William Ray Hinshaw

 1. Elias Hinshaw (c1786-c1840) m Sarah Williams (1789-?)
 2.. Isaac G. Hinshaw (1813-1873) m Melissa Buell (1831-1923)
 3... Zimri Hinshaw (1851-1918) m Mahala Elizabeth Syron (1858-1940)
 4.... William Ray Hinshaw (1875-1948)
       +Emma Adaline Miller (1870-1939)
       +Esther J. Swan (1893-1974)
 5.....  William Swan Hinshaw (1922-1983) 1,2,3
 5.....  Marybelle Eilene Hinshaw (1924-1977) 1,2,3,4,5
 5.....  Eileen Elnora Hinshaw (1929-) 1,2,3,4,6
 5.....  Gordon Franklin Hinshaw (1933-2015) 2,3,6,7
William Ray Hinshaw     [ID 02635] Click here to switch to Ancestror Tree view: Tree View

Born Oct 9 1875, Buell, Polk County, Oregon.1,2,5,8,9,10,11,12,13  

He married Emma Adaline Miller8,11, Feb 13 19018,11 [Feb 13 19009], Dallas, Polk County, Oregon8,11.  Emma, daughter of Mathias Miller & Sarah Ellen Hamar8, was born Apr 26 18708 [about 187511], Pottawatomie County, Kansas8.  

William and Emma were shown in the 1910 census (Apr 20-21 1910), South Main Street, Falls City, Polk County, Oregon:11

Hinshaw, William R., head-of-household, age 35, born in Oregon; parents born in Oregon; first marriage, married 9 years; occupation: proprietor, confectionery store; owned home (free).
Hinshaw, Emma A., wife, age 35, born in Kansas; father born in Ohio; mother born in Indiana; first marriage, married 9 years; no children.
Baldwin, Arthur, nephew by marriage, age 12, born in Oregon; father born in Oregon; mother born in Kansas; attended school.

On Sep 12 1918 William Ray Hinshaw, age 42, registered for the World War I draft in Polk County, Oregon.  He declared he was born Oct 9 1875, and was then residing in Falls City, Polk County, Oregon, a ship carpenter employed by Grant Smith Porter Co. of Portland.  He declared his nearest relative was Emma A. Hinshaw of Falls City.  He was recorded as medium height, medium build, blue eyes, brown hair.12  

William and Emma apparently divorced or separated.  Other spouses for Emma: Herman Harry Payment, Philip A. Johnson, William Everett Estelle.8  Emma died Jun 5 1939, Newport, Lincoln County, Oregon.8  

William was shown in the 1920 census (Jan 24 1920), Nampa, Canyon County, Idaho:13

Saroh [unclear], Chas, head-of-household, age 63, born in Indiana; father born in Maryland; mother born in Indiana; married; occupation: agent, real estate.
Henshaw, Wm, boarder, age 45, born in United States; parents born in United States; married; occupation: carpenter, house.

He then married Esther J. Swan, Sep 4 1921, Nampa, Canyon County, Idaho.14  Esther was born Jan 7 1893, Idaho.1,2,15,16  

William and family were shown in the 1930 census (Apr 10 1930), 4559 Brunswick Ave., Los Angeles, California:1

Hinshaw, William R., head-of-household, age 54, born in Oregon; parents born in Oregon; first married at age 46; owned home ($5000 value); no radio in home; occupation: carpenter, house; not a veteran.
Hinshaw, Esther J., wife, age 37, born in Idaho; father born in Sweden; mother born in Michigan; first married at age 29.
Hinshaw, William S., son, age 7, born in Idaho; father born in Oregon; mother born in Idaho; attended school.
Hinshaw, Marybelle, daughter, age 5, born in California; father born in Oregon; mother born in Idaho; attended school.
Hinshaw, Eileen E., daughter, age 1 year 2 months, born in California; father born in Oregon; mother born in Idaho.

William and family were shown in the 1940 census (Apr 29 1940), Mountain Home Village, Elmore County, Idaho:2

Henshaw, Wm R., head-of-household, age 65, born in Oregon; completed 4 years of high school; on Apr 1 1935 was living in rural Elmore County, Idaho; rented home ($15/month rent); occupation: contractor, building industry; $0 wages in 1939, plus other income.
Henshaw, Esther J., wife, age 47, born in Idaho; completed 4 years of high school; on Apr 1 1935 was living in rural Elmore County, Idaho.
Henshaw, Bill S., son, age 17, born in Idaho; completed 3 years of high school; on Apr 1 1935 was living in rural Elmore County, Idaho; attended school.
Henshaw, Ileen E., daughter, age 11, born in Idaho; completed 5th grade; on Apr 1 1935 was living in rural Elmore County, Idaho; attended school.
Henshaw, Gordon F., son, age 7, born in Idaho; completed 1st grade; on Apr 1 1935 was living in rural Elmore County, Idaho; attended school.
Gridley, Leland F., son-in-law, age 21, born in Idaho; completed 8th grade; on Apr 1 1935 was living in the same place/area; occupation: deliveryman, retail feed store; worked 10 weeks in 1939; $150 wages in 1939.
Gridley, Marybelle, daughter, age 15, born in California; completed 8th grade; on Apr 1 1935 was living in rural Elmore County, Idaho.

William and Esther were shown in the 1945 city directory of Chico, California:17

Gridley Leland R (Mary) USA r1562 Lincoln
Hinshaw Wm R (Esther J) carp h1562 Lincoln

William Ray Hinshaw died Jan 7 1948, Dallas, Polk County, Oregon; buried Falls City Cemetery, Falls City, Polk County, Oregon.8,9,18,19  

William's obituary was published in the "Telephone Register" (McMinnville, Oregon) on Thursday, January 22, 1948:19


SHERIDAN, Jan. 22 - Funeral services were held January 10 at the Dalles funeral chapel for William Ray Hinshaw, 72, who died in Dalles January 7 after a brief illness.  Interment was in the Falls City cemetery.  

Hinshaw was born at Buell, west of Sheridan, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Zimri Hinshaw.  He is survived by his widow, Esther; four children, William S., Gordon F., Mrs. Eileen Way and Mrs. Mary Moss all of Monmouth; two grandchildren, Larry Way and Albert Gridley; two sisters, Mrs. Mittie Dixon of Rickreall and Mrs. Alta Crowley of Monmouth and one brother, Charles Hinshaw of Summit.

Esther died Mar - 1974, buried Lewis-Clark Memorial Gardens, Lewiston, Nez Perce County, Idaho.15,16

(photo)Photo: William Ray Hinshaw World War I draft registration card 12

Social Security information for William Ray Hinshaw: 519-01-4883

Social Security information for Esther J. Swan: 554-32-1847


  1. 1930 census, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California; roll T626-132, ED 1, page 12A, line #20, dwelling #237, family #274.
  2. 1940 census, Mountain Home, Elmore County, Idaho; roll T627-745, ED 20-13, page 6A, line #31, household #121.
  3. William Ray Hinshaw obituary.
  4. VitalSearch California Birth Index 1905-2001:
  5. U.S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007; http://www.ancestry.com.
  6. Gordon Franklin Hinshaw obituary.
  7. Contribution from Robert Lee Hinshaw.
  8. Lee Gentemann database: http://www.open.org/leegent.
  9. RootsWeb WorldConnect data by Donna Raye Thurman ().
  10. 1880 census, Douglas Precinct, Polk County, Oregon; roll T9-1083, ED 103, page 453D, line #1, dwelling #91, family #92.
  11. 1910 census, Falls City, Polk County, Oregon; roll T624-1282, ED 242, page 243B, line #62, dwelling #113, family #115.
  12. World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918; http://www.ancestry.com.
  13. 1920 census, Nampa, Canyon County, Idaho; roll T625-290, ED 60, page 16B, line #52, dwelling #314, family #362.
  14. Ricks College, "Western States Historical Marriage Records Index":
    http://abish.byui.edu/specialCollections/fhc/newMarriage/searchForm.cfm (vol. 11, pg 60).
  15. http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=134115670.
  16. "Social Security Death Index" (as it is commonly called), derived from the Social Security Administration "Death Master File". See: http://www.rootsweb.com/~rwguide/lesson10.htm
  17. U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995; http://www.ancestry.com.
  18. Oregon, Death Index, 1898-2008; http://www.ancestry.com.
  19. http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=70459158.

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