Bonnie Lincoln is Nets Dancer, Lincoln Descendant (Pics)

February 13, 2009

Meet Bonnie Lincoln, a dancer for the New Jersey Nets who is a descendant of President Abraham Lincoln. See photos, video and a biography of Lincoln’s beautiful blond relative here.

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February 12, 2009 marked the 200th anniversary of the birth of Abraham Lincoln, Bonnie Lincoln’s famous ancestor and the greatly admired 16th President of the United States. She and Lincoln are descendants of the same set of English brothers from the 1600s; Richard and John Lincoln.

I guess you could call Abe and I cousins…Abe is eight generations descended down from Richard, and I’m 13 generations descended down from John.”

With the Lincoln bicentennial in full swing and President’s Day around the corner, she has had plenty of opportunity to share her enthusiasm over having such a distinguished member of the family tree. In her New Jersey Nets official bio she mentions being related to Lincoln as “something unique about me.”

“I’ve been taught since I was a young girl to believe in myself and pursue my dreams – and that’s something Lincoln certainly embodied,” the cheerleader said.

“He faced a lot of hardships and struggles along his road to the presidency and it’s no different trying to make a career in dance. You get shot down and you gotta get back up and try again.”

Bonnie Lincoln’s great uncle is the one who researched the family’s ancestry and Bonnie Lincoln has known since she was a child of the family’s famous ancestor. Her parents’ home has some mementos and reminders of Lincoln, including an oil painting of Lincoln and a penny collection. Most impressively, the family owns a piece of Lincoln’s log cabin in Illinois. Her great grandfather got it back in 1907 when he was one of those who helped to restore the historic log cabin.

As a biography, Bonnie Lincoln was born on June 22, 1985 in Montville, New Jersey. Her age is 23. She is 5-foot-8 tall and has blond hair and brown eyes.

Dancing is her passion and she has studied dancing since age three and began competing at age eight. She is a graduate of The College of New Jersey (TCNJ) where she received a degree in Criminology and Justice Studies in 2008. She was a four-year TCNJ Dance Team member and a two-year captain. Additionally she worked for two years for the Universal Dance Association.

In addition to being a Nets dancer (since August 2008) she also works part-time as a legal assistant at Stein & Stein Attorneys office in Parsippany, New Jersey.

Watch video and see more Bonnie Lincoln photos below.

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