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Wilson, Douglas L., ed.; Davis, Rodney O., ed.; Hanks, John. 'John Hanks (William H. Herndon 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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in Ky. Abrah was Known among the boys as a bashful — Somewhat dull, but peacable boy: he was not a brilliant boy — but worked his way by toil: to learn was hard for him, but he walked Slowly, but Surely. He went to School to a man by the name of Hazel: the School was but a Short distance. Lincoln lived on the Bank of Knob Creek — about ½ mile above the Rolling fork, which Empties into Salt River which Empties into Ohio R. Abraham Lincoln's mother and I were Cousins Abm & I are 2d Cousins. I Knew Mrs Nancy Lincoln — or Nancy Sparrow before marriage. She was a tall Slender woman — dark Skinned — black hair & Eyes — her face was Sharp & angular — forehead high — She was beyond all doubt an intellectual woman — rather Extraordinary if any thing. She was born in Mercer Co Ky about 1780 — her nature was Kindness — mildness — tenderness — Sadness — obedience to her husband. Abrm was like his mother very much. She was a babtist by profession

My recellection, in fact Abm's Father told me so that his great grandfather was an Englishman — Came from England and Settled in Virginia. This is the family reputation. When I was in Ky in 1864 I was Shown a house in Mercer Co which was Said to be the house that Abm's Grand had built. I doubt the House, but don't the farm — about 10 M from the mouth of Kentuck river — about 10 or 2 M from Harrisburg — South East from Harrodsburg.

I Knew Thomas Lincoln in Ky: Knew him well — He was Cabinet & House Carpenter — farmed after he got married — Still working at his trade. He was a man about 5 feet 10 in high — weigh about 180 — Eyes dark gray — hair black — a little Stupt Shouldered — good humored man — a Strong brave man — a very Stout man — loved fun — jokes and equalled Abe in teling Stories. Happiness was the End of life with him. He, Thos, was older than his wife — Say about 5 years — being born about 1775 — . Thomas was born in Virginia — So was his wife — Thos. was 6 years of age when he Came to Ky His father was Killed by the Indians as Dennis Hanks has Said. The Indian Story of Dennis Hanks is generally Correct as told you by Dennis — So is Chapmans story generally Correct [2] Thomas Told me So. My Father & Lincoln were born in Old Va in what is called the Rappahannock River — We Knew Each other in Virginia — that is the families did. Abm's Mother was my first Cousin. Abrm's grand mother was my father Sister. Abrms Grandfather & Mother on his Mothers Side lived in Mercer Co Ky — about 20 M South of Abrms grand father on his fathers Side — the one Killed by the Indians. Dennis Hanks & I are Cousins. Mr Sparrow & Mrs Sparrow never Came to Ills. They lived in Ky in Mercer Co. Sparrow married my fathers Sister — Henry Sparrow was his name — lived & died in Mercer Co — never Came to Indiana. They came from Old Va. All these families Came from about the same County — Can't say what Co.

Thomas Lincoln moved to Indiana in 1818 — probably 1816 and settled in Spencer Co near what is now Caled Gentryville Indiana. I staid in Ky — did not Come out when Dennis Hanks did — Dennis Hanks came out in about 1818 —
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Wilson, Douglas L., ed.; Davis, Rodney O., ed.; Hanks, John. 'John Hanks (William H. Herndon 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=herndon453.html
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