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Introduced Version House Resolution 7 History

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HOUSE RESOLUTION NO
HOUSE RESOLUTION NO. 7

(By Delegates Schadler, Evans and Rowan)


[Introduced February 12, 2009.]



Recognizing the considerable contributions of Nancy Hanks, mother of Abraham Lincoln and native West Virginian.

Whereas, Thursday, February 12, 2009, is the 200th Birthday of the 16th President of the United States, Abraham Lincoln, who is responsible for the creation of the state of West Virginia; and
Whereas, Mineral County, West Virginia, has long been recognized as the birthplace of Nancy Hanks
; and
Whereas, Joseph Hanks married Ann Lee (a distant relative of Richard Lee, father of Robert E. Lee), and that marriage bore nine children, one of whom was Lucy Hanks; and
Whereas, While residing on a parcel of property consisting of 108 acres located on Mikes Run in Mineral County, West Virginia, at a time believed to be not earlier than June 12, 1783, nor later than June 11, 1784, Lucy Hanks bore a child named Nancy Hanks; and
Whereas, In 1806 Nancy Hanks married Thomas Lincoln and on February 12, 1809, gave birth to Abraham Lincoln; and

Whereas, Nancy Hanks Lincoln died in 1818 at which time Abraham Lincoln was just nine years of age. In recognition of an important but often unrecognized individual who had a significant impact upon the history of this country, President Lincoln stated, "God bless my mother; all that I am or ever hope to be I owe to her."; and
Whereas, In 1929 a special commission identified as the Nancy Hanks Commission was appointed by West Virginia Governor William G. Conley to investigate the authenticity of the location of the birthplace of Nancy Hanks, and in its final report adopted the findings of Dr. William E. Barton of Foxboro, Massachusetts, a leading historian on Abraham Lincoln, as the best evidence on the nativity of Nancy Hanks; and
Whereas, The findings and conclusions of the Nancy Hanks Commission recognized and officially adopted as factual and historical evidence Dr. Barton's findings that the actual birthplace of Nancy Hanks was, in fact, located within the State of West Virginia; and
Whereas, On November 5, 2008, the members of the Mineral County Historical Society adopted a resolution declaring and proclaiming that Mineral County, West Virginia, is the birthplace of Nancy Hanks Lincoln and on November 20, 2008, a similar resolution was adopted by the Mineral County Historic Landmarks Commission; therefore, be it
Resolved by the House of Delegates:
That the House of Delegates hereby concurs with the resolution adopted by the Mineral County Historical Society and the Mineral County Historic Landmarks Commission and does thus declare and proclaim that Mineral County, West Virginia, is the birthplace of Nancy Hanks Lincoln
; and, be it
Further Resolved, That the Clerk of the House of Delegates prepare and mail a certified copy of this resolution to the Mineral County Commission, the Mineral County Historical Society and the Mineral County Historic Landmarks Commission.
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