Marriage & Family
Lucy Hanks is the mother of Nancy Hanks (1784-1818), the mother of US President Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865). But this happened several years before her marriage to Henry Sparrow (1765-1840). For a time Lucy lived with her mother and step-father, then later she lived with her childless aunt, Elizabeth Hanks (1776-1818) and her husband, Henry's brother Thomas Sparrow (1765-1817).
Lucy then gave birth to Sarah Hanks (1788-1854) and later married Henry Sparrow in 1791. Sarah Hanks gave birth to 6 illegitimate children, the eldest, Sophia Hanks was born in 1809, lived with her aunt Elizabeth Hanks (1776-1818) and uncle Thomas Sparrow, and after their death in 1818 lived with the Thomas Lincoln (1778-1851) family. Lucy had eight children with Henry Sparrow.
What happened during these years is the subject of much discussion:
Marriage: Henry Sparrow
- Mary Polly Sparrow (1791-1861)
- James B Sparrow (1792-1854)
- Thomas Sparrow (1793-1903)
- Elizabeth Sparrow (1796-1850)
- George Sparrow (1797-1890)
- Lucinda Sparrow (1801-1860)
- Henry Sparrow (1802-1881)
- Jane Sparrow (1814-1900)
|Offspring of Lucy Hanks Sparrow and Unknown (c1780-)|
|Nancy Hanks (1784-1818)||5 February 1784 Antioch, Mineral County, West Virginia, United States||5 October 1818 Gentryville, Spencer County, Indiana, United States||Thomas Lincoln (1778-1851)|
|Sarah Hanks (1788-1854)||1788 Mercer County, Kentucky||1854 Missouri|