Facts and Events
||20 Dec 1725
||North Farnham, Richmond (county), Virginia, United States
||26 May 1756
||Nelson, Kentucky, United Statesto Nancy Anna Lee Shipley
||08 Jan 1793
||Nelson, Kentucky, United StatesPeter Atherton witnessed the last will and testament of Joseph Hanks, the grandfather of Abraham Lincoln.
||14 May 1793
||Nelson, Kentucky, United States
Last Will and Testament of Joseph Hanks
- In the name of God Amen. I Joseph Hanks of Nelson County, State of Kentucky, being of sound mind and memory, but weak in body, and calling to mind the frailty of all human nature, do make and devise this my last will and testament in the manner and form following, to wit:
- Item. I give and bequeath unto my son Thomas one sorrel horse called " Major ".
- Item. I give and bequeath unto my son Joshua one gray mare
called "Bonny ".
- Item. I give and bequeath unto my son William one gray horse called " Gilbert".
- Item. I give and bequeath unto my son Charles one roan horse called "Dove ".
- Item. I give and bequeath unto my son Joseph one sorrel horse called " Bald." Also, the land whereon I now live containing one hundred and fifty acres.
- Item. I give and bequeath unto my daughter Elizabeth one heifer yearling called "Gentle."
- Item. I give and bequeath to my daughter Polly one heifer yearling called "Lady."
- Item. I give and bequeath unto my daughter Nancy one heifer yearling called " Piedy ". :Item. I give and bequeath unto my wife Nancy all and singular my, whole estate during her life. Afterwards to be equally divided between all my children. It is also my will and desire that the whole of the property above bequeathed should be the property of my wife during her life.
- And lastly I constitute ordain and appoint my wife Nancy as Executrix of and Executrix to this my last will and testament. Signed, sealed and delivered in presence of us this eighth day of January, One thousand seven hundred and ninety three.
- his Joseph X Hanks (seal) Issac Lansdale mark
- John Davis
- Peter Atherton
- At a court begun and held for Nelson County on Tuesday the fourteenth day of May, 1793. This last will and testament of Joseph Hanks dec'd was produced in court and sworn to by William Hanks, one of the executors therein named and was proved by the oaths of Isaac Lansdale and John Davis, subscribing witnesses thereto, and ordered to be recorded.
- Attest. Ben Grayson, Clerk. A Copy
- Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia. (Online: Wikimedia Foundation, Inc.).
- ↑ Barton, William E. (William Eleazar). The paternity of Abraham Lincoln: was he the son of Thomas Lincoln? : an essay on the chastity of Nancy Hanks. (Salt Lake City, Utah: Genealogical Society of Utah, 1995), Pg 402, 403.
Peter Atherton witnessed the last will and testament of Joseph Hanks, the grandfather of Abraham Lincoln.