Hansor
The name Hansor appears with numerous spellings (Hansor, Hanser, Hanzer, Hanger, Handsor, Hansley). None is "correct" or "incorrect" so I have used them all as they appear in the individual documents.

The earliest known Hansor ancestor was Aminidab Hansor who was born c. 1664 according to Accomac Co., VA Court Records. There is no indication yet as to where he was born.

His earliest appearance in Sussex Co., De was on 9 September, 1679 when he appeared in the Sussex Co. Court Records: a memorandum for petitions for grants of land mentions "Aminidab Hanger to former 450." Aminidab would have been only around 15 years old at the time.

In 1683, there is reference to a cattle mark registration: "Given at Philodelphia ye 9th 4th mo. 1683 Aminidab Hanger his Cattell Mark: A Swallow Fork on both ears & a hole on ye right Ear. " In September 1685 Aminidab appeared again in the Sussex Co. court records as a witness in a court case between Thomas Becent (plt) and John Barker(deft). Corroborating his testimony was a "Rose Matthews" who was living on Barker's property and who may later have become Aminidab's wife.

In June 1686 Aminidab was back in court, accused by the Grand Jury of "accompanying John Barker to the ryot at George Youngs." He was later cleared of the charges. Also in June 1686, Aminidab gave evidence for John Barker when Barker was accused of stealing cattle he said were owed to him for rents past due. Barker was found not guilty.

In February 1687 Aminidab witnessed a Letter of Attorney and Deed of Thomas Welburne of Accomac Co., VA. In these documents Aminidab was referred to as "Hanger Alias Hamsworh ". John Barker was also mentioned in the accounts.

While Aminidab and Barker appeared frequently in the Sussex Co., DE records, their appearances in Accomac Co., VA suggests that they may have originated there. I have not been able to find any Hanzer references in the Accomac tax lists of the time but this is an area that definitely needs further research.It is interesting that most of Aminidab's appearances in the Sussex Co. court records were in connection with John Barker. I have no information on Barker or his relationship with Aminidab.

By 1688 Aminidab had married. His wife's name was Rose and it is possible she was the Rose Matthews mentioned with Aminidab in 1685. Their son, Aminidab Hanser, was born "the Twenty thurd day of the Eleaventh Moneth called Janawary, one thousand six hundred and Eighty eight/nine." Records indicate the child was baptised at St. George's Chapel but it is not clear if this refers to the St. George's Chapel of Accomac County or the one later built in Sussex County DE.

In February 1689 Rose and Aminidab Hansor (called Handau? and Hanger respectively) appeared before the Accomac Co., VA Court with John Oakey (Jr.). Aminidab gave his age as 26, his wife's as 18.

It was this appearance of Aminidab with the Oakeys that led Douglas Deal to believe that Aminidab Hansor was Aminidab, the illegitimate son of Mary Vincent and a black servant named Aminidab of Nandua Creek, VA. Mary Vincent later married John Oakey (Sr.) of Morlatto Hall and lived in Sussex Co. but this is just speculation for now. The later appearance of a mulatto named Aminidab OAKEY strongly suggests that it was he who was Mary's son and not Hansor.

The 1689 VA. appearance involved depositions given by Rose, Aminidab and John Okey. Rose testified that in 1684 she was living in John Barker's house on land belonging to William Burton and Thomas Bagwell. It is not clear if Rose was a relative or a servant at the time but it gives credence to the theory that Rose Hansor was the Rose Matthews mentioned in the 1685 Sussex Co. records. All three testified that they saw John Barker kill livestock owned by Burton. Aminidab is called a negro in his deposition.

In February 1690 William Burton and Thomas Bagwell appeared in the Sussex Co. Court Records as plaintiffs in a case against Henry Strecher. The records state: "The plts. by their Attorney Aminedab Hanger declars...". These are the same men mentioned in the VA. court records. The Burtons and the Bagwells were prominent white Sussex Co. families. I do not know the significance of the use of the term "attorney".

The Sussex Co. Court Records of December 1690 state: "Justice Clifton rec'd from Aminedab Handsor about the twenty seaventh of the 9 mo. last one dog wolves head/". Helen Roundtree, in her book Pocahontas's People , says that Indian hunters were often employed by the English in Virginia to kill wolves. It is not known if the same practice was used in Delaware so we cannot know if this entry suggests an Indian ancestry for Aminidab. Only the one Accomack County record called Aminidab a negro. In all the many Delaware records, no mention is made of his race so it is impossible to know Aminidab's true racial make-up at this time.

In December 1691, the Sussex Co. Court Records noted in a case between Moses Aboab, plt. and (again) John Barker, deft: "Aminedab Handsor attested that the deft. payd the pltf. seaven hoggs & the said hoggs overpayed the defts. account as hee heard the plft say but by how much hee knoweth not" and "Jacob Collok attested that hee did see Aminedab Handsor & John Barker bring poarke to the pltf & said Barker demaunded his account of the pltf".

In March 1693 John Barker and Aminadab Hanzer were back in Sussex Co. Courts again but, this time, Barker was plaintiff to Aminidab's defendant. The case involved 5 barrels of Indian Corn that Aminidab owed to Barker. Aminidab presented a receipt showing he had paid the 5 barrels of corn to Robert Burton to settle Barker's account with Burton. Barker claimed he'd told Aminidab to pay the corn to him and he would give it to Burton. The Court dismissed the action.

In 1693 Aminidab Hanzer appeared in the Tax Assessments, assessed at 6/. In March 1694, the Sussex Co. Court Records indicate John Barker again charged Aminidab with debt but the notice was withdrawn before being served.

The Sussex Co. Quit Rents dated 3 September, 1695 state: "200 pt. of 400 acres granted by pat. from the propr. to Wm. Emmat date 26 1 mo. 84(as pr. recital) convey'd by deed from Wm. Emmat 9 10 mo. 87 to Rd. Paynter whose widow Sarah convey'd it to Edwd. Carey and Amin. Hanzer who had it divided between ym. ye other moiety belongs to James Drake or W. Waples."

Again in June 1699, Aminidab's action in the Sussex Co. courts against John West was withdrawn by Aminidab's order. In May 1704, the courts note the following action continued to the next court: "Aminidab Hansor against Aminidab Oakey in Ejectione firme". This is confirmation that Hansor and Oakey were two separate men, although they clearly knew each other.

In February 1707, Aminidab appeared before the Court accused of stealing a fishing net from Gibb and Company. The case was bound over and in May 1707 the Petty Jury found him not guilty. Testifying for Aminidab was John Burton.

In 1708/1709 Aminidab was mentioned in the same John Burton's will. This will was witnessed by Mary Oakey, wife of John Oakey of Morlatto Hall. This is yet another Oakey/Hansor connection that needs to be explored.

On 1717.5.8 Aminidab Hanzer sold land to Thomas Marriner, son of Gilbert Marriner. There is no indication if this was Aminidab Sr. or his son, Aminidab Jr. In 1722, when the Marriners began to sell off this land we get some indication of it's location. (350 acres on the "south side of the Ivey branch"..."south side of Love's Branch in Indian River Hundred"..."south side of the Joy branch"). Could these be part of the original 450 acres acquired by patent in 1679 or part of the property acquired in 1695 from Rd. Paynter's widow, Sarah ?

In October 1717 Aminidab Hansor Jr., son of Rose and Aminidab Hansor, died. Based on his will , we know that Rose and Aminidab Hansor had, at least, 4 children, possibly more. Aminidab Jr. does not mention any wife or children in his will so it is possible he was un-married at the time of his death.

Confirmed children of Rose and Aminidab Hansor: (based on will of Aminidab Jr.)

  1. Aminidab Hansor II (1688-1717) born 23 January 1688/9 . He made a Sussex County will on 15 March 1717 leaving a saddle and bridle to his brother Samuel, a yearling steer to his sisters Ann and Mary, and the remainder to his father and mother, Aminidab and Rose Handzer. In October 1717, his will was probated. Only 29 years old at the time of his death , there is no indication from the will that Aminidab II left any heirs. There is no mention of a widow or children so we can presume that Aminidab II died without heirs.

  2. Samuel Hansor was mentioned in the 16 October 1717 Sussex County will of his brother, Aminidab. On 20 May 1733 he and his wife Ann (both signing) sold 124 acres of land in Sussex County which his father had owned and which he had purchased from the administrator of his father's estate. It was described as being on Fishing Creek or Goldsmith Creek, proceeding out of Rehoboth Bay, bordering land of Aminadab Handzor and Robert Okey on the south side of Herring Branch, called "Ebenezer." He was granted 200 acres in Sussex County on 20 October 1735, and sold this land, called "Hanzors look out" on 13 April 1744

    It is possible Samuel and Ann were the parents of:

    • Samuel who married Comfort

  3. Ann Hansor was mentioned in the will of her brother, Aminidab. She is also mentioned as a witness to the will of John Prettyman , Sr. in 1724 She may have married Edward Norman, a "mulatto," who baptized his son, Edward, on 16 May 1747 at St. George's Protestant Episcopal Church, Indian River and they may have been the parents of Bridget Norman who sold land in Sussex County "where Rosanna Hanzor formerly lived" in 1752.

  4. Mary Hansor
    a MARY BROWN is mentioned with other Hanzers in a land transaction in 1752.
Probable children of Rose and Aminidab Hansor:
  1. William Hansor

  2. Thomas Hansor was granted 150 acres in Sussex County on 20 October 1735. He sold (signing) to Benjamin Burton land in Indian River Hundred in Long Neck called "Ebonezer ... part of a tract formerly belonging to Rosanna Handzer the mother of the sd Thomas" . He and his wife Hester registered the birth and baptism of their son Job at St. George's Chapel, Indian River Hundred in 1753. He made an Indian River Hundred, Sussex County quit claim deed (signing) with William Handzer (who made his mark) for 350 acres on Ivey Branch in Indian River Hundred, Sussex County on 2 February 1773. They were called "Mulattos and yeoman" in the deed for land for which "one Aminadab Handzer Molatto Deceasd" had been granted a patent.

    In 1747 Thomas Handson(sp?) named his daughter Sarah Matthews” {See St. George’s Chapel Records}

    Thomas and Hester were the parents of:

    • Job, born 17 June 1753, baptized 9 December 1753 at St. George's Protestant Episcopal Church, Indian River

  3. Elias Hanzer was married to Nancy before 1 April 1747 when their "mulatta" son John was born

    Children on Elisa and Nancy:

    • John was born 1 April 1747, married Eliza Norman at Lewes and Cool Springs Presbyterian Church on 21 September 1768. He was taxable in Indian River Hundred, Sussex County from 1770 to 1791 and head of a Sussex County household of 6 "other free" in 1800 .
    • William was born say 1766, called "Wm Hanzor of Elas" in 1787 when he was a delinquent taxable in Indian River Hundred, Sussex County.

There is no mention in Aminidab Jr.'s will of either Thomas, Elias or William Hanzer , my ancestor, who, I believe, was also a child of Rose and Aminidab Hansor. William was established on his own land in 1717 which may explain why his brother felt no need to mention him in his will. William's property included "Bottle n' Cakes" described as being at the head of Long Neck which is the same area where Aminidab and Rose lived on their property "Ebenezer"

William later moved north to Kent Co. but he continued to appear in numerous land transactions with the Sussex Co. Hansors whichs supports the idea that William was a relative. It is not clear if he sold his lands in Sussex when he moved north or left them to one of his sons.

Aminidab Sr, died sometime before December 8, 1725 when Rose Hanzer was called the "widow, relict, and administrator of the estate of Aminadab Hanzer ... Deceased" in the deed by which she sold to Job Barker for 33 pounds 150 acres being part of 200 acres (part of a larger tract of 400 acres which Aminadab Hanzer and Edward Carey purchased from Sarah Painter on 3 September 1695) .

Rose Hansor died before 5 May 1752 when Bridget Norman, William Handsor "who lives in Kent County" (signing), Samuel Hansor (signing), Elias Hansor, and Mary Brown sold to Benjamin Burton 50 acres part of 400 acres in Little Creek Hundred called "Ebonezer ... being the Dwelling place of Rosanna Hanzor Deceased" .

On 20 October, 1735 a Thomas Hanzer recorded his land survey of 150 acres and Samuel Hanzer recorded his land survey of 200 acres. Samuel is probably the son of Rose and Aminidab and Thomas is called the son of "Rosanna Hansor" so this seems to confirm Samuel and Thomas were brothers.

Starting in 1746 numerous HANZERS began to appear in the records of St. George's Chapel in Indian River Hundred and in the Lewes Cool Springs Presbyterian Church . Some relationships can be determined from these records but there is still a lot of confusion about the Sussex Co. Hanzers.

William Hanzer's move to Kent Co. c.1735 moved the Hanzer family north into Kent Co. and they appear in census records , tax lists, Probate and Orphans Court records in Kent Co. They also became associated with the John Wesley AME Church in Frederica DE where many are buried and the name appears as "Hansley".

On 2 February 1773 Thomas and William Handzer, "Mallatos," made a quit claim deed for 350 acres on Ivey Branch which had been granted to "Aminadab Handzer Malatto Deceasd".