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Wilson, Douglas L., ed.; Davis, Rodney O., ed.; Hill, Parthena Nance. 'Parthena Nance Hill (William H. Herndon Interview)' in 'Herndon's Informants: Letters, Interviews, and Statements About Abraham Lincoln' . Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1998. [format: book], [genre: interview]. Permission: University of Illinois Press
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497. Parthena Nance Hill (William H. Herndon Interview).

[March 1887?]

Mrs. Samuel Hill [1] — am 70 years old — was married in 1835 — 28th July — My Husbands name was Saml Hill — Knew Mr Lincoln well — McNamar and Ann Rutledge. Mr Hill & McNamar were partners in the Store business — dissolved in 1832 — 3. McNamar was called McNeil — went to New York — stayed 2 years — Never got back till Anns death — I was married to Mr Hill in the Country — moved to N. Salem in the fall 1835 — Ann Rutledge had a brown hair — heavy set — Ann Rutledge Came out to my fathers house saw her frequently — Knew her well — Mr. Lincoln staid at our store — Saw him frequently — almost daily — heard him Spin his funny yarns — Mr Hill told me that Anns Sickness was Caused by her Complications — 2 Engagements — She — Ann did not hear of McNamar for a year or more — at last got a letter from McNamar telling

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her to be ready they having been engaged &c to be married — Lincoln took advantange of McNamars absence — Courted Ann — got her Confidence &c and were in Mr Hills & my opinion — as well as the Opinion of others that they were Engaged — Ann well thought that McNamar was playing off on her. [2]

The women had plays — quiltings — social gatherings — went to Church &c

I think that if McNamar had got back from NY before Anns death that she would have married McNamar — I saw McNamar unload his furniture on arriving from N.Y. This is my honest opinion —

I have heard Lincoln tell his Stories — Our Store was a kind of meeting — Social gathering place — roof over the front Shed or porch — back floor — Shingle roof — men met here and talked politics — told stories &c

Board was about $100 — $150 — washing about $100 — $125 [3] per month — didn't cost much to live, I assure you.

Library of Congress: Herndon-Weik Collection. Manuscript Division. Library of Congress. Washington, D.C. 3925

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Wilson, Douglas L., ed.; Davis, Rodney O., ed.; Hill, Parthena Nance. 'Parthena Nance Hill (William H. Herndon Interview)' in 'Herndon's Informants: Letters, Interviews, and Statements About Abraham Lincoln' . Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1998. [format: book], [genre: interview]. Permission: University of Illinois Press
Persistent link to this document: http://lincoln.lib.niu.edu/file.php?file=herndon604c.html
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