President Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865)
William McCordI (Born 1716 in Ireland) (7th Great Grandparents)
David McCord, Sr. (1746-1818) & Anne Shipley (1748-1828) (6th Great Grandparents)
William McCordII (1766-1824) & Jane Moore (b. 1769) (5th GreatGrandparents)
David McCord, Jr. (1806-1888) & Elveree Mitchell (1813-1887) (4thGreat Grandparents)
Angeline McCord (1829-1895)& Peter Taylor Phelps(1824-1909)(3rdGreat Grandparents)
Tabitha Taylor Phelps (1862-1938) & Richard Cobb (1860-1931) (2ndGreat Grandparents)
Milton J. Durham (1883-1966) m. Minerva Cobb (1886-1974) (GreatGrandparents)
William Holton Park (1900-1980) & Elveree Durham (1911-1989) (Grandparents)
William Henry Park II (1930- )& Frances T. Bell (1932- ) (Parents)
William Douglas Park (1959- )m. Pamela Rae Long (1959- ) (Myself andWife)
President Abraham Lincoln's MATERNALGrandmother, Mary (Lucy) Shipley is my 6th Great Aunt. Lucy isthe mother of Nancy Hanks, birth mother of President Abraham Lincoln.Lucy’s SISTER, Anne Shipley is my 6th Great Grandmother, wife of DavidMcCord, Sr.!
Mary (Lucy) Shipley was the daughter ofRobert Shipley, Jr. (b. 1713) who migrated from Anne Arundel Co. Md. toCharlotte Co. VA., and then to Mecklenburg Co N.C., She married JamesHanks and her daughter, Nancy Hanks (married Thomas Lincoln) was themother of Abraham Lincoln. Tradition says James was killed byIndians and Lucy married Henry Sparrowand remained in North Carolina. As a small child, Nancy Hanks went to Kentuckywith her Aunt Naomi Shipley Mitchell (wife of Robert Mitchell). The party wasattacked by Indians resulting in the death of the Mitchells. Two childrensurvived, Nancy Hanks and Sarah Mitchell, and were raised by their aunt, RachelShipley Berry, who settled in Washington County Ky., where they claim thatNancy married Thomas Lincoln.
NANCY HANKS LINCOLN, birth mother ofAbraham Lincoln, was born on February 5, 1784, in Hampshire County, (West)Virginia. The birth occurred in a cabin along Mike's Run at the foot of NewCreek Mountain in what is now Mineral County, West Virginia. I have seenthis cabin in the distance....Mineral County is where Pam's (my wife) parentslive!
Little is known of Nancy's early life.As a child, Nancy was taken by her mother, Mary (Lucy) Shipley-Hanks, along theWilderness Road through the Cumberland Gap into Kentucky. In Kentucky, Lucymarried Henry Sparrow. Young Nancy went to live with Henry's brother, ThomasSparrow, and Elizabeth Hanks Sparrow, a sister of Lucy. Soon Nancy began beingcalled Nancy Sparrow. Elizabeth Hanks Sparrow became almost a mother to Nancy.As Nancy grew up, she became skilled in the art of needlework, and she becamean excellent seamstress. She was hired to sew anything from wedding gowns tofuneral attire.
Nancy became known for her work ethic,neatness, cheerfulness, and intelligence. She was deeply religious. Her cousin,John Hanks, described Nancy as having dark hair, hazel eyes, 5-7 in height, adelicate frame, weighing 120 pounds, and "was loved and revered by all whoknew her." No photographs of Nancy exist.
Nancy sometimes lived briefly withfamilies she was sewing for; her services were in demand in Hardin, Mercer, andWashington Counties. During the time Nancy was working as a seamstress she metThomas Lincoln, a carpenter from Elizabethtown. A romance developed, and thetwo decided to be married.
On June 12, 1806, Nancy Hanks andThomas Lincoln were married; presiding over the ceremony was the Reverend JesseHead. The couple moved to a cabin in Elizabethtown where Thomas worked as acarpenter making cabinets, doorframes, even coffins. The Lincolns joined theLittle Mount Separate Baptist Church. A daughter, Sarah, was born to the coupleon February 10, 1807.
Later the Lincolns moved to a small, log cabinon NolinCreek about 3 miles from Hodgenville. There, on the stormy morningof Sunday, February 12, 1809, Nancy gave birth to a boy. He was born on a bedof poles covered with corn husks. PeggyWalters, a neighbor who was only 20 years old, assisted with the birth and said"Nancy had about as hard a time as most women, I reckon, easier than someand maybe harder than a few. It camealong kind of slow, but everything was regular and all right. The baby was bornjust about sunup on Sunday morning."
The boy was named Abraham after his paternalgrandfather who had been killed by a Native American in 1786.Lincoln's parents, Thomas Lincoln and Nancy Hanks, were both of modestbackgrounds and meager education. In later life, Lincoln wouldcharacterize both of his parents as having emerged, like him, "from theshort and simple annals of the poor."
In 1811, the Lincolns moved to anothercabin onKnob Creek.Soon, Nancy had another boy, Thomas, who died in infancy. Nancy cried as Dr.Potter, an Elizabethtown physician, tried in vain to save little Tommy. In theAutumn of 1816 the Lincolns moved to southern Indiana.They settled in the wilderness on Little Pigeon Creek in Perry (later Spencer)County. Not long thereafter, Nancy's aunt and uncle, Thomas and ElizabethSparrow, moved and (after living in the Lincolns' cabin for awhile) built theirown cabin on a nearby lot. Nancy was a good and loving mother to her children.She was very ambitious for them and hoped they could have the opportunities inlife that she and Thomas had missed. She read to Sarah and Abraham from theLincoln Family Bible.
In 1818, an attack of milk sicknessstruck the Little Pigeon Creek community. This is a disease contracted bydrinking milk from cows, which have grazed on poisonous white snakeroot. Bothof the Sparrows died, and Thomas Lincoln made the coffins for them. Nancy tookill also. For a week she struggled, but she knew she was failing. Dennis Hanks,Nancy's cousin, recalled that she called the children to her bedside and askedthem to be good and kind to their father, to each other, and to the world. OnOctober 5, 1818, Nancy Hanks Lincoln passed away at the age of 34. In lateryears, Abraham would recall helping to carve pegs for his mother's coffin.Thomas Lincoln hauled the coffin, which was made of green pine, on a sled tothe top of a thickly wooded hill and buried Nancy without a formal funeralservice. Several months later, the Reverend David Elkin preached a funeralsermon above Nancy's grave.
The Lincoln side of the family has been tracedwith a fair degree of confidence to one Samuel Lincoln, a weaver who emigratedfrom England to Hingham, Massachusetts in 1637. Over time, the Lincolnsscattered into various portions of the colonies. After settling for a time inBerks County, Pennsylvania, Abraham's Lincolns moved on to Rockingham County,Virginia, where his grandfather, also Abraham, and father Thomas were bothborn.
Thus, my McCordLine, which includes Lincoln's Grandmother's (Mary "Lucy") Sister,Ann Shipley is as follows:
DavidMcCord, Sr. and Anne Shipley's Children:
1. Sarah MCCORD born in NC
2. William McCORD II b: 5 OCT 1766,Mecklenburg Co., NC
(Father of our David, Jr. born 1806)
3. Robert McCORD b: 3 AUG 1770 inMecklenburg Co., NC
4. John McCORD b: 3 SEP 1773 inMecklenburg Co., NC
5. David McCORD b: 24 JAN 1781 inMecklenburg Co., NC
6. Anna McCORD b: 18 NOV 1782 inMecklenburg Co., NC
7. James McCORD b: 5 MAY 1785 inMecklenburg Co.,NC
8. Rosa Shipley MCCORD b: 1788 inLincoln Co., NC
9. Mary McCORD b: 1790 in Madison Co.,KY
Notes on DAVID McCORD, Sr. (1746-1818):
During the Revolution, David McCord, Sr., was a"minute man" in Mecklenburg Co., NC. David, Sr. was engaged in abattle within sound of his home. In 1790, he moved to Madison Co., KY., nearBoone's Fort, and lived there until is death. "Ann Shipley, his wife, hada sister Mary (Lucy) married to James Hanks, who was the mother of NancyHanks and grandmother of President Abraham Lincoln."
Ann Shipley's parents were:
Robert SHIPLEY, Jr. - Born 19 OCT 1713in Howard Co., MD
Ann Shipley's Grandparents were:
Robert SHIPLEY , Sr. (1678-1763)-Bornin Anne Arundel Co., MD
*Great Link with pictures of NancyHanks (Daughter of Mary "Lucy" Shipley, my 6th Great Aunt) &Thomas Lincoln, Abraham Lincoln's parents. Also, Lincoln's Step-mother,Sarah Bush Johnston-Lincoln:
If Nancy Hanks
Came back as a ghost,
Of what she loved most,
She'd ask first
"Where's my son?
What's happened to Abe?
What's he done?"
"Poor little Abe,
Left all alone
Except for Tom,
Who's a rolling stone;
He was only nine
The year I died.
I remember still
How hard he cried."
In a little shack,
With hardly a shirt
To cover his back,
And a prairie wind
To blow him down,
Or pinching times
If he went to town."
"You wouldn't know
About my son?
Did he grow tall?
Did he have fun?
Did he learn to read?
Did he get to town?
Do you know his name?
Did he get on?"
- Rosemary Benet
"AReply to Nancy Hanks"
The news we will tell
Of your Abe
Whom you loved so well.
You asked first,
"Where's my son?"
He lives in the heart
- Julius Silberger