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Peter Hanks (abt. 1673 - abt. 1733)

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Peter Hanks
Born about in Anne Arundel, Marylandmap
Husband of — married in St Annes Parish, Anne Arundel, MD, USAmap
Died about in Annapolis, Anne Arundel, Maryland, United Statesmap
Hanks-737 created 11 Aug 2012 | Last modified
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"Peter was a carpenter & cooper (barrel maker) by trade."[1]

See also Beth Johnson's narrative.[2]


While it has not been proven beyond doubt that Peter is the son of Thomas and Elizabeth, DNA evidence overwhelmingly supports the fact that he is at least a relative of Thomas -- whether son, grandson nephew or cousin is a matter for traditional genealogical research.


  • abt 1683 in Rappahannock River, VA[3]
  • 1670, VA[4] Note, Virignia listed. This, if true, would support his supposed parents.
  • 1673, Anne Arundel, MD[5]
  • 1682[6]
  • 1682, Ann Arundal Co., MD[7]


  • Thomas Hanks[8]
  • Thomas Hanks (b. before 1630; d. 1674 perhaps) was born in Wiltshire County, England.[9]
  • Robert Hanks[10] This bears investigation


  • Elizabeth (maiden name unknown)[11] If he is the son of Thomas, this isn't really up for debate here. Thomas' profile concludes his wife was Elizabeth Lee.


  • "There is a record of the marriage of Peter Hanks and Mary Beez in [a record at] St. Ann's Parish of Anne Arundle Co., Md."[12] Several sources concur.[13][14][15]


  • "[In the record at St. Anne's Parish], children of this marriage are listed as Lydia, William, Elinor,and Peter. This record also includes their dates of birth."[16]
  • Lydia (b. 1704), William (b. 1707), Elinor (b. 1709) and Peter (b. 1711)[17]
  • Lydia Hanks (b. 25 Sep 1704, Anne Arundel, MD), William "The Quaker" Hanks (b. 25 Jul 1707, St. Anne's Parish, Annapolis), Eleanor Hanks (b. 10 Jul 1709, St. Anne's Parish, Annapolis), Peter Hanks, II (b. 1711, d. 1733) (no citation)


  • "Peter drew his will on April 1, 1733, died April 10, 1733. His will was probated on July 24, 1733 at Annapolis, MD. The inventory listed 11 head of cattle,2 mares, 4 sheep, household and kitchen utensils and other ordinary items. Deborah Brown"[18] Two other sources concur.[19][20]


Will of Peter Hanks Anne Arundel County, Maryland:

April the 3d 1733. I give and Bequeath Soul to God who gave it, my Body to be Buryed in such a manner as my Wife and Son shall think proper I also request and desire that my Dear Wife may be under the care & Conduct of my two Sons, Willm, and Peter Hanks.
I likewise leave my Sons William and Peter Hanks whole Executors & after all my just & lawful Debts are paid a true and Exact Divition maid between my two Sons aforsd. except such thinks as hereafter Excepted Viz:
I give and bequeath to my Daughter Eliner Nelson three head of Sheep & a paire Shoes and Stockings to Robert Nelson
I give and bequeath to my son Peter Hanks all that parcell of Land cald byond far enough, being one Hundred acres, to him and his heirs, forever This being my last Will and Testament Signed & Sealed in the presence of
James BrookePeter Hankes
Robert "R" Nelson

On the back of the paper the following Probate there written:

July the 24th 1733, Then came Mr. James Brooke and Mr. Robert Nelson the two Subscribing Evidences to the within will the said James Brooke being one of the People called Quakers takes his Last _____ form and the said Robert Nelson makes oath upon the Holy Evangelical of Almighty God that they see Peter Hankes the Testator Sign Seal & Publish the within Instrument as his last Will and Testament and at the _____ time heard him Publish and Declare the same so to be and that at the time of his so doing he was of sound Disposing mind and memory to the best of their knowledge and that they signed as evidences to the said Will and in the presence of the Testator and at his Request affirmed & Sworn to before me the day and year above. Joh. Beale, Hon.
Liber 20, folio 807[21]

Working Notes

Warren and Chidsey researched Mary's husband. Records of their correspondence are held and published by the Lincoln Financial Foundation.[22]

Beth Johnson's tree has quite a few specific facts which may be of interest.

In general, family trees have sometimes cited sources without sufficient specificity to tie specific source to specific claims. They should be directly consulted and cited (and/or their citations followed). These include:

  • Baber, Barbara. Hanks Historical Review. Middletown, OH: Hanks Historical Review, 1991. Internet resource.
  • Baber, Adin. Nancy Hanks: Of Undistinguished Families; a Genealogical, Biographical, and Historical Study of the Ancestry of the Mother of Abraham Lincoln. Kansas, Ill: The author, 1959. Print. Pp. 216-219, 220-221, 225-226, 263-265, 227-229
  • Baber, Adin. The Hanks Family Legacy, 1643-1889: Biographical and Historical Sketches, Traditions of Early Professional, Industrial and Commercial Pursuits : with Some Account of Civil War Participation and Abraham Lincoln Policies. Kansas, Ill: Privately published by the author, 1962. Print. Pp. 17-23, 100-110
  • Baber, Adin. The Hanks Family of Virginia and Westward: A Genealogical Record from the Early 1600s, Including Charts of Families in Arkansas, the Carolinas, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Missouri, Oklahoma, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Texas. Kansas, Ill: privately printed by the author; Sold exclusively by A.H. Clark Co., Glendale, Calif, 1965. Print. Pp. 252, 253, 256-257
  • Wright, F. Edward. Anne Arundel County Church Records of the 17th and 18th Centuries. Family Line Publications, Westminster, MD, 1989, 1994. Pp. 70. This may be in regards to the following notations in Beth Johnson's tree: "Liber 13, folio 122", "Vol. 11, Liber 20, page 807", "20: 807", "Liber 18, folio 185"
  • Maryland Genealogical Society Bulletin. Vol 26 No 1, Winter 1985. Baltimore: Maryland Genealogical Society, 1973-2007. Print.



  1. Fishman
  2. Johnson
  3. Johnson
  4. Yates, Marriages
  5. West, Births
  6. Cox
  7. West, Individuals
  8. West, Births
  9. Cox
  10. West, Individuals
  11. Cox
  12. Fishman
  13. Yates, Marriages
  14. Cox
  15. West, Individuals
  16. Fishman
  17. Cox
  18. Fishman
  19. Johnson
  20. Cox
  21. Probate records, Peter Hanks; Anne Arundel County, Maryland, 1733; posted by Vickie White in Re: Peter Hanks b. 1673 d. 1733 Maryland Will????", 22 January 2011.
  22. Correspondence of A.D. Chidsey, Jr. and Rev. Louis A. Warren. "Hanks Family. Maryland. Peter & Mary Hanks. Excerpts from Newspapers and Other Sources." Lincoln Financial Foundation Collection. 1928;

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On 12 Jan 2016 at 01:50 GMT Jeffrey Evans wrote:

Sandy...see (Hanks-737), (Hanks-825) and (Hanks-826). These appear to be the same person.

On 7 Aug 2015 at 02:05 GMT Daphne Maddox wrote:

Peter's will is transcribed here.

On 2 Dec 2014 at 21:04 GMT Robin Lee wrote:

URM sent, will work this family

On 2 Dec 2014 at 21:04 GMT Robin Lee wrote:

URM sent, will work this family

On 2 Dec 2014 at 21:03 GMT Robin Lee wrote:

URM sent, will work this family

On 2 May 2014 at 20:16 GMT Robin Lee wrote:

There may be some issues with this profile and the mother. They were born in the same year.

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