Abraham Lincoln's mother, Nancy, died with he was nine years old.
The Life of Abraham Lincoln, by J. G. Holland (Springfield, IL, Gurdon Bill, 1866) recorded:
"(Lincoln's father Thomas) ... married Nancy Hanks in 1806 ...
He took her to the humble cabin he had prepared for her ... and within the first few years of her married life, she bore him three children.
The first was a daughter named Sarah, who ... died ... the third was a son (Thomas) who died in infancy.
The second was Abraham, who, born into the humblest abode, under the humblest circumstances ... under the blessing of a Providence which he always recognized ...
Mrs. Lincoln, the mother, was evidently a woman out of place among those primitive surroundings.
She was five feet, five inches high, a slender, pale, sad and sensitive woman, with much in her nature that was truly heroic."