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  • Alexander Hanks (1734 - 1776)
    He was a private in Capt. Burges Ball's Company of the 5th Virginia Regiment of the Foot under the command of Lt. Col. Josiah Parker when he died. page 309 of Nancy Hanks, of undistinguished famili...
  • Joseph Hanks (1764 - 1819)
    Updated from MyHeritage Family Trees via father Thomas Hanks by SmartCopy : Nov 5 2015, 18:50:22 UTC
  • Thomas (of John) Hanks (1732 - 1784)
    Do not confuse with his first cousin Thomas (of William) Hanks. page 309 of Nancy Hanks, of undistinguished families; a genealogical, biographical, and historical study of the ancestry of the mothe...
  • Joseph Hanks, I (1725 - 1793)
    Joseph Hanks (1725-1793), Nancy Lincoln (Hanks) grandfather; great-grandfather of President Lincoln, lived in Richmond County, Virginia, where he was a plantation overseer and tenant farmer. He migrate...
  • John Hanks, II (1728 - 1810)
    DAR Ancestor #: A051133 Patriotic Service Born in N Farnham Parish, Virginia, USA on 4 May 1729 to William Hanks and Catherine. John married Susannah Ann King. John married Susannah and had 4 childre...

The parentage of President Abraham Lincoln's mother, Nancy Hanks Lincoln, has long been a genealogical puzzle. Let's give it a go at sorting out known facts from myths ... and while we're at it, documenting and correctly aligning the family trees of the Hanks and Hankins / Hawkins.

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Baber, Adin. A. Lincoln with Compass and Chain: Surveying Career As Seen in His Notes and Maps, and with an Account of the Hanks Family Cousins, Makers of Fine Surveying and Mathematical Instruments. Danvile Ill: Interstate Printers and Publishers, 1967. Print.

Baber, Adin. Nancy Hanks: Of Undistinguished Families; a Genealogical, Biographical, and Historical Study of the Ancestry of the Mother of Abraham Lincoln. Kansas, Ill: The author, 1959. Print.

Baber, Adin. The Hanks Family Legacy: 1643-1889; Biographical and Historical Sketches, Traditions of Early Professional, Industrial and Commercial Pursuits; with Some Account of Civil War Participation and Abraham Lincoln Policies. Kansas, Ill, 1962. Print.

Baber, Adin. Nancy Hanks, the Destined Mother of a President: The Factual Story of a Pioneer Family As Revealed in an Exhaustive Study of Ancestral History. Kansas, Ill: Sold exclusively by the Arthur H. Clark Co., Glendale, Calif, 1963. Print.

Baber, Barbara. Hanks Family Chronicles, the Early Years: Maternal Ancestors/descendants of Abraham Lincoln. Middletown, Ohio: B.A. Baber, 2009. Print.

Baber, Adin, Louis F. Hanks, and Nancy B. McNeill. The Hanks Family of Virginia and Westward: A Genealogical Record from the Early 1600s, Including Charts of Families in Arkansas, the Carolinas, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Missouri, Oklahoma, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, and West to the Pacific Ocean and Beyond. Carpinteria, Calif: Privately Printed, 2004. Print.

Barton, William E. "old Theories Upset": Being the Brief Report of an Address on Abraham Lincoln's Lost Grandmother. Chicago: s.n, 1923. Print.

Chidsey, Andrew D. The Hanks Family of Maryland. Easton, Pa: A.D. Chidsey, 1932. Print.

Edwards, Richard A. Lincoln's Background and the Berry Family. , 1959. Print.

Hanks Family History. Muskegon, Mich: s.n, 1993. Print.

Hitchcock, Caroline H, and Susan C. Tufts. Hanks Family Papers [notes]. , 1938. Print. This collection contains the Hanks Family Notes in one volume (1938) and supplement in two volumes (1946). This work has a large section devoted to Nancy Hanks Lincoln, mother of Abraham Lincoln. The first volume states that the original papers are loaned to Dr. Louis A. Warren, Director, Lincoln National Life Foundation, Fort Wayne, Indiana. The following papers with additional notes were used by Mrs. Susan C. Tufts, in preparing the article on the Hanks family which was published in the Register of the New England Historical and Geneaologial [sic] Society, dated January, 1932. Gift of Stedman Shumway Hanks, Manchester-by-the-Sea, Massachusetts. This first volume is a photoreproduction

Jackman, Teton M. H, and Golden L. Jackman. Descendants of Ephraim Knowlton Hanks and His Wives: 1. Harriet Amelia Decker. 2. Jane Maria Capener. 3. Hanna Hardy. 4 Thisbe Quilley Read. Provo: Copy Cat Duplicating and Print Shop, 1959. Print.

Lea, J H, and J R. Hutchinson. The Ancestry of Abraham Lincoln. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Co, 1926. Print.

McCrobie, Susan E. The Hanks Women: Lucey and Nancy. Ky.?: S. McCrobie, 2000. Print.

Monger, Billie J. The Lincolns, the Hanks. Shenandoah Valley families, v. 1. Elkton, Va: Honeysuckle Press, 1987. Print.

Peterson, James A, and George M. Chinn. In the Mercer County Quarterly Court, Commonwealth of Kentucky, the Commonwealth against Lucy [!] Hanks: A Petition to Clear the Name of Lucy [!] Hanks to the Honorable Glover Mcginnis, Judge Presiding. Harrodsburg, Ky: s.n., 1976. Print.

Peterson, James A. [genealogy of Abraham Lincoln]. , 1976. Print.

Peterson, James A. In Re Nancy Hanks. S.l: s.n, 1970. Print.

Roots, Trunk, & Branches: Abraham Lincoln's Connections to Forkland Through Lucey Shipley Hanks Sparrow. Gravel Switch, Ky. : Forkland Community Center, 2008. Print.

Genealogical collection, ca. 1935-1969. Author: Rebekah Sente Consists of genealogical data on the Allen, Armstrong, Dodson (Dotson), Hanks, Hightower, Lapsley, Senter, Witherspoon, and related families of Tennessee, North Carolina, and Kentucky. The largest part of the collection consists of letters written about the genealogy of the Dodson family. There are also typed copies of wills, marriage records, Bible records, pension records, and deeds. Other family names included are Baugh, Cureton, Dickson, Grigsby, Hough, Ellis, Eppes, Rogers, Coldough, and West.

Sturgill, David A. The Hanks Family of North Carolina & Virginia. Piney Creek, N.C. (Rt.1, Box 211, Piney Creek 28663: D.A. Sturgill, 1989. Print.

Sturgill, David A. Some Branches of the Hanks Family Tree. Piney Creek, NC: The Author, 1990. Print.

Tyler, Lyon G, and William E. Barton. Barton and the Lineage of Lincoln: Claim That Lincoln Was Related to Lee Refuted. N.p, 1930. Print.

Uriah Hanks M. 1699, Lurancy? Birmingham, England, Immigrated to Plymouth, America, 1706. S.l: s.n, 1970. Print.