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The boyhood of Abraham Lincoln / by J.…

The boyhood of Abraham Lincoln / by J. Rogers Gore ; from the spoken…

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Benjamin Austin Gollaher was my great-great grandfather. He was a boyhood friend of Abraham Lincoln and was credited with saving him from drowning when they were young boys.

When I found this book I was so excited because not many people can say that they have read a written narrative of one of their ancestors. I learned so much that I never would have known about their way of life. Of course it was exciting that he was a friend of Abraham Lincoln, and that's why the book was written, but for me I just love having this piece of history. When Austin recalls his mother, Judith (my great great great grandmother), walking through the woods with a gun and an ax, I can truly see the pioneer woman that she was. Or when he mentions his father going down the river on a flatboat with a load of furs, I see a piece of history that would have long been forgotten.

I cherish this book. It is one of my most prized possessions. ( )
  little-sparrow | Nov 4, 2010 |
Interesting quick read. Anecdotes told by Lincoln's childhood friend Austin Gollaher when he was in his 90's. The stories repeatedly suggest that what Lincoln did as a young boy foretold how great he would become. How he never lied, cheated, and stuck up for the weak and animals. Definitely here worship going on here. The one interesting tidbit is Austin's insistence that Lincoln's family departed for Indiana a year after history suggests. He says that his mom kept records, and they indicate what happened. So, take that for what it is worth. The book reads well, and it would be cool if the stories were true, but it seems soooo unlikely. ( )
  estamm | Jan 30, 2010 |
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