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through the church, stealing in at the windows ▄The pulpit was made by Thomas Lincoln. I cut a small piece therefrom as memento. Passed East about 50 yds into the large grave yard ▄Saw the grave of Sarah Lincoln ▄Mrs Grigsby ▄Abe's Sister ▄God bless her ashes ▄Mrs Grigsby & her husband Aaron lie side by side ▄God bless 'Em. They lie 10 ft South of Nat Grigsby's wife ▄1st & mother. Grave yard Slopes East & North ▄is in the forest ▄fenced in ▄quite a pretty place. Crawfords School House lies East of the church ▄East of the grave yard about 200 yds.: it is about 2 M from the Lincoln farm S.E: is now ▄the place Enclosed in a éeld ▄ School house long since rotted away & gone.
I then Started for John Romines ▄SW ▄met Romine in the road meeting us. his age is 60 ys. Says ▄I Saw Mr Lincoln hundreds of times ▄have been in Spencer Co since 1815. Lincoln went to N.O. about '28 or '29 ▄halled some of the bacon to the River ▄not for Lincoln but for Gentry ▄Thomas Lincoln was a carpenter by trade ▄relied on it for a living ▄not on farming. Abe didn't like to work it ▄didn't raise more than was Enough for family & stock. Boat Started out of the Ohio in the Spring ▄Abe about 20 years of age ▄Started from Rockport ▄a Short distance below rather ▄at the Gentry landing ▄Give about 2
m. Lincoln was attacked by the Negroes ▄no doubt of this ▄Abe told me so ▄Saw the scar myself. ▄Suppose at the Wade Hampton farm or near by ▄probably below at a widows farm. Abe was awful lazy: he worked for me ▄was always reading & thinking ▄used to get mad at him ▄He worked for me in 1829 pulling fodder. I Say Abe was awful lazy: he would laugh & talk and crack jokes & tell stories all the time, didn't love work but did dearly love his pay. He worked for me frequently ▄a few days only at a time. His breeches didn't & socks didn't meet by 12 inches ▄ Shin bones Sharp ▄ blue & narrow Lincoln said to me one day that his father taught him to work but never learned him to love it.
Saw old Man Gordons3 Mill ▄rather the near ruins of it. This is the Mill where Abe got Kicked by a horse ▄hunted for Lincolns name written in tar & black lead & grease on a shaft of the mill ▄ couldn't énd it ▄ got a cog or two of the mill ▄ Romine tells me one verse of the Book of Chronicles ▄ it runs thus ▄
Reuben & Charley have married 2 girls ▄
But Billy has married a boy
Billy & Natty agree very well
Mamma is pleased with the match.
The Egg is laid but won't hatch.
LC: HW2345, HW2344, HW2349, HW2347Č48, HW2350Č52; HL: LN2408, 1:140Č46
3. Noah Gordon.