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Samuel Lincoln

Also Known As: "Samuel Linkhorn"
Birthplace: Hingham, Norfolk, England
Death: May 26, 1690 (67-68)
Hingham, Suffolk County, Massachusetts Bay Colony
Place of Burial: Hingham, Plymouth County, Massachusetts, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Edward Lincoln and Bridget Lincoln
Husband of Martha Lincoln; Sarah Catherine Lincoln and Martha Lincoln
Father of Mordecai Lincoln, I; Samuel Lincoln; Samuel Lincoln, II; Daniel Lincoln; Mordecai Lincoln and 9 others
Brother of Richard Lincoln; Thomas "the weaver" Lincoln; Edward Lincoln; Robert Lincoln; Mordecai Lincoln and 3 others

Occupation: Weaver--came to New Engl 8 Apr 1637 w/Frances Lowes. Arrived 20 Jun 1637, , d. age 71
Married: 1650 New England, USA
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About Samuel Lincoln

Samuel Lincoln (date of birth unknown; baptised in Hingham, Norfolk, England, August 24, 1622,[1] as the son of Edward Lincoln; died in Hingham, Massachusetts, May 26, 1690), was progenitor of many notable United States political figures, including his great-great-great-great-grandson, President Abraham Lincoln, Maine governor Enoch Lincoln, and Levi Lincoln, Sr. and Levi Lincoln, Jr., both of whom served as Massachusetts Representatives and Governors.[2] 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.

Journey to America

Having grown up in meager circumstances due to a family squabble in which his wealthy grandfather disinherited his earlier children, Samuel Lincoln became an apprentice weaver under Francis Lawes of Norwich, England. Samuel Lincoln's father Edward had abandoned his home at Swanton Morley near Hingham after he was cut out of his father Richard's will, and relocated to some small acreage at Hingham.[4][5] In 1637, Lincoln left England for the New World with Lawes' family, embarking on a ship named John & Dorothy. Although most accounts indicate that he was 15 years old at the time, it has been suggested that he misrepresented his age in order to be permitted to make the voyage.[6]

Samuel sailed for the colony of Massachusetts, where his older brother Thomas – known in early records as "Thomas Lincoln the Weaver" to distinguish him from several other unrelated Thomas Lincolns – had already settled. Samuel's brother Thomas, who settled in 1635 in Hingham, Massachusetts, where he was granted a house lot by the town, later left at his decease a great deal of his property, including several house lots, to Samuel and to his nephews.[7] (Although twice married, Samuel's brother Thomas had no children.)[8]

Life and family in Massachusetts

Samuel Lincoln helped to build the Old Ship Church in Hingham.[9] He married Martha Lyford (daughter of Reverend Lyford) around 1649, and the couple had eleven children, three of whom died in their infancy, but another three of whom lived into their eighties. Lincoln's eldest son, born August 25, 1650, was also named Samuel. The emigrant Samuel Lincoln's fourth son was Mordecai Lincoln, who became a blacksmith, and who was the ancestor of Abraham Lincoln.[10] Genealogists have noted the common and repeated use of certain Biblical names in the Lincoln family, particularly Abraham, Samuel, Isaac, Jacob, and Mordecai, a common practice among early Puritan settlers in the Massachusetts Bay Colony.[11] Many later Lincoln descendants, including the original emigrant's son, were named Samuel in succeeding generations.

Interestingly, Samuel's mother also belonged to a family long associated with American government: the Gilmans of Exeter, New Hampshire. Samuel's mother Bridget Gilman was the daughter of Edward Gilman of Hingham, Norfolk, England, whose son Edward Gilman Jr. emigrated to Hingham, Massachusetts, later to Ipswich, Massachusetts and finally to Exeter, where he and his family became prominent businessmen, elected officials and, later, ardent Revolutionary War patriots. Nicholas Gilman, a signer of the U.S. Constitution, was a member of this family.


In 1937, the 300th anniversary of Samuel Lincoln's arrival in Massachusetts was commemorated with the dedication of a tablet at the Old Ship Church in Hingham, Massachusetts. President Abraham Lincoln is honored by a bust in the church of St. Andrews in Hingham, Norfolk, England, unveiled in a 1919 ceremony by then-American Ambassador John W. Davis.[12] Samuel Lincoln's father Edward, who remained in Hingham, England, died on February 11, 1640, and was buried in the graveyard of St. Andrews Church.

Christening: August 24, 1622

Christening Place: Hingham, County Norfolk, England

He was christened in Hingham, Norfolk, England, 24 Aug 1622.

Samuel Lincoln, a weaver's apprentice from Hingham, England,

Rev.John Lyford m. Sarah Oakley (b.approx.1586?) He and his family arrived in March of 1624 aboard the "Charity" to the Plymouth Colony.

Their daughter, Martha Mary LYFORD (1624 - 1693) m. Samuel LINCOLN (1619 - 1690)

7. SAMUEL5 LINCOLN (EDWARD4, RICHARD3, ROBERT2, ROBERT1) was born Abt. 1619 in England, and died May 26, 1690 in Hangham MAss. He married MARTHA LYFORD, daughter of JOHN LYFORD and SARAH UNKNOWN. She was born Aft. 1625 in Ireland, and died April 10, 1693 in Hangham Mass.


9. i. MORDECAI6 LINCOLN,SR, b. June 14, 1657, Hangham Mass; d. November 28, 1727, Scutuate MASS.

Samuel Lincoln, who came from Norfolk, England, to Hingham, Massachusetts, in 1637, at the age of eighteen years. He is entered on the ship's books as "servant," which probably meant apprentice, This Samuel Lincoln, "servant," by the irony of democracy, became the projenitor of Abraham Lincoln, president of the United States of America, "than whom there is no greater." Samuel married Martha Lewis, who died April 10, 1693. His fourth son, Mordecai, was the great-great-great-grandfather of President Lincoln.

History of Hingham, Norfolk. 29

"Samuel Lincoln, the Norfolk weaver, left Hingham, according to tradition, in the year 1637 ; Abraham Lincoln, his remote descendant, returns to-day in this memorial."

Samuel, according to Cushing's MS., "came from Hingham, Eng., and settled in New Hingham, 1637, living some time at Salem." Another early reference to him is found on a list of passengers refistered to pass from Great Britain to New England to inhabit in 1637, at which time the age of "Samuel Lincorne" was given at 18 yrs. This undoubtedly refers to the Samuel who settled in Hing., as the name is not found in any other locality at that early date. Samuel had two bro's also, who were early residents of Hing., viz.: Daniel Lincoln the husbandman, and Thomas Lincoln the weaver. Daniel d. here is 1644, leaving a considerable property to his bro. Samuel. Thomas d. in 1675, and altho' twice m. left no ch. He also left some of his est. to his bro. Samuel, but a larger portion to Samuel's ch. In 1649 Samuel purchased of Cornelius Cantlebury the estates now owned by Mrs. George M. Soule, and heirs of Asa Lincoln, deceased, on North St., near the present Hing. Station of the South Shore Railroad. The lot contained five acres, and is the same which was granted by the town in 1635 to Wm. Arnall. One branch of Samuel's descendants still occupies a part of the original homestead. The chris. name of his w. was Martha. She d. in Hing. 10 Apr. 1693. He d. 26 May, 1690, æt. 71 yrs. "Weaver," and kn. also as "mariner." His descendants are numerous and widely scattered. Many of them have occupied distinguished positions in public and private life. Very few of this stock, however, who bear the surname, reside in Hing. at the present time.

• Born 1619 HIngham, Norfolk, England

• Emigrated Abt 1637 to Salem, MA,

• Occupation, weaver

• Died 1690 HIngham, Plymouth, Massachusetts

Notes: Source: North America, Family Histories, 1500-2000, Book Title: Samuel Moody Grubbs, a descendant of the Boone Family : U. S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900, Source number: 577.000; Source type: Electronic Database; Number of : U. S., New England Marriages Prior to 1700 : U. S., Find A Grave Index, 1600s-Current :


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Samuel Lincoln's Timeline

August 24, 1622
Hingham, Norfolk, England
August 24, 1622
August 24, 1622
Hingham, Plymouth, Massachusetts
August 24, 1622
Hingham, Plymouth, Massachusetts
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Hingham, Massachusetts
Hingham, Norfolk, England
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Age 15
August 25, 1650
Hingham, Plymouth County, Massachusetts, Colonial America