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Ancestry-Thomas Lincoln and Nancy Hanks-Rock Spring Farm-Lincoln's Birth-Kentucky Schools— The Journey to Indiana-Pigeon Creek Settlement— Indiana Schools-Sally Bush Lincoln-Gentryville— Work and Books-Satires and Sermons-Flatboat Voyage to New Orleans-The Journey to Illinois


BRAHAM LINCOLN, the sixteenth President of the United States, was born in a log cabin in the backwoods of Kentucky on the 12th day of February, 1809. His father, Thomas Lincoln, was sixth in direct line of descent from Samuel Lincoln, who emigrated from England to Massachusetts in 1638. Following the prevailing drift of American settlement, these descendants had, during a century and a half, successively moved from Massachusetts to New Jersey, from New Jersey to Pennsylvania, from Pennsylvania to Virginia, and from Virginia to Kentucky; while collateral branches of the family eventually made homes in other parts of the West. In Pennsylvania and Virginia some of them had acquired considerable property and local prominence.

In the year 1780, Abraham Lincoln, the President's grandfather, was able to pay into the public treasury of Virginia "one hundred and sixty pounds, current money," for which he received a warrant, directed to

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