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  • ID: I2783
  • Name: Joshua HANKS
  • Surname: Hanks
  • Given Name: Joshua
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 1794 in North Carolina 1 2
  • Death: 3 Feb 1855 in Hopkins Co., Kentucky 1 2
  • LDS Baptism: 13 Aug 1992 Temple: ATLAN 3
  • Endowment: 18 Dec 1992 Temple: ATLAN 3
  • _UID: 6560ABA681ACD51197A684E2C570467BC242
  • Sealing Child: 26 Jan 1993 Temple: ATLAN 3
  • Note:
    1850 Hopkins Co. KY Census
    District 1

    Joshua HANKS, 56, Farmer, Real Estate 500, b. N.C.
    Hester b. N.C. (double check this)
    Caroline 20, b. KY
    Martha 17, b. KY
    Mansfield R. 19, b. KY
    Eliza Ann 13, b. KY
    David THOMAS 9, B. KY
    Deed Book 17, pp 410, 411, Feb. 25, 1853

    The Joshua Hanks heirs of Hopkins Co. Kentucky sell land to Robert M.(Mansfield) Hanks (also and heir) of same place 140 acres on Drakes Creek. The heirs are:

    Williamson C. Hanks
    Stewart or Stuart C. Hanks (spelled both ways)
    Jacob T. Miller and Elizabeth, his wife
    David H. Thomas and Mary, his wife
    Caroline C. Hanks
    Martha A. Hanks

    The land sold the "Mansion House" and farm of said Joshua Hanks, deceased and is conveyed to Robert M. Hanks subject to the life estate of Hester Hanks during her natural lifetime.


    The Heirs of Joshua Hanks, deceased. All of Hopkins Co. Kentucky sell to Stewart C. Hanks of same place, 177 acres on Drakes Creek for $625.00.
    Deed Book 18, pp 350, 351, 352, 353, Nov. 25, 1853.

    Jacob T. Miller and Elizabeth P., his wife
    Martha Hanks (Martha A. in the signing)
    Henry Thomas and Mary D., his wife (David H. in the signing)
    Caroline C. Hanks
    Williamson Hanks and Martha E., his wife
    Robert M. Hanks
    The 1850 Hopkins Co.Census indicates that Joshua Hanks was born about 1794. Adin Baber's book HANKS OF VIRGINIA AND WESTWARD says that he was born Feb 17, 1787. He does not indicate where he obtained the birth date. Joshua was not listed in the 1810 Christian Co. Kentucky Census, but John Hanks and Thomas Hanks were. Joshua, Thomas, and John are all in the1820 Census in Hopkins Co. Ky. Joshua probably became of age between the1810 and 1820 census and that is why he shows up on the 1820 but not the1810 census. This idea supports the birthdate of 1794.
    According to Marian G. Hammers, Researcher in Madisonville, Kentucky,
    Hester Gatlin Hanks must have died between 1870 & 1880. She was in the1870 Census but not in the 1880 Census in Hopkins Co. Kentucky.
    Also, Eliza A. Hanks, is in the 1850 Hopkins Co. Kentucky Census with her parents, however, she is not listed with the heirs of Joshua Hanks in the Court Records. She either died or because she was a minor wasn't listed as an heir.

    New Information: I received a copy of the book FOUNDERS OF THE GATLIN FAMILY, by David Walter Gatlin. According to his information,Esther/Hester Gatlin Hanks died in 1883 or 1884.
    Letter from Craig A. Whitfield, Mishawaka, Indiana, dated January 27,1995 in response to a letter I wrote him. Paula Eubanks. "You asked me if I knew where Joshua & Ester Hanks are buried. I don't know for sure but I think I have an idea. My gg-grandfather Joseph E. Whitfield owned a farm in White Plains, KY. According to my older family members, JPHanks was born there. I visited what was left of the farm a few years ago. Now here is where it get interesting.....Supposedly a lot of J.P.Hanks kin were buried on that farm back behind the barn. I would think that possibly Joshua may have been one of of them. I don't doubt maybe some of his brothers could have been buried there too. Who knows,because J.E. Whitfield's first wife died, (my GG-grandma) and he remarried and had a step-son named Dan Slates who took possession of the farm on inheritance. Anyway, Dan Slates bulldozed the tombstones, and turned the hogs loose in the graveyard. I shudder to think what information was lost by him doing that one stupid act. My g-uncle told me that story again just the other day (he's 78 years old). He said J.P.Hanks would roll over in his grave if he knew that. But if you figure JPHanks was born there, it would only make sense his grandparents, uncles,etc. might be buried there."

    NOTE: Dan Slates is the man who owns the old Miller property where Fredrick P. and Mary Miller are buried. They are the parents of Jacob T.Miller who married Elizabeth P. Hanks, daughter of Joshua & Ester Gatlin Hanks. I spoke to Marian Hammers about the Hanks cemetery and she doesn't seem to think that the stones were still standing when she and members of the Hopkins Co.Kentucky Historical/Genealogy Society compiled cemetery records several years ago. I think she said in the 1950's.
    I have received another letter from Craig Whitfield since the one spoken of above, and he is not sure that this story is accurate. He seems to think that maybe there were very few stones standing in the early 1900's.
    He says the above story is still being circulated in his family, so he thinks there must be some validity to it.
    Paula Eubanks
    Since getting a copy of the book, FOUNDERS OF THE GATLIN FAMILY, I
    see some disagreements in dates of births etc. I am going to use David Gatlin's dates since I belive he had better access to the information than did Adin Baber because Mr. Gatlin was from Madisonville, Hopkins Co.Kentucky. Where I have better information than Mr. Gatlin does, I have used that instead of his and where Mr. Baber gives information that Mr.Gatlin doesn't give.
    Sources for the family of Joshua Hanks

    1850, 1860, 1870 Hopkins Co. Kentucky Census Records
    1870 Stoddard Co. Missouri Census Records
    Kentucky Vital Statistics, Hopkins Co. Kentucky 1852-1862
    Hopkins Co. Kentucky Court Records
    Massac Co. Illinois Death Records
    Hopkins Co. Kentucky Marriage Records
    Craig A. Whitfield, letter dated January 27, 1995.
    Research by Marian G. Hammers, Madisonville, Kentucky
    David Walter Gatlin's book, FOUNDERS OF THE GATLIN FAMILY
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  • Change Date: 17 Mar 2001 at 22:33:59

    Father: John Jr. HANKS b: 1745 in Virginia
    Mother: Mary DAWSON b: ABT 1740

    Marriage 1 Easter GATLIN b: ABT 1787 in N. Carolina
    • Married: 23 Nov 1817 in Hopkins CO. Kentucky 2
    1. Has Children Mary Dawson HANKS b: 29 Aug 1818 in Hopkins Co., Kentucky
    2. Has Children Williamson Carroll HANKS b: 16 Jan 1820 in Kentucky
    3. Has No Children Mahala HANKS b: 20 Apr 1821 in Hopkins Co., Kentucky
    4. Has No Children Nancy L. HANKS b: 7 Feb 1822 in Hopkins Co., Kentucky
    5. Has Children Stewart Charles HANKS (Doctor,MD) b: 19 Nov 1823 in Hopkins Co., Kentucky
    6. Has Children Elizabeth HANKS b: 24 May 1825 in Hopkins Co., Kentucky
    7. Has Children Caroline Clark HANKS b: 15 Apr 1827 in Hopkins Co., Kentucky
    8. Has No Children Robert Mansfield HANKS b: 19 Mar 1829 in Hopkins Co., Kentucky
    9. Has No Children Martha Ann HANKS b: 18 Jul 1831 in Hopkins Co., Kentucky
    10. Has No Children Eliza A. HANKS b: ABT 1837

    1. Title: Family History records of Mary (Teenie) Jacobs Steward
      Text: Data furnished by Mary Pauline Jacobs
    2. Title: Family History records of Paula Eubanks
      as received from GEDCOM file created 8 Sep 1999.
    3. Title: Temple Ready
      Author: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
      Data received from Temple Ready program while submitting name for ordinances
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