Josiah Mordecai Lincoln (1773 - 1835) MP

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Nicknames: "Joseph Lincoln"
Birthplace: Linville, Rockingham, Virginia
Death: Died in Depauw, Harrison, Indiana, United States
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About Josiah Mordecai Lincoln

Uncle of President Abraham Lincoln, little is known of his life in Kentucky where he settled with his father at an early age. He became a farmer and President Lincoln wrote the following about Josiah and the family line: "I knew Mordecai and Josiah Lincoln intimately. They were excellent men, plain, moderately educated, candid in their manners and intercourse and looked upon as honorable as any men I have heard of". (Letter of Henry Pittle, June 17, 1865; see "Herndon's Life of Abraham Lincoln, Vol. I, p 7.)

One of the many stories that President Lincoln told was the death of his grandfather for whom he was named. Josiah was witness to the murder of his father Abraham Lincoln (the elder).

Dr. Warren in his "Lincoln's Parentage and Childhood", page 8, describes the death of pioneer Abraham Lincoln. "Abraham Lincoln, with his three sons, Mordecai, Josiah and Thomas was busily engaged in the field putting in a crop of corn. Without warning they were attacked by two of three Indians. The father was killed at the first fusillade. Josiah, then thirteen years of age, started for Hughes' Station, half a mile away, where the family was then making their home in one of the fort's eight cabins. Mordecai and Thomas aged fifteen and ten respectively, made for a cabin nearby, which Abraham had erected and where the family would make their home as soon as safety would allow. An Indian despising the ability of Mordecai's marksmanship stepped out of the thicket to secure the scalp of the paleface. Mordecai from within the cabin took aim at a silver pendant on the breast of the Indian and brought him down. Josiah had reached the fort and warned the settlers, who started in pursuit of the redskins." On page 297, he fixes the time of this massacre as May 1786, through the papers in a suit in the Nelson Circuit Court. Josiah moved to Harrison County in southern Indiana.

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1773
July 10, 1773
Linville, Rockingham, Virginia
1801
February 28, 1801
Age 27
Kentucky, United States
1802
1802
Age 28
Washington, Kentucky, United States
1806
1806
Age 32
Washington, Kentucky, United States
1809
1809
Age 35
Kentucky, United States
1810
March 2, 1810
Age 36
Kentucky, United States
1815
July 16, 1815
Age 42
Blue River Township, Harrison, Indiana, United States
1817
December 23, 1817
Age 44
Harrison, Indiana, United States
1835
September 19, 1835
Age 62
Depauw, Harrison, Indiana, United States
September, 1835
Age 62
Depauw, Harrison, Indiana, United States