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John C. Calhoun - Abraham Lincoln
Posted by: Owen Calhoun (ID *****4100) Date: November 18, 2003 at 18:01:38
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I have tried to obtain a copy of the book, "A Valley So Wild" that indicates that John C. Calhoun was the father of Abraham Lincoln. The book is out of print and there are very few copies still around.

I contacted my local library to do a search, and they found a copy in Newfoundland and had it sent to Burlington, Ontario. I have it until December 5/03.

It does indeed state that Abraham Enloe came to the Oconaluftee Valley of The Great Smokey Mountains in 1803 and established a home and a flourishing farming-trading business. He bought and sold slaves, raised mules, made annual stock drives to Charleston, NC and Augusta, GA where he sold cattle and mules, and bought salt, coffee and other necessities.

Some Enloe descendants will tell you that Abraham Enloe was the father of Abraham Lincoln but others skeptically refer to the swarm of printed tales in various versions.

Nancy Hanks was brought by Abraham Enloe as a household servant when he moved to Oconaluftee and Enloe's wife was extremely jealous of the girl. The stories are fed by beclouded evidence and scant documents surrounding Lincoln's birth and parentage.

The late Judge Felix E. Alley of the North Carolina Superior Court published a book in 1941 detailing various theories of Lincoln's birth and the Enloe connections. He also analyzed several earlier books and his own conclusion was that the Nancy Hanks that worked at Enloe's home was Abraham Lincoln's mother, but that John C. Calhoun, the fiery South Carolinian, was his father.

Nancy worked briefly at a relative's tavern in South Carolina and there, met John C. Calhoun. Thomas Lincoln, a hired hand returning with Enloe from a South Carolina trip, is supposed to have married Nancy through arrangements with Abraham Enloe and John C. Calhoun.

So there appears to be three possibilities to choose from and no one can dispute either of them. Is he Abraham Lincoln, Abraham Enloe Lincoln, or Abraham Calhoun Lincoln? We would like to think or believe that Abraham Lincoln was a Calhoun with Calhoun blood running through his veins.

Did Nancy Hanks have correspondence with any of her relatives regarding the truth of the matter? Is there a letter remaining in the Hanks archives somewhere or has all evidence been destroyed? Did Nancy and Thomas have any other children who may have been told the truth? We may never know!

Owen Calhoun

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