Jonathan G. Hankins

Jonathan G. Hankins is a native of Alabama, born in Lafayette County, June   
19, 1844. His father, Richard Hankins, a farmer by occupation, was a native  
of Tennessee, born in 1802, and married Miss Sarah Dunken, a native of       
Kentucky, born in 1816, and by her was the father of eleven children,        
namely: Polly A., Rutha, Debbie E. (deceased), John S. (deceased), Martha    
J., Rebecca (deceased), Susan (deceased), James B. and Rollie T. (and        
Jonathan G. and one not indicated). Mr. Hankins, Sr., took an active         
interest in politics, serving as sheriff of Lafayette County, Ala., for      
over eight years. He volunteered to serve in the war of 1836. Both he and    
his wife were members of the Primitive Baptist Church, and took a deep       
interest in religious and educational matters, as well as in all public      
enterprises. He died in 1880, at the advanced age of seventy-eight years.    
His widow still resides on the old home place, aged seventy-four years. The  
immediate subject of this sketch was reared in Alabama, receiving his        
education at the private schools, and in 1862 he entered the Confederate     
army under Gen. Grocy, in Company I, Forty-third Alabama Regiment, and       
participated in some of the hard fought battles of that war, among the       
principal of which were Chickamauga, Briston, Va., Richmond, Petersburg. At  
the surrender he was in Virginia, and immediately after that he returned to  
his home and engaged in farming eighty acres of land. July 13, 1865, he      
married Mrs. Frances (Gilmer) Herrington, a native of Georgia, who was       
born in 1836, a daughter of Archie and Peggie Gilmer, and by her has six     
children: Blendinio P., Dora L. (deceased), Alice E., Oscar L., Alonzo and   
David M. Mr. Hankins is still engaged in tilling the soil, owning 120 acres  
of good land, with 50 acres under cultivation. He is a stanch Democrat and   
takes an active interest in the politics of his county. Mr. and Mrs. Hankins 
are both members of the Baptist Church. Mr. Hankins takes an active part     
in everything for the building up of his community.                          
Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Southern Arkansas, 1890, Pike County, 
pages 328-329.                                                               
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