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Thomas Lincoln Abrahams father—was 5—10 fi high—very stoutly built and weighed 196 pounds—His hair dark—his Eyes hazel. He was a man of great streght & courage—not one bit of Cowardice about him—He could [illegible] fatigue for any length of time—was a man of uncommon Endurance. Thomas Lincoln the father of Abraham could beat his son telling a good story— cracking a joke—Mr Thomas Lincoln was a good, clean, social, truthful & honest man, loving like his wife Evry thing & every body. He was a man who took the world Easy—did not possess much Envy.

Mr Lincoln— A bs father—often Said I had to pull the old sow up to the trough—when speaking of Abes reading & how he got to it, then and now he had to pull her away” From the time of the marriage Thos Lincoln & Mrs Johnson [Johnston], Mrs 22 Part 1: Early Life and Career Lincoln proved an Excellent Step mother: When she Came into Indiana Abe & his sister was wild—ragged & dirty. Mrs Lincoln had been raised in Elizabethtown in somewhat a high life: She Soaped—rubbed and washed the Children Clean so that they look pretty neat—well & clean.

C. Published in Herndon’s Informants: Letters, Interviews, and Statements about Abraham Lincoln. Edited by Douglas L. Wilson and Rodney O. Davis, with the assistance of Terry Wilson. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1998. 1-6 John Hanks Reminisces about His Younger Cousin John Hanks was the first cousin of Abraham Lincoln’s mother and a cousin of Dennis Hanks (see document 1-5). Lincoln and Hanks met in 1822 when John first came to live with the Lincoln family. When Abraham was twentytwo years old, the two were hired to maneuver a flatboat laden with goods down the Mississippi River.

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