Like so many other Americans, young
Abraham Lincoln's family migrated westward. Leaving their Kentucky home
in 1816, the Lincolns crossed the Ohio River to Indiana and began farming
there. In 1830 the Lincolns again removed to Macon County, Illinois.
Frontier life demanded hard work, and
the entire Lincoln family performed arduous labor on the farm. These
exertions often met with few rewards, as farming often proved quite
Many frontier settlers faced an unhealthy
environment without adequate medical care. In 1818, Nancy Hanks Lincoln
succumbed to illness, leaving Abraham and his sister Sarah motherless.
Most American youths received little formal education, and Abraham
Lincoln largely educated himself. When he left home in 1830, little
about young Abraham Lincoln suggested his future accomplishments.
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