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    Abraham Lincoln's Stepmother's Father's Will and Testament Mentioning Sarah Bush Johnston.

    Christopher Bush, extremely rare manuscript Document Signed with his mark, "x", three pages, 7.5" x 12", Elizabethtown, Kentucky, February 24, 1812, being his last will and testament. The will reads in part: "...calling to mind that all men must die- and being desirous to provide for my loving wife as amply as my little property will admit of and also wishing to do equal justice between my children and concurring I have already given to all my children (except Christopher & John) their full share of my estate both real & personal and being desirous to that my two sons namely Christopher & John shall be secured in my estate equal to what I have given to the rest of my children who has left me namely my son William Samuel Isaac & Elijah and my daughters Hannah Radley Rachael Smallwood and Sally Johnston..." Sally (or Sarah) Bush Johnston (1788-1869) was then the wife Daniel Johnston, a ne'er-do-well Hardin county farmer, who died two years later in 1816. She would then marry the widower Thomas Lincoln on December 2, 1819. Nancy Hanks Lincoln, Abraham's mother, had died of "milk sickness" the previous autumn in 1818 when Abraham was only 9 years old. Lincoln later described his stepmother as "a good and kind mother" and in correspondence referred to her as "Mother." They enjoyed a superb relationship. Document witnessed and signed by Benjamin Helm who also signs the attestation of probate preformed in February 1813 when the will was executed. A remarkable and quite unique piece of Lincolniana. Provenance, King Hostick to Parke Bernet Galleries, February 6, 1962, Lot 185. We have not seen one example of Christopher Bush appear at any major auction in the past thirty years. Light toning along folds, else Very Good condition. From the Henry E. Luhrs Collection. Accompanied by LOA from PSA/DNA.


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    February, 2006
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