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Wilson, Douglas L., ed.; Davis, Rodney O., ed.; Grigsby, Nathaniel. 'Nathaniel Grigsby to William H. Herndon' in 'Herndon's Informants: Letters, Interviews, and Statements About Abraham Lincoln' . Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1998. [format: book], [genre: letter]. Permission: University of Illinois Press
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70. Nathaniel Grigsby to William H. Herndon.

Gentryville this 4 of Sept 1865

Sir

i have Just seated myself to try to answer your request relating to the history of that great and good man Abraham Lincoln in so doing i take pleasure, but i regret that i am not competent to do him Justice i shall not offer any further apoligy as you wil see befor i am done my lack of ability i shall give you facts to the best of my recollection,

Thomas Lincoln the father of Abraham Lincoln emigrated to the State of Ind in yeare of 1817 from Hardin Co Kentucky crossing the ohio river at Ephraim Thompson ferry [1] twelve miles from where he settled himself in what is Spencer Co Ind 1 and a half miles east of gentryvill this contry at that time was a perfect wilderness with out roads or bridges so that Thomas Lincoln and his little family had to cut a road throu the heavy forrests of timber which was unbroken by the hand of man also briging the small streams that ly betwn the river and the place where he maide his settlement on congress land, he afterwards purchace from government, his family then consisted of himself and wife and two children a daughter and son the daughter being the oldest her name was Sary or Sally as she was commonly called the sons name was Abraham Lincoln who is the object of our history who at that time was eight or nine years old his father and himself cut away the timber from where they built what is now called a squaters cabin the material was round logs or poles cut from the forist and clapboards foure feet long to cover the bilding with the flore consisted of what was then caled punchens the chimney being made of sticks and clay in this huble cottage the family was happy and contented but did not remain so long for in the fall of 1818 the mothe of Abraham and wife of Thomas Lincoln was taken sick with a desease called the Milk Sickness or puken a desease commin at that time in the western contry her sickness was short but fatal as she deseas this life Oct 1818 leving Abraham and the rest of the family to morne the loss of a kind mother Thomas Lincoln remaind on his litle farm doing the best he could with his two childre for a year or two he then went to Ky and married a second wife who was a widow Johnson, [2] about this time there was a scool house built two miles south of Thomas Lincoln farm that was the the first school house that was built in this part of the state the house was built of round logs Just high enough for a man to stand erect under the ruff, the floore was split logs or what we called punchens the chimney was maid of poles and clay the window was constructed by by chopping out a part of tow logs and plasing peases of split bords at proper distence and then we would take our old coppy books and grease them and paste them over the windows this give us lite, in this shool room Abraham Lincoln and my self entered school the scool was taught bye a man by the name of Andy Crofford After that Abraham went

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Wilson, Douglas L., ed.; Davis, Rodney O., ed.; Grigsby, Nathaniel. 'Nathaniel Grigsby to William H. Herndon' in 'Herndon's Informants: Letters, Interviews, and Statements About Abraham Lincoln' . Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1998. [format: book], [genre: letter]. Permission: University of Illinois Press
Persistent link to this document: http://lincoln.lib.niu.edu/file.php?file=herndon093.html
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