Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln. Volume 2.
Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865.

Family Record Written by Abraham Lincoln [1]


[Thos. Lincoln was born Jan. the 6th A.D. 1778 and was married June 12th 1806 to Nancy Hanks who was born Feb 5th 1784

Sarah, Lincoln Daughter of Thos. and] Nancy Lincoln, was born Feb. 10th. 1807.

Abraham Lincoln, Son of Thos. & Nancy Lincoln, was born Feb. 12th. 1809.

Sarah Bush, first married to Daniel Johnston, and afterwards second wife of Thos. Lincoln, was born Decr. 13th. 1788.

John D. Johnston, Son of Daniel & Sarah Johnston, was born May [10]th. 18[15] married to Mary Bar[ker] October 13th. 1834---who was born July 22nd. 1816.

Thomas L. D. Johnston, Son of John [D.] and Mary Johnston, was born January 10th. 1837.

Abraham L. B. Johnston, Son of same parents, was born March 27th. 1838.

Page  95Marietta, Sarah Jane Johnston, Daughter [of] same parents, was born January 21[st.] 1840.

Squire H. Johnston, son of same parents, was born, December 15th. 1841.

Richard M. Johnston, son of same parents, was born, October 26th. [sic] 1843. [2]

Dennis F. Johnston, son of same parents, was born, November 18th. 1845.

Daniel W. Johnston, son of same parents, was born, December 13th. 1847.

Nancy Jane Williams, was born, March 18, 1836. [3]

Thomas Lincoln married to Sarah Johnston, Decr. 2nd. 1819.

Sarah Lincoln, daughter of Thos. Lincoln, was married to Aaron Grigsby, Aug. 1826.

Abraham Lincoln, son of Thos. Lincoln, was married to Mary Todd, Novr. 4th. 1842.

John D. Johnston was married to his second wife, Nancy Jane Williams, March 5. 1851. [4]

Nancy Lincoln wife of Thos. Lincoln, died October 5th. 1818.

Sarah, daughter of Thos. Lincoln, wife of Aaron Grigsby, died [Jan]uary 20th. 1828.

Thomas Lincoln, died, January 17 [1851] aged 73 years & 11 days.

Daniel W. Johnston, Son of John D. & Mary Johnston, died July 5th. 184 [8 or 9?] [5]


[1]   AD, ICHi. Three record pages of Thomas Lincoln's family Bible were filled in by Abraham Lincoln, probably in 1851 after his father's death. The pages are worn and tattered at the edges and portions are illegible or torn off. Fortunately it is possible to restore illegible and missing portions from other sources. A contemporary copy made by John D. Johnston (also in the Barrett Collection) provides the missing portion torn from the top of the first page. All editorial restorations are bracketed.

[2]   Purported facsimile reproductions of this page in the Bible record have been printed showing that Lincoln wrote ``October 31st'' for the date of Richard M. Johnston's birth. These facsimiles have been ``doctored'' to give the ``31st'' in place of Lincoln's ``26th.''

[3]   The verso of this first page of the manuscript contains no entries, but has been used for arithmetic.

[4]   An additional entry on this page, was written by John D. Johnston recording the birth of his son John D., Jr., on April 11, 1854.

[5]   Further entries written in pencil on this page are not in Lincoln's hand. They read as follows:

``Mary Johnston be[loved] wife of John D. Johnston died Sept. 21st. 1850 a bout 1/2 hour before Sun down.

``Marietta Sary Jane Johnston Daughter of John D. & Mary Johnston Died Apr. the 8th. 1853.''