JACOB M. HANSHAW. Among the old settlers who deserve and receive the esteem and veneration of the entire neighborhood there is none probably more beloved and respected than the gentleman whose name appears at the head of this sketch. His long residence in North Palmyra Township and the character which he has maintained for integrity and true hearted neighborliness has made him the friend of every man. His father, Benjamin Hanshaw, was born in Pennsylvania, and his mother, Susannah Simpson, a native of Frederick County, Va., grew to womanhood in that State. There she was married to Benjamin Hanshaw and after some years of residence in her native county, they removed to Darke County, Ohio, where she died July 15, 1852. Her husband came to Macoupin County, this State, that same year and made his home with our subject until his death which occurred February 5, 1878.
The subject of this sketch was the sixth in a family of eleven children, and was born in Botetourt County, Va., August 20, 1823. There he passed the early years of his life up to the age of seventeen, when he came with his father to Darke County, Ohio, where he continued to live until the fall of 1852. He then came to this county and made his home in North Palmyra Township, where he has since been a resident.
Jacob Hanshaw was married in Wayne County, Ind., October 4, 1853, to Miss Melinda M. Kittinger, a daughter of David and Peggy (Helms) Kittinger. Mr. Kittinger was a native of Pennsylvania and his wife of Virginia. Their death occurred in Wayne County, Ind. Mrs. Hanshaw was the sixth in a family of eleven children. Her birth occurred in Botetourt County, Va., March 10, 1828.
Ten children have blessed the home of Mr. and Mrs. Hanshaw; their eldest, Rebecca G., died when eighteen months old, and the second, Mary E., also passed away in infancy. Benjamin D. married Miss Lillie Tonget, and they reside in North Palmyra Township and have one child, Olive M. Parthena E. is the wife of Alonzo Gant, and they have four children living: Clarence, Ethel, Jacob and Mary. Hattie A. is the wife of William Barton and the mother of three children: Addie, Eula and Jennie. The next two children, Virginia and Martin L. died in infancy, and Sarah A., Amie M. and Flora E. complete the circle. Agricultural pursuits have engaged the time and energy of Mr. Hanshaw and he has made good improvements on his farm of one hundred and forty acres. From girlhood Mrs. Hanshaw has been an active member of the Methodist Church, in which she is a power for good.