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Abraham Lincoln

Was Abraham Lincoln related to General Robert E. Lee?

For over 80 years, a debate has raged over a claim by Lincoln scholar Rev. William E. Barton that President Abraham Lincoln and General Robert E. Lee were related through a common ancestor of Col. Richard Lee. DNA evidence has finally put this question to rest.

Read about Barton's claim and find out the truth in the upcoming article Testing a Theory: Were Abraham Lincoln and Robert E. Lee Related? by's Rich Hall in the Winter 2021 issue of American Ancestors magazine published by the New England Historic Genealogical Society.