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Monday, March 1, 1830.+-

En route to Vincennes, IN.

"On the first of March, 1830, his father determined to emigrate once more. . . . The emigrant company was made up of Thomas Lincoln's family, and the families of Mrs. Lincoln's two sons-in-law. Their means of progress and conveyance were ox-wagons, one of which Abraham Lincoln drove." [Mrs. Harriet Hanks Chapman said they had three wagons, two drawn by two yoke of oxen each, and one by two teams of horses.]William D. Howells, Life of Abraham Lincoln (Springfield, IL: Abraham Lincoln Association, 1938), 23.

Company consists of Thomas Lincoln, his wife Sarah Bush Lincoln and her son, John D. Johnston; Dennis Hanks, his wife Sarah E. Hanks, their daughters Sarah Jane, Nancy M. and Harriet, and son John Talbot; Squire Hall, his wife Matilda and their son John; and Abraham Lincoln, 13 in all. Sarah E. Hanks and Matilda Hall were daughters of Sarah Bush Johnston Lincoln.

There is no distinct proof of route followed by Lincoln party on 225-mile journey from Gentryville to Decatur, Illinois, except from Vincennes to Lawrenceville. Indiana Lincoln Memorial Way Commission chose Troy-Vincennes trail, which passed through Polk Patch [now Selvin], Petersburg, and Monroe City. Probably four or five days completed 75-mile journey to Vincennes.LL, No. 161.