A Backwoods Boy By bfcarter Period: Feb 12, 1809 to Mar 1, 1837 Abraham Lincoln's Early Years Mar 12, 1809 Abraham Lincoln born near Hodgenville, KY. Dec 19, 1816 Lincoln's father moves the family to Indiana when Lincoln was seven years old. Jun 18, 1818 Young Lincoln loses his second mother to when she died of "milk sickness." Aug 5, 1826 At the age of 17, Abraham left home to work as a ferryman's helper on the Ohio River. Feb 13, 1830 Young Lincoln helped his father and stepmother move to central Illinois. May 21, 1832 Finding himself at loose ends, Lincoln decided to run for the Illinois state legislature. Nov 25, 1834 Lincoln again decided to run for public office. He placed second in a field of thirteen candidates and was one of four men elected to the Illinoise House of Representatives. Mar 1, 1837 After three years of studying, Lincoln padded his law exams and was admitted to practice law on this date in history.