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Sarah Bush Lincoln
Birth: Dec. 13, 1788
Hardin County
Kentucky, USA
Death: Apr. 12, 1869
Coles County
Illinois, USA

She became Abraham Lincoln's stepmother when he was nine - Sarah became a widow in 1816 left with three children while Thomas Lincoln became a widower in 1818 left with two children. He simply knocked on her door one day in Hardin County, Kentucky and proposed marriage. Quickly married, the second for both, Sarah age 31 and Thomas age 41,  loaded up a wagon with Sara's things and headed for the Thomas' farm in Indiana. Abraham and his sister found out they had a new mother as well as three new playmates. While Thomas viewed his son's studious ways as a waste of time, his new stepmother although illiterate herself, encouraged him.  This influence probably led to his lofty place in American history. They became close, while the distance between father and son widened.  The Lincoln's moved to Illinois in 1830 at which point, Abraham  parted and went his own way.  Upon the death of his father in 1851, he did not attend the funeral but continued to visit his stepmother periodically. The president-elect made one last visit to Sarah before he left for Washington and then  visited the grave of his father. It was the last time they would ever meet. Sarah continued to live at the Coles County farm until her death at age 80 leaving over twenty grandchildren to mourn her.  She was interred beside her second husband, Thomas Lincoln. 
Family links: 
  Thomas Lincoln (1778 - 1851)
  Daniel Johnston (____ - 1816)*
  Elizabeth Johnston Hanks (1807 - 1864)*
  Matilda Johnston Hall (1811 - 1878)*
*Calculated relationship
Thomas Lincoln Cemetery
Pleasant Grove Township
Coles County
Illinois, USA
GPS (lat/lon): 39.38771, -88.2369
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Record added: Jan 22, 2000
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- Linda
 Added: Jun. 16, 2015
The Better Angels...
- George Bacon
 Added: Jun. 12, 2015
Precious Stepmother of Abraham. Thank you for encouraging him to read and to learn. You played a pivotal role in Abraham's young life and American history. May you rest in peace.
- Irisana
 Added: May. 30, 2015
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