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Captain Abraham Lincoln, I

Also Known As: "Adai"
Birthplace: Berks County, Province of Pennsylvania, Colonial America
Death: May 04, 1786 (41)
Jefferson County, Virginia (Present Kentucky), United States (Shot by Native American)
Place of Burial: Eastwood, Jefferson County, Kentucky, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of John Lincoln, I and Rebecca Lincoln
Husband of Bathsheba Cofer
Father of Mordecai Lincoln, I; Josiah Lincoln; Mary Ada Crume; Thomas Herring Lincoln, I; Nancy Ann Brumfield and 1 other
Brother of Hannah Harrison; Lydia Lincoln; Isaac Lincoln; Lt. Jacob Lincoln; John Lincoln, II and 3 others
Half brother of Abraham Lincoln and Jonathan Morris

Occupation: Captain/Trader/Field Worker, Owned 2, 000 acres on the Green River, Army Captain Revolutionary War, Farmer, Captain, tanner, farmer, GrandPa of Abe Lincoln
Managed by: Noel Clark Bush
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About Captain Abraham Lincoln, I

A Patriot of the American Revolution for VIRGINIA with the rank of CAPTAIN. DAR Ancestor #: A070398 Some historians give the early spelling of this surname as "Linkhorn" or "Linkern".

Find A Grave Memorial # 6939478.

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Abraham Lincoln (13 May 1744 – May 1786) was the grandfather of U.S. President Abraham Lincoln. Lincoln was a militia captain during the American Revolution, and a pioneer settler of Kentucky.

Captain Abraham Lincoln was a descendant of Samuel Lincoln (1622 – 1690), who was born in Hingham, Norfolk, England, and who, as a weaver's apprentice, emigrated to Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1637. Abraham's father John Lincoln (1716 – 1788) was born in Monmouth County in the province of New Jersey, and grew up in the Schuylkill river valley in the province of Pennsylvania. Typical of his class, John Lincoln learned a trade, in his case weaving, to practice alongside the subsistence farming necessary on the colonial frontier. His father Mordecai died when John was barely twenty years old. The Lincoln home farm on Heister's Creek, in what is now Exeter Township, Berks County, was left to John's half-brothers, the children of his father's second marriage. In 1743, John Lincoln married Rebecca Flowers Morris (1720 – 1806), daughter of Enoch Flowers of Caernarvon Township, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Rebecca was the widow of James Morris and the mother of a young son, Jonathan Morris.

Abraham Lincoln was born 13 May 1744 in what is now Berks County, Pennsylvania. Abraham was the first child born to John and Rebecca Lincoln, who had nine children in all: Abraham born 1744, twins Hannah and Lydia born 1748, Isaac born 1750, Jacob born 1751, John born 1755, Sarah born 1757, Thomas born 1761, and Rebecca born 1767.

His life: Abraham Lincoln learned the tanner's trade and later took his brother John as his apprentice. A prominent tanner of Berks County in those days was James Boone (1709 – 1785), uncle to Daniel Boone. James Boone was a near neighbor to the Lincolns of Heister's Creek, and his daughter Anne was married to John Lincoln's half-brother. This family connection may have influenced Abraham's choice of occupation.

In 1768 Abraham's father John Lincoln purchased land in the Shenandoah Valley in the colony of Virginia. He settled his family on a 600-acre (2.4 km2) tract on Linville Creek in Augusta County (now Rockingham County). In 1773, John and Rebecca Lincoln divided their tract with their two eldest sons, Abraham and Isaac. Abraham built a house on his land, across Linville Creek from his parents' home.

In 1770 Abraham Lincoln was issued a marriage license in Augusta County, Virginia. His wife was Bathsheba Herring (c. 1742 – 1836), a daughter of Alexander Herring (c. 1708–1778) and his wife Abigail Harrison (c. 1710 – c. 1780) of Linville Creek. Five children were born to Abraham and Bathsheba Lincoln: Mordecai born circa 1771, Josiah born circa 1773, Mary born circa 1775, Thomas born 1778, and Nancy born 1780.

During the American Revolutionary War, Abraham served as a captain of the Augusta County militia, and with the organization of Rockingham County in 1778, he served as a captain for that county. He was in command of sixty of his neighbors, ready to be called out by the governor of Virginia and marched where needed. Captain Lincoln's company served under General Lachlan McIntosh in the fall and winter of 1778, assisting in the construction of Fort McIntosh in Pennsylvania and Fort Laurens in Ohio.

In 1780, Abraham Lincoln sold his land on Linville Creek, and in 1781 he moved his family to Kentucky, then a district of the commonwealth of Virginia. The family settled in Jefferson County, about twenty miles (32 km) east of the site of Louisville. The territory was still contested by Indians living across the Ohio River. For protection the settlers lived near frontier forts, called stations, to which they retreated when the alarm was given. Abraham Lincoln settled near Hughes's Station on Floyd's Fork and began clearing land, planting corn, and building a cabin.

Death: One day in May 1786, Abraham Lincoln was working in his field with his three sons when he was shot from the nearby forest and fell to the ground. The eldest boy, Mordecai, ran to the cabin where a loaded gun was kept, while the middle son, Josiah, ran to Hughes's Station for help. Thomas, the youngest, stood in shock by his father. From the cabin, Mordecai observed an Indian come out of the forest and stop by his father's body. The Indian reached for Thomas, either to kill him or to carry him off. Mordecai took careful aim and shot the Indian in the chest, killing him.

Tradition states that Captain Abraham Lincoln was buried by his cabin, which is now the site of Long Run Baptist Church and cemetery near Eastwood, Kentucky. A stone memorializing Captain Abraham Lincoln was placed in the cemetery in 1937.

Bathsheba Lincoln was left a widow with five underage children. She moved the family away from the Ohio River, to Washington County, Kentucky, where the country was more thickly settled and there was less danger of Indian attack. Under the law then operating, Mordecai Lincoln, as the eldest son, inherited two-thirds of his father's estate when he reached the age of twenty-one, with Bathsheba receiving one-third. The other children inherited nothing. Life was hard, particularly for Thomas, the youngest, who got little schooling and was forced to go to work at a young age.

In later years Thomas Lincoln would recount the story of the day his father died to his son, Abraham Lincoln, the future sixteenth president of the United States of America. "The story of his death by the Indians," the president later wrote, "and of Uncle Mordecai, then fourteen years old, killing one of the Indians, is the legend more strongly than all others imprinted on my mind and memory."

Abraham Lincoln, Berks Co., Pennsylvania 13 May 1744-killed by Indians Jefferson Co., Ky. prob. May 1786, license Augusta Co., Va. 9 July 1770 5. Bathsheba (said to be Herring), c. 1750-c. 1836

Abraham Lincoln was a poor and rather plain man. He was the grandfather of President Abraham Lincoln. He migrated to the northwest part of NC, to the waters of the Catwba River. He brought his family from VA to KY about 1782 and settled near Hughes Station, in Jefferson County, some 20 miles east of Louisville. A few years afterward was killed by an indian

One morning in early summer of 1785, going out to his daily task in the fields with his two elder sons (Mordecai and Josiah) and the child Thomas, Abraham Lincoln was shot dead by an Indian from an ambush in the forest. The two young men, age twenty-one and nineteen respectivley, fled-the elder to the cabin and the younger to the nearest stockade, Fort Hughes, leaving the helpless child Thomas, of five years, to his fate beside his father's body. As the savage stooped to lift the terrified child from the gound, Mordecai, who had secured his rife, shot the Indian through the head and little Thomas, thus released, escaped to the cabin, where his brother held the enemy at bay until Josiah returned from the fort with asistance and the assailants fled.

The following information is from the web page “My Southern Family” retrieved October 30, 2007 from "KIA by Indians, Washington Co., Kentucky."

Abraham Lincoln (1744-1786) was the grandfather of President Abraham Lincoln, Sarah Lincoln, daughter of Nancy Hanks, son-in-law of Thomas Lincoln and a Captain in the American Revolution. He was a farmer in Amity, Pennsylvania and married to Bathsheba Herring. Lincoln was killed by Native Americans after moving to Kentucky. Born in Amity, Pennsylvania to George Winston Lincoln and Martha Lincoln, he was the second of four children and was raised in Pennsylvania by his mother. He was a very intelligent boy and attended the Amity Primary School in 1751 with his siblings. He was a good historian and he became a farmer in Amity. In 1769 he married Bathsheba Herring and had five children.

During the revolution they lived in Rockingham County, Virginia. In the early 1780's the family moved to Jefferson County, Kentucky.

In May 1786 he was killed by Native Americans and buried in Amity's Cemetery Area Resting Place.

Born in 1744 or 1736. Died in 1786? 1st wife Mary Shipley. 2nd wife Bathsheba Herring.

Father of Mordecai, Josiah, ~Mary, Nancy (5th), and (4th) THOMAS (b.1776 or 8, he married Nancy Hanks 1806-- 3 children: their son ABRAHAM LINCOLN became our U.S. President)!

His great-great grandfather, Samuel Lincoln, was born in 1619 in Hingham, ENGLAND.

He came to Hingham, Mass., in 1638. (Married a Martha__).

Killed by Indians protecting the boys & homestead area in KY.

Capt of Militia in Rev War (VA)

Captain of the Augusta County militia during the American Revolution. He was inspired to become a tanner from his neighbor James Boone, nephew of Daniel Boone. While working in the fields one day with his sons, he was ambushed and shot by an Indian; while his youngest son Thomas stood by in shock, his oldest son Mordecai ran to the cabin to get a rifle. Before the Indian could harm Thomas, Mordecai shot him in the chest, killing him.

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Captain Abraham Lincoln, I's Timeline

May 13, 1744
Berks County, Province of Pennsylvania, Colonial America
Age 26
Linville Creek, Rockingham County, Virginia, Colonial America
July 10, 1773
Age 29
Linville, Rockingham County, Virginia, Colonial America
January 20, 1775
Age 30
Linville, Rockingham County, Virginia, Colonial America
January 6, 1778
Age 33
Linville Creek, Augusta County, Virginia, United States
March 25, 1780
Age 35
Rockingham County, Virginia, United States
May 4, 1786
Age 41
Jefferson County, Virginia (Present Kentucky), United States
May 4, 1786
Age 41
Eastwood, Jefferson County, Kentucky, United States