Saturday, November 13, 2010

Surname Saturday - Hankins

Albert Elvie Hankins and Isabella Jane Goodloe

Albert Elvie Hankins was born about 1838 in Hopkins County, Kentucky. He was the oldest son and second child of the 10 children born to Houston G. Hankins and Mary Weeks. 

Isabella Jane "Janie" Goodloe was born on 27 Jan 1838 in Hopkins County. She was the oldest of four children born to John Emerson and Eliza Ann Dobyns. By the time she was 11 years old her mother had died and her father had remarried. 

Albert and Janie were married on 24 Oct 1855 at her father's home in Hopkins County. In 1860 they were living next door to Albert's parent with the 1st two of their four children. Albert enlisted in the 8th Kentucky Confederate Infantry on 18 Oct 1861 in Hopkinsville in neighboring Christian County. As of 1 Aug 1862 he was "absent at home in Kentucky without leave" according to muster records. It's unclear exactly what happened to Albert. According to one of his granddaughters, he was wounded in the hand in a battle in Hopkinsville in 1865 so he may have returned to his unit at some point. That same granddaughter told that Albert was found with a friend in a barn in the company of deserters, was accused of desertion and shot.

Regardless of how or when Albert died, Janie was left with four young children to raise. By 1870 they were living next to her father. She married again in 1874 but her second husband, Thomas Yates, probably died within a few years. She married for the third and last time in 1879. Her third husband was Thomas DeVault and they apparently adopted a daughter at some point between 1880 and 1900. Sixteen year old Bessie Walker was listed with them in the 1900 census as an adopted daughter. In Janie's obituary a few years later Bessie's surname was listed as DeVault but nothing further is known about her.

Janie died on 23 Jul 1905 in Hopkins County of Malaria. She was buried there in Grapevine Cemetery. Albert's burial place remains unknown.

Children of Albert and Janie:
John Houston was born on 24 Aug 1856 in Hopkins County. He married Martha A. E. "Mattie Clements there on 20 Nov 1879 and they had six children. John was a farmer and operated several mills in western Kentucky. He also served as Sheriff of Hopkins County. John died on 10 Jun 1938 in Providence, Webster County, Kentucky and was buried in Odd Fellows Cemetery in Hopkins County.

Thomas Leander "Lee" was born on 13 Jun 1858 in Hopkins County. He married Samantha Angeline Petty on 14 May 1879 and they had seven children. Lee worked as a farmer and was also a Baptist minister. Lee died on 23 Apr 1929 in Hopkins County and was buried in Grapevine Cemetery.

James W. was born on 25 Jul 1860 in Hopkins County. He 1st married Mary J. Combs on 6 Apr 1883 then married Almeda Smith on 1 Aug 1889. Jim worked as a coal miner. He and Almeda had one daughter but she had a son from a previous marriage who went by Hankins. Jim died on 15 Mar 1930 in Providence and was buried in Grapevine Cemetery.

Mary Madore "Mollie" was born on 10 Mar 1863 in Hopkins County. She married Henry T. Clements on 8 Dec 1885 and they had one daughter. Mollie died on 7 Feb 1939 in Hopkins County and was buried in Grapevine Cemetery.

Albert and Janie were my 2nd great-grandparents through their son, Thomas Leander. Click on the links above for sources and additional information. If you have a connection to this family, leave a comment or e-mail me.

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