Facing the trials of moving around with determination to give her children opportunities in life she had missed
It was a February, 8 years after the “Declaration of Independence” had given birth to a new nation. A bitter winter’s day at the foot of New Creek Mountain in West Virginia.
A young single woman named Lucy begun to feel her womb’s movements.
“What would be of me and this child?” She thought.
Tears came down as Little Nancy was handed over to her. “She is beautiful” she exclaimed as she saw her baby sleeping on her arms.
A few years later a letter arrived from Kentucky.
“Great news” said Lucy to her little Nancy: ”We are moving to Kentucky to live with auntie Elizabeth. Don’t be afraid, going through the mountains will be fun.”
Little Nancy hugged and said good bye to her childhood friends.
Two months later after 500 miles on the road, the land of Kentucky welcomed them.
It was Nancy’s first experience settling down in a new culture and with a new family.
She was glad her auntie Elizabeth had decided to keep her and take care of her. Her mother Lucy, had married and to be a “respectable wife” in those days it meant she could not have a child born “out of wedlock” with her.
Nancy hugged and said good bye to her mother as she and her husband went away.
Auntie Elizabeth loved her as her own child. Nancy grew to become an attractive, delicate framed young woman with dark hair and hazel eyes. Her reputation of being a seamstress with high work ethics required her to travel around to work.
One day while she was working away from home, she met a young carpenter named Thomas.
They fell in love . . . the rest is history . . .
As a newly wed she had to say good bye to her family and friends to go live in a 200 acre farm land owned by Tom.
9 days later after 90 miles on the road Nancy arrived to her new home.
Her baby girl Sarah was born there. Two years later the young couple faced disputes over land ownership and decided to buy another farm land close by.
A half-day journey 3 miles away was not as bad as before. Nancy was 7 month pregnant with her second child. She found herself, again living away from her close friends.
Just as the sun was rising her son was born.
As she didn’t have enough to worry about, a land dispute over their property broke up once more.
“What are we going to do?” she and Tom wondered. “Let’s try leasing a land” was their best solution to stop risking losing their investments. After two years Nancy had to pack up her household and leave her home.
It took a one day journey 10 miles away. For five years the children enjoyed playing and working by the creek named Knob. The boy loved to be by her mother’s side watching her expressive face while she read to him and Sarah. Nancy’s priority was to teach her children to read and write. She had also lost her third child. She had become a woman with a strong personality mixed with extraordinary sweetness.
The last stroke came when Tom and Nancy found out there was a land dispute over the place they were leasing. “Enough is enough” they said of these scams and land frauds.
They decided to move to a different area away from Kentucky.
After 10 days traveling 100 miles, the family arrived in Spencer County Indiana. They could find peace there under a land ordinance which ensured they could retained the land once they bought it.
Nancy was unfamiliar with the plants in the new region. She died two years later of a type of “mad cow milk” poisoning.
Nancy had only 9 years to influence her son. Were her troubles worth it?
This is what her grown up son had to say about his mother Nancy.
“God bless my mother;
all that I am or ever hope to be I owe to her.”
16th President of the United States
Nancy Hanks Lincoln
a heck of a pioneer mother and
role model to modern women!!!!
Is there something in your life where you can relate to her?
I’d love to hear from you!
Delmy is a Certified Life Coach who has lived in the international arena for over 25 years. As a wife she has experienced overseas moves with two young daughters and as an empty-nest spouse. Her passion is empowering women who for job-related reasons, are living in a culture different to the one they are accustomed to.
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