Ken Poorman's connection to Cousin Abe Lincoln . . . Amanda Hanks
Poorman . . .
I remember Jim Nonemaker
telling me more than 50 years ago that we were related to President Abe Lincoln. Jim used to take me for rides
on his Harley when I was a young kid. That got me more interested in motorcycles than in President Lincoln, at the time.
The way I remember it, Dennis Hanks (Amanda Hank's Father) was Nancy Hank's (Abe's Mother) first cousin. And Amanda
Hanks married our ancestor Allison Poorman. I found some brief correspondence between Allison Poorman and President
Lincoln indicating a familial relationship. I also recently learned that Mary Todd Lincoln's grandfather, Andrew Porter, lived
in the Selma Mansion in Norristown PA, which is only about a mile from where I live now.
Although Amanda Hanks Poorman was actually Abe Lincoln's second cousin, she and her siblings referred
to him as Uncle Abe, and he referred to them as his nieces and nehews.
|President Abraham Lincoln
Lincoln Log: A Daily Chronology of the
Life of Abraham Lincoln incorporates Lincoln
Day-by-Day: A Chronology, compiled by the Lincoln Sesquicentennial Commission
with the cooperation and support of the Abraham Lincoln Association and published by the Government Printing Office in 1960. The text presented
here includes all entries from that publication, with corrections and additions by the Papers of Abraham Lincoln, a project of the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency
Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum. Designed, implemented, and housed by the Brown University Scholarly Technology Group).
Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865:
Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln. Volume 7.
Endorsement Concerning Allison C.
May 15, 1864
The writer of the within is
a family connection of mine, & a worthy man; and I shall be obliged if he be allowed
what he requests, so far as the rules and exigencies of the public service will permit. A LINCOLN
May 15. 1864
 AES (copy), DLC-RTL. The copy of Poorman's letter of May
9, 1864, in Lincoln's autograph and with the above endorsement, reads as follows: ``As I am now out of business
I write you for the purpose of making application for a permit to trade within the lines
of the Western Army in all kinds of Merchandize, Liquors excepted. I would of course expect
to be governed by the rules of Trade as established by the Treasure department. If you will grant me this request you will confer a favor
that will not be soon forgotten.''
Allison C. Poorman married Amanda Hanks, daughter of Dennis Hanks.
May 15, 1864.
"The President is cheerful and hopeful-not unduly elated, but seeming confident."
Nicolay to Bates, 15 May 1864, John G. Nicolay Papers, Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
Lincoln endorses request of Allison C. Poorman, of Illinois, for permit to trade within
lines of "Western Army": "The writer of the within is a family connection of mine, & a worthy man; and
I shall be obliged if he be allowed what he requests, so far as the rules and exigencies of the public service will permit."
Endorsement Concerning Allison C. Poorman, 15 May 1864, CW, 7:342.
Endorses request of William F. Shriver, of Illinois, for permit to trade
within lines of "Armies of the Cumberland, Mississippi and Arkansas." Endorsement Concerning William F. Shriver, 15 May 1864, CW, 7:342.
Amanda Hanks Poorman Home
Charleston, Illinois, 1878
Ashmore-Morton House, 1858. Often
referred to as the 'Morton Home,' this building located on Monroe Avenue in Charleston is now believed to have been built
by James Ashmore in 1858. A variation on traditional Georgian Style, this two-story building with an offset front door is
a 2/3 Georgian House. A popular style of urban houses built during this time, this home suggests that Ashmore had an interest
in bringing urban styles to Charleston. John Poorman and his mother Amanda E. Hanks Poorman lived in the Ashmore house in
1878-1879, but did not own it. The building was operated by them commercially as a boarding house for a couple of years, although
specific dates remain unknown. Prominent boarders included Constable George G. Hibbard and General Insurance agent Daniel
Tremble, Deputy Treasurer of Coles County. In 1937, owners Mr. and Mrs. T.T. Moore removed old porches, which themselves were
not original, and added a two story porch to the east side of the building. The lower porch was used as a living porch, while
the upper was reserved for sleeping. This house was bought by Nancy Easter-Shick and Dave Shick in 1996 and underwent restoration.
During restoration the interior chimney on the west wall collapsed and was not replaced. Since 1996 the the law offices of
Shick and Tappella have occupied the building.
See all decendants of Peter Acquila Poorman compiled by Robert Russell Schadt