mountains for Kentucky
, and in the company, besides their historian, William Calk,--whose diary recently came to light,--was one Abraham Hanks
They were evidently a crowd of jolly young men bent on adventure and fun, but their sport was attended with frequent disasters.
Their journey began at “Mr. Priges
' tavern on the Rapidan
When only a few days out “Hanks
' dog's leg got broke.”
Later in the course of the journey, Hanks
and another companion became separated from the rest of the party and were lost in the mountains for two days; in crossing a stream “Abraham's saddle turned over and his load all fell in Indian creek” ; finally they meet their brethren from whom they have been separated and then pursue their way without further interruption.
Returning emigrants whom they meet, according to the journal of Calk, “tell such News of the Indians” that certain members of the company are “afrade to go aney further.”
The following day more or less demoralization takes place among the members of this pioneer party when the announcement is made, as their chronicler so faithfully records it, that “Philip Drake Bakes bread without washing his hands.”
This was an unpardonable sin, and at it they revolted.
A day later the record shows that “Abram turns back.”
Beyond this we shall never know what became of Abraham Hanks
, for no further mention of him is made in this or any other history.
He may have returned to Virginia
and become, for aught we know, one of the President
's ancestors on the maternal side of the house; but if