Our little town of Belmont, NC “CLAIMS” some HISTORY. FACT: A resident in the 1700’s was Nancy’s uncle Dicky Hanks. We claim: for awhile she lived with him.
(Memorials to Nancy, you cannot read them so we ain’t too proud of it all)
Information is taken from this article:
In the late 1700s, Nancy Hanks (Lincoln’s mother) came to N.C. from Virginia with her mother, Lucy Hanks, and sister, Mandy. They lived for a time on the South Fork of the Catawba River with Uncle “Dicky” Hanks near Belmont.
(NC Historical society, picture of Uncle Dicky’s home)
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Shucks, we have a road named ‘Nancy Hanks Place’ and a ‘Hanks Creek’ to prove it, by gravy.
After “Dicky’s” death, it became apparent that Lucy could no longer support her girls. Nancy was “bound out” to the Abraham Enloe family and Mandy to the Pratt family, both of Rutherford County.
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The Enloe's later moved their homesteads to the Oconalutee area near Cherokee, N.C. For whatever reasons, Nancy Hanks’ presence was no longer welcome by Mrs Enloe and Nancy moved elsewhere.
Nancy left the Enloes and worked in a Tavern for her uncle where here, the accounts diverge—whether Nancy worked for a while at her uncle’s tavern near what is now Clemson, S.C. and She met a young attorney named John C. Calhoun, or whether she returned directly to Puzzle Creek where she bore a son named Abraham.
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There were stories of hiding the child in the basement when company came. (Since Abe was one of my favorite folks, I know he did not cry .) The Birth was supposed to have been in Bostic, NC a little town outside Forest City, NC, Near another place where Sherry and I lived for a couple years.
Thomas and Nancy Hanks, Abe’s parents
(Now the NC claim might hold water if Sarah had not been born to Thomas and Nancy Lincoln after their marriage and before Abe came along at the Sinking Spring house.)
(The sinking spring still as it was in the 1800’s. Abe & me drank water from this spring, people like Sherry and I throw money in the spring for good luck, so far it has worked!)
So I like Lincoln via recorded history, from his birth and childhood at the Sinking Spring in Kentucky to DC and the Lincoln Memorial.
We lived for a couple years within 3 miles of the monument. I have stood there looking at that solemn face wondering what the world would have been like if he had not been assassinated.
As we sit here in Virginia, reminiscing, I had actually forgotten that we lived in Virginia three times, Twice in Arlington and once in Norfolk. (I must retrain my mind.)
Thanks for listening to the Wild NC claims, some really believe it.
PS: (continuing with sermons better lived than preached) a reporter said:
Today, I interviewed my grandmother for part of a research paper I'm working on for my Psychology class. When I asked her to define success in her own words, she said, “Success is when you look back at your life and the memories make you smile.”
I think this is a 40-‘41 Chevy