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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.
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:
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"
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