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work as a surveyor was first documented by Adin Baber, a surveyor
from southeastern Illinois. While researching his genealogical
connection to the family of Lincolnís mother, Nancy Hanks, Mr.
Baber began to document Abraham Lincolnís surveying work.
his death in the 1970s, Mr. Baber researched early surveying
instruments made by the Hanks family, studied the surveying laws
under which Abraham Lincoln worked, and resurveyed and redrew
plats from many original Lincoln surveys. He visited the
towns Lincoln helped lay out and even located some of the bearing
trees Lincoln used to establish critical survey points.
Baber then published a book, A. Lincoln with Compass and Chain,
to document his research. This book contains much of the
information we know today about how Lincoln practiced surveying,
and it became the impetus for the Lincoln Surveyor Statue Project.
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