Monday, January 23, 2006

Was Abraham Lincoln Unbalanced?

From the St. Paul Pioneer (Minn.) Press of Jan. 23, 2006:

Lincoln kin help medical research
Results will allow screening for ataxia risk

By Jeremy Olson
Pioneer Press

The proud lineage of President Abraham Lincoln has helped researchers at the University of Minnesota identify a genetic origin of ataxia, a disease that robs people of mobility and coordination.


The research simply put a name to something Lincoln descendants already knew: They were more prone to a mysterious ailment. One branch of the family had previously called it the "dreaded Lincoln disease," said Laurie Crary, a 50-year-old who is Lincoln's sixth cousin. Crary, of Prescott, Ariz., isn't as affected as her father, but she and her sister experience vertigo and lose their sense of balance in the dark.


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The answer to your question is "probably not" since he was not a Lincoln genetic descendant...see for details. He was probably an illegitimate son of Abraham Enloe by Nancy Hanks, who then took him to KY and she married Thomas Lincoln.

Are there descendants of Abraham Lincoln? I don't know for sure. If there are male descendants, then a Y-DNA test could show whether he is a Lincoln or not.

Cheers -- Randy


I've also heard that the works of Shakespeare were not written by William Shakespeare, but by another man of the same name.

Lincoln has no living descendants, so there's no way to know the truth without a shovel and a court order.

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