- H. Thomas Lincoln1780 - 1851
- W. Sarah Bush1788 - 1869
m. 2 Dec 1819
Facts and Events
||6 JAN 1778
||Rockingham County, Virginia
||20 Jan 1780
||Rockingham, Virginia, United States
||12 Jun 1806
||Washington, Kentucky, United Statesto Nancy Hanks
||Lancaster, Pennsylvania, United Statesto Alice DeHaven
||2 Dec 1819
||Hardin, Kentucky, United States[2nd wife]
to Sarah Bush
||17 Jan 1851
||Beechland, Kentucky, United States
||Thomas Lincoln Cemetery, Coles, Illinois, United States
- the text in this section is copied from an article in Wikipedia
Thomas Lincoln (January 6, 1778 – January 17, 1851) was an American farmer, carpenter and father of President Abraham Lincoln. Although Thomas descends from colonial Puritans and Quakers, he was a staunch Baptist. Unlike some of his ancestors, Thomas could not write, but he was a well-respected community and church member known for his honesty. Lincoln struggled to make a successful living for his family and met challenges of Kentucky real estate border disputes, the early death of his first wife and the integration of his second wife's family into his own family before making his final home in Illinois.
Photo of Thomas' tombstone on FindAGrave.com
- AUTUMN 1815. Hardin County. "Before leaving Kentucky he Abraham and his sister were sent for short periods, to A. B. C. schools, the first kept by Zachariah Riney, and the second by Caleb Hazel." The Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, Roy P. Basler, Editor, Rutgers; 1953 IV, 61. [Riney, a Catholic, presumably kept subscription school on location of present town of Athertonville, two miles northeast of Lincoln's farm. Sarah and Abraham attended this school for a few weeks in fall of 1815. In fall of 1816 Caleb Hazel, who lived across the road from the Lincolns, taught the school. Albert J. Beveridge, Abraham Lincoln 1809-1858, I, 28.]
- OCTOBER 12 1816. Thomas Lincoln signs marriage bond of Caleb Hazel, his nearest neighbor and Abraham's schoolteacher. Marriage Bonds, 1816, Hardin Circuit Court; Warren, 119-20.]
- Source Miers, Earl Schenck, Editor; Baringer, William E. Lincoln Day by Day: A Chronology, 1809-1865, Volume I: 1809-1848 . Washington, D. C.: Lincoln Sesquicentennial Commission, 1960. [format: book], [genre: biography]. :Permission: :Northern Illinois University
- Persistent link to this document: http://lincoln.lib.niu.edu/file.php?file=miers1.html
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 Genealogy.com. Ancestry of Abraham Lincoln.
- ↑ International Genealogical Index. (LDS Church, 1999-2005).
- ↑ International Genealogical Index. (LDS Church, 1999-2005), Batch 8480804, Sheet 16, Source call no. 1395858 Type: Film.
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 Lea, J. Henry; Hutchinson, J. R. The Ancestry of Abraham Lincoln, Second Publisher: HeritageQuest Online, Second Address: http:/www.heritagequestonline.com/. (Houghton Mifflin Co., Boston, 1909), page 80.
- Roberts, Gary Boyd. Ancestors of American Presidents. (Boston, Massachusetts: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2009), p. 49.
Thomas Lincoln, b. Augusta (now Rockingham) Co, VA, 6 Jan 1778. d. near Farmington, IL, 17 Jan 1851. m. Beech Creek, Washington Co, KY 12 Jun 1806 to Nancy Hanks.
- ↑ Thomas Lincoln's tombstone and memorial page, in Find A Grave.
- Miami Daily News and Metropolis. Audubon's Whisky (Louisville Courier-Journal), 11 Nov 1929.
The Miami News, 11 Nov 1929
Audubon's Whisky, (Louisville Courier-Journal)
Only a few years later, Thomas Lincoln, Abraham's father, loaded about 400 gallons of the best whisky he could find on his flatboat on Rolling Fork, near the mouth of Knob creek, and he took it to Indiana. Despite the upsetting of his craft at the mouth of Salt river, he recovered most of his cargo. Tom Lincoln was not a distiller, although an uncle of the same name owned a still house in Fayette county. However, the Rolling Fork country was noted for the quality of its whisky, both then and later. Possibly Lincoln bought his liquor of Peter Atherton, then the ferry-keeper of Knob creek. Atherton established nearby what later was to be the largest distillery in the world.
Ever since the revolution, the farmers of the west had made whisky. There were few roads. A pack-horse could carry only four bushels of grain over the mountains, but in the form of whisky the product of 24 bushels could be carried. It was when Alexander Hamilton sought to levy the excise tax on these farmers that the "Whisky Rebellion" broke out.
One of the chief mediums of exchange among the pioneers was "good merchantable whisky." Corn, therefore, was not only the principal food crop, but the main money crop. In liquid form, corn was a safer investment than in the shape of meat, either alive or packed. When Tom Lincoln carried whisky in barrels to Indiana, he was merely carrying the products of his farm, whether he made the liquor himself - which is unlikely - or took it to Peter Atherton or someone else to be distilled. When Audubon and his partner, Rozier, and years later Abraham Lincoln himself, dealt in whisky as merchants, they were selling it as a farm product, like so much tobacco, smoked hams, or meal.
Peter Athertons' father Aaron Atherton was already operating the Knob Creek distillery.
Thomas Lincoln, worked for a short time for Aaron Atherton and Wattie Boone's distillery. Thomas was efficient in wood making and probably made bourban casks for the distillery.