Mother of President
Oct. 5, A.D. 1818
Aged 35 years
Erected by a friend of her martyred Son
Nancy Hanks Lincoln was born on February 5, 1784 in Campbell County Virginia, and died October 5, 1818, in Spencer County, Indiana, when Abraham Lincoln was only 9 years old.
The future president moved with his parents, Thomas and Nancy Lincoln, and sister, Sarah, in 1816. The family constructed a small cabin near Pigeon Creek. Two short years later, Nancy fell ill. Thomas, who was a carpenter by trade, constructed a pine coffin from trees on their property. Mrs. Lincoln was buried in a simple ceremony with a few neighbors and her family in attendance. The family moved from Indiana in 1830 and the gravesite was forgotten and fell into disrepair.
Years later a white marble pointed-arched tablet was erected to mark her gravesite located in a Pioneer Cemetery.