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SENATE RESOLUTION NO. 6

(By Senators Williams, Sypolt, Foster and Kessler)


Commemorating the bicentennial year of the birth of Abraham Lincoln by recalling and celebrating the life and legacy of Abraham Lincoln's mother and Mineral County native daughter, Nancy Hanks Lincoln.

Whereas, February 12, 2009, marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of Abraham Lincoln; and
Whereas, It being necessary and proper to pay tribute to the sixteenth President of the United States of America, it is likewise necessary and proper to pay tribute to Nancy Hanks, mother of Abraham Lincoln and native West Virginian; and
Whereas, Mineral County, West Virginia, has long been recognized as the birthplace of Nancy Hanks; and
Whereas, In 1783 Joseph Hanks purchased a 108-acre parcel on what is known as Mikes Run in what was then Hampshire County, Virginia, now Mineral County, West Virginia; 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 that certain 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; and
Whereas, In 1859 in an autobiography written for Jesse Fell, Abraham Lincoln wrote that both of his parents were born in Virginia; and
Whereas, 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 said commission, in its final report dated September 21, 1929, 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, conclusions and final report of the Nancy Hanks Commission, as appointed by Governor Conley, 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, Said commission further recommended that the "State of West Virginia acquire this sheltered place in the hills as a state park, both for its historical significance and for its picturesque value"; and
Whereas, The facts and conclusions stated in this resolution are supported and further documented in the article cited as follows: Steers, Jr., Edward. "Nancy Hanks. West Virginian? A Review of the Current Status of Research Into the Birthplace of Nancy Hanks Lincoln." Lincoln Herald (Summer 1998): 61-81.; and
Whereas, Dr. Steers is widely recognized as a Lincoln scholar and his article on the birthplace of Nancy Hanks reflects his very comprehensive research into the subject; and
Whereas, Although other reports and investigations have suggested a birthplace of Nancy Hanks other than Mineral County, West Virginia, Dr. Steers has determined that the substantial evidence of record conclusively establishes that the birthplace of Nancy Hanks was on Mikes Run in present day Mineral County, West Virginia; therefore, be it
Resolved by the Senate:
That the Senate hereby commemorates the bicentennial year of the birth of Abraham Lincoln by recalling and celebrating the life and legacy of Abraham Lincoln's mother and Mineral County native daughter, Nancy Hanks Lincoln; and, be it
Further Resolved, That the Senate calls upon the citizens of West Virginia to join in the observance of 2009 as the bicentennial year of the birth of Abraham Lincoln by recalling and celebrating the life and legacy of Mineral County's native daughter, Nancy Hanks Lincoln.
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