Abraham Lincoln

by Joeytwo2 on September 28, 2012

Date of Birth: February 12, 1809

Place of Birth: Hodgenville, Kentucky, U.S.

Date of Death: April 15, 1865

Place of Death: Petersen House, Washington, D.C., U.S.

Ethnicity: English, more distant Scots-Irish/Northern Irish, possibly small amounts of Irish and Dutch

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. He was the first Republican Party President. 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 married to Mary Todd Lincoln, with whom he had four children. He had English ancestry, along with a smaller amount of Scots-Irish/Northern Irish roots. He may have also had more distant Irish forebears, with ancestors surnamed McLaughlin and McKinley.

President Lincoln’s paternal grandfather was Abraham Lincoln (the son of John Lincoln and Rebecca Flowers/Flower). President Lincoln’s grandfather Abraham was born in Pennsylvania. 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). Bathsheba was born in Virginia. Alexander was the son of Alexander Herring, who may have been 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). Lucy was born in Virginia. Joseph was the son of John Hanks and Catherine Williams. Ann was the daughter of William Lee, who had Scots-Irish/Northern Irish ancestry, 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.

Sources: Genealogies of President Lincoln – http://www.geni.com

DNA testing of President Lincoln’s matrilineal line – https://www.familytreedna.com

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madman February 1, 2018 at 7:17 pm

Just to point out some contradictions and additional information.

1. Geni says that Alexander Herring had Dutch ancestry, while wikitree says he was English.
2. William Lee was born in either Derry, Northern Ireland, or in Richmond County, Virginia. His father was born in Northern Ireland, according to geni.com.
3. Also according to geni.com, Lincoln also has, through William Lee’s mother, 1/256th Native American ancestry. The ancestor’s name was Unity Croshaw, and her description reads: “There is not a chance that this woman was English. If anything, she was a Pamunkey… This woman’s lineage is unknown, but since he lived with the tribes at Werowocomoco, she is definitely in their number.”
4. Add about Lincoln’s maternal grandfather that he is sometimes cited as Michael Tanner, who was German.

andrew July 15, 2016 at 4:20 pm
madman January 24, 2016 at 3:46 pm

CORRECTION: Lincoln also has Dutch and Scots-Irish (Northern Irish) ancestry. His second great-grandfather, Alexander Herring, was born in Delaware and had Dutch ancestry. His second great-grandfather, William Lee III, was born in Derry, Northern Ireland. His fifth great-grandmother’s, Elizabeth McLaughlin’s, and his seventh great-grandmother’s, Flossie McKinley’s, surnames also indicate Irish ancestry.

bearboy January 10, 2016 at 9:02 am

How do we know for a fact hypothetically speaking if president Lincoln was alive to take a DNA test he wouldn’t have any remote Sub-Saharan African DNA? Of course his parents weren’t of majority African descent but who really knows 500-1,000 years ago. I mean it was a surprise when president Obama’s mother was descended from John Punch.

phaedra January 2, 2016 at 9:58 pm

I find it weird that the forefathers of America were usually British/Irish when over half of America was colonized by the French, German, Dutch and Spaniards. How did the Brits get so much power?

Seger February 25, 2016 at 4:00 pm

Most people in colonial America, whether they were born or emigrated here, were of British stock. It’s as simple as that! They called the shots.

While it’s true that the Dutch, French & Spanish founded colonies that would later become states, they were mostly settled by the descendants of Yankees (New Englanders), & also further heavy migration during the 19th century from: Germany, Scandinavia, Ireland & Britain.

While our culture has been enriched by many sources — our core cultural roots are British.

savanna January 2, 2016 at 1:51 pm

‘New study of the matrilineal kin of Abraham Lincoln’s mother Nancy Hanks has demonstrated that Lincoln’s mitochondrial DNA belonged to a very rare haplogroup X1c, and has provided evidence of the maternal ancestry of Nancy Hanks Lincoln.’ https://www.familytreedna.com/public/HanksDNAProject/default.aspx?section=news


hesh123 August 25, 2015 at 7:50 pm
sparkles180 August 17, 2015 at 1:57 am

I was always confused about his ethnicity because of the part black rumors.

cwm85 July 21, 2015 at 3:29 pm

Why do some people claim he was black? I don’t see it in this picture and if he was his ancestry had to be low.

strawberry20 June 18, 2014 at 6:11 pm

i thought he had some welsh instead of dutch. cuz i red in wikipedia he was purely english but had ancestor coming from wales

Gogoboots June 17, 2014 at 8:29 pm

Actually looking at this argument I researched this through geni.com and Abraham Lincoln has a very, very, very, very, very, etc remote African ancestor. Lincoln is a descendant of Alexander Lindsay of Crawford who had a 45th time great grandfather named Quintus Marcius Barea, Proconsul of the Africa Province born in the year 28.

follers June 17, 2014 at 8:36 pm

If this is true, then I would assume every person of European descent is descended from Quintus Marcius Barea by now.

Gogoboots June 17, 2014 at 8:46 pm

Yea I realize that. If you go back far enough Europeans and everyone else for that matter are probably of almost every ethnicity/race. Just like how English people are of French, Spanish, Serbian etc ethnicities being a descendant of King Edward III. Is that correct?

follers June 17, 2014 at 8:49 pm
andrew June 18, 2014 at 8:33 am


andrew February 1, 2018 at 4:30 pm

Quintus Marcius Barea was ethnically Roman, he belonged to the gens Marcia

Btw I’ve calculated that Lincoln and Ethan Hawke are 6th cousins, six times revoved, through the notable settler Obadiah Holmes and his wife

Famouskin.com omitted this

ashash June 18, 2014 at 1:09 am

Can you post a source for this?

andrew June 18, 2014 at 8:34 am

most likely a Roman from North Africa, not a black man

Petrarca April 18, 2014 at 8:07 am

There is a legend that he has some crypto-jew background, but who knows for certain.

follers June 17, 2014 at 8:37 pm

How can there be a “legend”? His ancestry is very well documented, except for his maternal grandfather, but none of the possible candidates for that title were Jewish. And there’s no such thing as a “Crypto-Jew”.

follers March 28, 2014 at 8:44 pm

I removed the African thing for being comically absurd. Neither of the two sources cite any evidence or name any ancestors. One of them stated: “His mother was from an Ethiopian Tribe and his father was an African American.”

Joeytwo2 March 28, 2014 at 9:30 pm

Well you claim I didn’t name the ancestors but I clearly stated that the information was unverified! Which in other words made the idea quite clear that I didn’t believe the likeliness of him having African roots but instead I want to point out the fact that many other sources were making this claim. If I sourced the one that stated the idea that his father was an African American than I posted the wrong page but I don’t see this as, “Comically absurd.”

follers March 28, 2014 at 9:34 pm

What is the evidence that he had African ancestry? What was the name of his last African-American ancestor? Or his last “unverified” African-American ancestor?

Joeytwo2 March 28, 2014 at 9:45 pm

“Unverified” not haven been confirmed, substantiated, or proven to be true. As I tried explaining in my last comment and in the post it wasn’t proven to be true, on the other hand I wanted to share a claim that people have been making. I didn’t believe it was true so unlike the other ethnicities I announced “Unverified.” If I shouldn’t mention the claims pages are making okay I won’t…

ashash June 18, 2014 at 1:08 am

One of them stated: “His mother was from an Ethiopian Tribe and his father was an African American.”

lol …

follers June 18, 2014 at 1:23 am

Well, yes, interracial marriage was illegal in Kentucky at the time, so Lincoln’s parents could only marry within their own black race.

bearboy October 13, 2017 at 2:46 pm

1. How is an Ethiopian marrying an African American considered interracial marriage? 2. Of course interracial marriage was illegal in Kentucky but nothing stopped slave owners from having children with their slaves. 3. As crazy that those sources are there is nothing disproving the remote African ancestry of European American’s even within European countries.

fuzzybear44 October 13, 2017 at 4:04 pm


Quote( How is an Ethiopian marrying an African American considered interracial marriage?)

That’s a good question, especially back then

Quote( Of course interracial marriage was illegal in Kentucky but nothing stopped slave owners from having children with their slaves.

True again, Slave owner, their friends and children, and even Priests and other members of church were known to dip into that well.

Quote(As crazy that those sources are there is nothing disproving the remote African ancestry of European American’s even within European countries.)

True again ,There was well know member of the confederate congress(I ‘ll get his name later), who openly flaunted his black mistress around in public, instead of behind closes doors like the rest of them did. He was angered from the dirty looks he got, and stood up in the middle of a meeting and stated to the members( There’s not one of you, that don’t have some N-word blood in you, don’t have me to start giving names

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