Nancy Hanks

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

Nancy Hanks was born in Hampshire County, Virginia back in 1784 to Lucy, I don’t have the father’s name. she was raised by her grandparents Joseph and Ann.  Her grandfather died when she was nine, she moved into her sister’s home in Mercer County, Kentucky in 1796.  During her time living with her sister, she learned to read the Bible and other skills of a woman on the frontier during those times.

In 1806, she married Thomas, moving to Hardin County, Kentucky.  In 1816, the family moved to Spencer County, Indiana.  Sad to say she died in 1818, she was only 34.  While there are different views of what she died from, the mystery remains.

What you may not know about Nancy is that the union between her and Thomas produced three children.  One of them would rise to greatness that only a few have achieved. Okay, if you haven’t figured it out by now I’m writing about Nancy Hanks Lincoln, her son that survived adulthood was of course Abraham Lincoln.

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Comments (24)

Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

Until you added the son's name, I had no idea.

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Jun 09, 2020 04:53 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

I love hearing stories that relate to great people who started out with a modest background. Great money doesn't lead to great people... great charioteer leads to great people. Thanks James Dray 

Jun 09, 2020 04:58 AM
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line

Humble beginnings, and a worthwhile story to tell. 

Jun 09, 2020 05:06 AM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Hi James,
I had no idea about this part of Abe's heritage.  Thanks for digging this up and sharing.

Jun 09, 2020 05:44 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning again, James... not a piece of history I knew until I read your post this morning...

Jun 09, 2020 06:09 AM
Brian England
Vacasa - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

That is a really great piece of history that I had never known about until now!

Jun 09, 2020 07:14 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello James - I recognized the name when I first saw it in your post but learned a bit more along the way.  Thank you for another interesting lesson.  

Jun 09, 2020 07:20 AM
Kevin J. May
Florida Supreme Realty - Hobe Sound, FL
Serving the Treasure & Paradise Coasts of Florida

It's hard to imagine life in America in those days and it would be so, so different if Nancy had not given birth to "Honest Abe" as we watch what's happening in our world today.

Jun 09, 2020 08:21 AM
Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty
Waves Realty - Melbourne, FL
Florida Space Coast Homes

Very cool story. She produced the greatest President this country has ever had.

Jun 09, 2020 08:41 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much, James, for sharing this interesting history lesson.

Jun 09, 2020 09:09 AM
Donald Urschalitz
Lubeck Realty Group - Jupiter, FL
P.A. Realtor ABR RSPS North Palm Beach County

What a wondeful trip back in history and such a interesting story.

Jun 09, 2020 09:32 AM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi James- and how very interesting. We were watching something on the History Channel last night about Grant that featured Lincoln.  

Jun 09, 2020 09:57 AM
Raymond Henson, SRES, GRI
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA

Barbara Todaro, the first thing I thought was Tom Hanks.  Ironic that there is a real connection.

James Dray, sad that she passed away at such a young age.

Jun 09, 2020 10:37 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Once again, you have filled in one of many cracks in my knowledge of American history.  Thank you.  A

Jun 09, 2020 01:40 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi James:

Well I actually knew some of this, including that Nancy Hanks was Abe's Mom.


Jun 09, 2020 02:52 PM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Hi James,  Thanks for sharing the story of Nancy Hanks, a name that we know from the history books - by her famous son.  

Jun 09, 2020 06:57 PM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi James Dray - Obviously, I thought of Tom Hanks but had no idea there was any relation. Very interesting!

Jun 09, 2020 07:43 PM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

I was thinking Tom Hanks not Abaham Lincoln. I have to read the rest of the story!

Happy Tuesday evening to you James Dray 

Jun 09, 2020 10:03 PM
Barbara Tattersall
Keller Williams Realty Metropolitan (Keene,NH) - Keene, NH

Hi James,

I knew where that was going from the beginning but it made me wonder about Abraham Lincoln's siblings? What became of them?

Jun 12, 2020 03:32 AM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

Abraham Lincoln did not come from a privileged background. It is hard to imagine a person of a similar background rising to President these days.

Jun 26, 2020 07:24 AM

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