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Friday, February 12, 2010

The Face of Lincoln

Run time: 21:38

Although this film has been around since 1954, I don't recall ever seeing it as a child. No matter--I wouldn't have been nearly as amazed by it then as I am now.

Abraham Lincoln was born 201 years ago today. There's a great Lincoln Timeline at The History Place.

Ancestors on my father's side who were living during the Lincoln presidency included his grandparents and at least some of his great grandparents, but all were still living in Germany at that time.

On my mother's side, her paternal grandparents (Milton E. Kerr and Kate Pettis) were both born during the Civil War. Her paternal great-grandparents were all in their twenties, and all four of them still had at least one living parent. At least three of my mother's great-great-great grandparents were also still living when Lincoln took office. All lived in the United States.

Mom's maternal grandparents hadn't been born yet. Her great-grandparents Schulte still lived in Germany. Joseph Hauer and Theresa Wolfschlager weren't married yet, but both were living in the United States.


Heather Rojo said...

This is so timely for me. I'd been examining some Lincoln marriages in Massachusetts for my family tree. I'm not directly descended of these Lincolns, but they were marrying cousins and other in-laws. I was so surprised to see that these were President Lincolns ancestors! I never knew his roots went back to Massachusetts.

Kathleen Brandt, Professional Genealogist said...

Wonder video and fascinating sculpture work. I loved the pace and story told, not just the same. And like, you I don't remember this to be so "awesome?" in school.

T.K. said...

Heather and Kathleen, thanks for stopping by. Glad you enjoyed the film. I was awed at the way this man could not only tell Lincoln's biography while sculpting, but then to relate the sculpting to the stages of the biography... wow, huh?

Mavis said...

Interesting video. Thanks for sharing it.

Mary said...

Thanks for posting this sculpting history teller. Lincoln was always my favorite president and I did many reports on him in school. We also share the same birth date, many years apart. Maybe that is why he is my favorite, I never went to school on my birthday until 7th grade.

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Our Family in Books: A Bibliography

  • My Ancestors in Books (a library of resources and notes pertaining to Reverend Samuel Stone, Major General Robert Sedgwick, Elder John Crandall, and other early Americans in the forest where my family tree was grown)
  • The Zahnisers: A History of the Family in America by Kate M. Zahniser and Charles Reed Zahniser (Mercer, Pa. 1906)
  • History of St. James Lutheran Church [full title: A little of this and a little of that in the 141 year (1861-2002) History of St. James Lutheran Church, Reynolds Indiana] by Harold B. Dodge, published at Reynolds, Indiana, 2002; 170 pages.
  • Lisbon, North Dakota 1880-2005 Quasuicentennial, published at Lisbon, North Dakota in 2005; 391 pages.
  • The Paschen and Redd Families of Cass County, Indiana by Alfred Paschen, c. 2005 (Gateway Press, Inc., Baltimore, MD); 322 pages.
  • Sheldon Community History: Sheldon Centennial 1881-1981, published at Sheldon, North Dakota in 1981; 376 pages.
  • Sheldon, North Dakota 1881-2006 - 125th Anniversary: The Queen of the Prairie, published at Sheldon, North Dakota in 2006; 498 pages.
  • A Standard History of White County, Indiana, written under the supervision of W.H. Hamelle, c. 1915 (The Lewis Publishing Company, Chicago and New York).
  • The Roots of Coventry, Connecticut by Betty Brook Messier and Janet Sutherland Aronson, c. 1987 (Coventry 275th Anniversary Committee, Coventry, CT); 206 pages.
  • "Elder John Crandall of Rhode Island and His Descendants" by John Cortland Crandall; New Woodstock, New York, 1949; 797 pages.
  • "The Descendants of Robert Burdick of Rhode Island." Nellie (Willard) Johnson, Pd.B.: H & L Creations, LLC.

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