Abel 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........ Abel Hinshaw (1799-1876)
           +Nancy Bookout (1799-1882)
 9.........  Absalom Hinshaw (1819-1900) 1,2
 9.........  John A. Hinshaw (1822-1888) 2,3
 9.........  Jacob B. Hinshaw (1824-1901) 1,2,4
 9.........  Thomas Hinshaw (1826-1890) 1,2
 9.........  Silas Hinshaw (1829-1891) 2,3,5
 9.........  (infant son) (1830-?) 2
 9.........  Elizabeth Hinshaw (1832-1907) 1,2
 9.........  Zilpha Ann Hinshaw (1834-1879) 1,2,5
 9.........  Mary E. Hinshaw (1837-1915) 1,2,5
 9.........  Abel Hinshaw (1840-1921) 1,2,5
 9.........  Greenbury B. Hinshaw (1841-1915) 1,2,5
 9.........  Elkanah Hinshaw (1842-1918) 1,2,5
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Abel Hinshaw [Abel Henshaw6, Able Hinshaw1, Abel Hinchaw7].

Born 5-13-1799, Randolph County, North Carolina.2,3,8,9  

He married Nancy Bookout, Oct 13 1818.1,3,6,8,10  Nancy, daughter of John Bookout & Zilpha Wright, was born 12-15-1799, Randolph County, North Carolina.2,8,9,11  

At Holly Spring MM on 5-15-1819, Abel condemned his "marriage contrary to discipline".6  On 6-19-1819 Holly Spring recorded:12

At a Monthly Meeting of Holly Spring held the 19th of the 6th mo 1819 the Representatives being called were present.  

The preparative meeting complains of Abel Hinshaw for accomplishing his marriage contrary to discipline - he produced an offering condemning his misconduct which this meeting receives as satisfactory.

About 1827 or so Abel and family moved to Highland County, Ohio, staying about two years13 (and then apparently returning to North Carolina).  

On May 5 1830 Abel Hinshaw was issued an Apprentice Bond as master of a Polly Bookout (who was probably Nancy's sister or other close relative).  Randolph County records (NC State Archives call no. C.R. 081.101.3) noted that Polly Bookout was an orphan, "9 last 12 Jan".14  

Abel Hinshaw and family were shown in the 1830 census, Randolph County, North Carolina:15

Abel Hinshaw household:
2 males under age 5 (Silas and infant son).
3 males age 5-10 (John, Jacob and Thomas).
1 male age 10-15 (Absolom).
1 male age 30-40 (Abel).
1 female age 5-10 (probably Polly Bookout).
1 female age 30-40 (Nancy).

At Holly Spring MM on 10-16-1830, Abel was granted a certificate to Bloomfield MM, Indiana.6  

At Bloomfield MM (Indiana) on 10-19-1831, Abel was received on a certificate from Holly Spring MM, N.C., endorsed to Newberry MM, Ohio.16  

At Newberry MM, Ohio, on 11-21-1831, Nancy was "received by request".6  

At Newberry MM, Ohio, on 1-23-1832, Abel was received on a certificate from Holly Spring MM, N.C., dated 10-16-1830.6  

On Nov 25 1835, Abel purchased two parcels of land in Randolph County, Indiana: one 40 acres and one 80 acres.17  

At Newberry MM, Ohio, on 3-21-1836, Abel [Henshaw] & wife Nancy were granted a certificate to Cherry Grove MM, Indiana.6  

At Cherry Grove MM on 5-18-1836, Abel & Nancy were received on a certificate from Newberry MM, Ohio.8  

Cherry Grove MM on 7-13-1836 recorded "Abel Hinshaw, Cherry Grove meeting, complained of for drinking Spiritous Liquors; 10-12-1836 disowned."8  

On Nov 7 1837 Abel purchased an additional 40 acres of land in Randolph County, Indiana.17  

Abel Hinshaw and family were again shown in the 1840 census, Washington Township, Randolph County, Indiana:18

Abel Hinshaw household:
1 male under age 5 (Abel Jr.).
2 males age 10-15 (Thomas and Silas).
2 males age 15-20 (John and Jacob).
1 male age 20-30 (Absolom).
1 male age 40-50 (Abel).
1 female under age 5 (Mary).
2 females age 5-10 (Elizabeth and Zilpha Ann).
1 female age 40-50 (Nancy).

Cherry Grove MM on 8-10-1844 recorded "Nancy Hinshaw complained of for neglected attendence of meeting and joining the Anti-Slavery Friends; 11-9-1844 disowned."8  

Abel and family were again shown in the 1850 census, still living in Washington Township, Randolph County, Indiana:5

Abel Hinchaw, age 50, born in North Carolina; farmer; $2000 real estate.
Nancy Hinchaw, age 51, born in North Carolina.
Silas Hinchaw, age 21, born in North Carolina; farmer; attended school.
Zilpha Hinchaw, age 16, born in Indiana; attended school.
Mary Hinchaw, age 13, born in Indiana; attended school.
Abel Hinchaw, age 10, born in Indiana; attended school.
Greenberry Hinchaw, age 9, born in Indiana; attended school.
Elcany Hinchaw, age 7, born in Indiana.
Reuben Mickens, age 31, born in North Carolina; farmer.
Rachel Irvin, age 20, born in Pennsylvania; attended school.

Abel and family were again shown in the 1860 census (Jun 16 1860), Washington Township, Randolph County, Indiana:19

Abe Hinshaw, age 61, born in North Carolina; farmer; $6000 real estate; $1000 personal property.
Nancy Hinshaw, age 60, born in North Carolina.
Able Hinshaw, age 20, born in Indiana; attended school.
Greenbery Hinshaw, age 17, born in Indiana; attended school; {twins}.
Elcany Hinshaw, age 17, born in Indiana; attended school; {twins}.
Note that the 1860 census specifically shows that Greenbery and Elcany were twins, which is incorrect.  

Living just a few houses away in 1860 was the family of son Jacob.20  

At Cherry Grove MM on 3-9-1867, Abel & Nancy were received in membership.8  

Abel and family were again shown in the 1870 census (Jun 1870), Washington Township, Randolph County, Indiana:21

Hinshaw, Abel, age 71, born in North Carolina; farmer; $2400 real estate; $300 personal property.
Hinshaw, Nancy, age 70, born in North Carolina; keeps house.
Peelle, Amos, age 72, born in North Carolina.
MC Fiorlana [unclear] Willy, age 22, born in Ohio; school teacher; $500 real estate; $350 personal property.
Bird, Eli, age 21, born in North Carolina.

Abel Hinshaw died Jun 11 1876, age 77y 28d.2,22,23,24,25,26  

Widow Nancy was shown in the 1880 census, living in the household of son Jacob in Washington Township, Randolph County, Indiana:27

Hinshaw, Nancy, mother, age 79, born in North Carolina; parents born in North Carolina; widow.

Nancy died Jan 5 1882, Randolph County, Indiana; buried Mount Zion Church Cemetery, near Winchester, Indiana.2,22,23  

The following biographical sketch of Abel Hinshaw was written by gggg-grandson Greg Hinshaw:28

Abel Hinshaw was born in Randolph County, North Carolina on May 13, 1799 and was a son of Absalom Hinshaw, Jr. and Elizabeth (Hinshaw) Hinshaw.  He had a birthright in the Society of Friends, being a member of Holly Spring Preparative Meeting of Cane Creek Monthly Meeting.  On October 13, 1818, he married Nancy Bookout, a daughter of John and Zilpha (Wright) Bookout.  On May 15, 1819, Abel "condemned his marriage contrary to discipline" in Holly Spring Monthly Meeting and retained in membership.  From this evidence, it is obvious that Nancy was not a Quaker.  

On October 16, 1830, Abel was granted a certificate to Bloomfield Monthly Meeting in Indiana by Holly Spring Monthly Meeting.  In the fall of 1830, Abel loaded his family into a wagon and started west toward Indiana.  They arrived in Clinton County, Ohio in 1831.  Abel's certificate of membership from Holly Spring was received at Newberry Monthly Meeting on January 23, 1832.  Nancy had joined by request on November 21, 1831.  The family remained in Clinton County for three years and six months, then moved to Randolph County, Indiana.  On March 21, 1836 Abel and Nancy were granted a certificate to Cherry Grove Monthly Meeting in Indiana.  They settled on an eighty-acre farm in the southwest quarter of Section 22, near Snow Hill, Washington Township, Randolph County, Indiana.  They apparently entered the land in 1834.  Their house was located back a lane on the north side of 600 S, one-half mile west of "the Pike," now U. S. 27.  Within a few months of their reception at Cherry Grove, the overseers of the local meeting at Cherry Grove reported Abel Hinshaw for drinking spirituous liquors excessively.  He was disowned from membership on October 12, 1836.  Nancy was complained of for non-attendance and joining the Anti-Slavery Friends and was disowned on November 9, 1844.  

Abel and Nancy farmed and raised eleven children (one child died in infancy).  The 1882 "History of Randolph County, Indiana" records a bit about Abel Hinshaw in a small segment about Nancy.  It says, "Her husband was an early pioneer of Randolph, being in politics a Democrat of the Jacksonian type, and his aged widow is still enthusiastic in the same faith".  Though Abel was a Democrat, the descendants of his son, Jacob B. Hinshaw, and daughter, Mary Hinshaw Daly, are still among some of the most active Republicans in Randolph County today.  

On March 9, 1867, Abel and Nancy were once again received in membership in Cherry Grove Monthly Meeting of Friends.  This correlated with the organization of Snow Hill Friends Meeting, established in "Hinshaw School House," at the end of their lane.  According to their grandson, Meredith Hinshaw, the Friends of Cherry Grove Monthly Meeting became suspicious of the Democratic political leaning of many of the members at Snow Hill and discontinued to the meeting.  There is no evidence that Abel and Nancy were ever dropped from membership again, but they evidently did not take an active part in any local meetings.  

About 1873, Abel was stricken with paralysis.  He suffered a second stroke in May, 1876.  He died at home on June 11, 1876.  Funeral services were conducted at Mount Zion M. E. Church, with Rev. Nathan T. Butts, Methodist minister, officiating.  Burial was made in the adjoining cemetery.  The farm was sold to his son-in-law, W. A. W. Daly within a few weeks.  

Sources:
Randolph County, Indiana Probate File Box 419, File 8
"Winchester Journal" July 5, 1876.


Sources

  1. The Church Of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints (LDS) International Genealogical Index (IGI) - Indiana.
  2. Family lineage contributed by Greg Hinshaw
  3. The Church Of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints (LDS) International Genealogical Index (IGI) - North Carolina.
  4. "Hiatt-Hiett Genealogy and Family History" by William Perry Johnson, microfilm #1421712, item 5, in the LDS Family History Library.
  5. 1850 census, Washington Township, Randolph County, Indiana; roll 168, pg 42, household #25.
  6. "Encyclopedia of American Quaker Genealogy", by William Wade Hinshaw, in many well-stocked libraries.
  7. 1850 census index, Indiana.
  8. "Abstracts of the Records of the Society of Friends in Indiana", Part 2, 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.
  9. "Webster Parry's Abstracts of Quaker Records", LDS microfilm #0367987
  10. Contribution from Ginger-lyn (Hinshaw) Summer citing:
    Jane Walls Wilson, Bainbridge, Ohio, in part from family group sheets
    in the possession of Almeda Grace Hinshaw Rinehart, Middletown, Ohio,
    brought to a Hinshaw family reunion in the late 1980s.
  11. The Bookout database: http://www.rootsweb.com/~nozell/GEDCOM-HOSTING-BETA/bookout1/indi/indi-I2320.html.
  12. U.S., Quaker Meeting Records, 1681-1935; http://www.ancestry.com.
  13. Obituary of Absalom Hinshaw.
  14. Randolph County Genealogical Society: "The Genealogical Journal", Vol. XXIII, No. 1, Winter 1999.
  15. 1830 census, First Regiment, Randolph County, North Carolina; roll M19-125, page 22, bottom line.
  16. "Abstracts of the Records of the Society of Friends in Indiana", Part 5, 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.
  17. U.S. Bureau of Land Management - http://www.glorecords.blm.gov.
  18. 1840 census, Washington Township, Randolph County, Indiana; roll M704-92, page 45.
  19. 1860 census, Washington Township, Randolph County, Indiana; pg 729, line #8, dwelling #257, family #251.
  20. 1860 census, Washington Township, Randolph County, Indiana; pg 729, line #22, dwelling #260, family #254.
  21. 1870 census, Winchester P.O., Washington Township, Randolph County, Indiana; roll M593-354, page 445, line #31, dwelling #113, family #113.
  22. Contribution from Ginger-lyn (Hinshaw) Summer.
  23. Contribution from Allen Rowe () citing:
    Gravestone, Mount Zion Church Cemetery, Winchester, Indiana.
  24. Mt. Zion Cemetery burials; posted Mar 8 2003 by Billy J. Baker () to INRANDOL-L.
  25. Mount Zion Cemetery burials, Randolph County, Indiana; USGenWeb Archives:
    http://www.rootsweb.com/~inrandol/WhiteRiver/mtzion.htm.
  26. Mount Zion Cemetery burials, Randolph County, Indiana; USGenWeb Archives
    http://www.rootsweb.com/~inrandol/Cemeteries/whiterivertwsp.htm.
  27. 1880 LDS census index, Washington Township, Randolph County, Indiana; roll T9-0307, page 268C.
  28. Contribution from Greg Hinshaw.


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