That same winter Indiana
was admitted to the Union
as a State.
There were as yet no roads worthy of the name to or from the settlement formed by himself and seven or eight neighbors at various distances.
The village of Gentryville
was not even begun.
There was no sawmill to saw lumber.
Breadstuff could be had only by sending young Abraham, on horseback, seven miles, with a bag of corn to be ground on a hand grist-mill.
In the course of two or three years a road from Corydon
was laid out, running past the Lincoln farm
; and perhaps two or three years afterward another from Rockport
, crossing the former.
This gave rise to Gentryville
entered the land at the crossroads.
opened a small store, and their joint efforts succeeded in getting a post-office established, from which the village gradually grew.
For a year after his arrival Thomas Lincoln
remained a mere squatter.
Then he entered the quarter-section (one hundred and sixty acres) on which he opened his farm, and made some payments on his entry, but only enough in eleven years to obtain a patent for one half of it.
About the time that he moved into his new cabin, relatives and friends followed from Kentucky
, and some of them in turn occupied the half-faced camp.
In the ensuing autumn much sickness prevailed in the Pigeon Creek
It was thirty miles to the nearest doctor, and several persons died, among them Nancy Hanks Lincoln
, the mother of young Abraham.
The mechanical skill of Thomas
was called upon to make the coffins, the necessary lumber for which had to be cut with a whip-saw.
The death of Mrs. Lincoln
was a serious loss to her husband and children.
Abraham's sister Sarah was