Abraham Lincoln, A North Carolinian
There is substantial evidence
that Abraham Lincoln, the 16th president of the United States, was born not in
Kentucky, but on Puzzle Creek near Bostic, North Carolina, in Rutherford County.
Abraham Lincoln's mother, Nancy Hanks was “bound out” into
the care of the Abraham Enlow family, who lived in Rutherford County before
moving to Oconaluftee near Cherokee, North Carolina. She was a member of
the Concord Baptist Church near Bostic prior to and after the birth of the baby,
that she named Abraham. She left the area with “Little Abe” and married
Tom Lincoln in Kentucky where Jesse Head, the minister who performed the
ceremony, wrote of the young boy’s presence.
The following historians and biographers are some who have
long documented that Abraham Lincoln was born in North Carolina as recorded in
these and other publications
The Genesis of Lincoln by James H. Cathey (1899)
Abraham Lincoln, A North Carolinian with Proof by
James Caswell Coggins (1926)
The Eugenics of President Lincoln by James Caswell
The Tarheel Lincoln by Jerry Goodnight and Richard
Searching for Lincoln by Jerry Goodnight (2008)
Existence of these North Carolina roots are continually being found from other
unrelated sources as well. In Jean Tisdale’s book,
Dear Companion, her compilation of her ancestor’s Civil War letters,
wife Mary writes to her husband, Ancil Dycus, a Confederate soldier in the siege
of Richmond, about the story of “…Lincoln’s birth in Rutherford County….and that
Nancy Hanks left in a wagon train headed West,…holding Abraham in her lap”.
Another such source
The Child That Toileth Not; The Story of A Government Investigation That Was
Suppressed by Thomas Robinson Dawley, Jr. was copyrighted in 1912.
This source was written by a special agent of the Bureau of Labor, Department of
Commerce, was instigated by his research into mill labor and life in the South.
During his study, Dawley uncovered the story of Nancy Hanks’ predicament and
eventual move to Kentucky following her life with the Enloe family.
The mission of the Bostic Lincoln Center, a non-profit
organization, is to collect, document, research and preserve the
generational-lore of the area by providing audio/visual histories, exhibits and
programs telling this story and other stories of our region.
The Center will conduct tours of cultural and historical
sites and promote the distribution of educational materials telling the
story of our County.
At left is the marker at the intersection of the Bostic–Sunshine
Highway and Walker Mill Road, one mile from the traditional birthplace.
Tours are available by contacting The Bostic Lincoln Center at
or by mail at P. O. Box 153, Bostic, N. C. 28018.