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Thomas Hankins, of Crooked Run Creek

Also Known As: "Thomas Hankins of Monmouth"
Birthdate: (44)
Birthplace: New Hanover Township, Monmouth County, New Jersey, Colonial America
Death: April 5, 1748 (44)
Crooked Run Creek, Frederick County, Virginia, Colonial America
Place of Burial: Opequon, Frederick County, Virginia, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of John Hankins and Elizabeth Jane Hankins
Husband of Mary Hankins
Father of David Hankins; Thomas Hankins; Richard Hankins; William Hankins, Sr.; Joseph Hankins, Sr. and 1 other

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About Thomas Hankins, of Crooked Run Creek

Thomas Hankins' (b. ca 1700/09) father was John Hankins who came to New Jersey from Westchester Plantation, New York. Thomas Hankins will is located at Bk l, p. 167, Frederick Co., VA where he appoints widow, Mary, as Admx.

Thomas and Mary's marriage license reads: "Thomas Hankins of Monmouth", and is recorded at Trenton, New Jersey.

Recorded in Deed Book 24, page 245 of Frederick County, Virginia is the following deed.

"This indenture made the sixth day of October in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and ninety-five between JANE HANKINS, ABEL HANKINS and DEBORAH his wife the said Jane being of the county of Frederic and State of Virginia and said Abel of North Carolina of the one part and ASA CLEVENGER of the other part. Witnessed that for and in consideration of the sum of one hundred and two pounds current money of Virginia to the said Jane and Abel Hankins in hand paid by the said Asa Clevenger.....the said JANE HENKEN, ABEL HENKEN and DEBORAH his wife have granted unto Asa Clevenger and his heirs all that dividend Frederick County and State of Virginia....sixty-five acres, two roads and twenty-six squaw perches and is a part of a larger tract of three hundred and fifty-nine acres formerly conveyed by Thomas Branson to THOMAS HENKINS grandfather to the said Abel by deed of lease and Release bearing date the twenty first and second days of January one thousand seven hundred and twenty-nine and by the said THOMAS HENKINS devised to WILLIAM HENKIN father of the said Abel and by said William devised to said Abel at least a full third part of what remained of the afore said entire tract of three hundred and fifty-nine acres over and above a parcel thereof conveyed by said WILLIAM HENKIN in his lifetime to JOHN SHARP which said tract or dividend of sixty-five acres.....marked corner to the original entire tract the same being also a corner to the lands of Col. Thomas Bryan Martin. Witnesses: Samuel Kercheval, Asa Hankins, Christopher Smith, Jacob Clevenger. Signed by Jane Henkin and Abel Henkin.

The deed of Thomas Branson to Thomas Henken was executed in 1739 according to Orange County Order Book. Frederick County formed from Orange County. This is a very important deed as it proves Thomas Hankins was the father of William and the grandfather of Abel. It also proved the Hankins family lived in Virginia before moving to Tennessee. The Wautauga settlement of Kentucky, where John Franklin Hankins' bio said the family lived, was formed from Virginia. The deed said Abel lived in North Carolina. Tennessee was formed from North Carolina, so all these facts could agree.


(This info was gleaned from a Rootsweb entry dated 2001 made by a Ted. Very interesting info including modern day locations and directions to some of the historic locations.)

The first part is Hankins info. See the bottom half for modern day locations information including Crooked Run, land of Lord Fairfax, etc.


Hankins Info

I have run across several records pertaining to your Hankins family while

researching our NATION, SHARP, and LOVE families. Probably you have these but

will copy a few anyway:

Thomas Branson of Orange Co. to Thomas HENKINS of same - 359 acres on branch

of Sharrando River called Crooked Run - granted 3 Oct. 1734 to Thomas

Branson. Proved by Joist Hite and Thomas Chester..

Note: Thomas HANKINS was married to Mary Clevenger 1728 in Monmouth Co. NJ

Mary HANKINS Bond Administration: Widow of Thomas HANKINS dated 5 April

1748. Mary HANKINS, Peter Woolf, and John NATION bound.

WILL of Wm. HANKINS dated 25 Feb. 1782, proven 4 June 1782 Frederick Co. VA.

Names sons Richard, Abel, Moses, William (eldest), Asa, and Amases. Wife

Jane. Witness: Abraham Cleavinger & John SHARP

Jane HANKINS was apparently the sister of two of our ancestors per 1762

Frederick Co. Will of Thomas SHARP. Names daughters Rebecca Churchman,

Elizabeth NATION, Sarah LOVE, Ann Haines, Jane HANKINS, Mary Ramey, and Mary

Frazier. Son Thomas SHARP JR, Witness: Robert Haines, Peter Woolf, William


31 Oct. 1771 Richard and Deborah HANKINS sell to Robert Hains 181 acres on

Crooked Run .

Oct. 1789 Joseph and Ann HANKINS to Thomas Churchman

27 July 1780 William and Jane HANKINS to John SHARP 146 acres being part of a

tract of 359 acres .

6 April 1801 Asa and Ann HANKINS sell to Asa Clevenger part of tract devised

by Wm. HANKINS to sons Asa, Abel, and Amos.

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Locations Info--

There is a map in the book "The Fairfax Proprietory" which shows the the lots

sold along Crooked Run by Thomas Lord Fairfax. The majority of Crooked Run

appears to still be in Frederick Co. but very close to the border of Clarke

Co. Asa HANKINS is shown owning lot # 36. John NATION owned lots # 38 and 39.

which bordered Lord Fairfax's Greenway Court.

We live in Dallas but visited Frederick Co. VA last spring and attempted to

locate John NATION's land and spring. If you travel north from Front Royal on

highway 340 you will be paralleling Crooked Run on your left . If you proceed

to Double Toll Gate and turn left on #277 then right on #636 for about a mile

you will be within a stones throw of Asa Hankins land. Thomas Lord Fairfax's

Court is a few miles south of White Post (a couple of miles east of Double

Toll Gate). Although I am sure it is not the original, a large white sign

post still stands in the middle of the highway which directed travelers to

Lord Fairfax's land.

Should you get up to that area, I would heartily recommend a trip to the

Warren Heritage Society in Front Royal. We stayed at a Bed & Breakfast almost

next door to their archives. Anne Beverly Kerr is the archivist and she lives

in the White Post area. She directed us right to NATION's Spring Road. She is

super helpful.

Sorry that I could not help with the location of a grave but since almost all

of these early settlers were Quakers from NJ, I would bet they are buried at

the old Crooked Run Meeting House.

Good luck, Ted

Crooked Run (or Creek) is just 2 miles Southeast of Stephens City in present

day Frederick County, VA. It joins Stephens Run/Creek. I have a hard copy

map showing Crooked Creek if you need it. Was your name perhaps spelled

Hawkins (?Hankins?) back then? I just visited this land while researching Zebulon and

Jane Tharp. I believe ol' Zeb sold some land to Hawkins...I will check my


The FindAGrave memorial has Thomas Hankins' birth year as 1700 (vs. 1705) and father as William (vs. Thomas). It also has photo of marriage certificate.

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Thomas Hankins, of Crooked Run Creek's Timeline

New Hanover Township, Monmouth County, New Jersey, Colonial America
Age 26
Monmouth, New Jersey
Age 27
Monmouth, New Jersey
March 1733
Age 29
Monmouth County, New Jersey, Colonial America
Age 30
Monmouth, New Jersey
Age 31
Monmouth, New Jersey
Age 36
Burlington Township, Burlington, New Jersey
April 5, 1748
Age 44
Frederick County, Virginia, Colonial America
April 5, 1748
Age 44
Opequon, Frederick County, Virginia, United States