Category: Hankins Name Study

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So I'll go first here: Our line goes back to an area on the border between North and South Carolina (Georgetown, Cape Fear, etc.). The family legend is that three brothers came over from Glasgow, Scotland. The name Hankins is very rare in Scotland. If we were really from there, it's possible three brothers leaving exhausted the supply. OTOH, Hankins do tend to come from Dymock, so it's possible Glasgow was just a convenient point of departure.

Of the putative three brothers, one is entirely absent. One is mentioned exactly once (David Hankins), and one actually kicked off the whole thing: Dennis Hankins https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Hankins-1129

The first couple of generations are a work in progress. There's plenty of confusion to go around due to two unidentified Hankins (father and son) dying in a boating accident, war service, hazy memories and a confounding tendency to reuse the same names outside of direct lineal descendancy. We'll get it worked out,but right now it's a mess.

Hankins mostly spread from there to the Southeast, but by now we're throughout the country.

So far the Hankins project doesn't have our DNA, but speculates we belong to the "Southside Virginia" group, which appears to hail from Holland rather than England (although many English were more or less exiled to Holland for a time--in fact that's where the Pilgrims started from). Buttressing this notion is the fact that a Hankins descendant was surprised when the DNA on the Hankins side of the family produced some hits vis-a-vis ancestors of hers known to be from Quaker settlements, like the ones on the Maryland/Pennslvania border (East Nottingham) that were experiencing a migration to the Carolinas, and which would ultimately result in a lot of them moving on to Ohio. https://www.ncpedia.org/quakers

It could have been just early intermarriage with the Quakers, or it could be we actually *were* Quakers. Hard to tell. If we were Quakers, we didn't want to give up our slaves when the Quakers came out against slavery, so then we weren't Quakers anymore.

But I digress. Here's the DNA project page: https://www.familytreedna.com/public/HANKINSprojectDNA/default.aspx

We are likely not the oldest Hankins line in the country, or the most numerous. But the only way to find out is that DNA.

BTW, I'm https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Hankins-1151


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