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Abner Hanks

Birthplace: N Farnum Parish, Richmond, Virginia, Colonial America
Death: Died in Nineveh, Johnson, Indiana, United States
Place of Burial: Trafalgar, Johnson, Indiana, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of John Hanks, Jr. and Susannah Ann Hanks
Husband of Mary Elizabeth "Molly" Hanks (Dale); Elizabeth Hanks; Frances Hanks; Sarah Hanks and Sally Shouse
Father of Matilda Anthony; Thomas Hanks; Susannah Hanks; Mary Mills; Elizabeth 'Betsy' Hanks and 12 others
Brother of George Hanks; John Hanks, III and Elijah Hanks

Managed by: Marsha Gail (Kamish) Veazey
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About Abner Hanks

Abner and his father served in the Revolutionary War.

Was married 6 times and had 21 children.

Abner was the first white settler of Ninevah Twp. in Johnson Co., IN (now NW Indianapolis)


Abner Hanks was born in 1763 in Richmond County, Virginia.1,2 He was the son of John Hanks Jr and Susannah Hanks.1 Abner Hanks married Mary Dale circa 1787. Mary most likely was the daughter of Thomas Dale and Alse Dodson.3,4,5 Abner Hanks died on 5 September 1846 in Johnson County, Indiana. He is buried in Lick Spring Cemetery.1,6

Abner was a first cousin, once removed, of Nancy Hanks, the mother of Abraham Lincoln. His father, John Hanks, Jr. (b. 1728), was a brother of Nancy Hanks' grandfather, Joseph Hanks (b. 1725).

Abner was closely affiliated with the Jacob Utterback Family and moved from Woodford County, Kentucky with many of Jacob's children to Johnson County, Indiana, where he entered land in 1829, and where he married five (or six) times with an issue of 18 known children, five of whom married into the family of Jacob Utterback.1

During the Revolutionary War, Abner served three months in Captain George Harrison's Virginia Company. After his return home, he enlisted for a second time and served three months in Captain George Sisson's Virginia Company.7

A List of the Taxable property Within Precinct of Farnham taken by William Smith 1782 shows George Hanks, John Hanks, Samuel Woolard, and several Hammonds. The same list for 1783 shows John Hanks over 21 with Abner Hanks age 16-21. The 1784 list has John Hanks and Abner Hanks two white tithables. The 1785 list has John Hanks over 21 with Elijah Hanks over 16 and Abner Hanks over 21.8

In Richmond County OB 20, 10 August 1786 there is a petition for Isaac Alloway vs. Abner Hanks. A further case is listed 5 May 1788 of Eliza Barecroft agst. Abner Hanks.8

According to the "Roster of Revolutionary Ancestors," Abner's wives were first Elizabeth Dale in 1787; Mary circa 1807; Frances Melton in 1810; Sarah Goodman in 1821; and Nancy Boniface Shouse in 1832.

On the other hand the "Hanks Family" book says that he married six times: first Mary Dale, then Elizabeth Goodwin in Gallatin County, Kentucky on 9 May 1806. On 3 March 1812 he married Francis McEndre in Gallatin County, Kentucky, [...] he next married Sarah Goodman in 1821. On 18 November 1828 he is shown to have married Hannah Stewart in Henry County, Kentucky; and, lastly, he married Sally Shouse in Johnson County, Indiana on 20 August 1832.

At this point it's unclear which source is correct, but Abner's brother George married Elizabeth Dale so this might be where the mixup lies for the accounts naming Elizabeth Dale as Abner's wife.9,10

On 18 March 1834, Abner applied for a military pension in Johnson County, Indiana. He had enlisted in the military while living in Richmond County, Virginia. He was a member of the Virginia line of Hanks. His pension file number is S31729.11Abner was married six times and had a total of 21 children; I am related through his third wife, Frances McEndre. He was a Revolutionary War veteran.

Abner I was born in North Farnham, VA in 1763 and died in Nineveh, Johnson County, IN, in 1846, although he lived in Henry County, IN, for a time before moving to the latter place

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Abner Hanks's Timeline

Richmond, Virginia, Colonial America
Age 24
December 10, 1788
Age 25
Richmond, Virginia, United States
March 11, 1791
Age 28
Richmond County, Virginia, United States
August 22, 1793
Age 30
February 5, 1796
Age 33
Woodford, Kentucky, United States
July 6, 1798
Age 35
Woodford County, Kentucky, United States
February 15, 1800
Age 37
Woodford County, Kentucky, United States
April 20, 1802
Age 39
Woodford, Kentucky, United States
August 4, 1804
Age 41