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NANCY HANKS. American, Polka. D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. Nancy Hanks and Thomas Lincoln were Abraham Lincoln's parents, although it is unknown whether the tune title was associated with the fact or not. The tune is credited to J.L. Blatchley, of Port Crane, N.Y., by compiler and editor A.F. Hopkins in his American Veteran Fifer (1905); whether he is the composer, or simply the arranger/source is unknown (several of Hopkins' attributions were to his own sources, not the composer). Blatchely was a fifer with Company F, 2nd N.Y Heavy Artillery and was the source for several tunes in Hopkins' book.
Source for notated version:
Hopkins (American Veteran Fifer), 1905; No. 82.
Sweet (Fifer's Delight), 1965/1981; p. 50.