||Samuel Lincoln Sr. migrated to New England during the Puritan Great Migration (1620-1640).|
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Samuel Lincoln might have been baptized, August 24, 1622, as the son of Edward Lincoln; he died in Hingham, Massachusetts, May 26, 1690. The "History of the Lincoln Family..." by Waldo Lincoln opines that his parentage is uncertain and that the early immigrant to Massachusetts may have been born in about 1619 instead. He noted an earlier work by Lea & Hutchison and his opinion is that they did not present "sufficiently strong evidence" to prove their assertion. However, a 1929 work by Charles Banks, "The Emigrant Ancestor...&c" noted that the 1622 origin is now "satisfactorily established" by the finding of the baptismal record of Thomas Lincoln, brother of Samuel and Daniel the immigrants. As this seems to be the latest and most authoritative work on the parentage of Samuel Lincoln, it is included in this profile.
Samuel was progenitor of many notable United States political figures, including his 4th great-grandson, President Abraham Lincoln, Maine Governor Enoch Lincoln, and Levi Lincoln, Sr. and Levi Lincoln, Jr., both of whom served as Massachusetts Representatives, Governor and Lieutenant Governor. Because of Samuel Lincoln's descendants, his fortuitous arrival in the Massachusetts Bay Colony, and the fact that his ancestry is known for several generations, he is considered father of the most prominent branch of Lincolns in America.
In 1637, Samuel sailed on the John and Dorothy for the new world, settling in Massachusetts. He was just 15 at the time and had been a weaver's apprentice in England.
He was settled in New Hingham by 1637 per the "History of Hingham..." (citing Cushman).
Per Torrey's "New England Marriages to 1700" he married Martha (possibly Lyford) by about 1650. Torrey said this:
LINCOLN, Samuel (1622-1690) & Martha [LYFORD?] (-1693); by 1650; Salem/Hingham
Anderson in "The Great Migration" and "The Great Migration Begins" does not have a specific entry for this man; he notes that for Martha Lyford to have been Lincoln's wife, Martha would have to have been born about the time her father died so her surname "Lyford" still may be uncertain. Banks & Waldo both also discuss the uncertainty of Martha's surname and the date of their marriage.
"History of the town of Hingham", Waldo and Banks all list 11 children of this couple noting that the names Mordecai, Sarah and Thomas were all used twice.
Lincoln, Samuel: Norwich, Norfolk; 1637 on John & Dorothy or Rose; Salem, Hingham [Hotten 290; NEHGR 15:26, 121:10, 143:131-33; Hingham Hist 2:459-60; NYGBR 60:115, 117; GMB 1215; PM 311].
Per No. 4, Vol. 3, Newport Historical Magazine, March, 1883. Copyright, 1883, by the Newport Historical Publishing Company, Page 207 & 208, Rhode Islanders Who Settled in New Jersey, the genealogy of the late President Lincoln has probably never been published complete due to missing links in genealogical chains, it may be appropriate to give it here.
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