An American Family History

Hanke Family

  also spelled Hanke and Hank  

John Hanks was born about 1676 in England.

He married Sarah Evans on December 11, 1711 at Gwynedd Monthly Meeting. She was daughter of Cadwallader Evans and Ellen Morris Evans

John Hanks (1712),
Jane Hanks (1714, married John Roberts)
Elizabeth Hanks (1716),
William Hanks (1719)
William Hanks (1720),
Samuel Hanks (1723)
Joseph Hanks (1725),
Sarah Hanks (1728)

John's will was dated December 12, 1730 and proved on May 31, 1731.

After John died, she married Thomas Williams.


John Hanks was born abou 1712. He was the son of John Hanks and Sarah Evans.

He married Margaret Williams in 1737 at the Gwynedd Meeting in Montgomery County, Pennsyvania.

John Hanks (1738),
Christina Hanks (married Michael Feezel),
Susannah Hanks,
Eleanor Hanks,
Hannah Hanks (1760, married Asa Lupton), and
Margaret Hanks (1755, married William Cherrington),
William Hanks (1755)
Caleb Hanks (1752)
Jane Hanks (1745)

In 1777 Margaret Hanks and her daughters, Susannah, Elenor, Hannah and Margaret, transferred from Gwynedd to Hopewell Monthly Meeting in Frederick County, Virginia.

In 1778 Susannah and Eleanor were disowned for marrying out of unity.

In 1781 Margaret was disowned for allowing her daughter to marry contrary to discipline in her home.

In 1784 Margaret Hank was head of a family of 4 near the site of Broadway, Rockingham Co. In 1785 John Hank was head of a family of 6 near the site of Edinburg, Shenandoah County." See US 1790 census.  Not sure this is same man.

In 1787 Hannah married Asa Lupton.



Maryland was established with religious freedom for Catholics. The colonial economy was based on tobacco cultivated by Africans who had been enslaved.

from The Ancestry of Abraham Lincoln by James Henry Lea, John Robert Hutchinson

John Hanke of Whitemarsh, Philadelphia County, yeoman... married at Gwynedd, 11 December, 1711, Sarah Evans, daughter of Cadwallader and Ellen (Morris) Evans, by whom he had eight children, and who, surviving him, remarried at Gwynedd, 6 March, 1732—33, Thomas Williams of Montgomery township (her marriage being witnessed by her five eldest children). John Hanke's will, [was] dated 12 December, 1730, proved 31 May, 1731...

Children of John and Sarah (Evans) Hanke.
I. John Hanke, born 20 November, 1712, at Gwynedd. Had wife Margaret , by whom he had issue:
1. Joshua...
2. Hannah [Hanke], who married Asa Lupton (born 1757), son of William and Grace (Pickering) Lupton of Frederick County, Maryland, resided in Rockingham County, Virginia; and very probably others. He lived six miles east of Reading, within a half-mile of the house of Mordecai Lincoln. Removed to Virginia.
3. Jane Hanke, born 12 October, 1714. Married, at Gwynedd, 13 May, 1736, John Roberts (born 1714) of Whitpain, son of John and Elizabeth (Edwards) Roberts,2 and died 9 August, 1745.

Gwynedd Township, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania was founded in 1698 by Welsh Quakers. The township split into Lower and Upper Gwynedd in 1891.

Lush forests in Colonial America allowed settlers to build wooden homes.


from The Lincoln Kinsman

John Hank ), the oldest son of John , was born in 1712 and married Margaret Williams in February 1737, according to the Gwynedd meeting records, and continued to at- tend there until 1850 when he and his wife affiliated with Richland meeting, but two years later they returned to Gwynedd.

The last we learn of John Hank is in the records of Gwynedd under the date of January 26, 1768 when he was in controversy over some money matters. The general concensus of opinion is that John died previous to 1774 when his wife, Margaret, requested a letter of removal from Gwynedd meeting.

Margaret Hank, possibly then a widow, placed her membership with the Hopewell meeting of Virginia, in 1777, and the records of this meeting contain many notations of the family.

As late as 1784 Margaret was listed in the commission book of Rockingham County as the head of a family of four persons.

The name Nancy never appears in the contemporary records of the John Hank family in either Pennsylvania or Virginia, although the children of John and Margaret are often mentioned. Furthermore Margaret Hank was called "widow" in the church register as early as 1781 and she had probably been a widow for several years. Although the exact birthdate of Lincoln's mother is not known, it is never placed earlier than 1783 or later than 1786. In 1784, the birthdate most often used, Margaret Hank, The Lincoln Kinsman the wife of John Hank, had been a widow many years and was then sixty-four years of age.

....A great-grandson of Margaret Hank, widow of John, who moved to Rockingham County about 1777, stated in a letter dated April 7, 1895 that he could only remember the names of four of Margaret's children;
John, the Revolutionary soldier;
William, his grandfather;
Margaret, who married Cherrington, and
Nancy, who married the father of Abraham Lincoln.

The correspondent said, "I have often heard father speak of his aunt marrying Lincoln."

A descendant of Caleb Hank makes this statement in a letter written to Mrs. Hitchcock on November 6, 1899, "Before Lincoln was known this Caleb Hank, my grandfather, used to say that an aunt of his had moved to Kentucky and married a man by the name of Lincoln, giving an accent on the last syllable. After Lincoln became prominent, he asserted as his belief that they were cousins."


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