ISO connection of a Luke Solomon Hankins born 1858 died 1921 Knox TN to my William A Hankins

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Need Help...   Looking for the connection of Ancestry DNA findings of a 2-3 cousin, Luke Solomon Hankins born 1858 died 1921 Knox Tn. His father is said to be William. I feel this is the connection I am searching for in finding my great grandfather's family.  William A (my great grandfather) born btw 1822-1832 born in TN died in 1910 MS.  stated he married 3x and had 21 children. We can only locate 2 wives as Catherine Shelton (part Native) and Emily Green. We find William and Catherine in 1870-1880 in Morgan and Franklin Counties.  W.A. was in Civil War and was living in Lawrence County Al according to his pension papers. If anyone can shed light on this limb of the Hankins family that would be great.  This could be our breakthrough.  Thanks, Bobbie Hankins Wigginton
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in Genealogy Help by Bobbie Wigginton G2G Rookie (160 points)

Dear Bobbie,

    Since there is not yet a profile I see that matches your great-grandfather William A Hankins, please confirm that this is him in the 1880 census in Alabama:

"United States Census, 1880," database with images, FamilySearch( : 26 August 2017), William A Hankins, Somerville, Morgan, Alabama, United States; citing enumeration district ED 263, sheet 56C, NARA microfilm publication T9 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.), roll 0027; FHL microfilm 1,254,027.

As the 13 and 9 year old children were born in Mississippi, you should look for the family there in 1870.  I will do some more looking now....

Hope this helps! -NGP

Hi Bobbie and welcome!

Trying to work backwards from Luke, I see a goodly amount of info.  Census records, marriage to Sarah Kennedy, birth maybe Tennessee, maybe Alabama. I have a feeling you know most of this already.  It would help a great deal if you create Luke's profile with everything you know about him.  Then we won't have to rediscover all of it before we can even start to help you.



Additionally, two men who died in Texas were reportedly children of William Albert & Catherine (Shelton) HANKINS.

"Texas Deaths, 1890-1976," database with images, FamilySearch( : 13 March 2018), William A Hankins in entry for Tom Frank Hankins, 17 May 1973; citing certificate number 36414, State Registrar Office, Austin; FHL microfilm 2,242,782. 

"Texas Deaths, 1890-1976," database with images, FamilySearch( : 13 March 2018), William Albert Hankins in entry for Tandy H Hankins, 01 Sep 1950; citing certificate number 43802, State Registrar Office, Austin; FHL microfilm 2,074,443.

Tom born about 1878;  Tandy born about 1885. Both born in Mississippi. -NGP

Yes, this is my great Uncles.
Yes, this is my William located in Somerville Alabama in 1880
It would help if I knew how Luke Solomon fit in with my William Hankins.   If anyone can help with this one, greatly appreciate it.

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Dear Bobbie,

Here are two records that seem to be Luke S. HANKINS:

"Tennessee, County Marriages, 1790-1950," database with images, FamilySearch( : 26 September 2017), Luke Hankins and Sarah E Kennedy, 27 May 1880; citing Knox, Tennessee, United States, Marriage, p. , Tennessee State Library and Archives, Nashville and county clerk offices from various counties; FHL microfilm 1,205,085.

Hope this helps. -NGP

by Nanette Pezzutti G2G6 Mach 7 (71.5k points)
Yes, but I don't know how he is a 2-3 cousin from my great grandfather, William .  This is where I am befuddled trying to find that connection.
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I built profiles for Luke, his wife Sarah, and three children (they probably had four more).  Other than the 1870 Census, where he had a younger brother named William A, I don't see anything to connect him to your line, Bobbie.  There's an Ancestry tree that says his parents were William H Hankins and Mary Stansbury, but of course it gives no sources for the parents.

by Herbert Tardy G2G6 Pilot (652k points)
Yes, and if you notice that William when you go seek Findagrave he has a different wife listed.  I am thinking this is another William with initials H that is confused with this one.
Is it possible your 2-3 cousin has traced back to the wrong Luke?  There's another one a few years younger in the same area.  Also, I should mention I found no records showing the full middle name Solomon.
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There's a book by Kathleen Lamb. She's 96 if she's still alive. I'd like to see it myself because it may mention Dennis Hankins-1129 b. 1715 and solve a brick wall. I can actually do a limited search in it and I know that 3 of the 9 mentions of the name in it aren't paydirt. But the other six could be.

"The Richard Hankins Family (with Haddon and Clevenger) Virginia to Tennessee"
by Anonymous Hankins G2G5 (5.2k points)
edited by Anonymous Hankins
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Also you might be able to work downward from William A Hankins-931 who died in TN about 1821 and was born in VA in 1754.
by Anonymous Hankins G2G5 (5.2k points)

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