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Thomas Lincoln (abt. 1622 - 1692)

Thomas "The Husbandman" Lincoln
Born about in Wymondham, Norfolk, Englandmap
Brother of
Husband of — married 1642 in Hingham, Massachusettsmap
Descendants descendants
Died at about age 70 in Hingham, Suffolk, Province of Massachusetts Baymap
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Thomas Lincoln migrated to New England during the Puritan Great Migration (1620-1640).
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Thomas Lincoln was born in Norfolk, England.

Thomas was born about 1622 in Wymondham, Norfolk, England.

Thomas was "the husbandman" came to America with his brother, Stephen, who had the same occupation, in the ship Diligent arriving 10 August 1638. [1][2]

His name frequently occurs upon the early records of the town, and in every instance he is distinguished from the other Thomases by his occupation.[1]

His conveyances and titles to property acquired either by grant or purchase, also afford evidence of his vocation in life. [1]


His wife was Margaret, daughter of Richard Langer.[1][2][3]

Children of Thomas and Margaret:[1]

  1. Caleb, Oct. 8, 1643, died young.
  2. Joshua Lincoln (twin), baptized May 3, 1645; died April 21, 1694. He married Deborah Hobart, daughter of Capt. Joshua and Ellen (Ibrook) Hobart, on April 20, 1666. They had ten children.
  3. Caleb Lincoln (twin), baptized May 3, 1645; died December 9, 1715. He married first, Rachel Bate, daughter of James and Ruth (Lyford) Bate, on May 8, 1684, and second, Hannah Jackson, September 2, 1698. Caleb and Rachel had six children.
  4. Susanna Lincoln, baptized August 16, 1646; married Joseph Barstow of Scituate on May 16, 1666.
  5. Mary Lincoln, born February 10, 1647/48; baptized April 23, 1648; married Francis Barker of Duxbury on January 5, 1674/75.
  6. Sarah Lincoln, baptized September 29,1650; married Thomas Marsh on May 6,1675.
  7. Thomas Lincoln, born December 22, 1652; died September 28, 1698 at Plymouth, Massachusetts. He married Sarah Lewis, daughter of James and Sarah (Lane) Lewis of Barnstable, Massachusetts, on January 6, 1684. They had five children. Thomas was a carpenter, but was also known by his father's title of "Husbandman".
  8. Daniel Lincoln, baptized May 14, 1654; died February 14, 1669/70.
  9. Elizabeth Lincoln, born December 2, 1656; died December 28, 1741. Married Daniel Lincoln, son of Samuel and Martha (Lyford) Lincoln (direct ancestors of Abraham Lincoln), on January 23, 1677/78. They had six children.
  10. Ephraim Lincoln, born November 1, 1659; died three months later, on January 28, 1659/60.
  11. Ruth Lincoln, born November 19, 1662; died April 10, 1751. Married Samuel Gill, son of Thomas and Hannah (Otis) Gill, on January 13, 1684/85. They had one daughter named Mary according to George Lincoln, but James Savage records there was a son also.


Selectman 1662, 1669, and 1672.[1][2]

He resided on Fort Hill Street in Hingham "on the upland by the highway side going to Weymouth mill."[1]


Thomas died August 16, 1692 at Hingham.[1]

Thomas' will, dated 24 May 1681, names wife and eight children.[1] It included bequests to his wife, Margaret; to daughters, Susanna Barstow, Mary Barker, Sarah Marsh, Elizabeth Lincoln, and Ruth Gill; and to sons, Joshua, Caleb, and Thomas.[4]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 1.9 History of the Town of Hingham, Massachusetts (The Town of Hingham, Massachusetts, 1893) Vol III, p.15-16
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Cutter, William Richard, 1847-1918, ed. Historic Homes and Places and Genealogical and Personal Memoirs Relating to the Families of Middlesex County, Massachusetts. Vol. 4. New York, Lewis historical publishing company. 1908. pg 1933
  3. Torry, Clarence A. New England Marriages Prior to 1700. Baltimore, MD, USA: Genealogical Publishing Co., 2004. $
  4. Suffolk County Probate Records. [1]

See also:

  • Website of The Descendants of Thomas Lincoln, the husbandman [2]
  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed 28 March 2021), memorial page for Thomas Lincoln (22 Dec 1622–16 Aug 1692), Find A Grave: Memorial #82245077 ; Maintained by Robert Kuhmann (contributor 46567652) Unknown. Note: the birthdate is incorrect and this memorial is unsourced.
  • Anderson, Robert Charles. The Great Migration Begins. New England Historic Genealogical Society, Boston,1995. Page 1215.
  • Elizabeth Frye Barker. Barker Genealogy. Frye Publishing: New York, 1927. Page 166.
  • Passenger List of the Diligent 1638, Ipswich, Suffolk England to Boston Harbor
  • New England Historical and Genealogical Register, James Atkins Noyes. {Volume ?}

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Adding a note here that although the History of Hingham identifies Stephen as the brother of Thomas (husbandman), in looking at the Great Migration Directory entries it appears that the Great Migration project does not:

Lincoln, Thomas, husbandman: Unknown; 1636; Hingham [HiBOP 48v; Hingham Hist 3:15-16]. Lincoln, Stephen: Wymondham, Norfolk; 1638; Hingham [NEHGR 15:27; Hingham Hist 2:476; SPR Case #199].

I think the discrepancies may be important. Thomas is listed as origins unknown and arriving in 1636, and there should be a corresponding record in the first source listed to support that date. (I'm not sure if the original Hingham Book of Possession is online anywhere?). This would contradict the story that Thomas arrived on the Diligent in 1638 with Stephen and his mother. The original source of this seems to be Banks, which isn't that reliable (and probably also why Stephen's entry doesn't include "Diligent" in his entry).

I guess Stephen was also husbandman, and since the Lincolns are grouped by profession, that could be why they were assumed to be related. But weaver, cooper and miller are specific skills, whereas husbandman is more of a general labor, I'm not sure it suggests a family connection in the same way.

posted by M Cole
This profile needs a check following recent changes. Thank you.
Agreed. The sources are questionable. Maybe belonging to other Thomas Lincolns. I am working on this profile and the other Thomas Lincolns.
Lincoln-632 and Lincoln-4 appear to represent the same person because: intended to be the same person, dates are estimates on -632
posted by Robin Lee
I added links to children's profiles. Also cleaned up narrative - eliminated repetition from several merges.
posted by Carole Partridge
The narrative says only the mother's name was known, not the father, but we have both attached to this tree. What's the source? What also is the source for the EXACT birth date? THanks.
posted by Jillaine Smith