John and Belinda (Keenan) Lincoln were natives of Somerset, Ohio. They were married in the county courthouse of Muskingum County, in Zanesville, Ohio, on March 21, 1850. They came to Iowa by covered wagon in 1879 from Zanesville. The family lost their wagon, its contents, and the team of horses while fording the Mississippi. The family settled near the Chestnut Ford bridge area in Boone County, Iowa. They were the parents of eight children: Thomas L., Alvida, Sarah, Alva (born in Ohio), William, John, Kathryn, and Arminta (born in Illinois).
John died in 1880, not long after the family arrived in Iowa, and is buried in the U.B. Cemetery, south of Madrid, Iowa.
*Information taken from the 1983 Madrid, Iowa Centennial Book and a Findagrave contributor.
Added note: John Robert Lincoln was the son of Leonard Lincoln and Nancy Dick who resided in Muskingum Co., Ohio.