Life of Abraham Lincoln: His Early History, Political Career, Speeches in and Out of Congress, Together with Many Characteristic Stories and Yarns by and Concerning Lincoln (Classic Reprint)
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The ancestors of abraham lincoln were of English descent. We find the earliest definite traces of them in Berke county, Pennsylvania, though this was almost cer tainly not the first place of their residence in this country. Their location, and their adherence to the Quaker faith make it probable that the original emigration occurred under the auspices of William Penn. It was doubtless a branch of the same family that, leaving England under different religious impulses, but with the same adventurous and independent spirit; settled, at an earlier date, in Old Plymouth Colony. The' Separation may possibly have taken place this side of the Atlantic, and not beyond; Some of the same traits appear conspicuously in both these family groups. One tradition indeed affirms that the Pennsylvania branch was transplanted from Hingham', Massachusetts, and was derived from a common stock with General Benjamin Lincoln, of Revolutionary fame. There is a noticeable coincidence in the general prevalence, in each American branch, of Scriptural names in christening the Benjamin, Levi and Ezra, of Massachusetts, having their counterpart in the Abraham, Thomas, and Josiah, of Virginia and Kentucky; The peculiarity is one to have been equally expected among sober Friends, and among zealous Puritans.
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