seventh child of this union, born February 25, 1791, was Robert S. Todd
, the father of Mrs. Lincoln
On her maternal side Mrs. Lincoln
was highly connected.
Her great-grandfather, General Andrew Porter
, was in the war of the Revolution.
He succeeded Peter Muhlenberg
as major-general of the Pennsylvania
Her great uncles, George B. Porter
, who was governor of Michigan
, James Madison Porter
, secretary of the navy
under President Tyler
, and David R. Porter
, governor of Pennsylvania
, were men of ability and distinction.
Her mother, Anne Eliza Parker
, was a cousin of her father, Robert S. Todd
The latter had served in both houses of the Kentucky Legislature
, and for over twenty years was president of the Bank of Kentucky
He died July 16, 1849.
To a young lady in whose veins coursed the blood that had come down from this long and distinguished ancestral line, who could even go back in the genealogical chart to the sixth century, Lincoln
, the child of Nancy Hanks
, whose descent was dimmed by the shadow of tradition, was finally united in marriage.
When Mary Todd
came to her sister's house in Springfield
in 1839, she was in her twenty-first year.
She was a young woman of strong, passionate nature and quick temper, and had “left her home in Kentucky
to avoid living under the same roof with a stepmother.”
She came to live with her oldest sister, Elizabeth
, who was the wife of