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Hankinson's legacy

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Simeon Hankinson (1817-1888) and Susannah (Collingham) Hankinson (1814-1893) moved from New Jersey to Licking County Ohio in the early 1800s. They had 11 children whose descendants and their legacy continue in the area until the present.

Their 11 children were also prolific, leading to many descendants.

The eleven children were

  1. Margaret Ann Hankinson (1839-1920)
  2. Samuel G Hankinson (1841-1916)
  3. William Austin Hankinson (1843-1907)
  4. George C Hankinson (1844-1929)
  5. Joseph F Hankinson (1847-1924)
  6. Mary Ellen Hankinson (1850-1884)
  7. David W Hankinson (1852-1906)
  8. Simeon Lewis Hankinson (1854-
  9. Joshua Woodruff Hankinson (1856-1920)
  10. John G Hankinson (1858-1933)
  11. Titus Hill Hankinson (1860-1951)

There were 9 brothers and 2 sisters. The oldest sister was Margaret Ann Hankinson (1839-1920). She did not marry. We can imagine she spent her life caring for her younger brothers and sister and then her parents. After she inherited the farm, she sold it to her brother.

Four brothers fought and survived the civil war. Samuel. was a farmer and had 10 children. William was also a farmer after the war and had 9 children. George was another veteran who returned to farm in Ohio and had one child. The fourth soldier was William Austin Hankinson (1843-1907) who had 7 children.

Between them the rest of the brothers, they had 25 children. So that led to 52 Hankinson grandchildren of Simeon and Susannah.

In 1900, 9 of the children held a Family Reunion at the home of Simeon L Hankinson in Welsh Hills, Ohio along with their extended families. https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Space:Family_Reunion-2

Unfortunately, one of the sisters, Mary Ellen Hankinson died tragically before the reunion. She was a patient in an insane asylum in 1884. She fell from the fifth floor when she climbed out a window. [1]

One of the Hankinson Grandchildren, George A Hankinson (1880-1935) drowned when he fell into a river from a train while he was working as a conductor. [2]

Newark, Ohio

Newark was an early home of the Owens Corning Glass Company. It started at the Newark Star Glass company in 1873, [3]


Many of the Hankinson's are buried in these three cemeteries.

Wilson cemetery and Cedar Hill Cemetery [4] in Newark, Ohio

Welsh Hills Cemetery [5] in Granville.


Some of the Hankinson stories are still a mystery.

First mystery. What was Susannah's last name at birth and where did the name Collingham come from? Susannah Hankinson Susannah's name on her marriage record was Kellahan, was Collingham just a change in the spelling of that name?

There is a Hankinson Family Scholarship to Central Ohio Technical School. Who were the people who established it and why? Hankinson Family Scholarship

A recent question is why did Joseph, who was not a blood relative of the Hankinson's change his name? Was he adopted? His obituary gives some clues. After WWII, he worked for Paul Hankinson in a hardware store and eventually became the owner. He adopted 3 children himself. One was Todd Hankinson. Was that Todd's original name or did he get his name from his adoptive father? Hankinson obituary

Current legacies

Here are some of the Hankinson legacies that can still be found in Licking County Ohio.

There is a Hankinson Road in Granville, Ohio.

Hankinson Family Scholarship

Hankinson asphalt business

Hankinson excavation business


  1. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/77010171/death-of-helen-hankinson-mar-1884/
  2. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/77975324/george-a-hankinson-drowning/
  3. https://www.owenscorning.com/en-us/corporate/history/docs/Owens_Corning_Milestones.pdf
  4. https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Space:Cedar_Hill_Cemetery, Cedar Hill Cemetery
  5. https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Space:Welsh_Hills_Cemetery%2C_Granville%2C_Licking%2C_Ohio

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