Nancy Hanks Lincoln
The circumstances of the birth of Nancy Hanks has been debated over the years with Lincoln himself suggesting his mother's father was a well-bred Virginia farmer or planter.
While searching for information on Nancy this past weekend, I happened upon a book gone public domain and made available for a free online read via Internet Archive.
Nancy Hanks: The Story of Abraham Lincoln's Mother (Doubleday & McClure Co., 1899) was written by Caroline Hanks Hitchcock, an author and descendant intent on clearing not only the name of Nancy, but also her son, Abraham.
As Lincoln became a leader in his party, much like the campaigns of today, political rivals spread rumor that both he and his mother were fatherless.
"... he himself knew little of his family : he did not even possess records to show when and where his father and mother were married. His opponents saw the opportunity to belittle him, and they spread the story that he not only was of humble origin, as he Preface xi himself publicly, acknowledged, but was a nameless child — that Thomas Lincoln was not his father. Later they deepened the stain on his mother's name by hinting that she herself was a waif — fatherless like her boy. There was never any proof produced in support of the stories ..."
Hanks Hitchcock makes her case citing documentation uncovered through study of the Hanks' family line.
It's a precious read and I pass the link to you during this month of February of the Lincoln's birth.
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