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Absalom Hankins (abt. 1792)

Absalom Hankins
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Absalom was born about 1792. He is the son of Joseph Hankins and Nancy Quinn.

Absalom Hankins was an early pioneer in Indiana.

Absalom is found in the poll book as a voter in an election held in Shelby Township, Jefferson County, Indiana, on the first Monday in August 1828.[1]

Absalom was a Justice of the Peace.

He was a Justice of the Peace.[2]


Identifying the children of Absalom Hankins and Catherine McCarty of Jefferson County, Ind., takes a bit of fitting pieces of a puzzle together. The obituary of their son Charles Hankins of Jefferson County in 1924 says that he was one of 14 children, although I've been able to identify only 13. Here are the names and the reasoning:

Miriam Hankins (1815/16-after 1870) She m. on 2 Feb. 1832 in Jefferson County, Ahijah Quinn, Nothing directly connects her although her suspect brother Milton had a daughter Miriam. Also, Quinn owned land that adjoined Absalom's at a corner and the Quinns travelled the same migration path as the Hankins.

John Q. Hankins (ca. 1818/19-before 1878) Erastus Hankins listed a John Hankins as his brother. This John owned land in Jefferson County and then moved to Boone County, Ky., not too far from where Erastus lived.

Aaron Hankins (son?) (1815/20?-1840/1850) The obituary of Martha Hankins Sears said she was the daughter of Aaron and Mary Hankins. Martha was widowed and appeared in the household of John Hankins, Absalom's brother in 1850. It's possible the name of her parents was a mistake. Martha was born in 1845. Since Absalom wad the administrator of Martha's husband John Sears in 1861, it seems some connection is probable. Sears died of measles in the Civil War.

Milton S. Hankins (1819/20-9 Apr. 1890) He is not proven as a son, but fits no where else. Besides, in 1850 he was shown adjacent to Aaron and Eliza Hankins Neal (a proven daughter) in Trimble County. Also when Milton applied for a Civil War pension, Nancy Smith, presumably Nancy Hankins who married James Smith, said she was at the marriage of Milton to Susan Cox in 1839.

William T. Hankins (1821/22-2 Aug. 1905) Born in Indiana, he was listed in Boone County, Ky., in 1840. Erastus said William was his brother. Also, a transcription reportedly shows William as Absalom's son. I did not find the stone and do not know if that information was on it or whether that was an added note.

Thomas Hankins (1824/25-after 1880) He was born in Indiana and lived in Boone County. In 1850, he was shown six households before his brother John Q. Hankins and about 20 households before William T. Hankins. He was a boarder in the household of Aaron and Eliza Hankins Neal, his presumed sister, in Prestonville, Carroll County, Ky., in 1880. Although the age appears to be 45, instead of 55, he was born in Indiana and it’s likely the age was an error

Nancy Hankins (1824/25-after 1900) She m. on 31 Oct. 1839 in Jefferson County, James Smith, who was born about 1803 in Kentucky Absalom was shown in their household in 1860 and as mentioned she attended Milton's wedding.

Eliza Jane Hankins (1831-1907), buried Morris Chapel Cem., Milton Township. Born in Indiana, died in Prestonville (near Carrollton), Ky. She m. on 5 Nov. 1846 in Jefferson County, Aaron Neal (1824-30 March 1918). The records of Musgroves' undertakers in Carrollton, Ky., show Abaslom Hankins and Caty McCarty as her parents.

Nicholas Hankins (1834/35-after 1870) He was shown in Absalom's household in 1850.

Charles Lanham Hankins (17 Sept. 1837-27 Jan. 1924), He was shown in Absalom's household in 1850 and his obituary named his parents.

Erastus Colton Hankins (25 Nov. 1831-7 July 1909) His Kentucky death record shows Absalom and Catherine as his parents. He was shown in their household in 1850.

Daughter, age unknown. The Jefferson County commissioners authorized William Phillips to provide goods to “Mrs. Absalom Hankins for the use of her idiot daughter” on June 9, 1848. There is no evidence of this daughter in the 1850 census.

Zachariah Hankins Erastus identified a Zachariah Hankins as one of his siblings. This son must have died young as there is no record of him in the census.

Incidentally, there is no reason to suspect that the name Charles Lanham Hankins or Erastus Colton Hankins shows a relationship to those families. Charles Lanham was a minister who preached at the Manville Christian Church. Erastus Colton appears in a Milton Township voting list and so was probably a neighbor.


  1. The Hoosier Journal of Ancestry, Jefferson County, Indiana, Special No. 3, page 78, 1991.
  2. [1]
  • 1820 U S Census; Census Place: Jefferson, Indiana; Page: 293; NARA Roll: M33_13; Image: 340
  • Year: 1830; Census Place: Jefferson, Indiana; Series: M19; Roll: 28; Page: 129; Family History Library Film: 0007717
  • Year: 1850; Census Place: Milton, Jefferson, Indiana; Roll: 154; Page: 192a


Biography section, The children of Absalom Hankins, by Bob W. Scott

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