Growing up in a log cabin in Kentucky
Abe Lincoln's family lived near Elizabethtown, Kentucky, where my family lived in the late 1700s and early 1800s. When I was a kid, I had heard that there was probably a connection to Abe Lincoln, through the Hanks family (his mother). There isn't a bit of evidence. Other than the circumstances that these families lived close to each other, and at the same time, there isn't a bit of documentation of any connection at all. But the fault, to be fair, isn't with the documentation of my family, which is very complete, the problem is with the Hanks/Lincoln family. Records just aren't clear. And I'm sure that Abe Lincoln would have wanted it that way.
Click here to read about my family in Kentucky.
The civil war tested whether a country based on "equality of all men being self-evident" could stand. Lincoln himself stood for the type of person who had never had any rights in this world, a nobody from a poor family. He would have been the last person to point to a privilege granted by virtue of being from "the correct family", or any other type of elitism. What they taught us in school about him was true.
Posted by Brad Hall