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A picture of Reverend Francis L. Hankinson's tombstone. 2. Reverend Francis LeRoy HANKINSON (Reuben1) was born 22 November 1786 in Sissiboo, Annapolis County, Nova Scotia. (Haggan, Ida Louise; "The Haggan Papers (part 3)"; St. Thomas, Elgin County Library, 1978; page 45; originally printed in 1978) He died 06 June 1845 in Avon, Oakland County, Michigan and is buried there in the Mount Avon Cemetery.[i] He married Martha JONES, a daughter of Joseph JONES, ("Portrait and Biographical Record of Winnebago and Boone Counties, Illinois"; Biographical Publishing Company, Chicago, 1892; pages 465-466; originally printed in 1892) circa 1810 in New York. She was born circa 1794 in Tarrytown, Westchester County, New York and died sometime in 1873 in Avon. (ibid.)

Francis was the first of the family to leave Sissiboo. He left sometime between 1800 and 1810 when he moved to Johnstown, Montgomery County, New York to stay with his uncle, Levi LeROY. (ibid.) By 1810, he was married to his wife, Martha JONES, and had no children. (1810 United States Federal Census of Johnstown, Roll: 29; Page: 14) Shortly after his marriage ("Portrait and Biographical Record of Winnebago and Boone Counties, Illinois"; Biographical Publishing Company, Chicago, 1892; pages 465-466; originally printed in 1892) he relocated to and began leasing a tract of land in Stratford, Montgomery County, New York. (1820 United States Federal Census of Stratford) By 1830 he owned his own farm in Canajoharie, Montgomery County, New York. (1830 United States Federal Census of Canajoharie) In 1835 (about the time when his younger siblings and mother were moving to Elgin County, Ontario) he sold his farm in New York and moved to Middlesex County, Ontario; making the arduous journey with a horse and a buggy. ("Portrait and Biographical Record of Winnebago and Boone Counties, Illinois"; Biographical Publishing Company, Chicago, 1892; pages 465-466; originally printed in 1892) However, by fall 1835 he sold his homestead in Middlesex County and moved back to New York. Upon his return he purchased a small tract of land and erected a small frame house on it. (ibid.) By 1840, he moved to Avon, Oakland County, Michigan[ii] (1840 United States Federal Census of Avon, Roll: 209; Page: 105) where he remained until his death on 08 June 1845. ("Portrait and Biographical Record of Winnebago and Boone Counties, Illinois"; Biographical Publishing Company, Chicago, 1892; pages 465-466; originally printed in 1892) Besides being a farmer, he was also a Methodist Episcopal minister. His wife remained on the family farm until her death, which took place sometime during 1873. (ibid.) But, during the 1860 census she was residing with her son, William Augustus, in Holly, Oakland County, Michigan (1860 United States Federal Census of Holly, Oakland County, Michigan) however was back on the farm for the 1870 census, living with her son-in-law, Isaac Lomason. (1870 United States Federal Census of Avon, Roll: M593 694; Page: 121)

Children of Francis and Martha (JONES) HANKINSON:

16.i.Reuben, born 17 April 1812
17.ii.Gertrude, born 1812-1820
18.iii.Sarah, born 1812-1820
19.iv.John Wesley, born 17 May 1820
20.v.Levi LeRoy, born 1822
21.vi.Francis Henry, born 1825
22.vii.Sarah Marie, born 06 September 1826
23.viii.William Augustus, born 07 January 1828
24.ix.Joseph Thompson, born 07 April 1832
25.x.Charlotte, born 30 November 1833



Robert and Susanna HANKINSON's tombstone. 3. Robert T. HANKINSON (Reuben1) was born 29 January 1788 in Sissiboo, Annapolis County, Nova Scotia. (Haggan, Ida Louise; "The Haggan Papers (part 3)"; St. Thomas, Elgin County Library, 1978; page 45; originally printed in 1978) He died 08 December 1865 in Weymouth, Digby County, Nova Scotia. (Robert T. Hankinson tombstone; St. Peter's Cemetery, Weymouth North, Digby County, Nova Scotia) He married Elizabeth McCONNELL, the youngest daughter of Benjamin and Elizabeth (HAINES) McCONNELL, 16 January 1809 in Sissiboo. (Haggan, Ida Louise; "The Haggan Papers (part 4a)"; St. Thomas, Elgin County Library, 1978; page 33; originally printed in 1978) She was born 04 April 1790 in Sissiboo, (ibid.) and died 17 March 1851 in Weymouth from Cerebral Palsy. (The Christian Messenger; 11 April 1851, Volume XI, Number 15, Page 115; PANS MFM# 8352) Robert and Elizabeth are both buried in the St. Peter's Anglican Church Cemetery.

He was a farmer, (Haggan, Ida Louise; "The Haggan Papers (part 4a)"; St. Thomas, Elgin County Library, 1978; page 33; originally printed in 1978) a mariner, (1838 Census of Digby County, Nova Scotia; PANS MFM #13581) and a Justice of the Peace. (Wilson, Isaiah W.; "A Geography and History of the County of Digby"; Halifax, NS: Holloway Bros. Printers, 1900; page 432; originally printed in 1900) In November 1807, his father granted him about 50 acres of land on the Sissiboo River for "the better maintenance and livelihood of him[self] (Robert)" and made it his primary residence. (Land Deed dated November 1807 between Reuben and Robert HANKINSON, PANS MFM# 17689, Digby County, Weymouth Deeds (volume 3), page 272-273) On 10 March 1818 he petitioned the Crown for 500 acres (having a wife, four sons and a daughter) on the new road leading to the lower falls on the Sissiboo River. On 17 March 1819, the Crown favoured his petition granting him 200 acres of land in New Tusket, Annapolis County, Nova Scotia (Clare Township). He soon after relocated there to engage in and support his growing family by farming. (Land Petition dated 1819 between Robert HANKINSON et al, PANS MFM# 15726, Land Papers (volume 75-77)) Nevertheless, by 1838 he was living on his mother-in-law's estate in Weymouth (bordering Reuben HANKINSON Jr. to the West and the Sissiboo Baptist Church to the East) with 12 children; this would become his primary residence until his death.[iii] In 1861, he is listed as being widowed and living with five single people (three males and two females), most likely his children. (1861 Canadian Census of Weymouth, Digby County; PANS MFM# 9918) He left his estate to his sons John T. HANKINSON, who received the southern half of his farm, and to Samuel HANKINSON, who received the northern half of his farm. (Robert HANKINSON's Last Will and Testament, PANS MFM# 19327)[iv]

Robert HANKINSON's family tombstone. The following is Elizabeth HANKINSON's obituary taken from "The Christian Messenger" - 11 April 1851:
At Weymouth, of Palsy, on the 17th ult., Elizabeth, the beloved wife of Robert HANKINSON, Esq., in the 61st year of her age, leaving a husband, eleven children, and a large circle of friends to morn her death.

Children of Robert T. and Elizabeth (McCONNELL) HANKINSON:

26.i.Robert, born 19 April 1811
27.ii.William, born 22 October 1812
28.iii.Susanna, born 1814
29.iv.John Taylor, born 06 November 1815
30.v.Reuben, born 10 August 1817
31.vi.Samuel, born 29 March 1819
32.vii.Susanna "Susan", born 05 November 1820
33.viii.Caroline, born 20 April 1823
34.ix.George Dexter, born 20 November 1824
35.x.Joseph, born 16 January 1826
36.xi.Jane, born 29 January 1828
37.xii.Elizabeth, born 08 December 1830
38.xiii.Benjamin, born 02 February 1832
39.xiv.Gilbert T., born 14 October 1836



A picture of Deacon Reuben HANKINSON's second tombstone. 4. Deacon Reuben HANKINSON, Jr. (Reuben1) was born 27 December 1789 in Sissiboo, Annapolis County, Nova Scotia (Rheuben Hankinson tombstone; Riverside Baptist Church Cemetery, Weymouth North, Digby County, Nova Scotia) and died 06 September 1865 in Weymouth, Digby County, Nova Scotia. (ibid.) He married Christina SHOOK, the daughter of Deacon David and Eleanor (Van KLEEK) SHOOK, 1814 in Sissiboo. (Haggan, Ida Louise; "The Haggan Papers (part 4a)"; St. Thomas, Elgin County Library, 1978; pages 34; originally printed in 1978) Christina was born 09 January 1794 in Sissiboo, (Haggan, Ida Louise; "The Haggan Papers (part 4a)"; St. Thomas, Elgin County Library, 1978; page 26; originally printed in 1978) and died sometime during October 1830 in Sissiboo. (Haggan, Ida Louise; "The Haggan Papers (part 4a)"; St. Thomas, Elgin County Library, 1978; page 35; originally printed in 1978) Reuben remarried sometime between 1831-1835 to Charity GRANT, a daughter of David and Isabella (CHARLTON) GRANT. She was born on 07 December 1807 in Wilmot, Annapolis County, Nova Scotia and died 23 April 1879 in Weymouth. (Rheuben Hankinson tombstone; Riverside Baptist Church Cemetery, Weymouth North, Digby County, Nova Scotia) Charity GRANT's first marriage was to Daniel Webster NEWCOMBE, they had six children: Guy (born: 1820), Sabina Ruth (born: 1821), Joseph (born: 1823), Grant (born: 1828), Charlton (born: 1830), and Daniel Webster (born: 1831).

The Hankinson family, at the time, appears to have been a very religious family. Evidence suggests that several family members became respected Deacons and/or Reverends; who gladly propagated the gospel of God throughout Canada and the US. Reuben was a very religious man and as such was elected Deacon of the Sissiboo (now Riverside) Baptist Church. Besides being a Deacon of the church, he was also a farmer. On 04 September 1813, he was conveyed a piece of his father's land on the Sissiboo River (Land Deed dated 04 September 1813 between Reuben Sr. and Reuben Jr. HANKINSON, PANS MFM# 17700, Digby County, Weymouth Deeds (volume 18), page 37-39) and quickly made his residence upon it. On 10 March 1818, since his land was no longer adequate to sustain his growing family, he petitioned the Crown for 300 acres (having a wife, and a son) on the new road leading to the lower falls on the Sissiboo River. Almost a year later, on 17 March 1819, he was granted 200 acres of land in New Tusket, Annapolis County, Nova Scotia (Clare Township) (Land Petition dated 1819 between Robert HANKINSON et al, PANS MFM# 15726, Land Papers (volume 75-77)) and soon after relocated there. Nevertheless, he only stayed there for a little more than five year before purchasing his father-in-law's estate (bordering widow Eleanor McCONNELL to the East and John GRANT to the West) on 04 September 1824. (Land Deed dated 04 September 1824 between David SHOOK and Reuben HANKINSON, PANS MFM# 17703, Digby County, Weymouth Deeds (volume 15), page 263-265) He made this his primary residence until his death. Shorlty after acquiring this new land, he sold his father's former land bording the Sissiboo River to Peter COSMAN on 02 May 1825 (Land Deed dated 02 May 1825 between Reuben Jr. HANKINSON and Peter COSMAN, PANS MFM# 17700, Digby County, Weymouth Deeds (volume 8), page 224-225) and sold his land in New Tusket (which had a mill) to his brother-in-law, Charlton SABEAN. In 1861, he is listed as living with his wife, and two single males, most likely Thomas Edward and William Chipman. (1861 Canadian Census of Weymouth, Digby County; PANS MFM# 9918)

On 13 September 1865, The Christian Messenger (a local newspaper) reported Reuben's death and reads as follows: "At his residence at Weymouth, on the 6th inst, in the hope of a glorious inheritance, Deacon Reuben Hankinson, aged 70 years,[v] leaving a widow, 8 children, 26 grand children and 2 great grand children, with a large circle of friends to morn". (The Christian Messenger, 13 September 1865, PANS MFM# 8357) He and Charity are both buried in the Riverside Baptist Church Cemetery in Weymouth North, Digby County.[vi]

Children of Reuben and Christina (SHOOK) HANKINSON:

40.i.James "Hartshorn", born 06 July 1815
41.ii.Ellen, born 1818
42.iii.Elijah, born 22 June 1820
43.iv.David Shook, born 11 December 1822
44v.Gertrude, born 10 August 1825
45.vi.Daniel, born 10 February 1828
46.vii.Martin, born 22 September 1830

Children of Reuben and Charity (GRANT) HANKINSON:

47.i.Sebina Jane, born 03 February 1836
48.ii.Sapphira Augusta, born 03 February 1836
49.iii.Thomas Edward, born 23 November 1837
50.iv.William Chipman, born 03 November 1840



5. Sarah HANKINSON (Reuben1) was born 23 May 1791 in Sissiboo, Annapolis County, Nova Scotia and died 14 April 1876 in New Tusket, Digby County, Nova Scotia. (Morris, Gordon Alan. William Sabin and his descendants (1609-2000). Sentinel Printing Ltd., Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada. 2000. Pages 157-158) She married William Brown McCONNELL, son of Benjamin and Elizabeth (HAINES) McCONNELL, circa 1817 in Sissiboo. He was born 13 February 1795 in Sissiboo, and drowned in March 1819 while constructing a dam on the Sissiboo River. (ibid.) She married a second time to Deacon Henry "Charlton" SABEAN, son of Benjamin and Elizabeth (CHARLTON) SABEAN, circa 1824. (ibid.) He was born 29 February 1796 in Sissiboo and died 14 January 1878 in New Tusket.[vii] (ibid.) Henry was first married to Jane PRIME circa 1822 and died circa 1823. Together they had one child: George Prime SABEAN who was born circa 1823.

Charlton SABEAN was a farmer, Justice of the Peace, a chairperson of the old Court of Sessions of Peace (Clare Township), a Deacon of the Sissiboo Baptist Church, a charter member of the New Tusket Baptist Church, and a farmer. (ibid.) He and Sarah moved from Weymouth to New Tusket in 1826 (ibid.) and remained there until their deaths.[viii] He was chairman of the Old Court of Sessions of Peace, Clare County, deacon of the Sissiboo Baptist Church and charter member of the New Tusket Baptist Church in 1843. By 1838, Charlton is shown there with a family of nine: one female under six, four males under 14, one male above 14, two females above 14, and himself. (Stevens, Kim; "1838 Clare Township Census"; http://www.rootsweb.com/~nsdigby/census/1838/clare01.htm; accessed 12 March 2006) By 1871, he's living with his wife, son, daughter-in-law, and four grandchildren on the family homestead in New Tusket. (Vardy, Charlotte; "Digby County Census Index"; accessed 12 March 2006; http://www.rootsweb.com/~nsdigby/census/index/s1.htm)

Children of William and Sarah (HANKINSON) McCONNELL:

51.i.Benjamin, born 1817
52.ii.Sarah Elizabeth, born 1819

Children of Henry "Charlton" and Sarah (HANKINSON) SABEAN:

53.ii.John Taylor, born 05 March 1825
54.iii.Haines, born 21 October 1827
55.iv.Henry Charlton, born 01 July 1829
56.v.Helen Jane, born 1831
57.vi.Mary, born 10 November 1833



6. Daniel LeRoy HANKINSON (Reuben1) was born 20 December 1792 on board a ship in American waters (Haggan, Ida Louise; "The Haggan Papers (part 3)"; St. Thomas, Elgin County Library, 1978; page 45; originally printed in 1978) and died sometime between 1880-1890 in Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Minnesota. He married Sarah Stanley ANDERSON circa 1822 in Middlesex County, Ontario. She was born circa 1804 in New Brunswick (1850 United States Federal Census of Grand Rapids, Kent County, Michigan) and died sometime during 1872 at Minneapolis.

Daniel was the second of the family to leave Sissiboo. By 1822 he had moved to Middlesex County, Ontario (probably near London) and had married his wife, Sarah. Sixteen years later (circa 1838), about the time when his siblings were settling in Ontario, he moved to Grand Rapids, Kent County, Michigan.deaths.[ix] (Haggan, Ida Louise; "The Haggan Papers (part 3)"; St. Thomas, Elgin County Library, 1978; page 45; originally printed in 1978) After remaining there for nearly 30 years, circa 1866 he decided to move to Minneapolis.[x] (ibid.) He remained there until his death. He was a farmer by trade.

Children of Daniel and Sarah (ANDERSON) HANKINSON:

58.i.Daniel LeRoy, born 1822
59.ii.Hannah A., born 1823
60.iii.Gertrude, born 25 December 1824
61.iv.Elizabeth Jane, born 1825
62.v.Ellen, born 1829
63.vi.Rebecca, born 1832
64.vii.Susan Martha, born 08 March 1834
65.viii.Cyrina, born 1836
66.ix.Sarah J., born 1838
67.x.Richard Henry, born 07 September 1841
68.xi.Amelia Annette F., born 1844
69.xii.Frances Elizabeth, born 1848



7. Gertrude HANKINSON (Reuben1) was born 23 December 1794 in Sissiboo, Annapolis County, Nova Scotia and died 17 March 1875 in Michigan. (Haggan, Ida Louise; "The Haggan Papers (part 4a)"; St. Thomas, Elgin County Library, 1978; page 36; originally printed in 1978) She married Matthew "Haines" McCONNELL, son of Benjamin and Elizabeth (HAINES) McCONNELL, 1814 in Sissiboo. (ibid.) He was born 08 June 1792 in Sissiboo and died sometime in February 1856 in Michigan. (ibid.)

The 1838 Digby County Census shows Haines with a family of 10: one male under 6, two females under 6, two females under 14, one male above 14, three females above 14, and himself. (Stevens, Kim; "1838 Digby Township Census"; accessed 12 March 2006; http://www.rootsweb.com/~nsdigby/census/1838/digby4.htm) In 1846 they moved to Malahide Township, Elgin County, Ontario and remained there until 1855 when they moved to Watervliet, Berrien County, Michigan. (Haggan, Ida Louise; "The Haggan Papers (part 4a)"; St. Thomas, Elgin County Library, 1978; page 36; originally printed in 1978)

Children of Matthew and Gertrude (HANKINSON) McCONNELL:

70.i.Francis, born 03 June 1815
71.ii.Catherine, born 19 December 1818
72.iii.Richard Haines, born 02 September 1820
73.iv.Sophia Ann, born 02 November 1823
74.v.Mary, born 10 August 1825
75.vi.Jane, born 15 July 1827
76.vii.William, born 10 February 1831
77.viii.Joanna, born 01 May 1833
78.ix.Gertrude, born 01 May 1833
79.x.Moses, born 04 March 1836
80.xi.John, born 15 March 1837



A picture of James Thomas Hartshorn HANKINSON <i>cira.</i> 1850.8. James "Thomas" Hartshorn HANKINSON (Reuben1) was born 07 June 1796 in Sissiboo, Annapolis County, Nova Scotia and died 26 November 1875 in Port Burwell, Elgin County, Ontario. (Haggan, Ida Louise; "The Haggan Papers (part 3)"; St. Thomas, Elgin County Library, 1978; pages 46-47; originally printed in 1978) He married Clarine HAINES in Sissiboo, a daughter of Caleb and Sarah (McCONNELL) HAINES, (ibid.) who was born 24 August 1801 in Sissiboo (ibid.) and died 09 July 1862 in Port Burwell. They're both buried in the Esterville Cemetery, Bayham Township, Elgin County, Ontario.[xi]

On 10 March 1818 Thomas petitioned the Crown for 200 acres of land on the new road leading to the lower falls on the Sissiboo River. Almost a year later, he received 200 acres of land bordering the New Tusket River, (Township of Clare) Annapolis County, Nova Scotia. (Land Petition dated 1819 between Robert HANKINSON et al, PANS MFM# 15726, Land Papers (volume 75-77)) He moved there shortly afterwards along with his two older brothers: Robert and Reuben. By 1827, he was the only Hankinson still living in the Township of Clare and that was to be short lived.[xii] In early summer 1828 he had moved to Malahide Township, Elgin County, Ontario.[xiii] On 12 May 1829 he purchased Lot #20, Concession 1 which comprised of 100 acres of land bordering Lake Erie. [xiv] (Haggan, Ida Louise; "The Haggan Papers (part 3)"; St. Thomas, Elgin County Library, 1978; pages 46-47; originally printed in 1978) The first building erected on his farm was on the northeast corner. It was later moved (many years afterward) to John HAINES' farm (Lot 34, Concession 2) after fire had destroyed his home.[xv] (ibid.)

Thomas was also supposedly a veteran of the War of 1812. Most likely an officer in the local militia in Sissiboo. Although there was little action in Sissiboo during the war (and in general all of Nova Scotia) a rumor became current alleging that the Americans were planning an attack. Immediately, men from the local militia were setout on guard duties around the area. One evening, several nervous officers on guard at Shook's Point (now Weymouth North) heard noises coming from the forest, believing it to be Americans; they took aim and shot in the direction of the noise. Come to find out, they shot and killed one of Deacon David SHOOK's cows. (Wilson, Isaiah W.; "A Geography and History of the County of Digby"; Halifax, NS: Holloway Bros. Printers, 1900; pages 128-129; originally printed in 1900) Therefore, upon his arrival to Malahide, and having military experience, he was quickly enlisted into the 2nd Regiment, Middlesex Militia. (Elgin County Branch Ontario Genealogical Society; "1828 Militia Men of Malahide Township"; http://www.elginogs.ca/onlinepubs/militia.htm; updated 1999; Accessed 13 June 2005)

A picture of Clarine (HAINES) HANKINSON <i>cira.</i> 1850.

He and his wife were members of the old Baptist Church of Port Burwell, where they (like their friends and relatives) journeyed by foot or ox-cart each Sunday to worship. (Haggan, Ida Louise; "The Haggan Papers (part 3)"; St. Thomas, Elgin County Library, 1978; pages 46-47; originally printed in 1978) According to the Clerk's Minute Book, of the Port Burwell Baptist Church, J. Thomas HANKINSON was united with that congregation on 25 March 1836 after baptism. (ibid.)

Children of James Thomas and Clarine (HAINES) HANKINSON:

81.i.William Hartshorn, born 23 August 1823
82.ii.Charity, born 1825
83.iii.Sarah Anne, born 1827
84.iv.Caleb Haines, born 1829
85.v.Hannah J., born 1831
86.vi.Thomas, born 1834
87.vii.Margaret E., born 1836
88.viii.John Arthur, born 1839













9. Catherine HANKINSON (Reuben1) was born 14 October 1798 in Sissiboo, Annapolis County, Nova Scotia and died young (Haggan, Ida Louise; "The Haggan Papers (part 3)"; St. Thomas, Elgin County Library, 1978; page 46; originally printed in 1978) probably in Sissiboo.




10. Richard HANKINSON (Reuben1) was born 28 August 1801 in Sissiboo, Annapolis County, Nova Scotia, (Haggan, Ida Louise; "The Haggan Papers (part 4a)"; St. Thomas, Elgin County Library, 1978; page 37; originally printed in 1978) and died sometime during July 1836 in Malahide Township, Elgin County, Ontario. He married Elizabeth McCONNELL, daughter of Joseph and Mary (SHOOK) McCONNELL, 1823 in Weymouth, Annapolis County. (ibid.) She was born circa 1801 in Sissiboo and died 29 November 1877 in Malahide Township. They're both buried in the Lakeview Baptist Church Cemetery, Malahide Township, Elgin County, Ontario.[xvi]

On 05 May 1825, his mother conveyed to him a piece of land bordering the Sissiboo River. (Land Deed dated 05 May 1825 between Gitty, John T., and Richard HANKINSON, PANS MFM# 17701, Digby County, Weymouth Deeds (volume 9), pages 121-122) Circa July 1827 he sold it and settled on a farm (Lot #27, Concession 2, south half) in Malahide Township, Elgin County, Ontario. (Johnson, Bruce Connor, Jr.; "1842 Census Index Malahide Township, Elgin County, Canada West / Ontario"; http://www.elginogs.ca/onlinepubs/census1842.htm; updated 1999; Accessed 13 June 2005) In 1835, just before his death, his mother and younger brother, John Taylor HANKINSON, moved onto his farm. (ibid.) In 1842, two families are living on Lot #27, Concession 2: Elizabeth HANKINSON (family of six) and John HANKINSON (family of two). (ibid.)

Children of Richard and Elizabeth (McCONNELL) HANKINSON:

89.i.Maria, born 1824
90.ii.Edwin J., born 25 July 1827
91.iii.Ann, born 1828
92.iv.Charles Byrd, born 1832
93.v.Daniel LeRoy, born 1833



11. John Taylor HANKINSON (Reuben1) was born 11 August 1802 in Sissiboo, Annapolis County, Nova Scotia and died sometime between 1845-1846 in Malahide Township, Elgin County, Ontario. (Haggan, Ida Louise; "The Haggan Papers (part 4a)"; St. Thomas, Elgin County Library, 1978; page 37; originally printed in 1978)

After his father's death, he became his mother's "principal support". (Land Petition dated 1825 from John T. HANKINSON, PANS MFM# 15739, Land Papers (volume 92-93), Series A) On 05 September 1825 he petitioned for 200 acres of wilderness lands on the rear of the first division of lots on the new Yarmouth road and was later awarded his petition. (ibid.) On 08 August 1835, his mother sold the family homestead (Land Deed dated 08 August 1834 between Gitty HANKINSON and Thomas TOOKER, PANS MFM# 17701, Digby County, Weymouth Deeds (volume 12), page 182-183) and most likely, shortly after moved to Malahide along with her sons: John Taylor and Kenneth HANKINSON.[xvii] The location of his tombstone is unknown but he's probably buried near his mother's site in the Hankinson Cemetery in Malahide (see Deacon Kenneth HANKINSON's sketch for more information regarding the Hankinson Cemetery).




12. Ann HANKINSON (Reuben1) was born 07 July 1804 in Sissiboo, Annapolis County, Nova Scotia (Haggan, Ida Louise; "The Haggan Papers (part 4a)"; St. Thomas, Elgin County Library, 1978; page 37; originally printed in 1978) and died sometime during 1884 in Weymouth. (ibid.) Her first marriage was to Peter SAXTON, son of George and Rachael (MULLEN) SAXTON. (ibid.) He was born in 1803 in Sissiboo and froze to death in 1832 in Weymouth. (ibid.) She then married a Mr. POWELL, and a third time to Henry VROOM.

Children of Peter and Ann (HANKINSON) SAXTON:

94.i.Reuben, born 1825
95.ii.John, born 1826
96.iii.David, born 1830
97.iv.Anna, born 1832



13. Jane HANKINSON (Reuben1) was born 05 August 1806 in Sissiboo, Annapolis County, Nova Scotia and died 1830 in Weymouth, Annapolis County, Nova Scotia. (Haggan, Ida Louise; "The Haggan Papers (part 4a)"; St. Thomas, Elgin County Library, 1978; page 38; originally printed in 1978)




14. Deacon Kenneth HANKINSON (Reuben1) was born 19 September 1808 in Sissiboo, Annapolis County, Nova Scotia, and died 19 May 1874 in Malahide Township, Elgin County, Ontario. (Ontario Genealogy Society; "Berean Baptist Cemetery"; http://www.elginogs.ca/cemeteries/malahide/bereanbaptist.htm, updated 20 April 2005; Accessed 10 March 2006) He married Christena L. McCONNELL, daughter of Benjamin and Catherine (SHOOK) McCONNELL, 11 January 1831 in Weymouth. (Haggan, Ida Louise; "The Haggan Papers (part 4a)"; St. Thomas, Elgin County Library, 1978; page 38; originally printed in 1978) She was born sometime during 1808 in Sissiboo and died 28 November 1890 in Malahide Township. (Ontario Genealogy Society; "Berean Baptist Cemetery"; updated 20 April 2005; Accessed 10 March 2006; http://www.elginogs.ca/cemeteries/malahide/bereanbaptist.htm) Husband and wife are buried side-by-side in the Berean Baptist Cemetery, Malahide Township, Elgin County, Ontario. (ibid.)

He was a very religious man. On 17 October 1835, he and his mother were accepted into the Port Burwell Baptist Church in Malahide; so they must have arrived in Malahide close to that date. (Haggan, Ida Louise; "The Haggan Papers (part 4a)" - "A History of Port Burwell"; St. Thomas, Elgin County Library, 1978; page 15; originally printed in 1978) He was a Deacon in the Bayham (Port Burwell) Baptist Church, the Berean Baptist Church, and the Lakeview Baptist Church.[xviii] In the 1842 Malahide Census, Kenneth has living on Lot #32 Concession #2, being a farmer, and having seven family members. (Johnson, Bruce Connor, Jr.; "1842 Census Index Malahide Township, Elgin County, Canada West / Ontario"; http://www.elginogs.ca/onlinepubs/census1842.htm; updated 1999; Accessed 13 June 2005)

In the mid 1830's to late 1840's, severe epidemics of diphtheria, cholera, typhoid, and tuberculosis swept through the country. Three of his daughters died within a three month span from diphtheria. (Haggan, Ida Louise; "The Haggan Papers (part 3)"; St. Thomas, Elgin County Library, 1978; page 45; originally printed in 1978) Kenneth buried them on his farm and thus had started the Hankinson Cemetery which, today, is incorporated as the Berean Baptist Cemetery.

Children of Kenneth and Christena (McCONNELL) HANKINSON:

98.i.Susan Catherine, born 20 February 1834
99.ii.James Henry, born 09 May 1836
100.iii.Ellen Victoria, born 16 March 1838
101.iv.Caroline, born 16 January 1841
102.v.Sarah Jane, born 11 October 1842
103.vi.Harriet, born 11 January 1845
104.vii.Elizabeth, born November 1846
105.viii.Avorintha, born 1849
106.ix.Rowlen Taylor, born 08 May 1853



15. Eleanor HANKINSON (Reuben1) was born 02 August 1811 in Sissiboo, Annapolis County, Nova Scotia and died sometime in 1833 in Weymouth, Annapolis County, Nova Scotia. (Haggan, Ida Louise; "The Haggan Papers (part 4a)"; St. Thomas, Elgin County Library, 1978; page 38; originally printed in 1978)




FOOTNOTES:


[i] Reverend Francis HANKINSON's gravestone at the Mount Avon Cemetery in Rochester, Oakland County, Michigan indicates that he was born 23 September 1789 and died 06 June 1845 at the age of 57 years, and 8 months. If he was 57 years, and 8 months on 06 June 1845, he should have been born about October 1787 and not 23 September 1789. A census taken 12 March 1787 of Sissiboo (Brudenell, Edward Letter Book, PANS MFM# 10109-X, page 253) shows Reuben HANKINSON married and with one child. Assuming Francis was Reuben's first born, Francis would have to have been born before March 1787. From the information found on the 1810-1840 US censuses, we can deduce that he was born between 1785-1790. In regards to his actual birth date, "The Haggan Papers (Part 3)" by Ida Haggan suggests a date of 22 November 1786, which sounds very probable.

Census YearLocationAge
1810Johnstown, Montgomery County, New York16-251785-1794
1820Stratford, Montgomery County, New York26-451775-1794
1830Canajoharie, Montgomery County, New York40-501780-1790
1840Avon, Oakland County, Michigan50-601780-1790

[ii] The 1840 United States Federal Census of Avon, Oakland County, Michigan shows Levi LeROY (family of six and uncle to Francis LeRoy HANKINSON), Horace FOOT (family of five and brother-in-law to Francis LeRoy HANKINSON), Francis LeRoy HANKINSON (family of eight and himself), Reuben HANKINSON (family of three and son to Francis LeRoy HANKINSON), and Peter Francis LeROY (family of five and cousin to Francis LeRoy HANKINSON), all living near each other.

[iii] He was probably living on his mother-in-law's estate by 1827 because the 1827 Clare Township Census didn't enumerate him as a resident of that township during that time.

[iv] It's interesting to note that Robert, his wife, his children, and possibly his father are the only Hankinsons buried in an Anglican Cemetery while his siblings and most of their descendents are all buried in a Baptist Cemetery. It's also interesting to note that in 1840 Robert very generously conveyed a parcel of his land, near Weymouth Bridge, to the Baptist Congregation of Weymouth.

[v] The age printed in the Christian Messenger is inconsistent with his actual age. It should have been 75 years, not 70.

[vi] A picture of Deacon Reuben HANKINSON, Jr. first tombstone. There is an old family history that states that his first tombstone was thrown over the embankments at the Riverside Baptist church cemetery because it didn't display the name of his wife, Charity. It was quickly replaced with one baring her name. His original tombstone was found in 2005 by Julian David Hankinson while on vacation in Weymouth. The original reads as follows: "Dea Reuben HANKINSON. Died Sept 6, 1865. Aged 76 yrs.".

[vii] Henry's first marriage was to Jane PRIME in 1822. They had one child together (George Prime SABEAN b: 1823). Sadly, Jane died shortly afterwards.

[viii] The 1827 Clare Township Census lists no SABEAN family living in that township at that time (http://www.rootsweb.com/~nsdigby/census/1827/clareprs.htm). New Tusket is located within the Township of Clare which, in turn, is within Digby County.

[ix] The 1850 Census of Grand Rapids, Kent County, Michigan shows Sarah being the last child born in Canada and Richard to be the first born in Michigan. Therefore, if Sarah was born in 1838 and Richard in 1841, the year in which Daniel moved to Grand Rapids would fall between those dates.

[x] The 1860 Census of Paris, Kent County, Michigan and the 1870 Census of the First Ward, Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Minnesota identify's Daniel a resident. Therefore, he must have migrated from Michigan to Minnesota during that period.

[xi] According to an online transcript of the Estherville Cemetery, Bayham Township, Elgin County, Ontario (http://www.elginogs.ca/cemeteries/bayham/estherville.htm), it shows that James Thomas H. HANKINSON died 26 November 1875 at the age of 79 years, 5 months, and 19 days. This would make his birth date 07 June 1796. It also indicates that Clarine, wife of Thos. HANKINSON, died 09 July 1862 at the age of 60 years, 10 months, and 15 days; making her birth date 24 August 1801. With the exception of Clarine's death date, both their birth and death dates correlate to the dates within "The Haggan Papers (part 3)" by Ida Louise Haggan. Regarding Clarine's death date, "The Haggan Papers" indicates that she died 02 July 1862, which would make her 60 years, 10 months, and 8 days which contradicts her tombstone.

[xii] The 1827 Clare Census (available at http://www.rootsweb.com/~nsdigby/census/1827/clarehjklm.htm) shows Thomas as the only HANKINSON in the Township of Clare. His older brothers had previously and successfully obtained land in Weymouth and had both already relocated. Robert moved back before 1827 and Reuben in 1824.

[xiii] For those who haven't been to Weymouth (nee Sissiboo), the quality of land is poor (filled with rocks, swamps, hills, etc...). For a family dependent on their land, this can make life a lot more difficult. With this in mind, a brother of Clarine, Alexander HAINES, set out in seek of better opportunities. Upon his return from the "Lake County" (Elgin County), he praised about its virgin lands to his family and friends. By early summer 1828, Thomas and his parents-in-law moved to Malahide. Within the next few years, three siblings and his mother followed.

[xiv] Many Sissiboo families (HANKINSON, McCONNELL, SHOOK, HAINES, SAXTON, etc...) left their homes in Nova Scotia during the late 1820's and 1830's to settle in Elgin County. As such, a street was named "Nova Scotia Street" in their honour.

[xv] Thomas had also received a piece of his father's property bordering the Sissiboo River about the time he was granted land in New Tusket. However, this land was smaller and of poor quality compared to the land in New Tusket.

[xvi] The online transcripts of the Lakeview Cemetery, Malahide Township, Elgin County, Ontario (available at http://www.elginogs.ca/cemeteries/malahide/lakeview.htm) indicate that Richard HANKINSON died sometime during July 1830 at the age of 36 years. Firstly, his last child was born in 1833 disproving the fact that he died in 1830. Secondly, if he was born August 1801 and if he died at the age of 36, this would make his death taking place in July 1838. The author also posses a Hankinson Genealogy (which bares no author or published date) which gives his death date in July 1836. The author suggests the date of July 1836 because of the shorter gap between the last child born and his death date. The cemetery transcripts also indicate that Elizabeth, wife of Richard HANKINSON, died 29 November 1877 at the age of 76 years.

[xvii] Gitty and John Taylor HANKINSON moved onto Richard HANKINSON's farm. They remained there and helped manage the farm. Kenneth HANKINSON bought a separate piece of land in Malahide and lived there.

[xviii] The Bayham (Port Burwell) Baptist Church was established on 19 January 1819. In 1836, the congregation stood at 145 members and it was decided to construct a meeting house. On 20 August 1842, the membership stood at 209 and it was decided to create a new meeting house in Malahide. In 1849, the new church was opened and called the Jubilee Church of Malahide. In 1862, controversy over the appointment of a few Deacons within the Jubilee Church caused some members to withdrawal from the church and to form a new church. The Jubilee Church renamed to the Lakeview Church and the new church was to be called the Berean Church. The Berean Church was finally built in 1870 (for the sum of $900) on Deacon Kenneth HANKINSON's property (Lot #31, Concession #2). However, in 1894, the church was moved to Aylmer, Elgin County, Ontario.