David Andrew Sturgill in his paper “Who Was Nancy Hanks Lincoln?” states “In the spring of 1784 Sarah, the oldest daughter of Abraham (Hanks), met and married Lewis Sturgill who lived in present Grayson Co., VA. about ten miles from the home of Joshua Hanks.” The following deeds show that Sarah, wife of Lewis Sturgill/Sturgon/Sturgeone, was Sarah Cole, a daughter of James Cole Sr. of Grayson Co. NC. and not Sarah Hanks as reported by Sturgill.
On 18 Oct 1803 Samuel Howell Jr. sold to James Cole Sr. 130 acres in Grayson Co. NC on Ruddiks Mill Creek, a branch of Chesnut Creeek, a branch of New River.
On 23 March 1831 James Cole of White Co. Tenn. sold to Joshua Hanks Sr. of Grayson Co. Va. all his interest in 130 ac. in Grayson Co. being “one seventh undivided part of said tract the said James Cole acquired title to as one of the children of James Cole Sr.” Power of attorney by James Cole of White Co. Tn. to Wm. J. Cole to sell land left him by his father James Cole Sr. in Grayson Co. VA.
On 27 September 1825 John Isom and Rebecca his wife sold to Joshua Hanks one undivided seventh part of 130 ac. in Grayson Co. (there follows a description which matches the one given in the 1803 deed). John Isom married Rebecca Cole 17 Sept 1800 in Carroll/Grayson Co., VA.
On 2 March 1827 Lewis Sturgon/Sturgeone and Sarah his wife of Hawkins Co. Tn. to Joshua Hanks sell one undivided seventh part of 130 ac. (description matches 1803 above).
On 5 June 1839 Joshua and Ruth Hanks sold to Thomas and Jincey Hanks 130 acres on Teddick’s Mill Creek that had belonged to Samuel Howel Jr. in 1798 and “which interest being 3/7ths undivided parts”.
Again in Sturgill’s paper “Who Was Nancy Hanks Lincoln?” he states “Abraham Hanks was born in Richmond Co. VA. about 1744, a son of Richard Hanks Sr. and Mary Hinds. At the age of 18-19 he migrated to Fauquier Co., Va. where he met and married Sarah Harper, a daughter of George and Elizabeth Harper. In 1782 the family moved from Fauquier to Pr. William Co. and in 1783 they moved on to Amelia Co. Va. where two of Abraham’s brothers then lived; these were John and Joshua.” The Abraham Hanks who was in Amelia Co. Va. was a son of James and Nancy Hanks. This Abraham later migrated to Tennessee. Joshua Hanks was in Carroll/Grayson Co. Va. by 1783 when he purchased land there. There is no documentary proof of a brother John.
There is no documentation for a marriage between an Abraham Hanks and Sarah Harper. The following record in Stafford Co., Va. shows Abraham Hanks was deceased by May of 1785, most likely in Pr. Wm. Co., VA. On 23 Sept 1783 Stafford Co., Va. (Va. County Records Deed and Will Abstracts by Ruth and Sam Sparacio) p. 252 wills 1780-1786 will of George Tolson of Overwharton names wife Elizabeth and children, exec. wife, John James and Aaron Botts, witnessed by William King, Abraham Hanks and William Millian. 9 May 1785 proved by William Million who declared he saw William King now out of the state and Abram Hanks since deceased attest the same...
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