Josiah Lincoln was born 10 July 1765 in Bridgewater, Rockingham County, Virginia to Abraham Lincoln (1744-1786) and Bathsheba Herring (c1742-1836) and died 19 September 1835 in Depauw, Harrison County, Indiana of unspecified causes. He married Katherine Barlow (1774-1817) 26 February 1801 in Springfield, Washington County, Kentucky. Ancestors are from the United States.



Josiah Lincoln was the uncle to US President Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865) and much of what we know about him comes from the many historical studies done on his nephew.

He was born in Virginia and at a very young age his family moved to Kentucky following frontiersman Daniel Boone (1734-1820). About 1890 his family moved to Washington County, Kentucky.

At the end of the War of 1812, much of Indiana territory became available for settlement and in 1816, Josiah headed there with some siblings and cousins following suit. He eventually settled in Harrison County, Indiana.

He became a farmer and President Lincoln wrote the following about Josiah and the family line: "I knew Mordecai and Josiah Lincoln intimately. They were excellent men, plain, moderately educated, candid in their manners and intercourse and looked upon as honorable as any men I have heard of". (Letter of Henry Pittle, June 17, 1865; see "Herndon's Life of Abraham Lincoln, Vol. I, p 7.)


Burial: Blue River Church of Christ Cemetery, DePauw, IN


Offspring of Josiah Lincoln and Katherine Barlow (1774-1817)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Barbara Lincoln (1805-1842)
Thomas Lincoln (1806-1849)
Elizabeth Lincoln (1809-1848)
Nancy Lincoln (1810-1843)
Jacob Lincoln (1815-1889)
Catharine Lincoln (1817-1908)


Offspring of Abraham Lincoln and Bathsheba Herring (c1742-1836)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Mordcai Lincoln (1771-1830) 1771 Augusta County, Virginia 1830 Fountain Green, Hancock County, Illinois Mary Mudd (1775-1859)

Josiah Lincoln (1773-1835) 10 July 1765 Bridgewater, Rockingham County, Virginia 19 September 1835 Depauw, Harrison County, Indiana Katherine Barlow (1774-1817)

Thomas Lincoln (1778-1851) 6 January 1778 Rockingham County, Virginia, United States 17 January 1851 Coles County, Illinois, United States Nancy Hanks (1784-1818)
Sarah Bush (1788-1869)

Nancy Lincoln (1780-1845) 25 March 1780 Elizabethtown, Hardin County, Kentucky 9 October 1843 Hardin County, Kentucky William Brumfield (1778-1858)

Mary Ada Lincoln (1775-1832) 20 January 1775 Linville, Rockingham County, Virginia 1832 Fairfield, Breckinridge County, Kentucky Daniel Edgar Crume (1758-1824)
Ralph Crume (1779-1832)



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