Memorial and Biographical History of Dallas County, Texas. Page: 86 of 1,110
4-+ ^PRESIDENTS OF THE UNITED STATES.
COLN, the sixteenth
President of the
United States, I86I-'5,
X 3~ was born February
[:E ^yO^ 12, I809, in Larue
(then Hardin) County,
a' Kentucky, in a cabin on Nolan
Creek, three miles west of
i^ Hudgensville. Hi s parents
were Thomas and Nancy
' (Hanks) Lincoln. Of his ancestrv
and early years the little
that is known may best be
given in his own language: " My
parents were both born in Virginia, of undistinguished
families-second families, perhaps
I should say. My mother, who died
in my tenth year, was of a family of the
name of Hanks, some of whom now remain
in Adams, and others in Macon County,
Illinois. My paternal grandfather, Abraham
Lincoln, emigrated from Rockbridge
County, Virginia, to Kentucky in I78I or
1782, where, a year or two later, he was
killed by Indians-not in battle, but by
stealth, when he was laboring.to open a
farm in the forest. His ancestors, who were
Quakers, went to Virginia from Berks
County, Pennsylvania. An effort to identify
them with the New England family of
the same name ended in nothing more definite
than a similarity of Christian names in
both families, such as Enoch, Levi, Mordecai,
Solomon, Abraham and the like.
My father, at the death of his father, was
but six years of age, and he grew up, literally,
without education. He removed from
Kentucky to what is now Spencer County,
Indiana, in my eighth year. We reached
our new home about the time the State came
into the Union. It was a wild region, with
bears and other wild animals still in the
woods. There I grew to manhood.
"There were some schools, so called, but
no qualification was ever required of a
teacher beyond ' readin', writin', and cipherin'
to the rule of three.' If a straggler, supposed
to understand Latin, happened to
sojourn in the neighborhood, he was looked
upon as a wizard. There was absolutely
nothing to excite ambition for education.
Of course, when I came of age I did not
know much. Still, somehow, I could read,
write and cipher to the rule of three, and
that was all. I have not been to school
since. The little advance I now have upon
this store of education I have picked up
from time to time under the pressure of
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Lewis Publishing Company. Memorial and Biographical History of Dallas County, Texas., book, 1892; Chicago, Illinois. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth20932/m1/86/ocr/: accessed July 27, 2016), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Dallas Public Library.