Is there anyone out there who is related to the US 16th President (“Honest Abe?” [closed]

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I always knew that President Lincoln was related to us, as my late paternal Grandmother proudly kept impeccable handwritten records (family tree) of it, but never knew the exact relation. Now, after building part of my family tree, I found out that he is my 5th cousin, 4 times removed, basically a “distant cousin.” His 4th great grandparents (“Sam the Weaver” Lincoln and Martha Lyford Lincoln) are my 8th great grandparents. Anyone else?
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7th cousin 3 x removed going back to Lee/Taylor marriage.

15th cousin.  120 common ancestors were found between Abraham and Stu

17th cousin once removed
I have no common ancestors now. Down from 120 a month ago. Something has changed.
7th cousin 2x removed. Via Holmes/ Stillwell......

11th cousins five times removed. Quite distant. 

11th cousin 5 times removed

He is my 9th cousin four times removed.

Abraham and Stu are 12th cousins four times removed

3 common ancestors this month. 
I have determined that Sarah Lincoln Boone is my 6th great grandmother, and I believe she is an Aunt of Abe, but as a newbie at this, I'm a bit stuck on how to connect myself to Abe.

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I, Stephen Alan Greene, am the 8th great grandson of Samuel Lincoln & Martha Lyford, the 4th great grandparents of President Abraham Lincoln. So a direct descendant of President Lincoln's 4th Great grandfather. Therefore President Lincoln would be a distant cousin of mine. My connection is thru my Adeline Lincoln French who married my 2nd Great Grandfather Andrew Nash Green. My grandfather was born in Hingham, Ma as were most of Samuel Lincoln's kids. I would love to hear from any of my Lincoln relatives.

Stephen Alan Greene COL, U.S. Army (Ret.)
selected by Carol Kelly
Hi closest cousin and thank you for your service.  

I am the 8th great granddaughter of “Sam the Weaver” and Martha Lyford Lincoln. Not only do I have numerous ancestors in Hingham, MA going back to the 1600’s, but I currently live next door in Hull, MA. My family stayed in the south shore and I grew up in Canton, Massachusetts.

After Samuel, I descend down from his son, Daniel, and then his son, Hezekiah, his son, Hezekiah, his son, Obadiah, his daughter, Sarah, her daughter, Mary, her daughter, Mabel, her daughter, Helen (my late “Nana”), my late “Dad,” Leonard, and then me.

I don’t know if you happened to catch the post above this one about “Honest Abe” possibly not having a Lincoln father? I’m still stunned.
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Lol, I think you're going to see a lot of people related to him. I have no less than 165 ancestors in common with him.

by Mike Wells G2G6 Mach 3 (34.0k points)
+10 votes

15th cousins 6 times removed. But that is probably pretty speculative, considering how far back that is.

by Eric Weddington G2G6 Pilot (228k points)
+11 votes

We used to be 6th cousins five times removed, according to Relationship Finder. Most recent common ancestors were Watertown, Massachusetts, early settlers William Hammond and Elizabeth Paine.

Now Relationship Finder shows us as 17th cousins, several times removed (I forget the details).

I count this as progress. It means that some bogus genealogical connections have been expunged from WikiTree. cool

But I'd be pleased if we could find the relationship between his Lincoln ancestors in Hingham, Norfolk, England, and my Lincoln ancestors in that same town. I trace ancestry to Thomas Lincoln the Husbandman who immigrated to Hingham, Massachusetts, in 1638, while Abraham is descended from a brother of Thomas Lincoln the Weaver who immigrated a few years earlier and was in Hingham, Massachusetts by 1635.

by Ellen Smith G2G Astronaut (1.2m points)
edited by Ellen Smith
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Abraham Lincoln and I are 15th cousins, once removed. We both share Richard Charlton-25, as a Great Grandfather, born 1450, Apley, Shropshire, England. Richard Charlton is a descendant of a Magna Carta Surety Baron.

by Keith Mann Spencer G2G6 Mach 1 (14.0k points)
+13 votes

Not related as far as I know, but his uncle Mordecai married my second cousin (7x removed) Mary Mudd (she was the first cousin twice removed of Dr. Samuel Mudd, who was tried as a conspirator in the Lincoln assassination), and I have a few other family connections; my 4th great-uncle by marriage Mathew Brady photographed Lincoln several times (the portraits on the penny and the five dollar bill are based on photos taken in his studio), and my third great-grandfather Washington Coleman operated a grain mill in Nelson County, Kentucky on Doe Run Creek that was built in the early 1800's and later turned into an inn; one of the stonemasons was Thomas Lincoln (Abe's father).

by C Handy G2G6 Pilot (103k points)
+8 votes
17th Cousins twice removed.
by Scott Fulkerson G2G Astronaut (1.0m points)
Me, too! 17th cousins twice removed. Our common ancestor is Margery (Venables) de Bulkeley B 1379 in Cheshire, England.
+8 votes
He's my 12th cousin 8x removed.
by Adrien Hart G2G5 (5.7k points)
+8 votes
19th cousin 4xremoved
by Lesley Leamon G2G2 (2.5k points)
+9 votes
21st cousins once removed.
by Deb Durham G2G Astronaut (1.0m points)
+7 votes

Relationship Finder results:

Abraham and John are 7th cousins four times removed

Abraham Lincoln and John Kingman are both descendants of Richard Whitman.

by John Kingman G2G6 Mach 2 (22.2k points)
+8 votes

According to the trusty and somewhat dusty relationship finder, I am Honest Abe's 7th cousin 6 times removed via this guy, Edward Gilman

However, if I go on Edward's page, it says that there's no proof of the connection and I am kind of lost. I would investigate further, but, I have other projects to work on.

by Chris Ferraiolo G2G6 Pilot (400k points)
+9 votes
I am a 5th cousin 6 times removed with Abraham Lincoln.  He is my closest connection to 32 of the 45 Presidents that I am related to. Fun and interesting information that is found on WikiTree.
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I wanted so much to be related to my favorite President, Abraham Lincoln. It wasn't to be though.  I came close but not quite.  My 8th great aunt married into the Holmes family and  her sister-in-law was the 4th great grandmother of Abraham Lincoln.
by James Stratman G2G6 Mach 8 (83.2k points)
+7 votes

Abraham Lincoln and I are 9th cousins 5X removed through common ancestor Robert Lincoln Sr. (

by Carol Baldwin G2G6 Pilot (414k points)
+8 votes
9th cousin 4 times removed.
by Bob Keniston G2G6 Pilot (204k points)
+7 votes
I Am Related to Lincoln also he is my 6c6xr via Robert Lincoln Jr.
+7 votes
17th cousins once removed
by Dallace Moore G2G6 Mach 8 (86.8k points)
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And you can use this on your profile to document that relationship.

{{US President Relative|Lincoln-103}}
by Robin Lee G2G6 Pilot (671k points)
If your tree is big enough, you unsurprisingly find you're related to everyone. Wouldn't there be thousands of profile "relationship badges" to post for what purpose? For example, I'm "related to" several US presidents, several British prime ministers, British and French aristocracy, most of the Magna Carta Surety barons, several Mayflower passengers, dozens of Acadians, etc.
That's when free space pages come in handy.
Thanks for the link! I think it’s interesting to show who you’re related to.
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10th cousins 4X removed.
by Jennifer Wood G2G1 (1.4k points)

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