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HANKS/HANKE/HANKINS GENEALOGY
Compiled by Glenn Gohr


The Hanks family reportedly is an ancient family that was located in England from the earliest times. Their ancestral home is Malmesbury, England, where a number of Hanks family members are buried in the church yard there.

Some variant spellings include Hank, Hanke, Hankey, Hancks, Hanckes, Hankins, Henke, etc.

An interesting note I should add is that when I was growing up in Wichita Falls, Texas, during the 1960s and 1970s, directly across the street from me lived Mr. and Mrs. James C. "J. C." Hanks. One of their sons was also named James Hanks, and I attended high school with James’ son, Barry Hanks. I had a lot of admiration for Barry’s grandparents who maintained a very nice home and yard. Since moving to Missouri I have made contact with this nice family through the assistance of Gary Scott of Washington, D.C., who is Barry’s first cousin. There is a very distant connection between my family and theirs. They are descendants of George Hanks (1778-1826) of Anderson District, South Carolina, son of Luke Hanks II. Both families trace back to Thomas Hanks of Gloucester, Virginia.

Also of interest is that living directly next door to J. C. Hanks was a family named HANKINS. Their children were Broad, Lois, and Bruce. These kids were just a few years older than me, but they moved away to the Dallas-Fort Worth area in the early 1970s. I have seen reference to an Abraham HANKINS in Maury Co., Tennessee, whom I believe should really be Abraham HANKS. My ancestor in Maury Co., Tennessee was Moses HANKS, who was a brother of this Abraham HANKS/HANKINS. I do believe the names HANKS and HANKINS can be interchangeable back in pioneer days. So I grew up with HANKS and HANKINS families living just across the street from me.

Since moving to Southwest Missouri in 1980, I made contact with Virginia (Bilyeu) Rollings, Robert W. "Bob" Bare, Dorrel T. Hanks, and others who descend from Rev. Thomas Hanks of Christian County, Missouri. This Rev. Thomas Hanks was a son of Rev. Elijah Hanks and a grandson of Moses Hanks, so there is a close connection there. There are lots and lots of Hanks families and descendants living near Ozark, Christian County, Missouri and in Springfield, Missouri, where I live. Dorrel T. Hanks is a well-known real estate company owner in Ozark and Springfield. Dennis Hanks is a car dealership owner in Ozark, Missouri, and the list of well-known Hankses in Southwest Missouri goes on and on.

One interesting thing I learned about Rev. Thomas Hanks is that in the 1880s when the Baldknobbers were prevalent in Southwest Missouri (this was a local vigilante group similar to the Ku Klux Klan), 3 of them were arrested, tried and hanged at Ozark, Missouri. After a visit from "Father Tom" as many called him, one of the baldknobbers repented of his sins, accepted Christ as his Savior, and requested to be baptized. Rev. Thomas Hanks baptized him in a bathtub in the Ozark city jail. The next day all 3 of the criminals were hanged on the town square. This is quite an interesting bit of local history that our Hanks family took part in. "Father Tom" baptized quite a few believers in Bull Creek in Southwest Missouri during his long ministry as a Baptist preacher. Rev. Tommy Bilyeu (brother of Virginia Rollings) is a well-known Baptist minister in recent times who also played music with the Baldknobbers music show in Branson, and there are several other ministers among the Hanks descendants in Southwest Missouri.

Another famous relative is Tom Hanks, a well-known actor and Academy Award winner. He decided to pursue acting after reading and watching a performance of Eugene O’Neill’s The Iceman Cometh. He has performed in a number of Walt Disney movies including "BIG" and is Woody’s voice in the movie "Toy Story."

Another interesting part of the HANKS family heritage is the fact that through Moses Hanks our family is related to President Abraham Lincoln. Abraham Lincoln’s mother was Nancy HANKS Lincoln. According to Adin Baber and other Hanks family researchers, Nancy was the daughter of Abraham Hanks. Abraham Hanks was the brother of Moses Hanks, my ancestor. Much has been written about the Hanks lineage of President Abraham Lincoln. Some researchers claim Nancy’s father was Joseph Hanks (who was another brother of Moses Hanks—so the connection is still there). Others says Nancy was the illegitimate daughter of Lucy Hanks and a granddaughter of Joseph Hanks or else the daughter of a James Hanks who died young (married to a Lucy) and granddaughter of Joseph Hanks (the blood connection is still there).

Some of the early Hankses and other early family members belonged to the Broad Run Baptist Church in Fauquier County, Virginia, which was constituted December 3, 1762. I am assuming that this church was associated with the Primitive Baptist or "hardshell" Baptist faith, since that was the faith of the earliest Dodsons (who intermarried with the Hankses) that I am aware of (although undoubtedly the very earliest Hankses in Virginia must have belonged to the Anglican Church, which was the recognized church of the early colonists). This material is fascinating reading and gives insights into the lives of the members. Many times letters are issued to members transferring or "removing" to new and distant locations. The reader may also be entertained by the "successes" and "failures" of human nature reflected in the church’s dealings with its communicants.
p> One thing I discovered is that there is a reference to the baptism of a Nancy Hanks on June 13, 1778; however, after further checking, I find that this Nancy Hanks could not have been the mother of President Abraham Lincoln. His mother was born on the 5 February 1784 in Campbell County, Virginia. This Nancy Hanks was born much earlier.

I have made a page which includes transcriptions of the minutes of this church.

    Broad Run Baptist Church Minutes, 1762-1872

You may also be interested in this site: "Will the real Nancy Hanks Lincoln please stand up?" This source lists 46 Nancy Hankses born in America between 1780 and 1866:

    http://hanksforthememories.homestead.com/NHL.html


Also be sure to view my NANCY HANKS REFERENCES Page for primary sources which mention Nancy Hanks, mother of President Lincoln.


Here is my HANKS lineage as far as I know:

  1. Thomas HANKS, b. bef. 1630 Malmesbury, England, d. ca. 1675 Gloucester Co., VA; md. ca. 1650 to Elizabeth _______, b. ca. 1630, d. ca. 1675 Gloucester Co., VA
  2. William HANKS, b. 1 Feb. 1654/55 North Farnham Parish, Richmond Co., VA, d. bef. 7 Feb. 1704 Richmond Co., VA; md. bef. May 1678 to Sarah (WOODBRIDGE?), b. ca. 1653 VA, d. aft. 1708 Richmond Co., VA
  3. Luke HANKS, b. ca. 1685 Richmond Co., VA, d. bef. Feb. 1757 Lancaster Co., VA; md. ca. 1710 Richmond Co., VA to Elizabeth (GLASSCOCK or TURNER?), b. ca. 1695 VA, d. ca. 1750 Richmond Co., VA
  4. Moses HANKS, b. 15 July 1746 North Farnham Parish, Richmond Co., VA, d. 19 Aug. 1831 Maury Co., TN; md. bef. 1769 to Aggatha DODSON, b. Dec. 1749 VA, d. Nov. (aft. 1830) Maury Co., TN (both buried in Knob Creek Cemetery, Maury Co., TN)
  5. Elizabeth HANKS, b. 9 Sept. 1782 Pittsylvania Co., VA, d. 1833 Maury Co., TN; md. 1 June 1799 Lincoln Co., KY to Robert WILLIAMS, b. 1776 VA, d. 1837 Maury Co., TN
  6. Agatha WILLIAMS, b. 2 June 1802 Maury Co., TN, d. 13 July 1874 McNairy Co., TN; md. 22 Sept. 1817 Columbia, Maury Co., TN to James Matthew WOOLVERTON, b. 12 May 1797 Somerset, Pulaski Co., KY, d. 24 July 1878 McNairy Co., TN (both buried in Woolverton Cemetery near Adamsville, Tennessee)
  7. Nancy Artemisia WOOLVERTON, b. 28 Aug. 1829 Maury Co., TN, d. 24 Jan. 1926 Adamsville, McNairy Co., TN; md. 28 Dec. 1848 Jonesborough, Tippah Co., MS to Luther Rice LITTLEFIELD, b. 25 Dec. 1826 Spartanburg, Spartansburg Co., SC, d. 25 Mar. 1903 Adamsville, McNairy Co., TN (both buried in Adamsville Cemetery)
  8. Sarah Agatha LITTLEFIELD, b. 28 Oct. 1849 Jonesborough, Tippah Co., MS, d. 7 Feb. 1940 Leapwood, McNairy Co., TN; md. 18 Oct. 1868 McNairy Co., TN to William Ashley HARRIS, b. 19 May 1849 Hardin Co., TN, d. 12 Mar. 1916 McNairy Co., TN (both buried at Mars Hill Cemetery, McNairy Co., TN)
  9. James David HARRIS, b. 9 Jan. 1871 McNairy Co., TN, d. 22 Sept. 1938 Marlow, Stephens Co., OK (buried in Marlow Cemetery); md. 28 Oct. 1894 McNairy Co., TN to Docia Bell PYRON, b. 5 Oct. 1872 McNairy Co., TN, d. 1 Sept. 1944 Lyford, Willacy Co., TX (buried at Combes, Texas)
  10. William Earl HARRIS, b. 8 Aug. 1895 McNairy Co., TN, d. 5 Jan. 1967 Cortez, Montezuma Co., CO; md. 12 Dec. 1915 Parker Co., TX to Orpha Antonia Hazel GARVIN, b. 11 Nov. 1895 Jack Co., TX, d. 21 Dec. 1979 Cortez, Montezuma Co., CO (both buried in the Dove Creek Cemetery at Dove Creek, Colorado) *These are my grandparents.



HANKS AND RELATED E-MAIL LISTS


If you have queries concerning the Hanks surname, you may post these at the Hanks Family Genealogy List that I started in February 1997. Hanks Genealogy List is a part of the Rootsweb e-mail discussion lists. It offers free queries and discussion on the Hanks surname and variant spellings.

To subscribe, send an e-mail to: HANKS-L-request@rootsweb.com
Leave subject line blank (This will be ignored).
In the body of the message type: subscribe

Then a welcome message will be sent telling how to post messages. Once you are subscribed, you may send a query to everyone on the list by sending e-mail to: HANKS-L@rootsweb.com

Archived postings to the Hanks e-mail list can be found on the WEB at:

    http://searches.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/listsearch.pl

When prompted, type in HANKS for the name of the list. A second screen will appear where you can choose a year and type in a search word(s). If you type in HANKS you would probably get all the previous postings to the list. You can also type in a person’s name instead or a locality to narrow your search. If you wish to do a search by date, try entering it in quotation marks with the day and then the month as "01 Mar" using single digit dates preceded by a zero and only the first three letters of the month.

There is also a separate HANKE E-Mail Discussion List on Rootsweb.

To subscribe, send an e-mail to: HANKE-L-request@rootsweb.com
Leave subject line blank (This will be ignored).
In the body of the message type: subscribe

Then a welcome message will be sent telling how to post messages. Once you are subscribed, you may send a query to everyone on the list by sending e-mail to: HANKE-L@rootsweb.com

Archived postings to the Hanke e-mail list can be found on the WEB at:

    http://searches.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/listsearch.pl

When prompted, type in HANKE for the name of the list. A second screen will appear where you can choose a year and type in a search word(s). If you type in HANKE you would probably get all the previous postings to the list. You can also type in a person’s name instead or a locality to narrow your search. If you wish to do a search by date, try entering it in quotation marks with the day and then the month as "01 Mar" using single digit dates preceded by a zero and only the first three letters of the month.




There is also a separate HANKINS E-Mail Discussion List which was started by Allen Richmond sciototrails@usa.net.

To subscribe, send an e-mail to: HANKINS-L-request@rootsweb.com
Leave subject line blank (This will be ignored).
In the body of the message type: subscribe

Then a welcome message will be sent telling how to post messages. Once you are subscribed, you may send a query to everyone on the list by sending e-mail to: HANKINS-L@rootsweb.com

Archived postings to the Hankins e-mail list can be found on the WEB at:

    http://searches.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/listsearch.pl

When prompted, type in HANKINS for the name of the list. A second screen will appear where you can choose a year and type in a search word(s). If you type in HANKINS you would probably get all the previous postings to the list. You can also type in a person’s name instead or a locality to narrow your search. If you wish to do a search by date, try entering it in quotation marks with the day and then the month as "01 Mar" using single digit dates preceded by a zero and only the first three letters of the month.




ROOTSWEB HANKS MESSAGE BOARDS

There are several Message Boards on Rootsweb which are set up for the HANKS surname. These boards are for posting information in the following categories: BIBLE, BIOGRAPHY, BIRTH, CEMETERY, CENSUS, DEATH, DEED, IMMIGRATION, LOOKUP, MARRIAGE, MILITARY, OBITUARY, PENSION, QUERIES, and WILLS. The search perameters and drop down screen on the main page allow you to do a key word search or to view all postings according to one of the above categories. Click on the icon below to access the Hanks Message Boards.

Query Post a query (or information from any one of the above categories) on any HANKS name or related family. Please give dates, and locations they lived. Try to give as much information as possible.


An online genealogy forum for posting queries has also been set up specifically for the HANKS family on GenForum. It can be found at the following address:

    http://genforum.familytreemaker.com/hanks


An online genealogy forum for posting queries has also been set up specifically for the HANKINS family on GenForum. It can be found at the following address:

    http://genforum.familytreemaker.com/hankins

***Note***During the Fall of 1998, GenForum combined with Family Tree Maker, which means that all queries and information posted to that site becomes the property of Family Tree Maker. This is still a good site to look up information and get contact names for the HANKS lines you are searching, but be advised that if you now post a new query or a response to something on that site, chances are that sometime in the future Family Tree Maker will include that information on a CD-ROM which they will sell for profit to anyone who is interested. I do not like the idea of someone else using my hard researched information and ideas and selling them for a profit without my knowledge. This same practice is evident on all of the Family Tree Maker pages which are found on the internet, if you will read the disclaimer notices on those pages. I recommend the Family Tree Maker pages as good look up pages, but I don’t recommend posting information there. Similar things can be said for Ancestry.com and MyFamily.com which are connected to each other and seek to make a profit from genealogical materials on the internet.



HANKS WEB PAGES


Some other Hanks researchers and web sites include:
    David Kravetz’s Descendants of Joseph William Hanks. E-mail David at: japan1@gte.net

    Sierra Brewi’s Genealogy Page. (Has genealogy on Boynton, Howell, Drew, Morgan, West, Notter, HANKS, Lincoln, Boone, Putnam, and related families). This same information can be found at: http://www.geocities.com/~family_treez. E-mail Sierra at: ssecret@MCI2000.com or yocs@angelfire.com

    Wayne Stafford’s Home Page (He is a member of the Sons of the American Revolution, National Huguenot Society, and the Anderson County Genealogical Society; the site includes ancestral charts for both him and his wife.)

    and Ancestors of Charles Wayne Stafford. (He descends through John Bird Woolverton, b. 1780 Henry Co., VA, d. 1863 Anderson Co., TX; md. Anna Jane HANKS, b. 1785 VA, d. 1863 Anderson Co., TX. From Anna Jane HANKS the lineage goes back through Moses Hanks son of Luke Hanks), both maintained by Wayne Stafford at: wstaff@cox-internet.com

    Bonnie Woolverton’s Web Page (Includes personal information about Bonnie; her many genealogical and professional affiliations; her family tree which includes surnames of Woolverton, Faires, HANKS (2 lines), Hudson (2 lines), Ritchey, Scarbrough, Tisdale, Tucker, and Webb; and her genealogical publications which includes information on Tennessee Colony and Anderson County, Texas where her line of Woolvertons and Hankses settled while Texas was still a Republic.)

    and Bonnie Woolverton’s Pedigree Chart #1. (Includes Woolverton lineage back to John Nelson Woolverton, b. 1834 Maury Co., TN, d. 1872 Anderson Co., TX; md. Albina Mary Harris, b. 1840 Maury Co., TN, d. 1908 Tennessee Colony, TX)

    and Bonnie Woolverton’s Pedigree Chart #2. (Includes Woolverton/Hanks lineage back to Moses Hanks son of Luke Hanks), all maintained by Bonnie Woolverton at: bonniew@tvec.net

    Jim Phelps’ Hanks Family Genealogy. (He is a descendant of Stephen England Hanks; son of George Hanks who md. Sibby Harper; son of Abraham Hanks md. Sarah Harper.) E-mail Jim at: phelps@dancris.com

    The Hall Genealogy. (Has links to Sarah Hanks b. c1765 Grayson Co., VA md. 1839 to Lewis Sturgill, b. 1765). E-mail L. Hall at: hall@howdyneighbor.com

    Thelma L. Windham’s Joseph Hanks / Nancy Hanks Genealogy. E-mail Thelma at: condrada@erols.com

    Christopher Child’s Web Page on The Maternal Lineage of Abraham Lincoln. Ideas of the Past. (Has links to various theories on the parentage of Nancy Hanks LIncoln.)

    Mother of the President, Nancy Hanks Lincoln, 1784-1818. (Raymond Martin Bell & Christopher Challender Child’s theory that Nancy was a daughter James Hanks & Lucey Shipley & granddaughter of Joseph Hanks & Ann Lee.)

    Paul H. Verduin’s theory that Nancy was a daughter of Lucey & granddaughter of Joseph Hanks.

    David S. Keiser’s theory that Nancy was a daughter of Thomas Hanks & granddaughter of Joseph Hanks.

    David Andrew Sturgill’s theory that Nancy was a daughter of Abraham Hanks & Sarah Harper.




HANKS HISTORICAL REVIEW


There is also a family newsletter/bulletin called the HANKS HISTORICAL REVIEW, which is published 3 times a year by its capable editors, Barbara and Bob Baber. Cost is $12.00 per year and includes historical information, queries, and announcements on Hanks families in the U.S. You may contact Barbara Baber for futher information.




BOOKS ON THE HANKS FAMILY

If you are interested in books that deal with the Hanks family, here are some that are still in print:

    THE LINCOLNS IN VIRGINIA, by John W. Wayland. Originally published in 1946. Reprinted 1987 by Southern Historical Press. 442 pages. Includes index. $32.50 + $3.50 postage and handling. (Includes information on "Virginia John" Lincoln, Captain Abraham Lincoln in VA & KY, Isaac Lincoln in VA & TN, many other Lincolns, and Nancy and other Hankses.) Order #BI 25. Order from:

      Southern Historical Press, Inc.
      P.O. Box 1267
      Greenville, SC 29602-1267
      864-233-2346 FAX: 864-233-2349 VISA/MC Orders Only: 1-800-233-0152

    Also, Nancy Baber McNeill, daughter of Adin Baber, has revised and updated her father’s most complete book on the Hankses which was privately published in 1965 and was 409 pages. The revised book was published in the fall of 2004. Adin Baber’s book was THE HANKS FAMILY OF VIRGINIA AND WESTWARD.

    He also wrote THE HANKS FAMILY LEGACY, 1643-1889, in 1962 and NANCY HANKS: THE DESTINED MOTHER OF A PRESIDENT, in 1963, which are both available through interlibrary loan.





THE HANKS FAMILY OF VIRGINIA AND WESTWARD. 2nd Edition

Adin Baber’s, The Hanks Family of Virginia and Westward. 2nd Edition has been revised and updated by his daughter, Nancy Baber McNeill and Louis Franklin Hanks (2004). This valuable resource book for Hanks researchers has been out of print for quite some time. Now you can add this much expanded revised edition of this scarce 1965 genealogy of the Hanks family to your own personal library. The original book had 3,000 names, and the revised edition has approximately 16,000 names.

The book was originally distributed by: The Arthur H. Clark Co. of Spokane, WA which no longer carries the book. To obtain the book, contact Nancy Baber McNeill’s son, John M. Kern:

John M. Kern, Trustee
Nancy Baber McNeill Trust
229 Alder St.
Pacific Grove CA 93950.


The price is $90.00 and includes postage. Please send all inquiries regarding the book (only a few copies are still available of the revised version) to John M. Kern at

johntonic@hotmail.com





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Last updated August 20, 2011.


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