaac with three others (possibly including brothers William and Luke) went in search of them.  Crossing the river as the hunters had done, the men searched for about an hour when the discovered bloodstains.  Following evidence of something being dragged on the ground led them to George's nude body, face down in the dirt.  Turning him over, Isaac realized there was still a spark of life and slipped an arm in back of his brother's bloody head.  The four men were horrified to see the body of their brother and friend so brutally tortured.  There were no signs of George's clothes, gun or powder horn.  His finger nails had been cut down to the quick, split with a knife and gunpowder worked into the split nail, then set afire.  He had been scalped and suffered other mutilations.  Seeing the last flicker of life ebb from his brother's pathetic body, Isaac carefully laid him on the ground.  

The men then made a diligent search for the other missing hunter, following for some distance slight traces of another form dragged along the ground.  After searching for several hours and finding no additional evidence, the men returned and silently interred George's tortured remains in a final resting place.  After a last prayer they returned to the wagons and, arriving that evening, conveyed the sad news.3  

George Hinshaw died Aug 12 1845, Island Crossing, near Glenns Ferry, Idaho.1  George died unmarried.1  


  1. Contribution from Lucille Bigelow ().
  2. Posting Dec 21 2001 by Elvina Hiatt () to the Hinshaw GenForum:
  3. "The Brazen Overlanders of 1845", by Donna M. Wojcik, contributed by Lucille Bigelow ().

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