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Lincoln family
Current region Hingham, Massachusetts (1st generation)
Springfield, Illinois (7th generation)
Place of origin Hingham, Norfolk, England
Notable members Samuel Lincoln
Captain Abraham Lincoln
Thomas Lincoln
President Abraham Lincoln
Robert Todd Lincoln
Connected families Hanks
Traditions Anglicanism / Episcopalian
Estate Mordecai Lincoln House
Lincoln Home
Mary Todd Lincoln House
Harlan–Lincoln House
Name origin and meaning Lincoln derives from the Welsh element lynn, meaning "lake or pool" and the Latin element colonia, meaning "colony."

The Lincoln family was an American family of English origins. It includes all the descendants of Abraham Lincoln and Mary Todd Lincoln. There are ten known descendants of Lincoln. The family line is believed to have been extinct since its last undisputed descendant, Robert Todd Lincoln Beckwith, died on December 24, 1985, without any children.

The Lincoln family does have other surviving relatives who share common ancestors with the former president. Three examples include actor George Clooney (related to Lincoln's birth mother Nancy Hanks Lincoln), Tom Hanks (also related to Nancy), LGBT activist Konrad Juengling, who descended from Lincoln's great-grandfather John Lincoln; and actor Ben Miller, who after doing research found a genealogical link to the Lincolns.

Roots in England

Samuel Lincoln's father Edward Lincoln was born about 1575 and remained in Hingham, Norfolk, England. He died on February 11, 1640 and was buried in the graveyard of St Andrew's Church. Edward was the only son of Richard Lincoln (buried 1620) and Elizabeth Remching. After the death of his wife, Richard married three more times.


First generation

Samuel Lincoln House, built in Hingham, Massachusetts, by his grandson on land Samuel purchased in 1649

The Lincoln family arrived in Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1637, when Samuel Lincoln (1622–1690), the son of Edward Lincoln, sailed on the ship John & Dorothy from Great Yarmouth. He is considered as the patriarch of the Lincoln family in the United States.

Seventh generation

Abraham Lincoln & family LCCN2003679773
Lincoln and family.

Abraham Lincoln (1809–1865) was a lawyer, politician and the 16th president of the United States from 1861 to 1865. He was born in a one-room log cabin on Sinking Spring Farm near Hodgenville, Kentucky, to Thomas Lincoln and Nancy Hanks. He married Mary Ann Todd and had four children: Robert, Edward, Willie, and Tad.

Tenth generation

Robert Todd Lincoln Beckwith (1904–1985) was a gentleman farmer and great-grandson of Abraham Lincoln. He became the last undisputed descendant of Abraham Lincoln when his sister, Mary, died in 1975, having no children.

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