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Wilson, Douglas L., ed.; Davis, Rodney O., ed.; Hanks, Dennis F. 'Dennis F. Hanks (Erastus Wright 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=herndon027.html


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on the Prairie flowers and afforded in the Groves a large supply of wild honey Thomas Lincoln could with propriety be classed with the "Hunters of Kentucky" he seldom failed of success He was a large man of great muscular power his usual weight 196 pounds I have weighed him many a time he was 5 feet 10½ inches high and well proportioned

His Religious belief coincided with the "Separate Baptists" often now called the "Free willd Baptists" to which church he belonged was good humoured sociable and never appeared to be offended

He was Singular in one point though not a fleshy man he was built so compact that it was difficult to find or feel a rib in his body — A muscular man, his equal I never saw

At a gathering in Hardinsburg Ky. a certain Wm Breckenridge was reputed and cracked up as the best man in Breckenridge county and Lincolns friends and neighbors disputed it and Said that with a fair chance Lincoln could whip him. It was agreed to and they both consented for a fair fight they soon stript and went at it, and Thomas Lincoln whipd him in less than two minutes without getting a scratch — [3]

Said Thomas Lincoln and Nancy Sparrow were married in Hardin Co Ky I think in 1806 Nancy Sparrow was born in Mercer Co Ky in 1792 near Elizabethtown, her Parents _______

Thomas Lincoln learnt his trade as a Carpenter in Hardin Co Ky with my Uncle Joseph Hanks and married Joseph Hanks Niece which was my own cousin — Lincoln was a farmer and mechanic and worked at either that was most profetable

Abraham Lincoln the late President was born on the 12th Feby 1809 in Hardin Co Ky on Knobb Creek, so called, which run into the Rollingfork which emptied into the Beach Fork and then into the Ohio River

His Father like most Pioneers lived in log houses most of the time was comfortable and happy and realized that "the Sleep of the laboring man was sweet".

The first house shelter he had in Indiana was a half faced camp [4] such as is now often seen in Sugar Camps Their Tables were broad Puncheons or slabs, split with mawl and wedges out of large logs and dressed off with the broad axe and auger holes put in to receive the legs This was no uncommon thing then with all the new settlements Yea! I made one of those tables myself in ___ for Thomas Lincoln the Father of Abraham as we both settled there near together in Spencer Co Indiana Abraham went to school with his Sister Sally on Knobb Cr in Hardin Co Ky some 3 or 4 weeks when he was 6 or 7 years old — to a man by the name of Hazel and he got about Six months Schooling while he lived in Indiana the teachers name not now recollected.

Thomas Lincoln the Father of Abraham after his first wife died in Sept 1818 married again on _____ to one Mrs Sarah Johnston a Daughter of Christopher Bush in Hardin Co Ky he had no children by the second woman. She is supposed to be living now near Charleston Coles County Illinois —

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Wilson, Douglas L., ed.; Davis, Rodney O., ed.; Hanks, Dennis F. 'Dennis F. Hanks (Erastus Wright 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=herndon027.html
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