Lincoln's Cousin now 87 years old' JOHN HANKS 1-25-1910 The Decatur Review
January, 26, 1910. to pass in Office follows: were six 1909 annual statistics annual 1909, reported the months the action for 1906. 1909, the result to FV*I W w w w ^ Â» " NOW SHEARS OLD John Hanks Lives With His Sister at Louisiana, Missouri. _,..; \ Sprlngflcia,. Jan. 26.--John Hank*, a cousin of Abraham Lincoln, and from 1826 to 1828 a resident of this city, IB now living at Louisiana, Mo., at the Â° The following historical article written by Clayton Keith, has been received by Mrs. M. B. Griffith of this city, herself a former resident of Louisiana, Louisiana, Mo. "Judge D. H. Eby and the writer recently recently visited John Hanks and his sister. sister. Miss Isabel Hanks, at their home on Thurman street In this city. "Â·How Is this. Undo John,' said one of his Interviewers, 'In It true that you and your Ulster are cousins to the great Lincoln.' HIS EARLY HISTORY. ""Well I'll Just give you a brief sketch of our ancestry and leave you to decide on that question for your- sclven.' replied Mr. Hanks. 'I was born In Crawford County, Indiana, on Nov. 23, 1822. I am now In my eighty-seventh eighty-seventh year. My father, Joseph Hanks, was born In the Allcghany mountains of Virginia In January. 1871. 11 'Before I was born my parents moved to Crawford county, Indiana, and settled at the mouth of tho little Blue river, about seventy-five miles below Louisville, Ky. Wh'en I was three years old, or In' I82B, my father moved his family to Springfield, Illinois, where we lived until 1628. We then moved to a farm In Adams county, Illinois, five miles southeast of Qulncy, known to this day as the Hanks farm. Horu I lived and farmed with my father till his death In 1866, and continued to live with my mother until her death In January, January, 1872. , _* FATHER WAS PROUD. "My father was proud of his ancestry, ancestry, and often spoko of them to his children and especially ot his 'brothers and sisters. Ho was named for his father, father, Joseph Hanks, and was next to tho youngest of eight children, and, as I said, was born In 1781, and his .sister. Nancy Hanks, was the youngest child, b o r n ' i n 1783. His father died when he was about ten or twelve years old and he was raised by an older brother. Thomas HanliB. He liad a brother named Joshua Joshua and one named William. It was William's son, John Hanks of Decatur, Illinois, who carried one end of tho rail upon the platform when Lincoln was nominated for president in 1860. SAW LINCOLN TWICE. "Mv father often spoke of his two older' sisters, Betsy and Polly and ot his nephew, Abraham Lincoln. I saw Lincoln but twice In my life and each time he Inquired about the health of mv father calling him his uncle Jos- compiled, been 79 for year 338 Indictments trespass 31, 67 united United It during within Iii a paper road at Columbia, Mo., Dec 9, 1904, by Hon. H. E. Robinson, editor of the Maryvillc Republican, and president of tho Missouri Historical society, which appeared In tho Historical Historical Review of October, 1906, occurs tho f O U Â° W THE THREE FAMILIES. Some genealogical notes Illustrating their connection: About 1758 the famlllls of Jobji Lincoln Lincoln and John Hanks moved from Berks county, Pennsylvania, to Virgin- IB and werÂ« neighbors In Rocklngnam county, Virginia. Tho records of Har- rlsonburg arc very defective, but It Is certain that Joseph HanUs, a son ot John Hanks, married Nancy Shipley, another slster;..of Â»ary Shipley, who married Capt. -Abraham Lincoln who was killed by- Indians (the father ot Thomas Lincoln.) ' Joseph Hanks moved from Amelia, county. Virginia, with his family about 1787 and settled In Nelson county. Kentucky. There he died In :1793, as his will, dated January 3. 1793. and probated May 14. 1793. shows. By this will he made- his wife Nancj* executrix, and named eight children as his heirs, as follows: Thomas, Joshua, William, who married Elizabeth Hall;- Charles, Joseph, who married Pol y Young. Elizabeth, who married:Levl, Hall, Pol- nucn't " Â·Â«** ... -- , . _ Iv, who married Jesse Friend, and Nancv, who was born In 1783, and who married Thomas Lincoln, the father of Abraham Lincoln. Joseph Hanks the recond sot up a carpenter shop in Ellzabethtown. Kentucky. Kentucky. In which Thomas Lincoln, his first cousin, struggled for a livelyhood. Here Nancy Hanks and her cous n Thomas Lincoln, were married June l., 1806; Nancy Hanks died October 15. 1818, on Pigeon Creek In Spencer coun- am. I owe to my mother," said Abraham Lincoln."