First Generation

1. Ezekiel1 Sankey was born in Lewistown, Mifflin Co, PA 1772. Ezekiel died July 13, 1813 in New Castle, Lawrence Co, PA, at 41 years of age. He served in the war of 1812, became ill, returned home, lingered and then died. He was quite a prominent and well respected man, as were two of his sons, David, a Senator, and Ezekiel Jr., also a Major

He married Jane Cullison in Pennsylvania, about 1794. Jane was born in County Down, Ireland December 1767. (Additional notes for Jane Cullison(4688)) Jane died 1860 in New Castle, Lawrence Co, PA, at 92 years of age. Ezekiel Sankey served at Erie in the War of 1812, and died from the effects of a cold contracted during his service there." History of Mercer County (PA)

He served in 5 BATT'N (NELSON'S) PENNSYLVANIA MIL. as a private and Quarter Master. He was discharged April 2 1813.

1877 History of Lawrence County - p. 123-124, 165 & 83 Ezekiel Sankey, father of Ezekiel and David Sankey, now residing in West New Castle, was perhaps the first permanent settler within the limits of the present township [Union Township]. His ancestors were from near Warrington, in Lancashire, England, from whence they emigrated to America and settled in the Kishacoquillas valley, now in Mifflin county, Pa., where his father died in 1794. He and his mother were appointed as executors of his father's will. Soon after the death of his father, he removed to a place called Potter's Mills, in Center county, and, after a short residence there, removed to the Chartiers valley, in Washington county, Pa., where he bought a farm and remained until 1800, when he removed to the farm at the mouth of "Sankey's run," since in Union township, Lawrence county. A few of the "red skins" still remained in the county, and their abandoned wigwams, made of poles and bark, were numerous. The territory of Union township was then in Mercer county, recently erected, and Mr. Sankey was the first sheriff of the county that was elected by the people--William Byers, the first sheriff, having been appointed by the governor in 1803. Mr. Sankey was major of one of the Pennsylvania militia regiments, and it was on the occasion of one of its general musters on his farm, that a recruiting officer appeared in the Summer of 1812, and offered the regiment the privilege of volunteering in the service of the country in the war then just beginning between the United States and Great Britain. If the regiment accepted the proposition, they were to join General William Henry Harrison, then in command in the northwest territory, of which he was also governor. The regiment declined enlisting in a body, and the offer was tendered to the companies, which also declined, and then individual enlistments were called for, when Major Sankey and a man named William Sheriff, of the same township, stepped forward and enlisted, being the only ones from that regiment. Major Sankey was appointed to a position in the commissary department of General Crook's brigade, which was organized at Pittsburgh. After a short visit to Erie, to learn what the British were contemplating in that quarter, he rejoined Crook's brigade at Mansfield, Ohio. He afterwards accompanied a portion of it as far West as the Rapids of the Maumee, where Harrison afterwards, in February, 1813, constructed the famous Fort Meigs. Here he remained during the Winter of 1812-13, and returned home in the Spring, and soon afterwards went to Mercer upon business, when his health, which had suffered severely by the rigor of the Winter and exposure in the camp, gave way, and after lying there for some time, he was brought home, where he lingered until the 13th day of July of that year, when he expired. Major Sankey raised a family of nine children, six sons and three daughters, all of whom are dead excepting his two youngest sons, Ezekiel and David, the latter of whom is the father of the co-worker with D. L. Moody--Ira D. Sankey--whose name and fame as a singer of Gospel hymns is world-wide. Major Ezekiel Sankey, Sr., was born near Lewistown, Mifflin county, Pa., in the year 1772. His wife was Jane Cubbison, who was born in County Down, Ireland, in December, 1767. Mr. Sankey came to what is now Lawrence county about the year 1798, and became one of the first settlers at Western Reserve Harbor, in Union township. He was a farmer by occupation, and was an influential member of what is now known as the United Presbyterian church. He was the second Sheriff of Mercer county. He was a man of sterling integrity and great influence. He died July 9, 1813. His family numbered six sons and three daughters: WILLIAM, born July 10, 1794; died November 27, 1860. SARAH, born December 24, 1795; died December 25, 1876. JOHN RIDDLE, born November 3, 1797; died March 29, 1869. JOSEPH CUBBISON, born November 9, 1799; died November 24, 1870. MARY ANN, born September 11, 1801; died August 12, 1874. JAMES, born November 25, 1803; died August 12, 1861. EZEKIEL, Jr., born October 3, 1804. DAVID, born January 10, 1809. JANE, born June 24, 1811; died September 14, 1871.

Ezekiel Sankey and Jane Cullison had the following children:

child 2 i. William2 Sankey was born in Pennsylvania July 10, 1794. William died November 27, 1860 in New Castle, Lawrence Co, PA, at 66 years of age.

child 3 ii. Sarah Sankey was born in Pennsylvania December 24, 1795. Sarah died December 25, 1876 at 81 years of age.

child 4 iii. John Riddle Sankey was born in Pennsylvania November 3, 1797. John died March 29, 1869 in Pennsylvania, at 71 years of age.

child 5 iv. Joseph Cullison Sankey was born in Washington Co, PA November 9, 1799. Joseph died August 12, 1874 in Union Twp, Lawrence Co, PA, at 74 years of age. He married Mary Durkee 1825. Mary was born in Vermont 1803. Mary died 1870 in Union Twp, Lawrence Co, PA, at 67 years of age.

child 6 v. Mary Ann Sankey was born in Pennsylvania September 11, 1801. Mary died August 12, 1874 at 72 years of age.

child + 7 vi. James Sankey was born November 25, 1803.

child 8 vii. Ezekiel Sankey was born in Pennsylvania October 3, 1804. Ezekiel died 1888 at 83 years of age. He married Sarah Skinner February 9, 1832. Sarah was born in Lawrence Co, PA 1811.

child 9 viii. David Sankey was born in Lawrence Co, PA January 10, 1809. He married Mary Leeper September 2, 1830. Mary was born about 1809.

child 10 ix. Jane Sankey was born in Pennsylvania June 24, 1811. Jane died September 14, 1871 at 60 years of age.

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