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Wilson, Douglas L., ed.; Davis, Rodney O., ed.; Haycraft, Samuel. 'Samuel Haycraft to John B. Helm' 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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65. Samuel Haycraft to John B. Helm

[Enclosure A]

Elizabeth Town July 5 1865

Dear Sir

I received yours of 22d June some time since, and being half sick & run to death with office & Court business, has delayed my answer In reference to my recollections of Abraham Lincolns father & Mother &c you have been laboring under a mistake, My own recollection of the Matter assures me that you were Mistaken & a letter I have from Abraham Lincoln himself Confirms all, The old man Lincoln — "Thomas Lincoln" but when here he was always called Linkhorn The old Gentleman was a young unmarried man when I first knew him in 1805 or 1806, he was a very illiterate man a tolerable Country house Carpenter worked some on my fathers house — in 1805 and afterward done all the Carpenter work on Hardin Thomas' house, the work is yet to be seen tolerably sound, He married Nancy Hanks whose Mother was a wife of old Sammy Youngs, [1] the same old man that married Sousana Sawyer — Thomas Lincoln as the name was always spelld but pronounced Linkhorn was a low heavy built clumsy honest man, his wife was rather a heavy built Squatty woman, (the Lord only knows except Abe Enlow did where Abraham Lincoln got his length & his sense) [2]

Abraham Lincoln was born Feby 12 1809. near Hodgens Mill then in Hardin County now Larue & the Hodgen Mill is now Hodgenville, the County seat of Larue County.

How old Abraham Lincoln was when the old man left Hardin County I can not tell, However Abraham before he left went to school to Caleb Hazle who lived beyond Hodgens Mill After old man Lincoln moved to Grayson & then to

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Wilson, Douglas L., ed.; Davis, Rodney O., ed.; Haycraft, Samuel. 'Samuel Haycraft to John B. Helm' 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=herndon084.html
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