Sgt. Ebenezer Joseph Hanks

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Sgt. Ebenezer Joseph Hanks

Birthplace: Greenwich, Washington County, New York, United States
Death: April 04, 1884 (69)
Hanksville, Wayne County, Utah, United States
Place of Burial: Hanksville, Wayne County, Utah, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Joseph Hanks and Almira Ann Hanks
Husband of Jane Wells Hanks and Sarah Jane Hanks
Father of Martha Catherine Frederick Hanks; Albert Hanks; Almira Ann McDougal; Jane Allie Sylvester; Ebenezer Joseph Hanks and 8 others
Brother of Jane M. Watson; Ann Hanks; Mary Hanks; Abigail Hanks; Cornelius Kennedy Hanks and 5 others

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About Sgt. Ebenezer Joseph Hanks

Wikipedia Biographical Summary:

"...Ebenezer Hanks (1815-1884) was an early California settler during the gold rush of 1849. Hanks was born on 11 February 1815 in Argyle, Washington County, New York to Joseph Hanks and Almira Kennedy. Ebenezer grew up in the nearby small towns of Greenwich and Salem, northeast of Albany, New York. Joseph had fought in the War of 1812 and was a prosperous farmer and tavern keeper. Joseph was also described as a rough and profane man. At age 16, Ebenezer left home after a family quarrel and never returned to live at home. At the age 23, he was elected the town collector of Salem and in February 1839, moved to Adams County, Illinois, along the Mississippi River. On 27 October of that year he married his first wife, Jane Wells Cooper..."

"...In 1841, the young couple had befriended many of the Mormons who were being driven from Missouri and Illinois. It was then that they converted to the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, but continued to remain in Adams County. They pulled up stakes and moved west in 1846. Both Ebenezer and Jane joined the Mormon Battalion, the only religious unit in American military history. He was a 3rd Sergeant, while she enlisted as a cook and washerwoman. Ebenezer also became the champion wrestler in their company..."

"...The Hanks’ made their way to California for the 1849 gold rush and made out quite well. Ebenezer played an important role in the settling of San Bernardino, California in the early 1850s. He ran a freighting business between Los Angeles and Salt Lake City. It was this work that attracted the interest and investment of George Hearst, father of William Randolph Hearst. Jane Wells Cooper was unable to bare children. This was one of the main reasons that Ebenezer and Jane decided to enter into polygamy, with the permission and blessing of Brigham Young..."

"...They returned to Utah and on 22 January 1860, Ebenezer married his second wife, Sarah Jane Casper, thus practicing polygamy. Sarah was 15 years old. He soon became a prosperous merchant with stores in Provo, Parowan, and Beaver. Parowan and Beaver are in southern Utah. On 11 February 1861, his 46th birthday, he became mayor of Provo. Being caught up with his own personal business ventures, he was unable to fill his civic duties and after only five months in office, his political career came to an end. He resigned on 6 July 1861..."

"...Following his resignation, he played a key role in the early cotton industry in Utah’s southern area, known as Dixie. In late 1861, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints President, Brigham Young, persuaded Ebenezer to move his two wives and daughter to Iron County and build a cotton factory at Parowan. Brigham Young was his partner in this endeavor. It was the first cotton factory in the West and on 26 February 1862, produced the first ball of yarn west of the Mississippi River..."

"...On 12 June 1869, he became the president of the Great Western Iron Mining and Manufacturing Company. He was also on the Board of Directors. He was then chosen to be the first Probate Judge of Piute county and left his position at the iron company. He resigned from this judiciary position in 1871. In 1882, he and his family moved to Wayne County where, with several others, was instrumental in building the little community of Graves Valley, later renamed Hanksville. Ebenezer, along with his son Ebenezer Jr. and another Hanksville pioneer, Charles Gould, surveyed two canals. These canals are still in use today..."

SOURCE: Wikipedia contributors, 'Ebenezer Hanks', Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, 21 May 2012, 19:29 UTC, <> [accessed 8 June 2012]


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Sgt. Ebenezer Joseph Hanks's Timeline

February 11, 1815
Greenwich, Washington County, New York, United States
Age 29
March 9, 1858
Age 43
April 1, 1862
Age 47
Parowan, Iron, UT, United States
January 29, 1864
Age 48
Parowan, Iron, Utah, United States
October 10, 1865
Age 50
November 8, 1867
Age 52
Parowan, UT, United States
March 24, 1870
Age 55
Hurricane, UT, United States