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Lincoln Family Timeline

The Lincoln Family in the White House
The Lincoln Family in the White House
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Timeline

JUNE 12, 1806
Lincoln's parents, Thomas Lincoln and Nancy Hanks, marry in Washington County, Kentucky.

FEBRUARY 10, 1807
Lincoln's sister Sarah is born in Elizabethtown, Kentucky.

FEBRUARY 12, 1809
Lincoln is born in Hardin County (now LaRue County), Kentucky.

(Date unknown) 1812
Lincoln's brother Thomas dies in Kentucky in infancy.

OCTOBER 5, 1818
Lincoln's mother Nancy dies of illness in Spencer County, Indiana.

DECEMBER 13, 1818
Lincoln's future wife Mary is born to Robert and Eliza Todd in Lexington, Kentucky.

DECEMBER 2, 1819
Lincoln's father marries Sarah Bush Johnston, a widow, in Elizabethtown, Kentucky.

AUGUST 2, 1826
Lincoln's sister Sarah marries Aaron Grigsby in Indiana.

JANUARY 20, 1828
Lincoln's sister Sarah dies at age 20 while giving birth.

NOVEMBER 4, 1842
Lincoln marries Mary Todd in Springfield, Illinois.

AUGUST 1, 1843
Lincoln's son Robert Todd Lincoln is born in Springfield, Illinois.

MARCH 10, 1846
Lincoln's son Edward Baker Lincoln is born in Springfield, Illinois.

JULY 17, 1849
Lincoln's father-in-law, Robert Todd, dies at age 58 in Lexington, Kentucky.

FEBRUARY 1, 1850
Lincoln's son Edward dies at age 3 years and 11 months in Springfield, Illinois.

DECEMBER 21, 1850
Lincoln's son William Wallace Lincoln is born in Springfield, Illinois.

JANUARY 17, 1851
Lincoln's father Thomas dies at age 73 in Coles County, Illinois.

APRIL 4, 1853
Lincoln's son Thomas (Tad) Lincoln is born in Springfield, Illinois.

FEBRUARY 20, 1862
Lincoln's son William dies at age 11 in the White House.

APRIL 15, 1865
Lincoln dies at age 56 in Washington, D.C. after being shot by an assassin.

September 24, 1868
Lincoln's son Robert marries Mary Eunice Harlan in Washington, D.C.

APRIL 12, 1869
Lincoln's stepmother Sarah dies at age 80 in Coles County, Illinois.

JULY 15, 1871
Lincoln's son Thomas (Tad) dies at age 18 in Chicago, Illinois.

FEBRUARY 16, 1874
Lincoln's mother-in-law Elizabeth Humphreys Todd dies at age 74 in Kentucky.

JULY 16, 1882
Lincoln's widow Mary dies at age 63 in Springfield, Illinois.

JULY 26, 1926
Lincoln's son Robert dies at age 82 in Manchester, Vermont.


Timeline Sources: The Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, edited by Roy P. Basler and others; Lincoln Day by Day edited by Earl Miers

Documents and Resources

  • Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln (ALA)
  • Lincoln Collection (LOC)
  • Lincoln Historical Digitization Project (NIU)
  • Mary Lincoln Bibliography (NFLL)
  • Papers of Abraham Lincoln (IHPA et al)
  • Unpublished Mary Lincoln Letters (JALA)
  • Unpublished Mary Todd Lincoln (JALA)

    Commentary/Context

  • Abraham Lincoln and Rebecca Pomeroy (JALA)
  • A House Divided: America in the Age of Lincoln (CHM/GLI)
  • Lincoln Boyhood and Migration (NIU)
  • Lincoln's Paternity*
  • Little Eddie Lincoln -- "We Miss Him Very Much" (JISHS)
  • Mary Todd Lincoln and Her Husband's Memory (JALA)
  • Mary Todd's 1835 Visit to Springfield (JALA)
  • Mary Todd Lincoln: Managing Home, Husband, and Children (JALA)
  • Mary Todd Lincoln's Research Site (Roger Norton)
  • Mary Todd Lincoln Timeline*
  • Robert Todd Lincoln: First Son, Presidential Confidant, and Civil War Soldier (LAP/ALI)
  • "Solving a Lincoln Literary Mystery: 'Little Eddie'" (JALA)
  • Tad Lincoln and Gus Gumpert (JISHS)
  • The Sad Tale of Thomas Lincoln (SJ-R)
  • The Secret Treason of Abraham Lincoln's Brother-in-Law (JALA)
  • The Story of Tad and Abraham Lincoln in Richmond (JALA)
  • The Time of the Lincolns (PBS)
  • What Was Tad Lincoln's Speech Problem? (JALA)
  • Wife vs. Widow: Clashing Perspectives on Mary Lincoln's Legacy (JALA)
  • William H. Herndon and Mary Todd Lincoln (JALA)
  • Willie Lincoln Death*

    Places

  • Bellevue Place -- Batavia*
  • Birthplace -- Kentucky*
  • Boyhood Home -- Indiana
  • Harlan-Lincoln House -- Iowa*
  • Harvard College -- Cambridge*
  • Knob Creek Farm -- Kentucky*
  • Lincoln Cottage -- Washington
  • Lincoln Heritage House -- Kentucky
  • Lincoln Home -- Springfield*
  • Lincoln Homes*
  • Lincoln Homestead State Park -- Kentucky
  • Lincoln in Decatur (Re:Decatur)
  • Lincoln Log Cabin -- Illinois
  • Lincoln Tomb -- Springfield*
  • Lincoln Trail Homestead -- Decatur*
  • Mary Todd Lincoln House -- Kentucky
  • Robert Lincoln Home -- Vermont
  • Robert Lincoln Tomb -- Washington*
  • Sarah Johnston Lincoln Cabin -- Kentucky
  • White House -- Washington
  • Willard's Hotel -- Washington*

    Related Books and Writings

  • Autobiographies of 1858-60*
  • Books about Lincoln's Family*
  • Books about Lincoln's Genealogy*
  • Nineteenth Century Lincoln-Related Publications (Making of America)

    *Pages created by Abraham Lincoln Online

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