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Learning On-Line by Howard Taylor
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Abraham Lincoln's Journey in Life Begins...
"...he'll never come to much, fur I'll
tell you he wuz the puniest, cryin'est little youngster I ever
saw." Said by Dennis Hanks, a first
cousin of Nancy Hanks Lincoln, on the day Abraham Lincoln was born.
1809-- On the stormy morning
of Sunday, February 12, Nancy
Hanks Lincoln, wife of Thomas , gave birth to a boy. He was born
a bed of poles covered with corn husks. The baby was named Abraham
his grandfather. The birth took place in the Lincolns' rough-hewn cabin
on Nolin Creek near Hodgenville, Kentucky. Thomas Lincoln was an
carpenter and a farmer. Nancy Lincoln had little or no schooling and
In 1811 the Lincolns moved to a farm on Knob Creek which was also near Hodgenville. In 1811 or 1812 (possibly as late as 1815) Abraham's younger brother, Thomas, died in infancy.
Abraham spent a short amount of time in a log schoolhouse. He began to learn his ABC's from a teacher named Zachariah Riney. He attended school with his sister, Sarah. Sarah had dark hair and gray eyes, and she was two years older than Abraham. Abraham attended school dressed in a raccoon cap, buckskin clothes, and pants so short that several inches of his calves were exposed. At home young Abraham heard the scriptures read from the family Bible. "Born into grinding poverty, the young Lincoln helped to break a pioneer farm but had little formal education. During his first seven years in the wilds of Kentucky, he learned how to spell his name and a little arithmetic."
here, that once saved Abraham's life.
The Lincoln family would move from Kentucky to Indiana for a variety of reasons. The two biggest reasons were the encroachment of slavery, but most of all the problems with protecting their land from faulty titles and disputes. In December of 1816, the Lincolns left Kentucky. Thomas would return to find a new wife and mother for his children in later years.
Abraham, in his autobiography spoke of his Kentucky years as, "I was born Feb. 12, 1809, in Hardin County Kentucky. My parents were born in Virginia of undistinguished families--second families, perhaps I should say. My mother, who died in my tenth year, was of a family of the name Hanks." ". . . My earliest recollection . . . is of the Knob Creek Place."
Lincoln City, Indiana Site for
Lincoln's Boyhood Farm