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. http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/7366838
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. http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/1558112
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. http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/1560101
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. http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/748782
Baber, Barbara. Hanks Family Chronicles, the Early Years: Maternal Ancestors/descendants of Abraham Lincoln. Middletown, Ohio: B.A. Baber, 2009. Print. http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/463466030
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. http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/54959715
Barton, William E. "old Theories Upset": Being the Brief Report of an Address on Abraham Lincoln's Lost Grandmother. Chicago: s.n, 1923. Print. http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/252880518
Chidsey, Andrew D. The Hanks Family of Maryland. Easton, Pa: A.D. Chidsey, 1932. Print. http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/62951285
Edwards, Richard A. Lincoln's Background and the Berry Family. , 1959. Print. http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/13440431
Hanks Family History. Muskegon, Mich: s.n, 1993. Print. http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/28731095
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 http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/37916192
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. http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/18914851
Lea, J H, and J R. Hutchinson. The Ancestry of Abraham Lincoln. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Co, 1926. Print. http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/191112816
McCrobie, Susan E. The Hanks Women: Lucey and Nancy. Ky.?: S. McCrobie, 2000. Print. http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/271690605
Monger, Billie J. The Lincolns, the Hanks. Shenandoah Valley families, v. 1. Elkton, Va: Honeysuckle Press, 1987. Print. http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/79609063
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. http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/14154845
Peterson, James A. [genealogy of Abraham Lincoln]. , 1976. Print. http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/80217119
Peterson, James A. In Re Nancy Hanks. S.l: s.n, 1970. Print. http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/29483345
Roots, Trunk, & Branches: Abraham Lincoln's Connections to Forkland Through Lucey Shipley Hanks Sparrow. Gravel Switch, Ky. : Forkland Community Center, 2008. Print. http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/297549027
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. http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/28407739 http://www.tn.gov/tsla/history/manuscripts/mguide05.htm
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. http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/25894895
Sturgill, David A. Some Branches of the Hanks Family Tree. Piney Creek, NC: The Author, 1990. Print. http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/62890110
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. http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/5578052
Uriah Hanks M. 1699, Lurancy? Birmingham, England, Immigrated to Plymouth, America, 1706. S.l: s.n, 1970. Print. http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/27638700