Near Springfield in Washington County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
The Inheritance of Mordecai Lincoln
Mordecai Lincoln, uncle to President Abraham Lincoln, lived in this house from around 1797 to 1811.
His father, Captain Abraham Lincoln, the grandfather and namesake of the future president, came to Jefferson County, Virginia, in 1782. In May 1786, Captain Abraham was killed by a group of Native Americans in present-day Jefferson County. He was working in the fields with his sons, Mordecai, Josiah, and Thomas (President Lincolnís father). Mordecai took charge, ordered Josiah to alert the nearby settlement and told Thomas to remain by their fatherís lifeless body. The fight continued. Mordecai retrieved a gun from the family cabin and then killed the man who threatened Thomasís life. This incident not only left the Lincoln family without a father, but also had a long-term financial impact on the Lincoln brothers.
According to Virginia Law, Mordecai, as the oldest son, inherited his fatherís entire estate, which included more than 5,000 acres. This law also affected Thomas Lincolnís path through life. Lacking a formal education, he made a living by hard labor, eventually becoming a carpenter and cabinetmaker.
By 1803, Thomas had enough money on hand to purchase a 238-acre Hardin County farm near Mill Creek for $574.07. Thomas spent the remainder of his life working as a farmer, carpenter, and cabinetmaker,
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 Abrahamís only term in Congress.
1860 Abraham Lincoln elected President of the United States in November.
1865 Abraham Lincoln assassinated at Fordís Theatre in Washington, D.C.
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Location. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 5079 Lincoln Park Road, Springfield KY 40069, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Lincoln Cabin (approx. 0.9 miles away); Nancy Hanks and Thomas Lincoln (approx. 0.9 miles away); The Marriage of Nancy & Thomas Lincoln (approx. 0.9 miles away); Lincoln Homestead State Park (approx. 0.9 miles away); a different marker also named The Lincoln Cabin (approx. 0.9 miles away); a different marker also named Lincoln Homestead State Park (approx. 0.9 miles away); The Nancy Hanks Memorial (approx. 0.9 miles away); The Berry Cabin (approx. 0.9 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Springfield.
More about this marker. On the upper right is a location map.
On the lower right are document images with the caption, "Virginia treasury warrants were purchased by individuals seeking to claim land on the new frontier in the late 18th century. This 1782 warrant was one of several issued to “Abraham Linkhorne,” grandfather of the future president of the United States Abraham Lincoln, for the sum of “three-thousand-six hundred & thirty pounds.” Courtesy of the Kentucky Land Office, Office of the Kentucky Secretary of State.
Also see . . .
1. Kentucky Lincoln Heritage Trail. (Submitted on August 20, 2011, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.)
2. Lincoln Homestead State Park. Kentucky State Parks (Submitted on August 20, 2011, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.)
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 352 times since then and 18 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.