Monday, October 17, 2011
Abe's Parentage ... as told to me by my grandmother
When I was a teenager [around 1960], my grandmother told me this ... "We are 'kin' to Nancy Hanks that lived close to Ebenezer Community near Anderson, South Carolina. That Nancy, in the early 1800s was a waitress in a tavern that was visited often by John C. Calhoun, who later became a famous South Carolinian. At the time, he was a young lawyer traveling through the area where the tavern was. He and Nancy got "involved," and she got "in a family way". Knowing that his future in law or politics was at stake, he had to do something. A traveling salesman that also was often at the tavern was Thomas Lincoln. John C. Calhoun paid off Thomas Lincoln to take Nancy Hanks out of the State of South Carolina and far enough away so that nobody would know what had happened. Having a child out of wedlock is bad anytime, but back then it was terrible. Anyway, Thomas Lincoln went from South Carolina to North Carolina to Tennessee and finally ended up in Kentucky -- where Abraham Lincoln was born. So that is how we are also 'kin' to Abraham Lincoln."