John Alexander Hankey

1804 - 29th May 1881

Claimant or beneficiary


Son of John Peter Hankey (partner in Hankey, Hall, Hankey and Alers) and Isabella Alexander, sister of Sir William Alexander (Chief Baron of the Exchequer), grandson of John Hankey and great-grandson of Sir Thomas Hankey and his wife Sarah Barnard. Partner in West India merchant firm of Thomson Hankey & Company (q.v.), cousin of of Thomson Hankey junior (q.v.) and nephew of Thomson Hankey (q.v.). Sheriff of Sussex.

  1. Baptised St Dunstan in the East 28/06/1804. Married Ellen Blake 30/08/1825 St George Hanover Square. For a photograph from 1855 see Nicholas Draper, The Price of Emancipation. Slave-Ownership, Compensation and British Society at the End of Slavery (Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2009), Plate 14, p. 217; and National Portrait Gallery, NPG P120(34).

  2. Will of John Alexander Hankey formerly of Mincing Lane but late of Balcombe Place Sussex who died 29/05/1881 at Dijon proved by Blake Alexander Hankey and Rodolph Alexander Hankey the sons and Howard Warburton Elphinstone, personal estate £154,982 16s 4d. Between 1847 and 1852, Hankey was the occupier of The Cedars, Roehampton.


  1., London, England, Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, 1538-1812 [database online];, London, England, Marriages and Banns, 1754-1921 [database online]. The NPG photograph is an albumen print by Maull & Polyblank (1855); 7 3/4 in. x 5 3/4 in. (197 mm x 146 mm).

  2. National Probate Calendar 1881; Dorian Gerhold Villas and mansions of Roehampton and Putney Heath Wandsworth Historical Society 1997.

Further Information

Ellen Blake (1825)
Matilda (1827-), Blake (1828-), Julia (1832-), Constance, Rodolph (all 'Alexander Hankey')

Associated Claims (14)

£4,499 16s 1d
£356 1s 3d
£6,212 0s 3d
Awardee (Mortgagee)
£4,195 6s 10d
£275 4s 4d
£5,552 10s 4d
£5,844 18s 8d
£6,543 5s 11d
£2,863 19s 8d
Beneficiary (Owner-in-fee)
£5,927 9s 9d
Awardee (Owner-in-fee)
£4,043 16s 5d
Unsuccessful claimant (consensual) (Judgement creditor)
£3,086 17s 6d
Unsuccessful claimant (consensual) (Judgement creditor)
£2,629 19s 3d
Unsuccessful claimant (consensual) (Judgement creditor)
£4,565 0s 8d
Unsuccessful claimant (consensual) (Judgement creditor)

Associated Estates (5)

The dates listed below have different categories as denoted by the letters in the brackets following each date. Here is a key to explain those letter codes:

  • SD - Association Start Date
  • SY - Association Start Year
  • EA - Earliest Known Association
  • ED - Association End Date
  • EY - Association End Year
  • LA - Latest Known Association
1826 [EA] - 1829 [LA] → Mortgage Holder
1832 [EA] - 1834 [LA] → Joint owner

The compensation records show that Thomson Hankey senior, Thomson Hankey jun. and John A. Hankey had secured an Ejectment in 1832, having previously been mortgagees.

1832 [EA] - 1834 [LA] → Judgement creditor
1827 [EA] - 1829 [LA] → Mortgage Holder
1826 [EA] - 1829 [LA] → Mortgage Holder

Legacies Summary

Commercial (2)

Other partner
Thomson Hankey & Co.
West India merchant  
Railway Investment
East and West India Docks and Birmingham Junction [1846122]  

Relationships (8)

Nephew → Uncle
Son-in-law → Father-in-law
Nephew → Uncle
Other relatives
Notes →
John's wife Ellen and Henry's wife Caroline were...
Son → Mother
Son → Father
First Cousins

Addresses (2)

7 Mincing Lane, City of London, Middlesex, London, England
The Cedars, Roehampton, Surrey, London, England
Notes →

'Occupier' rather than owner