In the third installment of this series, I will tickle your noodle with a few short, but true “Did you know” statements.

1. Did you know … that Abraham Lincoln’s grandfather was named Abraham Lincoln?

2. Did you know …that Abraham Lincoln’s father and mother were named Thomas Lincoln and Nancy Hanks Lincoln. The twist here is that the famous actor Tom Hanks (see the connection?) is a direct descendant from Abraham Lincoln through his mother’s side, Nancy Hanks Lincoln. For the record, he is the third cousin, four times removed. Sorry, but even I can’t trace that one. But it’s true!

3. Did you know … that Abraham Lincoln spoke in a high pitched voice with a Kentucky accent? This is a far cry from the Disney version seen in movies, where he is presented using a deep, commanding voice as would befit the President of the United States. What if Disney had decided to accurately portray Mr. Lincoln giving the Gettysburg Address in his real voice. Do you think it would have sounded a lot like Mickey Mouse? One may never know. 





To see the entire series, click here “SUMMARY OF THE “DID YOU KNOW” ABRAHAM LINCOLN SERIES (Parts 1-15)”         



If you are interested in Abraham Lincoln, you should read these interviews by three Lincoln experts:


“An Awesometalk With” ROGER NORTON, Webmaster of the ‘Abraham Lincoln Research Site’ (posted on December 30, 2008)


“An Awesometalk With” DR. THOMAS SCHWARTZ, Illinois State Historian (posted on December 08, 2008)


“An Awesometalk With” HAROLD HOLZER, Lincoln Scholar (posted on November 10, 2008)



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  1. NOTE FROM BARRY: This email came to me directly in response to item #2 here about Tom Hanks relationship to Abraham Lincoln. The article I quoted indicated that Tom Hanks is the 3rd cousin, four times removed from Abraham Lincoln. I don’t understand that relationship but this person has written a form of explanation. To be honest, I’m not sure I understand it either but thanks for your input. Anyone have any thoughts?

    From : photo3d2@3dham.com:
    “Cousins are not ancestors or descendants , only realtives and distant cousins are distant relatives. Tom Hanks is distantly relatated to Abraham Lincoln.

    If cousins were ancestors or descendants then no two people on the face of the
    earth would be allowed to marry in California, since california bans marriages
    between ancestors and descendants of any degree and no two people on earth are
    more distantly related than 50th cousins!”

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