Mordecai Lincoln
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Mordecai Lincoln (1657 - 1727)

Mordecai "Mordeke" Lincoln
Born in Hingham, Suffolk, Massachusetts Bay Colonymap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married about 1685 (to 1702) in Hull,Province of Massachusetts Baymap
Husband of — married about 17 Feb 1702 in Braintree, Massachusettsmap
Descendants descendants
Died at age 70 in Scituate, Plymouth, Province of Massachusetts Baymap [uncertain]
Profile last modified | Created 21 Sep 2009
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This person is an ancestor of President Abraham Lincoln.

Mordecai "MORDEKE" Lincoln was the fourth son born to Samuel Lincoln, the second son that was named Mordecai. He had an older brother who was first given the name but who lived only a few weeks.[1][2][3][4]

Mordecai "MORDEKE" Lincoln was married at Hull, Province of Massachusetts Bay, to Sarah Jones daughter of Abraham and Sara (Whitman) Jones.[5] Mordecai and Sarah had five children :

  1. Mordecai, Jr., born 24 April 1686; married (1) Hannah Salter and (2) Mary Robeson; moved to Monmouth, NJ and later to PA; d. 1736.
  2. Abraham, born 13 January 1689; moved to Monmouth, NJ; died April 1745.
  3. Isaac, born 24 October 1691; married (1) Sarah Cummings and (2) Mrs. Jael Wade.
  4. Sarah, born 29 July 1694; married Daniel Tower; d. 7 July 1754.[6]
  5. Elizabeth born after 169; married Ambrose Cole, Jr. of Scituate and died 14 Sep 1724.[7]

After Sarah's death in 1702, Mordecai Lincoln married, secondly, the widow of Samuel Chapin of Milton, Province of Massachusetts Bay, named Mary Hobart.[8][9] Children of Mordecai and Mary:

  1. Elizabeth, born 1703; m. Ambrose Cole, Jr.; died 14 September 1724.
  2. Jacob, baptized 23 May 1708.[10][11][12][13][14]

Mordecai Lincoln died at Scituate, Suffolk, Massachusetts Bay. The inscription on his tombstone in Groveland Cemetery, Scituate, Plymouth, Massachusetts reads:[15]

1727 IN Ye

Note: The English alphabet at that time included a character called a thorn, which looked very much like a letter "y" but in fact represented the "th" sound. Thus, the word that appears to be "ye" in fact was "the" (the body, the 28[th], the 71[st]).

His will is dated 3 May 1727 and proved on 28 March 1728 in Plymouth. He mentions his wife Mary, and his children, Mordicai, Abraham, Isaac, Sarah Tower, Jacob, Elizabeth Cole, decd., and his wife's daughter, Mary Gannett, and her granddaughter, Deborah Gannett, his sons-in-law, Ambrose Cole and Daniel Tower. His inventory was taken on 3 January 1727/28 in Scituate.[16]


  1. Dahlinger, Charles William : The Western Pennsylvania Historical Magazine, vol. 4, p. 12
  2. : Lincoln, Waldo, A.B. : History of the Lincoln Family: An Account of the Descendants of Samuel Lincoln of Hingham, Massachusetts, 1637-1920", Commonwealth Press, Worcester, MA (1923), p. 7
  3. History of the Town of Hingham, Massachusetts (The Town of Hingham, Massachusetts, 1893) Vol II, p.460-461
  4. Savage's Gen. Diet., vol. iii, p. 92; N. E. Hist. & Den. Register, vol. xiii. pp. 213-5
  5. Dahlinger, Ibid.
  6. Lincoln, Waldo, Ibid., p. 22
  7. "History of Hingham:" Vol II, p.461
  8. Lincoln, Waldo, Ibid., p. 21
  9. : Eagan, C. Edward, Jr., The Hobart Journal, The New England Historical and Genealogical Register 121 (Jan-Jul 1967) , vol. 121, p. 107
  10. Will of Mordecai Lincoln, his father, dated 3 May 1727
  11. Lincoln, Waldo, Ibid., pp. 22-3
  12. Clemens, William Montgomery, Editor : Genealogical, Historical and Biographical Lincoln, vols. 1 and 2, 6 numbers, NY (Jan 1916 - Apr 1917)
  13. Lea, James Henry and Hutchinson, John Robert : The Ancestry of Abraham Lincoln
  15. Find A Grave: Memorial #50630096
  16. "Massachusetts, Plymouth County, Probate Records, 1633-1967," images, FamilySearch ( : 20 May 2014), Probate records 1724-1731 and 1838-1842 vol 5-5T > image 295-296 of 596; State Archives, Boston.

See Also

  • Roberts, Gary Boyd; Ancestors of American Presidents. Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2009.
  • Ethel Farrington Smith, "Seventeenth Century Hull, Massachusetts and her People," Boston, MA: NEHGS Register 142(1988):107-...; 143:128-...
  • Massachusetts, Town and Vital Records, 1620-1988.
  • U.S., Sons of the American Revolution Membership Applications, 1889-1970
  • Mordecai Lincoln Mill and Homestead
  • Mordecai Lincoln Mill - Scituate-Cohassett, MA

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Note there are 2 "Lincoln-18" s.

Edited response: Hi Robin, Per your concern: Thanks. It was a bit weird, but I got Mordecai and Mordecai "Mordeke" to pop up and both showed Lincoln-18. Did it more than once.... That is why I posted it. Probably just a glitch... George

posted by George F. Bentley Jr.
edited by George F. Bentley Jr.
I am not sure what you are trying to say. There is only one Lincoln-18, that is this profile. He does have a younger brother Mordecai that died before he was a month old. There are no duplicates of Lincoln-18 that I can find.
posted by Robin Lee
According to information from University Microfilms of Ann Arbor, Michigan, Mordecai forged the first iron made in America. He was a blacksmith.
posted by Dena (Ellis) Oneal
During the 1600's if 2 children were born with the same first name they were classified as the elder (first named) and the Younger ( second named) this was not uncommon.
posted by [Living Lincoln]

Rejected matches › Mordecai Lincoln II (1686-1736)

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