A few curiosity questions

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TaraPJamie

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I was wondering if Abraham Lincoln ever came through NC. Maybe close to the Eastern side near the TN state line. I forget my other questions so I'll come back when I remember them....
 

JAGwinn

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Recent article in Chicago Tribune:

BOSTIC, N.C. -- Note to aspiring saints and office-holders: You'll know you've achieved "legendary" status when whispered tales are attached to your life story with question marks. The higher you rise, the more there are.

Consider Abraham Lincoln. There are tales about him in Washington, where the 16th president saved the Union and was assassinated. Likewise in Springfield, Ill., the closest to a normal "home" the self-made Lincoln had.

Likewise in this Rutherford County crossroads where some say he was born atop Lincoln Hill, just east of larger and more rugged Cherry Mountain.

The world at large believes he was born Feb. 12, 1809, in a cabin near Hodgenville, Ky. At least once, Lincoln himself put this in writing. It's where the National Park Service oversees the Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historical Park.

The Bostic Lincoln Center holds otherwise. According to its research, what remains of his birthplace is about an hour west of Charlotte, a ruined foundation in a thicket of trees above a creek. It's on private land to which the center has access. Call in advance, and Keith Price or another member will walk you up there on a short run of trails that vanishes in a maze of chestnut oak and pine saplings.

Before or after you make the easy climb, you'll hear why they believe the American Moses was the illegitimate son of Nancy Hanks -- and that a ne'er-do-well named Thomas Lincoln was hired to take her and her infant to Kentucky, where Lincoln married her and claimed the child as his own.

Among the reasons Price was disinclined attend a Lincoln birth bicentennial last year in Raleigh: "It was probably his 205th birthday."

The standard bio: Thomas Lincoln crossed into Kentucky and married fellow Virginian Nancy Hanks in 1806. Abe was their only child to live past 21. Nancy Hanks died in 1816.

Lincoln acknowledged his humble beginnings -- his "Rail Splitter" nickname plays off his workingman past -- but didn't discuss his parents much. Nancy Hanks was herself probably illegitimate, a factor that could've been lethal in the highly charged 1860 presidential campaign.

[[read complete here http://www.chicagotribune.com/sns-travel-us-lincoln-birthplace-txt-story.html ]]
 
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