Absolom 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-?)
         +Rebecca Haddock 
 7.......  Elisabeth Hinshaw (1750-1823) 1,2,3,4,5,6
 7.......  Absolom Hinshaw (1752-1830) 1,2,3,4,5,6
 7.......  Jacob Hinshaw (1762-1842) 1,2,3,4,5,6
 7.......  Rebecca Hinshaw (1764-1843) 1,2,3,4,6,7
Absolom Hinshaw     [ID 00066] Click here to switch to Ancestror Tree view: Tree View

Absolom Hinshaw [Absolem Hinshaw].

Born 1728, Charlemont, County Armagh, Ireland.4  

He married Rebecca Haddock, 4-15-1748, Grange, County Tyrone, Northern Ireland.1,4,5  

Among the signers (witnesses) of Absolem & Rebecca's marriage certificate were Jesse Hinshaw, Abigail Hinshaw (Jesse's wife), and William Hinshaw.1,3  Rebecca, daughter of John Haydock & Abigale Griffith.8  

Absolam and Rebecca were both from Killiman1,3 (Killyiman)5 parish, County Tyrone.1,3,5  

Absolem, Rebecca, and family emigrated to North Carolina in 1768.9,10  An entry in the Grange MM minutes of 2-26-1768 shows10

"Absolem Hinshaw acquainted this meeting that he intends removing with his wife and family to America and desires our certificate of removal, and this meeting being informed that Alice Hinshaw also intends removing to America and desires our certificate, this meeting therefore desires Thomas Dawson and Jas Pillar together with Jas Morton and Jonas Shaw to make enquiries concerning the above mentioned Friends and bring the same to the next meeting for approbation."
On 2-5-1768, a similar entry in the minutes for Absolem's cousins William and Jesse was recorded:10
"William Henshaw signified to this meeting that he and his brother Jess, with their families intend to remove from this to America and desire our certificate. Thomas Dawson and Jas Pillar are desired to make the needful enquiry concerning them and return acct. how thay find things to next preparative meeting which is appointed to be held the 26th of 2nd mo."
An entry on 3-11-1768 shows10
"Certificates being drawn for Jess Hinshaw, Absolem Hinshaw and William Hinshaw with their families, also for Alice Hinshaw, the same was signed in this meeting.  Jonah Shaw is desired to record copies of said certificates and deliver the originals to said Friends."
The Grange Monthly Meeting has a later entry showing1
"It Appears that Jesse Hindshaw, Absolem Hindshaw & Willm Hindshaw with their respective families and also Alice Hindshaw removed to America in the year 1768".

Absolem and family settled in North Carolina, on Richland Creek in the Piney Ridge community.11  The Cane Creek MM men's records shows an entry for 5-6-1769:1,7,12

"Absolem Hinshaw received on a certificate".
The women's record shows an entry for the same date:1,7,12
"Rebekah Hinshaw, wife of Absolem, & daughter Elizabeth, received on a certificate from Six Weeks Meeting, Grange, near Charlemount, Ireland, dated 3-13-1768".
Note this certificate date is the same as that of William's.  

Great grandson Thomas Hinshaw wrote many letters and memoirs, many of which have survived, and he wrote this about Absalom:13

Great-grandfather Absalom Senior was a weaver in Ireland before the British suppressed the wool and linen trade, and left him without any work.  In getting ready to leave for the New World he took his loom apart and left behind the heavy beams which could be replaced in America.  He packed the reeds and small parts to bring along with him.  As soon as a small home was built on Richland Creek he and Grandfather Absalom Junior re-assembled the loom.  In those days, looms were so valuable as to be mentioned as legacies in wills.
Absalom's loom eventually found its way into the home of great-great grandson Amos Stephen Hinshaw, where it still stands (as of 1982 at least), flax warp in place, although fragile with age13 (see photo link below).  

Absolom appears to have died before 178014 as he did not sign the marriage certificate for his son Absolom in 1780,15 as was customary and would have been expected.  A Rebeckah Hinshaw did sign son Absolom's marriage certificate,15 but it it believed that she was the mother of the bride, not Rebecca Haddock Hinshaw;14 therefore it's likely that Rebecca Haddock Hinshaw had also died by 1780.14  

NOTE: There is some uncertaintly about exactly who were Absolom's parents.  He is shown in this database as son of Thomas Hinshaw & Mary Marshall based upon numerous published genealogies which show them as his parents.  But unfortunately there is little primary-source, hard evidence to confirm or refute this connection.  

There is a theory that Absolom might have instead been the son of John Hinshaw #35, i.e. a brother to William Hinshaw #34 and Jesse Hinshaw #54.  This theory is based upon the following:

1. Absolom did travel with William and Jesse in making the ocean voyage from Ireland to North Carolina.  
2. The discipline of North Carolina Yearly Meeting forbade the marriage of first cousins, and we know that Absalom, Jr. married a daughter of Jacob Hinshaw, in meeting.  Also Absolom Sr.'s daughter Elisabeth married a son of Jacob Hinshaw.  If their fathers (Absolom Sr. and Jacob) were brothers, these marriages should not have been permitted (theoretically).  
3. In a letter dated 8 Mo. 8, 1784 William referred to Absolem as "Brother Absolem".
However it should be noted that William (like other Quakers of his time period) used the word "brother" in a very inexact manner, not always referring to people who were truly a sibling.  For example his letter of 1784 refered to "Brother John Cortney", who (apparently) was actually his brother-in-law, a brother to his first wife, Sarah Courtney.  William's letter, addressed to "friend Thomas Greer", also refers to himself (William) as "thy affectionet friend and Brother".  In a letter dated 20 January 1769 William said "let Jacob Haddock and Joseph Haddock know their two brothers and families is well, to wit Jacob Henshaw and William", who were (as best as is currently known) brothers-in-law, not actually siblings.  

Great grandson Thomas Hinshaw #326 kept a written account of some of his life experiences (his original writing is archived in the Rare Manuscript Room of the Perkins Library, Duke University),13 and passed-down much oral history to his descendents.  An extensive biography of Thomas Hinshaw #326 was published by grandson Seth Bennett Hinshaw, which included a descendency chart showing Absolem as son of Thomas Hinshaw & Mary Marshall (see the photo link below).

(photo)Photo: Absalom Hinshaw weaving loom from a painting by Mary Edith (Woody) Hinshaw 13

(photo)Photo: Thomas Hinshaw & Mary Marshall descendency chart as handed-down to Thomas & Mary descendents 13


Sources

  1. Myers, Albert Cook. "Immigration of Irish Quakers into Pennsylvania", Swarthmore, PA: 1902; GR929.3748 M99 in a local library.
  2. A manuscript titled "The Hinshaw Family" by Thomas D. Hamm - submitted by Fontella Hinshaw.
  3. A Search Report commissioned from the Ulster Historical Foundation based upon records in the Public Records Office of Norther Ireland.
  4. The Church Of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints (LDS) International Genealogical Index (IGI) - Ireland.
  5. "Society of Friends Register Transcripts - Grange Monthly Meeting", microfilm number 0571396 in the LDS Family History Library.
  6. Grange Monthly Meeting, Births, Marriages, Deaths; Religious Society of Friends in Ireland (Yearly Meeting), Dublin; microfilm number 571396 (items 5-7) in the LDS Family History Library
  7. "Encyclopedia of American Quaker Genealogy", by William Wade Hinshaw, in many well-stocked libraries.
  8. Contribution from Mike Haydock ().
  9. "The Hinshaw and Henshaw Families", by William Hinshaw; edited by Milo Custer; private printing, Bloomington, Illinois, 1911; Frank I. Miller Co., printers. LDS microfilm number 1402822.
  10. A letter written July 5, 1941 by William Wade Hinshaw to Winford C. Hinshaw describing Hinshaw ancestry - submitted by Fontella Hinshaw.
  11. "Friends at Holly Spring" by Seth B. Hinshaw, 1982, The North Carolina Friends Historical Society, Briarpatch Press, Davidson, North Carolina.
  12. "Hinshaw Chart and List" (1/1/68) by Ralph Edward Pike, from "Family Records of Morgan Co., Ind.", Public Library of Mooresville, Morgan Co., Indiana (LDS microfilm 1509501).
  13. "Mary Barker Hinshaw, Quaker", by Seth Bennett Hinshaw; Whittier College library.
  14. Conclusion.
  15. Society of Friends, Cane Creek MM Records; LDS FHL microfilm #0371251


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