Sarah Lincoln Grigsby

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Sarah Lincoln Grigsby was born in Elizabethtown, Kentucky
Elizabethtown, Kentucky
Elizabethtown is a city in and the county seat of Hardin County, Kentucky, United States. The population was 28,531 at the 2010 census, making it the eleventh-largest city in the state...

 to Thomas Lincoln
Thomas Lincoln
Thomas Lincoln was an American farmer and father of President Abraham Lincoln.-Ancestors:Thomas Lincoln was descended from Samuel Lincoln, a Puritan from East Anglia who landed in Massachusetts in 1637...

 and Nancy Lincoln on February 10, 1807. She was the older sister of the future president Abraham Lincoln
Abraham Lincoln
Abraham Lincoln was the 16th President of the United States, serving from March 1861 until his assassination in April 1865. He successfully led his country through a great constitutional, military and moral crisis – the American Civil War – preserving the Union, while ending slavery, and...

 and cared for him when they were young.

Early life


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). She died on January 20, 1828 while giving birth to a boy, who also died that day. Her brother Abraham blamed the death of his sister on the failure of the Grigsbys to send for a doctor. 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 known as Lincoln State Park
Lincoln State Park
Lincoln State Park is an Indiana state park. It is east of Evansville, IN.Lincoln State Park is located in southern Indiana in Spencer County approximately east of Evansville. The park was established in 1932 and encompasses . There are of trails in the park...

 in Indiana
Indiana
Indiana is a US state, admitted to the United States as the 19th on December 11, 1816. It is located in the Midwestern United States and Great Lakes Region. With 6,483,802 residents, the state is ranked 15th in population and 16th in population density. Indiana is ranked 38th in land area and is...

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