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John Hanks, I

Birthdate:
Birthplace: North Farnham Parish, Richmond County, Virginia
Death: Died in Richmond County, Virginia
Immediate Family:

Son of William J. Hanks, II and Sarah White
Husband of Catherine Hanks
Father of William Hanks; Eleanor Dodson; Elizabeth Woolard; Catherine Hanks; Sarah Hanks and 5 others
Brother of William J. Hanks, Jr.; Elizabeth Hanks; Luke Hanks, I; Peter Hanks; Mary Hanks and 1 other
Half brother of Hester Mills

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About John Hanks, I

John Hanks was the youngest son of William and Sarah Hanks, who was between the ages of 11-15, needing a guardian, when his father passed in 1704

He married Catherine in June 1713. all nine of their children were born at North Farnham parish.

  • William, born March 18th, 1714,
  • Eleanor , born on March 18th, 1717
  • Elizabeth, oct. 18th, 1720
  • Catherine, born on Oct. 4th, 1721
  • Sarah Hanks, born on April 7th, 1723
  • Joseph, born on Dec. 20th, 1725 and is Nancy Hanks Lincolns grandfather
  • John, born on May 4th, 1728
  • Thomas, born on July 1st, 1732
  • Alexander, born on Dec. 2nd. 1734.

(as described by Vicky Paulson, 2012)


John Hanks was born between 1687 and 1690 in Richmond County, Virginia.3,1 He was the son of William Hanks I and Sarah Woodbridge or Byrd.2 John Hanks married Catharine Hanks circa 1712.4,5 John Hanks died circa 1740 in Richmond County, Virginia.5

John Hanks was a beneficiary of the estate of William Hanks I on 2 May 1705 in Virginia. The estate was divided into four equal parts going to Sarah and the three sons, William, Luke and John. Among other things, "William received the carpenter and cooper tools; Luke received two looking glasses and a case of pistols; and John received much cloth, including 'penniston,' a coarse suiting used by foresters, as well as a set of wedges." Baber wrote that this obviously showed "Luke and John were woodsmen and felled the trees and their elder brother William worked them up into lumber and houses."6

John and Catharine had ten children including Joseph and John, all born in Richmond County, Virginia. They were William b. 8 March 1715, d. after 1782 in Lancaster County, Virginia; Eleanor b. 18 March 1717, d. after 1782; Elizabeth b. 18 October 1720, d. after Feb 1788 and bef 1 December 1788; Sarah, b. 7 April 1723, d. before 1782; Catharine, b. 4 October 1723, prematurely died as infant; Catharine, b. 20 December 1725, twin of Joseph, died a spinster after 1782; Thomas b. 1 July 1732, d. after 1784; and Alexander b. 2 December 1734, d. 16 September 1776 at 41 years of age. He was a private in Capt. Burges Ball's Company of the 5th Virginia Regiment of Foot under the command of Lt. Col. Josiah Parker when he died.5,1

John Hanks and Catherine Hanks are shown in 1717 to be ordered by Sheriff a summons to the next Court with a group of others "for not going to Church for one month past last." In 1737 there is a summons to Court of John Hanks to "show cause why their children should not be bound out according to Law." And in August 1740 [perhaps at or around the time John died] the Court ordered that the Sheriff summon to Court Catherine Hanks to show cause why her children should not be bound out by the church wardens as the law direct


  • Page 308 of Nancy Hanks, of undistinguished families; a genealogical, biographical, and historical study of the ancestry of the mother of Abraham Lincoln ..by Baber, Adin Published 1960
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John Hanks, I's Timeline

1681
November 2, 1681
Richmond County, Virginia
1714
March 18, 1714
Age 32
Richmond, Virginia, United States
1717
March 18, 1717
Age 35
North Farnham Parish, Richmond County, Province of Virginia
1720
October 18, 1720
Age 38
North Farnham Parish, Richmond County, Province of Virginia
1721
October 4, 1721
Age 39
Richmond, Virginia
1723
April 7, 1723
Age 41
Richmond, Virginia
1725
December 20, 1725
Age 44
North Farnham Parish, Richmond County, Province of Virginia
December 20, 1725
Age 44
Richmond County, Virginia
1728
May 4, 1728
Age 46
Richmond, Virginia, Colonial America