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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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18th 1864. I was born in Hardin Co Ky in 1799 — May the 15 — on Nolan Creek near Elizabethtown — . I was ten years older than Abraham and knew him intimately and well from the day of his birth to 1830 — I was the second man who touched Lincoln after his birth — a custom then in Ky of running to greet the newborn babe. A man by the name of Hazel hellped to teach Abraham his letters Abc — spelling reading & writing &c — Lincoln went to school about 3. mo — with his sister — all the Education he had in Ky — Parson Elkin a preacher of the old Babtist religion Came to Mr Thomas Lincoln's and frequently preached in that neighborhood.

At about the year 1818 Thomas Lincoln — the father of Abraham had a notion in his head — formed a determination to sell out his place and move to Indiana, then a new State where he could buy land as said before at $125 [10] per. He sold out to _________ Mr Lincoln got $300 — and took it — the $300 — in whisky. The 30 acre farm in Ky was a knotty — knobby as a piece of land could be — with deep hollows — ravines — cedar trees Covering the parts — knobs — knobs as thick as trees could grow. Lincolns hous was in a hollow — high — tall & peaky hills & borded with cedar. Stood up against the sky all around — Mr Lincoln as stated before sold his farm for whisky. He cut down trees — made a kind of flat boat out of yellow poplar. He made the boat on the Rolling fork at the mouth of Knob Creek Hardin Co Ky — loaded his household furniture — his tools — whisky and other Effects, including pots — vessels — rifles. &c. &c on the boat. He took no dogs — chickens — cats — geese or other domestic animals. He floated on awhile down the Rolling Fork and upset — and lost the most of the tools &c and some of his Whisky. He went along by himself not taking his family. From the Rolling Fork he ran into the Beach fork and thence into the great Ohio. He landed at Thompsons Ferry at Poseys [11] — house or farm. He started out from this ferry in search of a place and found one and located it by making blazes — brush heaps &c to make a location, which he afterwards bought at $2.00 per acre — purchased it under the $2.00 act. [12] This was an 80 a tract, and Mr Lincoln not being able to pay for it, lost his $80 which he paid to the government and which the government kept and has to-day — . When he had Cornered the land — blazed it off — marked the boundaries he proceeded on horse back, with his own food & his horses fodder behind him to Vincennes where he paid the $200 per acre as stated before. Mr Lincoln never owned the land — more than a kind of preemption right & sold it when he moved to Ills. I fared like him in all these particulars. He then returned to the State of Kentucky from Spencer Co Indiana, then Perry Co — since divided — as Hardin Co Ky was — as Sangamon Co — . From the old homestead in Ky Hardin — now Lareau Co Thomas Lincoln —
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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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