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Sarah Lincoln Grigsby

Sarah Lincoln Grigsby
Born Sarah Lincoln
(1807-02-10)February 10, 1807
Elizabethtown, Kentucky, US
Died January 20, 1828(1828-01-20) (aged 20)
Lincoln State Park, Indiana, US
Spouse(s) Aaron Grigsby (m.1826-28; her death)
Parents Thomas Lincoln (father)
Nancy Hanks Lincoln (mother)
Sarah Bush Johnston (step-mother)
Relatives Abraham Lincoln (brother)
Abraham Lincoln (grandfather)

Sarah Lincoln Grigsby (February 10, 1807 – January 20, 1828) was the older sister of the sixteenth president Abraham Lincoln and cared for him when they were young.[1]

Early life

Sarah Lincoln was born in Elizabethtown, Kentucky to Thomas Lincoln and Nancy Lincoln in 1807. After their mother's death in 1818, Sarah was in charge of taking care of the house while their father Thomas went off to look for a wife. She also cared for the boy Abe and their cousin Dennis Hanks, who was living with them. Thomas married Sarah Bush Johnston in 1819 and brought her home to be a stepmother to his children.

Marriage and family

In August 1826, Sarah Lincoln married Aaron Grigsby (1801–1831). Sarah died on January 20, 1828, while giving birth to a stillborn boy. Her brother, Abraham, blamed the death of his sister on the failure of Grigsby to send for a doctor.[2] She is buried in a small cemetery next to the Little Pigeon Baptist Church, a Primitive Baptist Church.

The Lincoln family attended the church and the father, Thomas, was a trustee. The church and Sarah's gravesite are located within what is now Lincoln State Park in Indiana.

See also

References

  1. ^ National Park Service
  2. ^ Donald, David Herbert (1995). Lincoln. New York: Touchstone. p. 34. 

External links

  • Little Pigeon Cemetery at Ancestors of Robert Stom & Christine (Hilton) Stom
  • Sarah Lincoln Grigsby article at the National Park Service.
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