Lanier, Hankins, Hopkins & Taylor Families

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(ca 1785-bet. 1850/1860)
(ca 1793-bet. 1860/1870)
(ca 1797-ca 1871)
Lavinia MALONE
(ca 1801-ca 1863)
William Washington "Buck" LANIER
Charlotte T. JACKSON
Joseph Smith LANIER


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Nancy Jane BENNETT

Joseph Smith LANIER 1152,2344,2345
  • Born: 2 June 1847, Alabama or Georgia 2346
  • Marriage: Nancy Jane BENNETT ca 1869 2343
  • Died: 1 May 1909 at age 61 2347

  Birth Notes:

Joseph was probably born in either Alabama or Georgia. The 4 census records for him give Georgia twice and Alabama twice. His parents were living in Randolph County, Alabama in the 1840 and 1860 censuses but haven't been located in the 1850 census. In 1860 when he was 13 years old he was listed in his parents' household as born in Alabama. Several of his siblings born before him were also listed as born in Alabama while several born after him were listed as born in Georgia.


  More Information:

1860 United States Federal Census, William W. Lanier household, Rock Mills, Randolph County, Alabama 2348: Joseph was living with his parents. He was listed as Joseph Lanier, age 13, born in Alabama. [His middle initial is unreadable.]

1870 United States Federal Census, J. S. Lanier household, Chambers County, Alabama 2349: Joseph, Nancy and their daughter, Lula were living in Beat #1. He was listed as a farm hand, age 22, born in Georgia, unable to read or write.

1880 United States Federal Census, Joseph Lanier household, Rock Mills, Randolph County, Alabama 1152: Joseph, Nancy and their five children (Lula, Will, Emma, Jeff and Hettie) were living in Beat #11. Joseph was listed as a farmer, age 32, born in Georgia. It was noted in the 1870 census that he could not read or write but this record indicates that he could.

Occupation: Joseph worked as a farmer & paddle maker. 2350 Census records show he was a farmer but descendants of his daughter, Sallie, were told he was also a paddle maker and traveled around making paddles for mills and boats.

1900 United States Federal Census, Joseph Lanier household, Muldon, Monroe County, Mississippi 1150: Joseph and Nancy were living on Dr. W. W. Watkins' plantation where he was a tenant farmer. They listed children Lula, Will, Emma, Jeff, Hettie, George, Fred, James, Lilly and Sallie as living with them along with Nancy's sister, Mattie Bennett. Will, Jeff and Hettie were definitely not living in their household and it's possible that Lula and Emma were not living there either.

Joseph was listed as a farmer, age 53, born Dec 1846 in Alabama, married 30 years. It was noted that he could read and write.


Joseph married Nancy Jane BENNETT, daughter of John T. BENNETT and Martha Lucinda GAMBLE, ca 1869.2343 (Nancy Jane BENNETT was born on 27 July 1852 in Heard County, Georgia,2351 died on 12 October 1926 in Atlanta, Fulton County, Georgia 2352 and was buried on 13 October 1926 in Hillview Cemetery, LaGrange, Troup County, Georgia 2353,2354,2355.)


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