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Elijah Hanks 1761-1839

From A Record of the Revolutionary Soldiers buried in Lake County, Ohio, New Connecticut Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution, Painesville, Ohio, 1902.

Typed and submitted by Becky Falin, 1996.

Dea. Elijah Hanks was born in Mansfield, Conn., Aug. 30, 1761.

He served in the "Connecticut Line" in the Revolutionary War for eight months, enlisting March 10, 1778 in Capt. Allen's Co., 3rd Conn. regt., of which Samuel Wylly was Colonel.

August 14, 1782, he married to Mary Walker of Ashford, Conn., who was born Aug. 14, 1763.

Their children were Joseph, Elijah, Benjamin and John (twins), Esthere, Clorinda and Patty.

Sept. 9, 1811, they left Willington, Conn. for Madison, Ohio, arriving Oct. 3 when they immediately went to work to put up a log house (into which they moved Nov. 8) on the same farm which has ever since been in the possession of the family.

Other families coming into the neighborhood found a shelter at Dea. Hanks' hospitable home until their houses were ready for occupancy.

He died Feb. 11, 1839 at the age of seventy-eight, and lies buried in the cemetery on the hill in sight of his home.

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