When Harris Mathewson Hanshue was born on 7 July 1881, in Kalamazoo, Michigan, United States, his father, John Jay Hanshue, was 30 and his mother, Mary Revi Mathewson, was 27. He married Irene Victoria Mcmillen on 7 October 1914, in Los Angeles, California, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 1 daughter. He lived in Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo, Michigan, United States in 1894 and Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, United States for about 10 years. He died on 8 January 1937, in Manhattan, New York City, New York, United States, at the age of 55.
Transferred use of the surname, in origin a patronymic from the medieval English personal name Harry .