NIU Libraries Digitization Projects
Lincoln/Net Prairie Fire Illinois During the Civil War Illinois During the Gilded Age Mark Twain's Mississippi Back to Digitization Projects Contact Us
BACK

Wilson, Douglas L., ed; Davis, Rodney O., ed. 'Register of Informants' in 'Herndon's Informants: Letters, Interviews, and Statements About Abraham Lincoln' . Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1998. [format: book], [genre: history]. Permission: University of Illinois Press
Persistent link to this document: http://lincoln.lib.niu.edu/file.php?file=herndon737.html


Previous section

Next section

Hanks, Dennis F. (1799-1893).

A first cousin of AL's mother (see the appendix) and ten years AL's senior, Hanks was a close friend during AL's boyhood in Kentucky and Indiana. When AL's mother and Hanks's foster parents died of "milk sickness" in 1818, he joined the Lincoln household in Spencer County, Indiana, and lived there until his marriage to Sarah Elizabeth Johnston, daughter of Thomas Lincoln's second wife, in 1821. Hanks continued to live in the Lincoln neighborhood until the two families removed to Illinois in 1830. His daughter Harriet lived with AL's family in Springfield in the 1840s to better her education. After the 1864 draft riot at Charleston, Illinois, Hanks was sent to Washington, D.C., on behalf of some of the arrested rioters. Though sixty-six when WHH began to question him, and suspected of exaggerating his role in AL's life, Hanks had closer sustained personal contact with AL during his formative years than any other informant. (HEI; ALE)

Previous section

Next section


Wilson, Douglas L., ed; Davis, Rodney O., ed. 'Register of Informants' in 'Herndon's Informants: Letters, Interviews, and Statements About Abraham Lincoln' . Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1998. [format: book], [genre: history]. Permission: University of Illinois Press
Persistent link to this document: http://lincoln.lib.niu.edu/file.php?file=herndon737.html
Powered by PhiloLogic