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Wilson, Douglas L., ed.; Davis, Rodney O., ed.; Hanks, Dennis F. 'Dennis F. Hanks (Erastus Wright interview)' in 'Herndon's Informants: Letters, Interviews, and Statements About Abraham Lincoln' . Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1998. [format: book], [genre: interview]. Permission: University of Illinois Press
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16. Dennis F. Hanks (Erastus Wright interview) [1].

Chicago Illinois 8th June 1865

Dennis F. Hanks at Chicago Illinois on 8th June 1865 makes the following statements in relation to the Genealogy of Abraham Lincoln Late President of the United States — at the request of Erastus Wright of Springfield Ills.

Abraham Lincoln was the Son of Thomas Lincoln who was the Son of Mordecai Lincoln. His Grand Father Mordecai was killed by the Indians near Boone Station in Kentucky when his Son Thomas was six years old. His Grand Mother whose maiden name was Lucy Hanks, was my own Aunt. [2]

The Grand Parents Mordecai and Lucy Lincoln were both born in old Virginia and lived on the Roanoke River the County not recollected. After they moved out into Kentucky near the year 1790 with their family The Indians being irritated by the encroachments of the whites Mordecai the Grand Father of Abraham was killed near Boone Station (suppose the renowned Indian Fighter Daniel Boone)

Thomas Lincoln, his Son and the Father of Abraham was born in Virginia on the Roanoke River. after he came to Kentucky was married in Hardin Co. Ky I think in the year 1806 to Miss Nancy Sparrow They lived in Ky near ___ years and had 3 children viz. Sally Thomas and Abraham They moved from Kentucky to Indiana about the year _____ Nancy the wife of Thomas and Mother of Abraham was one of the best of women Meek quiet and amiable She died in Spencer Co Indiana in September 1818. Sally their Eldest child married to Aaron Griggsby of Spencer Co Indiana and lived only about 12 months and died at the birth of her first child —

Thomas the 2d child named after his Father did not live 3 days

After living in Indiana by Farming and some mechanical work about 13 years, Thomas Lincoln hearing of the rich Prairies of Illinois already cleared up and prepared for the plow decided to go, and moved to Macon County Illinois on the 20th March 1829, where he lived until the time of the Black Hawk War in 1832 when he moved to Coles County Illinois about 8 miles South of Charleston and lived there until he died near 1851 in December just before Christmas

I think Abraham Lincoln was 9 years old when they moved from Ky to Spencer Co Indiana

Thomas Lincoln the Father of Abraham was a Pioneer in Kentucky and Also a Pioneer in Indiana and like most Pioneers delighted in having a good hunt The Deer, the Turkeys the Bear the wild cats and occasionally a big Panther afforded him no small amusement and pleasure — and was a great Source of Subsistence as the wild Turkeys and Deer were very abundant — The Honey Bee Luxuriated

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Wilson, Douglas L., ed.; Davis, Rodney O., ed.; Hanks, Dennis F. 'Dennis F. Hanks (Erastus Wright interview)' in 'Herndon's Informants: Letters, Interviews, and Statements About Abraham Lincoln' . Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1998. [format: book], [genre: interview]. Permission: University of Illinois Press
Persistent link to this document: http://lincoln.lib.niu.edu/file.php?file=herndon027.html
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