Connections: The Rambo and Lincoln Families

The Rambo and Lincoln families chart

It’s always interesting to map out famous connections in your family tree–however distant they may be. I mark one of those connections today with the celebration of his birthday, Abraham Lincoln.

Abraham Lincoln was born on 12 Feb 1809 in Hadgenville, Kentucky. He became the 16th president of the United States of America in Mar 1861. My relationship is so distant that it may be laughable to even consider us “related.” But mapping out these sorts of connections is fascinating not only because of the fame factor, but you begin to realize that we are all connected in one way or another… it’s just a matter of knowing how to put together the puzzle pieces.

My exact relationship to Abraham Lincoln comes through the Rambo family. Ann Rambo (1725-1819) is my second cousin eight times removed (our common ancestor is Swedish settler Peter Gunnarson Rambo). Ann descends through Peter’s son Gunnar while I descend through his son Peter. Ann married Jacob Lincoln (1725-1769) in Jun 1747. Jacob of course never knew his cousin Honest Abe, having died many years before Abe was born. And though Ann died when Abe was 10 years old, she lived and died in Pennsylvania while young Abe was born in Kentucky. The connection was probably too distant and even if she knew of her late husband’s young cousin she certainly didn’t know what the future held for him.

Abraham is one of those figures we’re taught to revere growing up. He is viewed as one of the greatest presidents in our history. He certainly held one of the hardest jobs, uniting a divided country through difficult times. Actually, it doesn’t sound that much unlike today. We must remember that politicians, even though revered by history books, are still politicians. I wonder how I would feel if I were there in the 1860’s. Without the sheen of a carefully polished history, what would it be like to actually be there in the moment and cast a vote for (or against) Abraham Lincoln? After all, that’s all he was… just another politician.

This year represents Abraham Lincoln’s 203rd birthday. Happy Birthday, cousin Abe.

Be sure to read more about my Rambo family in the Jordan’s Journey book.

8 Responses to “Connections: The Rambo and Lincoln Families”

  1. Mark A. Johnson says:

    I too have. Obout the same connection down through the Rambo line I would love to have a conversation with you to see how we tie together
    Mark Johnson
    740 891-1791

  2. Miranda Dunn says:

    I’m a Rambo too! My grandmother spells her name Rumbo because her great grandfather changed the a to a u.

  3. Katt Rambo says:

    Thank you for this! I have found this same connection through Ann! You explained it very simply though. Thank you!

  4. Melissa Carraway says:

    I am also one of the descendants. Gertrude Rambo line.would love to talk to other descendants!

  5. Alecia Rambo Ghouralal says:

    I am a Johnson and Rambo. I would love to talk to someone about my finds and also relationship to the Bible

  6. Christopher Ferragamo says:

    I am a descendent of Barbara Kinch and Moses Lincoln. Moses’s father was Jacob Lincoln (Lincorn) and his mother was Ann Rambo. After seeing this family tree, I am more than happy to say I am a part of the Lincoln family tree. I can’t believe this!!

  7. Elizabeth Ruth Keiper Albritton says:

    I am related to Abraham Lincoln through the Hanks family. He is my 5th cousin,
    5 times removed. Samuel Lincoln Lincoln (1622-1690) was my 9th great-grandfather and Abraham Lincoln’s 4th great-grandfather.

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