Besides this, Indiana
no longer afforded any inducements to the poor man. The proposition of Dennis
met with the general assent of the Lincoln
family, and especially suited the roving and migratory spirit of Thomas Lincoln
He had been induced to leave Kentucky
for the hills of Indiana
by the same rosy and alluring reports.
He had moved four times since his marriage and in point of worldly goods was not better off than when he started in life.
His land groaned under the weight of a long neglected incumbrance and, like many of his neighbors, he was ready for another change.
Having disposed of his land to James Gentry
, and his grain and stock to young David Turnham
, he loaded his household effects into a wagon drawn by two yoke of oxen, and in March, 1830, started for Illinois
The two daughters of Mrs. Lincoln
had meanwhile married Dennis Hanks
and Levi Hall, and with these additions the party numbered thirteen in all. Abe had just passed his twenty-first birthday.
The journey was a long and tedious one; the streams were swollen and the roads were muddy almost to the point of impassability.
The rude, heavy wagon, with its primitive wheels, creaked and groaned as it crawled through the woods and now and then stalled in the mud. Many were the delays, but none ever disturbed the equanimity of its passengers.
They were cheerful in the face of all adversity, hopeful, and some of them determined; but none of them more so than the tall, ungainly youth in buckskin breeches and coon-skin cap who