Abraham Lincoln

Ancestry of
Abraham Lincoln

16th U.S. President


The True Ancestry of Lincoln's Mother Nancy Hanks

The genealogy of Nancy Hanks has always been a controversial one with scholars debating the various theories since research began shortly after Lincoln’s death. Even members of the Hanks family and reported cousins of Lincoln could not agree on it.

Of the various theories that have evolved over the past 150 years, only two are still believed by Lincoln scholars to have the possibility of being correct. Read more >>

The Royal Ancestry of Abraham Lincoln

Assuming the parentage of Nancy Hanks above to be correct, FamousKin.com also presents the possible royal ancestry of Abraham Lincoln through Nancy's ancestors. The key to Lincoln's royal ancestry lies with Nancy's 4th great-grandfather Capt. John Norwood who came to Virginia from England about 1650.

Harry Newman in his "To Maryland from Overseas" states the following about Capt. John Norwood:

"John Norwood who emigrated to Anne Arundel Co. 1650 from Virginia was born 1605 at Wykeham Abby, Lincolnshire, and was the son of Tyringham Norwood (1576-1625) at Wykeham, Spaulding, Linc. - REF: Professional English research commissioned in 1961 by Norwood descendant."

This reference to "professional" research is what links Capt. John Norwood of Virginia to Tyringham Norwood of England. Harry Newman died shortly after publishing this account and the details regarding this 1961 research apparently has not been published. So without further research, any royal cousins or famous kin through Capt. John Norwood should be prefixed with the adjective "possible."

Please note: The ancestor reports on this website have been compiled from hundreds of different sources, many over 100 years old. These sources are attached to each ancestor so that you can personally judge their reliability. As with any good genealogical research, if you discover a link to your own family tree, consider it a starting point for further research. It is always preferable to locate primary records where possible. FamousKin.com cannot and does not guarantee the accuracy and reliability of these sources.