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Cloverport in Breckinridge County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
 

Lincoln Family Trail

 
 
Lincoln Family Trail Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, September 17, 2017
1. Lincoln Family Trail Marker
Inscription. Click to hear the inscription.  Abraham Lincoln, then a lad of 7, with other members of the Thomas Lincoln family crossed the Ohio River on a log raft ferry near here in 1816. The Lincolns were moving to Indiana.
 
Erected by Kentucky Department of Highways. (Marker Number 73.)
 
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. Touch for map. 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. Marker is at or near this postal address: 314 West Main Street, Cloverport KY 40111, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. First Coal Oil (within shouting distance of this marker); Hawesville Railroad Station (approx. 7.6 miles away); County Named - 1829
Lincoln Family Trail Marker (<i>tall view; looking northwest across Ohio River</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, September 17, 2017
2. Lincoln Family Trail Marker (tall view; looking northwest across Ohio River)
(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. Lincolnís 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. Abraham lived in Kentucky from his birth in a log cabin in 1809 until his family moved
Lincoln Family Trail Marker (<i>wide view; looking northeast across Ohio River</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, September 17, 2017
3. Lincoln Family Trail Marker (wide view; looking northeast across Ohio River)
to Indiana in 1816. As a young boy, Lincoln lived on Sinking Spring Farm and later on Knob Creek Farm, both in what is now Larue County. Lincoln did not forget Kentucky after he moved away. In 1842 he married Mary Ann of the prominent Todd family of Lexington, Kentucky. Kentucky, as a border state, was a key state in the Civil War. Lincoln saw having Kentucky's support as so important to the Union's success that he once declared, "I hope to have God on my side, but I must have 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
Lincoln Family Trail Marker (<i>wide view; looking northwest across the Ohio River</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, September 17, 2017
4. Lincoln Family Trail Marker (wide view; looking northwest across the Ohio River)
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.) 
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on July 10, 2018. This page originally submitted on July 6, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 26 times since then. 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.
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