Near Lerna in Coles County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Lincoln's Care for His Family
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Abraham Lincoln was a frequent visitor to Cole County in the 1840's, traveling on the judicial circuit. In Charleston, according to Amanda Hanks Poorman (the daughter of Dennis Hanks), Lincoln would use the Hanksís horse and wagon, and, with some of the Hanks children, visit his fatherís farm. Amanda recalled: “He was very generous with us, and was also to his father and stepmother, giving them $10 or $15 every time we went down there with him.” In the book Abraham Lincoln and Coles County, Illinois, Charles Coleman imagined a scene with Lincoln on a visit home, showering his stepmother with flour, sugar, coffee beans, a bolt of cloth, and even a warm comforter. “Land sakes, Abe,” she would say with pretended dismay, “why did you bring me such fol-er-ols? Does that high-toned lady in Springfield know how you throw your money away on your old mother?” “Donít you fret Mama,” he would reply, “the comforter was Maryís idea.” Dennis Hanksís son-in-law, Augustus Chapman, also reported that in 1858, he gave Sarah Lincoln $50.
Lincolnís care and concern for his familyís welfare is shown by one particular gift: the purchase of forty acres of his fatherís farm. On October 25, 1841. Lincoln purchased forty acres
Lincolnís concern for his parents was justified. Thomas Lincolnís financial woes stemmed from co-signing debts for his stepson John D. Johnston. Thomas had purchased both of Johnstonís farms when he needed cash in 1834 and 1840. However, these purchases, and money from his stepbrother Abraham, never improved Johnstonís finances and further indebted Thomas. In December 1848, Johnston complained about his numerous debts and explained in a letter to his step-brother Abraham how he avoided paying them: “. . . I have kept from paying them by not having any property. . . “ He implied that he had tried to raise money by leveraging Thomas Lincolnís land, stating, “. . . have maid no new contracts but tried altogether on Fathers property. . . .” Lincoln, unmoved by his stepbrotherís plea, refused to lend him the money.
Erected 2009 by The Lincoln / Sargent Farm Foundation.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Looking for Lincoln marker series.
Location. Touch for map. Marker is located in the "Lincoln Log Cabin Historic Site". Follow the drive-way all the way to it's end. It will take you to a visitor center, and is worth the family drive. Marker is in this post office area: Lerna IL 62440, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 12 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Last Lincoln Farm (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Reuben Moore Home (approx. 1.2 miles away); Moore House (approx. 1.2 miles away); Rally After the Debate / Lincoln in Coles County (approx. 8.1 miles away); Abraham Lincoln - Eighth Judicial District (approx. 8.1 miles away); Coles County - - Civil War Memorial (approx. 8.1 miles away); Coles County War Memorial (approx. 8.1 miles away); Lincoln's Last Visit / The Debaters in Mattoon (approx. 11.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lerna.
Also see . . .
1. Official Web Site - - "Lincoln Log Cabin"::. This will help plan your visit... (Submitted on May 18, 2010, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana.)
2. Travel with Lincoln ::. Climb into Lincolnís buggy and take a trip with Lincoln and his fellow (Submitted on May 18, 2010, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana.)
3. Looking for Lincoln Video - on P. B. S. Follow Henry Louis Gates, Jr. "...from Illinois, to Gettysburg, to Washington, D. C., and face to face with people who live with Lincoln every day..." (Submitted on May 18, 2010, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana.)
4. Looking for Lincoln::. Many resources for the Tracking of Lincoln through History and Illinois. Aimed at all ages. (Submitted on May 18, 2010, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 18, 2010, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana. This page has been viewed 916 times since then and 43 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on May 18, 2010, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.