Abraham Lincoln’s mother, Nancy, died with he was nine years old.
The Life of Abraham Lincoln, by J. G. Holland (Springfield, IL, Gurdon Bill, 1866) recorded:
“(Lincoln’s father Thomas) … married Nancy Hanks in 1806 …
He took her to the humble cabin he had prepared for her … and within the first few years of her married life, she bore him three children.
The first was a daughter named Sarah, who … died … the third was a son (Thomas) who died in infancy.
The second was Abraham, who, born into the humblest abode, under the humblest circumstances … under the blessing of a Providence which he always recognized …
Mrs. Lincoln, the mother, was evidently a woman out of place among those primitive surroundings.
She was five feet, five inches high, a slender, pale, sad and sensitive woman, with much in her nature that was truly heroic.”