Thomas Lincoln Junior
Little is known about Thomas Lincoln Jr., the younger brother of Abraham Lincoln. Born in 1812 or 1813 while the Lincoln family was living at the Knob Creek Farm north of Hodgen's Mill (present-day Hodgenville, Kentucky), Thomas (Tommy) was named for his father. Most historical accounts state that Thomas Jr. soon became ill and died while still in infancy. Dennis Hanks, a cousin of Nancy Hanks Lincoln, the mother of Thomas Jr., later recalled that little Tommy Lincoln "did not live three days." Whereas Thomas Lincoln did not own the land he farmed at Knob Creek he could not bury Thomas Jr. on the property. Thomas Lincoln Jr. was buried in the Redmon Cemetery on a nearby hill overlooking the Lincoln's Knob Creek Farm. The illness that Thomas Lincoln Jr. died from is not known.
Did You Know?
A large white oak tree at the Sinking Spring Farm first served as a specified boundary marker in an 1805 survey of the farm. The oak became known as the Boundary Oak and was thought to be 28 years old at the time of Lincoln's birth. The tree eventually died in 1976 and was later found to be 195 years old.