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 Hannah Jones <I>Armstrong</I> Wilcox

Hannah Jones Armstrong Wilcox

Green County, Kentucky, USA
Death 19 Aug 1890 (aged 80)
Winterset, Madison County, Iowa, USA
Burial Petersburg, Menard County, Illinois, USA
Memorial ID 21956 · View Source
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Literary Subject. She was the subject of one of Edgar Lee Master's poems in his book "Spoon River Anthology." She was the wife of Jack Armstrong, who challenged Abraham Lincoln to a wrestling match in New Salem, Illinois. Lincoln won the match and the two men became such good friends that Lincoln stayed in their home when he was periodically out of work. The sign next to monument says "Hannah Armstrong," but tombstone says "Hannah Wilcox" because after Jack Armstrong's death in 1857, she and her family moved to Mason county. In 1862, she married a Samuel Wilcox and moved to Iowa. She died there in 1890, but was buried back in Menard County.

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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Hannah Jones Armstrong Wilcox (2 Aug 1810–19 Aug 1890), Find A Grave Memorial no. 21956, citing Oakland Cemetery, Petersburg, Menard County, Illinois, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .