Saturday, January 9, 2010

Surname Saturday - Hankins

This is my first "Surname Saturday" post. I was around last Saturday but couldn't decide on a surname so I skipped it and spent some time this week reading other blogs looking for ideas. I've decided to start with my grandparents and when those four surnames are finished work back a generation at a time. While I'm not going in strict Ahnentafel order like Randy Seaver at Genea-Musings his logical approach was my inspiration.

Today's surname is Hankins, the name of my paternal grandmother. One thing I learned early on in my research about the Hankins name is that many transcribers aren't familiar with it and think it should be Hawkins.

Verda Waller "Verdie Jane" Hankins
Born 1 Dec 1884, Hopkins County, Kentucky
Married John William McCauley 27 Sep 1904, Earlington, Hopkins County, Kentucky
Died 16 May 1942, Greenville, Muhlenberg County, Kentucky
Buried Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Greenville, Muhlenberg County, Kentucky

Thomas Leander "Lee" Hankins
Born 13 Jun 1858, Hopkins County, Kentucky
Married Samantha Angeline Petty 14 May 1879, Madisonville, Hopkins County, Kentucky
Died 23 Apr 1929, Madisonville, Hopkins County, Kentucky
Buried Grapevine Cemetery, Hopkins County, Kentucky

Albert "Elvie" Hankins
Born abt. 1838, Hopkins County, Kentucky
Married Isabella Jane Goodloe 24 Oct 1855, Hopkins County, Kentucky
Died bet. 1863-1870

Houston G. Hankins
Born abt. 1811, Hopkins County, Kentucky
Married Mary Weeks 17 Jul 1833, Livingston County, Kentucky
Died 16 Nov 1861, Christian County, Kentucky

Barnabas "Barney" Hankins
Born bet. 1785 - 1794, Wilkes County, North Carolina
Married Sarah Fox 1 Jan 1811, Hopkins County, Kentucky
Died bet. 1821 - 1830, Hopkins County, Kentucky

John Hankins
Born abt. 1760, Frederick County, Virginia
Married Sarah Gill 30 Oct 1783, Frederick County, Virginia
Died aft. 1833, Hopkins County, Kentucky

John Hankins fought in the Battle of Guilford and the Seige of Yorktown during the Revolutionary War. He enlisted from Frederick County early in the war and later enlisted again from Culpeper County. John was present at Yorktown for the surrender of Cornwallis and received a pension based on his service. After the war, he moved to Wilkes County, North Carolina and later to Hopkins County, Kentucky. He was in Hopkins County by the the time of the 1810 census and probably had been there for several years at that time.

William Hankins and Jane Sharp may have been John's parents but I haven't done the work to prove that yet. If they are, then the Hankins roots go back to New Jersey in the early 1700's.

1 comment:

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