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Wilson, Douglas L., ed.; Davis, Rodney O., ed.; Clagett, William. 'William Clagett (Statement)' in 'Herndon's Informants: Letters, Interviews, and Statements About Abraham Lincoln' . Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1998. [format: book], [genre: letter]. Permission: University of Illinois Press
Persistent link to this document: http://lincoln.lib.niu.edu/file.php?file=herndon219b.html


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159. William Clagett (Statement).

Mr. Charles Friend

In forms me he is collecting all the information he can get about the ancesters of Abraham Lincoln late president of the United States. I will relate what little I have gathered from people much older than myself I was raised in Grayson County Kentucky about 40 years ago there lived a man there by the Name of Mordicai Lincoln who was said to be the brother of Thomas Lincoln the farther of Abraham Lincoln it was said the Indians Killed the farther of Thomas Lincoln and Mordicai Lincoln in early times in Bullett County Ky near shepherdsville Thomas Lincoln moved to Hardin County and Mordicai Lincoln to Grayson County. the history of Thomas Lincoln will be furnished more Correctly than I Can give it but I will give the history of Mordicai Lincoln and his family as I have received it and know it myself Mordicai Lincoln lived 40 odd years ago as I have stated in Grayson County on what was called Clay Lick fork of Bear Creek he had Two sons on Named James and the other Mordecai, and Two daughters one of the daughters married a man by the name of Washington Neighbours the other a man by the Name of Nicely

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James Lincoln and Nicely moved to the State of Illinois over 40 years ago will give you and ancdote of James Lincoln he married Some Where about Shepherdsville his farther in Law give him a Negro man he brought him to Grayson County there Not being many Negroes there he be Came dissatisfied and Run away the Neighbors of Lincoln tried to pirsuade him to sell his Negro James Lincoln said he would Not for he was mortal flish and he never would not sell mortal flish and took him and give him Back to his farther in Law and moved to the Illinois and said he would not Live where slavery existed I will give you a history of old Mordicai Lincoln the Brother of Thomas Lincoln While Mordecai lived in Grayson County there came a few Indians through there and old Mordicai heard of them passing through mounted on his horse and took his Rifle gun on his Shoulder and followed on after the Indians and was gone Two days when he returned he said he left one Lying in a sink hole for the Indians had killed his farther and he was determined to have satisfaction I will Now give an annicdote of old Mordecia Lincoln him and an old man by the Name of Putt met at a tavern in Litchfield and spent 2 or 3 days in drinking to gether Putt was from the state of Georgie and was always call a tory Putt cemmenced to tell Lincoln when the Revlutinry war was he Putt woul kill Infant children in the cradle that was moore than Lincoln could bear he raise up and says God Damn you and I will Kill you and by the Interferance of the citzens saved Putts life but Lincoln let him know he had to Leave Town

William T. Clagett

Mr Wm McLure says Mordecai Lincoln killed Simon Girty the "Renagade"

W. T.C

Library of Congress: Herndon-Weik Collection. Manuscript Division. Library of Congress. Washington, D.C. 2510; Huntington Library: LN2408, 1:51 (letter); Library of Congress: Herndon-Weik Collection. Manuscript Division. Library of Congress. Washington, D.C. 3860—61; Huntington Library: LN2408, 1:52—54 (enclosure)

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Wilson, Douglas L., ed.; Davis, Rodney O., ed.; Clagett, William. 'William Clagett (Statement)' in 'Herndon's Informants: Letters, Interviews, and Statements About Abraham Lincoln' . Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1998. [format: book], [genre: letter]. Permission: University of Illinois Press
Persistent link to this document: http://lincoln.lib.niu.edu/file.php?file=herndon219b.html
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