Abraham Lincoln's Connection to Monmouth County

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's 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 2nd 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. 

Dan Weeks February 18, 2013 at 05:03 PM
Mandeville has it wrong. Mordecai Lincoln, who came to Monmouth County, married Hannah Saltar, the granddaughter of John Bowne and the daughter of Richard Saltar of Upper Freehold, the latter a judge on the Monmouth County Court. See my book Not for Filthy Lucre's Sake--Dan Weeks, assistant research professor, Rutgers U.
Slippery Slope February 19, 2013 at 02:29 AM
A house divided against itself can not stand.
Dame Bridgid February 19, 2013 at 11:40 PM
Thanks for that history lesson. I really wish the public schools would teach both US & World history better, rather than politically correct minutiae. My children had absolutely no idea who Marie Curie was.


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