Abner Hanks1

b. 1763, d. 5 September 1846
Abner Hanks|b. 1763\nd. 5 Sep 1846|p197.htm#i1961|John Hanks Jr|b. 2 May 1728\nd. a 1810|p197.htm#i1963|Susannah Hanks||p198.htm#i1980|John Hanks|b. bt 1687 - 1690\nd. c 1740|p197.htm#i1964|Catharine Hanks|d. bt 1778 - 1779|p199.htm#i1986|||||||

1st cousin 2 times removed of Abraham Lincoln.
5th great-grandfather of Kerry Suzanne Davis.
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Abner Hanks was born in 1763 in Richmond County, Virginia.1,2 He was the son of John Hanks Jr and Susannah Hanks.1 Abner Hanks married Mary Dale circa 1787. Mary most likely was the daughter of Thomas Dale and Alse Dodson.3,4,5 Abner Hanks died on 5 September 1846 in Johnson County, Indiana. He is buried in Lick Spring Cemetery.1,6

Abner was a first cousin, once removed, of Nancy Hanks, the mother of Abraham Lincoln. His father, John Hanks, Jr. (b. 1728), was a brother of Nancy Hanks' grandfather, Joseph Hanks (b. 1725).

Abner was closely affiliated with the Jacob Utterback Family and moved from Woodford County, Kentucky with many of Jacob's children to Johnson County, Indiana, where he entered land in 1829, and where he married five (or six) times with an issue of 18 known children, five of whom married into the family of Jacob Utterback.1

During the Revolutionary War, Abner served three months in Captain George Harrison's Virginia Company. After his return home, he enlisted for a second time and served three months in Captain George Sisson's Virginia Company.7

A List of the Taxable property Within Precinct of Farnham taken by William Smith 1782 shows George Hanks, John Hanks, Samuel Woolard, and several Hammonds. The same list for 1783 shows John Hanks over 21 with Abner Hanks age 16-21. The 1784 list has John Hanks and Abner Hanks two white tithables. The 1785 list has John Hanks over 21 with Elijah Hanks over 16 and Abner Hanks over 21.8

In Richmond County OB 20, 10 August 1786 there is a petition for Isaac Alloway vs. Abner Hanks. A further case is listed 5 May 1788 of Eliza Barecroft agst. Abner Hanks.8

According to the "Roster of Revolutionary Ancestors," Abner's wives were first Elizabeth Dale in 1787; Mary circa 1807; Frances Melton in 1810; Sarah Goodman in 1821; and Nancy Boniface Shouse in 1832.

On the other hand the "Hanks Family" book says that he married six times: first Mary Dale, then Elizabeth Goodwin in Gallatin County, Kentucky on 9 May 1806. On 3 March 1812 he married Francis McEndre in Gallatin County, Kentucky, which must have been a very short marriage because he next married Sarah Goodman also in 1821. On 18 November 1828 he is shown to have married Hannah Stewart in Henry County, Kentucky; and, lastly, he married Sally Shouse in Johnson County, Indiana on 20 August 1832.

At this point it's unclear which source is correct, but Abner's brother George married Elizabeth Dale so this might be where the mixup lies for the accounts naming Elizabeth Dale as Abner's wife.9,10

On 18 March 1834, Abner applied for a military pension in Johnson County, Indiana. He had enlisted in the military while living in Richmond County, Virginia. He was a member of the Virginia line of Hanks. His pension file number is S31729.11

Children of Abner Hanks and Mary Dale

Citations

  1. [S205] William I. Utterback, The Utterback Family, 1620-1938: Print Graphics, Inc., Omaha, Nebraska, Orig. 1937, Reprint 1987, Early American Families, P.O. Box 1422 D.T.S., Omaha, Nebraska 68101-1422, p. 63, family of Benjamine Utterback (Issue 104), re: Matie Hanks. Hereinafter cited as The Utterback Family.
  2. [S209] Anonymous, A roster of Revolutionary ancestors of the Indiana Daughters of the American Revolution: commemoration of the United States of America bicentennial (July 4, 1976); digital reprint on-line by Heritage Quest, Evansville, Indiana: Unigraphic, p. 269 show birth place. Hereinafter cited as Roster of Revolutionary Ancestors in Indiana.
  3. [S205] William I. Utterback, The Utterback Family, p. 63, family of Benjamin Utterback (Issue 104), re: Matie Hanks; states Abner's wife's name as Elizabeth.
  4. [S209] Anonymous, Roster of Revolutionary Ancestors in Indiana, p. 269 shows marriage year and name Elizabeth Dale wife 1.
  5. [S210] The Hanks Family Ancestry, online http://www.genealogy.com/famousfolks/tomh, This data states Abner's wife's name was Mary Dale. He and his brothers all married Dale women who it would be assumed were sisters.. Hereinafter cited as The Hanks Family Ancestry Online.
  6. [S209] Anonymous, Roster of Revolutionary Ancestors in Indiana, p. 269 shows death date and place and burial.
  7. [S209] Anonymous, Roster of Revolutionary Ancestors in Indiana, p. 269 shows service record.
  8. [S240] Hanks Researcher e-mail communication, information received by Kerry Davis 6 May 2009 from researcher who prefers to remain anonymous.
  9. [S209] Anonymous, Roster of Revolutionary Ancestors in Indiana, p. 269.
  10. [S210] The Hanks Family Ancestry Online, Possibly from The Hanks Family of Virginia.
  11. [S210] The Hanks Family Ancestry Online.

Mary Dale1,2

b. circa 1768, d. circa 1805

5th great-grandmother of Kerry Suzanne Davis.
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Mary Dale was born circa 1768 in Virginia.3 She married Abner Hanks, son of John Hanks Jr and Susannah Hanks, circa 1787. Mary most likely was the daughter of Thomas Dale and Alse Dodson.4,5,6 Mary Dale died circa 1805 in Virginia.3

Children of Mary Dale and Abner Hanks

Citations

  1. [S205] William I. Utterback, The Utterback Family, 1620-1938: Print Graphics, Inc., Omaha, Nebraska, Orig. 1937, Reprint 1987, Early American Families, P.O. Box 1422 D.T.S., Omaha, Nebraska 68101-1422, p. 63, family of Benjamin Utterback (Issue 104), re: Matie Hanks -- names Elizabeth Dale as wife of Abner. Hereinafter cited as The Utterback Family.
  2. [S210] The Hanks Family Ancestry, online http://www.genealogy.com/famousfolks/tomh, This source names Mary Dale the wife of Abner, Elizabeth Dale married his brother George. Hereinafter cited as The Hanks Family Ancestry Online.
  3. [S209] Anonymous, A roster of Revolutionary ancestors of the Indiana Daughters of the American Revolution: commemoration of the United States of America bicentennial (July 4, 1976); digital reprint on-line by Heritage Quest, Evansville, Indiana: Unigraphic, p. 269. Hereinafter cited as Roster of Revolutionary Ancestors in Indiana.
  4. [S205] William I. Utterback, The Utterback Family, p. 63, family of Benjamin Utterback (Issue 104), re: Matie Hanks; states Abner's wife's name as Elizabeth.
  5. [S209] Anonymous, Roster of Revolutionary Ancestors in Indiana, p. 269 shows marriage year and name Elizabeth Dale wife 1.
  6. [S210] The Hanks Family Ancestry Online, This data states Abner's wife's name was Mary Dale. He and his brothers all married Dale women who it would be assumed were sisters.
  7. [S205] William I. Utterback, The Utterback Family, p. 63, family of Benjamine Utterback (Issue 104), re: Matie Hanks.
  8. [S210] The Hanks Family Ancestry Online.

John Hanks Jr1

b. 2 May 1728, d. after 1810
John Hanks Jr|b. 2 May 1728\nd. a 1810|p197.htm#i1963|John Hanks|b. bt 1687 - 1690\nd. c 1740|p197.htm#i1964|Catharine Hanks|d. bt 1778 - 1779|p199.htm#i1986|William Hanks I|b. c 1650\nd. b 7 Feb 1704|p199.htm#i1987|Sarah Woodbridge or Byrd||p199.htm#i1988|||||||

Great-granduncle of Abraham Lincoln.
6th great-grandfather of Kerry Suzanne Davis.
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John Hanks Jr married Susannah Hanks.2 John Hanks Jr was born on 2 May 1728 in Richmond County, Virginia.3,4,5,6 He was the son of John Hanks and Catharine Hanks.2 John Hanks Jr died after 1810 in Woodford County, Kentucky.2

John was the grand uncle of Nancy Hanks, his brother Joseph's granddaughter and Abraham Lincoln's mother.1

Some legal notations regarding John Hanks: 5 June 1764 (Richmond Co. OB15) John Hanks vs. William Spragg trespass. 19 October 1766 John and Susanna Hanks recorded the birth of their son Elijah. 1 December 1766 (OB 16) Archibald Ritchie agst. John Hanks, and again on 3 March 1767 (OB 16) Archibald Ritchie agst. John Hanks. 7 Nov 1768 (OB 16) the grand jury presents Thomas Hanks, John Hanks and Joseph Hanks of North Farnham Parish for absenting themselves from parish church one month. On 4 July 1769 (OB 17) John Hanks summoned for failure to attend church in North Farnham Parish. On 2 May 1770 (OB 17) John Hanks was a witness for John Yerby for one day. On 3 Nov 1778 (OB 18) John Hanks was witness for Samuel Woolard agst. Charles Hammond for three days.7

John served in the Revolutionary War. He enlisted on 22 March 1776 for three years, was transferred in June 1778 to Captain William Crogham's Company 4th Va. Regiment commanded by Col. James Wood and Col. John Neville. In October 1778 and 1779 he was transferred to Captain Cooper's Co., the same Regiment. His name is on the payroll for November 1779.8

A List of the Taxable property Within Precinct of Farnham taken by William Smith 1782 shows George Hanks, John Hanks, Samuel Woolard, and several Hammonds. The same list for 1783 shows John Hanks over 21 with Abner Hanks age 16-21. The 1784 list has John Hanks and Abner Hanks two white tithables. The 1785 list has John Hanks over 21 with Elijah Hanks over 16 and Abner Hanks over 21.7

John is on the Woodford County, Kentucky tax lsit as early as 1791 and shown as John Sr. in 1796. He is listed in the 1810 census as a pensioner.7

Children of John Hanks Jr and Susannah Hanks

Citations

  1. [S205] William I. Utterback, The Utterback Family, 1620-1938: Print Graphics, Inc., Omaha, Nebraska, Orig. 1937, Reprint 1987, Early American Families, P.O. Box 1422 D.T.S., Omaha, Nebraska 68101-1422, p. 63, family of Benjamine Utterback (Issue 104), re: Matie Hanks. Hereinafter cited as The Utterback Family.
  2. [S210] The Hanks Family Ancestry, online http://www.genealogy.com/famousfolks/tomh. Hereinafter cited as The Hanks Family Ancestry Online.
  3. [S216] Adin Baber, Nancy Baber McNeill and Louis Franklin Hanks. The Hanks Family of Virginia and Westward (Spokane, Washington: The Arthur H. Clark Company, 2004 Revision, Carpinteria, California), p. 421. Hereinafter cited as The Hanks Family by Aiden Baber.
  4. [S205] William I. Utterback, The Utterback Family, p. 63, family of Benjamin Utterback (Issue 104), re: Matie Hanks.
  5. [S210] The Hanks Family Ancestry Online, Birth date and place.
  6. [S242] North Farnham Parish Register, Virginia, Birth date.
  7. [S240] Hanks Researcher e-mail communication, information received by Kerry Davis 6 May 2009 from researcher who prefers to remain anonymous.
  8. [S209] Anonymous, A roster of Revolutionary ancestors of the Indiana Daughters of the American Revolution: commemoration of the United States of America bicentennial (July 4, 1976); digital reprint on-line by Heritage Quest, Evansville, Indiana: Unigraphic, p. 269 shows service record. Hereinafter cited as Roster of Revolutionary Ancestors in Indiana.

John Hanks1

b. between 1687 and 1690, d. circa 1740
John Hanks|b. bt 1687 - 1690\nd. c 1740|p197.htm#i1964|William Hanks I|b. c 1650\nd. b 7 Feb 1704|p199.htm#i1987|Sarah Woodbridge or Byrd||p199.htm#i1988|Thomas Hanks|b. b 1630\nd. a 8 Apr 1674|p199.htm#i1989|Elizabeth||p199.htm#i1990|||||||

2nd great-grandfather of Abraham Lincoln.
7th great-grandfather of Kerry Suzanne Davis.
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John Hanks was born between 1687 and 1690 in Richmond County, Virginia.3,1 He was the son of William Hanks I and Sarah Woodbridge or Byrd.2 John Hanks married Catharine Hanks circa 1712.4,5 John Hanks died circa 1740 in Richmond County, Virginia.5

John Hanks was a beneficiary of the estate of William Hanks I on 2 May 1705 in Virginia. The estate was divided into four equal parts going to Sarah and the three sons, William, Luke and John. Among other things, "William received the carpenter and cooper tools; Luke received two looking glasses and a case of pistols; and John received much cloth, including 'penniston,' a coarse suiting used by foresters, as well as a set of wedges." Baber wrote that this obviously showed "Luke and John were woodsmen and felled the trees and their elder brother William worked them up into lumber and houses."6

John and Catharine had ten children including Joseph and John, all born in Richmond County, Virginia. They were William b. 8 March 1715, d. after 1782 in Lancaster County, Virginia; Eleanor b. 18 March 1717, d. after 1782; Elizabeth b. 18 October 1720, d. after Feb 1788 and bef 1 December 1788; Sarah, b. 7 April 1723, d. before 1782; Catharine, b. 4 October 1723, prematurely died as infant; Catharine, b. 20 December 1725, twin of Joseph, died a spinster after 1782; Thomas b. 1 July 1732, d. after 1784; and Alexander b. 2 December 1734, d. 16 September 1776 at 41 years of age. He was a private in Capt. Burges Ball's Company of the 5th Virginia Regiment of Foot under the command of Lt. Col. Josiah Parker when he died.5,1

John Hanks and Catherine Hanks are shown in 1717 to be ordered by Sheriff a summons to the next Court with a group of others "for not going to Church for one month past last." In 1737 there is a summons to Court of John Hanks to "show cause why their children should not be bound out according to Law." And in August 1740 [perhaps at or around the time John died] the Court ordered that the Sheriff summon to Court Catherine Hanks to show cause why her children should not be bound out by the church wardens as the law directs...."7

Children of John Hanks and Catharine Hanks

Citations

  1. [S210] The Hanks Family Ancestry, online http://www.genealogy.com/famousfolks/tomh. Hereinafter cited as The Hanks Family Ancestry Online.
  2. [S210] The Hanks Family Ancestry Online, The Hanks Family of Virginia by Aiden Baber, p. 5.
  3. [S216] Adin Baber, Nancy Baber McNeill and Louis Franklin Hanks. The Hanks Family of Virginia and Westward (Spokane, Washington: The Arthur H. Clark Company, 2004 Revision, Carpinteria, California), p. 421 & p. 5: Order Book 4, p. 371, birthdate approximate since he was not 21 yrs old in 1708 when a guardian was appointed for him. Hereinafter cited as The Hanks Family by Aiden Baber.
  4. [S210] The Hanks Family Ancestry Online, No surname for her.
  5. [S216] The Hanks Family by Aiden Baber, p. 421.
  6. [S216] The Hanks Family by Aiden Baber, p. 5, 132; Order Book 4, pp. 58, 94, 2 May 1705, Court House, Richmond County, Virginia.
  7. [S216] The Hanks Family by Aiden Baber, p. 421; Order Book 7, p. 170, June Court 1717; Order Book 10, 1732-1739, Richmond County, VA, p. 512; Order Book 11, p. 100, Court 4 August 1740.
  8. [S205] William I. Utterback, The Utterback Family, 1620-1938: Print Graphics, Inc., Omaha, Nebraska, Orig. 1937, Reprint 1987, Early American Families, P.O. Box 1422 D.T.S., Omaha, Nebraska 68101-1422, p. 63, family of Benjamine Utterback (Issue 104), re: Matie Hanks. Hereinafter cited as The Utterback Family.

Joseph Hanks1,2

b. 20 December 1725, d. after 8 January 1793
Joseph Hanks|b. 20 Dec 1725\nd. a 8 Jan 1793|p197.htm#i1965|John Hanks|b. bt 1687 - 1690\nd. c 1740|p197.htm#i1964|Catharine Hanks|d. bt 1778 - 1779|p199.htm#i1986|William Hanks I|b. c 1650\nd. b 7 Feb 1704|p199.htm#i1987|Sarah Woodbridge or Byrd||p199.htm#i1988|||||||

Great-grandfather of Abraham Lincoln.
6th great-granduncle of Kerry Suzanne Davis.
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Joseph Hanks was born on 20 December 1725 in Richmond County, Virginia. He had a twin, Catharine.5,6,3 He was the son of John Hanks and Catharine Hanks.3,4 Joseph Hanks married Nancy Ann "Nannie" Lee on 26 May 1756. Nancy Ann was the daughter of William Lee. They resided in Richmond County, Virginia.7,8 Joseph Hanks died after 8 January 1793 in Nelson County, Kentucky.9

Joseph was the great-grandfather of Abraham Lincoln. He was born and spent his first 59 years living in Richmond County, Virginia where he was a plantation overseer and tenant farmer.10

According to Richmond County Order Books of the time, Joseph received 200# tobac. for attending Court 8 days as a witness in 1769 and is shown two more times as a witness, once for John Plummer where he received 25# tobac in payment. He was appointed to replace Leroy Peachey as Surveyor of the highways on 4 October 1773. He appeared frequently in county records as a road inspector or surveyor, a testifier in court litigation, and a witness to deeds and contracts.11,9

In 1784 he and his family migrated to Mercer County, Kentucky, and a few years later, in 1787, they moved to Nelson County, Kentucky which is where he died. He and his wife Ann (aka Nancy Ann or Nannie Lee) had nine children.

The birth of only one of Joseph and Nannie's children was recorded "in the Anglican parish register since Joseph and Nanny were most interested, it seems, in the Baptist religion that was beginning to make inroads in the vicinity. One of Joseph's sisters married a man whose brother, Thomas Dodson, left Richmond County and became a prominent Baptist layman in Pittsylvania County in southern Virginia."10,9

Joseph made a will on 8 January 1793 at Nelson County, Kentucky, and is assumed to have died soon after this.9

Children of Joseph Hanks and Nancy Ann "Nannie" Lee

Citations

  1. [S205] William I. Utterback, The Utterback Family, 1620-1938: Print Graphics, Inc., Omaha, Nebraska, Orig. 1937, Reprint 1987, Early American Families, P.O. Box 1422 D.T.S., Omaha, Nebraska 68101-1422, p. 63, family of Benjamin Utterback (Issue 104), re: Matie Hanks. Hereinafter cited as The Utterback Family.
  2. [S216] Adin Baber, Nancy Baber McNeill and Louis Franklin Hanks. The Hanks Family of Virginia and Westward (Spokane, Washington: The Arthur H. Clark Company, 2004 Revision, Carpinteria, California), p. 421, Nancy Royce, a Hanks-Lee researcher, as well as descendant Dennis Hanks, believe this Joseph Hanks is one and the same as the Joseph listed as a son of Luke I; that Luke I did not have a son named Joseph.. Hereinafter cited as The Hanks Family by Aiden Baber.
  3. [S205] William I. Utterback, The Utterback Family, p. 63, family of Benjamine Utterback (Issue 104), re: Matie Hanks.
  4. [S210] The Hanks Family Ancestry, online http://www.genealogy.com/famousfolks/tomh. Hereinafter cited as The Hanks Family Ancestry Online.
  5. [S228] Paul H. Verduin, "New Evidence Suggests Lincoln's Mother Born in Richmond County, Virginia, Giving Credibility to Planter-Grandfather Legend", Northern Neck of Virginia Historical Magazine XXXVIII No. 1, pgs. 4354-4389 (December 1988): Joseph Hanks: Kentucky Pioneer from Virginia's Northern Neck; his birth was recorded by the Anglican Church of North Farnham Parish, Virginia. Hereinafter cited as "New Evidence Lincoln's Mother Born in Richmond County, VA."
  6. [S216] The Hanks Family by Aiden Baber, p. 421.
  7. [S205] William I. Utterback, The Utterback Family, p. 63, family of Benjamin Utterback (Issue 104), re: Matie Hanks -- shows Joseph married to Lucy.
  8. [S216] The Hanks Family by Aiden Baber, p. 423.
  9. [S228] Paul H. Verduin, "New Evidence Lincoln's Mother Born in Richmond County, VA", Joseph Hanks: Kentucky Pioneer from Virginia's Northern Neck.
  10. [S227] Douglas L. Wilson and Rodney O. Davis, editors, Herndon's Informants, Letters, Interviews, and Statements about Abraham Lincoln (Urbana, Illinois: University of Illinois Press, 1998), Appendix: Brief Outline of the Joseph Hanks Family by Paul H. Verduin, pp. 779 -783. Hereinafter cited as Herndon's Informants.
  11. [S216] The Hanks Family by Aiden Baber, p. 423, Order Book 17, p. 41, 44, 92; Order Book 19, p. 40, 239-41.
  12. [S227] Douglas L. Wilson and Rodney O. Davis, Herndon's Informants, Appendix: Brief Outline of the Joseph Hanks Family by Paul H. Verduin, p. 780.
  13. [S216] The Hanks Family by Aiden Baber, p. 148, birth and death data.

Nancy Ann "Nannie" Lee1,2

b. circa 1742, d. circa 1794

Great-grandmother of Abraham Lincoln.
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Nancy Ann "Nannie" Lee was born circa 1742 in Virginia.3 She married Joseph Hanks, son of John Hanks and Catharine Hanks, on 26 May 1756. Nancy Ann was the daughter of William Lee. They resided in Richmond County, Virginia.4,5 Nancy Ann "Nannie" Lee died circa 1794 in Nelson County, Kentucky.3

Nannie was the great-grandmother of Abraham Lincoln. She and her husband Joseph resided for many years in Richmond County, Virginia where he was a plantation overseer and tenant farmer. In 1784 the family migrated to Mercer County, Kentucky, and a few years later, in 1787, they moved to Nelson County, Kentucky which is where Nannie and Joseph died. Nannie and Joseph had nine children.3

Children of Nancy Ann "Nannie" Lee and Joseph Hanks

Citations

  1. [S205] William I. Utterback, The Utterback Family, 1620-1938: Print Graphics, Inc., Omaha, Nebraska, Orig. 1937, Reprint 1987, Early American Families, P.O. Box 1422 D.T.S., Omaha, Nebraska 68101-1422, p. 63, family of Benjamin Utterback (Issue 104), re: Matie Hanks -- this books names wife of Joseph as "Lucy" which appears to be incorrect. Hereinafter cited as The Utterback Family.
  2. [S216] Adin Baber, Nancy Baber McNeill and Louis Franklin Hanks. The Hanks Family of Virginia and Westward (Spokane, Washington: The Arthur H. Clark Company, 2004 Revision, Carpinteria, California), p. 136, 423. Hereinafter cited as The Hanks Family by Aiden Baber.
  3. [S227] Douglas L. Wilson and Rodney O. Davis, editors, Herndon's Informants, Letters, Interviews, and Statements about Abraham Lincoln (Urbana, Illinois: University of Illinois Press, 1998), Appendix: Brief Outline of the Joseph Hanks Family by Paul H. Verduin, pp. 779 -783. Hereinafter cited as Herndon's Informants.
  4. [S205] William I. Utterback, The Utterback Family, p. 63, family of Benjamin Utterback (Issue 104), re: Matie Hanks -- shows Joseph married to Lucy.
  5. [S216] The Hanks Family by Aiden Baber, p. 423.
  6. [S227] Douglas L. Wilson and Rodney O. Davis, Herndon's Informants, Appendix: Brief Outline of the Joseph Hanks Family by Paul H. Verduin, p. 780.
  7. [S216] The Hanks Family by Aiden Baber, p. 148, birth and death data.

Nancy Hanks1

b. 5 February 1784, d. 5 October 1818
Nancy Hanks|b. 5 Feb 1784\nd. 5 Oct 1818|p197.htm#i1967||||Lucey Hanks|b. c 1767\nd. c 1833|p212.htm#i2120|||||||Joseph Hanks|b. 20 Dec 1725\nd. a 8 Jan 1793|p197.htm#i1965|Nancy Ann "Nannie" Lee|b. c 1742\nd. c 1794|p197.htm#i1966|

Mother of Abraham Lincoln.
2nd cousin 6 times removed of Kerry Suzanne Davis.
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Nancy Hanks Lincoln
5 February 1784 - 5 October 1818
Nancy Hanks was born on 5 February 1784 in Hampshire County, West Virginia, which is now Mineral County, West Virginia. Her father was said to be an unknown "nobleman of Virginia" or "well-bred Virginia planter," and this is something her son Abraham always believed to be true. Being illegitimate, she was given her mother's surname Hanks.1,3,4 She was the daughter of Lucey Hanks.2 A Marriage Bond between Nancy and Thomas Lincoln was signed on 10 June 1806 at Springfield, Washington County, Kentucky. The original of the bond can be found in the Springfield courthouse.3 Nancy married Thomas Lincoln, son of Captain Abraham Lincoln and Bathsheba Herring, on 12 June 1806 in Kentucky.1,3 Nancy died on 5 October 1818 at age 34 of "milk sickness," a disease contracted from drinking the milk of a cow that has eaten the poisonous white snakeroot. Her aunt Elizabeth Hanks and her husband Thomas Sparrow also died at this time of milk sickness.1,4,5 She was buried after 5 October 1818 at Nancy Hanks Lincoln Cemetery, Lincoln City, Indiana, said cemetery being located on the grounds of the Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial.3

A confusing story, which now seems to be somewhat cleared up, was that according to the minutes of a church in Fauquier County, Virginia (published in The Genealogical Record by the Houston Genealogical Forum in Houston, Texas (Volume VII, Number 3, Sept., 1965) ), a Nancy Hanks, supposedly the mother of Abraham Lincoln, was baptized there. On page 13 of the Minutes of the Broad Run Baptist Church, it states that Nancy Hanks was baptized on June 13, 1778. On page 14 it states her husband Luke Hanks was baptized on August 25, 1779. However, Nancy Hanks, the mother of Abraham Lincoln was born in Campbell County, Virginia in 1784, six years after the Nancy Hanks mentioned in the minutes of the Broad Run Baptist Church. The Nancy listed there was probably the wife of Luke Hanks I. This may well have some connection to other stories of an unwed Nancy Hanks with an illegitimate child named Abraham about 3 to 6 years before Abraham Lincoln was born. Since Abraham Lincoln's mother is documented to have married Thomas Lincoln in 1806 and then had first a daughter Sarah in 1807 before having Abraham in 1809, the unwed mother stories make no sense to me. There were obviously at least two and probably more Nancy Hanks at this time.3

After Nancy's marriage to Thomas in 1806, and the birth of their first child Sarah, Thomas bought a 300-acre farm in Nolin Creek, Kentucky, and that is where in 1809 their son Abraham was born.

Unfortunately, like many others in those days, Thomas fell victim to land laws which were widely described as choatic. Due to defective titles on three separate occasions he lost his farm. In 1785 he moved the family to Indiana where the and ordinance ensured that land once purchased and paid for was retained. Abraham Lincoln claimed many years later that his father's move from Kentucky to Indiana was "partly on account of slavery, but chiefly on account of the difficulty of land titles in Kentucky."6

It has been said that Abraham credited many of his genetic gifts to his mother because of his belief that these gifts came from his unknown grandfather, who fathered her out of wedlock. It has been related in many places that Lincoln said of his mother, "All that I am or hope ever to be I get from my mother, God Bless her." He said this to his law partner and old friend William Herndon, "alluding to the possibility that his mother had come from distinguished stock."7,8

The family moved to Southern Indiana in December 1816, settling near Little Pigeon Creek where Thomas and Abraham set to work carving a home from the Indiana wilderness. Father and son worked side by side to clear the land, plant the crops, and build a home. Thomas also found that his skills as a carpenter were in demand as the community grew.6

In Goodwin's book "Team of Rivals," she shares many quotes she found relating to Nancy's character. From Nathaniel Grigsby: She "was a woman known for the extraordinary strength of her mind among the family and all who knew her: she was superior to her husband in every way. She was a brilliant woman." Nancy's cousin Dennis Hanks says she "read the good Bible to Abe --- taught him to read and to spell -- taught him sweetness & benevolence as well." Goodwin also says that Nancy "was described as 'beyond all doubt an intellectual woman'; said to possess 'Remarkable' perception; to be 'very smart' and 'naturally Strong minded.' " This contrasts greatly to some writings I've come across that say she was uneducated, couldn't read or write.9

Children of Nancy Hanks and Thomas Lincoln

Citations

  1. [S205] William I. Utterback, The Utterback Family, 1620-1938: Print Graphics, Inc., Omaha, Nebraska, Orig. 1937, Reprint 1987, Early American Families, P.O. Box 1422 D.T.S., Omaha, Nebraska 68101-1422, p. 63, family of Benjamine Utterback (Issue 104), re: Matie Hanks. Hereinafter cited as The Utterback Family.
  2. [S227] Douglas L. Wilson and Rodney O. Davis, editors, Herndon's Informants, Letters, Interviews, and Statements about Abraham Lincoln (Urbana, Illinois: University of Illinois Press, 1998), Appendix: Brief Outline of the Joseph Hanks Family by Paul H. Verduin, p. 780. Hereinafter cited as Herndon's Informants.
  3. [S207] Wikipedia, the Free Encyclopedia, http://en.wikipedia.org, Re: Nancy Hanks Lincoln.
  4. [S227] Douglas L. Wilson and Rodney O. Davis, Herndon's Informants, Appendix: Brief Outline of the Joseph Hanks Family by Paul H. Verduin, pp. 779 -783.
  5. [S227] Douglas L. Wilson and Rodney O. Davis, Herndon's Informants.
  6. [S207] Wikipedia, Re: Thomas Lincoln.
  7. [S207] Wikipedia, Re: Nancy Hanks Lincoln - "Lincoln" by David Herbert Donald, New York; Touchstone, 1995, p. 23.
  8. [S211] Doris Kearns Goodwin, Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln (New York, NY 10020: Simon & Schuster, 2005), p. 47, see Notes p. 767 for more complete citations on interviews with William Herndon. Hereinafter cited as Team of Rivals.
  9. [S211] Doris Kearns Goodwin, Team of Rivals, p. 47, see Notes p. 767 for more complete citations on interviews with Nathaniel Grigsby, Dennis F. Hanks, John Hanks, and William Wood.

Thomas Lincoln1

b. 6 January 1778, d. 17 January 1851
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Father of Abraham Lincoln.
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Thomas Lincoln
6 January 17778 - 17 Janaury 1851
Thomas Lincoln was born on 6 January 1778 in Rockingham County, Virginia.4 He was the son of Captain Abraham Lincoln and Bathsheba Herring.2,3 A Marriage Bond between Thomas and Nancy Hanks was signed on 10 June 1806 at Springfield, Washington County, Kentucky. The original of the bond can be found in the Springfield courthouse.5 Thomas married Nancy Hanks, daughter of Lucey Hanks, on 12 June 1806 in Kentucky.1,5 Thomas Lincoln died on 17 January 1851 in Coles County, Illinois, at age 73. He is buried in the Shiloh Cemetery.6

The family moved to Kentucky in the 1780s. In May 1786, Abraham was working in the field of his farm with his three sons when he was shot from the nearby forest by a Shawnee. Thomas, the youngest at 8, stood in shock, while the oldest boy, Mordecai ran to the cabin to get a loaded gun, and the middle son Josiah ran to Hughes's Station for help. From within the cabin Modecai could see an Indian come out of the forest and stop by his father's body. The Indian reached for Thomas to either kill him or carry him off, but Mordecai took careful aim and shot the Indian in the chest, killing him.7

After Abraham's death, Bathsheba moved the family to Washington County, Kentucky, near Springfield.6

Thomas lived in Washington County until he was eighteen. From 1795 to 1802 he held a variety of jobs in several locations. In 1802 he moved to Hardin County, Kentucky, where in 1803 he purchased a 238-acre farm.

After his marriage to Nancy in 1806 and the birth of their first child Sarah, Thomas bought a 300-acre farm in Nolin Creek, Kentucky, and that is where in 1809 their son Abraham was born.

Thomas was active in community and church affairs in Hardin County. He served as a jury member, a petitioner for a road, and as a guard for county prisoners. He could read a little, was a skilled carpenter, and was a property owner.

Unfortunately, like many others in those days, Thomas fell victim to land laws which were widely described as choatic. Due to defective titles on three separate occasions he lost his farm.

In 1785 he moved his family to Indiana where the and ordinance ensured that land once purchased and paid for was retained.

Abraham Lincoln claimed many years later that his father's move from Kentucky to Indiana was "partly on account of slavery, but chiefly on account of the difficulty of land titles in Kentucky."6

The Lincoln family settled in December 1816 near Little Pigeon Creek where Thomas and Abraham set to work carving a home from the Indiana wilderness. Father and son worked side by side to clear the land, plant the crops, and build a home. Thomas also found that his skills as a carpenter were in demand as the community grew.

After Nancy died in 1818, Thomas and the children lived alone until December 2, 1819 when he married Sarah Bush, a widow from Elizabethtown, Kentucky. Sarah had three children of her own, Elizabeth, Matilda and John, who joined Abraham and Sarah. They also had Dennis Hanks, Nancy's cousin, living with them.

Although he was successful in Indiana, in 1830 Thomas decided to move the family to Illinois. His stepson, John Johnston, had moved there and sent glowing reports of the fertile land available. Thomas sold his Indiana land and moved first to Macon County, Illinois and eventually to Coles County in 1831. The homestead site on Goosenest Prairie, about 10 miles south of Charleston, Illinois, is preserved as the Lincoln Log Cabin State Historic Site, although the original saddlebag log cabin was lost after being disassembled and shipped to Chicago for display at the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition. During the family's move to Coles County, Abraham left to start his own homestead in New Salem, Illinois. Thomas remained a resident of Coles County for the rest of his life.6

Thomas and his son Abraham seem to have had an "uneasy relationship" -- apparently Thomas thought Abe neglected work and read too much and Abraham in turn "looked down on" his father and thought he "was lazy and unambitious." Although Abraham "rushed to" his father's side when he was ill in 1849, he didn't get to see Thomas before his death, "blaming work and his wife Mary Todd Lincoln's recent childbirth." Lincoln wrote to his stepbrother John D. Johnston, to whom Thomas Lincoln was much closer: " 'Say to him, that if we could meet now, it is doubtful whether it would not be more painful than pleasant; but that if it be his lot to go now, he will soon hav a joyous meeting with many loved ones gone before; and where the rest of us, through the help of God, hope ere-long to join them.' Abraham did not attend his father's funeral" and historian David Herbert Donald wrote, "He was not heartless, but Thomas Lincoln represented a world that his son had long ago left behind him."8

Children of Thomas Lincoln and Nancy Hanks

Citations

  1. [S205] William I. Utterback, The Utterback Family, 1620-1938: Print Graphics, Inc., Omaha, Nebraska, Orig. 1937, Reprint 1987, Early American Families, P.O. Box 1422 D.T.S., Omaha, Nebraska 68101-1422, p. 63, family of Benjamine Utterback (Issue 104), re: Matie Hanks. Hereinafter cited as The Utterback Family.
  2. [S207] Wikipedia, the Free Encyclopedia, http://en.wikipedia.org, Re: Captain Abraham Lincoln.
  3. [S215] Barack Obama's Connection to President Abraham Lincoln, Scot's Blog at Fiske-Bigelow.com, (e-mail address).
  4. [S207] Wikipedia, Re:Thomas Lincoln.
  5. [S207] Wikipedia, Re: Nancy Hanks Lincoln.
  6. [S207] Wikipedia, Re: Thomas Lincoln.
  7. [S207] Wikipedia, Re:Thomas Lincoln:The Ancestry of Abraham Lincoln by Henry J. Lea, John R. Hutchinson (1909) Boston: Houghton Mifflin (Google book full text).
  8. [S207] Wikipedia, Re: Thomas Lincoln - "Lincoln" by David Herbert Donald, New York; Touchstone, 1995, p. 32.

Abraham Lincoln1

b. 12 February 1809, d. 15 April 1865
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3rd cousin 5 times removed of Kerry Suzanne Davis.
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Abraham Lincoln
12 February 1809 - 15 April 1865
Abraham Lincoln was born on 12 February 1809 in Sinking Spring, Hardin County, Kentucky.2,3 He was the son of Thomas Lincoln and Nancy Hanks.1 Abraham Lincoln married Mary Todd on 4 November 1842 in Springfield, Illinois.3 Abraham Lincoln died on 15 April 1865 in Washington City, District of Columbia, at age 56.3

Abraham Lincoln was the 16th President of the United States. He successfully led the country through its greatest internal crisis, the American Civil War, preserving the Union and ending slavery. As the war was drawing to a close, Lincoln became the first American president to be assassinated. Before his election in 1860 as the first Republican president, Lincoln had been a lawyer, an Illinois state legislator, a member of the United States House of Representatives, and twice an unsuccessful candidate for election to the U.S. Senate.3

It has been said that Abraham credited many of his genetic gifts to his mother because of his belief that these gifts came from his unknown grandfather, who fathered her out of wedlock. It has been related in many places that Lincoln said of his mother, "All that I am or hope ever to be I get from my mother, God Bless her." He said this to his law partner and old friend William Herndon, "alluding to the possibility that his mother had come from distinguished stock."4,5

The Lincoln family settled in December 1816 near Little Pigeon Creek where Thomas and Abraham set to work carving a home from the Indiana wilderness. Father and son worked side by side to clear the land, plant the crops, and build a home. Thomas also found that his skills as a carpenter were in demand as the community grew.

After Nancy died in 1818, Thomas and the children lived alone until December 2, 1819 when he married Sarah Bush, a widow from Elizabethtown, Kentucky. Sarah had three children of her own, Elizabeth, Matilda and John, who joined Abraham and Sarah. They also had Dennis Hanks, Nancy's cousin, living with them.

Although he was successful in Indiana, in 1830 Thomas decided to move the family to Illinois. His stepson, John Johnston, had moved there and sent glowing reports of the fertile land available. Thomas sold his Indiana land and moved first to Macon County, Illinois and eventually to Coles County in 1831. The homestead site on Goosenest Prairie, about 10 miles south of Charleston, Illinois, is preserved as the Lincoln Log Cabin State Historic Site, although the original saddlebag log cabin was lost after being disassembled and shipped to Chicago for display at the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition. During the family's move to Coles County, Abraham left to start his own homestead in New Salem, Illinois. Thomas remained a resident of Coles County for the rest of his life.6

On November 4, 1842 Lincoln married Mary Todd, daughter of a prominent slave-owning family from Kentucky. The couple had four sons. Robert Todd Lincoln was born in Springfield, Illinois on August 1, 1843. Their only child to survive into adulthood, young Robert attended Phillips Exeter Academy and Harvard College.

The other Lincoln children were born in Springfield, Illinois, and died either during childhood or their teen years. Edward Baker Lincoln was born on March 10, 1846, and died on February 1, 1850, also in Springfield. William "Willie" Wallace Lincoln was born on December 21, 1850, and died on February 20, 1862 in Washington, D.C., during President Lincoln's first term. Thomas "Tad" Lincoln was born on April 4, 1853, and died on July 16, 1871 in Chicago.3

Citations

  1. [S205] William I. Utterback, The Utterback Family, 1620-1938: Print Graphics, Inc., Omaha, Nebraska, Orig. 1937, Reprint 1987, Early American Families, P.O. Box 1422 D.T.S., Omaha, Nebraska 68101-1422, p. 63, family of Benjamine Utterback (Issue 104), re: Matie Hanks. Hereinafter cited as The Utterback Family.
  2. [S205] William I. Utterback, The Utterback Family, p. 63, family of Benjamin Utterback (Issue 104), re: Matie Hanks.
  3. [S207] Wikipedia, the Free Encyclopedia, http://en.wikipedia.org, Re: Abraham Lincoln.
  4. [S207] Wikipedia, Re: Nancy Hanks Lincoln - "Lincoln" by David Herbert Donald, New York; Touchstone, 1995, p. 23.
  5. [S211] Doris Kearns Goodwin, Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln (New York, NY 10020: Simon & Schuster, 2005), p. 47, see Notes p. 767 for more complete citations on interviews with William Herndon. Hereinafter cited as Team of Rivals.
  6. [S207] Wikipedia, Re: Thomas Lincoln.

Thomas Hanks1

b. 11 March 1791, d. 20 January 1882
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2nd cousin 1 time removed of Abraham Lincoln.
4th great-granduncle of Kerry Suzanne Davis.
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Thomas Hanks married Sallie Tandy.1 Thomas Hanks was born on 11 March 1791 in Kentucky.1 He was the son of Abner Hanks and Mary Dale.1 Thomas Hanks died on 20 January 1882 in Carroll County, Kentucky, at age 90.1

Note: The purpose of including this Hanks line starting with Thomas, Matilda Hank's brother, is to show decendancy to Tom Hanks, present day actor.

Child of Thomas Hanks and Sallie Tandy

Citations

  1. [S210] The Hanks Family Ancestry, online http://www.genealogy.com/famousfolks/tomh. Hereinafter cited as The Hanks Family Ancestry Online.
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