Friday, January 18, 2013

How Many Times Was Thomas Richard Hankins Married?

Two? That's what the consensus seemed to be among family members. 

Dick Hankins married Bettie Smith on 1 March 1905 in Hopkins County, Kentucky. Bettie and their second child both died in 1909. 

Later he married Edith Rhea Jackson from Springfield, Tennessee. It appeared they were married before 16 May 1911 because this was published in The Earlington Bee (a Hopkins County newspaper) that day.
"Mrs. Dick Hankins of Nashville, is visiting friends here."
Except they didn't get married until more than a year later. 

A marriage license was issued to T. Richard Hankins and Rhea Jackson on 3 Oct 1912 in Davidson County, Tennessee. They were married the same day. 

Rhea was from Springfield which is about 30 miles north of Nashville (Davidson County). Dick was apparently living in Nashville in May 1911 but Rhea wasn't Mrs. Dick Hankins at that time. Maybe he was married to was someone from Hopkins County. After all, how would Rhea even have friends in Hopkins County to visit in 1911? She never lived there. 

Hopkins County marriage records are back on my to do list. 

Marriage records from Tennesse, County Marriages, 1790-1950 at

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