Randolph County, Indiana
As a twentieth
century business man Seth Hinshaw is deserving to rank among the
forefront of this class in Winchester. He is one of the well- known and
successful general contractors of the county and is at present doing a general
insurance business. He has always looked to the good of Randolph county and did
what he could toward its development in every way, and here he has been content
to spend his life, having lived to note many momentous changes in the county
and its towns, and it might be well to add here that he and his family have by
no means been idle spectators of all this change.
was born May 30, 1853, in White River township Randolph
county. He is a son of Edmund and Irena (Hiatt) Hinshaw. The father was
born in Guilford county, North Carolina, and the mother was born in Virginia.
The Hinshaws came to Randolph county, Indiana, as early as 1833 and were
therefore among the early settlers, and from that day to this the name has been
prominent in the affairs of the county. The paternal grandfather, Benjamin
Hinshaw, came with his family to Wayne county, this state, and his son, Edmund,
father of our subject, came to Randolph county, where he became a leading
farmer and land owner. His death occurred on December 14, 1883, and his
wife died February 7, 1870. Their family consisted of three sons
and three daughters, namely: Seth, subject of this review; Mary,
who is the wife of Cornelius Rouch, of Jay county, Indiana; Edmund
is deceased; Anna has remained single; Benjamin E., who lives in
Winchester, and Rachel A., who died February 25, 1870. By a former
marriage, Edmund, Sr., had three sons and one daughter: Abner and
William were both soldiers in the Civil war and died during the service; Jesse
died in Winchester August 5, 1898; Phoebe is the wife of James E.
Huston, a Civil war veteran. The father of the above named children was a
Democrat in the early part of his life, but later became a Republican. He and
his wife were members of the Friends church. He was a man of sterling integrity
and prompt in all his business obligations, and he instilled this principle
into the family.
was reared on the home farm and he attended the common schools, remaining with
his parents on the farm until he was married on December 13, 1877, to Mary
Owens, a daughter of Peter and Rachel (Davis) Owens, of
Randolph county. This union resulted in the birth of two children, namely: Bessie,
who married Wilbur Grow, of Ward township, Logan married Bonnie
James and lives on his father's farm in Ward township.
After his marriage,
our subject farmed successfully in Ward township until 1906, when he moved to
Winchester and here he has been engaged in contracting road work and bridge
building in this county and has built up an extensive business. His work gives
satisfaction always, for it is honestly and skillfully done. He also conducts
an insurance and loan office and has built up a large and growing business in
Politically, he is a
Republican, and has long been actively interested in public matters, and for a
number of years has been on the drainage commission of Randolph county, an
office appointed by the court. He is a member of the Independent Order of Odd
Fellows, and he and his family belong to the Christian church, of which he is a
trustee. He is a stockholder in the Ridgeville State Bank. He is one of the
county’s substantial, broad, liberal and energetic business men. His office is
at 120 ½ West Washington street, and
his residence at 551 North Main street.
Past and Present of Randolph County, Indiana, 1914.
Contributed by Gina Richardson
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