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ART 12, 1809, in HARDIN COUNTY, KENTUCKY.
S & LANTER
ELISA CAPTAIN OF VOLUNTEERS IN BLACK HAWK WAR
SASTER AT A VERY SMALL OFFICE.
TIMES A MEMBER OF THE ILLINOIS LEGISLATURE, AND WAS A
THE LOWER HOTSE OF CONGRESS.
ad the facts stated with such characteristic modalterity clusters the history of the early life of President. The ancestors of Abraham Lincoln Erish descent; and although they are believed ginally emigrated to this country with the William Penn, it is difficult to trace them
an to their place of residence in Berks lvania, whence a part of the family reto that section of Virginia now known as ounty. Thirty years later, Abraham Linfather of our late President, finding civilg him too closely, and possibly enticed which came back to the frontier settleat famous pioneer, Daniel Boone, but the dangers which he knew he must innter, determined to make another bold 1, and settled on Floyd's Creek, in Kenis now known as Bullitt County. Hardly a home for his little family, when he was an Indian, who came upon him stealthily t work, some distance from his log cabin. of her protector, his widow at once reer three sons and two daughters, to that ky now known as Washington County. dest of the sons, the father of Abraham at six years old when his mother was so a widow. The necessity of assisting to probably delayed his own settlement in not until he was twenty-eight years old, e married Nancy Hanks. His wife was a irth; but no facts regarding either her anlife have been preserved, although it is a bly originating in the reputation achieved t she was a woman of rare mental endowately after their marriage the couple rein County, Kentucky, and there, on Feb09, as has already been stated, Abraham orn. His early life was spent in poverty his father, feeling keenly his own deficien
to give his son every possible advantage aining an education, and, when but seven was equipped with an old copy of Dilng Book, which constituted one-third of iry, and was sent to school to a Mr. Hazel. at one Zachariah Riney, a Roman Catholic,
con-ction with the Trappists, who had institution on Pottinger's Creek, with Urba superior, had the honor of instructing the ent in the rudiments. Whether Mr. Linred his other children, one a girl two years Abraham, and the other a boy two years his
the same extent, is doubtful, for the routine of was not only broken in upon by his frequent Ty his son's time, but finally it was inter ther by his determination to abandon Kendy is fortunes where his energies were not depressed by the obstacles which slavery trust in his way. In 1817 Mr. Lincoln caran into execution. The old home was sold, lock of valuables placed upon a raft, and the
ok their way to a new home in the wilds where free labor would have no competition labor, and the poor white man might hope e his children could take an honorable posi by industry and careful economy. The place destination was Spencer County, Indiana. For niles they were obliged to cut their road as
"With the resolution of veteran pioneers sometimes being able to pick their way for
without chopping, and then coming to a consequence of dense forests. Suffice it to ey were obliged to cut a road so much of the reral days were employed in going eighteen was a difficult, wearisome, trying journey, and often said, that he never passed through a erience than he did in going from Thompson's nser County, Indiana."
2fore he was eight years old, Abraham Lincol
Serious business of life. The cabin in which lived was built of logs, and even the aid of child was of account in the wilderness where found themselves, after seven days of weary Their neighbors, none of whom lived nearer To or three miles, welcomed the strangers, and