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Where Abraham Lincoln Was Really Born On Puzzle Creek Near Bostic NC , Artist Drawing

Where Abraham Lincoln Was Really Born On Puzzle Creek Near Bostic NC , Artist Drawing

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Where Was Abraham Lincoln Really Born?

Hollywood has tapped into the natural beauty of Rutherford County's Chimney Rock and Lake Lure for at least a half dozen movies including Dirty Dancing, and The Last Of The Mohicans. And there's an old story about the birthplace of Abraham Lincoln that would be perfect for the silver screen. And that may be exactly where this story may be headed some day.

There is a story that has been passed down thru the generations that says that Abraham Lincoln may have well indeed been born in a log cabin but it wasn't in Kentucky but on the banks of Puzzle Creek bear Bostic North Carolina about 65 miles west of Charlotte North Carolina.

History books for years have taught that Lincoln was born in a Log Cabin in Hardin County Kentucky on February 12th 1809 after his parents Nancy Hanks and Tom LIncoln were married. But there have always been serious doubt and questions about his birth and the time line associated with his parents marriage and his birth.

The alternate birth story says that as a child, Nancy Hanks the mother of Abraham Lincoln and her mother and sister moved from Virginia to her uncles home near Belmont North Carolina in what is now Gaston County. While there the family fell on hard times and they bound out Nancy in the late 1700's to the Abraham Enloe Family who were prosperous landowners on Puzzle Creek near what is now Bostic North Carolina.

Although she was a bound servant she was treated as a member of the family by the Enloe family and everything was fine until she became pregnant and it was said she was pregnant by Abraham Enloe whose family she had been working for.

The North Carolina legend says that the baby was born in 1805 and that Nancy Hanks named the baby Abraham. The legend says that Nancy and the baby boy Abraham were packed off to live with relatives on the Kentucky Frontier and it was there that Nancy Hanks met and married Tom Lincoln.

People in Kentucky always said that Abraham Lincoln was always a very large boy for his age. It may have very well been that he was several years older than what his mother and father Tom Lincoln claimed. It is a historical fact that Jesse Head the Methodist Minister that married Nancy Hanks and Tom Lincoln always said that the couple had a black haired boy with them at the wedding. If so and it was Abraham Lincoln then there is probably no way Tom Lincoln was the boys father. In all likelihood Abraham Enloe back in North Carolina was probably the boys father and if so then Abraham Lincoln probably was born in that Log Cabin on Puzzle Creek near Bostic North Carolina and not in Kentucky.

I think from everything I've been able to check out that this story may in fact be true. Abraham Lincoln may have been born in North Carolina. There are people right now trying to prove this story to be true.

So what do you think? Where do you think Abraham Lincoln was born. Why not post a comment below now and let us know what you think about the issue.

So Where Do You Think Abraham Lincoln Was Born. Why Not Post A Comment Below Now.


So Where Do You Think Abraham Lincoln Was Born. Why Not Post A Comment Below Now.

Porkchops55 on January 28, 2016:

Abraham Lincoln was born in Springfield Illinois

KAlonso on January 10, 2014:

When I was a child, around 1958, my mother showed me a picture in the paper and asked me who it was. Without hesitation I said "Abraham Lincoln". The photo was in the obituary section of the Asheville Citizen Times and was of a man named Enlow. I was too young for her to explain fully, but she said it was a cousin of President Lincoln.

celticburd on September 30, 2013:

The Mormon records are collected by members who are not genealogists and do not necessarily use good resources to trace their genealogy. My own gg grandparents are reported and sealed to the Mormon church as the parents of a daughter who is clearly the wife's daughter by another husband after the couple broke up. Her half brother gives permission for his half sister to marry because his father, her stepfather, had died. He was not the girl's father and should never have been sealed as such.

Many people falsify records for their own reasons, some to get into the DAR, some to hide scandalous information. A famous genealogist said don't believe anything you read, even the census. Do your own research and use primary records. Otherwise it's just hearsay or conjecture.

annlynn9 from Pennsylvania on February 17, 2013:

There exists a photograph of Jacob Lincoln, son of Josiah Lincoln, who in turn was the brother of Thomas Lincoln, which puts the Enloe photo under the table. It's at ...

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Jacob and President Lincoln would have been first cousins. However, the scientific fact is that Lincoln might have inherited his looks from anyone in his father's family or even from his own mother. Nancy Hanks was reported by a brother of hers to be 5'10", quite tall for a woman, and to have black hair and a dark complexion. From a genealogical perspective, there were almost a half dozen women named Nancy Hanks in North Carolina during the period the President was born. Finally, the 1806 Kentucky marriage record for Thomas Lincoln and Nancy Hanks has been discovered, and a facsimile of it is included on the memorial marker at the Kentucky cabin where the marriage took place. That's here ...

Robin Withrow on January 31, 2013:

I'm a descendent of Richard Hicks Martin of Rutherford County, NC. He was one of the NC fellows said to have been Lincoln's father. Our family story is that this had been rumored for some time and when asked directly, his answer was that he "might have been". Apparently there were more than one or two who "might have been".

moonbow on August 14, 2012:

My GGG grandfather attended the wedding of Abraham's parents. the family story handed down from him is that "Nancy's illegimate son , Abe, was present at the wedding. " When i asked how old i got told a little one with hand gesture indicating a toddler/preschool age child. when i was told this story by my granddad, (it was his granddad who had been present at the wedding), my dad tried to shush up the story. But my granddad was insistent, wanting me to know that anyone can strive for any job, and wanting me to know that people arent perfect. BTW, my ggg granddad was a neighbor and frequent guest in Lincoln's home - often staying the night with Nancy and Abe when Thomas was away out of town.

meggitymegs on April 11, 2012:

I am an Enloe descendant as well, and in our family records, we show the Enloe family moving from Rutherford County to Swain County (Oconoluftee). One side of my family still lives in Rutherford County, and this is definitely a local legend that people believe. Also, Abraham Enloe was a well-respected member of the community in both places and his standing is more similar to the caliber of person Abe Lincoln became than anything about Tom Lincoln. Lincoln also appointed a member of the Enloe family to political office, citing a debt owed on behalf of his mother. Interesting...

David Newsome on February 17, 2012:

If you knew the "REAL" truth about "Honest Abe" and are from North Carolina you probably wouldn't want him to have ever been close to your home state. He was/is a "created" hero. He NEVER set the first slave free (Read the Emancipation Proclamation for yourselves.) and he "saved the Union" by forcing (against their will), millions of people in eleven states to remain a part of something they had come to despise. Our "history" books are a joke but most of us are too lazy to seek the truth.

angela hoyle on February 16, 2012:

richard martin was also from rutherford co. in the duncans creek, cherry mnt. community and done trading with the enloe family. the story was something like, both men were married and didn't want the shame of an illegitimate child. so they paid a traveling salsmen to take the mother and child back home to kentucky to raise as his own. abraham lincoln has many features of the martin family members tall, slim, and facial features.

angela hoyle on February 16, 2012:

what about the richard martin connection that was the story i had always been told as a child by my grandfather i have photographs taken on glass in wooden boxes from that era and the one of richard martin is scary similar abe lincoln

Mike hollifield on February 14, 2012:

One of the goals of the Bostic Lincoln center, located in Bostic,nc is trying to accomplish. They have DNA from Enloe family members that can be tested against Abraham lincoln's DNA if the federal govt would release lincoln's DNA profile.

martin redbird on February 07, 2012:

Lincoln was likely born in NC and taken to KY as an infant, and he knew it, based on his own private letters. President Lincoln was also connected to Ocanalufftee, Birdtown, Cherokee Tribe, now Cherokee Reservation through his relatives in some way, the record shows. He simply could not discuss his Indian side due to the historical times. Feb, 2012

Alan on November 03, 2011:

The Mormon genealogical record shows a male, named

Abraham, born to Abraham Enloe & Nancy Hanks, on Puzzle Creek in North Carolina, on February 12, 1806. Sounds pretty authentic to me.

Jo Anne on November 01, 2011:

If Mr. Enloe or Mr. Lincoln was Abraham Lincoln's father, why does he look like John C. Calhoun of SC?

htodd from United States on October 31, 2011:

He was great..I think North Carolina

galndixie on September 18, 2011:

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Abraham Lincoln's Paternity

Rumors about the Lincoln family have circulated for many years, including one that Thomas Lincoln was not the true father of Abraham Lincoln, but rather a man called Abraham Enlow. Historian and Lincoln author Ed Steers has written a rebuttal to this argument which he shares below with our readers:

The challenge to Lincoln’s paternity is a very old challenge beginning as early as his nomination for the presidency in 1860. In fact, there are currently a total of 16 individuals who various authors have claimed hold such a distinction, if distinction is the right word. Among these sixteen are such notables as John C. Calhoun, Henry Clay, and Patrick Henry. More directly to the question of Abraham Enlow, there are actually four men with the name of Enlow, or a variation thereof, who are alleged to have fathered Lincoln. They are: Abraham Enlow of LaRue County, Kentucky; Abraham Enlows of Hardin County, Kentucky; Abraham Inlow of Bourbon County, Kentucky; and Abraham Enloe of Rutherford County, North Carolina. It is the latter individual that is currently making the rounds.

The Rutherford County claim stems from two early works that can be traced to author James Cathey (and later J. C. Coggins). According to these authors, Abraham Lincoln “...was born in Rutherford County, North Carolina about 1804,...” The extant record disproves this spurious statement.

The earliest record that we have for Lincoln’s mother, Nancy Hanks, is dated June 11, 1806, in Washington County, Kentucky. It is a bond for her marriage to Thomas Lincoln which occurred one day later on June 12, 1806. A second record, the marriage return of the minister who performed the marriage (Jesse Head), is also extant and lists the marriage as occurring on June 12, 1806, in Washington County, Kentucky. We can place both Nancy Hanks and Thomas Lincoln in Washington County, Kentucky at this time. According to the Enloe legend, Abraham would have been two years old at the time (born 1804).

The Enloe legend continues, “After that, Enloe found Tom Lincoln, an itinerant worker, and paid him a sum of money to marry Nancy Hanks and give her and the boy a home and name. Tom Lincoln agreed to the deal and left for Kentucky with little Abe and Nancy, whom he married in 1806”). This statement places Thomas Lincoln in North Carolina between 1804 (little Abe’s alleged birth), and 1806 (Tom and Nancy’s marriage in Kentucky). While written documentation proving Nancy’s whereabouts during 1804 and 1805 is lacking, there exist several oral traditions which place her in the home of Richard Berry in Washington County, Kentucky during this period, and here is precisely where we find her in June of 1806 adding credibility to those traditions.

More important, however, we do have documentary records which tell us exactly where Thomas Lincoln was living during this period, and considerably before and after this period. Thomas Lincoln can be located in Washington County, Kentucky from 1786 to 1803. From 1803 to 1806, we can document his location in Hardin County, Kentucky (Mill Creek farm near Elizabethtown, Kentucky), and from 1806 to 1808 (Elizabethtown, Kentucky), from 1808 to 1811 (Sinking Spring farm), 1811 to 1816 (Knob Creek farm), etc. Each of these locations is identified by a variety of records which are readily available (tax records, mortgages, jury records, deeds, bills of sale, records of debt, etc.).

During the crucial period of Abraham Lincoln’s birth, and Enloe’s alleged meeting with Thomas Lincoln, we can unequivocally place Lincoln in Hardin County, Kentucky. So if Enloe met with Lincoln to cut a deal, Enloe must have journeyed from Rutherford County, North Carolina to Hardin County, Kentucky to make the deal. This makes no sense. Enloe surely could have found another “...itinerant worker” in North Carolina to assume the task (for money) rather than undertake so long a journey to Hardin County, Kentucky.

To the best of our knowledge, Thomas Lincoln was never in North Carolina, and can be traced from his place of birth in Rockingham County, Virginia to his place of death in Charleston, Illinois. He never “... left” North Carolina for Kentucky as these authors claim. This is the most damaging evidence against the claim.

What other information do we have which bears on this subject? Abraham Lincoln had an older sister, Sarah Lincoln, born in 1807 in Elizabethtown, Kentucky. If older, she must have been born in North Carolina according to the Enloe legend. Was Enloe also the father of Sarah? If born in 1807, Sarah would in fact be younger than Abe. Assuming Sarah was born in 1807, and was therefore younger than Abraham according to the Enloe legend, all subsequent information about this girl is confusing. She married Aaron Grigsby while living in Indiana with her family in 1828 (age 21) when Abe was yet 19 (or was he 24?). Surely the difference between 19 and 24 would have been obvious.

Equally confusing about this age difference (1804 vs. 1809) can be found in Lincoln’s own hand. The earliest record we have of Lincoln is dated 1824 and consists of his writing in a homemade school assignment book. These fragments of Lincoln’s school assignments contain a short rhyme which Lincoln wrote about himself as well as simple mathematical calculations. If born in 1804, he would be 20 years old at the time of the writings as opposed to 15 years old (1809). Although open to debate, it seems far more likely that Lincoln was 15 and attending school in 1824 rather than 20 years old. Lincoln did not attend school at the age of 20 or, at least, there are no claims that he was still in school at age 20. While a five year differential is not obvious in the “mature” years of a person’s life, it is very obvious during one’s early (teen) years.

When the Lincolns left Indiana and moved to Illinois in 1830, Abraham Lincoln helped his parents locate near Decatur (Illinois), helping to erect a cabin. He then proceeded to strike out on his own winding up in New Salem where he began his long climb to the presidency. This date is important because it represents his becoming 21 years old (the age of majority) and no longer under legal obligation to his father. If born in 1804, he would have been 26 years old, five years past his age of majority. Again, this is not proof, but certainly is more consistent with the accepted birth date of 1809 rather than 1804.

Of course, there are Lincoln’s own statements about his nativity. Lincoln wrote in an autobiographical sketch, “I was born Feb. 12, 1809, in Hardin County, Kentucky.” A skeptic can ignore these statements by Lincoln under the presumption that one can never be absolutely sure where one’s paternity resides even with certain documentation. The only reason to reject the 1809 birth date is that the Lincoln’s can be unequivocally placed in Kentucky and not North Carolina.

But before we dismiss the currently accepted oral traditions and documentation that supports, and in some instances, proves those traditions, we should ask ourselves why the alternate traditions (Enlow, et. al.) are more believable, and whether they have any documentation to support them. The North Carolina tradition has no documentation (primary records) of any sort to lend credibility to it, and fails when challenged by all the existing documentation that does exist. It is based exclusively on one man’s writings decades after Lincoln’s death, and to nothing more. My recollection, without specifically checking the records, is that there were a total of sixteen Nancy Hanks living during the period in question. The person most often confused with Lincoln’s mother was her aunt (Lincoln’s great Aunt), also named Nancy Hanks, who was the mother of an illegitimate child named Dennis Hanks. Adin Baber, a Hanks genealogist, has placed several of these Nancy Hanks in North Carolina (as well as Virginia and Kentucky) during this period. In no instance does he place Nancy hanks Lincoln (or her parents) in North Carolina.

The legend that a man named Abraham Enloe fathered a boy wh

Sue Gamble on September 13, 2011:

years ago in Belmont NC there was an old cabin at the back of a large housing development on south point rd. and we were always told that was were Abraham Lincoln was born. It was in a field . I have been told it was removed and in the museum in Gastonia now.

Cherokee Empire on September 06, 2011:

At least one, probably other, Lincoln relatives appear at Ocannaluftee Cherokee Indian Town. Legend says that his Grandmother, or Greatgrandmother was in Cherokee Tribe. Some of Lincoln's Presidential pictures were actural photos of his cousin, not him because of his Native American traditions in his family. History sometimes has various paths to the truth. This is one:

mk;l' on February 07, 2011:

i love it

Alan Enloe on January 18, 2011:

The Mormon genealogy record,in Utah, shows that Abraham Enloe & Nancy Hanks, had a son, that they named Abraham, born on February 12th, 1806. I think that is definite proof.

Alan Enloe on January 07, 2011:

I have no doubt that he was born on Puzzle creek,in N.C. but the Mormon records show that it was on Feb. 12th 1806, not 1805.

Alan on December 16, 2010:

The genealogical record of the MOrmon church shows Abraham Enloe born to Abraham Enloe & Nancy Hanks, at Puzzle Creek, NC on Feb 12, 1806. This is from NC state records and almost certainly acurate. Is this Abraham Lincoln? Unquestionably.

Gregory Colon on December 11, 2010:

Little has been published about the early life of Abraham Lincoln. However, during a search of some old property records and will in a small courthouse in central North Carolina, Alex Christopher the author of "Pandora's Box,"; in one of the old will books dated around 1840, he found the will of one A.A. Springs. Upon reading the will he was shocked and amazed at the secret that it disclosed, but one must remember that it is a known fact that wills, even though they are classified public records the same as property and corporation records, they are rarely combed through as he was doing at the time, and these records hold many dark secrets that can be hidden in public view, but are never uncovered because there are very few who research these old records.

This practice of hiding secrets in public view and the conspirators can say, when faced with the facts and accused of concealing the records; they can reply "Well it was there in the public record in plan view for any and all to find." In the will of A.A. Springs was the list of his property. it went into detail to whom the property was to be dispersed and it included his children. Mr. Christopher and others were looking to find what railroads and banks this man might have owned and had left to his son Leroy Springs. He didn't find anything like that, but he did find the prize of the century. On the bottom of page three of four pages was a paragraph where the father, A.A. Springs, left to his son an enormous amount of land in the state of Alabama which amounted to the land that is today known as Huntsville, Alabama and then he went into detail to name the son and at first Mr. Christopher and the others with him couldn't believe what they were seeing, but there it was the name of the son and it was "ABRAHAM LINCOLN!"

(Pandora's Box, by Alex Christopher, pp. 282-286).

Abraham Lincolnson on November 28, 2010:

Abraham Lincoln has no living direct lineal descendents. The last living Lincoln died in 1984. Apparently, all of his children died at young ages.

Who is related to Lincoln. on November 28, 2010:

It makes sense that he was born out of slavery. Then, wanted to abolish it.

j.van hoosier on October 22, 2010:

looks a lot like my ggg grandfather jacob lincoln abe's uncle

Kathi Bobb on October 21, 2010:

For the DNA test, there is no need for blood. All that is needed is a simple cheek cell swab. The descendant must come from an all male line of descendents from Lincoln and Enloe's male line...uncle, brother etc will do as long as the male line is not broken with a female.

Judy, do you know of such a descendant?

Kathi Bobb on October 21, 2010:

This could easily be proven with a male descendant of Lincoln and Enloe having a Y-DNA test completed.

Rob Lathrop on August 10, 2010:

Seems to me with DNA technology being what it is, it could be proven definitively. You wouldn't need to exhume Lincoln's remains, or anything. A bit of his blood from the overcoat he was wearing the night he was assasinated should do (the coat is in the museum at Ford's Theater). This could be compared to the DNA from someone who is a direct descendent of Abraham Enloe. Why don't they do this and settle it once and for all?

Judy Pohlman on July 28, 2010:

My Grandfather Samuel Willis Enlow was born in Hardin Ky.

He was told he was a cousin to Abe Lincoln.

I beleive he was the son of Abraham Enloe

Ron on May 31, 2010:

I wonder if there would be any way to get a dna test done on the remains of Abraham Enlow and A. Lincoln.

M F PACE on May 10, 2010:

I am a HANKS cousin, tho' many generation removed. I have studied the stories and seen the testimonies of many folks and friends who lived in the communities where Nancy HANKS lived. Then there were those who knew Abe when he was young and then a teen and then those that worked in his law office.Those that live next door know much about their neighbor's business now days. It was no different back then. These personal witnesses who saw and knew him had no reason to lie. The coverup makes sense considering the 1860s political attitude. The REAL truth makes the BEST and MOST SENSE. I always wondered how a moonshiner alcoholic could produce a man of such caliber. Abe was known, loved and reveared by his country and elected as the 16th U. S. President. I have seen nothing that disproves the ENLOW theory. President Abe should have been President Abraham ENLOW/ENLOE. I am a researcher; everything combined points to Abraham ENLOE!

Kathi Bobb on March 21, 2010:

One thing is certain. The people who lived there believed it. My gr gr gr grandmother told all of her children and grandchildren that she went to school with Abraham Lincoln. She lived in NC, not KY.

3 b,bullets beans and bibles lincolnton nc on September 19, 2009:

waggonners,ironsmiths,tradesmen,clergymen and more passed through the broad rivers area to the hills and peaks due west of the coast.all were preyed upon by locals,hard drink and tales of gold that broke good men of good intent,a hot meal,sweet brandy and a haplis virginia girl child would start the month right.whose supply was always ample,with family in the clergy, postal service,land speculation,law enforcement slave and horse trade,stables and more.who you ask.president lincoln has close review unto the likeness of samuel harrill rutherford nc large hands,longforarms,stiff brow.his family controlled most aspects economic and political at that time in that always proven of life and history,the wealthy control the weak.if anyone took advantage of a young girl behind the cherry bounce tavern bostic nc 200yrs ago it's a harrill 3b3b3b

t33chr on July 06, 2009:

I visited Bostic, and saw the cabin's foundation and the plaque that reads: The Birth Place of Abe Lincoln- and read a book by a NC professor with photos of Abraham Enloe and all of his other sons.....Abe Lincoln could be their twin- all are almost 6'8" very tall - On the other hand, Tom Lincoln was about 5' tall and sqatty and an alcoholic, when Abraham Enloe paid Tom to take Nancy to KY to marry her- It was either that or Mrs. Enloe was going to blow a gasket! The whole charade was put together to be the "running for President" story- they wanted him to look good- so much for honest Abe!

kaye duncan on June 07, 2009:

i think he was born in wva.

haynes, hal on April 02, 2009:

I have researced this story for 50 years and previously lived close to Bostic and have visited Puzzle creek many times. Tom Mellons' monument is nearbyindicating Abe as being a native son. my uncle told me several times tha his grandmother had told him when he was lilttle that her great great grandmother had been at a dance or dances at the old Vernon Price home and Nancy Hanks had been present and hAd in fact sat on her lap and had talked to her .This was at the old Vernon Price house which has since burned down .I believe this story nowlm;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;urnes dwib biw, was on Duncon Creek Road

Thomas Byers (author) from East Coast , United States on March 12, 2009:

Yes I think so. I really believe he was born in North Carolina.

H.E. Underwood on February 16, 2009:

Undoubtedly, Abraham Enloe was Abraham Lincoln's father. Take a look at the picture of Wesley Enloe and notice the physaical characteristics. Yep, I say that Lincoln was born in North Carolina.

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