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 Nancy <I>Hanks</I> Lincoln

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Nancy Hanks Lincoln

  • Birth 5 Feb 1784 Campbell County, Virginia, USA
  • Death 5 Oct 1818 Gentryville, Spencer County, Indiana, USA
  • Burial Lincoln City, Spencer County, Indiana, USA
  • Memorial ID 8381

Nancy was a Virginia native, moving to Kentucky where she met and married her husband Thomas Lincoln. She gave birth to three children. The Lincoln's moved to Spencer County in southern Indiana in 1816 and constructed a cabin on Little Pigeon Creek. She soon took ill and struggled between life and death for a week. She passed away a mere two years after arriving in Indiana. Her husband Thomas constructed a coffin from pine cut from the property. He took the body via a sled to a nearby pioneer hill-top cemetery near the Lincoln farm. There was no religious cleric in the region so with Thomas Lincoln, his children and a few neighbors, Nancy Lincoln was interred without a formal religious service.  The grave has endured a  perilous trip to the present time.  Other graves in the tiny cemetery, as well as that of Nancy's were lost. Finally  a family friend, erected a marker in an approximate location. Over the years, the site has been  vandalized and allowed to become over grown with trees and brush. Only when the fame of her son President Lincoln was established, was a concerted effort made to preserve the grave location. Life was hard in the wilderness and a man with children could not remain without a wife for long. Thomas Lincoln quickly remarried. Abraham Lincoln was nine at the time of his mother's death. 


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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Added: 6 Feb 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 8381
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Nancy Hanks Lincoln (5 Feb 1784–5 Oct 1818), Find A Grave Memorial no. 8381, citing Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial, Lincoln City, Spencer County, Indiana, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .