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16 January 2006

Obituary - Ethel Douglas

"A TRIBUTE published in the pages of THE TIMES COURIER Charleston, ILL. June 29 1978"

Memorial Obituary

Entered Into Eternal Rest Wednesday, June 28, 1978


HINDSBORO - Ethel Douglas, 81, a life long resident of the Hindsboro area, died at 3 a.m. Wednesday in her home.

Her funeral will be held at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the Taber Funeral Home in Oakland, where friends may call from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday. Burial will be in the VanVoorhies Cemetary.

Born Feb. 15, 1897, she was a daughter of John and Amanda Cravens Hanks. she was married to Ralph Douglas for over 60 years. He survives.

Other survivors include a son, H. Leon Douglas of Urbana; two daughters, Mrs. Joyce Seiz of Tucson, Ariz., and Mrs. Freda Roberts of Indianapolis, and 20 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by one daughter, three sons, one brother and three sisters.

Mrs. Douglas was a member of the Gold Star Mothers.

In Memory of
Ethel M. Douglas
Feb. 15 1897 June 28, 1978

Saturday, July 1, 1978
1:30 O'Clock P.M.
Taber Funeral Home
Oakland, Illinois

Rick Grace

Mrs. Margaret Taber
"In the Garden"
"How Great Thou Art"

Casket Bearers
Tom Seitz
Bob Douglas
Charlie Douglas
Rick Douglas
Chet Roberts
Chris Roberts

VanVoorhis Cemetary
Hindsboro, Illinois

Obituary - Ralph Douglas

"A TRIBUTE published in the pages of THE NEWS-GAZETTEE Champaign, Ill. July 15 1984."

Memorial Obituary

Entered Into Eternal Rest Friday July 13, 1984

Ralph Douglas

HINDSBORO - Ralph Douglas, 93, of Hindsboro, died at 7:20 p.m. Friday (July 13, 1984) at his home.

Funeral Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Taber Funeral Home, Oakland, the Rev. Don Funk officiating. Burial will be at VanVoorhis Cemetary, Hindsboro.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m., Monday at the funeral home.

Mr. Douglas was born May 18, 1891, at Hindsboro, a son of William and Mary Wright Douglas. He married Ethel Hanks on Dec. 23, 1916, at Paris. She died in 1978.

Survivors include one son, H. Leon Douglas of Urbana; two daughters Joyce Seitz of Tuscon, Ariz., and Frieda Roberts of Indianapolis; 20 grandchildren; 22 great grandchildren; one brother, Bruce Douglas of Decatur; and one sister, Wilma Douglas of Arcola.

He was preceded in death by three sons, one daughter and two brothers.

Mr. Douglas was a retired heavy equipment operator.

Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor's choice.

Obituary John William Hanks

From a Hindsboro, Illinois newspaper.

Funeral Rites for John Hanks Held Sunday Afternoon

Funeral services for John Hanks were conducted Sunday afternoon from the Pleasent Grove church with Rev. Petty, minister of the Methodist Church at Newman in charge. Mr. Hanks passed away Friday morning at 3:30 o'clock, death being due to old age and a light stroke of paralysis.

John W. Hanks, son of Sidner and Elizabeth Hanks, was born in Brown County Indiana April 14 1856 where he grew to young manhood.

On July 7, 1880, at the age of 24, he was united in marriage to Amanda A. Craven of the same neighborhood.

The pioneering spirit, inherited no doubt from their immediate ancestors was strong in this young couple and they turned their westward hoping to build for themselves a home in the New West. Their first attempt was a farm near Arcola, but strange faces, the hardship and drudgery of the new land, the swamp and its attending evils were in such contrast to the wooded hill homeland which like a mirage kept beckoning until they returned to its enbrace.

And yet again the horses were hitched to the covered wagon, again their steps were retraced and this time with a determination to overcome all odds, they began operations near Humboldt and from there to farms just east of Hindsboro, and it was here while living on the Margason place they purchased the plot which for nearly forty years has been home, adding thereto as they, by hard work and careful planning were able ....

In the homestead children grew to maturity, namely Mrs. Henry Myers of Newman, Mrs. Edgar Curry, Mrs. Kenny Haas of Indianapolis, Sylvia of Amberdeen, Miss., Mrs. Bert Tuttle, Mrs. Ralph Douglas of Hindsboro, Mrs. Frank Barnett of Murdock, William of Champaign, Paul of Elkhart, Ind., and Mrs. Walter Thompson who has gone on leaving a little son to fill her place. There are also 32 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren. He is also survived by his wife and two brothers, Joseph and George of Forest, Okla.

Mr. Hanks was known far and wide as a man of his word, rigidly honest in his dealings with his fellow man, asking only what was due him and insisting the other be fully recompensed.

As he grew aged his concern was more and more to keep the home fires burning so that no matter how far away a child might get he could feel the warming welcome of the fireside, and how well they appreciated it is attested by the number and frequency of their gatherings.

Early in his young manhood days Mr. Hanks had a definate, clear cut experience in his religious life and often had related the details of that event and express the wish that he might come into it again. He departed this life march 3, (1933) being 76 years, 10 months and 19 days of age. Internment was made in the VanVoorhis cemetary.

Sydnor Hanks Family - 1870 Census

Transcription of Sydnor Hanks Family from 1870 Census.

Inhabitants of Hamblin Township, County of Brown, State of Indiana, Enumerated 1 July 1870. Page 26. Roll # M593-301.

Dwelling 189; Family 189:

Hanks, Sidnor, 55 years old, male, White, Farmer, Estate: $6,000; Personal: $1,150; from Kentucky, male citizen of US 21 years old or older.

___, Elizabeth; 49 years old, female, White, Keeping House, from Kentucky; cannot read or write.

___, Matilda; 21 years old, female, White, works at home; from Indiana.

___, Delila; 16 years old, female, White, works at home; from Indiana.

___, George W.; 12 years old, male, White, works on farm; from Indiana; attends school, cannot write.

___, John W.; 14 years old, male, White, works on farm; from Indiana; attends school, cannot write.

___, Joseph N.; 2 years old, male, White, from Indiana; attends school.

Sydnor Hanks Family - 1860 Census

Below is a transcription from the 1860 Census. "Free Inhabitants of Hamblin Township in the County of Brown in the State of Indiana. Enumerated 14 July, 1860." Page 96. Roll # M653-246.

Syndor and Elizabeth (Skidmore) Hanks were my wife's 2nd great-grandparents. Their son John W., was my wife's great-grandfather.

I've listed the household of James Skidmore because I believe it has some significance since Elizabeth's maiden name is Skidmore. Is this her parents?

Dwelling # 672; Family # 672:

Sidnor Hanks, 49 years old, male, White, Farmer, Value of real estate: $5,000; Value of Personal Estate: $400, from Kentucky.

Elizabeth, 40 years old, female, White, from Kentucky, listed as over 21 years old and unable to read or write.

Susan J., 21 years old, female, from Indiana.

Sarah F., 18 years old, female, from Indiana.

Matilda, 18 years old, female, from Indiana

James, 10 years old, male, from Indiana.

Delila, 7 years old, female, from Indiana.

John W., 5 years old, male, from Indiana.

George W., 2 years old, male, from Indiana.

Dwelling # 673; Family # 673:

James Skidmore, 64 years old, male, White, farmer, Value of Real Estate: $100; Value of Personal Estate: $100; from Kentucky.

Susana, 67 years old, female, White, from Kentucky, listed as over 21 years old and unable to read and write.

Nancy Mayers, 18 years old, female, White, from Kentucky.

This transcription was revised on 28 November 2009. I did not have Susan's middle initial or age correct on this post (I had her as Susan G. Hanks, 81 years old!) The revised information is from the transcriptions I found on both the and websites. However, I will need to look at the image of the census record to verify the information.

I apologize for any inconvenience that the erroneous info caused anyone. This is a prime example why you should always verify information yourself and not rely of others for your research. Genealogists do make mistrakes (sic).

12 January 2006

Obituary - Amanda Hanks, 95 years old

From an undated clipping from an unknown newspaper.

Oldest Resident of Hindsboro Dies

Mrs. Amanda Hanks, 95, oldest resident of the Hindsboro communities, died at 7:30 P.M. last Wednesday in Jarman Hospital, Tuscola, where she had been a patient about 10 days.

Funeral services were conducted at 2 P.M. Saturday in the Hindsboro Methodist Church, with the Rev. Maurice Reed of Antioch Church officiating.

Burial was in Van Voorhis Cemetary north of Hindsboro, Taber Funeral Home, Hindsboro, in charge.

Mrs. Hanks was the widow of John William Hanks, a relative of Nancy Hanks, Abraham Lincoln's mother. Her health was fairly good for a person of her age until recently, and she continued to do house work and care for a garden and chickens until she was past 90.

She leaves about 115 decendants.

A daughter of William and Mary Craven, natives of England, Mrs. Hanks was born November 5, 1863, at Barnesville, Ohio. There were 11 children in the family. Mrs. Hanks was the last survivor.

On July 7, 1880, she was married to Mr. Hanks at Nashville, Indiana. His parents had lived in the same settlement in Kentucky where Lincoln spent his early years. Mr. Hanks' relationship to Nancy Hanks was traced through his uncle, Abner Hanks, who was a cousin of Lincoln's mother.

William Hanks, Route 1, Urbana, a son of John and Amanda Hanks, recalls that his father's facial features resembled Lincoln's.

The John Hankses came to Illinois the same year they were married and settled on a farm several miles south of Arcola. They later moved to a farm east of Hindsboro.

They celebrated their 50th (wedding anniversary in 1930.) Mr. Hanks died March 3, 1933, at the age of 77. many relatives and friends called on Mrs. Hanks when she observed her 95th birthday November 5.

She had lived in Hindsboro for about 15 years. She leaves six daughters, Mrs. Cecelia Myers, Mrs. Emma Tuttle and Mrs. Ethel Douglas, all of Hindsboro; Mrs. Nellie Barnett, Murdock; Mrs. Katie Haas and Mrs. Maude Curry, Indianopolis, and three sons, Paul, Indianapolis; Silva (Silvester), Hindsboro, and William.
A grandson, Ferrel Thompson, was reared in the Hanks home.
Mrs. Hanks also leaves 36 grandchildren, and 20 great-great grandchildren.
According to other records Mrs. Hanks died on November 19, 1958, exactly two weeks after her 95th birthday. Mrs. Hanks was my wife's great-grandmother. - Robert

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11 January 2006

What is a fourth cousin, three times removed?

On The Baca / Douglas Genealogy Web Site I mention that my wife may be a fourth cousin, three times removed of Abraham Lincoln. You may wonder what that means. Well, I'll be glad to explain to you.

A cousin relationship is based on a common ancestor that you and another person have with each other. For instance, first cousins have a set of grandparents who are the same. This makes sense since first cousins are the children of siblings. Second cousins have a set of great grandparents that are the same. Third cousins, a set of great-great grandparents (or 2nd great grandparents,) etc. The rule of thumb is that you add one plus the number of "greats" of your common grandparents. So, if you share a set great, great, great, great grandparents (4th great grandparents) you are fifth cousins with that person.

{By the way, you are only a full cousin (whether it is 1st, 2nd, 3rd, etc - it doesn't matter) if you share a set of grandparents. If you share only one grandparent, then you are half cousins. An example would be if your grandfather married two women, and you and your cousin are descended from separate grandmothers.

Just to confuse things even more, a Double cousin is someone who shares two sets of grandparents with another person.}

When someone says that they are a fourth cousins, three times removed this means that they share a common ancestor, but not in the same generation. In this case, two people are fourth cousins because they share a set of ancestors. However for one person those ancestors are great, great, great grandparents (3rd great grandparents) and the other person those ancestors are great, great, great, great, great, grandparents (5th great grandparents.)

In other words if you had a fourth cousin, three times removed relationship with Abraham Lincoln, your great-grandfather (or great grandmother) would be the fourth cousin of this President.

Whew! Easy isn't it?