Clitherall Minnesota

Descendants of ISAAC HANKINS

Generation 1
Generation 2
Generation 3 - Hattie Hankins  -  Mattie Hankins
Generation 4- Emma Ida Allen - Millie Clara Allen - Claude Allen - Stella Allen


Generation No. 1

1.  ISAAC1 HANKINS died before Sep 1838 in Mercer County, New Jersey.  He married RACHEL. 

The name of Isaac Hankins appears in the Mercer County Genealogical Quarterly; volume 1; Issued 4 December 1992. Mercer County Letters of Administration and Guardianship page 76:

 Letter of Administration granted to Thomas Blake and Rachel Hankins
20 September 1838 to administer property of Isaac Hankins, deceased. Guardianship granted to Rachel Hankins 25 September 1838 for Jane Hankins, Henry P. Hankins & Sarah W. Hankins all under 14 years

Children of ISAAC HANKINS and RACHEL are:
i.    JANE2 HANKINS, b. Aft. 1824, Mercer County, NJ.
ii.    SARAH W. HANKINS, b. Aft. 1824, Mercer County, NJ.
2.              iii.    HENRY P. HANKINS, b. 31 Oct 1831, In Mercer County, NJ; d. 1904, In Selby, SD.


Generation No. 2

2.  HENRY P.2 HANKINS (ISAAC1) was born 31 Oct 1831 in  Mercer County, NJ, and died 1904 in Selby, SD.  He married MARY S. GREEN 02 Sep 1860 in Springfield, IL, daughter of GEORGE GREEN and NANCY DANLEY.  She was born 06 Oct 1839 in Sangamon Co, Illinois.

Born 31 October 1831 in Mercer County, NJ. He was the son of Isaac and Rachel Hankins. He died in Selby, SD in 1904.
His obituary states that, "after reaching manhood,  he moved to Sangamon County IL where he resided for a number of years." In Illinois he was occupied as a manufacturer of and dealer in cabinet furniture. It was there that he met and married Mary S. Green, the daughter of George Green and Nancy Danley. The couple had six children; Amelia J. (1861), Henry A. (1863), Irving T. (1865),
Ida M. (1871), Hattie Mae and Mattie M., twins born in 1874. Another daughter, Clara O. (1883), was the product of a second marriage. The family moved to Bangor, Walworth County, South Dakota in 1884. "Upon the advent of the railroad he sold his farm property and removed to Selby in 1900 where he embarked in the furniture and undertaking business, which business he was conducting when the fatal illness overtook him. During his life he held several official positions and was held in high esteem by the community at large. The wife and three daughters - Mrs. E.B. Shipman and Miss Clara of Selby, and Mrs. Harry Allen of Mound City - survive, to whom the sympathy of The Record and the neighborhood is extended."  He was buried in the Selby Cemetery. 

Emigration: Before. 1860, Moved To Sangamon County, IL
Occupation: Before 1884, Manufacturer of and dealer in cabinet furniture

Children of HENRY HANKINS and MARY GREEN are:
i.    AMELIA J.3 HANKINS, b. 09 Nov 1861.
ii.    HENRY A. HANKINS, b. 13 Aug 1863.
iii.    IRVING T. HANKINS, b. 11 Sep 1865; d .before 1904.
iv.    IDA M. HANKINS, b. 13 Aug 1871.
3.               v.    HATTIE MAE HANKINS, b. 14 Oct 1874, Sangamon Co., Illinois; d. 06 Jul 1952, Seattle, Washington.
4.              vi.    MATTIE M. HANKINS, b. 14 Oct 1874, Sangamon Co., IL; d. 07 Jan 1951, Saskatoon, SK.


Generation No. 3

3.  HATTIE MAE3 HANKINS (HENRY P.2, ISAAC1) was born 14 Oct 1874 in Sangamon Co., Illinois, and died 06 Jul 1952 in Seattle, Washington.  She married HARRY JAY ALLEN 26 Oct 1895 in Mound City, SD, son of JAMES ALLEN and LUCIA ROBBINS.  He was born 14 Mar 1869 in Meadville, Crawford Co, Pennsylvania, and died 18 Nov 1929 in Mound City, Campbell Co. South Dakota.

Born March 14, 1869 in Crawford County, Pennsylvania
Died November 18, 1929 in Mound City, SD

Harry was the seventh of ten children born to James Henry Allen and Lucia
Elila Robbins.  The family members were small farmers.  It became obvious that
more land was needed to sustain the large family, and in 1885 James,
Lucia and six children made to move to Campbell County, SD where they
filed on 160 acre homesteads southwest of Mound City.  In addition to
helping out at home, Harry worked with the crew constructing the railroad
track from Ipswich to Bowdle.  He was working for George Herman during
the terrible blizzards of 1987-88.  Sometimes the family would not hear
from him for weeks.   In 1890, at age 21, Harry also filed on a homestead
in Fairview Township.  In 1895 he married Hattie Mae Hankins of Bangor,
SD.  The family had seven children, including a daughter who died at
birth.  In 1900, after five years of farming, the family moved into Mound
City where Harry began to drive the mail for the U.S. Post Office.  He
spent afternoons clerking in the J.H. Fischer General Merchandise Store.
In 1915 he went into business for himself, buying and selling cream.  He
served for many years as deputy sheriff and as town marshal.
Harry is remembered as a very kind and fair minded man.  He was
scrupulous in his dealings with others.  He was an expert at knife
throwing, but is best known for his passion of hunting  upland game
birds.  Claude used to relate how he would take his pointer dog, horse,
and buckboard wagon, and spend all day hunting prairie chickens.  I
visited in Mound City with Claude about 35 years after his death.  The
several persons with whom we visited remembered those two things about
Harry:  His fairness in dealing with others, and his passion for
hunting.   I suspect that Harry had a weak heart.  He was unable to
sustain the marked vigor of his youth, and he had to stop farming.  In
the last few months of his life he failed gradually and died a peaceful


Cause of Death: Unknown (? Heart)

5.                i.    EMMA IDA ALLEN4 "BETTY", b. 24 Aug 1896, Mound City, SD; d. 23 Dec 1956, Yakima, WA.
6.               ii.    MILLIE CLARA ALLEN, b. 14 Nov 1897, Mound City, SD; d. 06 Jun 1929, Mound City, SD.
7.              iii.    CLAUDE HENRY ALLEN, b. 04 Apr 1899, Mound City, Campbell Co., South Dakota; d. 25 Nov 1974, St. Paul, Minnesota.
iv.    ESTELLE IRENE ALLEN, b. 21 Jun 1900, Mound City, SD; d. 02 May 1983, Selby, SD.

Born June 21, 1900 in Mound City, SD
Died May 2, 1983 in Selby, SD

"Stella" was the fourth of seven children born to Harry Jay Allen and
Hattie Mae Hankins.  She lived her entire life in Mound City, SD.  When a
child she contracted poliomyelitis which left her with a weak leg and a
deformed ankle and foot.  She had corrective surgery on the foot in about
1955.  She attended elementary school in Mound City, and graduated from
Mechanic Arts High School in St. Paul, MN.  She lived with her brother,
Claude, and his wife, Anna, during that time.  She also attended business
college, and worked in the bank in Mound City.  When the bank closed in
1929, she taught in rural schools, and served as deputy county
superintendent of schools.  When the ASCS program began she found
employment there, serving as chief clerk and secretary treasurer.  She
also served as town clerk for many years.  She was an avid card player.
Vera reports that there would be card parties every Saturday night during
the winter.  The games often went on all night and into the next day.
Someone from each family would be delegated to go home and do the
chores.  She lived at home with her parents, a brother and a sister.  Her
father and another sister died in 1929, and in 1931 her deceased sister's
four children came to live with them.  They had only a two bedroom home
for four adults and four small children.  They had no indoor plumbing
either.  With all of the crowding things often became rather tense.  When
WWII came along her brother enlisted in the Navy, and her sister moved to
Washington.  Her nieces and nephew grew up and moved away.  Her mother
died in 1952 leaving her as the sole occupant of the family home.  Her
brother, Claude, later brought plumbing and central heating into the
house.  Stella was right in the middle of the great conflict which arose
when an attempt was made to move the ASCS office from Mound City to
Herried.  Once she sat on the desk, refusing to allow officials to take
the records.  After the records were taken she  participated in a
successful expedition to return them to Mound City, where they still
reside. Late in life she became  quite forgetful and confused.  She spent
the last years of her life in the Good Samaritan Nursing Home in Selby,
SD where she died on May 2, 1984.  She was a determined and strong willed
person.  She was a great hostess, a fine cook, and did excellent
crocheting and needle work. She was a Methodist.


                  v.    CLARENCE ELMER ALLEN, b. 14 Jul 1901, Mound City, SD; d. 15 Jun 1960, Rosedale, Indiana.

Born July 14, 1901 in Mound City, SD
Died June 15, 1960 in Rosedale, IN

"Mike" was the fifth of seven children born to Harry Jay Allen and Hattie
Mae Hankins.  Until he entered the Navy in 1942, he had lived his entire
life  in Mound City where he edited the Mound City Monitor for many
years.  He lived at home with his mother, two sisters, three nieces and a
nephew - all in a two bedroom house.    In 1942 he enlisted in the U. S.
Navy.  Within a year he had contracted a severe case of rheumatic fever
which caused much heart damage.  He was discharged feeling quite well.
While in service he had met Louise, a woman in whom he became quite
interested.  Upon discharge he moved to her home town of Rosedale,
Indiana.  He found employment as a prison guard in Terra Haute.  His lady
friend, however, would not marry because she had to stay home and care
for her aged parents.  Mike loved that small town and was much loved by
the townspeople.  He  died suddenly while driving his car.
Mike was an extremely bright and well informed person.  He was a great
card player, and often supplemented the family income in South Dakota
with his winnings.  He was a member of the Masonic Lodge and the American



Cause of Death: Heart Attack

                 vi.    LILLIAN LUCILLE ALLEN, b. 06 Mar 1908, Mound City, SD; d. 13 Dec 1981, Klamath Falls, Oregon; m. CHARLES SIMPSON, 31 Aug 1947.

Born March 6, 1908 in Mound City SD
Died December 13, 1981

Lillian was the sixth of seven children born to Harry Jay Allen and
Hattie Mae Hankins.  She grew up in Mound City where she attended
elementary school.  She graduated from Mechanic Arts High School in St.
Paul, MN, while  living with her brother Claude and wife.   She attended normal school and taught in the rural schools for many years.  She moved to Washington  in  about 1942 where she held various jobs. She married Charles Simpson in the spring of 1946. Her health was impacted by a huge goiter which she had removed in about 1945.  Following this procedure she suffered from grand mal epilepsy. This was fairly well controlled with medication.  Following her marriage the couple lived in Klamath Falls, Oregon.  She had a large garden there and raised chickens.
Lillian was a great cook and a fine card player.  She was kind and good
natured.  Niece Vera Alexander tells us that she was nicknamed "Tubby."  She was also the butt of many practical jokes.  She lived  with Millie and David Alexander when she started her teaching career.  The Alexanders had a huge turkey gobbler which intimidated Lillian by chasing her whenever he had the chance.
Lillian was the only one of her generation who was interested in family
history. She was a fine correspondent, and sent me much information.  She
was killed by a hit and run, teen age, driver in 1981.

John H. Allen


Cause of Death: Auto Accident

                vii.    BABY ALLEN, b. 20 Mar 1909.


4.  MATTIE M.3 HANKINS (HENRY P.2, ISAAC1) was born 14 Oct 1874 in Sangamon Co., IL, and died 07 Jan 1951 in Saskatoon, SK.  She married E.B. SHIPMAN 08 May 1901 in Selby, SD. 

Children of MATTIE HANKINS and E.B. SHIPMAN are:


Generation No. 4

5.  EMMA IDA ALLEN4 "BETTY" (HATTIE MAE3 HANKINS, HENRY P.2, ISAAC1) was born 24 Aug 1896 in Mound City, SD, and died 23 Dec 1956 in Yakima, WA.  She married WILLIAM ROBERT MCELREA 26 Jun 1923 in Mound City, SD.  He was born 24 Apr 1887 in Wiarton, Ontario, and died 14 May 1941 in Walla Walla, WA.

Born August 24, 1896 in Mound City, SD
Died December 23, 1956 in Yakima, WA

"Betty" was the first of seven children born to Harry Jay Allen and
Hattie Mae Hankins.  She grew up in Mound City where her father was
deputy sheriff, drove the stage, and operated a cream station.  She attended the public school in Mound City, finishing the 8th grade.  In
June 1923 she married Wm. McElrea.  Bill operated a butcher shop in Mound City.  The family lived in rooms above the shop.  Betty was quite musical and became a fine pianist.  When she played her piano in her upstairs home the townspeople would line up along the sidewalk to listen.  In the 1930s the family moved to Washington where Bill worked as a laborer with the fruit producers.  Bill died of heart disease in 1941 leaving Betty with seven children, ages five to seventeen.  Because of her large family she was advised to stay home with the children rather than find work. Five years later she moved to Yakima where she did find work as a hostess for a large business office.  She developed insulin dependent diabetes mellitus, and at age 55 suffered a heart attack.  A few years later she developed liver cancer and died at age 60.  In her younger years she was an avid card player, very athletic, and a good softball player. Her
niece, Vera, states that "she could beat up anyone who got out of line."
Vera also stated that she was very good natured and was quick to forgive.

6.  MILLIE CLARA4 ALLEN (HATTIE MAE3 HANKINS, HENRY P.2, ISAAC1) was born 14 Nov 1897 in Mound City, SD, and died 06 Jun 1929 in Mound City, SD.  She married DAVID ALEXANDER Mar 1919 in Aberdeen, SD.  He was born 23 Mar 1890 in Zwingle, IA, and died 04 Feb 1959 in Dubuque, IA.

Born November 14, 1898 in Mound City, SD
Died June 5, 1929 in South Dakota

Millie was the second of seven children born to Harry Jay Allen and
Hattie Mae Hankins.  She grew up in Mound City where her father served as
a deputy sheriff, town marshal, and bought and sold cream.  She finished
high school and attended normal school in Aberdeen.  She taught in rural
schools for a time, and married David Alexander.  The couple farmed south
west of Mound City.  They lived in a sod house for five years and then
converted a wood frame school house into a home.  This gave tbem plenty
of room, but it was cold and hard to heat.  No one knew much about
insulation in those days.  The couple had four children, Vera, Winifred,
Stella, and Vincent.  Disaster struck when Millie contracted
Tuberculosis.  She was hospitalized at the the sanitarium in Hot Springs,
SD. She later developed an osteogenic carcoma (bone cancer) of the arm
which required amputation.  In a letter written to David during her
hospitalization she affirmed her love for him, and her desire to return
home.  The cancer claimed her life at age 31 years.  David had great
difficulty after the death of his wife.  He began to drink heavily.  Two
years later the children were taken from the home, and placed in the home
of their Allen grandparents in Mound City where they lived until they
became independent.
Millie was widely loved and respected.  She had a gentle and sweet
disposition, and a great love for her family.


Cause of Death: Sarcoma/Osteogenic

7.  CLAUDE HENRY4 ALLEN (HATTIE MAE3 HANKINS, HENRY P.2, ISAAC1) was born 04 Apr 1899 in Mound City, Campbell Co., South Dakota, and died 25 Nov 1974 in St. Paul, Minnesota.  He married ANNA MARIE JENSEN 18 Nov 1922 in Minneapolis, MN - 1st Baptist Church, daughter of JORGEN KRISTJAN JENSEN.  She was born 19 May 1897 in Alden, MN, and died 17 Apr 1989 in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Born April 4, 1899 in Mound City, SD
Died November 25, 1974 in Minneapolis, MN

Claude was the third of seven children born to Harry Jay Allen and Hattie
Mae Hankins.  He grew up in Mound City, SD, attending rural schools
there.  His father was deputy sheriff and town marshal and also drove
the mail, bought and sold cream, and clerked at a store.  At an early age
Claude  was strongly influenced by watching a court  trial, and resolved
to become a lawyer.  When only sixteen he moved to Alden, MN where he
worked in a bank.  After a couple of years in Alden  he moved to St. Paul
where he found a job in the probate court.  While working there he
attended the St. Paul College of Law at night, graduating in 1924.  He
also took high school and college courses finishing all of this academic
work in four years.  In November 1922, he married Anna Jensen whom he had
met while working in the bank in Alden, MN.  Anna held a secretarial job after their marriage which also helped support them.  The couple had two children, John born in 1925, and Doris born in 1929.  In 1925 he was appointed assistant county attorney of Ramsey County.  During that period the great clean up of the criminal element in St. Paul was underway, and Claude tried many criminal cases.  One of the convicted defendants threatened to kill
Claude when released from prison, and the police insisted that he have a
gun.  The threat came to naught and the gun was never used.
Claude remembered starting up his law practice in 1931, in the depths of
the great depression.  His office was on the 14th floor of the First
National Bank of St. Paul.   Since he had such a small income the bank
allowed him to use the space, rent free, until such time as his income
increased.  He shared the office with F. Manley Brist, a law school
classmate. He mainly did corporation and probate law.
Claude shared his father's love for the out of doors.  He loved to hunt
and fish.  The family spent  summers at various lakes.  In about 1940 they purchased a cabin in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area of northern
Minnesota.  The cabin was on West Bearskin Lake, located 30 miles up the
Gunflint Trail from Grand Marais.  They spent a lot of time there.  They
had an aluminum canoe and a one horse outboard motor.  Claude and Ann
traveled in, and fished from, this canoe many times - often portaging the
canoe to other lakes.   Claude also hunted ducks and pheasants with three
other men.  They had a hunting camp in Swift County, north and west of
Appleton, MN.  Ann became a great wild game cook.  Many were the duck
dinners which she served to friends and family.  Claude served in the
Minnesota legislature for 28 years - 20 years in the house of
representatives and 8 years as senator.  During most of his years in the
house of representatives he was chairman of the powerful appropriations
committee.  All spending bills had to pass his scrutiny.  Because of his
cautious approach to spending he was labeled "The Watchdog of the
Treasury."  He had three coronary heart attacks by age 60 from which he
recovered well.   Death came at age 75 from kidney cancer.
Claude was an elder in the House of Hope Presbyterian Church in St. Paul.


Cause of Death: Kidney Cancer

Cause of Death: dysmyelopoesis

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