The following information is from a letter sent to my husband in 1994 by a family member. If you have additional information on this line please share. I have typed it exactly as it is in the letter and the interpretation of facts due to lack of punctuation is open for interpretation.
"Research by Lerlind and Glenn Hanchey has given us evidence that Jacob Hanchey a Swiss-German imigrant from the Palatinate area of Germany was the progenitor of our American-Louisiana lineage. The German Palatinate is a part of Germany west of the Rhine River near the Swiss border. Research indicates that it was from this area that the German immigrant, Jacob Hanchey, came to America.
Jacob Hanchey ca 1700-1760 probably came to America in the 1740'sin South Carolina in 1747
Jacob Jr born ca 1730 probably in Germany d. ca 1800
Jacob Jr. ca 1730-1800
Martin Sr or II b. ca 1750 d.ca 1815
Both Jacob and Jacob Jr. answered a call to defend the Carolina Colony against an advance of the Spanish from Florida September 4, 1748
Martin Sr. or II b. ca 1750 d. ca 1815
Martin Jr. ca 1775-1840 b. S.C. d. Ala
went from South Carolina to Alabama
about 1820married Nancyin 1822
was in Dallas County, Ala. with daugh-
ter Cada - sons William, John, Martin
and Jameslater moved to Pike County,
Ala.settling in Troy, Ala. James is
in our line
James Hanchey 1816-1876
5th child 4th son of Martin and Nancy Hanchey born 1816 in North Carolina - probably Columbus County. The family left North Carolina for Alabama about 1820, probably with Martin Sr.s brother Daniel and family, settling in Dallas County, Ala. near Selma in 1822.In 1835 they were in Montgomery, Montgomery County, Alabama were Martin operated a mill on his land. James would have been 19 years old and probably at home. Next moved to Troy, Pike County, Ala. James and brothers William, John and Martin served in the army in the Creek Indian Uprising of 1836.They received "bounty land" for this service.While in Pike County James married Martha E. Spencer on Sept. 30, 1841. She was born May 10, 1824. She was oldest daughter of Peter and Nancy Darby Spencer.
Peter's father was Elias Spencer, Elias' father was William Spencer who was in the Revolution from Montgomery County, N.C. William's wife was Hannah Johnson.
James and Martha were married by William, James' older brother, who was a Justice of Peace. They had eleven children, eight born in Alabama.
James died Oct. 12, 1876. Martha died Sept. 28, 1881. Both buried in the Volentine Cemetary on State Road 126 about 3 miles below Holum La.
Sarah Jane Hanchey, the 8th child and 3rd daughter of James and Martha was born Nov 22, 1858 in Pike County, Ala. She was about one year old when her parents moved to La. She married William Gillmore, (the parents of William Gillmore were Thomas Gillmore born about 1820 in Ireland and Elizabeth Agnes born about 1825 in New York.William was born about 1852 in La.)Sarah and William were probably married in La. They went to Hope, Ark. where Sarah Jane's brother Benjamin Franklin Hanchey and Henry Thomas Hanchey were living.
Sarah Jane and William had three children, the oldest being Thomas Jefferson Gillmore born in Hope, Ark. around 1881 or 1882. William died when Thomas Jefferson was around 7 years old.Sarah Jane later married R.J. Stringfellow from Hempstead County, Ark. May 18, 1890
When J.T. was around 17 his mother died in Arkansas and he and his sisters left for Hanchey relatives in Texas.
Benjamin Franklin Hanchey, a brother of Sarah Jane, married Susan Pamela Coon at Columbia, La. They had nine children, the second child and daughter was Susan Rosetta Hanchey.She was born May 11, 1876 in Caldwell Parish, La.and died October 7, 1903 in Hardin, Texas.She married Gus McMurtree. Thomas Jefferson Gillmore lived with Gus and Susan Rosetta in Liberty Co, Texas in 1900. Later in 1910 he was living alone in Shelby County after his first wife, Mary Ellen Stephens died."