Lincoln's Parentage & Childhood: A History of the Kentucky Lincolns Supported by Documentary Evidence

Lincoln's Parentage & Childhood: A History of the Kentucky Lincolns Supported by Documentary Evidence

Lincoln's Parentage & Childhood: A History of the Kentucky Lincolns Supported by Documentary Evidence

Lincoln's Parentage & Childhood: A History of the Kentucky Lincolns Supported by Documentary Evidence

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In the spring of the year 1919 I became editor of the "Larue County Herald," published at Hodgenville, Kentucky, the "cradle of Lincoln." The files of the paper made available at this time exhibited many interesting specimens of folklore relative to the Lincoln and Hanks families. Because of the serious discrepancy appearing in this folklore its historical value was reduced to nil. After reviewing many biographies of Abraham Lincoln I became convinced that Lincolniana did not present its authority for most of its findings about the Kentucky history of the Lincolns. Such questions as those of Lincoln's paternity, his birth place, his childhood environment, were dependent entirely on the memories of old citizens.

Through a desire to know the facts about some of these much discussed problems, I resolved to search the public records for data that would supply a documentary source. My removal to Elizabethtown, Kentucky, in 1921 gave me access to the archives of the Hardin County Court-house. This was a sufficient incentive to encourage the research contemplated at Hodgenville. My investigation here, covering a period of two years, revealed a wealth of unpublished documentary evidence bearing on the Lincoln and Hanks families. Opportunity to make the same type of research in more than thirty other Kentucky counties was presented. The results were so gratifying that it was . . .

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