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Wilson, Douglas L., ed.; Davis, Rodney O., ed.; Hanks, Dennis F. 'Dennis F. Hanks to William H. Herndon (interview)' 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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Roanoke About 1775. Thomas Lincoln was 6 years old when his father was killed by the Indians — . I wish to state one fact here about the killing of Thomas Lincoln — Abraham's grandfather. [5] In Kentucky all men had to clear out their own field — cut down the trees — Split them into rails &c. and in putting on the last rail — the 8th on the fence one Indian who had secreted himself shot Thomas Lincoln. Then the Indian ran out from his hiding place and caught Thomas — the father of Abraham — Mordaci the oldest brother of Thomas — and uncle of Abraham jumped over the fence — ran to the fort — shot the Indian through the [port?] holes of the fort — the Indian dropt Thomas — ran and was followed by the blood the next day & found dead — In his flight he threw his gun in a tree top which was found. Mordaci said the Indian had a silver half moon trinket on his breast at the time he drew his "beed" on the Indian, that silver being the mark he shot at. He said it was the prettiest mark he held a rifle on — So remains now of old Thomas Lincoln's children — boys — three — Mordaci, Thomas — & Silas. [6] — The children of Mordaci came to Sangamon — the children of Silas scattered — some in Ky — some in Tennessee — some in North Carolina — & Thomas Lincoln Came to Indiana. There is Thomas Lincoln Abraham father is a young man: he Thos at the age of 25 was married to Nancy Sparrow — not Hanks as stated in the Biographies of the day — . Nancy Sparrow — Abraham's mother was the child of Henry Sparrow. Henry Sparrow's wife was Lucy Hanks — Abrahams Mother. The stories going about, charging wrong or indecency prostitution in any of the above families is false — and only got up by base political Enemies & trattors to injure A.Lincolns reputation — name & fame — . Thomas Lincoln — Abrahams was married to Nancy Sparrow about the year 1808 in Hardin County & State of Kentucky. Nancy Sparrow — the child of Henry Sparrow married Thomas Lincoln when she was about 20 years of age: she was born in Mercer Co Ky. Thomas Lincoln was born in Virginia. Thomas Lincoln the father of Abraham owned about 30 acres in Hardin County on a little Creek called Knob Creek which Empties into the Roling Fork. He owned the land in fee simple. After the marriage of Thomas Lincoln and Nancy Sparrow — say in 3 or 4 years Abraham was born at that place. The cabin was a double one, with a passage or entry between. About the year 1813 or 14 as the volunteers of the War of 1812 were returning home they came by Lincolns house and he fed and Cared for them by Companies — by strings of them. I was a little boy at that time — Abraham was a little child and Sarah his sister and senior by 2 or 3 years was then likewise living and a little girl. They had no other children — Cause a private matter. It is said in the Biographies that Mr Lincoln left the State of Ky because and only because Slavery was there. This is untrue. He movd off to better his Condition — to a place where he could buy land for his Children & Thos. at $125 per acre [7] — Slavery did not operate on him. I know too well this whole matter. Mrs Lincoln — Abrahams
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Wilson, Douglas L., ed.; Davis, Rodney O., ed.; Hanks, Dennis F. 'Dennis F. Hanks to William H. Herndon (interview)' 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=herndon035.html
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