Lincoln’s Time Line
1637 - Samuel Lincoln from Hingham, England settles in Hingham, Massachusetts.
1778 - Thomas Lincoln (Abraham's father), descendant of Samuel, is born in Virginia.
1782 –Thomas moves with his parents and siblings to Kentucky.
1786 - Thomas' father is killed by American Indians.
1806 - Thomas marries Nancy Hanks. A daughter, Sarah, is born eight months later.
1808 - Thomas buys a farm called Sinking Spring near Hodgenville, Kentucky.
1809 - Abraham Lincoln is born February 12 in a one room log cabin on the Sinking Spring Farm in Hardin (now LaRue) County, Kentucky.
1811 - In the spring, the Lincoln family moves to a 230 acre farm on Knob Creek ten miles from Sinking Spring. Here Thomas leases 30 acres to farm and live while the courts make their decision about ownership of the Sinking Spring.
1812? - A brother, Thomas, is born but dies in infancy. Neither the date of Thomas’ birth nor the date of his death is known.
1815-Young Abraham attends a log school house. Teacher: Zachariah Riney.
1816 - Briefly attends school. Teacher: Caleb Hazel. Thomas loses the Sinking Spring Farm. In December, the Lincoln family crosses the Ohio River and settles in the backwoods of Indiana.
1817 - In February, Abraham, age 7, shoots a wild turkey but suffers great remorse and never hunts game again.
1818 - Young Abraham is kicked in the head by a horse and for a brief time is thought to be dead. Oct. 5, Nancy Hanks Lincoln (his mother) dies of "milk sickness."
1819 - On Dec. 2, Abraham's father, Thomas, marries a widow, Sarah Bush Johnston, from Kentucky and Thomas becomes stepfather to her three children. As time passes Abraham develops much affection for his stepmother.
1820 - Briefly attends school.
1822 - Attends school for a few months.
1824 - Does plowing and planting and work for hire for neighbors. Abraham attends school in the fall and winter. Borrows books and reads whenever possible.
1826 – Sister Sarah marries Aaron Grigsby.
1828 - On Jan. 20, his married sister Sarah dies while giving birth. In April, Abraham, now 19, and Allen Gentry take a flatboat of cargo of farm produce to New Orleans. During the trip they fight off a robbery attack by seven black men. At New Orleans Abe observes a slave auction.
1830 - In March, Abraham and his family begin a 200 mile journey to move to Illinois where they settle on unclear land along the Sangamon River, near Decatur. Abe makes his first political speech in favor of improving navigation on the Sangamon River.
1831- Abe makes a second flatboat trip to New Orleans. His father moves again, but Abe doesn't go and instead settles in New Salem, Illinois, where he works as a clerk in the village store and sleeps in the back. Abraham wrestles a man named Jack Armstrong to a draw. Learns basic math, reads Shakespeare and Robert Burns’ poems and participates in a local debating society.
1832 - In March, becomes a candidate for Illinois General Assembly. The Black Hawk War breaks out. In April, Abe enlists and is elected Captain of his rifle company. He re-enlists as a private after company is disbanded. He serves a total of three months but does not fight in a battle. August 6, loses the election. The village store he worked in goes out of business. Lincoln and partner, William Berry, purchase another village store in New Salem.
1833 - The store fails, leaving him badly in debt. Lincoln is appointed Postmaster of New Salem. In autumn, Lincoln is appointed Deputy County Surveyor.
1834 - On August 4, Lincoln, age 24, is elected to the Illinois General Assembly as a member of the Whig party. He begins to study law. In December, meets Stephen A. Douglas, 21, a Democrat.
1835 - In January, former store partner William Berry dies, increasing Lincoln's debt to $1000. On August 25, Ann Rutledge, Lincoln's possible love interest, dies from fever at age 22.
1836 - August 1, re-elected to the Illinois Gen. Assembly and by now is a leader of the Whig party in Sangamon County. September 9, Lincoln receives his law license. He begins courtship of Mary Owens. Has an episode of severe depression in December.
1837 - Helps to get the Illinois state capital moved from Vandalia to Springfield. April 15, leaves New Salem and settles in Springfield. Forms a law partnership with John T. Stuart. In summer, proposes marriage to Mary Owens, is turned down and the courtship ends.
1838 - Helps to successfully defend Henry Truett in a famous murder case. August 6, re-elected to the Illinois Gen. Assembly, becoming Whig floor leader.
1839 - Travels through nine counties in central and eastern Illinois as a lawyer on the 8th Judicial Circuit. December 3, admitted to practice in United States Circuit Court. Meets Mary Todd, age 21, at a dance.
1840 - In June, Lincoln argues his first case before the Illinois Supreme Court. August 3, re-elected to the Illinois Gen. Assembly. In fall, becomes engaged to Mary Todd.
1841 - January 1, breaks off engagement with Mary Todd. Has episode of depression. March 1, forms new law partnership with Stephen T. Logan. In August, makes a trip by steamboat to Kentucky and sees twelve slaves chained together.
1842 - Does not seek re-election to the legislature. In summer, resumes courtship with Mary Todd. In September, accepts a challenge to a duel by Democratic state auditor James Shields over published letters making fun of Shields. September 22, duel with swords is averted by an explanation of letters. November 4, marries Mary Todd in Springfield.
1843 - Lincoln is unsuccessful in try for the Whig nomination for U.S. Congress. August 1, first child, Robert Todd Lincoln, is born.
1844 –In May, the Lincoln family moves into a house in Springfield, bought for $1500. Lincoln campaigns for Henry Clay in the presidential election. In December, dissolves law partnership with Logan, and then sets up his own practice.
1846 - March 10, a son, Edward Baker Lincoln is born. May 1, nominated to be the Whig candidate for U.S. Congress. August 3, Lincoln is elected to the U.S. House of Representatives.
1847 - Moves into a boarding house in Washington, D.C. with his wife and sons. December 6, takes his seat when Thirtieth Congress convenes. December 22, presents resolutions questioning President Polk about U.S. hostilities with Mexico.
1848 - January 22, gives a speech on floor of the House against President Polk's war policy regarding Mexico. In June, attends the national Whig convention supporting General Zachary Taylor as the nominee for president. Lincoln campaigns for Taylor in Maryland and in Boston, then in Illinois.
1849 - March 7 and 8, makes an appeal before the U.S. Supreme Court regarding the Illinois statute of limitations, but is unsuccessful. March 31, returns to Springfield and leaves politics to practice law. On May 22, Abraham Lincoln is granted U.S. Patent No. 6,469 (the only president ever granted a patent).
1850 - February 1, his son Edward dies after a two month illness. Lincoln resumes his travels in the 8th Judicial Circuit covering over 400 miles in 14 counties in Illinois. 'Honest Abe' gains a reputation as an outstanding lawyer. December 21, his third son, William Wallace Lincoln (Willie) is born.
1851 - January 17, Lincoln's father dies.
1853 - April 4, his fourth son, Thomas (Tad) is born.
1854 - Re-enters politics opposing the Kansas-Nebraska Act. Elected to Illinois legislature but declines the seat in order to try to become U.S. Senator.
1855 - Does not get chosen by the Illinois legislature to be U.S. Senator.
1856 - May 29, helps organize the new Republican party of Illinois. At the first Republican convention Lincoln gets 110 votes for the vice-presidential nomination, bringing him national attention. Campaigns in Illinois for Republican presidential candidate, John C. Fremont.
1857 - June 26, in Springfield, Lincoln speaks against the Dred Scott decision.
1858 - In May, wins acquittal in a murder trial by using an almanac regarding the height of the moon to discredit a witness. June 16, nominated to be the Republican senator from Illinois, opposing Democrat Stephen A. Douglas. Gives "House Divided" speech at the state convention in Springfield. Also engages Douglas in a series of seven debates with large audiences.
1859 - Illinois legislature chooses Douglas for the U.S. Senate over Lincoln by a vote of 54 to 46. In the fall, Lincoln makes his last trip through the 8th Judicial Circuit. December 20, writes a short autobiography.
1860 - March 6, delivers an impassioned political speech on slavery in New Haven, Connecticut. Also in March, the 'Lincoln-Douglas Debates' published.
1860 - May 18,nominated to be the Republican candidate for President of the United States. Opposes Northern Democrat Stephen A. Douglas and Southern Democrat John C. Breckinridge. In June, writes a longer autobiography. November 6, Abraham Lincoln is elected the 16th President and the first Republican President to hold that office. Receives 180 of 303 possible electoral votes and 40 percent of the popular vote. Dec 20,South Carolina secedes from the Union. Mississippi, Florida, Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana and Texas follow within two months.
1861 - Feb 11,Lincoln gives a brief farewell to friends and supporters at Springfield and leaves by train for Washington. Receives a warning during the trip about a possible assassination attempt in Baltimore, Maryland.
April 15, 1861 - President Lincoln issues a Proclamation Calling Militia and Convening Congress.
April 17, 1861 - Virginia secedes from the Union followed within five weeks by North Carolina, Tennessee and Arkansas, thus forming an eleven state Confederacy.
April 19, 1861 - The president issues a Proclamation of Blockade against Southern ports.
April 27, 1861 - The president authorizes the suspension of the Writ of Habeas Corpus.
June 3, 1861 - Political rival Stephen A. Douglas dies unexpectedly of acute rheumatism.
July 21, 1861 - The Union suffers a defeat at Bull Run in northern Virginia. Union troops fall back to Washington. The president realizes the war will be long.
July 27, 1861 - Appoints George B. McClellan as commander of the Department of the Potomac.
Aug 6, 1861 - Signs a law freeing slaves being used by the Confederates in their war effort.
Aug 12, 1861 - The president issues a Proclamation of a National Day of Fasting.
Sept 11, 1861 - Revokes Gen. John C. Fremont’s unauthorized military proclamation of emancipation in Missouri.
Oct 24, 1861 - Relieves Gen. Fremont of his command and replaces him with Gen. David Hunter.
Nov 1, 1861 - Appoints McClellan as commander of the Union army after the resignation of Winfield Scott.
Jan 27, 1862 - Issues General War Order No. 1 calling for a Union advance to begin Feb 22.
Feb 3, 1862 - Writes a message to McClellan on a difference of opinion regarding military plans.
Feb 20, 1862 - The president's son Willie dies at age 11. The president's wife, Mary Todd Lincoln, is emotionally devastated and never fully recovers.
March 11, 1862 - President Lincoln relieves McClellan as general-in-chief and takes direct command of the Union armies.
April 6, 1862 - Confederate surprise attack on Gen. Ulysses S. Grant's troops at Shiloh on the Tennessee River results in a bitter struggle with 13,000 Union killed and wounded and 10,000 Confederates. The president is then pressured to relieve Grant but resists.
April 9, 1862 - Writes a message to McClellan urging him to attack.
April 16, 1862 - Signs an Act abolishing slavery in the District of Columbia.
May 20, 1862 - Approves the Federal Homestead Act giving 160 acres of publicly owned land to anyone who will claim and then work the property for 5 years. Thousands then cross the Mississippi to tame the 'Wild West.'
June 19, 1862 - Approves a Law prohibiting slavery in the territories.
Aug 29/30, 1862 - Union defeat at the second Battle of Bull Run in northern Virginia. The Union Army retreats to Washington. The president then relieves Union commander Gen. John Pope.
Sept 17, 1862 - General Robert E. Lee and the Confederate armies are stopped at Antietam in Maryland by McClellan and numerically superior Union forces. By nightfall, 26,000 men are dead, wounded or missing - the bloodiest day in U.S. military history.
Sept 22, 1862 - President Lincoln issues a preliminary Emancipation Proclamation freeing the slaves.
Nov 5, 1862 - The president names Ambrose E. Burnside as commander of the Army of the Potomac, replacing McClellan.
Dec 13, 1862 - Army of the Potomac suffers a costly defeat at Fredericksburg in Virginia with a loss of 12,653 men. Confederate losses are 5,309.
Dec 22, 1862 - The president writes a brief message to the Army of the Potomac.
Dec 31, 1862 - The president signs a bill admitting West Virginia to the Union.
Jan 25, 1863 - The president appoints Joseph (Fighting Joe) Hooker as commander of the Army of the Potomac, replacing Burnside.
Jan 29, 1863 - Gen. Grant is placed in command of the Army of the West, with orders to capture Vicksburg.
Feb 25, 1863 - Signs a Bill creating a national banking system.
March 3, 1863 - Signs an Act introducing military conscription.
May 1-4, 1863 - A Union defeat at the Battle of Chancellorsville in Virginia. Confederate Gen. Stonewall Jackson is mortally wounded. Hooker retreats. Union losses are 17,000 killed, wounded and missing; Confederate losses are 13, 000.
June 28, 1863 - The president appoints George G. Meade as commander of the Army of the Potomac, replacing Hooker.
July 3, 1863 - Confederate defeat at the Battle of Gettysburg.
July 4, 1863 - Vicksburg, the last Confederate stronghold on the Mississippi, is captured by Gen. Grant and the Army of the West.
July 13, 1863 – Lincoln writes a message to Grant.
July 14, 1863 - Writes an undelivered letter to Meade complaining about his failure to capture Lee.
July 30, 1863 - Issues an Order of Retaliation.
Aug 10, 1863 - The president meets with abolitionist Frederick Douglass who pushes for full equality for Union 'Negro troops.'
Sept 19/20, 1863 - Union defeat at Chickamauga in Georgia leaves Chattanooga, Tennessee under Confederate siege. The president appoints Gen. Grant to command all operations in the western theater.
Oct 3, 1863 - Issues a Proclamation of Thanksgiving.
Nov 19, 1863 - President Lincoln delivers the Gettysburg Address at a ceremony dedicating the Battlefield as a national cemetery.
Dec 8, 1863 - The president issues a Proclamation of Amnesty and Reconstruction for restoration of the Union.
March 12, 1864 - President Lincoln appoints Grant as general-in-chief of all the Federal armies. William T. Sherman succeeds Grant as commander in the West.
June 3, 1864 - A costly mistake by Grant results in 7,000 Union casualties in twenty minutes during an offensive against entrenched Rebels at Cold Harbor, Virginia.
June 8, 1864 - Abraham Lincoln is nominated for president by a coalition of Republicans and War Democrats.
July 18, 1864 - Issues a call for 500,000 Volunteers for military service.
Sept 2, 1864 - Atlanta is captured by Sherman's army. Later, the president on advice from Grant approves Sherman's march to the sea.
Oct 19, 1864 - A decisive Union victory by Gen. Philip H. Sheridan in the Shenandoah Valley.
Nov 8, 1864 - Abraham Lincoln is re-elected president, defeating Democrat George B. McClellan. Lincoln gets 212 of 233 electoral votes and 55 percent of the popular vote.
Dec 20, 1864 - Sherman reaches Savannah in Georgia leaving behind a path of destruction 60 miles wide all the way from Atlanta.
March 17, 1865 - A kidnap plot by John Wilkes Booth fails when Lincoln fails to arrive as expected at the Soldiers' Home.
April 9, 1865 - Gen. Robert E. Lee surrenders his Confederate army to Gen. Ulysses S. Grant at the village of Appomattox Court House in Virginia.
April 10, 1865 - Celebrations break out in Washington.
April 11, 1865 - President Lincoln makes his last public speech, which focuses on the problems of reconstruction. The United States flag 'Stars and Stripes' is raised over Fort Sumter.
April 14, 1865 - Lincoln and his wife Mary see the play "Our American Cousin" at Ford's Theater. About 10:13 p.m., during the third act of the play, John Wilkes Booth shoots the president in the head. Doctors attend to the president in the theater then move him to a house across the street. He never regains consciousness.
April 15, 1865 - President Abraham Lincoln dies at 7:22 in the morning.
April 26, 1865 - John Wilkes Booth is shot and killed in a tobacco barn in Virginia.
May 4, 1865 - Abraham Lincoln is laid to rest in Oak Ridge Cemetery, outside Springfield, Illinois.
Dec 6, 1865 - The Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, passed by Congress on January 31, 1865, is finally ratified. Slavery is abolished.
Time Line and links from "The History Place"
Through the Cumberland Gap
The boy who would grow up to be the 16th President of the United States was named for his paternal grandfather, Captain Abraham Lincoln, a true pioneer and good friend of Daniel Boone. In 1782 Captain Abraham Lincoln brought his family through the Cumberland Gap into Kentucky which was still part of Virginia. Kentucky entered the union as the 15th state in 1792.
In 1786, shortly after settling in this new land, Captain Abraham Lincoln was shot by an Indian. This was a defining event in young Thomas Lincoln’s life. At the time of his father’s death, Mordecai Lincoln, the oldest son, inherited his father’s entire estate, leaving Thomas and his older brother to fend for themselves. There is no indication that Thomas Lincoln ever resented his brother’s good fortune or spent much time brooding over his fate. After his father’s death, Thomas moved with his mother to Washington County.
Nancy Hanks was also born in Virginia, the daughter of Lucy Shipley and James Hanks. When Nancy’s father died her mother moved with other family members to Kentucky. Eventually, Nancy went to live in Washington County and was a neighbor of Thomas Lincoln. On June 12, 1806 Nancy Hanks and Thomas Lincoln were married near Springfield, Kentucky.
Thomas and Nancy Lincoln Settle on Sinking Spring Farm
After their wedding, Nancy and Thomas moved to Elizabethtown near his carpenter shop and in the vicinity of the Mill Creek Farm which he had purchased in 1803. In February of 1807 a daughter, Sarah, was born. Thomas Lincoln was known and respected as a steady worker, and his dedication paid off by 1808, when he and Nancy purchased the Sinking Spring Farm for $200 cash from Isaac Bush.
With Nancy expecting her second child, the Lincoln family moved into a cabin somewhere in the vicinity of a knoll by the Sinking Spring, a reliable source of fresh water where Abraham Lincoln probably took his first drink.
The Lincolns had chosen well and had every reason to expect a prosperous future. Although they moved into a one room cabin probably no more than 16 by 20 feet with only one window and one door, they would have brought with them items from Elizabethtown that made the new home comfortable. They still owned a farm in Elizabethtown and Thomas’ skills as a carpenter would guarantee any furniture items the family wanted. Nancy was reputed to be a talented spinner who could spin and weave clothing for her husband and young children.
Thomas, like other settlers in the area would have planted corns, beans, squash, and pumpkins. He probably had a few head of livestock. This young family had every reason to rejoice upon the prospects of their future when a son, Abraham, named for his paternal grandfather, was born February 12, 1809.
Legal Problems with the Sinking Spring Farm
In 1786 a large track of land which included the Sinking Spring Farm was purchased by Richard Mather, a land speculator from New York. He later began to sell tracts of this land to settlers coming into Kentucky. David Vance bought the 300 acre Sinking Spring Farm in 1805 with an agreement that Mather would hold a lien on the land until the entire sum was paid in full. In the same year Vance signed the bond over to Isaac Bush, who then signed it over to Thomas Lincoln. When no one paid the debt, Mather brought suit against Vance, Bush, and the Lincolns. Vance had disappeared, leaving Isaac Bush and Thomas Lincoln to answer for the bill. After a lengthy court battle the court decided in favor of Mather and the land was offered for sale by auction.
Historians question why Thomas Lincoln and his family did not move back to Elizabethtown where they owned the Mill Creek Farm instead of leasing land in the Knob Creek Valley. It is possible the title for the Elizabethtown property was also in question. Deputy surveyors using less than perfect techniques, possessing poor math skills, and using trees, rocks, and creeks as survey markers contributed to the problems with obtaining clear title to land. Land surveys were sent to a land office in Richmond, Virginia, but problems with mail delivery meant many claims could not be substantiated. It was common in Kentucky for those who purchased property in good faith to later find they did not have a clear title to their land.
The Lincoln Farm Association
Local and national efforts to commemorate Lincoln in Kentucky lagged behind endeavors taken by New York, Illinois and in Washington, D.C. Popular feelings toward Lincoln, during and immediately after the Civil War were mixed in Kentucky. In 1861 when the Union flag flew over the Kentucky state capitol many southern supporters, including the governor, left the state.
As the Centennial of Abraham Lincoln’s birth approached, interest in his birthplace grew, especially the interest of a few entrepreneurs. In 1894, Alfred W. Dennett, who planned to build a hotel and park on the historic spot, bought the Sinking Spring Farm from Richard Creal. Dennett purchased a cabin from John Davenport and erected it near the Sinking Spring in November 1895. Efforts to bring people to this remote location failed. In 1897 Dennett dismantled the cabin and took it on tour. Eventually, the logs were put into storage in College Point, Long Island. When Dennett went bankrupt, 110 acres of the Sinking Spring Farm were purchased in 1906 at public auction for $3,600 by Richard Lloyd Jones, an editor for Collier’s Weekly. On April 18, 1906 the Lincoln Farm Association was incorporated. The twenty eight members of the Board of Trustees agreed to raise money by voluntary subscription for the purpose of honoring and perpetuating the memory of Abraham Lincoln by erecting a Memorial Building to house and preserve the log cabin where he was born.
The Memorial Building
The Lincoln Farm Association envisioned a two-story museum with an avenue of trees leading to the entrance, and selected architect John Russell Pope to design the Memorial Building which was to house Lincoln’s birthplace cabin. A central court and a copy of the August Saint-Gaudens’ famous Lincoln statue were proposed. Funds fell short of the anticipated goals however, and Pope’s plans for the birthplace cabin to be placed in a central court with a movable roof were simplified. The building was made smaller and completely enclosed the cabin.
Granite was supplied from Milford, Massachusetts for the building’s exterior. The interior marble was quarried in Tennessee. A wide formal stair of fifty-six steps, one for each year of Lincoln’s life, offers a dramatic approach. Beyond the one-story Doric portico are two bronzed-panel doors with matching double doors at the rear entrance.
Authenticity of the Lincoln cabin
The authenticity of the cabin was often questioned, but it was not until scholar Roy Hays published an article titled, “Is the Lincoln Birthplace Cabin Authentic?” in The Abraham Lincoln Quarterly in 1949 that scholarly research began. When a dendrochronologist removed core samples in 2004, absolute proof was obtained. The sampling determined that the oldest log in the cabin dates to 1848, indicating that the cabin enshrined in the Memorial Building was constructed later than 1848 and could not be the original birthplace cabin. Although not the original cabin, it is nonetheless significant for its role in perpetuating the image of Lincoln’s dramatic rise from poverty to the White House. Today, in light of the respectful manner the Lincoln Farm Association and the government treated the cabin, today it is referred to as the symbolic cabin; a symbol of the conditions and times of Lincoln’s birth and early childhood in rural Kentucky.
National Park Status
In 1911, the Lincoln Farm Association, their task completed, turned the park over to the State of Kentucky. In 1916, the Sinking Spring Farm became federal property. The park was managed by The War Department until jurisdiction over the Abraham Lincoln Birthplace was transferred the Department of the Interior and entrusted to the care of the National Park Service in August 1933.
Abraham Lincoln Boyhood Home: Knob Creek Farm
During a conversation in the White House, President Lincoln once remarked, “I remember the old home very well. Our farm was composed of three fields, which lay in a valley surrounded by high hills and deep gorges.”
The Lincolns moved to Knob Creek in 1811. Their one room log cabin at Knob Creek was near the Bardstown and Green River Turnpike. It was common for people traveling along the turnpike to spend the night at the Lincolns, and young Abraham would probably listen attentively to their stories of the world beyond Knob Creek. He might have seen merchants taking their goods to market, soldiers coming home from the War of 1812, and slaves being taken South to the auctions. Today, we know the Bardstown and Green River Turnpike as 31E.
Abraham may have played with John and Isaac Hodgen. Their father, Robert Hodgen, owned the mill where people would take their corn to be ground. Each year, the neighbors would gather at the Hodgens’ for a feast. Because Robert Hodgen was such a strong supporter of the community, when it came time to name the town, they named it Hodgenville out of appreciation for his civic contributions.
While living at Knob Creek, the children were sent to the A.B.C. School, taught by Zachariah Riney and Caleb Hazel. Some people called these “blab schools” because the students did their lessons out loud. Abraham Lincoln later stated that his formal education was less than one year.
Legends say that while living at Knob Creek, young Abraham Lincoln found a dog with a broken leg. He made a splint and took care of the dog, naming it “Honey.” According to his childhood friend Austin Gollaher, Abraham also had a pet crow, adopted a raccoon, and was given a goat named, “Billy.”
Misfortune seems to have followed the Lincolns from the Sinking Spring Farm, however, for on December 27, 1815, they were served with an eviction notice from the Knob Creek Farm. Thomas Lincoln and his neighbors countered with their own legal action. Now Thomas Lincoln was involved in two lawsuits: the Sinking Spring Farm he had bought and the Knob Creek Farm he was currently leasing! On September 12, 1816 the Hardin Circuit Court ruled against Thomas Lincoln, and he lost his claim to the Sinking Spring Farm. When he was served with an eviction notice to leave the Knob Creek Farm, Thomas decided to move his family to Indiana.
Thomas Lincoln moved his family to Perry (now Spencer) County, Indiana in December 1816. Thomas Lincoln’s brother, Josiah, had already moved to Harrison County, Indiana. Thomas Lincoln and his family were living in Indiana when the suit against the Knob Creek families was settled in their favor. Eventually the $200 dollars Thomas and Nancy paid for the Sinking Spring Farm was returned.
Knob Creek Farm becomes a unit of the National Park Service
In 1928, the Howard family purchased the Kentucky boyhood home of Abraham Lincoln and dedicated themselves to preserving the memory of Lincoln’s time spent on this farm. Possession and management of this property remained in the family until November 2001, when the Howard family sold the site to the Preservation of Lincoln’s Kentucky Heritage, who donated it to the National Park Service, to be administrated by the Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historic Site. Today, visitors can walk the same fields the Lincolns plowed, view a historic garden and follow a hiking trail to an overlook of the Knob Creek valley.