Saturday, February 19, 2011

Surname Saturday - Hankins

Houston G. Hankins and Mary Weeks

Houston G. Hankins was born about 1811 in Hopkins County, Kentucky and grew up there. He was the son of Barnabas Hankins and Sarah Fox. His grandfathers fought in the Revolutionary War but from different states (John Hankins from Virginia, Titus Fox from North Carolina) and then both settled in Hopkins County in the early 1800's.

Mary "Polly" Weeks was born about 1816 in Ohio but her family moved to Livingston County, Kentucky around 1820. She was the third of six children born to James Weeks and Delinda Younger. Polly's father died when she was about 11 years old and her mother later remarried. The family may have lived back and forth between Pope County, Illinois and Livingston County since her father's estate was settled in Livingston County in 1827, her mother married Elisha Shaw in Pope County in 1831 and Polly married in Livingston County in 1833. 

Houston and Polly were married on 17 Jul 1833 in Livingston County. The bondsman was Polly's step-father and her mother gave consent. Houston and Polly had 10 children. Census records for 1840, 1850 and 1860 show them living in Hopkins County so it appears that they lived there all of that time, however, that may not be accurate. Their 7 year old son, Madison, was listed in the 1850 census as born in Illinois. Ten years later he was listed as born in Kentucky so it's unclear which is actually correct.

Houston died on 16 Nov 1861 in Christian County, Kentucky but his death was recorded in Hopkins County so he was apparently still living there. Polly also died sometime before 1870 - at least she hasn't been located in the 1870 census. Burial places for Houston and Polly are not known.

Houston and Polly's children:
Mary Elizabeth was born in 1837 in Hopkins County. She married Albert G. Browning on 6 Jan 1859 in Hopkins County. They had four children and Mary died in 1901. She was buried in Grapevine Cemetery in Hopkins County.

Albert Elvie was born about 1838 in Hopkins County. He married Isabella Jane Goodloe there on 24 Oct 1855. They had four children and Albert died between 1863 and 1870. His burial place is unknown.

Angelina was born about 1839 in Hopkins County. She married James Lovan there on 11 Sep 1861. They had at least one child but nothing further is known about Angelina.

Josephine was born about 1841 in Hopkins County. She married Thomas B. Davis there on 18 Sep 1860. Nothing further is known about her.

Madison was born about 1843 in either Hopkins County or Illinois. Nothing further is known about him.

Eliza Louisa was born about 1844 in Hopkins County. She married Lewis H. Davis there on 4 Nov 1863. Nothing further is known about her.

Martha was born about 1847 in Hopkins County. She married John T. Bailey there on 26 Mar 1867. They had at least one child but nothing further is known about Martha.

Linn Boyd was born about 1849 in Hopkins County. Nothing further is known about him.

Ella Hankins was born about 1853 in Hopkins County. Nothing further is known about him.

James was born about 1855 in Hopkins County. Nothing further is known about him.


Houston and Polly were my 3rd great-grandparents through their son, Albert. For sources and additional information, click on the links above. If you have a connection to this family, leave a comment here or e-mail me


3 comments:

  1. Do you have any slave records for the Fox family? My family are Mason, Strader and Fox from the same area.

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  2. Kathleen, I don't have any slave records or know if they had slaves but I don't have a copy of Titus Fox's will yet. I have his father, James Fox's will and it doesn't mention slaves. James had some other sons in the area too. When I find Titus' will, I'll the the brothers' wills as well and let you know.

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  3. That should say "I'll check the brothers' wills. . . "

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