Posted by David Hanks on February 12, 2000 at 10:38:58:
In Reply to: Southern and Northern Hanks posted by Daniel C. Hanks on August 21, 1998 at 23:08:26:
: I have noticed in reading posts from a mailing list
: I am subscribed to, that there seems to be two main
: lines of Hankses in America. One group, (from which
: I descend, is of the Benjamin Hanks line, who came to
: America from England in 1699. I belive many of these
: Hanks stayed in New England, and eventually migrated
: The other group came to America from England
: sometime earlier, and eventually ended up in the
: Southern states.
: My question, then, is this: Does any one know of an
: earlier connection between the two lines back in England?
: Is there one large Hanks family from which both groups
: Anyways, just thought I'd ask, maybe spark up some
: discussion around here. :-)
As mentioned elsewhere on the board, All U.K. research indicates the family originated in the village of Naunton, Near Cheltenham in the County of Gloucestershire, England (where I was born in 1948). The family name can be traced back to the 1600s there and 3 surviving family groups survive there to this day. I was in the village only yesterday - it is as idylic as it ever was!
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