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Lincoln City in Spencer County, Indiana — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Nancy Hanks Lincoln Grave

Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial

 
 
Nancy Hanks Lincoln Grave Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, March 13, 2014
1. Nancy Hanks Lincoln Grave Marker
Inscription. On October 5, 1818, Nancy Hanks Lincoln died of milk sickness. This mysterious and dreaded illness was feared by pioneers because its cause was unknown. Mrs. Lincoln had nursed and comforted some of her neighbors with the disease until she became ill and eventually died.

This “Pioneer Cemetery” contains Mrs. Lincoln's gravesite as well as other marked and unmarked graves of area residents from the 19th and early 20th centuries.

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The white snakeroot, a shade-loving plant found throughout the Ohio River Valley, contains a poison that causes milk sickness in humans. Cows that have eaten snakeroot can transfer the poison to humans through their milk. Not until the early 20th century was the poison discovered to be from snakeroot. Today milk sickness is not a threat due to advancements in modern dairy practices.

For many years after the Lincolns left Indiana, Nancy Hanks Lincolnís grave was unmarked. In 1879, this permanent marker was erected to honor the mother of our 16th president.

John Rowbotham's sketch (right) of the gravesite of Nancy Hanks Lincoln in 1865, before the permanent gravestone was set in place
 
Erected by Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial.
 
Location.
Pioneer Cemetery image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, March 13, 2014
2. Pioneer Cemetery
38° 6.941′ N, 86° 59.77′ W. Marker is in Lincoln City, Indiana, in Spencer County. Marker can be reached from East South Street east of County Road 300 E when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is located at the Pioneer Cemetery north of the Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial Visitor Center. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3027 East South Street, Lincoln City IN 47552, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 13 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Allee (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away); Thomas Lincoln Farm (approx. ľ mile away); Cabin Site Memorial (approx. 0.3 miles away); Lincoln Boyhood Trails (approx. 0.3 miles away); David Turnham (1803-1884) (approx. 0.6 miles away); Abraham Lincoln Employed (approx. 12.7 miles away); A New Home in Indiana (approx. 12.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lincoln City.
 
Also see . . .  Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial. National Park Service (Submitted on March 14, 2014.) 
 
Categories. Cemeteries & Burial SitesSettlements & Settlers
 
Nancy Hanks Lincoln image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, March 13, 2014
3. Nancy Hanks Lincoln
Mother of President Lincoln
Died Oct. 5, A.D. 1818
Aged 35 years
Erected by a friend of her martyred son
1879
Nancy Hanks Lincoln image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, March 13, 2014
4. Nancy Hanks Lincoln
In Memoriam
This stone from Lincolnís Tomb in Springfield, Illinois was presented by a grateful people in tribute to his mother.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 14, 2014, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 379 times since then and 43 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on March 14, 2014, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.   4. submitted on March 16, 2014, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.
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