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Mary Lincoln Crume

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Mary Lincoln Crume
Mary Ada Lincoln

Diedc. 1832 (57) Age
Spouse(s)Daniel Edgar Crume
Ralph Crume, Jr.
Parent(s)Abraham Lincoln (captain)
Bathsheba Herring
RelativesJosiah Lincoln (brother)
Mordecai Lincoln (brother)
Nancy Lincoln Brumfield (sister)
Thomas Lincoln (brother)

Mary Ada Lincoln Crume, (1775 – c. 1832[1] was born in Linville Creek, Rockingham County, Virginia and is buried in the cemetery at Crume Valley, Breckinridge County, Kentucky. She was the aunt of the 16th President of the United States Abraham Lincoln. Abraham Lincoln highlighted his aunt in an autobiographical sketch written for his political campaign.

President Abraham Lincoln's "Aunt Mary"

President Abraham Lincoln considered his family connections to be significant for his presidential campaign. In June 1860, he wrote a short autobiography to be used in his bid for the White House. In this sketch, he highlighted his ancestry and extended relatives including Mary Lincoln, the eldest of his father's sisters. He also indicated that some of her descendants were known to be in Breckinridge County, Kentucky.[2] While he was President, he mentions his Uncle Ralph and Aunt Mary again in a letter to a cousin, Susana Weathers, thanking her for a pair of socks.[3] The President's father, Thomas, had dealings with his sister, Mary, for many years. He built her a corner cabinet for her dishes which now resides in the Brown-Pusey House Museum in Elizabethtown, Kentucky. Thomas sought help from his sister and brother-in-law on one or possibly two of his moves to Indiana, the initial move and the second move of his second wife to Indiana. This second move may have given Ralph the idea to move to Indiana which he did for a short period in 1829–30.[4]

Early life and family

Mary Ada Lincoln Crume was the third child of Captain Abraham Lincoln (May 13, 1744 – May 1786) and his wife, Bathsheba Herring Lincoln (c. 1742 – 1836), a daughter of Alexander Herring (c. 1708 – 1778) and his wife Abigail Harrison Herring (c. 1710 – c. 1780) of Linville Creek. Five children were born to Abraham and Bathsheba Lincoln: Mordecai born circa 1771, Josiah born circa 1773, Mary born circa 1775, Thomas born 1778, and Nancy born 1780.[5][6]

Mary was born at the Lincoln Family Homestead, Linville Creek in then Augusta County, Virginia (now Rockingham County, Virginia). At age 6, her parents sold their land and the family moved to Jefferson county, Kentucky.

Marriages and children

Mary Ada Lincoln Crume was the probable second wife of Daniel Crume (January 27, 1758 – September 16, 1824), forming a common-law or frontier marriage about 1791 and dissolving it before 1801. There are no public records on this relationship. They had two daughters: Sarah Crume Hasty (25 January 1792 – 7 July 1879) and Elizabeth W. Crume Davis (1794 – 2 August 1880). The Brookville Star, 17 Dec 1917, indicates that Elizabeth W. Crume was a first cousin of Abraham Lincoln.[7]

Mary's marriage to Ralph Crume, Jr., the nephew of Daniel Crume, occurred on 5 August 1801.[8] Ralph Crume and Mary Lincoln had the following children: William Cox Crume (7 April 1804 – after November 1883), Ann Crume (1805-?), and Ralph Lincoln Crume (1809 – after 1890)[9][citation needed].She is buried in the cemetery at Crume Valley in Breckinridge County, Kentucky.[10]

See also


  1. ^ Gladow, Diane and Dean.Updated Crume Family Information. Feb 2010.
  2. ^ Lincoln, Abraham. "Short Autobiography Written for the Campaign of 1860." in Abraham Lincoln: His Speeches and Writings. Edited by Roy Basler and Carl Sandburg. Da Capo Press, 2001. Pg 547
  3. ^ Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library papers in Springfield, Illinois
  4. ^ Diane McAdams Gladow book, A Journey of Voices: Stewards of the Land
  5. ^ Wayland.
  6. ^ Harrison.
  7. ^ Brookville Star, Brookville, Ohio, December 17, 1917, front page
  8. ^ Yates Publishing. U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2004
  9. ^ Newspaper Abstracts of Breckinridge County, Kentucky
  10. ^ Gladow, Diane and Dean.Updated Crume Family Information. Feb 2010.

Further reading

  • Burlingame, Michael. Abraham Lincoln: A Life. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins UP, 2008. Chapter 1.
  • Dodd, Jordan. Kentucky Marriages, 1802-1850 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc., 1997.
  • Donald, David Herbert. Lincoln. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1996.Chapter 1.
  • Gladow, Diane and Dean. Updated Crume Family Information. Feb 2010.
  • Gladow, Diane McAdams. "A Journey of Voices: Stewards of the Land." College Station, Texas:, 2012.
  • Harrison, John Houston (1935). Settlers By the Long Grey Trail. Dayton VA: Joseph K. Ruebush. pp. 282–286, 349–351.
  • Indiana Magazine of History. By George Streibe Cottman, Indiana University Dept. of History, Christopher Bush Coleman, Indiana State Library, Indiana Historical Society, Published by Indiana University, Dept. of History, 1937.
  • McMurty, R. Gerald. A Series of Monographs Concerning the Lincolns and Hardin County, Kentucky. Elizabethtown, KY: Enterprise, 1938, pgs. 1 and 18.
  • McMurty, Robert Gerald. The Kentucky Lincolns on Mill Creek. Published by Department of Lincolniana, Lincoln Memorial university, 1939.
  • Pollard, Jeanette Carrier. Our American Roots/Carriers/Pollards. 21 June 2001.Web. 25 Jan 2011.
  • Radcliff/Ft. Knox Tourism & Convention Commission. Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Celebration.
  • Warren, Louis Austin, ed. "Lincoln's Aunt Mary." The Lincoln Kinsman. No. 41. Dec 1941.
  • Wayland, John W. (1987 reprint). The Lincolns in Virginia. Harrisonburg VA: C.J. Carrier. pp. 24–57.
  • Whitney, Henry Clay. The Life of Lincoln. Baker & Taylor Company, 1908, pg 8.
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