Calling any relatives of any Dennis Hankins who is NOT Descended from Hankins-1129?

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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?!
WikiTree profile: Dennis Hankins
in Genealogy Help by Mark Hankins G2G1 (1.5k points)
edited by Mark Hankins

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Mark, this wont help directly with your question, but it moight give you some leads for further research. In the early 2000s, I knew a man named James William Hankins (1939?-2005). His father (no name, sorry) was half white, half Cherokee, who had a child by a full-blood Choctaw on the Mississippi reservation or nearby about. This unnamed father apparantly abandoned mother and son (don't know if they ever married), but he did father other children, some in Missouri. I never heard James say where his father was from, whether the North Carolina mountains or the Oklahoma reservation. Maybe this will lead you toward a Native-American connection.

Just some thoughts. Happy hunting!

by Pip Sheppard G2G Astronaut (2.2m points)
selected by Susan Laursen
Well, I do know this happened:

Because it was on the distaff side, the children wouldn't have been named Hankins, but I imagine it happened more often than "good families" cared to admit. Times and attitudes have changed, thankfully.
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My HANKINS FAMILY,  Daniel Grant Hankins, Jr.,  comes from Millvale, New Jersey.  Although he was born in Pittsburgh, PA.....  His grandfather,  Andrew Jackson Hankins  b. 1825 at Pleasant Mills, N. J., son of Richard Hankins and Louisa (Lovicy) Steelman.  These men were Glass Blowers and moved from New Jersey to Pennsylvania with the industry.

I find them intermarried with women from New Sweden, the Steelmans;  and the Wentworth's from New Hampshire.....    I do know that they were Quakers originally and then Methodists, however the name Dennis does not show anywhere in my research.  Also, I do find a matching commonality between some of my Hankins  and other Hankinson's.......

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by Evelyn McKelvey G2G6 Mach 1 (15.8k points)
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I have something interesting. If you do this search on Hannah Hankins you get about eleven of them at the moment. Of interest is that you get them in New Jersey, in Virginia among Hankinsses believed to have come from New Jersey, and in South Carolina, among my line:

Hannah isn't a terribly uncommon name, but unlike say "John" its use is enough to suggest a connection.
by Mark Hankins G2G1 (1.5k points)
It turns out Quakers followed a fairly rigid set of rules when it came to naming their kids. This was bound to break down as families fell away from quakerism, but it can help guide scholarship where parentage is in doubt: analyze the birth order of the children and their names for clues as to who their parents might be. Monmouth was a Quaker community, so Hankinses descended from them carried their names along with them for a time.

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