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 Nancy Elizabeth <I>Hanks</I> Lincoln

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Nancy Elizabeth Hanks Lincoln Famous memorial

Birth
Antioch, Mineral County, West Virginia, USA
Death
5 Oct 1818 (aged 34)
Gentryville, Spencer County, Indiana, USA
Burial
Lincoln City, Spencer County, Indiana, USA GPS-Latitude: 38.1156737, Longitude: -86.9960897
Memorial ID
8381 View Source

Mother of U.S. President Abraham Lincoln. She was a Virginia native, moving to Kentucky, where she met and married Thomas Lincoln. She gave birth to three children. The Lincolns 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 hilltop 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 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 overgrown 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 years old at the time of his mother's death.

Mother of U.S. President Abraham Lincoln. She was a Virginia native, moving to Kentucky, where she met and married Thomas Lincoln. She gave birth to three children. The Lincolns 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 hilltop 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 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 overgrown 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 years old 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 ID: 8381
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/8381/nancy-elizabeth-lincoln: accessed ), memorial page for Nancy Elizabeth Hanks Lincoln (5 Feb 1784–5 Oct 1818), Find a Grave Memorial ID 8381, citing Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial, Lincoln City, Spencer County, Indiana, USA; Maintained by Find a Grave.