Ephraim Knowlton Hanks

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Patriarch Ephraim Knowlton Hanks - courtesy of J. Phillip Hanks

Ephraim's Rescue, May 31, 2013 by T.C. Christensen


Genealogical Data



Benjamin Hanks b. (12 Jun 1788) (Hartford, Hartford, Connecticut, USA)
Martha Knowlton b. (16 Oct 1794) (Ashford, Windham, Connecticut, USA)


  1. Mary Ann Hanks; b. (30 Aug 1812) (Madison, Lake, Ohio, USA)
  2. Calvin Azariah Hanks; b. (1813) (Madison, Lake, Ohio, USA)
  3. Knowlton Hanks; b. (2 May 1816) (Madison, Lake, Ohio, USA)
  4. Marcia Hanks; b. (1818) (Madison, Lake, Ohio, USA)
  5. Sidney Alvarus Hanks; b. (16 Aug 1820) (Madison, Lake, Ohio, USA)
  6. Orson Hanks; b. (1822) (Madison, Lake, Ohio, USA)
  7. Eliza D. Hanks; b. (May 1824) (Madison, Lake, Ohio, USA)
  8. Ephraim Knowlton Hanks; b. (21 Mar 1826) (Madison, Lake, Ohio, USA)
  9. Elijah Hanks; b. (10 Apr 1828) (Madison, Lake, Ohio, USA)
  10. Benjamin William Hanks; b. (28 Oct 1829) (Madison, Lake, Ohio, USA)
  11. Martha Knowlton Hanks; b. (Oct 1831) (Madison, Lake, Ohio, USA)
  12. Otis Holbrook Hanks; b. (10 Nov 1832) (Madison, Lake, Ohio, USA)

Spouses and Children

Harriet Amelia Decker

Married: (22 Sep 1848), (Salt Lake City, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA)


  1. Ephraim Marcellus Hanks b. (21 Jun 1849), (Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, USA)
  2. Marcia Amelia Hanks b. (3 Jul 1851), (Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, USA)
  3. Otis Alvarus Hanks b. (15 Sep 1853), (Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, USA)
  4. Harriet Page Wheeler Hanks b. (25 Feb 1856), (Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, USA)
  5. Clara Vilate Hanks b. (10 Jul 1859), (Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, USA)
  6. Charles Decker Hanks b. (22 Dec 1860), (Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, USA)
  7. Perry Isaac Hanks b. (20 Jan 1863), (Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, USA)

Guardian Child:

  1. Yodes, Indian Son b. (abt 1836)

Father: Isaac Decker b. (29 Nov 1799) (Taghkanic, Columbia, New York, USA)
Mother: Harriet Page Wheeler b. (7 Sep 1803) (Hillsborough, Hillsborough, New Hampshire, USA)

Jane Maria Capener

Married: (27 Mar 1856) (Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, USA)


  1. William Albert Capener Hanks b. (17 Feb 1859), (Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, USA)
  2. Alice Maria Hanks b. (15 Jan 1861), (Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, USA)
  3. Sarah Elizabeth Hanks b. (10 Mar 1863), (Charleston, Wasatch, Utah, USA)
  4. Ephraim Knowlton Hanks b. (18 May 1865), (Charleston, Wasatch, Utah, USA)
  5. George Augustus Hanks b. (3 Jan 1868), (Park City, Summit, Utah, USA)
  6. David Capener Hanks b. (5 Mar 1870), (Park City, Summit, Utah, USA)
  7. Louisa Rebecca Hanks b. (27 Jun 1872), (Heber, Wasatch, Utah, USA)

Father: William Capener b. (30 Jul 1806) (Knightsbridge, Middlesex, England)
Mother: Sarah Verrinder b. (2 Sep 1804) (Painswick, Gloucestershire, England)

Hannah Hardy

Married: (27 Mar 1856) (Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, USA)

Father: Jacob Hardy
Mother: Louisa Kimball

Thisbe Quilley Read

Married: (5 April 1862) (Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, USA)


  1. Ella Mariam Hanks; b. (2 Nov 1863) (Heber, Wasatch, Utah, USA)
  2. Walter Ernest Hanks; b. (19 Jun 1865) (Provo, Utah, Utah, USA)
  3. Martha Georgenia Hanks; b. (20 Aug 1867) (Parley's Park, Summit, Utah, USA)
  4. Amy Alicia Hanks; b. (29 Jan 1870) (Parley's Park, Summit, Utah, USA)
  5. Thisbe Hanks; b. (28 Mar 1872) (Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, USA)
  6. Knowlton Hanks; b. (26 Jan 1874) (Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, USA)
  7. Sidney Alvarus Hanks; b. (4 Apr 1875) (Parley's Park, Summit, Utah, USA)
  8. Raymond Elijah Hanks; b. (24 Aug 1876) (Parley's Park, Summit, Utah, USA)
  9. Lillie Maria Hanks; b. (2 Aug 1879) (Burrville, Sevier, Utah, USA)
  10. Arthur Eugene Hanks; b. (14 May 1882) (Burrville, Sevier, Utah, USA)
  11. Nettie May Hanks; b. (8 Nov 1884) (Pleasant Creek, Wayne, Utah, USA)
  12. Clara Ellen Hanks; b. (9 Aug 1888) (Pleasant Creek, Wayne, Utah, USA)

Father: Samuel George Read b. (28 Feb 1807) (Stepney, London, Middlesex, England)
Mother: Elizabeth Georgina Quilley b. (22 Sep 1805) (, Basing, Hampshire, England)

Biographical Sketch

Ephraim Knowlton Hanks was born 21 March, 1826, in Madison, Lake County, Ohio, to Benjamin Hanks and Martha Knowlton. At 16 years of age, Eph ran away from home, and worked on the Erie Canal for a few months. He subsequently signed up for what he thought to be a 'freighting job on the ocean' which turned out to be a nearly 3-year stint with the Navy as a 'first class boy' on board the man-of-war USS Columbus. He returned home to his native Ohio after this voyage and found his brother Sidney had joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons). Eph himself was soon converted to the church's teachings and became a member in 1845. In time he left Nauvoo, Illinois with many of the members of the church and started on the trek West with them. While on the trek West he left the main body of the emigrants with the Mormon Battalion, and marched with them to San Diego, as a private in Company B. Eph eventually arrived in the Salt Lake Valley and soon after married Harriet Amelia Decker. In time he married 3 other women in plural marriage, Jane Maria Capener, Hannah Hardy, and Thisbe Quilley Read. In 1856, Eph played a role in the rescue of the Martin Handcart Company. Need more...

A biographical sketch from the Latter-day Saint Biographical Encyclopedia

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