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Daniel Boone and Abraham Lincoln

   Posted by: B. Nash   in The Life of Lincoln

Daniel Boone (picture from umsystem.edu)

Daniel Boone (picture from umsystem.edu)

                                                      “There is little doubt that it was on account of his association with the famous Daniel Boone that (the elder) Abraham Lincoln went to Kentucky. The families had for a century been closely allied. There were frequent intermarriages.”     John Nicolay
 
 
 
 
 
Daniel Boone and Abraham Lincoln apparently spent some considerable time together. Boone was not only a frontiersman, explorer, and American Revolutionary War patriot, but he was Lincoln’s neighbor, friend, and blood relative.  Boone was not the first white man to explore the region of Kentucky but he was one of the first, and perhaps, the most important figure in it’s history.
 
Young Abraham Lincoln must have been entralled by “ole Dan’l.” He was already a legend in his own time. The talk about Kentucky over a night fireside hearth had to be thrilling to the heart of the youth. Boone, by then, had plenty adventures to recall. He had explored, hunted, blazed trails, established a fort, and been taken captive by the Shawnee. As a prisoner of war during the American Revolution, he was taken to Detroit and held there at the British post. One of Boone’s more amazing stories was his account of his escape from  Shawnee captors back to Kentucky.  When he finally made it home he was not hardly recognized by his own family and friends. He had been “transformed” physically into a Shawnee. In fact, he had been”adopted” into the tribe. Boone was subsequently court-marshalled on charges of having been a traitor-but found not guilty.
 
In 1781, Lincoln went with Boone to Kentucky and purchased land. He had acheived a dream! Lincoln had married a lady named Bathsheba Herring in 1770. By the time of the move, they had four children- Mordecai, Josiah, Mary, and Thomas. Young Abraham went back for his family. What things he must have told them! With his goods and family all packed up they made the journey by way of the Cumberland Gap. They never looked back. The Lincolns arrived about 1782 to Green River Lick to start a new life. Boone was right- Kentucky was the “land of promise.”
 
The dream ended one day not long after their arrival. Abraham was tending to his land with his boys when he was killed by an Indian. His son, Thomas Lincoln, witnessed the tragic event and might have been killed or captured himself but his brother Mordecai acted quickly and shot the Indian. Abraham Lincoln lay dead. His wife lost her husband and the children a father. Young Thomas would never forget that day. He was only eight years old. Someday he would have a son and name him “Abraham.” His son Abraham would also lose a parent early on (at age nine). He would also become the 16th President of the United States. I wonder if Thomas told the stories that his father told him about Daniel Boone and the early days of Kentucky. I would find it hard to think that he didn’t.
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3 comments so far

Wilton Jere Tidwell
 1 

My mother was a Boone and I had always heard we were related to the Lincoln family. It was not uncommon for neighbor families to be so inter related that they didn’t know exactly what relation they were. Daniel Boone had an older brother named Jonathan who was my direct ancestor, according to Margaret Schneider’s ”Boone Book”

September 16th, 2013 at 8:18 pm
B. Nash
 2 

We are cousins. You have a great heritage!

September 19th, 2013 at 7:37 am
Jordan Nehring
 3 

I’m related to Abe Lincoln by blood

November 11th, 2014 at 6:37 pm

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