Thursday, February 12, 2009

Happy Birthday, Abraham Lincoln!

In honor of Lincoln's 200th birthday, I bring you my two favorite namesakes from the 1870 census.

Abraham Lincoln McDonald, b. 1862
Conneautville, PA
George and Kaziah McDonald named all of their sons after famous men. Thus, we have George Fremont McDonald, Kit Carson McDonald, Abraham Lincoln McDonald, and Grant McDonald.

Abraham Lincoln Terry, b. 1866
Miller, Missouri
This is fabulous for several reasons:
  • good sibling names (Illinois and Vermont)
  • the census taker added a little flourish on that L
  • 4-year-old Abe's occupation listed as "Hurrah for the Union"

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