Family Tree Tuesday – Abraham Lincoln

Posted April 12, 2011 by Amanda | 7 Comments

On April 12, 1861, South Carolina used force remove the U.S. army from their facilities in Charleston. Known as the Battle of Fort Sumter, it marked the beginning of the American Civil War.  Two days after the battle, President Abraham Lincoln called for thousands of volunteers to crush the Southern rebellion.  Four years later, the Confederate forces were defeated by the Union army. Through his leadership and resolve, Lincoln successfully preserved the Union and brought an end to slavery.

Abraham Lincoln was born on February 12, 1809 to Thomas Lincoln and Nancy Hanks. His father was a farmer and both of his parents were active in their Church’s community. When Lincoln was 9, his mother died of milk sickness. He had one older sister Sarah, who died at the age of 20 during childbirth.

In 1842, Lincoln married Mary Todd, who came from a wealthy, slave-holding family in Kentucky. Like many families during the Civil War, Mary found herself on the opposing side of her family. Several of her brothers served in the Confederate Army and a few died in action.

Abraham and Mary had a total of four children, however, their first born, Robert Todd Lincoln, was the only son to live past the age of 18. Robert became a lawyer and in 1881, he was appointed the Secretary of War in President James Garfield‘s administration.

Fun fact: Did you know award winning actor Tom Hanks is a directed descendant of Mary Todd Lincoln? Tom Hanks is Mary Todd Lincoln’s 12th cousin five times removed! Check out Abraham Lincoln’s family tree and see how you’re related!

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  • Scott

    “Fun fact: Did you know award winning actor Tom Hanks is a directed descendant of Mary Todd Lincoln? Tom Hanks is Mary Todd Lincolnu2019s 12th cousin five times removed!”nnIt’s true that Tom Hanks is Mary Todd Lincoln’s 12th cousin 5 times removed, but he is not her descendant and he’s more closely related to Abraham Lincoln. Lincoln’s mother’s maiden name was Hanks and Tom Hanks was Abraham Lincoln’s 4th cousin 4 times removed.

  • Miranda Dingman

    Abe is my 6x great uncle ^-^

  • Rick Williams

    My cousin James Willoghby married Mary Hanks so that makes tom and abraham cousins of mine =)

  • kayla

    i went in aberham lincolns room on 2013 april 18 with my school and i saw dr. fithian and joe cannon and his daughters room and play room and they had no water back then so ill say im getting washed up first u now why because they had to share and they used nasty soap im glad i was born in 2004 and u now how old aberham lincoln is now he is 204 i cant beleive that and at t5he house dr. fithian williams made4 well today was awesome

  • Mason35

    Hi, can anybody help me, I’m looking for Amasa Lincoln, B:25.6.1762 – D:28.10.1823. Son of Elkanah. I would like to know how he was related to President Abraham Lincoln. It was his his father’s deathbed wish that he sail to England and be made a mason, which he did in 1794. He sailed to Cowes, Isle of Wight, on the ship ‘Eli’ and was made a mason in Medena Lodge along with the ship’s mate Peleg Barker.

  • DragonHeart.

    I’m related also, bht I’m not sure how.

  • Shirley

    Once source I read said that confirmation could not be positively made of Lincoln’s maternal grandparents. What information do you have regarding Nancy Hanks Ancestors?