The Hankins family tree in the Southeast hits a dead-end at Dennis Hankins, Sr. b. approx 1710 d. approx. 1740 from Craven, SC. He seems to have been born in the colonies, but who knows?
Our family legend holds that three brothers came over from Glasgow, Scotland. Since Hankinses are as rare as hen's teeth in Scotland even today, I'm working from the assumption that the line goes back to Dymock and that Glasgow was merely a port of departure, chosen for whatever reason seemed good at the time. I'm also working from the assumption that the other two brothers were not casualties en route or almost instantly on arrival, because I believe that would also be family legend.
If there are other lines (like the N.J., Virginia, etc. ones) riddled with Dennises we might have the other two brothers naming children after their absent brother or uncle. Could it be that two of the brothers joined established Hankinses in other colonies with our patriarch making his own way to the Carolinas? That might leave late-coming Hankinses up north whose lines seemingly dead-end, or at least who have no stateside parents long after other nearby Hankinses were multiplying away.
A lot of folks just build out their own lines on here, but they may have seen Dennis keep popping up as an ancestor's brother or uncle or son without having actually entered him into Wikitree. I know that after taking many of my lines back more or less as far as they will go I am circling back to fleshing out those generations with other individuals I ignored previously.
So if you're NOT descended from THAT Dennis, how 'bout helping another line find its way all the way back to Dymock?!