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Joseph Hanks and Ann (Nancy) Lee
Posted by: Nancy Royce Date: September 14, 2000 at 08:56:41
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JOSEPH HANKS, son of John and Catherine Hanks, was born 20 Dec 1725 (NFP Register Richmond Co., Va.). On 6 Aug 1764 (OB 15) William Peachy agst. Joseph Hanks for 2 pounds dismissed. On 9 Aug 1769 (OB 17) Joseph Hanks witness for Billington McCarty eight days. Joseph Hanks married Anne Lee, daughter of William Lee of Richmond Co. prior to Apr 1769 for on that date the estate of William Lee dec'd. paid him for his legacy bequeathed to his wife by Elizabeth Taylor dec'd. (Account Book #1 p. 547). On 5 July 1773 (OB 19) Joseph Hanks agst. Francis Webb. There is no proof that this is the same Joseph who was the son of John and Catherine Hanks, however, there is no other Joseph Hanks of record in Richmond Co. at this time. On 8 Apr 1783 (Richmond Co. OB 18) Archibald Ritchie vs. Thomas Hanks def. Hanks having privately removed himself out of county (where did he go???), attachment of his (Thomas Hanks) estate in the hands of Joseph Hanks who appeared and was sworn saying he had the defendants proportion of his mother Catherine Hanks estate and no more. On 5 Apr 1785 (OB 19) Joseph Hanks vs. Richard Beale and Griffin Fauntleroy debt..."This day came as well the plaintiff by his attorney and the defendants in their proper person" and say they owe the debt. The NFP Registers list Betty Hanks daughter of Joseph and Ann Hanks born 4 Mar 1771.

There is some question as to whether the Joseph Hanks of Hampshire Co. Va. was the same as the Joseph Hanks of Richmond Co. The records do not give enough information to be positive about this point. However, Peter Lee a brother of Anne (Nancy) Lee Hanks, was in Hampshire Co. about the same time. Mark Lee, another brother, was nearby in Maryland and went to Kentucky with Clarks expedition c. 1780. Later both Peter and Mark Lee were in Nelson Co., Ky. at the same time as Joseph Hanks. Peter and Mark Lee had a brother John Lee and I have wondered if the John Lee who sold land to Joseph Hanks was this same John. I am convinced that the Joseph Hanks who died in 1793 in Nelson Co., Ky. is the same Joseph Hanks as the one who married Nancy (Anne) Lee in Richmond Co., VA. based on the following:

In St. Martin Parish, Louisiana the marriage of Charles Hanks and Christina Hartgreve states "Charles Heinks of Richmond Co., Va., resident of La. 7 years, son of Joseph Heinks and Ana Lies, age 27 years, single to Christina Hartgreve married 1 February 1798." The Louisiana records show Charles Hanks as being from Kentucky in some of the christening records of his children. Mississippi and Louisiana records show Mark Lee, uncle to Charles Hanks, in Natchez in 1789 and La. in 1790. Peter Lee, brother of Mark, was in Natchez in 1796 and later in La. Christening records in La. of the children of both Peter Lee and Mark Lee show that some of them were born in Va. and some in Ky. Peter Lee's parents were listed as William Lee and Marie Thanton of Richmond Co., Va. Both Peter and Mark Lee were in Mercer Co. and Nelson Co., Ky. The Nelson Co., Ky. tax lists of 1787 have Joseph Hanks and William Hanks together, 1788 is Joseph Hanks and William and Charlie Hanks, 1791 Joseph Hanks and William Hanks, 1792 Joseph Hanks and William Hanks listed separately, and William Hanks is listed for 1793, 1794, 1799. On 2 Sept 1798 in Nelson Co. William Hanks married Elizabeth Hall. The will of Joseph Hanks in Nelson Co. (WBA, p. 102) dated 8 Jan 1793 and probated 14 May 1793 names wife Nanny and children Thomas, Joshua, William, Charles, Joseph, Elizabeth, Polly, and Nancy. Charles Hanks was already in Louisiana in 1793. Thomas and Joshua were apparently not living in Ky. as there are no records of them. Joseph Jr's children and grandchildren have a family tradition of Joseph going to a brother (Joshua) in Va. and returning to Ky.

The Revolutionary War Pension Record of Thomas Hanks of Logan Co., Ohio 31 July 1833 at age 74 states he was drafted in Hampshire Co. in the fall of 1780, served two three-month tours, served two months in the winter of 1781 under Cpt. Isaac Person and Major Vincent Williams, returned to Hampshire Co. and continued to reside there till 1800 when he removed to Ross Co., Ohio and a few years since to Logan Co. and was born in Virginia in 1759.

Records in Hampshire Co., WVA.
1782 Tax List - Peter Lee 1white tithe, Joseph Hanks 1 wt, William Lee 1 wt.
1782 Census - List of Vincent Williams - William Lee 9w, Joseph Hanks 11w, W William Sage 13, Felix Doran 11. List of Okey Johnson includes Peter Lee 7 whites.
1783 Tax List - William Lee 1w over 21, 1 w under 21on Vincent Williams list, Peter Lee 1white over 21 on Okey Johnsons list,
1784 Census - List of Okey Johnson does not have PeterLee and there is no list for Vincent Williams
1784 Tax List - William Lee 1w over 21 on Vincent Williams list, and same for 1785.
1786 William Lee is on Vincent Williams list which is recorded in Hardy Co., WVA
DB6, p. 168 - Indenture 9 Mar 1784 JOSEPH HANKS of Hampshire Co. to Peter Putman land on Mikie Run, a drain of Patterson Creek...cont. 108 ac. and proved 9 Nov 1784 by Philip Baker.
West Virginians in the American Revolution by Ross B. Johnson - Thomas Hanks born 1759 Va. died Logan Co., Ohio, resided Hampshire Co., Va. till 1800, then moved to Ross Co., Ohio etc. (This is supposed to be the son of Joseph and Anne of Nelson Co.)

From:       Lineage of Lincoln by Barton
Nelson Co. Court Suit 1811 Zachariah Riley agst. Benedict Compton The contract made by John Lee to Joseph Hanks in 1787 was endorsed by the widow, Anne Hanks and her son Joseph to Joseph's older brother William Hanks in 1794. Know...I John Lee of Nelson Co., Va. bound to Joseph Hanks of same for sum of 100 pounds dated 28 Feb 1787.....condition of obligation....John Lee do make to above named Joseph Hanks a good and lawful deed as soon as deed can be obtained from Joseph Barnett for the tract whereon John Lee now lives cont. 150 ac...I do sign over all my right and title to above bond to William Hanks 10 Jan 1794 and signed Joseph Hanks and Ann Hanks (Does anyone have this record in the original or know where to find it?)

William Hanks married Elizabeth Hall 1798 Nelson Co. Ky. Charles Hanks married Chritina Hargraves 1798 St. Martin Parish La., Joseph Hanks marrried Mary Young 1810 Hardin Co. Ky., Elizabeth Hanks married Thomas Sparrow 1796 Mercer Co. Ky., Mary Hanks married Jesse Friend 1795 Hardin Co. Ky. and Nancy Hanks married Levi Hall.

There are so many questions unanswered about the genealogy of Nancy Hanks Lincoln that I find it difficult to agree with any of the present theories regarding her family. Besides there are so many theories that I wouldn't know which one to support.


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