SANKS

Family History

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Some of this information is based upon research in progress and

and has not necessarily been proven or finalized.

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Maryland
to ~1850

Indiana
~1850 - ~1893

Nebraska
~1893 - 1932

Montana
1932 - present

 

Reference:

 

 

John P. Sanks 1750

John P. Sanks
born in 1750 in Baltimore, Maryland
died in 1799 in Baltimore, Maryland.
 

Elizabeth

Married ?

 

Children

  1. George
    born 1770 in Baltimore, Maryland
    died 1863 in Dillsboro, Dearborn County, Indiana

  2. John
    born about 1774 in Baltimore, Maryland

  3. Zachariah
    born in 1775 in Baltimore, Maryland
    married Nancy Rippy on August 17, 1813
    died January 14, 1843 at Fredrick County, Virginia.

  4. Elizabeth
    born about 1776 in Baltimore, Maryland

  5. Joshua Sanks
    born on October 24, 1777 in Baltimore, Maryland
    married #1) Sarah DUNLAP, #2) Lavina Tamson DANIEL and #3) Susannah Daniel REES
    died May 13, 1865 in Lawrenceburg Dearborn Indiana

  6. Rebecca
    born about 1778

 

Reference:

 

Joshua Sanks 1777 - 1865

Joshua Sanks
born on Oct 24, 1777 in Baltimore, Maryland
died May 13, 1865 in Lawrenceburg Dearborn Indiana
buried in Rees Cemetery, Lawrenceburg Township, Indiana
Military Service: 31 MAY 1794 Baltimore Militia
 

Sarah Dunlap
born
died 1808

Joshua and Sarah married in 1804

 

Children

  1. Zachariah Taylor Dunlap Sanks
    born on June 20, 1805 in Berkley County, (West) Virginia
    died May 13, 1865 in Dearborn County, Indiana
    married Juliana Gaw in Virginia on June 10, 1825
    married Mary Cowles

Lavina Tamison Daniels
Married: 28 JAN 1812 in Berkely Co., VA

 

Children

  1. George D. Sanks
    born September 2, 1813 near Winchester Virginia
     

Susannah Daniel Rees
Married: 23 NOV 1826 in Dearborn Co., IN
died 1856
 

Children

  1. Samuel SANKS b: ABT 1828

  2. William F SANKS b: ABT 1829

 

Reference:

The best description of his life is contained in the book "Memoirs of the Lower Ohio Valley" in a biography of Joshua's grandson Henry - a county treasurer, clerk and sheriff in Gallatin County, IL at the turn of the century: "his grandfather, Joshua Sanks, was in early life a farmer near Baltimore, MD. From there he moved to Virginia and later to Indiana, locating near Lawrenceburg, where he lived to the age of eighty-nine years. He was married three times and reared a large family of children". He is buried at an old cemetery on the former David Rees (David Rees being the first husband of Joshua's third wife) Farm in Lawrenceburg Township (on headstone indicates he was born 24 Oct 1777 and died 13 May1865 (making him the remarkable age of 88 at the time of his death). the birth and death dates from the headstone are verified from other records. The index of Indiana wills show that his will was probated in 1865 and a copy of the Will has been obtained from Dearborn County. The 1850 Census shows Joshua Sanks at 72 when the census was taken that summer. The 1860 census shows him at 82 that year.

Joshua was shown as having signed up for the Baltimore Militia on may 31, 1794. He was listed in a category for white and between eighteen and forty-five years old - even though later records show he was probably about sixteen and a half at the time he signed up. This is the first direct record (outside of the southern Illinois local history and the census returns) that show him as born in Maryland and link him to this part of Maryland at this time. Joshua is shown to have married twice in Berkeley County, on March 20 1804 to Sarah Dunlap and on January 28, 1812 to Lamina Daniel (known as Tamson and mentioned below. Susannah Daniel is shown to have married Daniel Rees on March 4, 1807. After David Rees died in Dearborn County in 1820, Susannah Rees married Joshua Sanks there in 1826.

As mentioned above, he emigrated from Virginia to Indiana. Weakley's 1885 history of Dearborn and Ohio Counties indicates that sometime before 1812 Joshua settled on the hill in sight if Lawrenceburg. the date is questionable, as the Ohio Valley book indicates that his son George D. Sanks was born near Winchester, VA on September 2, 1813 and that Joshua had remarried in Berkeley County in early 1812.

The Dearborn County Marriages, 1806-1833, confirm that Joshua Sanks married Susannah Rees on November 23, 1826. As mentioned in the Virginia section, she was the widow of David Rees - on whose former farm Joshua Sanks is buried. This was probably his third and last marriage. Records show that Susannah died in 1856. Shie is now shown in the 1860 census with Joshua.

 

 

Zachariah Taylor Dunlap Sanks 1805 - 1887

Zachariah Taylor Dunlap Sanks
born on June 20, 1805 in Berkley County, (West) Virginia
died March 24, 1887 in Dearborn County, Indiana.  (or May 13, 1865)
buried in Dillsboro Cemetery, Dearborn County, IN
 

 

Juliana Gaw
born 1805 in Virginia
died about 1834 in Dillsboro, Dearborn County, Indiana.

Married: June 10, 1825 in Dearborn County, Indiana

Children

  1. James Monroe
    born on April 4, 1824 in Dillsboro, Dearborn County, Indiana
    married Martha Jane Wilson on October 18, 1956 in Dillsboro, Dearborn County, Indiana
    childred: Florian B. (b: 25 Sep 1865), Emma Luella (b: 26 Nov 1879),
                    Jasper Monroe (b: 29 Nov 1872) & Arthur T (b: 26 Jan 1877)
    died August 5, 1900 at Danville, Illinois
    buried in Fairmount, Illinois, Greenview Cemetery

  2. William H.
    born on February 14, 1828 in Dearborn County, Indiana
    married Mary E. Bostic on December 10, 1857 in Dearborn County, Indiana
    died Jan 14, 1904 in Lawrenceburg, Indiana.

  3. John
    born about 1830 in Indiana

  4. Rezin R. Sanks
    born May 30, 1832 in Lawrenceburg, Dearborn County, Indiana
    married Martha Jane on May 29, 1859 at Dearborn County, Indiana
    died November 27, 1863 at Memphis, Tennessee
    buried in Memphis, Tennessee, National Cemetery
    military Service Co. B, 83rd Regiment, Indiana Volunteers

Mary Cowles
born July 13, 1819 in Indiana

Zachariah and Mary Cowles were married on October 8, 1835 in Dearborn County, Indiana

  1. Margaret
    born 1838

  2. Daniel G
    born 1939

  3. Martha J.
    born 1840 in Indiana

  4. George W.
    born 1842 in Indiana
    married Sarah Stephenson on April 24, 1859 in Dearborn County, Indiana

  5. Eliza Elleanor
    born April 4, 1846 in Indiana
    married Joseph Laird on July 7, 1869 in Dearborn County, Indiana
    died April 21, 1910 at Chicago, Cook County, Illinois

  6. Alfred J.
    born about 1850 in Indiana
    married Amanda Clark on March 19, 1871 in Dearborn County, Indiana.

  7. Isabella
    born May 11, 1852 in Indiana

  8. Joseph M
    born March 1854 in Indiana
    married Annie M Durbin on September 14, 1875 in Dearborn County, Indiana

  9. Henry Bond
    born April 1857 in Indiana
    married Emma Haas on June 7, 1884 in Dearborn County, Indiana

  10. Emma
    born 1859 in Indiana

  11. Alice
    born about 1860 in Indiana
    married William P. Gray on October 6, 1878 in Dearborn County, Indiana.

 

Reference:

  • The Thatcher Family - Zachariah Taylor Dunlap Sanks

  • Melanie Key Martin rootsweb family tree

  • Indiana Marriages to 1850

  • Indiana Marriages, 1845-1920

  • Illinois Statewide Death Index

  • Residence: 1830 Dearborn County, IN

  • Residence: 1840 Dearborn County, IN

  • Residence: 1850 Centre Township, Dearborn County, IN

  • Residence: 1860 Clay Township, Dearborn County, IN

  • Residence: 1870 Lawrenceburg Township, Dearborn County, IN

  • Residence: 1880 Clay Township, Dearborn County, IN

 

Rezin Ross Sanks 1829 - 1863

Rezin Ross Sanks
born on May 30, 1829 in Lawrenceburg, Dearborn County, Indiana
died Nov 26-27, 1863 in Memphis Tennessee
buried in Mephhis, Tennessee, National Cemetery

Military Service: Civil War, 83rd Regiment, Indiana Volunteer Infantry

 

Elizabeth Richards
born 1835
died March 14 in Dearborn County, IN

Married #1: 15 FEB 1854 in Dearborn County, IN
 

Martha Jane Wilson
born Oct 3, 1939
died May 20, 1920 in Nebraska
 

Married #2: 29 MAY 1859 in Dearborn County, INChildren

  1. Edmond Bond Sanks
    born Aug 27, 1860 (or Aug 26, 1861) in Clay Township, Dearborn, Indiana
    died October 27, 1926 in Cozad Nebraska.

  2. Alma Vinca
    born June 11, 1862 in Clay Towhship, Dearborn, Indiana
    married August Krebs on February 11, 1889 in Lawrenceburg, Dearborn County, Indiana
    was one when her father died and maybe was raised by her grand parents Zachariah and Mary Sanks

 

Reference:

 

Edmond Bond Sanks 1860 - 1926

Edmond Bond Sanks
Birth:   Aug 27, 1860 (or Aug 26, 1861) in Clay Township, Dearborn, Indiana
Death: October 27, 1926 in Cozad Nebraska.
Burial: Cottonwood Cemetery, Cozad, Nebraska
            

 

Fannie Hensley
Birth:         1841-64
Death:
Marriage:  Edmond married Fanny Hensley after 1876

Children

  1. Claude Everett Sanks
    born May 5, 1883 at Grays Lake, Illinois.

  2. Ernest Lee
    born June 7, 1884 in Gray Lake, Illinois

  3. May "Maude"

  4. Mabel

Elizabeth Rinehart wife #2
Married: 1891 in Dawson County, NE
Death:     March 11, 1901

          Burial:     Cottonwood Cemetery, Dawson County, Nebraska
              

 

Children

  1. Grace A. SANKS b: 11 OCT 1891 in NE Frederick

  2. Frederick Rezin "Fred" SANKS
    born January 17, 1893 in Gothenburg, Dawson County, NE
    died 1969
    married 1917 to Lenore Lucille Ashley born March 1873 in IA

  3. Leroy Raymond SANKS b: 21 AUG 1895 in Cozad, Dawson County NE

  4. Oscar Raymond SANKS b: 1 MAR 1898 in NE
    married Clara L born May 3, 1901 & died June 18, 1976
    burial : Fort McPherson National Cemetery, Maxwell, Lincoln County, Nebraska

 

 

Ida Robb wife #3 from Bassett Nebraska
Birth:        1862 in IA or PA
Marriage: 1901
Death:      1942
Burial:      12-1-1942 : Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Omaha, Douglas County, Nebraska

                          
 

Children

  1. Hellen Robb SANKS b: 1902 in NE 

 

Reference:

 

Claude Everett Sanks 1883 - 1951

Claude Everett Sanks
Birth:         May 5, 1883 at Grays Lake, Illinois
Death:       July 30, 1951 in Vernonia, Columbia County, Oregon. 
Burial:       Veronia Memorial Cemetery, Columbia County, OR
                 
 

Flora May Wingerd
Birth:         February 29, 1884 in Holdridge Nebraska (or  in Atlanta, Harlan Co, NE)
    Father:  James WINGERD
    Mother: Adeline FOURNEY
Death:       October 8, 1954 in Portland, Multnomah County, Oregon
Burial:       Veronia Memorial Cemetery, Columbia County, OR
                 
Marriage:
June 2, 1905.

Residence:
1910 Hooker County, NE
Residence: 1920 Freetown Township, Antelope County, NE
Residence: 1930 Scottsbluff, Scotts Bluff County, NE

Children:

  1. Ella Fanny Sanks
    Birth:      April 7, 1908 in Hooker Nebraska
    Married: John Lesser on August 16, 1924
    Married: Adrian Leland "Lee" Holcomb about 1929
    Death:    November 14, 1935 in Deer Lodge, Montana
     

  2. Edmond Claude
    Birth:            September 2, 1910 in Dalton County, Nebraska
    Married #1:  Wilma Mae Eagon born on February 9, 1913 in Parnell, Nodaway, Missouri
    Married #2:  Wilma Benefiel
    Married #3:  1946, August 9, to Evelyn Mattie Breninger born Sept 16, 1926 in Armel, Colorado died Jan 6, 2008

    Death:          March 23, 1993 in Scappoose (Portland), Columbia County, Oregon
    Obituary:      The Oregonian, Portland, OR - March 26, 1993

    EDMOND CLAUDE SANKS
    The funeral for Edmond Claude Sanks of Scappoose, a retired custodian for the
    Scappoose School District, will be at 1 p.m. Saturday in the Peninsula Church of Christ.
    Mr. Sanks died of a stroke Tuesday in a Portland hospital. He was 82.
    He was born Sept. 2, 1910, in Dalton, Neb. He married Evelyn Breninger on Aug. 9,
    1946, in Vancouver, Wash. Mr. Sanks had lived in Scappoose for the past 50 years. He
    worked for the Scappoose School District for a number of years until his retirement in
    1976. He was a member of the Peninsula Church of Christ.
    Survivors in addition to his wife include his sons, Wayne of Walla Walla and Darrell of
    Scappoose; his brother, Raymond of Portland; his sister, Nona Lynes of Lewiston, Idaho;
    six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
    Interment will be at Fairview Cemetery in Scappoose.
  3. Owen
    Birth:        ~1913
    Death:      4 NOV 1956 in Marion County, OR
    Marriage: Darlene Starks

  4. Elizabeth
    Birth:     October 30, 1914
    Death:   August 20, 1916

  5. Nona Grace
    Birth:        ~1819
    Marriage: Ralph COLLINS

  6. Martha Evangeline
    Birth:      March 4, 1921 in Aliance, Box Butte County, Nebraska
    Death:    April 12, 1984 in Portland, Multnomah County, Oregon
    Married: circa 1938, one child, died in infancy, divorced circa 1941 Marriages 1 Charles Phillipst
    Married: Charles Elisha Tarbell born August 18, 1906 in Bachlor Flatt Oregon

  7. Ruth Mae
    Birth:   December 26, 1925 in Gering, Scotts Bluff County, NE
    Death: January 16, 1992

  8. Raymond Leroy
    Birth: ~1928
    Marriage: Bernadette

Reference:

  • The Thatcher Family - Claude Everett Sanks

  • 1910 United States Federal Census

  • 1930 Census : Scotts Bluff, Scotts Bluff, Nebraska; Roll: 1293; Page: ; Enumeration District: 24; Image: 329.0

  • Oregon Death Index, 1903-98

1910 United States Federal Census
Flora M Sanks

Age in 1910: 26

Birth Year: 1884
Household Members:
James P D Wingard 53
Adline Wingerd 45
Alice E Wingerd 17
Cora E Wingerd 11
Catherine K Brock 28
Lillie M Brock 6
Mary E Brock 3
James E Brock 2
Orine B Brock 7 month
Flora M Sanks 26
Ella F Sanks 2

 

1930 United States Federal Census
Scotts Bluff, Scotts Bluff, Nebraska;

Roll: 1293; Page: ;

Enumeration District: 24;

Image: 329.0

 

Claude Everett Sanks

Head

M

W

47

married 22

IL

IL

KY

laborer

Flora May Sanks

wife

F

W

46

married 21

NE

IA

MO

 

Edmond Sanks

son

M

W

18

 

NE

 

 

laborer/road work

Owen Sanks

son

M

W

16

 

NE

 

 

 

Nona Sanks

daughter

F

W

11

 

NE

 

 

 

Martha Sanks

daughter

F

W

9

 

NE

 

 

 

Ruth Sanks

daughter

F

W

4-4/12

 

NE

 

 

 

Leo Roy Sanks

son

M

W

2-1/2

 

NE

 

 

 

 

 

Hooker County Nebraska

 

 

Ella Fanny Sanks 1908-1935

Ella Fanny Sanks

Ella Fanny Sanks

1935

Birth:   April 7, 1908 in Hooker Nebraska
    Father: Claude Everett Sanks (born May 5, 1883)
    Mother: Flora Mae Wengard (born Feb 29, 1884 in Atlanta, Harlan Co, NE.
Death:
November 14, 1935 in Deer Lodge, Montana. 


 

John Lesser
Birth:   July 30, 1904 in Lapeer Michigan
Death: April 11, 1934 in Denver Colorado
Burial: Riverside cemetery (rootsweb). 
John was a musician and entertainer, playing accordion.


Marriage: Ella married John Lesser on August 16, 1924

Children:

  1. Dorothy Alvina
    Birth: April 20, 1925 in Gering, Nebraska
    Dorothy moved with her family to Montana at the age of 7. 
    After the death of her mother Ella in 1935, Dorothy and her sisters Mildred and Herrietta were placed in the Montana state orphans home in Twin Bridges.  In 1941, Dorothy moved from the orphans home and lived with the Tom and Nellie Wilson family on Indian Creek in Sheridan Montana until she married Harold Donegan Funk in 1942.  Dorothy re-married on April 24, 1981 Larry Duncan Preston.  Dorothy went home to be in the presence of the Lord Jesus Christ on Monday, June 25, 2007

  2. Mildred   Birth: ~1927 in Gering, Nebraska

  3. Herrietta Birth: 1929, died of diabetes when she was about 15.

 

Adrian Leland "Lee" Holcomb
Birth:             September 23, 1899 in Nebraska
Marriage #1: Ella married Lee about 1929.
Residence:     1959 Leland lived in Deer Lodge, Montana.
                      After coming to Montana, he was employed by the Milwaukee and Norther Pacific Railroad for several years.
Marriage #2: Garnet of Deer Lodge
Death:           Monday, September 14, 1959 in Deer Lodge, Montana
                      Montana Standard (Butte) September 15, 1959 - Leland Holcomb Obiturary
 

Lee and Ella's Children

1. Leland Adrian Holcomb
Birth:      June 17, 1930 in Scottsbluff, Nebraska
Adopted:
by Hill family at age five and name changed to Lee Laverne Hill
Married: Haxel Jean Hill born 9/28/1932 in Kalispell Montana
Children: Deborah Lee Rixie      born 1952 in Kalispell Montana
                                                   currently living in Longview Washington
                Michael LaverneHill     born 1955 in Kalispell Montana
                                                   currently living in Clatskanie Oregon
                Katherine Jean Wicker born 1957 in Kalispell Montana
                                                    currently living in Longview Washington
2010 : Lee currently living in Ocean Park Washington

Lee, Kathy, Michael, Debbie, Hazel

Michael & Cheryl
 

2. Donna Jean
Birth: ?
Spouse:
Ernest Becker born in Wilsall
Children: Daniel Stinson Becker,
                Sheryl Becker and
                Allen Becker born 1957 in Bozeman
                    Married: Debora "Debby" Goodsell in 1979
                    Children: Eric and Lindsay
Ernest and Donna now live in Malta, Montana


picture taken of
Donna and Sue Funk
at Donna's home in
Glasgow, Montana

1910 United States Federal Census
about Ella F Sanks

Name:

Ella F Sanks

Age in 1910:

2

Estimated birth year:

abt 1908

Birthplace:

Nebraska

Relation to Head of House:

Granddaughter

Father's Birth Place:

Illinois

Mother's name:

Flora M

Mother's Birth Place:

Nebraska

Home in 1910:

Mullen, Hooker, Nebraska

Marital Status:

Single

Race:

White

Gender:

Female

Neighbors:

View others on page

Household Members:

Name

Age

James P D Wingerd

53

Adline Wingerd

45

Alice E Wingerd

17

Cora E Wingerd

11

Catherine K Brock

28

Lillie M Brock

6

Mary E Brock

3

James E Brock

2

Orine B Brock

7/12

Flora M Sanks

26

Ella F Sanks

2

 

1930 United States Federal Census
about Ella Holcomb

Name: Ella Holcomb
Home in 1930: Scotts Bluff, Scotts Bluff, Nebraska
Age: 22
Estimated birth year: abt 1908
Relation to Head of House: Daughter
Father's name: Claude Emmett
Mother's name: Flora May
Spouse's name: Llard
 
Neighbors: View others on page
Household Members:
Name Age
Claude Emmett Sanks 47
Flora May Sanks 46
Edmond Sanks 19
Owen Sanks 16
Nona Sanks 11
Martha Sanks 9
Ruth Sanks 4 4/12
Le Roy Sanks 2 1/12
Llard Holcomb 28
Ella Holcomb 22
Dorothy Lener 5
Mildred Lener 3 3/12
Etta Lener 1 10/12

 

Research:

  • March 15, 2004 by Michael Hill : I am looking for family of Ella Sanks, died in approx. 1934 in Deer Lodge, Montana. Was married to Leland Adrian Holcomb also died in approx 1959 in Deer Lodge, Montana. I would be a grandson.
    http://genforum.genealogy.com/sanks/messages/44.html

 

 
 

 

 

 

 

To Be Continued......

 


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