Thomas Vestal 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...... William Hinshaw (1724-1814) m Sarah Courtney (1730-c1768)
 7....... Ezra Hinshaw (1753-1836) m Ruth Marshill (1759-1857)
 8........ Thomas Zachariah Hinshaw (1781-1831) m Sarah McMasters (1788-1867)
 9......... Ezra Hinshaw (1813-<1880) m Permelia E. Jarrell (c1821-?)
10.......... Thomas Baron Hinshaw (1841-1918) m Malinda A. Davis (1864-1910)
11........... Thomas Vestal Hinshaw (1890-1961) m Alice Georgia Hopkins (1893-1974)
12............ Thomas Vestal Hinshaw (1917-1999)
               +Helen Ann Blaha (1922-2007)
13.............  Janice Lee Hinshaw (1944-2011) 1
13.............  Sharon Ann Hinshaw (1950-) 1,2
Thomas Vestal Hinshaw     [ID 06592] Click here to switch to Ancestror Tree view: Tree View

Born Apr 8 1917, Millstadt, St. Clair County, Illinois.3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10  

In 1940 Thomas worked at a gas station in Hazelwood, Pennsylvania, owned by Frank Sargo.  There was a softball field next to the gas station, where in 1941 he met his future wife Helen.3  

On Dec 20 1941 Thomas Hinshaw, Jr., born 1917 in Illinois, enlisted at Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania as a private in the Army Air Corps.  He declared he had four years of high school, was single, without dependents, and employed as a "gas and oil man".  He was recorded as 66" tall, 130 lbs.11  

During World War II Thomas served in China and India Burma as a Technical Sargent at headquarters and Headquarters Squadron 301st Air Depot Group.  He received the American Theater Ribbon, Asiatic Pacific Theater Ribbon with 2 Bronze stars, Good Conduct Ribbon, and the Victory Medal.  He had a Driver and Mechanic Badge and was a Pistol Marksman.1  

He married Helen Ann Blaha, Feb 18 1943.3  Helen, daughter of Michael Blaha & Maria Zachar, was born Apr 27 1922, Pennsylvania.1,4,6,9,10,12  

Thomas received an Honorable Discharge from the Army of the United States on January 5 1946, at Camp Atterbury, Indiana.  Thomas also enlisted in the U.S. Army Standby Reserve on March 10, 1949, and served until October 5, 1952.1  

After being discharged, he worked at Fikes Bus Company in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, until it closed in 1962.  The family then moved to Newark, California in 1962.  Thomas found employment with Peterbilt Motors Co. in 1963, where he worked as a journeyman mechanic/tester.  He retired from Peterbilt in 1979.3  

Thomas was a 36 year veteran of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers.1  

Thomas Vestal Hinshaw died Aug 1 1999, Pleasanton Convalescent Hospital, Pleasanton, Alameda County, California; age 82.1,4,5,9,10  

Helen died Dec 23 2007, Pleasanton, Alameda County, California; buried Section C-17 Site 11, San Joaquin Valley National Cemetery, 32053 West McCabe Road, Santa Nella Village, Merced County, California.1,4,9,10  Medical: Helen died from pheumonia.1

(photo)Photo: Thomas Vestal Hinshaw, 1925, age 8, riding a favorite pony 13

(photo)Photo: Thomas Vestal Hinshaw, in his army uniform, 1944 13

(photo)Photo: Thomas Vestal Hinshaw & Helen Ann Blaha gravestone San Joaquin Valley National Cemetery 9

Social Security information for Thomas Vestal Hinshaw: 210-03-9208

Social Security information for Helen Ann Blaha: 174-14-0275


  1. Contribution from Sharon Hinshaw-Payne.
  2. Contribution from Sharon Ann Hinshaw-Payne.
  3. Contribution from Sharon Hinshaw-Payne citing:
    Interview with Thomas Vestal Hinshaw.
  4. "Social Security Death Index" (as it is commonly called), derived from the Social Security Administration "Death Master File". See:
  5. VitalSearch California Death Index 1940-2000:
  6. U.S. Public Records Index, Volume 1;
  7. 1930 census, 15th Ward, Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania; roll T626-1979, ED 250, page 8A-8B, line #86, dwelling #110-111, family #119-120.
  8. 1940 census, 15th Ward, Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania; roll T627-3664, ED 69-432, page 9A, line #31, household #170.
  10. U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, National Cemetery Administration, Nationwide Gravesite Locator:
  11. U.S. World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946;
  12. 1940 census, 4361 Irvine Street, 15th Ward, Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania; roll T627-3664, ED 69-424, page 4B, line #64, household #78.
  13. Photo courtesy of Sharon Hinshaw-Payne.

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