Efforts to Preserve Barack Obama's Ancestral Home





Barack Obama's family roots reach deep into central Indiana and soon an old farm house near Kempton in Tipton County may serve as a living tribute to the President's ancestors. The President's mother, Ann Dunham, was born and raised in Kansas, but her grandfather moved there from Indiana and a historic preservationist is now at work reconstructing some of the Obama family history.


A land grant shows the property was settled by Jacob Dunham in 1840. Jacob Dunham was Barack Obama's great-great-great-great grandfather. He is one of 11 Obama ancestors buried in the Kempton Cemetery.

The Dunham house was actually built by Barack Obama's great uncle Riley Dunham, who was also a politician. He served in the Indiana General Assembly.

You can read more in the WISH-TV web site at http://www.wishtv.com/dpp/news/local/north_central/Man-hopes-to-preserve-Ind-home-of-Obama%27s-family.


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