150 years ago, my dad lost a distant cousin….

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Today is the 150th anniversary of the passing of Abraham Lincoln from a gun shot wound to the back of the head while watching a play at Ford’s Theatre in Washington D. C.  Lincoln, was the 16th President of the United States, and my dad’s 3rd cousin, 4 times removed.

I have always thought there was a family resemblance around the mouth and chin area and of course the long forehead.  Dad always combed his hair forward and then over, to hide the fact that he had the same receding hairline.  I have often wondered, could I be looking into the face of my Prewitt ancestors when I look at these two men?

Like most of the American Public, I have been fascinated by this man who led our country during one of her most trying and horrific times.  But when I discovered that he and my dad share a common ancestor, I became even more curious about him. 

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