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Lincoln's Connection to the Area

An old book at the Middletown Library tells the story

Abraham Lincoln was a descendant of one of Middletown's first settlers, according to The Story of Middletown: The Oldest Settlement in New Jersey, by Ernest W. Mandeville, the rector of Christ Church on King's Highway. 

The 1927 book is available for perusal from the Middletown Township Public Library with a form of ID. 

In celebration of the 16th President's birthday, here is an excerpt from Chapter 18, "Famous Men and Landmarks." Paragraph breaks have been inserted to make it easier to follow the family tree. 


Samuel Lincoln, the founder of the family, came to Massachusetts from Norwich, England.

He had a son Mordecai, who in turn had a son Mordecai, born on April 24, 1686.

Mordecai Lincoln II moved to Middletown and married a daughter of Captain John Bowne one of the original settlers.

About 1720, the Lincolns moved to Amity, Pennsylvania.

They then moved to Rockingham, and on to Kentucky in 1780.

Mordecai's son John had a son named Abraham who was the grandfather of Abraham Lincoln, President of the United States. 

Gregg Slapak February 18, 2013 at 02:57 PM
I lived for many years in the second oldest existing home in St. Charles, Illinois at the corner of Sixth and Washington Avenues ~ built in 1837. It is a small house and it where Mary Todd Lincoln following the president death and that of one of her sons would travel from where she was, then, living in Batavia, Illinois-(about a 10 mile journey) to attend séances. Here's a link to my former residence. https://sites.google.com/site/stcharleshistoricbuildings/main_page/local-buildings---alphabetically/howard-house It's a great old place. When I moved in, I was told by many neighbors that residents before me told the it was "haunted". I never felt anything, but love.
JB February 18, 2013 at 05:01 PM
According to your math, 'ol Mordecai moved his family to Kentucky when he was 94 years old ?...Pretty good trip for a man his age at that time..lol
B Ross February 19, 2013 at 10:07 PM
Why in earth were the schools open on Presidents' Day but closed for that phony appeasement holiday MLK?


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