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  • Name Nancy HANKS 
    Born 26 Jan 1784  Mineral County, WV Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Died 09 Dec 1818  Lincoln City, Spencer, IN Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Nancy Hanks Lincoln Cemetery, Lincoln City, IN Find all individuals with events at this location 
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      Nancy Hanks (January 26, 1784 - December 9, 1818), mother of President Abraham Lincoln and Sarah Lincoln, was born on February 5, 1784, in Hampshire County, Virginia (now Mineral County, West Virginia.) She was born in a log cabin on the Doll farm near Mike's Run at the base of Knobly Mountain near Antioch, West Virginia. and baptized in the Broad Run Baptist Church there which still retains the baptismal record. She is thought to be born out of wedlock. Little is known about her early life, but she was admired as an excellent seamstress. On June 12, 1806, she married Thomas Lincoln.

      They had three children:

      Sarah Lincoln, born February 10, 1807
      Abraham Lincoln, born February 12, 1809
      Thomas Lincoln, born in 1812 who died in infancy

      In 1816 Nancy Hanks and her family moved to Southern Indiana. On October 5, 1818, Nancy Hanks Lincoln died of "milk sickness", a disease contracted from drinking the milk of a cow that has eaten the poisonous white snakeroot. In the same year, several other people also died of "milk sickness" in the small town of Little Pigeon Creek in Spencer County, Indiana, where the Lincolns lived. Nancy Hanks Lincoln was only thirty-four years old when she died, and her son Abraham was only nine.

      Nancy Hanks Lincoln's grave is located in Nancy Hanks Lincoln Cemetery, on the grounds of Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial in Lincoln City, Indiana.

    Person ID I830  GearhartSeitz
    Last Modified 1 Apr 2007 

    Family Thomas LINCOLN 
    Married 12 Jun 1806 
     1. Sara LINCOLN,   b. 10 Feb 1807
     2. Abraham LINCOLN,   b. 12 Feb 1809
     3. Thomas LINCOLN,   b. 1812
    Last Modified 1 Apr 2007 
    Family ID F231  Group Sheet