Verda Waller Hankins was the daughter of Thomas Leander “Lee” Hankins and Samantha Angeline Petty of Hopkins County, Kentucky. Several branches of her Hankins line can be traced to colonial America, but both sides of her Petty line come to a dead end at her great-grandparents. View Ancestry.com tree starting with Verda.
Verda’s Hankins line surnames include: Berry, Dobyns, Fox, Gill, Goodloe, Hankins, Mott, Waller, Weeks, Wright, and Younger. Her ancestors, John Berry, Edward Dobyns, Henry Goodloe, John Hankins, and Titus Fox all settled in Hopkins County in the early 1800s. The list of her Petty line surnames is much shorter — Petty and Thomas. Her mother’s parents were John R. Petty and Margaret Thomas. Nothing is known about their ancestry beyond their parents, and John R’s mother’s first name isn’t even known.
John Berry was in Clark County, Kentucky by 1801 when his daughter, Elizabeth, married Henry Lewis Goodloe. I believe John was the son of Thomas Berry, but there is still some work to be done in proving that. The Berrys came from Virginia, exact location undetermined.
Edward Dobyns arrived in Hopkins County from Virginia before 1810. He married Sarah Mott in Richmond County in 1797. Edward was the son of Edward Dobyns who died in Richmond County before 1789. Daniel Dobyns of Colonial Virginia: His English Ancestry and American Descendants by Kenneth W. Dobyns and Margaret S. Thorpe documents the Dobyns line back a number of generations. Judge the validity of that information for yourself.
Titus Fox was a Revolutionary War soldier from Wilkes County, North Carolina. He married Elizabeth Wright there in 1780. They lived in Burke County, North Carolina in 1790 and in the Pendleton District in South Carolina in 1800 before settling in Hopkins County by 1810. His father, James, and some of his siblings also made the move to Kentucky.
Sarah Gill married John Hankins in 1783 in Frederick County, Virginia. Following John’s Revolutionary War service, they lived in Wilkes County, North Carolina before settling in Hopkins County prior to 1810. Her parents are unknown.
Thomas Allen Goodloe was born in Spotsylvania County, Virginia. He married Dorothy Waller there in 1776. By 1790 they were living in Fayette County, Virginia, which became Fayette County, Kentucky two years later. Thomas and Dorothy’s son, Henry Lewis Goodloe and his wife, Elizabeth Berry, left central Kentucky for the western part of the state, settling in Hopkins County before 1810. The Goodloe family history back 200 hundred years or more from Thomas is documented in Goodloe Genealogy published in 1982 by Paul Miller Goodloe.
John Hankins was a Revolutionary War soldier from Frederick County, Virginia, the son of William Hankins and Jane Sharp. William and Jane may have arrived in Virginia from New Jersey. John married Sarah Gill in 1783 in Frederick County. They lived in Wilkes County, North Carolina after the war before migrating west to Hopkins County, Kentucky prior to 1810.
Sarah Mott was the daughter of Randolph Mott and Nancy Ann Walker of Richmond and Northumberland Counties in Virginia. She married Edward Dobyns in 1797 in Richmond County. Sarah and Edward left Virgina for Kentucky and settled in Hopkins County before 1810.
John Petty lived in McMinn County, Tennessee in 1840, Bradley County, Tennessee in 1860 and 1870, and Whitfield County, Georgia in 1880. Several of his children moved to Kentucky after the Civil War. Sons, John R. and Joseph lived in Logan County in 1870, but John R. moved his family to Hopkins County shortly after that. Nothing is known about John Petty’s parents, but he was probably born in Tennessee or North Carolina.
Jesse Thomas and his wife, Rebecca, lived in Murray County, Georgia in 1840 and 1860 and in Lumpkin County in 1850. Nothing is known about Jesse’s parents and Rebecca’s maiden name is unknown. Their daughter, Margaret, married John R. Petty and moved to Kentucky after the Civil War. Rebecca and at least a couple of their other children also made the move to Kentucky.
Dorothy Waller was the daughter of John Waller and Agnes Carr of Spotsylvania County, Virginia. She married Thomas Allen Goodloe there in 1776, and they settled in Fayette County two years before Kentucky statehood. Research on the Waller family can be found in a number of journals including the Virginia Magazine of History and Biography and William and Mary College Quarterly.
Job Weeks was a Revolutionary War soldier from Gloucester County, New Jersey. After the war he migrated to Ohio County, Virginia, where he was living in 1810. By 1820 he was living in Livingston County, Kentucky and moved back and forth between there and Pope County, Illinois (which is across the Ohio River from Livingston County) before dying in Pope County in 1841. His son, James, and James’ family made the move to Kentucky and Illinois with Job. His parents and the mother of his children are all unknown.
Elizabeth Wright married Titus Fox in Wilkes County, North Carolina in 1780 and moved west with him to Hopkins County. Elizabeth’s parents are unknown.
Delinda Younger married James Weeks in Ohio County, Virginia about 1811. Delinda and James migrated west to Livingston County, Kentucky with his father, Job. Delinda’s father was Nehemiah Younger of Kent and Anne Arundel County, Maryland. He lived in Ohio County, Virginia in 1810 and died in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1819.
Last Update: 26 March 2016