Friday, February 5, 2010

Sweet Mother of Abraham!

It's 1am and I have a terrible headache and can't sleep. I got up to check my email and figured I'd try to think of something to blog about. In my search, I found that today is Nancy Lincoln's birthday. She was born in 1784 in Virginia. You just might know her from her oh-somewhat-slightly famous son -- Abraham Lincoln. Maybe it's the headache or maybe I'm just weird, but here are some interesting facts about Nancy Lincoln ...

  • Nancy's maiden name was Hanks.
  • As a child, her mother took her on the famous Wilderness Road.
  • Nancy was skilled in needlework and sewing.
  • She had 3 children -- Sarah, Abraham, and Thomas.
  • Nancy died of "milk sickness" in 1818.
  • Nancy was only 34 when she died, Abraham was 9.
  • Abraham helped carve the pegs for his mother's coffin.
  • No authentic photos of Nancy Lincoln are known to exist.
  • Tom Hanks is a distant relative of Nancy Lincoln.
Another thing I found interesting is that in the movie Toy Story 2 when Jessie first meets Woody she yells out, "Sweet mother of Abraham Lincoln!" Very cool. I'll have to pay attention to that the next time I watch it.


  1. Nice little tribute to the mother of Abe. Hope you are feeling better.

  2. The Toy Story line is the first thing that sprang into my mind when I read your blog post title.

  3. Yay, sweet mother! Died too young!

  4. At first I read "Nancy was killed in needlework and sewing." before realizing there was an s there. XD

    I remember her death and the coffin building from my history book! I just didn't know I remembered it until I re-read it... which makes me believe that all I read in school is still buried in my brain! It didn't evaporate into nothing like I thought it would. (math however... no hope there) :D

  5. I love to read about lives of people. It brings history to life for me and fleshes out the earth shaking wars and political events in history books.

  6. Very cool! I love all the facts that you dig up!

    Love the Toy Story connection! You Rawk Rena!!!!

  7. I've always been interested in history. Very interesting!