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Rutledge, Ann

Born: 1813 AD
Died: 1835 AD
Nationality: American
Categories: Commoner

1813 – Born on January 7th in Henderson, Kentucky. The beloved and probable fiancee of Abraham Lincoln.

         – Ann became engaged to a man named John MacNamar who had come west from New York.

1832 – MacNamar, who had assumed the name "McNeil" for dubious reasons, told Ann he needed to return to his parents in the east but would come back to New Salem to marry her. MacNamar left on his trip but never came back.

1835 – Ann became ill with what may have been typhoid fever. Her condition worsened to the point where death beckoned. Ann called for Abraham, and he made a private, final visit to the dying girl. She died on August 25th.

1865 – After Lincoln’s death, William Herndon interviewed former New Salem residents including surviving members of the Rutledge family. Although the details these people remembered varied some in particulars, it seems clear a definite relationship between Ann and Abraham developed.