The Lincoln family first came to America in the seventeenth century, originally settling in the Massachusetts Bay colony. The Lincolns continued to move throughout the colonies, settling in present-day New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. Thomas Lincoln, father to future president Abraham Lincoln, was born on January 7, 1778, in Rockingham County, Virginia, to Captain Abraham and Bathsheba Lincoln. He was the youngest of three sons and the fourth of five children.
Captain Abraham Lincoln secured multiple Virginia land-office treasury warrants in 1780 and 1782, in order to claim, "secure," and improve upon the land of any Virginia County. Many Virginia families moved west to present-day Kentucky during the late 1770s and 1780s. In the spirit of this much larger westward expansion, the Lincoln family migrated from eastern Virginia to Jefferson County, Virginia, in 1782. The Lincolns would have used the main land access point at Cumberland Gap and traveled to Jefferson County using the Wilderness Road. In May 1786, Captain Abraham was killed by Native Americans, in present-day Jefferson County, while working the land with his sons, Mordecai, Josiah, and Thomas.
Kentucky Lincoln Heritage Trail
1809 Abraham Lincoln born at Sinking Spring farm, in present-day Larue County, Kentucky.
1816 Lincoln family moved from Kentucky.
1841 Abraham Lincoln visited his friend Joshua Speed at Farmington, the Speed family plantation, in Louisville, Kentucky.
1842 Abraham Lincoln married Mary Todd of Lexington, Kentucky.
1847 The Lincoln family visited Lexington, Kentucky, en route to Abraham's only term in Congress.
1860 Abraham Lincoln elected President of the United States in November.
1865 Abraham Lincoln assassinated at Ford's Theatre in Washington, D.C.
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