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Rebecca Ellen "Nellie" Hanks Tyler
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Birth: Aug. 4, 1843
Death: May 16, 1927

RELATIVE OF LINCOLN DIES--Mr. Rebecca Ellen Hanks Tyler, Native of This Vicinity, Succumbs--Mrs. Rebecca Ellen Hanks Tyler, a second cousin of Abraham Lincoln, and having lived for most of her life in and near Decatur and Macon county, died in her home, 120 South Hawthorne Lane, Indianapolis, Ind., at 7:30 o'clock Monday morning. She had been ill with a heart disease for about three months. Rebecca Ellen Hanks was born on a farm four miles north of Decatur near Boiling Springs, Aug 1, 1843. She was the daughter of James Hanks and Rebecca Atherton, pioneers of the state and community. Her father, James Hanks, was the son of a brother of Nancy Hanks, mother of Abraham Lincoln. Her girlhood was passed with her parents and members of the family in this section. She was married Dec. 26, 1860 to John William Tyler, Jr., son of Rev. John William Tyler of Decatur. Mr. Tyler died in August 1921. No children were born to this couple, but several nephews and nieces were taken and reared to manhood and womanhood by Mr. and Mrs. Tyler. Children whose parents had died were taken into the home of this couple and given all the care which parents give to their children. Mrs. Tyler was a member of the Church of the Disciples of Christ, having been baptized into this faith by the late Rev. John W. Tyler Sr. She is survived by a sister, Mrs. Mattie E. Bridges of Decatur; and two nieces, Miss Mattie Calhoun, who lived with her, and Mrs. F. B. Weikel of Decatur. Funeral services will be conducted in Brintlinger's chapel, at a time to be announced later.
Decatur Herald (Decatur, Illinois), May 17, 1927, pg3 
Family links: 
  James Lewis Hanks (1795 - 1856)
  Rebecca E Atherton Hanks (1802 - 1888)
  John William Tyler (1835 - 1921)*
  Isaac Hanks (1819 - 1866)*
  Nancy Hanks Muirheid (1821 - 1906)*
  Elizabeth Hanks Heckel (1822 - 1892)*
  Mary Hanks (1824 - 1843)*
  John Lewis Hanks (1824 - 1831)*
  Lucinda Jane Hanks Wood (1832 - 1919)*
  William Benjamin Hanks (1834 - 1892)*
  Andrew Jackson Hanks (1835 - 1918)*
  Sarah Margaret Hanks Calhoun (1838 - 1875)*
  Rebecca Ellen Hanks Tyler (1843 - 1927)
  Susan Malinda Hanks (1844 - 1845)*
  Martha Emeline Hanks Bridges (1848 - 1939)*
*Calculated relationship
Fairlawn Cemetery
Macon County
Illinois, USA
Maintained by: Donna Kemp & Teri Libell
Originally Created by: Marge
Record added: May 04, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 26591883
Rebecca Ellen Nellie <i>Hanks</i> Tyler
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Rebecca Ellen Nellie <i>Hanks</i> Tyler
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 Added: Dec. 25, 2014

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