Grandma's Cabin, Genealogy by Nancy Machuga

“COUSIN” ABRAHAM LINCOLN

        Every family likes to lay a claim to having a famous ancestor in one of the branches of its family tree, no matter how distantly related that ancestor may be.  It is a human foible to wish to be related to someone who has been, or is, somewhat renowned in the annals of history and I, being not perfect, have succumbed to that very temptation.

        The old adage “we are all related if you go back far enough” certainly holds true especially when one delves deeply into his or her genealogy researching not only the direct lineages but, also, the indirect or collateral lines.  One doing this genealogical research can be humbled when discovering rascals, rogues and scoundrels perched upon various branches of the family tree. 

        However, finding an illustrious ancestor in one’s lineage can tempt a person into a false sense of being important simply because of that connection.  As an example of “we are all related etc.” permit me to show how I am one of several thousand people who can call “cousin”, the sixteenth President of the United States, Abraham Lincoln.

        Samuel and Martha Lyford Lincoln of 1600s’ Massachusetts were the colonial ancestors of Abraham Lincoln.  Their son Mordecai Lincoln who was born in 1657 was an older brother to my ancestor Hannah Lincoln who was born in 1666.  Hannah Lincoln married a Daniel Owen and they were the progenitors of my branch of the proverbial family tree.

        Mordecai Lincoln, Jr.               (1st cousins)                       Daniel Owen, Jr.
                Born 1686                                                                         Born 1690

        John Lincoln                             (2nd cousins)                       Daniel Owen III
          Born 1716                                                                               Born 1715

        Abraham Lincoln                      (3rd cousins)                        Jane Owen
             Born 1744                                                                         Born 1741
                                                                                                       Married Edward Cogswell

        Thomas Lincoln                        (4th cousins)                         Reuel Cogswell
            Born 1778                                                                               Born 1770

        Abraham Lincoln                      (5th cousins)                         Rhoda Cogswell
             Born 1809                                                                              Born 1806
             Died 1865                                                                               Died 1887
                                                                                                            Married Harley Hazen

        Abraham Lincoln                      (5th cousins)                         Samuel Reuel Hazen
                                                        (Once removed)                              Born 1844
                                                                                                                 Died 1917

        Abraham Lincoln                       (5th cousins)                          Alvin Leman Hazen
                                                       (Twice removed)                              Born 1892
                                                                                                                 Died 1964

        Abraham Lincoln                       (5th cousins)                          Claude DuWayne Hazen
                                                       (Thrice removed)                                 Born 1921
                                                                                                                    Died 1999

        Abraham Lincoln                       (5th cousins)                           Nancy Hazen Machuga
                                                       (4 times removed)

       Genealogy can be very fascinating to one who has been bitten by the “bug” and it can be very enlightening.  Learning about one’s ancestors can paint a new picture of the lives lived by these progenitors thus creating a better understanding of the earlier generations.  It behooves a researcher never to judge these ancestors but, rather, to understand their lives from their perspectives.

       Along the way on the road of research one will discover all types of ancestors, both famous and not so famous, and one should enjoy the pursuit of discovery about them both.  

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