Follow-up on Samuel Pankey

Howell-Pankey Line
By Don Taylor

Photo of Don Taylor with cat Nasi.One of my regular steps in researching ancestors is to “Find BMD Records for each of the children.” In the case of Samuel Pankey’s children, I wanted to pay particular attention to which children had which mother’s. I believed Samuel had eight children, five by one wife and three by a second wife; I wanted to confirm that.

As I began searching for sources, I found an amazing treasure-trove of information in a book, John Pankey of Manakin Town, Virginia, and His Descendants: Descendants and Connections of his Son Stephen Pankey, Sr., of Lucy’s Springs, Chesterfield County, Virginia by George Edward Pankey.

John Pankey of Manakin Town is Samuel Pankey’s grandfather and Stephen Pankey, Sr., is Samuel Pankey’s father. I ordered the book via inter-library loan through my library and it came in just a couple weeks. Wow!. Three volumes of material about the Pankey family – eight pages just about Samuel Pankey and his children. There is just so much information it was overwhelming. Volume 2 is about the descendants of Stephen Pankey’s brother and Volume 3 provides corrections to Volume 1 & 2. Anyway, the book will be so useful I bought a copy on E-Bay.

Thanks to page 49 of Volume 1, I was able to fill in much of the information about Samuel Pankey, his wives, and his children. I learned that Mary Ann and Marion were the same person. I thought that was the case, but I wasn’t certain. Likewise, I learned that Betsey Kinsey was actually an Elizabeth. Again, I thought so, but was very happy to have my thoughts confirmed. I’m also certain his second wife was Martha Burton and not Martha Belford. Pretty much everything I had was confirmed by this book.

Also, it is clear that Samuel and the children of his first wife became estranged. In his will he gave everything to his second wife and the children of that marriage and gave the children of his first marriage one dollar each. A clear sign there was a bad relationship between Samuel and his five children with Betsey.

Updated Spouse and Children List

1st Marriage

Samuel Pankey married Elizabeth “Betsy” Kinsey Binford in 1759. They married in “Henrico County.” However, the county name was somewhat flexible as Henrico County became Goochland County, then Cumberland County. Finally, Powhatan county was formed from Cumberland County in 1777.

Samuel and Elizabeth “Betsey” had five children
Updated information in Green.

Child Name Born Married – Spouse Died
Marion 1761 Shaldrake Broaddus
William Stuart
George Stewart[i]
1831
Philip 16 February 1763 Ann Brown
Polly Bogs
Dec 1819
Thomas Armstrong. c. 1764 1783 – Rebecca Hall
1785 – Martha Cannon
Jun 1829
Judith Elizabeth 1767 Joseph Sallee Oct 1818
Elizabeth “Betsey” Kinsey 1770 1787 – Mordecai Warriner
1796 – George Walton
1816

2nd Marriage

Samuel married Martha Burton about 1775. They had three children.

Child Name Born Married – Spouse Died
Samuel Hardin 1777 1878 – Mary Burton Sep 1817
Lelah 1782 (never married) Aug 1812
John 1787 1808 – Frances Kidd 1862

I am really excited to continue my review of John Pankey of Manakin Town, Virginia, and His Descendants. I expect to find many more facts regarding my wife’s Pankey ancestors.


Endnotes

[i] It is not clear if Marion’s husbands William Stuart and George Stewart were two people or one person. Further research is needed regarding Marion’s husbands (or husband).

Ancestor Sketch – Samuel Pankey

Howell Research
Howell-Pankey Line
By Don Taylor

Review

What I think I know.

    • Samuel was born in 1738 in Manakin Town, Goochland County, Virginia Colony[i].
    • Samuel married Betsey Kinsey Binford in 1759 in Henrico County, Virginia Colony[ii].
    • Samuel’s son, Philip Pankie, was born on 16 February 1763 to him and Betsey (Belford). Philip was Christened at St James Northam Parish, Goochland County, Virginia Colony. The birth of Philip indicates that the family surname may be “Pankie” in some records[iii].
    • Samuel Pankey appears in the 1883 “Heads of Families—Virginia, 1783, Powhatan County[iv].
    • Samuel Pankey gave his permission for his daughter, Betsy, to marry Mordecai Warriner on 12 December 1787[v].
    • Samuel died in August 1807 in Manakin Town, Powhatan, Virginia, USA[vi].

What others think they know (and I should consider).

Family Search – Samuel Pankey (1738-1807) is ID LZJ8-NJ3 at Family Search.

    • Samuel Pankey married Martha Burton abt 1775 in Chesterfield County, Virginia Colony. The source is the International Genealogical Index. I have been unable to find sufficient evidence to accept this relationship. However, it appears that Betsey, Samuel’s wife, died about 1770, which explains why her daughter Betsey has the same name. Samuel supposedly had three more children after Betsy’s death; Samuel Hardin, Lelah, and John, and his wife for those children is still a question in my mind. Hopefully, it will become clear as I research all of Samuel’s children.

Ancestry – Samuel Pankey is found in 374 public trees. (Wow) Most are copies of other trees.

    • Several researchers indicate that Samuel Pankey had an 1854 marriage bond with Martha Morton in Richmond County, North Carolina. I have found no evidence that Samuel Pankey, born 1738 in Virginia, never lived in North Carolina. I suspect this is a different Samuel Pankey.
    • Some researchers indicate that Samuel Pankey and Polly Burton married 8 October 1798 in Chesterfield County, Virginia.[vii] This is possible, but the same researchers indicated that Samuel Hardin, Lelah, and John Pankey (born 1777, 1782, & 1786 respectively) are the children of Samuel and Polly. It is possible they lived together for 22 years before they made the marriage legal or 22 years before they reported the marriage. In either event, it is an area for further research. I, however, suspect this is the marriage of Samuel Harden Pankey, son of Samuel, who would have been 22 years old in 1798.

Historical Notes

    • Manakin Town, upstream of Richmond – Source: Library of Congress, 1751 Fry-Jefferson Map

      In 1700 French Huguenot refugees settled an abandoned Monacan village and renamed it Manakin Town in Henrico Shire, Virginia Colony[viii].

    • Goochland County was created in 1728 from Henrico shire (Henrico County). Part of it became Cumberland County in 1749. Powhatan was formed from Cumberland County in 1777. Consequently, dates regarding Samuel Pankey affect the location he was in.
        • 1634-1728 – Henrico Shire.
        • 1728-1749 – Goochland County.
        • 1748-1777 – Cumberland County.
        • 1777-Today – Powhatan County.
    • The 1790 Census for Virginia is lost. The “Heads of Families—Virginia, 1783” is used as a Census Substitute.
    • The 1800 Census for Virginia is lost.

Howell Research – Ancestor #68
Samuel Pankey (1738-1807)

List of Grandparents

    • Grandfather: James Dallas Howell (1879-1964)
    • 1st Great-grandfather: Peter Fletcher Howell (1842-1924)
    • 2nd Great-grandmother:  Caroline M. A Pankey, (1810 … ?)
    • 3rd Great-grandfather: Thomas A Pankey (c. 1760 – 1829)
    • 4th Great-grandfather: Samuel Pankey (1738-1807)
    • 5th Great-grandfather: Stephen Pankey (1711-1789)*
    • 6th Great-grandfather: Jean Panetier (1685-1717)*
    • 7th Great-grandfather: Pierre Panetier (1647-____)*
    • 8th Great-Grandfather: Estienne Panetier (1615-1691)*

* Note: I have not reviewed or researched 5th Great-grandfather Stephen Pankey or earlier ancestors of his. As such, these ancestors are tentative/notional.

Birth

Samuel Pankey was born in 1738 in Manakin Town, Goochland County (Now Powhatan County), Virginia Colony. He was the second of five children of Stephen and Judith (Chastain) Pankey.

He had one older brother, John, and two younger sisters, Mary Ann and Judith, and a younger brother Stephen Pankey, Jr.

Marriage

1st marriage. Samuel Pankey married Betsy Kinsey Binford in 1759. They married in “Henrico County.” However, the county name may have been somewhat flexible as Henrico County became Goochland County, then Cumberland County.

Samuel and Betsy had five children

Child Name Born Married – Spouse Died
Mary Ann 1761   1831
Philip 16 February 1763   1819
Thomas A. Before 1765 1785 – Martha Cannon Jun 1829
Judith Elizabeth 1767   1818
Betsey Kinsey 1770 1787 – Mordecai Warriner 1816

I believe his wife Betsy died in 1770, possibly in childbirth.

It appears that Samuel remarried and had three more children

Samuel and (???) had three children

Child Name Born Married – Spouse Died
Samuel Hardin 1777    
Lelah 1782    
John 1796    

In 1883, Samuel was enumerated as the head of household. His family consisted of four whites and seven blacks. The four whites must have consisted of:

  •             Samuel
  •             Samuel’s wife (her name is still unclear)
  •             Betsy Kinsey Pankey was only 13-years-old in 1783.
  •             Samuel Harden was about six years old.

John’s wife may have passed, and Lila was the fourth white person in the household.

In 1787, Samuel gave permission for his 17-year-old daughter, Betsy, to marry Mordecai Warriner.

Death

Samuel died in August 1807 in Manakin Town, Powhatan County, Virginia.

Events by Location

    • Virginia Colony, Goochland County, Manakin Town – Birth (1738)
    • Virginia Colony, Henrico County, – Marriage (1759)
    • Virginia, Powhatan County – 1783, 1787
    • Virginia, Powhatan County, Manakin Town – Death (1807)
    • Further Actions / Follow-up

Future Actions

  • Get a copy of John Pankey of Manakin Town, Virginia, and his descendants, by George Edward Pankey. (I’ve requested through interlibrary loan, alternately it is available at NEHGS.) See: https://www.worldcat.org/title/john-pankey-of-manakin-town-virginia-and-his-descendants/oclc/72322
  • Find Vital Records for each of the children, particularly paying attention to the mother’s name.
  • Look for Samuel in Revolutionary War Records.
  • Look for property records for Samuel.
  • Look for probate records for Samuel.
  • Look for burial records for Samuel.
  • Review Church Records for Samuel, his wives, and his children. (Philip was Christened at St James Northam Parish.)

Endnotes

[i] Edmund West, Compiler, Family Data Collection – Individual Records, Ancestry, Samuel Pankey – No Image. Birth year: 1738; Birth city: Manakin Town; Birth state: VA.

[ii] Edmund West, comp., Family Data Collection – Marriages (Provo, UT, USA, Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2001), Ancestry, Samuel Pankey – Betsey Kinsey Binford – 1759.

[iii] Virginia Births and Christenings, 1584-1917, Family Search, Philip Pankie – 29 May 1763. “Virginia Births and Christenings, 1584-1917”, database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:VRRC-2KF : 28 January 2020), Philip Pankie, 1763.

[iv] Virginia, U.S., Compiled Census and Census Substitutes Index, 1607-1890, Ancestry, Samuel Pankey – Tax List – 1783. Original data: Jackson, Ron V., Accelerated Indexing Systems, comp.. Virginia Census, 1607-1890. Compiled and digitized by Mr. Jackson and AIS from microfilmed schedules of the U.S. Federal Decennial Census, territorial/state censuses, and/or census substitutes.

[v] Pollack, Michael E, Marriage Bonds of Henrico County, Virginia, 1782-1853 (Baltimore, Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 1984), Ancestry, Page 173 – Warriner, Mordecai to Betsey Kinsey Pankey.

[vi] Edmund West, comp., Family Data Collection – Deaths (Provo, UT, USA, Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2001), Ancestry, Samuel Pankey – No Image. Edmund West, comp.. Family Data Collection – Deaths [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2001.

[vii] Dodd, Jordan. Virginia, U.S., Compiled Marriages, 1660-1800 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 1997. | Original data: Dodd, Jordan, comp.. Virginia Marriages to 1800. Electronic transcription of marriage records held by the individual counties in Virginia.

[viii] Wikipedia – Powhatan County, Virginia – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Powhatan_County%2C_Virginia