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Hank's Letters

Letters of James C. Hanks

Following are transcripts of letters of James C. Hanks, the first white man who settled in the northern part of Kane County and who is credited with having written letters (possibly the same here presented) that induced the Giffords and other pioneers to come west.  The series covers the period from 1834 to 1838, during which year Mr. Hanks died.  His grave is in the old cemetery at Elgin on Channing Street, where is father, B. HANKS is also interred.  The originals of the following letters were in 1908 in the possession of Arthur B. HINSDELL.


 

October 17, 1834 - Far West Galena Lead Mines

January 1, 1835 - Chicago

January 18, 1835 - Oplain River

February 20, 1835 - Chicago

May 15, 1836 - Kennedyville by B. Hanks

 

August 31, 1836

September 1, 1836 - Kennedyville - B. Hanks

September 6, 1836 - Chicago -

October 10, 1836 - Hermitage

October 16, 1836 - Fox River

November 20, 1836 - Kennedyville - B. Hanks

March 7th, 1837 - Elgin -

March 14, 1837

April 6, 1837 - Kennedyville - B. Hanks

April 10, 1837 -

May 24, 1837 - Kennedyville - B. Hanks

September 22, 1837 - Independant Grove - B. Hanks

October 15, 1837 - Elgin - Jas. C. Hanks

October 18, 1837 - Independant Grove - Sister Sarah

March 1, 1838 - Elgin - B. Hanks

April 23, 1838 - Pleasant Grove - B. Hanks

June 14, 1838 - Elgin - B. Hanks

November 4, 1838 - Kennedyville

 


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