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Hanks / Hankins / Hawkins Families

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  • Rebecca Ellen Luzadder (Hawkins) (1858 - 1920)
    Rebecca E. Hawkins Luzadder BIRTH 1858 DEATH 1920 (aged 61–62) BURIAL Knottsville Cemetery Knottsville, Taylor County, West Virginia Husband: Aaron Columbus Luzadder 1858–1921 Children: Lovie...
  • Earl Clifford "Pete" Hawkins (1898 - 1971)
    Photo added by Barry Statler Earl Clifford “Pete” Hawkins BIRTH 4 Feb 1898 Jefferson County, Ohio, USA DEATH 5 Aug 1971 (aged 73) Hernando County, Florida, USA BURIAL Westview Cemetery Carrollton,...
  • Charles Lawrence Hawkins (1884 - 1970)
    Married twice? Wife's name is different in these 2 sources but they might be the same person. : Celia Ann Nethken Hawkins 1886–1947, married 14 Nov 1908 in Upshur County, West Virginia Children of Cel...
  • James Hawkins (1878 - 1968)
    1880 Mannington, Marion, West Virginia, United StatesResidence 1900 Mannington district (north side, excl. Mannington town), Marion, West Virginia, United StatesResidence 1910 Freemans Creek, Lewis, We...
  • Gerald Ross Hawkins (1926 - 1991)

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.