Nancy Hanks Lincoln Grave

Nancy Hanks Lincoln Grave (HM1DEP)

Location: Lincoln City, IN 47552 Spencer County
Country: United States of America

N 38° 6.941', W 86° 59.77'

  • 0 likes
  • 0 check ins
  • 0 favorites
  • 131 views
Inscription

Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial

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.

(captions)
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 Lincoln's 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
Details
HM NumberHM1DEP
Tags
Placed ByLincoln Boyhood National Memorial
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Sunday, September 21st, 2014 at 9:18am PDT -07:00
Pictures
Sorry, but we don't have a picture of this historical marker yet. If you have a picture, please share it with us. It's simple to do. 1) Become a member. 2) Adopt this historical marker listing. 3) Upload the picture.
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 500336 N 4218650
Decimal Degrees38.11568333, -86.99616667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 6.941', W 86° 59.77'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 6' 56.46" N, 86° 59' 46.20" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)812
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 100-198 County Rd 300 E, Lincoln City IN 47552, US
Alternative Maps Google Maps, MapQuest, Bing Maps, Yahoo Maps, MSR Maps, OpenCycleMap, MyTopo Maps, OpenStreetMap

Is this marker missing? Are the coordinates wrong? Do you have additional information that you would like to share with us? If so, check in.

Check Ins  check in   |    all

Have you seen this marker? If so, check in and tell us about it.

Comments 0 comments

Maintenance Issues
  1. Is this marker part of a series?
  2. What historical period does the marker represent?
  3. What historical place does the marker represent?
  4. What type of marker is it?
  5. What class is the marker?
  6. What style is the marker?
  7. Does the marker have a number?
  8. What year was the marker erected?
  9. This marker needs at least one picture.
  10. Can this marker be seen from the road?
  11. Is the marker in the median?