He had been living in Hampshire County Virginia when he entered service in the Revolutionary War. He was drafted into service in the fall of 1780. He served two tours totally about 5 months in 1780 and 1781.
In 1820, he was living not far from his son, Peter, in Ross County.
He moved to DeGraff, Logan County, Ohio a "few years" before 1833. In that year, while a resident of Logan County, he applied for a pension for his military service in the Revolutionary War. He was rejected, due to having served less the the six-month minimum required to qualify under the Pension Act of 1832.
Thomas and Elizabeth had these children (not in particular order):
Joseph, b. bef. 1795
Peter, b. 1 Mar 1796
Absalom, b. 1800
Isaac, b. 1803
↑ 1.01.11.21.3 "United States Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty Land Warrant Applications, 1800-1900," index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/N95M-HZ3 : accessed 18 March 2015), Thomas Hanks, pension number R. 4,571, service Va.; from "Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty-Land Warrant Application Files," database and images, Fold3.com (www.fold3.com : n.d); citing NARA microfilm publication M804 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d); FHL microfilm 971,182.
↑This seems somewhat unlikely/out-of-his-way and isn't in his pension application. ~~~~
↑ "United States Census, 1820," index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/XHGQ-F6P : accessed 18 March 2015), Thomas Hanks, Springfield, Ross, Ohio; citing p. 274, NARA microfilm publication M33, (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.), roll 92; FHL microfilm 181,398.
It may be possible to confirm family relationships with Thomas by comparing test results with other
carriers of his Y-chromosome or his mother's mitochondrial DNA.
Y-chromosome DNA test-takers in his direct paternal line on WikiTree: