Benjamin Hanks 1702

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Relationship: Faternal 2nd great grandfather to Ephraim Knowlton Hanks

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Vitals

Spouse

Mary White m. (23 Apr 1724) (Marshfield, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA)

Children:

  1. Isaac Hanks b. (1 Jun 1725) (Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA)
  2. Abigail Hanks b. (28 Aug 1726) (Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA)
  3. William Hanks b. (23 Oct 1728) (Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA)
  4. Deacon John Hanks b. (5 Oct 1730) (Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA)
  5. Richard White Hanks b. (8 Nov 1734) (Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA)
  6. Uriah Hanks b. (4 May 1736) (Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA)
  7. Benjamin Hanks b. (20 Au 1738) (Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA)
  8. Mary Hanks b. (7 Jun 1741) (Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA)
  9. Silas Hanks b. (20 May 1744) (Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA)
  10. Rachel Hanks b. (about 1746) (Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA)

Parents

Benjamin Hanks b. (1665) (Malmesbury, Wiltshire, England)
Abigail Heiford b. (26 Jan 1678) (Braintree, Norfolk, Massachusetts, USA)

Siblings:

  1. Abigail Hanks b. (8 Jun 1701) (Pembroke, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA)
  2. Benjamin Hanks b. (16 Jul 1702) (Pembroke, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA)
  3. William Hanks b. (11 Feb 1703) (Pembroke, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA)
  4. Nathaniel Hanks b. (15 Apr 1704) (Pembroke, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA)
  5. Anna Hanks b. (17 May 1706) (Pembroke, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA)
  6. Mary Hanks b. (19 Feb 1707) (Pembroke, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA)
  7. John Hanks b. (22 Oct 1709) (Pembroke, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA)
  8. Elizabeth Hanks b. (5 Mar 1711) (Pembroke, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA)
  9. Rachel Hanks b. (2 May 1712) (Pembroke, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA)
  10. Joannah Hanks b. (9 Oct 1713) (Pembroke, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA)
  11. James Hanks b. (24 Feb 1715) (Pembroke, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA)
  12. Jacob Hanks b. (abt 1717) (Pembroke, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA)

Sketch

The following was copied from "Hanks and Other Ancestors of Mine" by Edgar Freeman Hanks:

As early as 1737, Benjamin had bought from Oxenbridge Thatcher of Boston, 126 acres of land in Mansfield, Connecticut.

On July 1737, Benjamin took a nine year lease to a forge in Duxbury from his brother John. The following year, Benjamin leased the same forge to Rawson Jackson of Duxbury for seven years. In 1743, after his brother John died, Benjamin bought 10 acres of land in Duxbury from John's widow, Mary (Delano) Hanks.

The forge leased by Benjamin from his brother, John Hanks, is also referred to as an "Iron Mill" and John has been termed a "bloomer". Bloom, with reference to metal, is a mass of malleable iron from which the slag has been beaten off. A bloomery is an apparatus or establishment for making malleable iron directly from the ore; also, a puddling furnace. Specific mention of this interest by two of the Hanks brothers is made here to indicate the beginning of a bent or proclivity in this direction which continues down through successive generations to Colonel Benjamin, two of his sons, Horatio and Julius and generations of the Meneely family beginning with Andrew Meneely who married Philena Hanks.

Meanwhile, Benjamin had bought pieces of Saquish Island until he was sole possessor of the entire island. One wonders, since he made these purchases some years after he had bought the Connecticut land from Oxenbridge Thatcher, and later moved there, just why he desired complete ownership. In all probability, his reason was to be able to offer if for sale as an entity. On 1 May 1746:

"Benjamin Hanks of Plymouth, yeoman, for 275 pounds, sold to Lasarus Le Baron of Plymouth, physician, the whole of Saquish Island, together with a pew in the North West Gallery in the Meeting House of the first Precinct in the town of Plymouth, aforesaid pew is a wall Pew being in number 14 and ten acres of land in Duxbury; and his wife Mary released her rights of dower." This deed was recorded 13 May 1746. (Plymouth Deeds, 38:56)

After selling the island, Benjamin moved to Mansfield, Connecticut with all his family. At the time, he was forty-four and his wife Mary forty-two. Abigail, the oldest child was twenty; Silas, the youngest, was two. Uriah, was ten.

One wonders how the children felt about leaving Saquish Island and the amphibious existence they had known since birth. With fish for the netting, oysters, clams and scallops readily tonged or dug, lobsters for the trapping and waterfowl in great number to be brought down for the expense of a little powder and shot. Yet perhaps, with only the everlasting roaring and booming of surf and mewing and crying of waterfowl, it was lonesome out there and inconvenient for church, for school and for purchasing necessities. It must have been a very close-knit family, dependent upon one another for household and husbandry chores. The seven boys were strung out at all ages and as a consequence their father could assign chores to each according to age and ability. Abigail, who was only twenty when she left the island, must have been her mother's right hand and very much a woman in her position as second in command of a large family and household.

If Benjamin (b. 1665) had what it took to uproot himself from England and start a New England family, Benjamin (b. 1702) bought and founded a family enclave that continues to this day up on "Hanks Hill" in Mansfield, Connecticut. When purchased, the land was known as Chestnut Hill, two and one-half miles "westerly from the meeting house". But Benjamin (b. 1702) and seven boys bearing the Hanks name and a little matter of time changed the name of that hill for long years to come unto the present day.

On Hanks Hill, Benjamin (b. 1702) built a house of fourteen rooms, all on the ground floor, a great iron frame in the sitting room and panels three feet in width brought from England. This came to be known as the Mansion House. Mary (White) Hanks united with the First Congregational Church in Mansfield. Her widowed mother, Catherine (Mrs. Richard) White came to live with them. Catherine died there about 1757 leaving a large estate.

There is no picture, either in words or by brush, of Benjamin (1702) Hanks. There is no indication of his character, other than what the records give. He lived for twenty-two years on Saquish Island. Of itself, this choice of a location for a home fires the imagination. He lived in the Mansion House of his own building on Hanks Hill for forty-one years more and died there 10 January 1787 in his eighty-fifth year, after the Revolutionary War. His death is recorded in a bible. When he died, Benjamin owned "considerable land and many cattle".- End ¬

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