Cloverport in Breckinridge County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
Lincoln Family Trail
Erected by Kentucky Department of Highways. (Marker Number 73.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Settlements & Settlers • Waterways & Vessels. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #16 Abraham Lincoln series list.
Location. 37° 50.223′ N, 86° 38.073′ W. Marker is in Cloverport, Kentucky, in Breckinridge County. Marker is at the intersection of West Main Street (Kentucky Route 2200) and Center Street, on the right when traveling west on West Main Street. Marker is located in a pull-out on the north side of the street, overlooking the Ohio River, across Main Street from Cloverport Baptist Church. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 314 West Main Street, Cloverport KY 40111, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. First Coal Oil (within Hawesville Railroad Station (approx. 7.6 miles away); County Named - 1829 (approx. 7.7 miles away); Courthouse Burned (approx. 10.2 miles away); County Named, 1799 (approx. 10.2 miles away); Veterans Memorial (approx. 10.8 miles away in Indiana); Tell City Hall (approx. 10.8 miles away in Indiana); A Bit of Swiss (approx. 10.8 miles away in Indiana).
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1. Lincoln Family Move to Indiana. Lincoln’s family moved to Indiana in 1816, when Lincoln was seven years old. Incidentally, this was also the year in which Indiana became a state. The Lincoln family moved to Spencer County, which was formed earlier that year as well. There are varied accounts/reasons as to why the family planned the move. These reasons include conflict over land titles in Kentucky and the need to get away from slavery. The family settled on the banks of Pigeon Creek, where Thomas Lincoln built a cabin. Abraham Lincoln remained in Indiana from 1816-1830, from the time that he was seven years old to when he was 21 years old. (Submitted on July 6, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
2. 1816 The Lincolns leave Kentucky (Submitted on July 6, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
3. The Lincolns followed the old pioneer trail (established in 1802). The Lincolns left Kentucky by crossing the Ohio River at Cloverport on a log ferry operated by Jacob Weatherholt, from mouth of Clover Creek, through Thompson's Ferry, which operated on the Ohio River in the vicinity of the mouth of Anderson Creek, to Tobinsport, Indiana. The next day, the Lincoln family made their way down to Rock Island (Indiana), and camped at "Lafayette Springs". Next they stopped at Troy, and then on to take up a Federal Land Claim near Little Pigeon Creek in what was then Perry County and is now Spencer County, Indiana. (Submitted on July 6, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
4. Lincoln Family Trail. Abraham Lincoln recounted the reason for this move as “partly on account of slavery; but chiefly on account of the difficulty in land titles in Kentucky.” Challenges to land titles were common in the early years of Kentucky, and the experience of Thomas Lincoln was no exception. Thomas fought to keep his two farms near Hodgenville, Kentucky, but was compelled to vacate each due to the competing claims of other land owners. The westward migration of the Lincoln family was not uncommon, as many Kentucky families moved to the newly organized states of Indiana (1816) and Illinois (1818). (Submitted on July 7, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
Credits. This page was last revised on November 19, 2019. It was originally submitted on July 6, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 65 times since then and 12 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on July 6, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.