Abraham Lincoln’s Grandfather, Abraham Lincoln Sr.
“The story of Abraham Lincoln and his immediate family begins and ends with a tragedy.”
Louis A. Warren
referring to his grandfather in a letter to Jesse Lincoln in 1854,
Lincoln’s forty-two-year-old grandfather, Abraham Lincoln Sr., purchased a
four-hundred-acre tract near Hughes Station in eastern
In May 1786, Abraham Lincoln was putting in a crop of corn with his sons, Josiah, Mordecai, and Thomas, when they were attacked by a small war party. He was killed in the initial volley. Josiah ran to Hughes Station for help. Mordecai and Thomas ran to the cabin, and Mordecai emerged with a rifle in time to kill the Indian who was preparing to scalp his father. Men from Hughes Station pursued the retreating Indians.
this attack, the
showing a cabin where President Lincoln’s grandfather built his cabin in 1782,