Photograph believed to be of Thomas Lincoln. Courtesy of the Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum of Lincoln Memorial University, Harrogate, Tennessee.
Thomas’s relationship with his son grew increasingly strained as Abraham matured. By the end of Thomas’s life, they no longer spoke.
Courtesy of the Library of Congress
And gladden with the view;
And still as mem'ries crowd my brain,
There's sadness in it too.
O memory! thou mid-way world
Twixt earth and paradise,
Where things decayed, and loved ones lost
In dreamy shadows rise ....
I range the fields with pensive tread,
And pace the hollow rooms;
And feel (companions of the dead)
I'm living in the tombs.
—Abraham Lincoln, around 1844
Photograph of Sarah Lincoln. Courtesy of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum.
Sarah brought stability to the family. Although illiterate herself, she encouraged the children’s education and supported Abraham in his love of books and learning, which led him beyond the frontier.