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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


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Hanks, John (1802-89).

Hanks was born in Nelson County, Kentucky, and was a first cousin of AL's mother, Nancy Hanks (see the appendix). He lived for four years with the Lincoln family in the 1820s in Spencer County, Indiana, where he worked with AL on Thomas Lincoln's farm. Hanks later moved to Macon County, Illinois, and partly on his advice Thomas Lincoln moved there with his family in March 1830. Hanks was involved with AL in Denton Offutt's flatboat expedition to New Orleans in 1831, and the next year he was in the Black Hawk War. Thereafter, he farmed in Macon County, mined in California for three years after 1850, and, though almost sixty at the outbreak of the Civil War, enlisted in the Twenty-first Illinois Regiment. His identification in 1860 of some rails split by AL led to the latter's being called "the railsplitter" in the presidential campaign. WHH believed that AL had a high regard for this member of his family. (Decatur Republican, July 2, 1889; ALE)

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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
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