Born in 1782, Adam Springs attending the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he was one of the first seven graduates. He and his wife lived in Gaston County where they employed a girl to wash and iron his clothes. Her name was Nancy Hanks, and it is rumored her son, Abraham Lincoln, was the son of Adam Springs. Springs spent a great deal of time fish trapping on his property, and he was buried at the gravesite on his land, supposedly upside down, to keep an eye over the fish traps. For years, visitors insisted the gravesite was haunted, and ghost hunters today still go there searching for ghosts.