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Peter Hanks (abt. 1673 - abt. 1733)

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Peter Hanks
Born about in Anne Arundel, Marylandmap
Husband of — married in St Annes Parish, Anne Arundel, MD, USAmap
Died about in Annapolis, Anne Arundel, Maryland, United Statesmap
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"Peter was a carpenter & cooper (barrel maker) by trade."[1]

See also Beth Johnson's narrative.[2]

Vital (various versions of the truth from merged profiles)

While it has not been proven beyond doubt that Peter is the son of Thomas and Elizabeth, DNA evidence overwhelmingly supports the fact that he is at least a relative of Thomas -- whether son, grandson nephew or cousin is a matter for traditional genealogical research.


  • abt 1683 in Rappahannock River, VA[3]
  • 1670, VA[4] Note, Virignia listed. This, if true, would support his supposed parents.
  • 1673, Anne Arundel, MD[5]
  • 1682[6]
  • 1682, Ann Arundal Co., MD[7]


  • Thomas Hanks[8]
  • Thomas Hanks (b. before 1630; d. 1674 perhaps) was born in Wiltshire County, England.[9]
  • Robert Hanks[10] This bears investigation


  • Elizabeth (maiden name unknown)[11] If he is the son of Thomas, this isn't really up for debate here. Thomas' profile concludes his wife was Elizabeth Lee.


  • "There is a record of the marriage of Peter Hanks and Mary Beez in [a record at] St. Ann's Parish of Anne Arundle Co., Md."[12] Several sources concur.[13][14][15]


  • "[In the record at St. Anne's Parish], children of this marriage are listed as Lydia, William, Elinor,and Peter. This record also includes their dates of birth."[16]
  • Lydia (b. 1704), William (b. 1707), Elinor (b. 1709) and Peter (b. 1711)[17]
  • Lydia Hanks (b. 25 Sep 1704, Anne Arundel, MD), William "The Quaker" Hanks (b. 25 Jul 1707, St. Anne's Parish, Annapolis), Eleanor Hanks (b. 10 Jul 1709, St. Anne's Parish, Annapolis), Peter Hanks, II (b. 1711, d. 1733) (no citation)


  • "Peter drew his will on April 1, 1733, died April 10, 1733. His will was probated on July 24, 1733 at Annapolis, MD. The inventory listed 11 head of cattle,2 mares, 4 sheep, household and kitchen utensils and other ordinary items. Deborah Brown"[18] Two other sources concur.[19][20]

Working Notes

Beth Johnson's tree has quite a few specific facts which may be of interest.

In general, family trees have sometimes cited sources without sufficient specificity to tie specific source to specific claims. They should be directly consulted and cited (and/or their citations followed). These include:

  • Baber, Barbara. Hanks Historical Review. Middletown, OH: Hanks Historical Review, 1991. Internet resource.
  • Baber, Adin. Nancy Hanks: Of Undistinguished Families; a Genealogical, Biographical, and Historical Study of the Ancestry of the Mother of Abraham Lincoln. Kansas, Ill: The author, 1959. Print. Pp. 216-219, 220-221, 225-226, 263-265, 227-229
  • Baber, Adin. The Hanks Family Legacy, 1643-1889: Biographical and Historical Sketches, Traditions of Early Professional, Industrial and Commercial Pursuits : with Some Account of Civil War Participation and Abraham Lincoln Policies. Kansas, Ill: Privately published by the author, 1962. Print. Pp. 17-23, 100-110
  • Baber, Adin. The Hanks Family of Virginia and Westward: A Genealogical Record from the Early 1600s, Including Charts of Families in Arkansas, the Carolinas, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Missouri, Oklahoma, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Texas. Kansas, Ill: privately printed by the author; Sold exclusively by A.H. Clark Co., Glendale, Calif, 1965. Print. Pp. 252, 253, 256-257
  • Wright, F. Edward. Anne Arundel County Church Records of the 17th and 18th Centuries. Family Line Publications, Westminster, MD, 1989, 1994. Pp. 70. This may be in regards to the following notations in Beth Johnson's tree: "Liber 13, folio 122", "Vol. 11, Liber 20, page 807", "20: 807", "Liber 18, folio 185"
  • Maryland Genealogical Society Bulletin. Vol 26 No 1, Winter 1985. Baltimore: Maryland Genealogical Society, 1973-2007. Print.



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DNA Connections
It may be possible to confirm family relationships with Peter by comparing test results with other carriers of his Y-chromosome or his mother's mitochondrial DNA. However, there are no known yDNA or mtDNA test-takers in his direct paternal or maternal line. It is likely that these autosomal DNA test-takers will share DNA with Peter:

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On August 7, 2015 at 02:05GMT Daphne Maddox wrote:

Peter's will is transcribed here.

On December 2, 2014 at 21:04GMT Robin Lee wrote:

URM sent, will work this family

On December 2, 2014 at 21:04GMT Robin Lee wrote:

URM sent, will work this family

On December 2, 2014 at 21:03GMT Robin Lee wrote:

URM sent, will work this family

On May 2, 2014 at 20:16GMT Robin Lee wrote:

There may be some issues with this profile and the mother. They were born in the same year.

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