Jane Douglas Armstrong

b. between 1768 and 1769, d. 22 November 1851
Jane Douglas Armstrong|b. bt 1768 - 1769\nd. 22 Nov 1851|p100.htm|John Armstrong|b. b 1731\nd. 1810|p1867.htm|Anne (—?—) (Armstrong)|b. c 1739\nd. 6 Feb 1823|p1868.htm|Joseph Armstrong|b. 20 Jul 1711\nd. Jan 1761|p1882.htm|Jennet (—?—) (Armstrong)||p1883.htm|||||||

Great-grandmother of Louise Underwood.
3rd great-grandmother of Laura Jane Munson.
Family Background:
Underwood and Allied Families
Appears on charts:
Pedigree for Louise Underwood
     Jane Douglas Armstrong was born between 1768 and 1769 in Orange County, North Carolina.3,4 She was the daughter of John Armstrong and Anne (—?—) (Armstrong).1,2 On 8 October 1795, John Hanks took out a marriage bond from the clerk of the court in Orange County, North Carolina, as surety that there was no legal obstacle to the proposed marriage between he and Mary Jane Armstrong. Joseph Armstrong (probably Jane's brother) was bondsman; M. Hart, witness.5,6 She married John Hanks, son of Elijah Hanks and Ann Craft, on 15 October 1795.7 She died on 22 November 1851, probably in Pittsboro, Chatham County, North Carolina.4 She was buried in Pittsboro.4
     There is little doubt that Jane Armstrong was born in Orange County where her father had moved after inheriting the land from his father in 1760. Her given name at birth was probably Jennet or Jinnet, a Western European derivative of Jane. John Hanks recorded her name in his Bible Dictionary as Jennet Armstrong with a middle initial that appears to be an "H", and her father mentioned his daughter "Jinnet, wife of John Hanks," in his will. Her name on the marriage bond is Mary Jane Armstrong which is probably a mistake because she had a sister Mary living at that time. Virginia Hanks Taylor wrote that her grandmother's name was Jane Douglas Armstrong. Jane is the name that appears on all other records that have been located thus far. The inscription on her graveston is:

WIFE OF Rev John Hanks
Life Nov 22 AD 1851
She is Not Dead But Sleepeth

Additional Data

Jinnet Hanks was mentioned in her father John Armstrong's will dated 8 September 1806 in Orange County, North Carolina.8

Jane Hanks was mentioned in her husband John Hanks' will dated 16 June 1838 in Pittsboro, Chatham County, North Carolina.9 Click to view image

Jane Hanks appeared on the 1 June 1850 Federal Census of Lower Regiment, Chatham County, North Carolina, in the household of John A. Hanks, her son.3 Click to view image

Children of Jane Douglas Armstrong and John Hanks


  1. [S303] Ethel S. Updike, Armstrong, Branyon, Bryson and Allied Families of the South (Salt Lake City: The Hobby Press, 1967).
  2. [S302] Ken Cates, "Olde Orange County Families of North Carolina," online <http://www.bitwisegifts.com/orangenc/surnames.htm>, downloaded 2003, citing The Hillsborough Recorder (published 1820-1879, Hillsborough, NC) and the Hillsboro Recorder (published 1887-1888), 19 Feb 1823, death notice, age 84.
  3. [S59] John A. Hanks household, 1850 U.S. Census, Chatham County, North Carolina, population schedule, Lower Regiment, page 451B-452A, dwelling 4, family 4; National Archives micropublication M432, roll 624.
  4. [S275] Tombstone, Pittsboro United Methodist Church Cemetery, Pittsboro, North Carolina; read by Ginger M. McGee.
  5. [S276] State of North Carolina, An Index to Marriage Bonds Filed in the North Carolina State Archives (Raleigh: North Carolina Division of Archives and History, 1977), 172, bond #97332.
  6. [S267] Adin Baber, Nancy Hanks, of Undistinguished Families; a genealogical, biographical, and historical study of the ancestry of the mother of Abraham Lincoln (Kansas, Illinois: Adin Baber, 1960), 291.
  7. [S193] Family data, John Hanks Bible Dictionary, Dictionary of the Holy Bible Containing, An Historical Account of the Persons: A Geographical and Historical Account of the Places: A Literal, Critical, and Systematical Description of Other Objects, whether Natural, Artificial, Civil, Religious, or Military: and The Explication of the Appellative Terms, Mentioned in the Writings of the Old and New Testament. The Whole Comprising Whatever Important is Known Concerning the Antiquities of the Hebrew Nation and Church of God; Forming A Sacred Commentary; A Body of Scripture History, Chronology, and Divinity; and Serving in a Great Measure as a Concordance to the Bible; In Which are Added for the First Time, Notes, Historical, Literary, and Theological Illustrated with Elegant Maps and Plates (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania: The Ecclesiastical and Literary Press of Zadok Cramer, 1807); original owned in 2003 by Virginia M. McGee (Houston, Texas).
  8. [S308] Ruth Herndon Shields, comp., Abstracts of Wills Recorded in Orange County, North Carolina, 1752-1800 : and (202 Marriages Not Shown in the Orange County Marriage Bonds) and Abstracts of Wills Recorded in Orange County, North Carolina, 1800-1850, Two volumes in one (Baltimore: Clearfield Company, 1957, 1966; reprint Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 2002), D-267.
  9. [S277] John Hanks will (1838), Chatham County Will Book: C: 99-100, County Clerk's Office, Pittsboro, North Carolina.