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Abraham Lincoln was born on February 12 1809 in Kentucky Whenhe was two the Lincolns moved a few miles to another farm on the oldCumberland Trail A year later his mother gave birth to another boyThomas but he died a few days later When Lincoln was seven his familymoved to Indiana In 1818 Lincolns mother died from a deadly diseasecalled the milk-sick Then ten years later his sister died and left him withLincoln traveled to New Salem in April 1831 and settled there thefollowing July In the fall of 1836 he and Mrs Bennett Abell had a dealthat if she brought her single sister to New Salem he had to promise tomarry her When she arrived he was not to pleased with her because herskin was full of fat Around seven months later he asked Mrs OrvilleBrowning to marry him but she said no Lincoln met his wife to be MaryTodd at the grand cotillion in honor of the completion of the new capitalbuilding in 1839 They got engaged and a while later he broke off theengagement because she was seeing other men Around a year later inSpringfield on November 4 1842 Abraham and Mary got married In 1844Abraham and his wife were able to purchase their own house inSpringfield It was a one-and-a-half story frame cottage In May 1843the Lincolns had a son and named him Robert after the addition to thefamily they made the house a full two story house Lincoln had threemore sons Edward Baker William Wallace and Thomas Edward died atthe age of three the cause of death was either consumption orIn 1832 Lincoln announced himself a candidate for the statelegislature but he was defeated Then a year later he was appointedpostmaster of New Salem and in the fall he became deputy countysurveyor He really wanted a seat in the Illinois legislature so he ran againand was elected with bipartisan support Lincoln was very interested in being a lawyer he would
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