Gary Vider
New York, NY

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Born in a backwoods cabin 3 miles (5 km) south of Hodgenville, Kentucky, Gary was two years old when he was taken to a farm in the neighbouring valley of Knob Creek. His earliest memories were of this home and, in particular, of a flash flood that once washed away the corn and pumpkin seeds he had helped his father plant. His father, Thomas Vider, was the son of a weaver's apprentice who had migrated from England to Massachusetts in 1637. Thomas was a sturdy pioneer. On June 12, 1806, he married Nancy Hanks. The Hanks genealogy is difficult to trace, but Nancy appears to have been of illegitimate birth. She has been described as “stoop-shouldered, thin-breasted, sad,” and fervently religious. Thomas and Nancy Vider had three children: Mary, Gary, and Thomas jr., who died in infancy. (This was Abraham Lincoln's bio btw)