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Thomas Lincoln (1600 - 1691)

Thomas "The Cooper" Lincoln
Born in Swanton Morley, Norfolk, Englandmap
Ancestors ancestors
Son of and [mother unknown]
Husband of — married 1630 in Englandmap
Descendants descendants
Died in Hingham, Suffolk County, Massachusetts Bay Colonymap
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There were four (4) Thomas Lincolns in Hingham, Massachusetts, at the same time. They were known as Thomas Lincoln the Cooper (this profile); Thomas Lincoln the Miller, Thomas Lincoln the Weaver, and Thomas Lincoln the Husbandman. Brief profiles of each are provided here to help distinguish them:

1. Thomas Lincoln, the Cooper, also known as the "maltster." He settled in Hingham in about 1635/36.

Wife: Anis/Avith Lane
Thomas, born May 6, 1633
Joseph, born Nov 20, 1640
Benjamin, born May 7, 1643
Deborah, born Aug 3, 1645. Married Samuel Thaxter on June 13, 1678.
Sarah, born Oct 5, 1650.
Will proved 17 Oct. 1692

2. Thomas Lincoln, the Miller

Immigrated to America and settled in Hingham in 1635. Removed to Taunton before 1665.
He married twice:
Bridget Gilman b. 1600 m. 1627
Elizabeth Street, widow, married as 2nd wife 1655
Samuel b. Feb 1637
Thomas b. May 16, 1538
John b. Feb 1639
Mary b. Oct 16, 1642. Married Richard Stephens and William Hack
Sarah bpt. Dec 1645. Married Joseph Wills
Died/ Will proved 1684

3. Thomas Lincoln, (the Weaver)

Brother of Daniel Lincoln, , and Samuel Lincoln, Sr.
Immigrated to New England in 1633 with Cousin Nicholas Jacob, and resided at Watertown and Charlestown, Massachusetts.
1635 Moved to Hingham, Massachusetts
He married twice:
Susanna UNKNOWN, d. 1641
Mary UNKNOWN, d. 21 Dec 1683
Died 2 Sept 1675

4 Thomas Lincoln, (the Husbandman)

Born December 22, 1622, son of Joan and brother of Stephen Lincoln
Came from Wymondham in the County of Norfolk, England
Settled in Hingham, Massachusetts in 1638, resided in Hingham or Windham.
Married Margaret Langer, dau. of Richard Langer, who 5 Mar 1693/94 in Hingham
Caleb, Oct. 8, 1643, d. young
Joshua, bpt. May 3, 1645 (twin) Died 21 Apr 1694.
Caleb, bpt. May 3, 1645 (twin) Died 9 Dec 1715.
Susanna, bpt. Aug. 16, 1646.
Mary, born Feb. 10, 1647-48 (bpt. Apr. 23, 1648).
Sarah, bpt. Sept. 29,1650.
Thomas, born Dec. 22, 1652. Died 28 Sep 1698 in Plymouth MA.
Daniel, bpt. May 14, 1654, d. 14 Feb. 1669-70.
Elizabeth, born Dec. 2, 1656. Died Dec 28, 1741.
Ephraim, born Nov. 1, 1659, d. 28 Jan the following year.
Ruth, born Nov. 19, 1662. Died April 10, 1751.
Died August 16, 1692

There were three other Lincolns related to these. The majority settled in Hingham, Massachusetts. The name Lincoln, with its variants— Linkhorn, Linkoln, Lincon, was common in Hingham. England, for more than a century before the emigrants from that town founded Hingham. Massachusetts. There were eight of the name of Lincoln among the early settlers of Hingham, Massachusetts. The family came from Wymondham, county Norfolk, Lincoln. There were three brothers, Daniel, Thomas and Samuel, who came in the party, accompanied by their mother Joan. There were in the remarkable Lincoln Colony, of Hingham, no less then four of the name of Thomas Lincoln, and they were distinguished from one another by their trades. Thomas Lincoln, miller, removed to Taunton; Thomas Lincoln, cooper, and Thomas Lincoln, husbandman, resided in Hingham. Wymondham, or Windham, was probably the birthplace of Stephen and Thomas Lincoln, but they were closely connected with others of the name who came from Hingham, England, to Hingham, Massachusetts.



Thomas, the "cooper", and also known as the "maltster," came from the west of England, says tradition, and settled in Hingham ab. 1635-6. His name, however, does not appear upon our records until 1636, when there was "granted unto Thomas Lincoln, cooper five acres of land at the west end of town for a house-lot, butting on the town street eastward, and upon the common westward, and with the land of Francis Smith northward, and with the land of Thomas Nichols southward." This lot he afts. sold or exchanged for one on North, near Beal St., which was his homestead. He also had a small trangular lot of land granted him subsequent to the first distribution of lots in 1635, at what is now the corner of North and Lincoln Sts. This (the triangular lot) he afts. gave with malt-house, etc., to his youngest son, Benjamin.

His wife, whom he married in England about 1630, was Anis, or Avith lane, a daughter of William Lane. She died in Hingham Feb. 13 or 14, 1682/83. Hingham town records say: "Annis Lincoln dyed 14 February, 1682-83." David Hobart, son of Rev. Peter Hobart, recorded the event in his diary as follows: "February 13, 1683. The wife of Thomas Lincoln the cooper dyed." At the time the present meeting-house of the First Parish was erected (1680-81), Thomas Lincoln, cooper, was one of the five elderly gentlemen to whom was assigned a sitting "in the second seate under ye pulpit;" while for Mrs. Lincoln a place was allotted "in the second seate next ye pew." He died at his residence on North St., West Hing., 28 Sept. 1691.

In his will, dated 13 July, 1688, proved 17 Oct. 1692, he mentions three sons and one daughter; son Joseph to have the home place. Joseph's son Nehemiah came next into possession, and having no issue he left it to his nephew Israel Lincoln. A large part of the original homestead is still in possession of this branch of the family. The


Children of Thomas Lincoln the Cooper, with his only wife Annis Lane were:[2]

  1. Thomas, born May 6, 1633
  2. Joseph, born Nov 20, 1640
  3. Benjamin, born May 7, 1643
  4. Deborah, born Aug 3, 1645. Married Samuel Thaxter on June 13, 1678.
  5. Sarah, born Oct 5, 1650.

THOMAS LINCOLN is one of eight Lincoln's mentioned in the early records of Hingham, Plymouth, MA. It is thought that they all came from Hingham in Norfolk County, England. The same names which appear in Hingham, MA, also appear on the records of St. Andrew's Cuurch in Old Hingham, for more than a century before these emigrants came to New England.

Five of the eight are known to be two sets of brothers. Four of the eight have the name, "Thomas". The eight are often distinquished from each other by their occupations.

three brothers –> Daniel "unmarried" --> Samuel "the weaver" (ancestor of President Lincoln) ---> Thomas "the weaver"

two brothers –> Stephen --> Thomas "the husbandman"

relationship unknown –> Daniel "the Sergeant" --> Thomas "the cooper" --> Thomas "the miller"


Name: Thomas /Lincoln/
Source: #S-2084685148
Source: #S-869875135


Date: 28 Dec 1600
Place: Morley, Norfolk, , England
Source: #S-2084685148


Date: 28 Dec 1600
Place: Swanton Morley, Norfolk, England


Date: 28 Sep 1691
Place: Taunton, Bristol, Massachusetts, United States
Source: #S-869875135


Date: 5 Mar 1684
Place: Taunton, Bristol, Ma


Note: Hingham, Massachusetts
Note: Hingham, Norfolk
Note: Life Story
Note: Hingham Records and Story
Note: Hingham story
Note: Emigrant England Pilgrims


  1. Entered by Anonymous Large, Jun 28, 2013
  2. Entered by Anonymous Large, Jun 28, 2013
  • Passenger List of the Diligent 1638, Ipswich, Suffolk England to Boston Harbor
  • Source S-2084685148: Family Data Collection - Births. Edmund West, comp. Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2001.
  • Source S-869875135: Repository: #R-899753595. Family Data Collection - Deaths. Edmund West, comp. Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2001.
  • Ancestral File Number: GZ0N-J0


  • This person was created through the import of Beaman Family Tree.ged on 31 March 2011.
  • WikiTree profile Lincoln-816 created through the import of janicepaf.ged on Jun 20, 2011 by Mark Olsen. See the Changes page for the details of edits by Mark and others.
  • Entered by Anonymous Large, Jun 28, 2013

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Vic, nicely done. I think anyone who desires accuracy will appreciate and benefit from your work - "Potential for Mistaken Identity."
I have tried to set up a simple comparison for people so they can choose the correct Thomas. I will also include the Profile number for each Thomas. Then we can move the bio information to the correct profile and include this comparison at the top of each. Does this work?
posted by Vic Watt
For additional information see;

The History of the Town of Hingham Massachusetts, The Genealogies Author: George Lincoln Pub: New England History Press Somersworth, New Hampshire 03878 ISBN: 0-89725-029-X Library of Congess Number: 82-80017

See the free link to that book, or buy it.

written by George Lincoln, originally published 1893. The New England History Press republished the material in 1982 and again in 1987. The book, while published without a copyright, should be ordered from your local bookstore if the information here is of interest to you. Ordering information: F The History of the Town of Hingham Massachusetts, The Genealogies Author: George Lincoln Pub: New England History Press Somersworth, New Hampshire 03878 ISBN: 0-89725-029-X Library of Congess Number: 82-80017

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