Nancy Hanks Lincoln




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.


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2 Responses to Nancy Hanks Lincoln

  1. God bless the individual who had the new stone placed over Mrs Lincoln’s grave; otherwise her grave may have been lost.

  2. John Essig says:

    We are searching for a photograph of Thompson Stickle (1834-1923) who was credited with designing the monument to Nancy Hanks and was a member of our masonic lodge in Aurora IL. We would be happy to make a donation for any assistance. Thank you

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