Our Hanks Family and their connection to Abraham Lincoln
Descent Chart 9: The Hanks Line and our Connection
to Abraham Lincoln
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Thomas Hanks (or Hanckes) was among the first Hankses to emigrate from
England to America, settling in the Norfolk Virginia area around the year
1653. Here is Devotaís direct line of descent from Thomas.
- Thomas Hanks (b. before 1630; d. 1674 perhaps) was born in
Wiltshire County, England. He most likely died during Baconís Rebellion
(8 April 1674), near Farnham, Virginia. He and his wife Elizabeth
(maiden name unknown) had at least three sons, William, George and Robert.
All three sons settled in Richmond County, Virginia.
- Robert Hanks (b. 1661; d. 1691) married Margaret (née
?), mother of Peter.
- Peter Hanks (b. 1682; d. 1733) married Mary Beez on
20 Aug 1702 in Ann Arundel County, Virginia. Their children were: Lydia
(b. 1704), William (b. 1707), Elinor (b. 1709) and Peter
- William Hanks (b. 25 July 1707; d. 1770) first married Ruth
Shipley, the mother of Peter and William. His second marriage
was to Ruth Ryan. Their children were: Rachel, Jonathan, Margaret, and
Joseph. Both William Hanks Sr. and Jr. were Methodist ministers.
- The younger William Hanks (b. 27 April 1737 in Ann Arundel
County, Md.; d. 15 July 1814 in Bedford County, Pa.) married Sarah
Benson (b. 1734; d. 1804); she was the mother of John (b.
1760), Rachel (b. 1761), Fleetwood (b. 1764), Nancy (b. 1769), Leah
(b. 1771), Mary (b. ?), Sarah (b. 1781), and Benjamin (b. 1779). His
second wife was Jemimah Fisher.
- John Hanks (b. 1760; d. 1805) became a Quaker. He married Abigail
Jackson in Lovettesville, Loudoun County, Virginia. After John died,
she married Jacob Houser on 21 Aug 1806. She was born 1760; died. 18
Jan 1847 in Adamsville Ohio. The children of John and Abigail were:
Jeramiah (married Catherine Shively), Stiles, Cephas, Isaah,
Leah, and Elizabeth.
- Stiles Hanks (b. 1797; d. 23 Sep 1863) married Nancy Ann
Newhouse 18 Sep 1817 on the Maryland side of the Potomac River.
She was from Lovettesville,Virginia (b. 1 Nov 1793; d. 5 Oct 1878 Adamsville,
Ohio). Stiles was also born in eastern Virginia. He died and was buried
in Dresden, Ohio. Their children were: Cephas G. (b. 1820), John
C. (b. 1822), Stiles Jr. (b. 1824), Stephen (b. 1826),
William (b. 1828), Isaac (b. 1830), Emily Jane (b. 1833),
Mary (b. 1835), and Andrew Newhouse (b. 1838).
- Stiles Hanks, Jr. (b. 1824; d. 1878) married on 14 Jun 1849
to Lydia Ann Snoots (b. 24 July 1826; d. 6 Dec. 1868). He was
a school teacher. Their children were: Henry (b. 1853), Amy (b. 1854),
Ella (b. 1859), Jane (b. 1862), Homer (b. 1863), Adisson (b. 1865),
William (b. 1866), and Riley (b. 1868 in Dresden, Adams Township,
Muskingham County, Ohio).
For more Snoots genealogical data,
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Lydia Snoots Hanks.
On 23 Feb. 1871, Stiles remarried to Sarah Best Bowden. They had two
children: Lydia Ann and Charles Mahlon.
- Riley Clay Hanks (b. 1868, d. 1944) married on 17 February
1901 to Mary "Anna" Goodbody (b. 1882, d. 1961). They
had five children: Floyd Arthur (b. 1902; d. 1902), Riley
"Clay" (b. 1904, d. 1958), Earnest "Ray" (b. 1909,
d. 1928), Anna "Devota" (b. 1913, d. 1990), and
"Joseph" Buel (b. 1919, d. 1979). Ray was killed when a train
hit his milk truck. His brother Clay was injured but recovered. Devota
and her brothers were the ninth generation American-born Hanks.