Date of Birth: February 12, 1809
Place of Birth: Hodgenville, Kentucky
Date of Death: April 15, 1865
Place of Death: Petersen House, Washington, D.C.
Ethnicity: English, small amounts of Dutch and Scots-Irish (Northern Irish), possibly distant Irish
Abraham Lincoln was an American politician and lawyer. As a member of the Republican Party, he served as the 16th President of the United States, from March 4, 1861 to April 15, 1865. He was elected to the position in 1860 and 1864. As a member of the Whig Party, he was previously a Member of the Illinois House of Representatives, from 1834 to 1842, and a Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Illinois, from March 4, 1847 to March 3, 1849.
President Lincoln was the son of Nancy (Hanks) and Thomas Lincoln. He was the spouse of Mary Todd Lincoln. He was of English ancestry, along with a smaller amount of Dutch and Scots-Irish (Northern Irish) roots. He may have also had distant Irish roots, with two ancestors with the surnames “McLaughlin” and “McKinley”.
President Lincoln’s paternal grandfather was Abraham Lincoln (the son of John Lincoln and Rebecca Flowers/Flower). John was the son of Mordecai Lincoln and Hannah Salter/Saltar. Rebecca was the daughter of Enoch Flowers and Rebecca Barnard/Bernard.
President Lincoln’s paternal grandmother was Bathsheba Herring (the daughter of Alexander Herring and Abigail Harrison). Alexander was the son of Alexander Herring, who was of Dutch descent, and of Margaret. Abigail was the daughter of Isaiah Harrison, who was from Chester, Cheshire, England, and of Abigail Smith.
The identity of President Lincoln’s biological maternal grandfather remains undetermined.
President Lincoln’s maternal grandmother was Lucy Hanks (the daughter of Joseph Hanks and Ann “Nancy”/”Nanny” Lee). Joseph was the son of John Hanks and Catherine Williams. Ann was the daughter of William Lee, who was of Scots-Irish (Northern Irish) descent, from Ulster, and of Anne.
President Lincoln’s mother was the half-sister of Mary Ann Sparrow, who was the maternal great-great-great-great-grandmother of actor George Clooney (they were both the daughters of Lucy Hanks). This makes President Lincoln and George Clooney half-first cousins, five times removed. President Lincoln is also a third cousin, four times removed, of actor Tom Hanks. President Lincoln’s maternal great-great-grandparents, John Hanks and Catherine, were also the paternal six times great-grandparents of Tom Hanks.
DNA testing of Abraham’s matrilineal line – https://www.familytreedna.com
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