Nancy Hanks

Some historical figures we know so little about, that it is almost impossible to say much about them.  A prime example is Nancy Hanks Lincoln, the mother of Abraham Lincoln.  Nancy Hanks was born on February 5, 1784 in Hampshire County, Virginia.  She married Thomas Lincoln on June 12, 1806 in Washington County, Kentucky.  They had three children:  Sarah Lincoln, February 10, 1807- January 20, 1828;  Abraham Lincoln; and Thomas Lincoln who died in infancy in 1812.  On October 5, 1818 at Little Pigeon Creek, Indiana, she died of the “milk sickness”, a malady caused by drinking milk from a cow that had eaten the poisonous white snakeroot.  Her husband made her coffin, helped by her son.  That sums up much of what we know about her.  Well might her son describe his family history as “the short, simple annals of the poor”. (more…)

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