John Hankey

6th Sep 1741 - 1792


  1. Merchant. Adopted son and business partner of Peter Simond. Inherited Simond's estates in Grenada as tenant-in-common with Susanna Louisa St John and Sir John Trevelyan. Father of John Peter Hankey.

  2. The will of John Hankey "of the City of London merchant, second son of Sir Thomas Hankey late of the said City Knight deceased by Sarah his wife who was one of the daughters of Sir John Barnard Knight deceased, late one of the aldermen of the said City" mentions his partnership with Peter Simond, ownership of estates in Grenada and mortgages held on estates in Grenada.

  3. John Hankey was born 06/09/1741. Died 05/09/1792, of Mincing Lane.

  4. John Hankey was a witness to the 1789-90 Committee on the Slave Trade. 'Is a very large proprietor of lands in the Ceded Islands, since 1764, also has very large sums outstanding', given later as £250,000 at 5%.


  1. Will of Peter Simond, PROB 11/1136/157, which makes this adoption clear: John Hankey 'whom with the entire approbation of my said daughter Lady St John and the said Sir John Trevelyan I adopt as a child in consideration of his great fidelity and honourable conduct to me'. In a codicil Peter Simond also refers to John's son John Peter Hankey as his godson and bequeaths to him £100.

  2. Will of John Hankey, PROB 11/1223/78.

  3. Boyd's Inhabitants of London & Family Units 1200-1946 [database online]. The Lady's Magazine vol. 23 p. 504 (September 1792).

  4. Abridgement of the Minutes of the Evidence: Taken Before a Committee of the Whole Consider the Slave Trade (1790) Vol. II part 2 pp. 84 et seq.

We are grateful to Yvonne Roberts for her assistance with compiling this entry.

Further Information

Elizabeth Thomson
John Peter, Thomson
Merchant and plantation owner

Associated Estates (7)

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
1780 [EA] - → Joint owner
1780 [EA] - → Joint owner
1780 [EA] - → Joint owner
1780 [EA] - → Joint owner
1780 [EA] - → Joint owner
1780 [EA] - → Joint owner
1780 [EA] - → Joint owner

Legacies Summary

Commercial (1)

Name partner
Simond & Hankey
West India merchant  

Relationships (6)

Father → Son
Uncle → Nephew
Notes →
Augustus Robert Hankey was the son of Robert Hankey (d. c. 1815), the brother of John...
Father → Son
Son → Father
Business partners
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And Peter Simond adopted John Hankey as his...

Addresses (1)

Mincing Lane, City of London, Middlesex, London, England