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UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS 
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Genealogical, Historical 

and 

Biographical 



EDITED BY 

WILLIAM MONTGOMERY CLEMENS 



VOLUMES ONE AND TWO 
SIX NUMBERS 

JANUARY 1916, TO APRIL 1917 



WILLIAM M. CLEMENS 

PUBLISHER 
NEW YORK 



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PRINCIPAL CONTENTS 



Page 

Benjamin Lincoln of Hingham, Mass 45 

Connecticut Lincoln Families 89 

Connecticut Marriages 25-87 

Damon's Lincoln Sermon 49-65 

Keene, N. H., Families 29 

Lincoln, Abraham's Pedigree 4 

Lincolns in the Revolution 60 

Lincolns of Tennessee 7-17-33-56 

Lincoln Lines of Descent 16-32 

Maine Lincoln Families 21 

Maine Marriages 64 

Mary Todd Lincoln 84 

Massachusetts Marriages 14-30-39-74-90 

New York Marriages 23 

Ohio Marriages 86 

Pennsylvania Marriages 55 

Rhode Island Marriages 58 

Thomas Lincoln of Hingham, Mass 73-81 



Vol. I JANUARY, 1916 No. 1 



The 



LINCOLN FAMILY 



Magazine 



Genealogical, Historical and Biographical 



Edited by William Montgomery Clemens 

Published Quarterly Two Dollars per Year 

Single Copies Fifty Cents 



WILLIAM M. CLEMENS 

PUBLISHER 
56 & 58 Pine Street New York City, N. Y. 



CONTENTS. 



The Name of Lincoln Page 1 

An Early Lincoln Letter 2 

The Abraham Lincoln Pedigree 4 

The Lincoln Governors 5 

Thomas Lincoln, the father of Abraham Lincoln . . 6 

The Lincolns of Tennessee 7 

Will of Isaac Lincoln 10 

Will of Mary Lincoln 11 

Early Massachusetts Marriages 14 

Brief Lincoln Lines of Descent 16 



The Lincoln Family 

MAGAZINE 

JANUARY. 1916 

THE NAME OF LINCOLN. 

The town of Hingham in Massachusetts is the vir- 
ginal home of all the Lincolns in America. From the 
pioneers of Hingham all the Colonial families of Lincoln 
are descended and from County Norfolk in old England 
came the American pioneers. 

The variants of the name — Linkhorn, Linkon, Lincon 
and Linkehorne were common in Hingham, England, just 
as they became common in the early New England settle- 
ments. 

To one of the Hingham pioneers the ancestry of the 
Great Abraham has been traced, much more satisfactorily 
in the earlier stages than in the later, for the generations 
of Lincolns from 1750 to 1850, as applied to the martyred 
president, have never been fully detailed, nor have all the 
facts and data been fully known. 

Of Lincoln genealogies, good, bad and indifferent, 
there have been published seven or eight volumes from the 
seven paged lineage by Shackford to the 212 paged book 
by Lea and Hutchinson, but there remains much that is 
vague and obscure. 

The Lincoln Family Magazine will endeavor to pre- 
serve from the records of the past, the essentials in Lin- 
coln history, biography and genealogy and will present 
many new and valuable facts, not only as regards the family 
of Abraham Lincoln, but of the other Lincoln families in 
this country, whose descendants number many thousand. 

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In addition to historical and biographical facts and 
data, we purpose to print in forthcoming issues of this 
small magazine, not only wills, deeds, birth and death 
records, but as nearly as possible, a most complete register 
of all the Lincoln marriages in America, for from the mar- 
riage root all genealogical trees are grown. 

In this initial issue we give some new and highly in- 
teresting facts concerning the immediate relatives of 
Abraham Lincoln, who were among the early pioneers of 
Tennessee, and in future numbers, equally valuable and 
heretofore unpublished material will be presented. To 
the descendants of the Lincolns in America and to the 
lovers of Lincoln literature The Lincoln Family Maga- 
zine will endeavor to make a place for itself, at once perma- 
nent and authoritative. 

AN EARLY LINCOLN LETTER. 

Before he was president of the United States, Abra- 
ham Lincoln wrote a genealogical letter to a relative in the 
South, which will prove of great value to members of the 
Lincoln family and to the public generally. 

This letter was written by President Lincoln to David 
Lincoln, of Virginia, the original of which is in possession 
of Prof. Abraham Lucius Lincoln, of Elton College, North 
Carolina. 

"Washington. April 2. 1848 
"Dear Sir: — 

"Last evening I was much gratified by receiving and 
reading your letter of the 30th of March. There is no 
longer any doubt that your uncle Abraham, and my 
grandfather was the same man. His family did reside in 
Washington County, Kentucky, just as you say you 
found them in 1801 or 1802. The oldest son. Uncle 
Mordecai, near twenty years ago, removed from Kentucky 
to Hancock County, Illinois, where within a year or two 



afterwards he died, and where his surviving children now 
Hve. His two sons there now are Abraham and Mordecai, 
and their post office is 'LaHarp.' 

"Uncle Josiah, further back than my recollection, 
went from Kentucky to Blue River, Indiana. I have not 
heard from him in a great many years, and whether he is 
still living, I cannot say. My recollection of what I have 
heard is, that he has several daughters and only one son, 
Thomas. Their post office is 'Corydon,' Harrison Coun- 
ty, Indiana. 

"My father, Thomas, is still living in Coles County, 
Ills., being in the seventy-first year of his age. His post 
office is Charleston, Coles County, Ills. 1 am his only 
child. I am in my fortieth year, and live in Springfield, 
Sangamon County, Ills. This is the outline of my grand- 
father's family in the west. 

"I think that my father has told me that grand- 
father had four brothers, Isaac, Jacob, John and Thomas. 
Is this correct? And which of them was your father? 
Are any of them alive? I am quite sure that Isaac re- 
sided on the Watauga, near a point where Tennessee and 
Virginia join, and that he has been dead more than twenty, 
perhaps 30 years. Also that Thomas removed to Ken- 
tucky, near Lexington, where he died a good while ago. 

"What was your grandfather's christian name? Was 
he or not a Quaker? About what time did he emigrate 
from Berks County, Pennsylvania to Virginia. Do you 
know anything of your family (or rather I may now say 
our family) further back than your grandfather? 

"If it be not too much trouble to you, I shall be much 
pleased to hear from you again. Be assured that I will 
call on you should anything ever bring me near you. I 
shall give your respects to Governor McDowell, if you 
desire. "Very truly yours, 

(Signed) A. Lincoln." 
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THE ABRAHAM LINCOLN PEDIGREE. 

I. 

Samuel Lincoln, of Norfolk Co., England, came to 
Massachusetts in 1637, at the age of 18 years. His 
brother, Thomas, preceded him about 1633 and settled in 
Hingham. 

Samuel married Martha , and had issue 

ten children, among them Samuel, through whom came 
the governors, Levi Lincoln, father and son of Massa- 
chusetts, and Enoch Lincoln, governor of Maine. The 
fourth son Mordecai Lincoln was born at Hingham, Mass., 
17 June, 1657. 

II. 
Mordecai Lincoln married at Hull, Sarah Jones, 
daughter of Abraham and Sarah (Whitman) Jones. They 
removed to Scituate about 1704. Their children were: 
Mordecai, Jr., born 24 April, 1686. 
Abraham, born 13 January, 1689. 
Isaac, born 21 October, 1691. 
Sarah, born 29 July, 1694. 
Elizabeth, 

Jacob, by a second wife. 
Mordecai, Jr., and Abraham removed to Monmouth, 
Co., N. J. 

III. 
Mordecai Lincoln, Jr., married Hannah Salter, 
daughter of Richard and Sarah (Bowne) Salter, of Free- 
hold, Monmouth Co., N. J., prior to 14 September, 1714. 
His will is dated Springfield, Chester Co., Pa., 15 April, 
1745. He left issue: 

John Hannah 

Mordecai Mary 
Thomas Ann 
Sarah 



IV. 

John Lincoln, eldest son of Mordecai and Hannah, 
removed to Augusta Co, Virginia, about 1758, where he 

married Moore. They had children, John, 

Thomas, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, and several daughters. 

V. 
Abraham Lincoln, son of John, married Mary Ship- 
ley-,- of North Carolina. They had issue: 
Mordecai Nancy 
Josiah Mary 

Thomas 

VI. 

Thomas Lincoln, son of Abraham, married Nancy 
Hanks near Springfield, Ky. 23 September 1806, and 
had Abraham Lincoln, born 12 February, 1809, the future 
president of the United States 

The foregoing facts taken from the New England 
Historical and Genealogical Register for April 1887, com- 
prise the known data, regarding the ancestry of Abraham 
Lincoln. 

THE LINCOLN GOVERNORS. 

Levi Lincoln, of Boston, the governor of the Common- 
wealth of Massachusetts, was the son of the previous 
governor, Levi Lincoln, and was lieutenant governor when 
Governor Sullivan died, thereby becoming governor. 
Governor Levi Lincoln, the elder, died at Worcester, April 
14, 1820, aged 71. His widow, Martha, died at the same 
place, April, 1828, and was followed to the grave by two 
sons, both of them governors — Levi, Governor of Mass- 
achusetts, and Enoch, Governor of Maine. There is prob- 
ably no instance on record where a mother, and she the 
widow of a governor, has been followed to the grave by two 
sons, themselves then governors of two States in our Union. 

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THOMAS LINCOLN. 
The Father of Abraham Lincoln 

In 1782, Abraham Lincoln the grandfather of the 
16th president of the United States, migrated from Vir- 
ginia to Mercer Co., Ky., (then a part of the original state 
of Virginia). He entered a tract of 400 acres of land on 
the south side of Licking creek, under a government 
land-warrant, and built a log-cabin, near Fort Beargrass, 
on the site now occupied by the city of Louisville. In the 
second year of this settlement, Abraham Lincoln, while at 
work in his field, was slain by an Indian from an ambush. 
Thomas, the younger of the brothers, was seized by the 
savages, but was rescued by Mordecai, the elder brother, 
who shot and killed the Indian. 

Of his father, Thomas, the president subsequently 
said: "My father, at the time of the death of his father, 
was but six years old, and he grew up literally without 
education." Thomas Lincoln was a tall and stalwart 
pioneer, and an expert hunter. While a lad, he hired him- 
self to his uncle, Isaac Lincoln, living on Watauga creek, 
a branch of the Holson river, in Tennessee. He married 
Nancy Hanks, 23 September, 1806, and settled in Larue 
county, Ky. They had three children: Sarah, Abraham 
and Thomas. Sarah married Aaron Grigsby and died in 
middle life. Thomas, who was two years younger than 
Abraham, died in infancy. In 1816 the Lincoln family 
removed to Spencer county, Ind., where they built and 
lived in a log-cabin, where Mrs. Lincoln died October 5, 
1818, at the age of thirty-five. In the autumn of the fol- 
lowing year Thomas Lincoln married for his second wife, 
Mrs. Sally Johnson (nee Bush). The family moved once 
more, in 1830, this time to Illinois, where they built another 
log-cabin, near Decatur, Macon Co. After assisting his 
father to build the cabin, split rails, and fence and plough 

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fifteen acres of land, Abraham Lincoln struck out for him- 
self, hiring himself to any who needed manual labor. His 
father finally settled in Goose-Nest Prairie, Coles Co., 
111., where he died in 1851, at the age of seventy-three. 

THE LINCOLNS OF TENNESSEE. 

A descendant of the Tennessee Lincolns, writing under 
date of May 1915, furnishes the following: "1 am sending 
you copies of the wills of Isaac and Mary Lincoln of Ten- 
nessee. My great-grandmother was Louise Carrigers 
(nee Ward) whose sister Mary Ward married Isaac Lin- 
coln, great uncle of President Lincoln. Thomas Lincoln, 
father of Abraham, worked as a farm hand for his uncle, 
Isaac. 

"My grandmother's sister, Mary Lincoln Carriger 
was named for her aunt, Mary. In her will Mary Ward 
Lincoln gave ten negro slaves to my great-grandfather 
Christian Carriger, who was well to do, and did not need 
them. She gave all her remaining property to her 
nephew, William Stover (son of her sister, Phoebe Ward) 
and Daniel Stover, when poor "Abe" was so very poor and 
needy. Would it not have changed the history of these 
United States if Abraham Lincoln had only received what 
was bequeathed to William Stover. Perhaps Abraham 
Lincoln was predestined to be poor as was his father before 
him. Had he been made the heir of Aunt Mary Lincoln, 
perhaps the illustrious Abraham would not have strug- 
gled in proverty, and would never have amounted to 'a 
row of pins,' Had Thomas Lincoln remained in the em- 
ploy of his uncle Isaac how different his life would have 
been." 

The name Carriger was originally spelled Kercher. 
The Carrigers came from Pennsylvania to Tennessee. 
Christian Carriger represented Carter County for fourteen 
years in the State Legislature. He removed to Missouri, 



and died en route to California. He has numerous grand- 
children now living on the Pacific coast. The Thomas A. 
R. Nelson, mentioned in Mary Lincoln's will was a brother 
of James White Nelson, who married Elizabeth Carriger. 
In a country graveyard in the beautiful Watauga 
Valley, in Carter County, Tennessee, there are two graves, 
the tombstones of which bear the following inscriptions, 
viz.: — 

Sacred 

to the memory of 

Isaac Lincoln 

who departed this life June the 10th, 

1816, 

Age about 64 years 

Sacred 

to the memory of 

Mary Lincoln 

who departed this life August 27, 1834, 

Age about 76 years 

"The Isaac Lincoln, mentioned here, was the great 
uncle of Abraham Lincoln. Isaac Lincoln and Daniel 
Stover, Sr., married sisters, their maiden names being 
Ward. To the union of Isaac and Mary Lincoln no chil- 
dren were born, but to Daniel Stover and wife several 
children were born, and one of these, named William 
Stover, lived with his uncle and aunt, Mr. and Mrs. Lin- 
coln, and inherited their estate, which consisted of four 
fine farms in the Watauga valley and a large number of 
slaves and other property. 

"William Stover's son, Col. Dan Stover, married a 
daughter of the late President Andrew Johnson, and a son 
of Col. Dan Stover. Andrew Johnson Stover, who now 
lives in Carter County, Tennessee, and Hon. Andrew 
Johnson Patterson, of Greenville, Tennessee, are the only 

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living grandsons of Andrew Johnson. It was here at the 
Stover farm that Andrew Johnson, while on a visit to his 
daughter, Mrs. Daniel Stover, died, July 31, 1875. 

"It was also at the Stover farm, when it was the prop- 
erty of Isaac and Mary Lincoln, that Thomas Lincoln, the 
father of Abraham Lincoln, worked for a while as a farm- 
hand for his Uncle Isaac. (See Holland's Lije of Lin- 
coln, and Nicolay and Hay's Lije of Lincoln.) 

"Tradition says that it was here, in the beautiful 
Watauga Valley, so rich in history, that the young Thomas 
Lincoln first met and wooed the gentle Nancy Hanks, 
whose name was destined to become immortal through the 
achievements of her illustrious son. Tradition further 
says that for a while before Thomas Lincoln and Nancy 
Hanks left for Kentucky they lived for a time together 
as common law husband and wife in a little cabin on Lynn 
Mountain, which overlooks the Watauga Valley. I have 
been informed that old people in that vicinity still recall 
the site of what was known as the Tom Lincoln cabin, and 
traces of the spot where the cabin stood still remain in the 
way of stone foundations. 

"It is also the tradition in that vicinity that when 
Thomas Lincoln, Nancy Hanks and other members of the 
Hanks family left for Kentucky they went by what was 
then and now known as the Stony Creek trail. Thomas 
Lincoln and Nancy Hanks were legally married in Ken- 
tucky. 

"It seems a little singular that the life of Andrew 
Johnson in a way should be interwoven with the name of 
Lincoln, whom he succeeded as President of the United 
States. When he married Miss Eliza McCardle, at Green- 
ville, Tenn., it was Squire Mordecai Lincoln, a relative of 
Abraham Lincoln, who performed the ceremony. His 
daughter, Mary, married Col. Dan Stover, the great- 
nephew of Isaac Lincoln. 

"There is no spot on American soil more historic than 

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the Watauga Valley. It was here that the Watauga as- 
sociation set up the first free and independent government 
upon the continent. It was here that King's Mountain 
boys gathered from the valleys and hills to go and fight 
one of the decisive battles of the American revolution. 

"If tradition be true, it was here that the father of 
Abraham Lincoln first met Nancy Hanks. It was here 
that Andrew Johnson died. It was in Carter county that 
Admiral S. P. Carter was born. It was here that the be- 
loved Robert L. Taylor learned his first lessons in elo- 
quence and patriotism. It is a country of exquisite vales 
and majestic mountains, where the people have the in- 
dependence of the eagle and the courage of mountain lions. 

The Will of Isaac Lincoln. 

In the name of God Amen. I, Isaac Lincoln of the 
County of Carter and State of Tennessee being sick and 
weak of body, but of sound mind and disposing memory, 
(for which I thank God) and calling to mind the uncer- 
tainty of human life, and being desirous to dispose of all 
such worldly substance as it hath pleased God to bless me 
with, I give, devise and bequeath the same in manner fol- 
lowing, that is to say 

1st. I desire that all my just debts and funeral ex- 
penses be paid out of my perishable property, by my 
Executrix herein after named. 

2ndly. After the payment of my debts and funeral 
expenses, I give, devise and bequeath to my wife, Mary 
Lincoln, all my real and personal estate to dispose of as 
she may think proper. 

3rdly and lastly, I do hereby constitute and appoint 
my beloved wife, Mary Lincoln, my sole executrix of this 
my last will and testament, hereby revoking all others or 
former wills or testaments, by me heretofore made, in wit- 
ness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this the 

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22nd day of April in the year of our Lord One Thousand 
Eight Hundred and Sixteen. 

Signed, sealed, published and declared to be the last 
"will and Testament of the above named Isaac Lincoln 
in the presence of us, who at his request and in his presence 
have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses to same. 

(Signed) Isaac Lincoln 
Ceo. W. Carter 
Godfrey Carriger 
Daniel Stover 
Christian Carriger 

Will of Mary Lincoln. 

I, Mary Lincoln, of the County of Carter and State 
of Tennessee being of sound mind and memory, though 
■weak of body, and being anxious to dispose of such worldly 
property as my Creator has blessed me with, do hereby 
make, ordain and establish this as my last will and Testa- 
ment, I give my soul to God who created it, hoping that He 
■will receive and bless me in a world of happiness hereafter; 
and when I shall have departed this life, I desire that my 
■executor hereinafter named shall give my body a decent 
and christian burial. 

First. I will, give, devise and bequeath to Campbell 
Crow, the lower plantation, it being the one on which he 
now lives, adjoining the lands of Alfred M. Carter on the 
west and south and of John Carriger on the east. 

Second. I will, give and bequeath to Phoebe Crow, 
wife of Campbell Crow my negro girl Margaret, and her 
four children to-wit, Lucy, Mina, Martin and Mahala. 

Third. I will, give, devise and bequeath to William 
Stover the plantation on which I now live with all the 
hereditaments and appurtenances to the same belonging, 
the said plantation supposed to be composed of two dif- 
ferent parcels and adjoining John Carriger's home planta- 

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tion and believed also to adjoin the land of Alfred M. 
Carter on the south and bounded on the east and north by 
Watauga River. 

I give the said plantation to the said William Stover 
to have, hold and enjoy during his life and at his death to 
descend to his heirs. 

Fourth. I will, give and bequeath to William Stover 
the following negroes, to-wit: Patsy (a negro girl) and her 
two children, Cynthia and Landon; also negro woman 
Jane and her two children, Sam and Tom; also negro 
woman, Mary and her six children, to-wit; Elizabeth, 
Campbell, Margaret, Charlotte, Delphy, and Bill; also 
Caesar and Lucy, who I desire the said William Stover to 
permit to remain during their lives on the plantation which 
I have hereinbefore bequeathed to him. It is my will that 
the said Stover so long as the said Caesar and Lucy con- 
tinue to live shall clothe and support them. I also give 
and bequeath to the said William Stover three other ne- 
groes, to-wit; George, Phoebe, Eliza, children of Lucy, 
whom I wish the said William Stover to permit to remain 
on the home plantation that they may take care of the 
aforesaid negroes, Caesar and Lucy, during their lives. 

I also give and bequeath the following other negroes 
to the said William Stover, to-wit: Esther, and her seven 
children, that is to say Lavisa, Violet, Juba, Lucinda, Mary, 
Lewis and Phoebe. I also give and bequeath to the said 
William Stover two other negroes to-wit: William and 
Isaac, children of Lucy. 

Fifth. I also give, devise and bequeath to the said 
William Stover all my horses, cattle, hogs and sheep, my 
wagon, all my farming utensils, my household and kitchen 
furniture and all the debts, dues and demands which may 
be owing to me at the time of my decease. 

Sixth. I also, will, give and bequeath to Campbell 
Crow my interest in any crop which he may have attended 

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for himself upon my land, or which he may be attending 
for himself upon my land at the time of my decease. 

Seventh. I also will, give and bequeath to William 
Stover, all the grain of every description which I own at 
the time of my death. 

Eighth. I will, give and devise and bequeath to 
Christian Carriger, Senior, the following negroes, to-wit: 
negro woman, Lettie and five of her children, to-wit: 
Christy, Tennessee, Mordecai, Nathaniel and also said 
Letty's youngest child. 

Ninth. I will, give and devise to Mary Lincoln Car- 
riger, daughter of Christian Carriger, Senior, three negro 
girls, children of Letty, to-wit; Sarah, Saraphina and Ann. 

Tenth. I will, devise, give and bequeath to 
William Stover all other real and personal estate, not here- 
inbefore specially named of which I may be possessed or 
the owner at the said time of my decease. 

Eleventh. I require the said William Stover out of 
the estate herein bequeathed to him, to pay and discharge 
all of the honest debts or claims which I may be owing or 
which may be against me at the time of my death. 

Lastly. I do hereby constitute, nominate and appoint 
the said William Stover, the Executor of this my last will 
and testament, and it is any will that the said William 
Stover be not required to give my security for the discharge 
of his duties as executor of this my last will and testament. 

In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand 
and seal this the 27th day of April in the year of our Lord 
One Thousand Eight Hundred and Thirty-four. 

her 
Mary X Lincoln (Seal) 

mark 

Signed, sealed and acknowledged in the presence of 
Thos. A. R. Nelson. 
A. M. Carter. A. W. Taylor 

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EARLY MASSACHUSSETTS MARRIAGES. 

(From Original Records.) 

Lincoln, Abial, Jr., and Hannah Wetherell, 5 April, 1770, 

Norton, Mass. 
Lincoln, Abial, Jr., and Lois Smith, 22 January, 1778, 

Norton, Mass. 
Lincoln, Abial, Jr., and Anna Smith, 10 December, 1795, 

Norton, Mass. 
Lincoln, Abiathar and Mary Bebbit, 24 August, 1 783, 

Norton, Mass. 
Lincoln, Abigail and Thomas Deaman, 21 November, 1804, 

Warren, Mass. 
Lincoln, Abigail and Abiezer Field, 16 May, 1784, Norton, 

Mass. 
Lincoln, Abigial and Mathew Lincoln, 1 November, 1725, 

Boston, Mass. 
Lincoln, Abigail and Ephriam Tucker, 25 March, 1779, 

Norton, Mass. 
Lincoln, Abijah and Lydia White, 5 November, 1787, 

Norton, Mass. 
Lincoln, Abner and Rebecca Smith, 8 May, 1808, Oakham, 

Mass. 
Lincoln, Abner and Nancy C. Wheeler, 22 October, 1850 

New Salem, Mass. 
Lincoln, Abner and Zerviah Eddy, 5 November, 1795, 

Norton, Mass. 
Lincoln, Adeline and Daniel Treadwell, 6 October, 1831, 

Boston, Mass. 
Lincoln, Alanson and Laura Graves, 9 September, 1818, 

Athol, Mass. 
Lincoln, Albert W. and Mary A. Blair, 17 November, 

1841, Palmer, Mass. 
Lincoln, Alonzo and Elizabeth M. Dean, 2 April, 1837, 

Oakham, Mass. 



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Lincoln, Amasa and Betsy Liscomb, 16 September, 1786, 

Norton, Mass. 
Lincoln, Amasa W. and Mary C. Paige, 10 June, 1845, 

Barre, Mass. 
Lincoln, Amasa and Susan Wilbur, 7 December, 1841, 

Norton, Mass. 
Lincoln, Amasa and Susan Fisher, 14 December, 1837, 

Templeton, Mass. 
Lincoln, Ambrose, Jr., and Loas Smith, 26 January, 1783, 

Norton, Mass. 
Lincoln, Amity and Isaac Woodward, 30 September, 1825, 

Norton, Mass. 
Lincoln, Amity and Jonathan J. Standley, 29 March, 1842, 

Norton, Mass. 
Lincoln, Amos and Elizabeth Reveere, 24 May, 1797, 

Boston, Mass. 
Lincoln, Amos and Martha Robb, 4 July, 1805, Boston, 

Mass. 
Lincoln, Ann M. and Alden B. Chaffee, 30 November 

1846, Warren, Mass. 
Lincoln, Anna and William Moor, 9 December, 1806, 

Boston, Mass. 
Lincoln, Anna and Charles C. Phipps, 14 October, 1810, 

Waltham, Mass. 
Lincoln, Anna B. and John Binney, 10 April, 1839, Wey- 
mouth, Mass. 
Lincoln, Anne and Calvin S. Locke, 6 June, 1865, North- 

boro, Mass. 
Lincoln, Annis A. and Nancy Arnold, 18 May, 1826, 

Norton, Mass. 
Lincoln, ApoUos R. and Lois R. Daggett, 1 June, 1833, 

Norton, Mass. 
Lincoln, Asa and Esther Miller, 9 February, 1788, Warren, 

Mass. 

(To be continued.) 

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BRIEF LINCOLN LINES OF DESCENT. 

Stephen Lincoln, born Rehoboth, Mass., 1751, died 
Oakham, Mass., 1840, married Lydia Foster. 

Lydia Lincoln, daughter of Stephen, married Adin 
Davis. 

Nathaniel Lincoln, born Taunton, Mass., 1744, died 
1809, married Ruth Delanor. 

Lemuel Lincoln, son of Nathaniel, married Mary 
McEntyre. 

Lemuel Rixford Lincoln, son of Lemuel, married 
Louisa de la Cave Marchand. 

Lemuel L. Lincoln, son of L. R. L., married Adrienne 
Hellwin. 

Mary Lincoln, daughter of L. L. L., married Otto Fur- 
binger. 

Joseph Lincoln, born Massachusetts, 1753, died 1816, 
married Susannah Marsh. 

Joseph Lincoln, son of Joseph L., married Anne Lamb. 

Albert Lamb, son of J. L., married Ann Eliza Stoddard 

Annie Lamb Lincoln, daughter of A. L. L., married 
Ariel Boyden Crocker. 

Benjamin Lincoln, born Hingham, Mass., 1733, died 
there 1810, married Mary Gushing. 

Theodore Lincoln, son of Benjamin, married Hannah 
Mayhew. 

Hannah Lincoln, daughter of Theodore, married 
Ichabod R. Chadbourne. 

James Lincoln, born Hingham, Mass., 1731, died 
there 1804, married Susanna Humphrey. 

Perez Lincoln, son of James, married Deborah Loring. 

Susanna Lincoln, daughter of Perez, married David 
P. Rowe. 

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Vol. I APRIL, 1916 No. 2 



The 

LINCOLN FAMILY 

Magazine 



Genealogical, Historical and Biographical 



Edited by William Montgomery Clement 

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CONTENTS 



The Tennessee Lincolns Page 1 7 



Burials at Albany, Vt 

The Lincolns of Maine 

New York Marriages 

Boston in 1 789 

Mrs. Lincoln's Letter 

From a Lincoln Bible 

Connecticut Marriages 

Lincoln's Stepmother 

Family Notes 

A Lincoln -Boone Marriage 

Keene, N. H., Families 

Early Massachusetts Marriages . 

Little Tad Lincoln 

Connecticut Old Folks 

Brief Lines of Descent 



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The Lincoln Family 

MAGAZINE 

APRIL. 1916 



THE TENNESSEE LINCOLNS 

(Contributed by a Lincoln Descendant) 
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Isaac Lincoln, grand uncle of Abraham Lincoln, 
lived in Carter County, on the Watauga River, about 
four miles east of Elizabethton, Tenn. Mr. Lincoln's wife 
was Miss Mary Ward, who came of a splendid family. 
There was born to them one child, a son, who was drowned 
when only a few years old. Isaac Lincoln maintained a 
sugar camp on his farm, not far from his home. The 
little boy started to the camp and was lost. A rain storm 
came up, and when the child was found, he was lying 
face down in a pool of water, dead! He had fallen into 
the water and drowned! 

Mr, and Mrs. Lincoln then took William Stover, 
son of Phoebe Ward (sister of Mrs. Lincoln), who had 
married Daniel Stover, and reared William as their own 
child. They also reared Phoebe Williams, daughter of 
Mordecai Williams and Elizabeth Stover. William Stover 
inherited most of their property. Phoebe WiUiams and 
her husband, Campbell Crowe, also inherited a goodly 
share. Mrs. Mary Ward Lincoln also remembered her 
brother-in-law. Christian Carriger, who had married her 
sister Levis Ward, quite generously by willing him some 
slaves. She also remembered her namesake, Mary 
Lincoln Carriger, daughter of Christian Carriger and 
Levisa (Ward) Carriger, giving her several slaves. 

Mrs. WiUiam Stover nursed Mrs. Mary Ward Lin- 

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coin during her last illness. Mrs. Lincoln died of a cancer 
of the breast. Mrs. Stover said Isaac Lincoln was pretty 
"close," and used to dress in home-made flax suits, with 
a hat band of old tow string. He used to keep his money 
in a secret drawer under the bottom of a large chest. He 
never seemed to count his money, but just packed it 
away. Mrs. Stover gave the old chest to a girl who 
lived with her. Mrs. Mary Ward Lincoln was a widow 
when she married Isaac Lincoln and was considered 
wealthy. Most of the money came by her. Some say 
her first husband was a Mr. Beshears. 

It is stated that Isaac Lincoln owned land in Mitchell 
County, N. Car., known as "Old Fields of Tow." Col. 
Dan Stover and Dr. Murray Stover sons of William 
Stover, used to go to that section to look after the lands 
inherited from their great uncle, Isaac Lincoln. Also, 
Isaac Lincoln owned land near Flag Pond Station, and in 
Carter County. There are traditions that Thomas 
Lincoln lived on the Isaac Lincoln farm, and some be- 
lieve that Abraham (later president of the United States) 
was born here, but that cannot be established. All of 
the older Carrigers believed that Thomas Lincoln lived 
here. The Carrigers were in a position to know a great 
deal about the Lincolns, because the two families were on 
very intimate terms, owned land joining each other, and 
Christian Carriger and Isaac Lincoln married sisters. 

Dr. Nat. E. Hyder, who was well informed about 
our early history, but who has been dead many years, be- 
lieved that Abraham Lincoln was born in Tennessee. 
Dr. Hyder said that Thomas Lincoln lived in a cabin on 
the Isaac Lincoln farm with his wife, Nancy Hanks 
Lincoln, and that they left this section for Kentucky. 
Dr. Hyder stated that an old man of the name of Lewis 
has told him many years ago that he was living on Stony 
Creek, a young man, when Thomas and Nancy Hanks 
Lincoln left this section for Kentucky, and that they 

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went by Stony Creek trail, and that Abe was a little 
babe in his mother's arms. 

John J. Morrell's mother used to live with Mrs. 
Mary Ward Lincoln when she was a little girl. Old 
people used to say they had seen the cabin in which 
Thomas Lincoln lived. Solomon Stover, a brother of 
William Stover, remembered the old cabin. There was a 
saying in the Carriger and Stover families, that Thomas 
Lincoln lived on Isaac Lincoln's farm, but that Thomas 
was a shiftless fellow, and he and Isaac could not get 
along. There is a story to the effect that Tom Lincoln 
and his wife Nancy Hanks Lincoln came to Tennessee 
with Johnathan Hampton, a horse trader. 

Isaac Lincoln lived in a large log house, which has 
long since disappeared. David Lincoln Stover, son of 
WilHam Stover, built a large frame house near the site 
of the old Lincoln home. This house still stands. People 
who are living now remember seeing the old cellar of 
the old Lincoln house. It was walled with Hmestone 
rock. After Isaac Lincoln's death, the negroes dug all 
around over the old place, looking for money, and some 
was found. Isaac Lincoln seems to have been a modest 
man who attended strictly to his own business, and stayed 
near his own home, and only went on business trips to 
his various farms and lands. Isaac Lincoln war of a 
retiring disposition, and did not mix much in poHtics, 
and that is the reason we know so little of his life and 
works. He met with congenial companions in his 
brothers-in-law, the Carrigers, as they were of the same 
modest retiring dispositon, shunning the limelight, and 
giving their attention to agriculture and the manufacture 
of iron, and not mixing in politics, although Isaac Lincoln's 
brother-in-law. Christian Carriger, represented Carter 
County for many years in the State Legislature, and his 
brother Godfrey Carriger, Jr., was County Register 
from 1796 to 1827, the year of his death. The Carrigers 

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had grants for land. I do not know how Isaac Lincoln 
obtained his lands, whether by grants or whether he 
bought the land. Isaac Lincoln, the Wards, Stovers 
and Carrigers were refined and cultured people. Some 
of the descendants speak now of the great culture and 
refinement of the older members of these families. 

As to the religion of Isaac and Mary Ward Lincoln 
1 have been unable to find out their religious convictions. 
Evidently Isaac Lincoln's wife, Mary, was a Baptist, as 
we have record that her sisters, Mrs. Daniel Stover and 
Mrs. Christian Carriger were Missionary Baptists. 
Christian Carriger was a Lutheran, but no doubt affiliated 
with ths Baptists as his wife was a Baptist. Daniel 
Stover, the brother-in-law of Isaac Lincoln was an active 
Baptist and his home was an assembling place for the 
Baptist ministers. He possessed a Bible, and there were 
but few Bibles in those days, and the Baptist clans 
would gather to hear him read the Word. Mrs. Nancy 
Tipton Johnson, who died several years ago, and was 
near eighty years of age, said that as a girl she often 
went to Daniel Stover's home to preaching, and at times 
they would often build arbors to preach under. There 
is no doubt that the Baptists were pioneers here and were 
hunting a place where they could worship without moles- 
tation. Daniel Stover's son, William, the heir of Mary 
Ward Lincoln, after his marriage with Miss Sarah Murray 
Drake, affiUated with the Presbyterians. 

M. 0. McM. 

(To be coatinued) 

BURIALS AT ALBANY, VERMONT 

Lincoln, Samuel, son of Samuel Lincoln and Mary P. 
Vance, died 24 September, 1857. 

Infant daughter died 2 August, 1860. 

Mary P. Vance, wife of Samuel Lincoln, born 13 
May. 1822. died 10 July, 1860. 

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THE LINCOLNS OF MAINE 

(By W. L. Lowell) 

The Lincolns are descendants of Stephen, who with 
wife and child, Stephen, came to New England in 1638, and 
settled in Hingham, Mass. Stephen's wife Margaret 
died in Hingham, 13 June, 1642. Stephen died 11 Octo- 
ber, 1658. Nearly all in America by name of Lincoln 
came from the Hingham branch. 

Welcome Lincoln, a farmer of Hingham, born 6 
November, 1729, married 11 November, 1754, Sara Gill 
daughter of Thomas and Sara Hanker Gill. She was 
born at Hingham, February, 1735, and died there 29 
October, 1802. He died 25 June, 1814, aged 84 years. 

Moses, son of Sara and Welcome Lincoln, born 
27 January, 1762, married, 31 March, 1788, Sara, 
daughter of Capt. Theo. Wilder, and they moved to 
Perry, Me., where he died 28 September, 1850, aged 89, 
His brother, Jacob, born 19 Mairch, 1767, moved to 
Eastport, Me. Their descendnnts are now living in 
towns of Perry and Dennysville, Me. 

Eben, a brother of Moses, born in Hingham, 20 March, 
1775, married 28 October, 1798, to Elizabeth Hersey, 
daughter of Peleg and Lucy Holbrook Hersey of Hing- 
ham. He resided in Bath, Me., where he died in 1852. 
She died 31 May, 1846, aged 67 years. 

Abner Lincoln of Hingham, born 17 July, 1766, 
married Hannah, daughter of Gen. Benj. and Mary Gush- 
ing Lincoln, 9 May, 1791. She was born 26 October, 1773, 
and died in Boston, 1828. He died 13 January, 1826. 
Elizabeth Lincoln, a daughter, born 17 May, 1800, 
married Theodore Lincoln of Dennysville, Me., 6 Septem- 
ber, 1823, and their descendants are living there now. 

7adock Lincoln, son of Samuel and Mary Bates, of 
Scituate and Hingham, born 18 December, 1744, moved 
to Bath, Me., where he settled. His father Samuel was 



a sea captain and died in Hingham, 10 December, 1788. 
He had two wives and a large family. 

Mary Lincoln, daughter of Herman and Elizabeth 
Waterman of Hingham, Mass., born 22 October, 1786, 
married in Boston, 8 October, 1811, to Wm. O'Brion of 
Machias, Me. She died in Beverly, Mass., 5 April, 1882, 
aged 95 years. Her sister, Sally, married Calvin Hayden 
of Boston, 27 June, 1790. 

Judge Theo. Lincoln of Dennysville, Me., was a 
Harvard graduate in 1784, and he built the first house 
there in 1787, where he settled. 

Capt. Jacob Lincoln of Eastport lived to be over 80 
years of age, and was the last of the original settlers of 
Eastport; died 1847. 

The early settlers of Dennysville, Me., were the Ho- 
barts, Kilbys, Heneys, Wilders and Lincolns. 

Jacob Lincoln, from Hingham, Mass., settled in 
Eastport, Me. He was a brother of Moses. He married 
12 March, 1792, Sara Clark and 2nd Mrs. Rebecca Par- 
sons of Eastport, 27 September, 1840. He died 14 
March, 1850, was a captain in Revolutionary war. 

Otis Lincoln, son of Wm. and Mary Otis, and Rachel 
Otis of Hingham, was born 17 September, 1768. He 
moved to Perry, Me., and had a large family. 

Otis 2, married Elizabeth, daughter of Archibald 
Thompson, and had ten children, some born in Hingham. 

Elizabeth, born 10 August, 1794, married 1st Capt 
Samuel Shackford of Eastport, Me. He died in South 
America, 31 August, 1820, aged 32 years, leaving a son, 
Capt. Samuel Shackford, who went to Chicago in 1853. 
His widow married Sylvester Appleby of Eastport, and 
died there 28 April, 1 884, in her 95th year. Her father, Otis 
Lincoln, died in Perry, Me., 10 October, 1846, aged 83 
years. 

Jacob Lincoln had a daughter, Mary, who married 
Wm. Shackford of Eastport, and had a son Capt. Wm. 

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Shackford, who in 1 883, was in charge of Jay Gould's 
yacht. 

Theodore Lincoln, of Benj. and Mary Gushing of 
Hingham, born 30, December, 1763, settled in Dennys- 
ville. Me., died there 15 June, 1852; was one of eleven 
children. 

NEW YORK MARRIAGES 

(From Original Records) 

Lincoln, Agnes and John Swan, 26 December, 1808 

New York Gity. 
Lincoln, Ann and George Goodheart, 7 August, 1796, 

New York Gity. 
Lincoln, Anslem and Hannah Glapp, April, 1832, Malone, 

N. Y. 
Lincoln, Gatherine and Isaac J. Stagg, 25 April, 1795, 

New York Gity. 
Lincoln, Henry and Maria AUsavel, 14 July, 1827, Bruns- 
wick, N. Y. 
Lincoln, Hosea and Ely Garroll, 21 November, 1772, 

State Licence. 
Lincoln, John and Mary H. Fuller, 18 October, 1870, 

Malone, N. Y. 
Lincoln, Lydia and Thomas Wilson, 23 December, 1786, 

New York Gity. 
Lincoln, Rufus P. and Garoline G. Tyler, 20 August, 

1869, New York Gity. 
Lincoln, Stella A. and Sidney A. Kent, 25 September, 

1864, Oswego. N. Y. 
Lincoln, Susan and Thomas Harding, 23 January, 1802, 

New York Gity. 

BOSTON IN 1789 

Recorded in the Boston, Mass., Directory, for 1789, 
were: 

Daniel Lincoln, corflwainer, Fish Street. 
Amos Lincoln, housewright. Middle Street. 

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MRS. LINCOLN'S LETTER 

A letter written by the widow of Abraham Lincoln 
was recently sold at auction in New York. It was 
written on mourning paper, dated Frankfurt-am-Main, 
Germany, 16 December, 1869, and was signed in full 
"Mary Lincoln." The letter reads as follows: 

"A late London paper published about two days 
since announcing that Mrs. Lincoln, the widow of Presi- 
dent Lincoln, was soon to be married to the Baden Count — 
with an unpronounceable name that I could not attempt 
to remember. The same evil spirit is evident again at 
work and in the most malignant form too — probably 
anticipating that by this time Congress might be turning 
their attention to my sad and unfortunate case. In 
my indignation last evening, if means had allowed, I 
would have sent a telegram to our good friend Col. 
Forney that 'Mrs. Lincoln was unacquainted with such 
a person,' 

FROM A LINCOLN BIBLE 

(Contributed) 

A resident of North Windham, Conn., is in possession 
of an old family Bible containing valuable Lincoln records. 
The entries were made by John Linkon (son of Samuel 
Linkon and his wife, Ruth Huntington). He was grand- 
son of Samuel Linkon and his wife Elizabeth Jacobs. 

"John Linkon, born 29 July, 1726, married 1753 to 
Rebecca Fenton, buried my wife 26 March, 1758. 

Married, 30 May, 1758, to Annah Stoel. 

Hannah Linkon born 21 January, 1759. 

Jonah and Jerusha were born 1760. 

Olive Linkon born 24 June, 1763. 

Brother Eleazer Linkon died 13 November, 1754. 

My mother, Ruth Linkon, died 26 October, 1757. 

Hannah my wife died 3 February, 1791. 

John Linkon died the 7th of June, 1810, aged 84." 

All entries were made by this John Linkon, except 
this last record of his own death. 

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The lineage of Ruth Huntington is as follows: Simon 
(1) Huntington, born about 1583, married Margaret 
Beret, born about 1593; Christopher (2) Huntington 
died 1691, married Ruth Rockwell, born August, 1633; 
Capt. Thomas H. (3) Huntington, born 18 March, 1664, 
died 7 November, 1732, married 10 February, 1686, 
Elizabeth Backus, who died 1728; Ruth (4) Huntington, 
born 8 August, 1699, married 22 August, 1723, Samuel 
Linkon. 

CONNECTICUT MARRIAGES 

(From Original Records) 

Linkham, Hannah and Joseph Russell, 13 May, 1742, 

Ashford, Conn. 
Lincoln, Jacob and Abigail Mason, 28 April, 1736, Wind*- 

ham. Conn. 
Linckhorne, Lydia and William Chapman, 1702, New 

London, Conn. 
Lincoln, Samuel and Elizabeth Jacobs, 2 June, 1692, 

Windham, Conn. 
Lincoln, Samuel and Ruth Huntington, 22 August, 1 723, 

V/indham, Conn. 
Linkon, Samuel and Experience Lamb, 14 November, 

1729, Norwich, Conn. 
Lincoln, Samuel and Mary Austin, 14 March, 1758, 

Windham, Conn. 
Lincoln, Thomas and Prudence Lamphear, 12 Septem- 
ber, 1738, Windsor, Conn. 
Lincoln, William W. and Marcia C. Fenton, 24 January, 

1864, Mansfield, Conn. 



Caleb Lincoln, born Taunton, Mass., 1757, died there 
1822, married Marcy Thayer. 

Nancy Lincoln, daughter of C. L., married Isaac 
Redd. 



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LINCOLN'S STEPMOTHER 

(Contributed) 

Sarah Bush, the stepmother of Abraham Lincoln, was 
born in Kentucky about 1785. Little is known of her 
early life. Though entirely without education, she 
was a woman of strong character, and intelligence. She 
was blessed with sterling good sense in an uncommon 
degree, and had a wonderful faculty of making the best 
and most of everything. Such qualities eminently fitted 
her to bring order and comfort into the disorderly and 
cheerless home of Thomas Lincoln. She had known him 
when a young woman; had indeed, refused his offer of 
marriage, and accepted his rival, Johnstone. 

After the death of Nancy Hanks, the wife of Thomas 
Lincoln, some thirteen months later in fact, the father of 
Abraham Lincoln sought out his early love, Sarah Bush 
Johnstone, who was still living in Kentucky, a widow, 
with three children, and for that time and region in very 
good circumstances. He began the siege in this character- 
istic fashion: 

"Well, Mis' Johnstone, I have no wife, and you have 
no husband. I cam on purpose to marry you. I knowed 
you from a gal, and you knowed me from a boy. I have 
no time to lose, and if you are willing, let it be done 
straight off." 

She replied that she had no objections to marrying, 
but that she was in debt, and must first attend to that 
matter. It appears that this was not an affair of diffi- 
culty, for on the following day they were married, and 
started for his home in Indiana, with a four-horse wagon 
containing her property. This wedding journey to hij 
distant cabin occupied several days. 

Little Abe never forgot the surprising riches and 
delight the new mother brought to their wretched home. 
For her, also, there was a surprise in store, as her new 
home was not what her husband's fancy had painted it 

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to her in his wooing. She was not a woman to be lightly 
dismayed, and at once set to Work to reform her hus- 
band and civilize the household. She persuaded her 
husband to replace the earthen floor with one of wood, 
and the cabin was gradually made comfortable, and her 
husband, shamed into greater industry, provided better 
for the wants of his family. Her lot was not an easy one; 
the nearest spring of good water was a mile away, and 
cleanliness, under such conditions, was a virtue which 
must have ranked next to godliness. 

It was characteristic of her that, disappointed as 
she was at the indolence of her husband, and the poverty 
of her new bode, she set herself cheerfully to the task of 
making the best of things; and unselfishly devoted her 
entire strength of mind and body to making a home, in 
the best sense, and to training the children in habits of 
self-respecting conduct. At once a strong friendship 
sprang up between her and the little Abe, who was igno- 
rant, but loving and sweet-tempered. Years only deep- 
ened their regard. In after years Abe called her his 
"angel of a mother" and said she was the first person to 
make him feel like a human being. She died 10 April, 
1869. 

LINCOLN FAMILY NOTES 

William Leavitt Lincoln, born West Townsend, Mass., 
5 August, 1824, died 29 November, 1889. He was a phy- 
sician, and graduated from Harvard in 1852. 

William C. Lincoln, born Philadelphia, 14 June, 1845, 
died Fergus Falls, Minn., 26 February, 1908. He served 
in the Civil War. 

Isaac Lincoln, born Barnstable, Mass., 17 January, 
1823, settled in Minnesota in 1856. 

David Lincoln, of Allegheny Co., Penn., married 
Thankful Vickery. Their children were Jane, Rachel, 
Lucy, Martha, Nathan, William, Cyrus and Almira. The 
latter was born 20 May, 1823. 

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A LINCOLN-BOONE MARRIAGE 

(From Quaker Records) 

Sarah Lincoln, wife of William Boone, the New 
Jersey Quaker, was born in 1723. She was a daughter of 
Mordecai Lincoln, who died in 1736, and Mary Robinson. 
She had a younger brother, Mordecai, and another, 
Abraham, whose wife was Anne Boone, daughter of 
James Boone. She also had an elder half brother, John 
Lincoln, and he was the great-grandfather of President 
Lincoln, through his son, Abraham, and his grandson, 
Thomas. 

Sarah Lincoln appears not to have been a member 
with Friends by birth, but was received in 1747. In 
1748 she married William Boone. Their daughter Abigail, 
born 28 May, 1767, married Adin Pancoast (married at 
Exeter) son of John and Mary Pancoast, of Mansfield Town- 
ship, New Jersey. 

The Pancoasts appear to have been members of 
Burlington Monthly Meeting, New Jersey, as Abbie's 
certificate, after marriage, was sent to that meeting. 

In 1769 William Boone and wife, with their children 
Mordecai, William, Mary, George, Thomas, Jeremiah 
and Hezekiah, moved to Fairfax Meeting, Virginia. 

It has always been understood from Friends that 
the Boones of Exeter were all descendants of Squire 
Boone, brother of Daniel. 

The names of Abraham and Mordecai Lincoln 
appear among the signers as witnesses of marriage of 
Adin Pancoast and Abigail Boone. 

David Lincoln, born Hingham, Mass., 1734, died 
there 1814, married Eliz. Fearing. 

David Lincoln, son of D. L., married Lucy Felton. 

David Lincoln, son of D. L., 2nd, married Hannah 
Souther. 

Mary Wallace Lincoln, daughter of D. L., 2nd, married 
Dr. Franklin Nickerson. 

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KEENE. N. H., FAMILIES 

(From Vital Statistics) 

Children of Daniel and Pedy Lincoln: 

Pedy, born 6 March, 1786. 

Daniel, born 6 December, 1787. 

Nabby, born 14 June, 1790. 

John Harvey, born 27 August, 1792. 

Barney, born 5 May, 1795. 

Rozzel, born 30 September, 1797; died November, 1800. 

Levi, born 23 October, 1799. 

Eli, born 23 October, 1799. 
Children of James and Rhoda Lincoln: 

Asa, born 2 August, 1779; died 1 February, 1842; mar- 
ried Sarah Sumner, 3 December, 1805. 

James, born 5 March, 1782; married Lucy Whitcomb, 
28 November, 1803. 

WilUam, born 16 April, 1784. 

Rhoda, born 30 September, 1786; died 20 November, 
1803. 

Simeon, born 30 May. 1789, 

Samuel, born 10 March, 1793. 

Hannah, born 25 February, 1798. 
Deaths: 

Gilbert F. Lincoln, died 7 March, 1853, aged 47. 

Mrs. Sally Lincoln, died 4 December, 1839, aged 65. 

Sally Lincoln, died 31 January, 1842, aged 1 year, 5 
months. 



Zenas Lincoln, born Cohasset, Mass., 1757, died there 
1820, married 1781, Mary Lincoln, born 1760, died 1822. 

Thomas Lincoln, son of Zenas, born 1791, died 182fi, 
married 1811, Nancy Norcross. 

Myra Lincoln, daughter of Thomas, born 1812, died 
1882, married 1832. Caleb Souther, born 1802. died 1843. 



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EARLY MASSACHUSETTS MARRIAGES. 

(From Original Records) 

Lincoln, Asa and Sarah Carpenter, 7 June, 1774, Norton, 

Mass. 
Lincoln, Benjamin and Mary Lewes, 17 January, 1694, 

Hingham, Mass. 
Lincoln, Benjamin and Mary Cushing, 15 January, 1756, 

Pembroke, Mass. 
Lincoln, Benjamin and Dency Field, 7 November, 1853, 

Norton, Mass. 
Lincoln, Benjamin, 3d and Elizabeth White, 17 May, 

1764, Norton, Mass. 
Lincoln, Benjamin, 3d and Sophia Makepeace, 15 June 

1817, Norton, Mass. 
Lincoln, Benjamin R. and Lucy Horton, 30 June, 1847, 

Templeton, Mass. 
Lincoln, Benjamin T. and Sarah A. Hooker, 28 July, 1849, 

Sturbridge, Mass. 
Lincoln, Betsy and Robert Sprout, 17 September, 1781, 

Hardwick, Mass. 
Lincoln, Betsy and Alonzo Daily, 1 December, 1836, 

Norton, Mass. 
Lincoln, Betsy and Thomas White, 1 March, 1790, 

Warren, Mass. 
Lincoln, Betsy and Bela Cushing, 5 November, 1820, 

Weymouth, Mass. 
Lincoln, Betsy and Daniel Austin, 29 July, 1807, Norton, 

Mass. 
Lincoln, Betsy and Luther Hunter, 6 May, 1813, Oakham, 

Mass. 
Lincoln, Betsy and Nathaniel Newcomb, 31 October, 

1822, Norton. Mass. 
Lincoln, Betsy, widow, and Reuben Woodward, 21 July, 

1832, Norton, Mass. 
Lincoln, Betsy and Robert B. McLaughlin, 27 August, 

1843, Pembroke, Mass. 

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Lincoln, Betsy and Ansel Handy, 28 February, 1821, 
Rochester, Mass. 

Lincoln, Betsy and Joseph R. Gifford, 14 April, 1826, 
Rochester, Mass. 

Lincoln, Betsy, widow, and Michael Cunningham, 26 
July, 1835, Norton, Mass. 

Lincoln, Betsy B. and Jason White, 21 May, 1837, Norton, 
Mass. 

Lincoln, Beza and Sarah Ward, 21 November, 1782, Wey- 
mouth, Mass. 

Lincoln, Burt and Mary Powers, 15 June, 1814, Peter- 
sham, Mass. 

(To be continued) 

LITTLE TAD LINCOLN 

A letter written by Robert T. Lincoln in 1882, to 
Noah Brooks, thus speaks of his brother Tad Lincoln: 

"Poor Tad was a good boy and extraordinarily af- 
fectionate and firm in his friendships. After you knew 
him he studied diligently and overcame the defect in his 
speech. He was only eighteen when he died but he was 
so manly and self reliant that I had the greatest hopes 
for his future. These were cut off by his death after a 
torturing illness, he not being able to recline, but sitting 
for six weeks in the chair from which he was taken, dead. 
Such suffering I never saw, but it was all borne with 
marvellous fortitude." 

CONNECTICUT OLD FOLKS 

(Contributed) 

The following aged persons were living in Con- 
necticut in the year 1884: 

Laura Lincoln, at Ashford, aged 90. 
Elizabeth Lincoln, at E. Hartford, aged 89. 
Thomas L. Lincoln, at Middletown, aged 84. 
Austin Lincoln, at Windham, aged 83. 
Maria Lincoln, at Willimantic, aged 95. 



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BRIEF LINCOLN LINES OF DESCENT 

John Lincoln, born Massachusetts 1735, died 1811, 
married Lydia Jacob. 

Lydia Lincoln, daughter of John, married Thomas 
Loring. 

Joshua Lincoln, born Massachusetts, 1737, died 1810 
married Lamar Sprague. 

George Lincoln, son of Joshua, married Betsy French. 

Daniel Lincoln, son of George, married Priscilla Cain. 

Ellen M. Lincoln, daughter of Daniel, married Jacob 
F. Healey. 

Lot Lincoln, born Taunton, Mass., 1762, died Digh- 
ton, Mass., 1814, married Sally Hathaway. 

Marshall Lincoln, son of Lot, born 1803, married 
Mary Forsam, born 1810. 

Goerge F. Lincoln, son of Marshall, married Deborah 
L. Thomas. 

Helen M. Lincoln, daughter of George, F. L. 

Elkanah Lincoln, born Norton, Mass., 1747, died 
Westmoreland, N. H., 1816, married Susannah Torrey. 

Susanna Lincoln, daughter of Elkanah, born 1769, 
died 1833, married 1789, William Thayer, Jr. 

Nedebiah Lincoln, born Massachusetts, 1758, died 
1834, married Sarah Lincoln. 

Henry Lincoln, son of N. L. 

Sally Lincoln, daughter of Henry L., married James 
Angell. 

Simeon Lincoln, born 1757, married Huldah Porter. 

John Riley Lincoln, son of S. L., born 1781, died 1803, 
married Eliz. Booth, born 1783, died 1873. 

Eliza Riley Lincoln, daughter of J. R. L., married Ira 
Stanley, Jr. 



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Vol. I JULY, 1916 No. 3 



The 



LINCOLN FAMILY 



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CONTENTS 



The Tennessee Lincolns Page 33 

Lincolns of Westminster, Mass " 38 

Silas Lincoln's Family " 38 

Massachusetts Marriages " 39 

An English Law Case " 44 

Dorchester, Mass., Records " 44 

Military Career of Col. Benjamin Lincoln of Hingham . " 45 

Hanson, Mass., Families " 48 

Perez Lincob Line " 48 

Changed His Name " 48 



The Lincoln Family 

MAGAZINE 



JULY. 1916 



THE TENNESSEE LIMCOLNS 

(Contributed by a Lincoln Descendant) 
III 

Mrs. Mary Ward Lincoln, the wife of Isaac Lincoln, 
was an excellent business woman, for the reason that the 
property was well managed after her husband's death. 
She prospered, and at her death owned a vast property. 
She willed away thirty negroes, and provided for all of 
the old negroes, and seems to have been a very kind woman 
to her slaves. There are descendants of the Lincoln 
slaves still living in this country. In the early days, 
settlers came to this section in search of liberty and equality 
as they had left the old world on account of religious perse- 
cution, and they were of a fine class, and early made laws 
to govern themselves. One of the first people on the 
continent to draw up laws were the settlers of the Watauga 
and "Watauga Agreement" is one of the oldest of our 
agreements. This valley (Watauga) has played a promi- 
nent part in the history of the state and nation. Some 
of the oldest most aristocratic families and the very best 
blood of the South were to be found here. Some distin- 
guished men of national reputation were born and reared 
here. It was the home of Landon C. Haynes, the "Silver 
tongued" orator of Tennessee, who was a prominent 
politician and a member of the confederate cabinet; 
of Thomas A. R. Nelson, the "Poet Lawyer of Tennessee" 
whose first speech in Congress was declared by the Lon- 
don Times to be the highest product of American oratory. 
There are old men living today who recall the speeches 



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of Landon C. Haynes and Thomas A. R. Nelson when 
they were candidates for Congress in 1859. The Nelson- 
Haynes debates will be remembered until time is no 
more. 

Thomas A. R. Nelson was Mrs. Mary Ward Lincoln's 
lawyer. Through his second marriage, Mr. Nelson is 
connected with the immortal John Sevier. This valley 
was the home of the Carrigers, Tiptons, Carters, Taylors, 
Nelsons and others who have left their mark on our 
country's history. Senator Robert L. Taylor was proud 
of his birthplace, and was ever ready to tell that he was 
born in the beautiful Watauga Valley. Admiral Samuel 
P. Carter was born and reared here. He had the distinc- 
tion of being Rear-Admiral in the Navy and General in 
the Army, which no other American citizen ever enjoyed. 

Mr. Campbell Buckles, who was reared by Christian 
Carriger and his wife, Levisa Ward Carriger, once said 
that Nancy Hanks sewed and wove for the Lincolns. 
Thomas Lincoln courted Nancy Hanks, her family 
moved to Kentucky, and Thomas Lincoln either went 
with them, or followed them, and married Nancy Hanks 
in Kentucky. Squire Mordecai Lincoln of Greeneville, 
Tenn., was a brother of Isaac Lincoln. Mordecai Lincoln 
married Sophia Heiskell, of a very fine family, and still 
noted throughout Tennessee. To them were born two 
daughters, Sarah Amelia and Mary. Sarah Amelia Lin- 
coln married Dr. William Barton, a northern man. The 
last heard of Mrs. Barton's descendants they were living 
at Nashville. Mary Lincoln married William Brown. 
Three children are living in Greeneville. Mrs. Mordecai 
Lincoln was a very refined, cultured woman, but rather 
peculiar. ' 

Dr. Samuel Murray Stover, a grand nephew of Mary 
Lincoln, was a physician in the army of General Robert 
E. Lee. His brother, Colonel Dan Stover, who married 
Mary Johnson, daughter of Andrew Johnson, went with 

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his father-in-law Andrew Johnson, and was a Colonel 
in the Second Tenn. (Federal). The rest of the Stovers 
were Southern. 

The Carrigers removed from Tennessee to Missouri 
in 1840. On 27 April, 1846, the Carrigers started from 
Round Prairie, Missouri for California. Christian Car- 
riger died 26 September, when crossing the Sierra Nevadas. 
Their place of destination was Sonoma. At the time of 
their arrival all the young and able-bodied men had 
joined Freemont. Nicholas Carriger, son of Levisa 
Ward Carriger, nephew of Mary Ward Lincoln, entered 
the Navy, under Lieut. Revere. Nicholas Carriger 
served in this branch of the service under Lieut. Maury, 
who succeeded Revere. During this term of his service, 
Nicholas Carriger in the ordinary routine of duty carried 
the mail on horseback between Sonoma and San Rafael, 
California. Dr. Carriger located in the Pueblo of Sonoma 
and built the first wood building ever erected in Sonoma 
Valley. 

The Ward sisters were considered very beautiful. 
The description given by Mrs. EHzabeth Carriger Nelson 
of her mother, Levisa Ward Carriger is this: "Hair as 
black and glossy as a raven's wing. Dark blue eyes 
Hke a pansy. Complexion very fair, with a dainty, deli- 
cate color like an apple blosson." 

Mrs. Elizabeth Carriger Nelson and her son. Judge 
Christian Carriger Nelson, were, perhaps, the best Bible 
students in East Tennessee. All their lives they made 
it a habit to read, pray and memorize a portion of the 
Scripture each day. One could mention the most ob- 
scure verse in the Old or New Testament, and they would 
tell you where it was found, and quote the whole chapter. 
One could not say or do anything that they could not 
quote a portion of Scripture to suit the occasion. Judge 
C. C. Nelson, in his long career as City Judge and Re- 
corder of Knoxville, would quote a portion of Scripture 

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and offer a prayer for the offenders. Those tried, said they 
did not mind the fines he imposed, but they could not 
stand the lectures. Judge Nelson was very fond of the 
violin. (Had sixty-two in his collection a few years 
before his death.) Between court session he whiled away 
the time by playing on his violins, a number of which he 
kept at the City Hall. Many an old offender, awaiting 
trial, has been moved to tears by hearing the strains of 
"Where is my Wandering Boy Tonight?" played by the 
venerable Recorder. 

Judge T. A. R. Nelson, brother-in-law of Mrs. 
Elizabeth Carriger Nelson, own niece of Mary Ward 
Lincoln, was counsel for President Andrew Johnson, when 
he was impeached. As soon as President Johnson was 
impeached he sent for T. A. R. Nelson to advise him. 
Mr. Nelson did not know until an hour or so before he 
rose to address the Senate, that he would take part in 
this memorable argument. The speech did not show 
the elaborate finish which always characterized Mr. 
Nelson's speeches. The argument that he made before 
the Senate did not satisfy him, and to the day of his 
death he criticised it with undue severity. It was almost 
an impromptu argument. The speech, nevertheless, was 
an admirable one, and will continue to reflect great credit 
on its author. The father of Judge Nelson, David Nelson, 
was postmaster at Elizabethton for a great many years. 

The Wards and the Carrigers were always noted for 
their great courage and bravery. A granddaughter of 
Mrs. Elizabeth Carriger Nelson, niece of Mary Ward 
Lincoln, says: "Grandmother Nelson was the bravest 
woman I have ever seen or ever expect to see. Fear 
seems to have been omitted entirely in her composition. 
One of the first things I ever remember hearing her say 
was: "Nothing will ever hurt you. Why are you 
afraid?" As an instance of her great courage, Mrs. 
Nelson and her daughter, Eveline Carter Nelson lived 

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alone at the beginning of the Civil War. One morning 
a number of soldiers came to their home and demanded 
breakfast. A bountiful repast was set before them. As 
the soldiers were leaving the dining room, Mrs. Nelson 
came into the room. She saw a soldier pick up the 
silver molasses pitcher from the table and conceal it 
under his coat. She walked up to the soldier, took the 
pitcher away from him, struck him over the head with 
the pitcher, and gave him a good lecture about his want 
of manners, and his ingratitude to her in repaying her 
hospitality in such a base manner. The soldier drew his 
pistol and started to shoot Mrs. Nelson, but she did not 
flinch, and peace was restored. The other soldiers did 
not approve of the conduct of their comrade, and pre- 
vailed on him to leave the house. 

Mrs. Sallie Stover Tipton, the oldest child of David Lin- 
coln Stover and Johanna Gaines, his wife, granddaughter of 
William Stover and Sarah Murray Drake, his wife, 
great-granddaughter of Daniel Stover and Phoebe Ward, 
his wife, says: "Aunt Mary Lincoln was a Ward. I have 
heard my grandmother, (Sarah Drake Stover) speak of 
this frequently, and was always stated that my grand- 
father's (William Stover) mother was a Ward and a 
sister to Mary Ward, who married Isaac Lincoln. 

Mrs. Sallie Stover Tipton visited at the White House 
when Andrew Johnson was president. She was a niece 
of Daniel Stover, who married Mary Johnson, daughter of 
Andrew Johnson. Mrs. Andrew Johnson was an invalid, 
and her daughters. Mrs. Patterson and Mrs. Daniel 
Stover looked after the affairs of the White House, Mrs. 
Johnson not being able to appear at social functions. 
Mrs. Sallie Stover Tipton spent quite a time there as the 
guest of her aunt Mary Stover and her cousins Lillie 
and Sarah Stover. The Stover children Lillie, Sarah 
and Andrew Johnson, were very popular at the White 
House. M. 0. McM. 

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LINCOLNS OF WESTMINSTER, MASS. 

(Contributed) 

Heman Lincoln of Westminster, Mass., was a son 
of Jeremiah of Hingham. He had a wife Elizabeth, 
and children as follows: Heman, Elizabeth, Pyam 
(Percy?) Mary, Hannah, Sally, Emma, Lucy Lane. He 
died early in 1803, his will having been dated 3 February 
and probated 5 April of that year. The five younger 
children were minors at the time, and had guardians ap- 
pointed. The family removed to Boston not long after- 
ward. 

Daniel Lincoln, nephew of Heman, married Chloe, 
daughter of Stephen and Mercy (Beal) Marsh of Hing- 
ham, and had two children, Caleb and Daniel, born in 
that town. In March, 1801, he removed to Westminster. 
He had a daughter Hannah Beal, born 27 June, 1802. 
His son Daniel, married Martha Robbins, of Westford, 
28 April, 1816. He had a son Isaac Lorenzo, born 5 
April, 1818. 

Rev. Varnum Lincoln was a son of Abel and Phebe 
(Griffin) Lincoln, born Chelmsford, 25 September, 1819. 
He married Emmeline Sprague of Hudson, N. H., 17 
May, 1844. Their children were: 

Edwin Hale, born 2 January, 1848. 

Charles T., born 24 October, 1849, died 14 June, 1879. 

Alfred v., born 25 August, 1852. 

Emma J., born 26 September, 1854. 

Henry C, born 21 July, 1857. died 13 May. 1859. 

SILAS LINCOLN'S FAMILY 

(Contributed) 

Silas Lincoln married in Beckett, Mass., 2 January, 
1774, Hannah Luce, born 26 March, 1800. daughter of 
Simeon Luce. Jr., and Susanna Kingsley. Their children 
were: 

1. Mary, born 25 April. 1775. 

2. Abiah. born 13 November, 1776. 

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MASSACHUSETTS MARRIAGES 

(Continued from page 31) 

Lincoln, Abiel and Abigail Badger, 2 December, 1761, 

Boston, Mass. 
Lincoln, Abigail and Robert Miller, 26 February, 1772, 

Boston, Mass. 
Lincoln, Adeline E., and William S. Kennedy, May, 1883, 

Cambridge, Mass. 
Lincoln, Amos and Debby Reviere, November, 1780, 

Boston, Mass. 
Lincoln, Anna and William Praddox, 13 December, 1808, 

Boston, Mass. 
Lincoln, Benjamin, Jr., and Mary Otis, 1 February, 1785, 

Boston, Mass. 
Lincoln, Benjamin and Elizabeth Clark, 9 October, 1794, 

Boston, Mass. 
Lincoln, Bradford and Becky A. Atwood, 21 November, 

1799, Boston, Mass. 
Lincoln, Caleb and Rachel Bates, 8 May, 1684, Hingham, 

Mass. 
Lincoln, Caleb and Patty Whiting, 14 June, 1790, Barre, 

Mass. 
Lincoln, Caleb and Nancy Bicknell, 25 September, 1804, 

Boston, Mass. 
Lincoln, Caleb and Lucy Wilder, 6 December, 1815, 

Winchendon, Mass. 
Lincoln, Caleb W. and Rhoda J. Reed, 12 April, 1845, 

Framingham, Mass. 
Lincoln, Calvin and Ruth Lincoln, 29 November, 1817, 

Norton, Mass. 
Lincoln, Calvin and Almira L. Fales, 1 January, 1822, 

Shrewsbury, Mass. 
Lincoln, Celia and Abner G. Conant, 21 October, 1840, 

Sutton, Mass. 
Lincoln, Charles and Mary Farnum, 10 July, 1728» 

Boston, Mass. 

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Lincoln, Charles and Martha B. Minot, 15 November, 

1821, Dorchester, Mass. 
Lincoln, Charles and Abigail B. Phillips, 4 October, 1827, 

Abington, Mass. 
Lincoln, Charles A. and Louerza A. Stone, 24 November, 

1874, Douglas, Mass. 
Lincoln, Charles L. and Maria L. Dyer, 3 September, 

1841, Norton, Mass. 
Lincoln, Charles 0. and Mary Bullard, 13 September, 

1838, Athol, Mass. 
Lincoln, Charlotte and Warren Wild, 1 April, 1827, 

Norton, Mass. 
Lincoln, Chloe and Ebenezer Snow, Jr., 13 October, 1821, 

Norton, Mass. 
Lincoln, Christina and Josiah Lovett, 29 November, 1832, 

Beverly, Mass. 
Lincoln, Christopher and Elizabeth Williston, 9 February, 

1805, Boston, Mass. 
Lincoln, Content and Obadiah Reed, 4 January, 1760, 

Abington, Mass. 
Lincoln, Content, Jr., and Benjamin Highland, 1 October, 

1778, Pembroke, Mass. 
Lincoln, Cynthia and Daniel Shepard, 28 March, 1811, 

Norton, Mass. 
Lincoln, Daniel and Sarah Nichols, 16 April, 1687, 

Scituate, Mass. 
Linkhon, Daniel and Abigell Nicols, 18 June, 1711, 

Rochester, Mass. 
Lincoln, Daniel and Martha Robbins, 1 October, 1816, 

Westford, Mass. 
Lincoln, Daniel and Abigail M. Farrington, 1 January, 

1838, Upton, Mass 
Lincoln, David and Lydia Beals, 25 December, 1718, 

Hingham, Mass. 
Lincoln, David and Deborah Crossman, 1 November, 

1750, Norton, Mass. 

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Lincoln, David and Elizabeth Jones, 25 November, 1753, 

Hull, Mass. 
Lincoln, David and Sarah Porter, 18 January, 1770, 

Weymouth, Mass. 
Lincoln, David, 3rd and Bethiah Dean, 25 May, 1800, 

Norton, Mass. 
Lincoln, David and Abigail Makepeace, 6 October, 1805, 

Norton, Mass. 
Lincoln, David and Mary A. Smith, 25 September, 1834, 

Hopkinton, Mass. 
Lincoln, David A. and Mary J. Bailey, 21 June, 1865, 

Norton, Mass. 
Lincoln, Deborah and John Sylvester, 25 November, 

1757, Hingham, Mass. 
Lincoln, Deborah, 2nd and Assell Deane, 13 February, 

1780, Norton, Mass. 
Lincoln, Deborah and Obed Crosby, 30 June, 1844, 

Brewster, Mass. 
Linkon, Desire and Joseph Wood, 23 November, 1772, 

Sharon, Mass. 
Lincoln, Desire and Jonathan Thatcher, 30 March, 1846, 

Brev^^ster, Mass. 
Lincoln, Dina and Nathaniel Wetherell, Jr., 4 August, 

1737, Norton, Mass. 
Lincoln, Ebenezer and Sarah Willis, 21 March, 1802, 

Norton, Mass. 
Lincoln, Ebenezer and Sary Loring, 6 June, 1751, Hull, 

Mass. 
Lincoln, Eddy and Lydia Leonard, 15 June, 1834, Nor- 
ton, Mass. 
Lincoln, Edwin A. and Amanda Drury, 4 September, 

1833. Warren, Mass. 
Lincoln, Eleanor and Cornelius W. Lothrop, 20 February, 

1831, Norton, Mass. 
Lincoln, Electa and Daniel Johnson, 4 February, 1822, 

Templeton, Mass. 

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Lincoln, Eli and Polly Bliss, 19 July, 1807. Warren, Mass. 
Lincoln, Eli K. and Rosetta K. Harwood, 2 May, 1849, 

Sturbridge, Mass. 
Lincoln, Elijah and Patience Bates, 10 March, 1815, 

Norton, Mass. 
Lincoln, Elijah and Martha Marstins, 8 November, 1825, 

Milton, Mass. 
Lincoln, Elijah D. and Phebe Gresho, 29 April, 1836, 

Norton, Mass. 
Lincoln, Elisha and Rachel Tirrell, 14 November, 1718, 

Abington, Mass. 
Lincoln, Elisha and Melia Whitcomb, 10 January, 1721, 

Boston, Mass. 
Lincoln, Elisha, 3rd and Tabithy Whitman, 24 December, 

1763, Abington, Mass. 
Lincoln, Elisha, 3rd and Batheba French, 14 November, 

1772, Abington, Mass. 
Lincoln, Elisha, 3rd and Molly Gurney, 13 November, 

1777, Abington, Mass. 
Lincoln, Elisha and Tabitha Reed, 5 October, 1779, 

Abington, Mass. 
Lincoln, Elisha and Lones Bowlen, 28 March, 1802, Abing- 
ton, Mass. 
Lincoln, Elisha and Jane Churchill, 30 November, 1803, 

Abingdon, Mass. 
Lincoln, Elithy S. and Otis Dean, 14 October, 1835, 

Norton, Mass. 
Lincoln, Eliza and Oliver C. Danforth, 27 September, 

1818, Norton, Mass. 
Lincoln, Eliza and Danforth Keyes, 8 September, 1843 

Warren, Mass. 
Lincoln, Eliza J. and Samuel Mendall, 29 January, 1832' 

Rochester, Mass. 
Lincoln, Elizabeth and Elisha Bonney, 10 December, 1729, 

Pembroke, Mass. 
Lincoln, Elizabeth and Thomas Nichols, 3 December, 

1741, Boston, Mass. 

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Lincoln, Elizabeth and Micah Pratt, 12 March, 1748, 

Weymouth, Mass. 
Lincoln, Elizabeth and David Waterman, 4 February, 

1786, Weymouth, Mass. 
Lincoln, Elizabeth and Thomas Cleverly, 2 December, 

1826, Weymouth, Mass. 
Lincoln, Elizabeth and John Ellis, 9 June, 1844, Rochester, 

Mass. 
Lincoln, Elizabeth and Nathaniel Bicknell, 22 December, 

1748, Abington, Mass. 
Lincoln, Elizabeth W. and Alfred E. Burt, 27 November, 

1843, Oakham, Mass. 
Lincoln, Elkanah, Jr., and Susan Torey, 25 May, 1768, 

Norton, Mass. 
Lincoln, Emily and Charles E. Gleason, 28 April, 1836, 

Warren, Mass. 
Lincoln, Emory and Elizabeth F. Keep, 15 November, 

1842, Oakham. Mass. 
Lincoln, Enos, Jr., and Lucy Bosworth, 15 February, 

1832, Petersham, Mass. 
Lincoln, Enos and Mary D. Pratt, 27 December, 1838, 

Weymouth, Mass. 
Lincoln, Ensign and Sophia 0. Larkin, 21 January, 1808, 

Boston, Mass. 
Lincoln, Eunice and John Killey, 25 February, 1771, 

Norton, Mass. 
Lincoln, Experience and Jonathan Stearns, 24 May, 1727, 

Dorchester, Mass. 
Lincoln, Ezekial and Miriam Terrill, 9 November, 1758, 

Abington, Mass. 
Lincoln, Ezekial and Mary Woodward, 6 June, 1776, 

Norton, Mass. 

Lincoln, Ezekial and Betsy Fillebroun, 9 November, 1808, 

Boston, Mass. 

(To be continued) 



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AN ENGLISH LAW CASE 

(From Original Records) 

In the matter of Lincolne vs. Gurney and others. 

Bill (13 July, 1641) of Henry Lincolne of Swanton 
Morly, County Norfolk, yeoman. 

Answer (18 October, 1641) of Robert Gurney, gent., 
and Anne, his wife, and William Gunthorp and Elizabeth 
his wife. 

Concerning copyholds of the manor of Swanton Morly 
surrendered by Richard and Anne Lincoln to the use of 
themselves for life, with remainder to John Small, son 
of the said Anne Lincoln, charged with certain payments 
by the said John Small to his half sisters. 

Anne, as the widow Small had one son John when 
she married Richard Lincoln. The children of Richard 
Lincoln and the widow Small were: 

1. Henry Lincoln 

2. Anne Lincoln, who married Robert Gurney, gent. 

3. Elizabeth Lincoln, who married William Gun- 
thorp. 

DORCHESTER, MASS., RECORDS 

(From Vital Statistics) 

Marriages 
Experience Lincoln and Jonathan Sterns, 24 May, 1727. 
Charles Lincoln and Martha B. Minott, 15 November, 
1821. 

Births 
Charles R., son of Charles Lincoln, born 1806. 
Thomas, son of Caleb and Nancy Lincoln, born 2 Septem- 
ber, 1810. 
Samuel, son of Caleb and Nancy Lincoln, born 20 March, 
1814. 

Deaths 
Eleazur Lincoln died 19 June, 1808. 
Nancy Lincoln died 19 July, 1814, wife of Caleb. 
Child of Mr. Lincoln, drowned 29 May, 1825. 

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MILITARY CAREER OF COL. BENJAMIN 
LINCOLN OF HINGHAM 

(Contributed) 

Benjamin Lincoln, famous general of the Revolu- 
tion, and a familiar figure in Massachusetts history, was 
forty years of age at the commencement of the American 
revolutionary war in 1775. At that time he held the 
office of lieutenant colonel of militia. He was elected a 
member of the provincial congress, one of the secretaries 
of that body, and also a member of the committee of 
correspondence. The council of Massachusetts appointed 
him a brigadier in 1776, and soon after a major general, 
when he employed himself industriously in arranging 
and disciplining the militia at the head of a body of 
whom, he joined the main army at New York in October. 
By the recommendation of General Washington congress 
appointed him a major general in the continental forces. 

In July, 1777, General Lincoln was despatched to 
the northern army, under Gates, to assist in opposing 
Burgoyne. Stationed at Manchester, in Vermont, Lin- 
coln received and organized the New England militia 
as they joined him. A detachment of 500 men from his 
troops, under colonel Brown surprised the English at 
the landing at Lake George, took 293 men, and released 
100 American prisoners. He then joined general Gate's 
army of which he was second in command. Here he was 
wounded in the leg, and his wound confined him at Al- 
bany for several months. After suffering the removal 
of a part of the main bone, he was conveyed to his resi- 
dence at Hingham. In the following August, he repaired 
to the headquarters of General Washington, and was 
designated by congress to conduct the war in the southern 
department. 

He arrived at Charleston in December, 1778, when 
he found his duties on that station to be of the most 
difficult nature. An army was to be formed, organized 

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and supplied, that he might be enabled to contend with a 
veteran enemy. With the design of protecting the upper 
part of Georgia, Lincoln proceeded to Augusta in April; 
but the British commander, Prevost, marching upon 
Charleston, General Lincoln pursued the same route, and 
on arriving at that city found that the enemy had re- 
tired from before it the preceding night. On 19 June, he 
attacked about 600 of the enemy entrenched at Stone 
ferry, but was repulsed. French forces arrived with the 
fleet under count D'Estaing in the early part of Septem- 
ber, 1779. Prevost having possessed himself of Savannah, 
an expedition was projected against that place, in con- 
junction with the French commander. For this purpose, 
nearly 3000 of the foreign auxiliaries were landed, to 
which General Lincoln added 1000 men from his own 
troops. The enemy, however, used every exertion to 
strengthen the defences, and was reinforced, while the 
commander was preparing the articles of capitulation to 
D'Estaing. A regular siege was then attempted; but 
various considerations urging the necessity of speedy 
operations, a general assault was made by the combined 
French and American forces, under D'Estaing and Lin- 
coln on the morning of the 9 October, Occurrences en- 
tirely accidental frustrated their hopes, and after plant- 
ing two standards on the parapets, the allies were re- 
pulsed, the French having lost 700, and the Americans 
240 in killed and wounded. 

After this unfortunate but bold assault. General 
Lincoln entered Charleston, and in order to put it in a 
proper posture of defence, importuned congress for a 
reinforcement of regular troops with additional supplies, 
but his requisitions were but partially granted. General 
Sir Henry Clinton arrived in February, 1780, and hav- 
ing debarked a strong force in the neighborhood, en- 
camped before the American lines, 30 March. Notwith- 
standing the great superiority of the enemy. General 

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Lincoln determined to attempt the defence of his post, 
and accordingly to a demand of unconditional surrender, 
returned an immediate refusal, but was obliged to capitu- 
late, 12 May, by the discontent of the troops, and the 
inhabitants, the great superiority of numbers on the 
part of the enemy, and the expenditure of his provisions 
and ammunition, after a constant cannonade had been 
kept up for a month. For a fortnight previous to the 
surrender he had not undressed to sleep. 

His reputation was too firmly established to be 
shaken by the disastrous termination of his southern 
campaign, and credit was given him for having for three 
months withstood the power of the British commanders, 
and so effectually retarded the execution of their future 
plans. Owing to the delay, North Carolina was saved 
for the rest of the year 1780. In November following 
General Lincoln was exchanged for General Phillips, who 
had been taken prisoner at Saratoga. 

In the campaign of 1781, Lincoln commanded a 
division, and at Yorktown performed a conspicuous part. 
At that place the army of Cornwallis capitulated to the 
combined forces of France and America, on similar terms 
to those which had been granted to General Lincoln at 
Charleston. On the latter was conferred the office of 
receiving the submission, and directing the distribution 
of the conquered troops; and the day succeeding the 
surrender his services were commended in the general 
order of the commander-in-chief. 

In October, 1781, he was appointed by congress 
secretary of war, still retaining his military rank. He 
tendered his resignation of this office three years after- 
wards, which was received by congress with an expres- 
sion of their approbation of his conduct, both in the 
field and cabinet. He was appointed by the governor of 
Massachusetts, commander of a body of militia, des- 
patched to suppress an insurrection in that state in the 

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years 1786 and 1787. His dexterity and vigor in this 
transaction happily effected the object in view, with very 
little bloodshed, a few persons only being killed in a 
slight skirmish. 

In May, 1787, he was elected lieutenant governor of 
his native state. He was a member of the convention 
for ratifying the federal constitution; and in the summer 
of 1789, was appointed by president Washington, col- 
lector of the port of Boston. He died 1810, aged 77. 

HANSON, MASS., FAMILIES 

(From Town Records) 

Rufus Lincoln, born 1812, married in Hanson, Mass., 
10 January, 1836, Lucy D. Cook, daughter of John Cook. 
She was born 6 November, 1819. Their son, Rufus 
W., was born 8 July, 1845. Their daughter Emeline, 
born 1838, died 12 July, 1847. 

Levi Lincoln, born 1773, and Diadema Barker, born 
1777, daughter of Gideon, were married in Hanson, 25 
November, 1822. He died 27 May, 1846. She died 
10 January, 1845. 

PEREZ LINCOLN LINE 

(Contriliutedj 

1. Perez Lincoln of Wrentham, Mass., married 
Polly Bragg, born 1776, daughter of Ariel Bragg and 
Sarah Fisher. 

2. Perez Lincoln, married Harriet Patty Hopkins, 
daughter of Timothy S. Hopkins and Nancy Ann Kerr. 

3. Charles Perez Lincoln, married Mary Anne 
Lawrence Price. 

CHANGED HIS NAME 
Alonzo H. Hoar had his name changed to George 
Lincoln, by an act of the Massachusetts legislature. He 
was a son of William Hoar and Adah Upton, and was 
born 14 April, 1815, in Westminster, Mass. He married 
Aseneth Trafton, and died in Leominster, Mass., 20 
July. 1872. 

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CONTENTS 



Damon's Lincoln Sermon Page 49 

Heirs to Estates " 54 

Pennsylvania Marriages " 55 

The Lincolns of Tennessee " 56 

Rhode Island Marriages " 58 

Seth Lincoln's Family " 59 

Pittston, Maine, Births " 59 

Soldiers of the Revolution " 60 

Maine Marriages '• 64 



The Lincoln Family 

MAGAZINE 

OCTOBER. 1916 
DAMON'S LINCOLN SERMON 

(Over a half a century ago, in the Seaman's Chapel, Honolulu, on 14 
May, 1865, the Reverend S. C. Damon preached the following sermon on 
the assassination of Lincoln. It was pubUshed in The Friend of 1 June, 
1865, and is republished at this time as a chapter of historic and religious 
literature that should not be forgotten.— Editor.) 

IN THE ADMINISTRATION of the affairs of this 
world God is ever doing and permitting things to be done 
the reasons for which cannot be seen by shortsighted 
mortals. Such is God's method of proceeding that we are 
continually compelled to take many things on trust. 
Faith in Him is the great lesson which He is ever teaching 
mankind. He has drawn an impenetrable veil before our 
eyes, shutting out the future from our view. "Ye know 
not what shall be on the morrow," or "what a day may 
bring forth." How impressively these scriptural declara- 
tions and those of my text are illustrated by events which 
have recently transpired on the other side of the globe. 
All the loyal people of that great country, stretching from 
the shores of the Atlantic to the Pacific, and from the Gulf 
to the Lakes, were preparing for such a day of thanks- 
giving and jubilee as never had been witnessed on the 
western continent. The national feeling, which, during 
the four years of civil war had been repressed, was rising, 
and about to burst forth in such scenes and shouts of re- 
joicing as would have made the "welkin ring." The dove 
of peace which had, during those four long years, been con- 
fined to the ark, rocked and tossed upon the troubled 
waters of civil strife, political contentions and cruel war, 
had now been released, and with the olive branch in her 
mouth, was winging her flight over mountains and valleys, 



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broad savannahs and boundless prairies. The good news 
was flashed with lightning speed over the land and the 
world. The dark clouds were rolling away, and the sun 
of the nation's glory was beginning to shine, and the rain- 
bow of peace was distinctly seen spanning a continent, 
as in days of yore, when lo! from the receding black clouds 
of secession, treachery and slavery, there darted forth a 
fiendish arm, holding in its hand an assassin's dagger. 
The whole scene is instantly changed. For a moment the 
pulse and heart of the nation cease to beat, but the next 
instant there follows a sigh of anguish and wail of sorrow. 
Abraham Lincoln, our beloved president, is dead! I do not 
believe, since the creation of the world, so many hearts, 
in so short a space of time, ever mourned over the death 
of a single human being. There is no disputing or gain- 
saying the fact, Abraham Lincoln had gradually been 
winning for himself a place in the hearts of the American 
people second only to that of Washington, the father of his 
country. But will not the people now call him the savior 
of the country, when the life of the nation was threatened? 
This most tragic event is not an accident. It is not 
the work of chance. We do not live in a world ruled over 
by blind fate. Never before did I realize there was so 
much force and intensity of meaning in those words of our 
Savior: "But the very hairs of your head are all num- 
bered," and even a sparrow "shall not fall on the ground 
without your Father." I do not think there ever was a 
public man who recognized more clearly and fully this 
doctrine of God's special providence than did our lamented 
President. Gathered as we now are in the house of God 
on this first Sabbath morning after having received the 
news of his death, how can I more appropriately employ 
the usual time allotted to a discourse than by directing 
your minds to some of those moral and spiritual lessons 
taught by this most sad and melancholy event. The 
telegraphic intelligence which has reached the Island is 

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quite sufficient to disclose the naked facts, but insufficient 
to portray the effects upon the country at large. Under 
these circumstances, perhaps I may be allowed to dwell 
uii^pn the religious features of Mr. Lincoln's character. 
He was a public man, and had been called to occupy a 
most responsible and trying public position. He fully 
realized this fact from the very moment that he stepped 
forth from the sphere of a private American citizen to 
occupy the highest position within the gift of his country- 
men. His brief address on leaving his home at Springfield, 
Illinois, is inimitably beautiful: "My Friends: — No one 
not in my position can appreciate the sadness I feel at this 
parting- To this people I owe all that I am. Here I have 
l|ved more than a quarter of a century; here my children 
were born, and here one of them lies buried. I know not 
how soon I shall see you again. A duty devolves upon me 
which is perhaps greater than that which has devolved 
upon any other man since the days of Washington. He 
never would have succeeded except for the aid of Divine 
Providence, upon which he at all times relied. I feel that 
I cannot succeed without the same Divine aid which sus- 
tained him, and on the same Almighty Being I place my 
reliance for support. I hope you, my friends, will pray 
that I may receive that Divine assistance without which 
I cannot succeed, but with which success is certain. I 
bid you all an affectionate farewell." 

During the delivery of this short address the audience 
was much affected and when it closed there was the hearty 
response, "We will pray for you." During his progress 
to Washington he uttered similar sentiments at Columbus 
and Steubenville, in Ohio, ever expressing the hope that 
he should be sustained by the prayers of the American 
people. In this address we have the keynote to all his 
subsequent addresses, letters, proclamations and public 
documents. I cannot recall a single one in which he did 
not fully and frankly recognize God's agency in the man- 

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agement of the affairs of this world. His allusions to an 
overruling Providence were not in a half-apologistic and 
semi-infidel style, as if he wished to conciliate the feelings 
of Christians, while at the same time he had no very clear 
and definite idea of what he was saying or writing. Read 
his second inaugural, on the 4th of last March. The 
staunchest and most orthodox divine could not have given 
utterance to more evangelical doctrines or religious senti- 
ments. He quotes and comments upon the very words 
of our Divine Savior, in the eighteenth chapter of Matthew, 
"Woe unto the world because of offences." Then, too, 
with what masterly emphasis he quotes the words of the 
Psalmist David, prefacing, "If God wills that the war con- 
tinue until all the wealth piled by the bondman's two hun- 
dred and fifty years of unrequited toil, shall be sunk, and 
until every drop of blood drawn with the lash shall be paid 
by another drawn with the sword, as was said three thou- 
sand years ago, so still it must be said, 'The judgments 
of the Lord are true and righteous altogether." " Noble 
utterances and sublime language, which will live as long 
as the English language shall be spoken. Such truthful 
sayings will go forth from the Chief Magistrate of a great 
people to break asunder the fetters of slavery throughout 
the world. His name through all coming time will be 
associated with that most important of all his state docu- 
ments — his Emancipation Proclamation. It may well be 
compared with the imperial ukase of the Emperor Alex- 
ander, giving liberty to twenty millions of Russian serfs. 
From the time and circumstances under which it was is- 
sued it must ever be viewed as marking the transition 
point from slavery to freedom, in the history of the Re- 
public of America. I cannot stop to dwell upon Mr. Lin- 
coln's efforts and labors in behalf of the slaves and the 
colored people of America. It was noble and philan- 
thropic, and it doubtedless accorded him unfeigned pleas- 
ure, during the latter months of his eventful life, to learn, 

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in so many ways, that they appreciated his services. This 
was apparent when he received a copy of the Holy Bible 
from the loyal colored people of Baltimore as a token of 
respect and gratitude. They hailed him as the "friend 
of universal freedom." It never will be known in time 
how many millions of earnest prayers went up for "Massa 
Linkum" from the Uncle Tom cabins scattered all over 
the slave States, from the Potomac to the Rio Grande. 
Those sincere but enslaved people took hold of the arm 
that sustained the universe. America stands forth today 
disenthralled and saved, not merely by the achievements 
of our noble soldiers and the masterly statesmanship of our 
cabinet ministers, senators and representatives, but there 
was a power behind all these outward manifestations. 
That power was prayer — the prayers, too, of the poor. 
Says the son of Sirach, "A prayer out of a poor man's 
mouth reacheth to the ears of God, and His judgment 
Cometh speedily." "He will hear the prayer of the op- 
pressed." "The prayer of the humble pierceth the clouds, 
and till it come nigh he will not be comforted, and will not 
depart till the Most High shall behold to judge righteous- 
ly and execute judgment." Mr. Lincoln recognized that 
power of prayer, as I have already shown, when he left his 
home for the White House at Washington. 

How intensely interesting the fact that while he was 
thus occupied with the great and momentous affairs of 
thirty millions of people — of whom four or five millions 
were in open rebellion, and a million more were girded 
as soldiers, yet even amidst all these cares he did not 
neglect the poor who were his neighbors, as the following 
incident will show: 

A newspaper correspondent from Chicago one day 
dropped in upon Mr. Lincoln and found him busy count- 
ing greenbacks. "This, sir," said the President, in his 
cheerful way, "is something out of my usual line; but a 
President of the United States has a multiplicity of duties 

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not specified in the Constitution or Acts of Congress. 
This is one of them. This money belongs to a poor negro 
who is porter in one of the departments (the Treasury), 
who is at present ill with the small pox. He is now in the 
hospital and could not draw his pay because he could not 
sign his name. I have been at considerable trouble to 
overcome the difficulty and get it for him, and have at 
length succeeded in cutting red tape, as you newspapermen 
say. I am now dividing the money and putting by a 
portion labeled, in an envelope, with my own hands, ac- 
cording to his wish." Such unostentatious acts of kind- 
ness need no comment. Our Savior said, when upon 
earth: "And whosoever shall give to drink unto one of 
these little ones a cup of cold water only in the name of a 
disciple, verily I say unto you he shall in no wise lose his 
reward." I doubt not that the good man is now reaping 
his reward In glory for befriending the poor colored porter 
who could not write his name — sick with the smallpox 
in the hospital. It is an interesting fact that the American 
citizen at home and abroad, however humble his lot, was 
not forgotten by him. When it was reported at Wash- 
ington through the correspondence of our minister, to Mr, 
Seward, that a sailor had been ill-treated at the Marquesas 
Islands, Mr. Lincoln immediately directs that five hun- 
dred dollars in gold be devoted to the purchase of presents 
to be distributed among Hawaiian missionaries and others 
who had rescued the unfortunate man. 

(To be concluded) 

HEIRS TO ESTATES 

The following members of the Lincoln family have 
been advertised for by attorneys and administrators dur- 
ing the past twenty-five years. These names refer only 
to American estates or money in this country awaiting 
heirs. 

Lincoln, Mary M„ New York, 1910. 

Lincoln, Sophie, Augusta, Maine. 

Lincoln, Timothy W., Boston, Mass, 1870. 

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PENNSYLVANIA LINCOLN MARRIAGES 

(From Original Records) 

Lincoln, Abraham and Elizabeth Schrank, 13 November, 
1788, Philadelphia, Penn. 

Lincoln, Benjamin and Ann Cowan, 19 May, 1806, 
Philadelphia, Penn. 

Lincoln, Daniel and Mary Medley, 2 June, 1742, Phila- 
delphia, Penn. 

Lincoln, Elizabeth and John Hart, 7 July, 1791, Phila- 
delphia, Penn. 

Lincoln, Isaac and Mary Shute, December, 1746, State 
Licence. 

Lincoln, Jacob and Ann Rambo, June, 1747, State Li- 
cence. 

Lincoln, Jacon and Mary Taylor, 1 1 April, 1 792, Phila- 
delphia, Penn. 

Lincoln, John and Elizabeth O'Neal, 8 October, 1781, 
Philadelphia, Penn. 

Lincoln, Margaret and James Gregory, 17 July, 1763, 
Philadelphia, Penn. 

Linckhorn, Maria and Benjamin Evans, 6 July, 1786, 
Philadelphia, Penn. 

Lincoln, Moses and Barbara Kinch, 19 March, 1795, 
Philadelphia, Penn. 

Linking, Rosina and John F. Fuchs, 25 November, 1746, 
New Hanover, Penn. 

Lincoln, Rebecca and Joseph Rush, 19 September, 1750, 
Philadelphia, Penn. 

Lincoln, Rebecca and James Carter, 7 March, 1763, 
Philadelphia, Penn. 

Lincoln, Sarah and Samuel Pastorius, 28 November, 1771, 
Philadelphia, Penn. 

Lincoln, Thomas and Mrs. Alice Gohin, 23 October, 181 1, 
Reading, Penn. 

Lincoln, William E. and Mary B. Porter, 7 June, 1877, 

Pittsburgh, Penn. 

(To be continued) 

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THE LINCOLNS OF TENNESSEE 
IV 

Godfrey Carriger's Will 

In the Name of God, Amen: 

I, Godfrey Carriger, Senior, of the County of Carter, 
in the State of Tennessee, being weak and frail of body, 
but of perfect and sound mind and memory, do make, 
publish and declare this my last Will and Testament in 
manner and form following, that is to say: 

First: I give and bequeath to my son, Nicholas Car- 
riger, the plantation whereon he now lives on Stoney 
Creek, for which I have heretofore executed to him a deed 
of conveyance; also give and bequeath to my said son, 
Nocholas, one negro wench named Sail and her child 
"Will" and the increase of the said Sail. I also give and 
bequeath to my said son, Nicholas, the sum of two thou- 
sand and thirty-three dollars and thirty-three cents to him 
and his forever. 

Secondly: I give and bequeath unto Godfrey Car- 
riger, Polly Carriger, Anny Carriger and Betsy Carriger, 
heirs and heiresses of Michael Carriger, deceased, the sum 
of two thousand five hundred and sixty-six dollars and 
sixty-six cents. 

Thirdly: I give and bequeath to my son, Godfrey 
Carriger, the plantation whereon he now lives for which I 
have heretofore executed him a deed of gift. I also give 

and bequeath to my said son, Godfrey, the sum of 

thousand nine hundred and five dollars and thirty-three 
cents, to him and to his heirs forever. 

Fourthly: I give and bequeath to my son-in-law, 
John Nave, the plantation whereon he used to live, for 
which I have heretofore made to him a deed of convey- 
ance. I also give and bequeath to my said son-in-law, 
John Nave, one negro girl named Berry. I also give and 
bequeath to my said son-in-law, John Nave, the sum of 
one thousand nine hundred and eighty-three dollars and 
sixty-six cents to him and his heirs forever. 

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Fifthly: I give and bequeath to my son John Car- 
riger one tract of land containing two hundred and fifty 
acres, known by the name of the Sugar Holjow tract; also 
one other tract of land containing six hundred and forty 
acres, known by the name of the Blue Spring tract; also 
one other tract of land lying and situated on the south 
side of Wataugau river below and adjoining Isaac Lin- 
coln's which land I bought from William Cocks. I also 
give and bequeath unto my said son. John Carriger, the 
sum of one thousand and three hundred and twenty dol- 
lars to him and his heirs forever, for the two aforesaid 
tracts of land of eight hundred and ninety acres, I have 
heretofore executed a deed of gift to the said John Car- 
riger. 

Sixthly: I give and bequeath to my son. Christian 
Carriger the plantation whereon I now live including all 
the improvements thereon. I also give and bequeath 
unto my said son. Christian Carriger, one other tract of 
land known by the name of Linchas place to him and his 
heirs forever. I also give and bequeath to my said son. 
Christian, an entry of claim of land which I have to an 
iland in Wataugau including a fish Trap in a sluice of said 
river to him and his heirs forever. 

My further will is that all the rest and residue of my 
estate, as well real as personal, of which I may be possessed 
at the time of my death (after paying and satisfying all and 
every of the foregoing legatees and bequeaths) be sold and 
the money arriving from such sales be divided among the 
legatees hereinbefore mentioned, share and share alike, 
except that the heirs of Michael Carriger have but one 
share, to be divided among them. 

Lastly, I hereby nominate, constitute and appoint my 
sons, Godfrey Carriger and Christian Carriger executors 
of this last will and testament whereof I, Godfrey Car- 
riger, Senior, have hereunto set my seal the sixteenth day 
of January, in the year of our Lord, one thousand eight 
hundred and eight. 

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Signed, sealed, published, pronounced and declared 
by the said Godfrey Carriger, senior, to be his last will and 
testament in the presence of us who, in the presence of the 
testator, and in the presence of each other, hereunto 
signed our names as witnesses. 

GEO. DUFFIELD, Jurat 
WILLIAM CAMPBELL Seal 

WILLIAM BRIDGES. Jurat Godifried 
ROBERT CROW Kercher 

This 30th of March, 1808. 

RHODE ISLAND MARRIAGES 

(From Original Records) 
Lincoln, Basha and Frances Roberts, 21 October, 1838, 

Providence, R. L 
Lincoln, Charity and Sylvester Jones, 6 November, 1768, 

Providence, R. L 
Lincoln, Charlotte F. and Asa Leonard, 1 January, 1850, 

Providence, R. L 
Lincoln, Charlotte F. L. and Jerome B. Brockway, 13 

January, 1850, Providence, R. L 
Lincoln, Mrs. Christiana and David C. Webber, 8 No- 
vember, 1849, Providence, R. L 
Lincoln, Eliza S. and George N. White, 2 September, 1849, 

Bristol, R. I. 
Lincoln, Francis W. and Marian A. Westcott, 22 May, 

1849. Cumberland, R. I. 
Lincoln, James S. and Rosina C. Chase, 1 February, 1841, 

Providence, R. I. 
Lincoln, Joanna and Allen Munro, 2 March, 1820, Bristol, 

R. I. 
Lincoln, John L. and Louisa E. Pearce, 29 July, 1846, 

Providence, R. L 
Lincoln, J. Brooks and Sarah H. Newhall, 24 December, 

1846, Providence, R. L 
Lincoln, Mary and Leonard Drown, 2 November, 1845, 

Providence, R. L 

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Lincoln, Mary L. and Seth Lincoln, 1 April, 1844, Bristol, 

R. L 
Lincoln, Mayberi'y L. and Mary Lindsey, 11 January, 

1824, Bristol, R. L 
Lincoln, Ruth and Eliza Partridge, 24 June, 1 849, Bristol, 

R. L 
Lincoln, Sarah and Rufus Arnold, 16 May, 1842, Bristol, 

R. L 
Lincoln, Seth and Sarah Easterbrookjs, 13 October, 1816, 

Warren, R. L 
Lincoln, Seth and Mary L. Lincoln, 1 April, 1844, Bristol, 

R. L 
Lincoln, William and Caroline L. Coddington, 24 May, 

1846, Bristol, R. L 

(To be continued.) 



SETH LINCOLN'S FAMILY 

(From Town Records) 
Seth Lincoln and Sarah Easterbrook were married 13 
October, 1816, at Warren, R. L 
Their children were: 

Susan, born 12 September, 1817. 
Sally, born 16 February, 1819. 
Seth F., born 20 December, 1820. 
WilHam, born 12 March, 1823. 



PITTSTON, MAINE BIRTHS 

(From Town Records) 
Children of Foster and Martha Lincoln, born in 
Pittston, Maine: 

1. Georgiana, born 16 December, 1843. 

2. Isaac F., born 21 September, 1845. 



Abraham Lincoln of Taunton, Mass., married Lydia 
Hoskins, whose father Joshua, died 1772, son of Samuel 
Hoskins and Mary Austin. 



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SOLDIERS OF THE REVOLUTION 

With Genealogical Data of their Families and De- 
scendants 

Amos Lincoln, born 1753 in Hingham, Mass., died 
1829 in Quincy, Mass. He helped throw over the tea 
in Boston harbor and saw seven years service. He married 
Deborah Reveere. Their son, Louis Lincoln, married 
Mary Knight. 

Benjamin Lincoln, born 1733 in Hingham, Mass., 
died there in 1810. He was appointed Major-General 
of militia in 1 776. In 1 777 Congress transferred him to the 
Continental Line. He married Mary Cashing. Their 
son, Theodore Lincoln, married Hannah Mayhew. 
Another son, Martin Lincoln, married Lydia Cushing. 

Benjamin Lincoln, born 1754 in Taunton, Mass., 
where he died in 1822. He was a minute man at the Lex- 
ington alarm and served at Roxbury in 1 775. He mar- 
ried Zilpha Lincoln. Their son, Hodijah Lincoln, mar- 
ried Chloe Reed, whose daughter, Elmina, married John 
Hammond Barlow. 

Beza Lincoln, born 1756 in Hingham, Mass., and died 
there in 1835. He was a private in Col. Solomon Lovell's 
regiment in 1776. He married Sarah Ward. Their son, 
Rufus W. Lincoln, married Danrietta D. Lincoln. 

Caleb Lincoln was born in Taunton, Mass., in 1 757, 
and died in 1822. He served in five enlistments in the 
Massachusetts militia and died in Taunton. In 1776 he 
was in Capt. Edward Blake's Co., Col. Ebenezer Francis' 
regiment. He also served in the Rhode Island alarm 
1777-80. He married Mercy Thayer. Their daughter, 
Nancy Lincoln, married Isaac Reed, son of Thomas Reed 
and Mary Hobart, who were married in 1775. 

Elkanah Lincoln, born in 1747, Norton, Mass., died 
1816 in Westmoreland, N. H., served at the Rhode Island 
alarm as a corporal in Capt. Hodge's Co., of Massachusetts 
militia. He married Susannah Torrey. Their daughter, 
Susannah, married William Thayer, who served as a 
private in 17 81. 

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Ezekial Lincoln, born 1759, in Hingham, Mass., died 
1828. He served in Capt. Edward Craft's Company and 
as a seaman on the brig. Hazard. He married Jane Lin- 
coln. Their son, Ezekial Lincoln, Jr., married Mary Fledt 
Elliot. 

Gideon Lincoln, born 1 760, in Abington, Mass. He 
served as a private in Capt. Henry Prentis* company of 
militia. In 1781, he married Martha Perkins. Their 
children included: 

1. Martha Lincoln, who married Benjamin D. 

Gardner. 

2. Charles Lincoln, born 1795, married Rebecca 

Wood Porter. Their son, Charles Beal Lin- 
coln, married Emily A. Stoddar|d. 
Jacob Lincoln, born 1762 in Cohasset, Mass., died 
1850, in Lancaster, Mass. He served as a private in the 
Massachusetts troops, and was placed on the pension roll 
in 1832. He married Chloe Lincoln. Their son, Martin 
Lincoln, married Susan White Freeman, whose children 
were: 

1. Martin V. Lincoln, married Eliza J. Copeland. 

2. Electa N. Lincoln, married George A. Walton. 
James Lincoln, born 1731, in Hingham, Mass., died 

there in 1804. He was at the Lexington alarm and the 
siege of Boston. He married Susannah Humphrey. 
Their son, Perez Lincoln, married Deborah Loring. 

Jerome Lincoln was born in Cohasset, Mass., in 1752, 
and entered the army in 1775. He died in 1832. He 
married his cousin, Elizabeth Lincoln. Their daughter, 
Elizabeth Lincoln, married Job Gushing, Jr. 

John Lincoln, born 1735, died 1811, served in Massa- 
chusetts at the siege of Boston and was a lieutenant in the 
Rhode Island campaign 1779-80. In 1760, he married 
Lydia Jacob. Their daughters were: 

1 . Lydia Lincoln, married Thomas Loring. 

2. Pamela Lincoln, married Joel Chandler. 

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Joseph Lincoln, born in Massachusetts, in 1736, died 
1816. He served as a seaman on the armed brig. Hazard, 
and was captured and taken to the Halifax, where he was 
kept a prisoner for five years. He married Susannah 
Todd Marsh, daughter of Ephriam Marsh and Susanna 
Todd. Their son, Joseph Lincoln, married Annie Lamb, 
and his son, Albert Lamb Lincoln, married Ann Eliza 
Stoddard. 

Joshua Lincoln, born 1757, in Hingham, Mass., died 
1810. He was at the defense of Nastasket in 1778, under 
Major Thomas Lothrop. He married Lamar Sprague. 
Their son George Lincoln, married Betsy French, whose 
son, Daniel Lincoln, married Priscilla Cain. 

Lot Lincoln, born 1762, in Taunton, Mass., died 1814 
in Dighton, Mass. He served in Capt. Pelatiah Eddy's 
company and in Col. John Hathaway's Bristol Co., com- 
pany for service in Rhode Island. He married Sally Hath- 
away. Their son, Marshall Lincoln, born 1803, married 
Mary Forsam, born 1810. 

Mishel Lincoln of Pennsylvania served as a private 
and was at Fort Pitt under Capt. John Brady in 1779 and 
carried the captain's body after he was killed. 

Nathaniel Lincoln, born 1744 in Taunton, Mass., 
died in 1 809. He served as a private in the Massachusetts 
Line. He married Ruth Delanor. Their son, Lemuel 
Lincoln married Mary Mclntyre. Their son, Lemuel 
Rixford Lincoln, married Louisa de la Cave Marchaud. 

Nedebiah Lincoln, born 1758, died 1834, was placed 
on the pension list of Lincoln Co., Mass., in 1818, for 
two year's service as a private in the Line. He married 
Sarah Lincoln, a cousin. Their son, Henry, was the 
father of Sally Lincoln, who married James Angell. 

Royal Lincoln, born 1754 in Hingham, Mass., died 
1837, in Cornish, Maine. He was at the Lexington alarm 
and served on the brig. Hazard. He married Jerusha 
Waterman. Their daughter, Jerusha, married William 
Woodbury. 

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Rufus Lincoln, born 1751, in Taunton, Mass., died 
1838, in Wareham, Mass. He was a corporal at the Lex- 
ington alarm and in 1777 raised and equipped a company 
for the defense of Fort Ticonderoga. He was captured at 
Valley Forge and was not exchanged until 1781. He 
married Lydia Sprague. Their children included: 

1. Minor Sprague Lincoln married Almira Shepherd. 

Their son, Preston, married Annie E. Moore. 

2. Prudence Lincoln, married James Field. 

Seth Lincoln, Jr., born 1 754, in Warren, Mass., died 
there in 1826. He served as corporal at the Lexington 
alarm in Col. Jonathan Warner's regiment. He married 
Jemima Miller. Among their children were: 

1. Ivers Lincoln married Sally Bridges. Their son, 

William R., married Elizabeth Patrick. 

2. Fanny Lincoln married Joseph Paige. Their 

daughter, Mary, married Amasa W. Lincoln. 

Simeon Lincoln, born 1757 in Mass., enlisted in 1777 
for three years and was in the battle of Rhode Island, 
In 1819 he applied for a pension. He married Huldah 
Porter. Their son, John Riley Lincoln, born 1781, died 
1803, married Elizabeth Booth, born 1783, died 1873. 
Their daughter, Eliza Riley Lincoln, married Ira Stanley, 
Jr. 

Stephen Lincoln, born at Rehoboth, Mass., in 1751, 
died in Oakham, Mass., in 1840. He enlisted from 
Oakham and served in the Rhode Island campaign under 
Gen. John Sullivan. He married Lydia Foster, daughter 
of Ebenezer Foster and Hannah Parlin. Among their 
children were: 

1. Levi Lincoln, who married Malinda Miles. Their 

daughter, Sarah King Lincoln, married Festus 
C. Felt. Their son, Charles Levi Lincoln, mar- 
ried Olivia M. Brewster. 

2. Lydia Lincoln, who married Adin Davis, son of 

Peter Davis and Mary Howe. 
(To be continued) 

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MAINE LINCOLN MARRIAGES 

(From Original Records) 
Lincoln, Mrs. Annie and George M. Atwood, 21 January, 

1862, Gardiner, Maine. 
Lincoln, Anstress W, and Joseph Robinson, Jr., 19 June, 

1837, Gardiner, Maine. 
Lincoln, A. W. and Bettie A. Harmon, 16 June, 1866, 

Pittston, Maine. 
Lincoln, Mrs. Celia D. and Ebenezer S. Byram, 8 Novem- 
ber, 1840, Gardiner, Maine. 
Lincoln, Charles M. and Annie P. Fisher, 28 December, 

1892, Bath, Maine. 
Lincoln, David J. and Harriet L. Chandler, 4 December, 

1891, Gardiner, Maine. 
Lincoln, Edwin S. and Lizzie E. Gordon, 5 September, 

1891, Farmington, Maine. 
Lincoln, Eliza Ann and Benjamin Dow, 10 October, 1835, 

Gardiner, Maine. 
Lincoln, Elizabeth and Nathal Stevens, 7 December, 1765, 

Gorham, Maine. 
Lincoln, Elizabeth B. and George F. Talbott, 1851, 

Dennysville, Maine. 
Lincoln, Eunice B. and Joseph B. Walton, 25 July, 1829, 

Gardiner, Maine. 
Lincoln, Jacob and Sarah Clark, 12 March, 1792, East- 
port, Maine. 
Lincoln, Jacob and Bethia Talbot, 13 December, 1800, 

Freeport, Maine. 
Lincoln, Joseph R. and Angeline Maxcy, 1 January, 1859, 

Gardiner, Maine. 
Lincoln, Lucy and Silas Nye, 17 July, 1796, Orrington, 

Maine. 
Lincoln, Lydia A. and Charles E. Peavey, 24 December, 

1880, Gardiner, Maine. 

Lincoln, Permalia and Joel Chandler, 4 October, 1795, 

Freeport, Maine. 

(To be continued) 

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Origin of " Honest Abe" " 70 

Philadelphia Marriage Records " 71 

Lincoln the Postmaster " 72 

Londonderry, N, H. Families '* 72 

Line of Thomas of Hingham " 73 

Lincoln and Stanton " 73 

Massachusetts Marriages * 74 

Mrs. Lincoln's Lilac Dress " 79 

Lydia Lincoln's Family " 80 

Lincoln's Beard " 80 



The Lincoln Family 

MAGAZINE 



JANUARY, 1917 



DAMON'S LINCOLN SERMON 

(Over a half a century ago, in the Seaman's Chapel, Honolulu, on 14 
May, 1865, the Reverend S. C. Damon preached the following sermon on 
the assassination of Lincoln. It was published in The Friend of 1 June, 
1865, and is republished at this time as a chapter of historic and religious 
literature that should not be forgotten.— Editor.) 

(Continued from page 54) 

It is an interesting fact that the very last public 
address which Mr. Lincoln ever made, March 17th, was in 
reference to colored soldiers being employed by the rebels. 
He remarked that he hoped they would try the experi- 
ment! In all his efforts in behalf of the colored people 
of America he has endeavored to manage the subject with 
an enlightened regard to the highest Christian duty to his 
country and to God. Having shown that Mr. Lincoln 
was actuated as a public officer by Christian principle, I am 
fully confident that he was truly an experimental Christian, 
one whose Christianity did not begin and end in a mere 
formal acknowledgment of Divine Providence. The fol- 
lowing incident is reported by the Rev. Mr. Adams, a 
Presbyterian minister of Philadelphia. He was on a visit 
to Washington, and had made an appointment to call upon 
the President at the White House, at 5 o'clock in the morn- 
ing. Says Mr. Adams, "Morning came, and I hastened 
my toilet and found myself at a quarter to five in the 
waiting room of the President. I asked the usher if I 
could see Mr. Lincoln. He said I could not. 'But I have 
an engagement to meet him this morning.' 'At what 
hour?' 'At 5 o'clock.' 'Well, sir, he will see you at 5.' 
I then walked to and fro for a few minutes, and hearing a 
voice, as if in grave conversation, I asked the servant, 
'Who is talking in the next room?' 'It is the President. 

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sir.* 'Is anybody with him?' 'No, sir; he is reading the 
Bible.' 'Is that his habit so early in the morning?' 'Yes, 
sir; he spends every morning from 4 o'clock to 5 in reading 
the scriptures and praying.' " How beautiful an illustra- 
tion this is of the injunction of our Savior, "But thou, when 
thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and pray to thy Father 
which is in secret." How beautiful an instance of one who 
followed our Savior's devotional habit, who, "in the morn- 
ing, rising up a great while before day." went out and 
prayed. 

"Prayer ardent opens heaven, lets down a stream 
Of glory on the concentrated hour 
Of man, and audience with the Dietyl" 

The following incident, however, sets forth Mr. Lin- 
coln's views upon the question of vital godliness, in the 
very strongest light: Several months before his ever-to- 
be-lamented death a gentleman called upon him on busi- 
ness. After the business was closed and they were about 
to part the gentleman said to the President, "On leaving 
home a friend requested me to ask Mr, Lincoln whether he 
loved Jesus." The gentleman makes the following re- 
port: "The President buried his face in his handkerchief, 
turned away and wept." He then turned and said, "When 
I left home to take the chair of state I requested my coun- 
trymen to pray for me. I was not then a Christian. When 
my son died — the severest trial of my life — I was not a 
Christian. But when I went to Gettysburg and looked 
upon the graves of our dead heroes who had fallen in de- 
fense of their country, I then and there consecrated my- 
self to Christ. / do love Jesusl" This simple and touch- 
ing confession needs no comment. It opens to the world 
the heart and religious experience of the good man. The 
people felt that he was honest in all his dealings with them, 
and so he was equally honest with himself and God. These 
few simple utterances, welling up from the depths of his 
heart, and accompanied with tears, will ever be cherished 

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by Christians of every name and sect as the most precious 
sayings of his life. They touch the tenderest chord in the 
Christian's heart. Christians of every name will ever re- 
gard him as a brother beloved, but departed, and when 
thinking of him as departed the language of the burial ser- 
vice will not be inappropriate: "It hath pleased Al- 
mighty God, in His wise providence to take out of this 
world the soul of our deceased Brother!" 

Think, not, my hearers, that I have brought forward 
these facts and incidents in the life of our lamented Presi- 
dent because I think it requires an argument in the style 
of special pleading to prove his adherence to the principles 
of Christianity and the doctrines of the New Testament. 
No; his Christian, as well as his public and political 
character, is known and read of all men. With him there 
was no reserve or concealment. His character was per- 
fectly transparent. His faults as well as his virtues were 

equally apparent. 

"And e'en his failings lean'd to virtue's side." 
He went to the theater on that fatal night, the tele- 
graph informs us because he wished to please his friends 
and not disappoint the people, who were expecting the 
presence of Gen. Grant. 

"His life was gentle; and the elements 
So mixed in his that Nature might stand up 
And say to all the world, This was a man!" 

In turning our thoughts from a contemplation of his 
character to our bleeding country, the question forces 
itself upon every thoughtful mind, what will be the effect of 
Abraham Lincoln's assassination upon the Nation? Our 
latest dates afford us, as yet, no facts by which we can 
satisfactorily answer this question. Time must de- 
termine. Our minds must for the present find consolation 
in dwelling upon the great truth that God lives and reigns, 
and that He is able and "will make the wrath of man to 
praise Him." We may also recall to mind some of those 
pages of history wherein somewhat similar events are re- 

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corded. When Brutus and his fellow-assassins smote 
down Caesar in the senate at Rome they supposed that 
with Caesar's death Caesar's influence would no longer be 
felt. They were disappointed. Caesar, disappeared, but, 
exclaims Cicero, "All the acts of Caesar's life, his writings, 
his words, his promises, thoughts, are more powerful after 
his death than if he were still alive." So I trust, and 
doubt not, it will be with the life, writings, words, prom- 
ises, thoughts of Abraham Lincoln. His blood has 
stamped an impress upon these which will immeasurably 
increase their value throughout all coming time. 

When the hired assassin, Balthazar Gerard, brought 
to an untimely end the eventful life of William the Silent, 
Prince of Orange, on the 1 0th of July, 1584, Philip II., all 
the enemies of civil and religious liberty imagined that 
with the death of the Prince of Orange would end his use- 
fulness. But how dissappointed were these men. In the 
beautiful language of Motley, The Prince was entombed 
amid the tears of a whole nation. Never was a more ex- 
tensive, unaffected and legitimate sorrow felt at the death 
of any human being. As long as he lived he was the 
guiding star of a whole brave nation, and when he died the 
little children cried in the streets." The commonwealth 
which William had liberated forever from Spanish tyranny 
continued to exist as a great and flourishing republic dur- 
ing more than two centuries, under the successive stadt- 
holderates of his sons and descendants. So I doubt not a 
similar result will follow the assassination of the illustrious 
man whose most unexpected death we now lament. He 
died the martyr to liberty. He was assassinated by the 
hand of Booth, but it was negro-chattel slavery which 
nerved that arm and prompted that basest of crimes in the 
annals of nations. This was the crowning act of the 
slaveholders' rebellion. Sumter was fired upon on the 
I 2th of April, 1861, Booth shot President Lincoln on the 
l4th of April, 1865. The same bad animus that first 

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struck down the flag in '61 fired the assassin's bosom when 
he smote down the President, commander-in-chief of all 
the military and naval forces of the republic. No powers 
of metaphysical analysis can separate the two. Perhaps 
it was needed that this crime of crimes should be perpe- 
trated to arouse the minds of the American people to the 
awful enormity of the crime of slavery and treason. The 
deed has been accomplished, and henceforth and forever, 
in the minds of all loyal Americans and lovers of liberty 
throughout the world, a stigma has been fastened upon the 
crime of slavery and treason which can never be wiped 
away. 

The event to which your attention has now been 
called will not pass into oblivion and be forgotten. It was 
not done in a corner, but the crime was perpetrated, as it 
were, in the presence of a gazing crowd of spectators in- 
finitely larger than that gathered in the theater where it 
took place. Abraham Lincoln was assassinated on the 
world's wide stage. There was a great cloud of witnesses. 
Now what shall be its influence upon the Nation and the 
world we know not now but we shall know hereafter. It 
will be overruled for good. How unspeakably thankful 
we all should be that he was spared thus long to the 
Nation, even to see a virtual ending of the rebellion. 
God permitted this stunning blow to fall for the accom- 
plishment of some wise purpose. I do believe that in 
after years and ages it will be seen to have been necessary 
for bringing about the final triumph of justice and truth, 
and the punishment of the guilty. For a season clouds 
and darkness may surround the throne of God and en- 
velope His plans and purposes, but ere long He will make 
all clear and plain. If we are watchful and take the word 
of God for our guide we shall see the dark clouds revealing 
a rainbow of glorious promise. I am confident that a 
bright and glorious future is opening before our country. 
Let us be hopeful. Great results must follow from these 

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tragic events of war and commotion. Surely we have 
witnessed enough to make us trustful and confiding. It 
seems to be a law or principle which God observes in his 
management of nations as well as individuals, that when 
He would bestow some signal favor He prepares the way 
by severe chastisements. Surely, I think we may hope 
that God has great good in store for that people when He 
shall have chastised them for that great sin of slavery. 
That must be removed before the millennium come and 
the Gospel shall everywhere triumph. In the appro- 
priate language of Longfellow, I would exhort you, "Look 
not mournfully upon the past; it comes not back again. 
Wisely improve the present; it is thine. Go forth and 
meet the shadowy future, without fear and with a manly 
heart." Let us not go forth, however, trusting in an 
"arm of flesh," but in God, our Savior and Deliverer, most 
fully believing the sentiment of the text, "What I do thou 
knowest not now, but thou shalt know hereafter." God 
is the Judge! 

ORIGIN OF * 'HONEST ABE" 

Mr. A. H. Chapman, a step-nephew by marriage of 
Mr. Lincoln, has this to say of him as to why he was called 
"Honest Abe." 

"In his law practice on the Wabash circuit he was 
noted for his unswerving honesty. People learned to love 
him ardently, devotedly, and juries listened intently, 
earnestly, receptively to the sad-faced, earnest man. He 
was never blamed for bribery; nothing could move him 
when once his resolutions were formed. There was nothing 
scholarly in his speeches and he always rested his 
case on its merits, only asking for simple Western 
justice, and the texture of the man was such that his 
very ungainliness was in his favor before a pioneer jury. 
His face always wore a sweetened and kindly expression, 
never sour, and burning to win them, his tall frame 
swaying as a pine, made him a resistless pleader. I 

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remember one case of his decided honest trait of char- 
acter. It was a case in which he was for the defendant. 
Satisfied of his client's innocence, it depended mainly 
on one witness. That witness told on the stand under 
oath what Abe knew to be a lie, and no one else knew. 
When he arose to plead the case, he said: 

" 'Gentlemen, I depended on this witness to clear 
my client. He has lied. I ask that no attention be 
paid his testimony. Let his words be stricken out, if 
my case fails, I do not wish to win in this way.' 

"His scorn of a lie touched the jury; he laid his case 
before them magnificently, skilfully, masterly, and won 
in spite of the lie against him. From such work came his 
'Honest Abe.' I never knew Abe to have a coat to fit 
him, all were ill-fitting, but underneath was a big, hot 
heart that could adjust itself to all humanity. He had 
at his tongue's end the little items that make up the 
humble world of the pioneer farmer. Once at a hotel, in 
the evening during court, a lawyer said: 

" 'Our case is gone; when Lincoln quit he was crying, 
the jury was crying, the Judge was crying, and I was a 
little damp about the lashes myself. We might as well 
give the case up.' " 

PHILADELPHIA MARRIAGE RECORDS 

(From the Original Register of Old Swedes' Church) 
25 July 1763, Henry Linkin and Ann Boon, by Rev. 

Charles M. Wrangel, by license. 
7 July 1791, Elizabeth Lincorn and John Hart, by 

Rev. Nicholas Collin. 
11 April 1792, Jacob Lincoln and Mary Taylor, both 

of Kingsessing, by Rev. Nicholas 

Collin. 
19 March 1795, Moses Lincorn, 33, son of dec. Jacob 

and Ann Lincorn, to Barbara Kinch, 

26, daughter of Casper and Margaret 

Kinch of Kingsessing. 

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LINCOLN, THE POSTMASTER 

In the Spring of 1833, Lincoln was appointed Post- 
master at New-Salem, III., and held the office for three 
years. Its emoluments were slender and its duties light, 
but there was in all probability no citizen of the village 
who could have made so much of it as he. The mails 
were so scanty that he was said to carry them in his hat, 
and he is also reported to have read every newspaper 
that arrived: it is altogether likely that this formed the 
leading inducement to his taking the office. His incum- 
bency lasted until New-Salem ceased to be populous 
enough for a post station and the mail went by to Peters- 
burg. Dr. Holland relates a sequel to this official ex- 
perience which illustrates the quaint honesty of the man. 
Several years later, when he was a practicing lawyer, an 
agent of the Post Office Department called upon him 
and asked for a balance due from the New-Salem office, 
some $17. Lincoln arose, and opening a little trunk 
which lay in a corner of the room, took from it a cotton 
rag in which was tied up the exact sum required. "I 
never use any man's money but my own," he quietly 
remarked. When we consider the pinching poverty in 
which these years have been passed we may appreciate 
the self-denial which had kept him from making even a 
temporary use of this little sum of Government money. 

LONDONDERRY, N. H., FAMILIES 

(From Town Records) 
Births: Anna P. Lincoln, born 16 October, 1869. 

Gertrude F., daughter of Silas E. and Emma E., 
born 18 April, 1888. 
Marriages: Ann Lincoln and Tilley H. Wheeler, 1856. 

Anna P. Lincoln and D. L. Batchelder, 

17 December, 1888. 
Silas E. Lincoln and Emma E. Corey, 26 
September, 1888. 

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LINE OF THOMAS OF HINGHAM 

Thomas (I) Lincoln, "the cooper," died 28 Septem- 
ber, 1691, at Hingham, Mass. His wife, Annis Lane, 
daughter of William, died there 13 or 14 February, 
1682-3. 

Joseph (2), baptized 20 November, 1640, at Hingham, 
Mass., died there 18 March, 1715-16. He married 14 
June, 1682, Prudence Ford, daughter of Andrew and 
Eleanor of Weymouth, born 22 December, 1663, died 

26 November, 1695, at Hingham. 

Elisha (3), born 2 October, 1692, at Hingham, Mass., 
died 18 April, 1774, at Arlington. He married, at Abing- 
ton, 14 November, 1718, Rachel Tirrell, who died at 
Abington, 27 December, 1 767, aged sixty-six. 

Ezekiel (4), baptized 22 June, 1729, at Abington, 
Mass., married 9 November, 1758, at Abington, Miriam 
Tirrell. 

Elisha (5), born 22 September, 1759, at Abington, 
married 1777, Molly (5) Gurney. She was born at Abing- 
ton, 12 February, 1761, daughter of Joseph (4), Jr., 
and Sarah (Shaw), who were married at Abington, 8 
September, 1758. Joseph (4) was born at Abington, 
4 February, 1735, died there 13 May, 1814. He was son 
of Joseph (3) and Mary (Perkins) who were married at 
Weymouth, 10 June, 1718. Joseph (3) was born at Wey- 
mouth, Mass., 7 March, 1697-8, and died there 14 Decem- 
ber, 1739, son of Zechariah (2), who died at Weymouth, 

27 October, 1732, by wife, Mary. Zechariah (2) was 
son of John (1) and Rebecca Taylor. 

LINCOLN AND STANTON 

(Washington Letter) 

I think I have a new Lincoln-Stanton story. At 
least the Congressman who told it spoke as though he had 
just discovered the document which is its basis. It was 
an application for a Chaplaincy in the army, with a series 
of indorsements by Lincoln and Stanton on its back which 

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ran over the available space on the application and down 
on a slip of paper which had been added to receive them. 
These were the indorsements, each being dated: "Dear 
Stanton: Appoint this man a Chaplain in the army. A 
Lincoln." "Dear Mr. Lincoln: He is not a preacher. 
E. M. Stanton." Three or four months elapse evidently, 
and then we have: "Dear Stanton: He is now. A. 
Lincoln." "Dear Mr. Lincoln: But there is no vacancy. 
E. M. Stanton." "Dear Stanton: Appoint him a 
Chaplain at large. A. Lincoln." "Dear Mr. Lincoln: 
There is no warrant of law for that. E. M. Stanton." 
"Dear Stanton: Appoint him anyhow. A. Lincoln." 
"Dear Mr. Lincoln: I will not. E. M. Stanton." And 
he didn't. But apparently he told the applicant that he 
could leave his application on file, for there it is among 
the dry old documents. 

MASSACHUSETTS MARRIAGES 

(From Original Records) 

Lincoln, Abel and Mrs, Polly Marshall, 18 September, 

1790, Fitchburg, Mass. 
Lincoln, Asa and Sarah E. Danielson. 4 September, 1809, 

Taunton, Mass. 
Lincoln, Betsey and Thomas White, 1 March, 1790, 

Brookiield, Mass. 
Lincoln, Charles and Mary B. Minott, 15 November, 

1821, Dorchester, Mass. 
Lincoln, Charles and Adeline Barker, 1 January, 1863, 

Hanover, Mass. 
Lincoln, Clara A. and Chauncey W. Carter, 13 May, 

1868, Leominster, Mass. 
Lincoln, Cortes H. and Lucy Colburn, 30 March, 1828, 

Dedham, Mass. 
Linkhorn, Experience and Jonathan Sterns, 24 May, 

1727, Dorchester, Mass. 
Lincoln, Ezekial and Elizabeth F. Starr, 9 June, 1806, 

Dedham, Mass. 

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Lincoln, Fanny and Joseph Page, 13 March, 1816, Warren, 
Mass. 

Lincoln, Fanny and James Jenks, 16 October, 1838, 
Warren, Mass. 

Lincoln, Francis D. and Rebecca F. Cox, 28 September, 
1848. Walpole, Mass. 

Lincoln, Frederick and Tabitha Whitmarsh, 30 January, 
1779, Weymouth, Mass. 

Lincoln, Fordyce F. and Mary Purves, 25 January, 1824, 
Andover, Mass. 

Lincoln, George and Kezia Shearman, 3 April, 1755, 
Rochester, Mass. 

Lincoln, George and Mercy Hall, 16 May, 1844, Hing- 
ham, Mass. 

Lincoln, George W. and Mary M. Moulton, 22 Novem- 
ber, 1845, Warren, Mass. 

Lincoln. Georgiana De V. and Francis B. Rice, 8 Janu- 
ary, 1861, Worcester, Mass. 

Lincoln, Gineason H. and Mary D. Hall, 27 May, 1855, 
Hanover, Mass. 

Lincoln, Gooding and Abigail Presson, 9 October, 1825, 
Athol, Mass. 

Lincoln, Grace and Joshua Bates, 6 March, 1746, Hing- 
ham, Mass. 

Lincoln, Hannah and James Lewes, 17 November, 1682, 
Hingham, Mass. 

Lincoln, Hannah and Matthew Stetson, 24 September, 
1730. Hanover, Mass. 

Lincoln, Hannah and David Bate, 4 March, 1736, Wey- 
mouth, Mass. 

Lincoln, Hannah and Levi White, 2 November, 1765, 
Norton, Mass. 

Lincoln, Hannah and Melzar Curtis, 26 March, 1770, 
Hanover, Mass. 

Lincoln, Hannah and Thomas Cook, 26 March, 1770, 
Pembroke, Mass. 

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Lincoln, Hannah and Ebenezer Storer, 6 November, 1 777 
Boston, Mass. 

Lincoln, Hannah and John Burt, 26 November, 1778, 
Norton, Mass. 

Lincoln, Hannah and Reuben King, 3 March, 1805, 
Brewster, Mass. 

Lincoln, Hannah and John Foster, 8 November, 1807, 
Petersham, Mass. 

Lincoln, Hannah and Amos Hunter, 19 August, 1810, 
Oakham, Mass. 

Lincoln, Hannah B. and Daniel Harriss, 5 March, 1823, 
Westminster, Mass. 

Lincoln, Hannah J. and Chandler Manley, 8 December, 
1827, Pelham, Mass. 

Lincoln, Hanna and Daniel Faloon, 3 November, 1837, 
Arlington, Mass. 

Lincoln, Hannah J. and Ambrose M. Woodward, 5 Aug- 
ust, 1846, Norton, Mass. 

Lincoln, Harriet and Abiel H. Wheeler, 2 January, 1829, 
Ashby, Mass. 

Lincoln, Harriet and Edward Burley, 5 August, 1833, 
Beverly, Mass. 

Lincoln, Harriet M. and Dr. Ezra Abbott, Jr., 23 Decem- 
ber, 1839, Canton, Mass. 

Lincoln, Harrison F. and Almira Round, 1 1 October, 
1848, Norton, Mass. 

Lincoln, Harvey and Betsy Foster, 3 February, 1804, 
Warren, Mass. 

Lincoln, Heman and Sally Cushing, 13 October, 1802, 
Boston, Mass. 

Lincoln, Henry and Susan Lane, 20 March, 1842, Wey- 
mouth, Mass. 

Lincoln, Henry and Cynthia H. Blanchard, 6 October, 
1844, Weymouth, Mass. 

Lincoln, Herbert R. and Caroline M. Wood, 1 November, 
1863, Dedham, Mass. 

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Lincoln, Hezekiah and Priscilla Farrow, 21 February, 

1711, Hingham, Mass. 
Lincoln, Horatio and Lucinda L. Field, 6 April, 1823, 

Norton, Mass. 
Lincoln, Isaac and Hannah Eveleth, 26 September, 1743, 

Sudbury, Mass. 
Lincoln, Isaac and Experience Willis, 15 February, 1763, 

Sudbury, Mass. 
Lincoln, Isaac and Hannah Jennison, 24 August, 1784, 

Sutton, Mass. 
Lincoln, Isaac and Nancy Adams, 9 July, 1795, Boston, 

Mass. 
Lincoln, Isaac and Mary Foster, December, 1807, Brew- 
ster, Mass. 
Lincoln, Isaac and Julia A. Chubback, 4 October, 1829, 

Abington, Mass. 
Lincoln, Isaac and Ruth W. Dyer, 28 July, 1830, Wey- 
mouth, Mass. 
Lincoln, Israel and Margaret Stoddard, 27 May, 1717, 

Boston, Mass. 
Lincoln, I vers and Esther Bridges, 21 January, 1808, 

Warren, Mass. 
Lincoln, I vers and Sally Bridges, 16 April, 1811, Warren, 

Mass. 
Lincoln, Jacob and Ruth Merritt, 14 November, 1717, 

Beaton, Mass. 
Lincoln, Jacob and Lydia Barrett, 18 January, 1727, 

Boston, Mass. 
Lincoln, Jacob and Lidia Ward, 26 March, 1728, Boston, 

Mass. 
Lincoln, Jacob and Policy Wood, 2 January, 1 808, Sharon, 

Mass. 
Lincoln, Jairus B. and Jane Lincoln, 4 September, 1821, 

Weymouth, Mass. 
Lincoln, Jairus B. and Priscilla S. Pratt, 17 April, 1842, 

Weymouth, Mass, 

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Linkhornew, James and Lydia Snow, 10 February, 1714, 

Eastham, Mass. 
Lincoln, James and Johanna How, 10 February, 1718, 

Boston, Mass. 
Lincoln, James and Nabby Mitchell, 20 February, 1788, 

East Bridgewater, Mass. 
Lincoln, James and Lucinda Bailey, 29 June, 1794, 

Hanover, Mass. 
Lincoln, James and Lydia B. Leonard, 3 April, 1831, 

Norton, Mass. 
Lincoln, James S. and Almira Dean, 1 March, 1841, 

Oakham, Mass. 
Lincoln, Jane and Jairus B. Lincoln, 4 September, 1821, 

Weymouth, Mass. 
Lincoln. Jane and Benjamin White, 14 April, 1822, Abing- 

ton, Mass. 
Lincoln, Jane and Abraham Shaw, 7 August, 1834, 

Abington, Mass. 
Lincoln, Jared and Sila Bates, 19 March, 1806, Boston, 

Mass. 
Lincoln, Jedediah and Bethia Witon, 9 January, 1716, 

Hingham, Mass. 
Lincoln, Jedediah and Mary Barker, 10 June, 1736, Pem- 
broke, Mass. 
Lincoln, Jedediah and Betsy Edwards, 30 September, 

1785, Boston, Mass. 
Lincoln, Jennison and Rebecca Leonard, 22 March, 1831, 

Norton, Mass. 
Lincoln, Jesse and Olive Field, 29 October, 1809, Norton, 

Mass. 
Lincoln, John and Susanna Nichols, 29 March, 1717, 

Pembroke, Mass. 
Lincoln, John, Jr., and Hannah Barker, 3 May, 1736, 

Hanover, Mass. 
Lincoln, John, Jr., and Content Turner, 25 February, 

1740, Pembroke, Mass. 

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Linkhon, John and Hannah Ockinton, 9 November, 1758, 

Wrentham, Mass. 
Lincoln, John and Joana Townsend, 21 May, 1761, 

Abington, Mass. 
Lincoln, John and Nancy Chandler, 16 November, 1788, 

Boston, Mass. 
Lincoln, John and Kata Blankinship, 30 January, 1800, 

Rochester, Mass. 
Lincoln, John and Mary Cain, 6 December, 1821, Wal- 

pole, Mass. 
Lincoln, John and Lydia Babbett, 16 June, 1842, Norton, 

Mass. 
Lincoln, Jonathan and Susan Lincoln, 24 April, 1745, 

Boston, Mass. 
Lincoln, Jonathan and Hannah Bate, 22 January, 1 774, 

Abington, Mass. 
Lincoln, Jonathan and Amy Northrup, 1 December, 1 794, 

Berkshire Co., Mass. 
Lincoln, Jonathan and Caroline P. Aldrich, 22 June, 1839, 

Norton, Mass. 
Lincoln, Joseph and Hanna Clyde, widow, 22 February, 

1753, Abington, Mass. 
Lincoln, Joseph and Mollie Holbrook, 19 October, 1758, 

Braintree, Mass. 

Lincoln, Joseph and Ama Lamb, 2 November, 1809, 

Boston, Mass. 

(To be Continued.) 

MRS. LINCOLN'S LILAC DRESS 

A current story in Washington circles even yet is 
that at the funeral of Col. Baker, Mrs. Abraham Lincoln 
wore a lilac silk dress, with bonnet and gloves to match. 
She was much ridiculed at the time by the papers, and 
Washington society circles felt outraged. So much was 
said of it that ladies who wished her well at last per- 
suaded an intimate friend of Mrs. Lincoln's to tell her of 
the impropriety. The friend went to see her, barely 
worked up to the point of remonstrance. 

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Mrs, Lincoln met her in the vestibule, exclaiming: 
"I am so glad you haVe come, I am just as mad as I can 
be. Mrs. Crittenden has just been here to remonstrate 
with me for wearing my lilac suit to Col. Baker's fu»ieral. 
I wonder if the women of Washington expect me to muffle 
myself up in mourning for every soldier killed in thys 
great war." 

The lady here said: "But Mrs. Lincoln, do you not 
thinlk black more suitable to wear at a funeral because 
there is a great war in the nation?" 

"No, I don't. I want the women to mind their own 
business, I intend to wear what I please." 

LYDIA LINCOLN'S FAMILY 

Nathan Prentiss married in 1791 Lydia Lincoln 
of Petersham, Mass. Their children were: 

Pamela, born 2 August, 1792, married Anthony Van 

Bergen. 
Eliza, born 18 June, 1794, married Jared Weed. 
Lydia, born 7 September, 1796, married Samuel 

Westcott. 
William Spencer, born 1 1 September, 1 798, married 

Mary Jane Clark. 
Mary, born 1 1 September, 1 800, married HoUis Tidd. 
Fanny, born 22 October, 1802. 
Rebecca, born 1 April, 1805. 
Lucretia, born 5 March, 1807. 
Amanda, born 7 June, 1809. 

LINCOLN'S BEARD 

When Mr. Lincoln, then President-elect, passed 
through Rochester, N. Y., in February, 1861, en-route to 
Washington, his face was smooth-shaven. It is said that 
in Rochester a little girl remarked to him: "Mr. Lincoln, 
your face would not seem so long, and you would look 
better if you wore whiskers." The President laughed, 
thanked the young miss, and went his way. Thereafter 
he let his beard grow. 

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Thomas Lincoln of Hingham Page 81 

Vermont and New Hampshire Marriages '* 83 

Mary Todd Lincoln " 84 

Ohio Marriages " 86 

A Lincoln Letter " 86 

G)nnecticut Marriages " 87 

Lincoln a Close Observer *' 88 

The Connecticut Lincolns " 89 

Massachusetts Marriages " 90 






The Lincoln Family 

MAGAZINE 



APRIL. 1917 



THOMAS LINCOLN OF HINGHAM, ENGLAND 
AND SOME OF HIS DESCENDANTS 

By M. L. P. 

Thomas (1) Linkon, "the miller," born England, 
1602-3, died 1683, will probated Taunton, 5 March, 1684; 
came from Hingham, England to Hingham, Mass., in 
1635. In 1649 the town of Taunton, Mass., voted him 
"accommodations" to come there and set up a grist mill, 
which offer he accepted, and in 1649 Thomas (1) Linkon 
and his eldest son, Thomas (2) Linkon, came to Taunton, 
built and ran the grist mill on Mill River, and this mill 
was in charge of the "Linkon" family for forty-seven 
years, when it was deeded to the "Crossmans," who had 
charge of it for more than one hundred years. In 1652 
the rest of the family came. 

Thomas (1) Linkon emigrated to America, accom- 
panied by five children, three sons, Thomas (2), John (2), 
Samuel (2), and two daughters, Sarah (2) and Mary (2). 
His first wife, unknown, probably died before coming 
to America, as nothing is known of her in this country. 
He married, second, 10 December, 1665, Elizabeth Street, 
widow of Francis Street. She was living in 1706, and 
was then "Widdow Linkon," as she then joined with 
her daughter Mary Street in conveying lands, etc. She 
married, third, in her old age, Thomas Harvey. 

Thomas (2) Linkon, born in England, before 1630, 
baptized by Rev. Peter Hobart in Hingham, Mass., Febru- 
ary, 1637, came to Taunton with his father in 1649, and 
was given a home-lot, "six acres of land at the place 
where the timber had been cut for the meeting-house." 

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This was on the river near what was later known as 
"Fisher's Bridge," and there are some persons living 
at the present time who remember the ruins of the old 
house, and very many who remember the cellar walls. 
Two very large buttonwood trees which stood near the 
house were cut down within twenty years. 

This Thomas (2) Linkon was living in 1694, died 
previous to 1696; married, first, Mary Austin, daughter 
of Jonah and Constant Austin; she died 1694, and he 
married, second, Susanna (Macey) Smith, widow of 
Samuel Smith. Children, all by first wife, were: Mary 
(3), born 12 May, 1652; Sarah (3), born 25 September, 
1654, died young; Thomas (3), born 21 April, 1656, 
married Mary Stacy; Samuel (3), born 18 March, 1658; 
Jonah and Sarah (3), born 7 July, 1660; Hannah (3), 
born 15 March, 1663, married Peter Branch of Preston, 
Conn.; Constant (3), born 16 May, 1665, married William 
Briggs; Mercy (3), born 3 April, 1670, married WiUiam 
Caswell; Experience (3), died young. 

Thomas (3) Linkon, born 21 April, 1656, was living 
1 1 March, 1733, when he conveyed land to son Jonathan. 
He died about 1745. He married, in 1679, Mary Stacy, 
daughter of Richard and Abigail Stacy. It is thought 
that Richard Stacy came to Taunton from Salem, Mass. 
Certainly he was in Taunton in 1643, as in the list of 
names of the first "train-band" enrolled in Taunton in 
1643, appears the name of "Richard Stacye." He died 
in 1687, and his son-in-law, Thomas Linkon was granted 
administration on his estate 7 December, 1687. 

Thomas (3) Linkon was called "senior" in 1698, 
and "grand-senior" in 1708. His house stood not far 
from his father's, near where Morris Lincoln now lives, 
west from the Agricultural Grounds, at the head of 
Shores street. It was burned only a few years ago. 

The children of Thomas (3) Linkon and Mary 
(Stacy) Linkon were Thomas, born 1680, wife not known, 

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had three sons, Thomas (5), Gideon (5), Isaac (5); Wil- 
liam, born 1682, married Rebecca Walker; Nathaniel, 
born, 1684, married Alice Andrews; Jonathan, born 1686, 
marriedHannah Andrews; Benjamin, born 1689, married, 
first, Elizabeth; married, second, Marcy Woodward: Han- 
nah, born 1692, married as second wife, Edmond Andrews; 
Lydia, born 1694, married Ephraim Kittle (or Kittrell); 
Constant, born 1696, married Nathaniel Burt. 

The statement that there were sons Silas and Nathan 
and daughter Tabitha is probably an error. Silas (5) 
was son of William (4), and married Hannah Wade of 
Bridgewater. Tabitha (5) was his sister, and lived to be 
very old, died unmarried, and as Nathan was given 
Nathaniel's (4) wife (by James Minor Lincoln), this 
was merely a confusion of names. 

The wife of Thomas (4) Linkon is not known. He 
had three sons, the eldest of whom, Thomas (5), married 
Esther Andrews, daughter of Edmond (3) (John 2, 
John 1) Andrews. This is mainly from Bible and private 
records. 

VERMONT AND N. H. MARRIAGES 

Lincoln, Asa and Sarah Sumner, 3 December, 1805, 
Keene, N. H. 

Lincoln, James, Jr., and Lucy Whitcomb, 28 November, 
1803, Keene, N. H. 

Lincoln, John H. and Dulena Finton, 12 July, 1821, Rut- 
land, Vt. 

Lincoln, Laura and Samuel Francis, 2 September, 1846, 
Wells. Vt. 

Lincoln, Luke and Betsy Webb, 12 April, 1807. Rocking- 
ham, Vt. 

Lincoln, Pedy and Abel Pcnfield, 10 September, 1816, 
Rutland, Vt. 

Lincoln, Rev. Varnum and Emeline Sprague, 17 May, 
1844. Hudson, N. H. 

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MARY TODD LINCOLN 

Mary Todd Lincoln, wife of Abraham Lincoln, was 
born in Lexington, Ky., 12 December, 1818. Her father, 
Robert S. Todd, belonged to a family of pioneers fore- 
most in the development of the commonwealth of Ken- 
tucky. Her great-uncle, John Todd, took part in the 
capture of Kaskaskia and Vincennes, under Gen. George 
R. Clark in 1778, and subsequently organized the civil 
government of Illinois. He was killed at the battle of 
Blue Licks, in which his brother, Levi, Mary's grand- 
father, was a young lieutenant and one of the few sur- 
vivors. 

Mary Todd was carefully educated, and passed her 
early life in comparative luxury at the home of an aunt. 
At the age of twenty-one, while on a visit to a married 
sister in Springfield, she met Mr. Lincoln, a rising lawyer, 
and after a short engagement they were married on 4 
November, 1842. Miss Todd had curiously predicted in 
her girlhood that she should be the wife of a president, 
and after her marriage her ambition kept pace with her 
husband's progress in public life. In I860 she awaited 
with feverish anxiety the result of the republican con- 
vention at Chicago, keeping in mind her girlish prophecy. 
Her husband, not unmindful of her ambition, upon re- 
ceiving the telegram announcing his nomination remarked: 
"There is a little woman who has some interest in the 
matter," and walked home to tell her of it. 

On the 9th of March Mrs. Lincoln gave her first 
public reception, assisted by her sisters and nieces. An 
oil portrait represents her as she appeared at that period. 
She made a pleasant impression, and it was perhaps the 
proudest moment of her existence. But it was also the 
inaugration of her deepest afflictions. She presided at 
the most gloomy period in the history of the capital. 
Her husband was bowed down by national cares; suspense 
and uncertainty was in every heart; her family was de- 

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voted to the cause of the South, while her hopes, with 
those of her husband and children, were with the North. 
Unable by temperament and education to cope with 
these critical issues, Mrs. Lincoln soon found herself the 
target of malice, detraction and falsehood. She gave 
weekly receptions at the time when a state of the country 
made the gaiety that she preferred out of keeping with 
the position she occupied, and the death of the second 
son, Willie, shed a gloom over the private life of both 
parents. But, during the whole of her occupancy 
of the White House, she was unremitting in her care 
of the sick soldiers in the hospitals of Washington. 

The summer of 1864 was spent by Mrs. Lincoln at 
the seaside. After the re-election of the president in 
the fall, the receptions of the season were renewed with 
a promise of unusual gaiety, that of New Year's day 
opening with exceptional brilliancy. After the inaugura- 
tion, Mrs. Lincoln felt that brighter days were in store, 
and when the surrender of Gen. Lee on the 9th of April 
was announced, she shared in the happy excitement that 
filled the White House and the city. That fatal night of 
14th of April that ended the president's life also blighted 
her own. From its effects she never recovered. After a 
severe illness, she returned with her two boys to Spring- 
field, where she was further afflicted by the death of Thomas 
the youngest lad. 

In 1868, with a mind somewhat unbalanced and 
broken health, she sought rest in travel. Congress had 
already paid her the amount of the president's salary for 
one year, and in 1870 voted her an annual pension of 
$3,000. afterward increased to $5,000. Still later an 
additional gift of $15,000 was presented to her by congress 
to insure comfort in her old age. She possessed, besides, 
a small estate left by her husband. In 1880 she returned 
from wanderings in various countries, her mind still im- 
paired, and spent her last days with her son, Robert in 

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Chicago. She died stricken with paralysis, 16 July, 1882, 
and was laid to rest by the side of her husband and chil- 
dren in Springfield — White's Biog. 

OHIO MARRIAGES 

Lincoln, Frances and George Turner, 28 October, 1817, 

Washington Co., Ohio. 
Lincoln, George and Ruby Wales, 8 November, 1818, 

Licking Co., Ohio. 
Lincoln, Gilman and Sally Cody, 25 November, 1818, 

Franklin Co., Ohio. 
Lincoln, Obadiah and Peggy McCune, 12 April, 1797, 

Washington Co., Ohio. 
Lincoln, Paul M. and Elizabeth R. Hague, 30 June, 1897, 

Columbus, Ohio. 
Lincoln, Sumner H. and Ruth A. Goodin, 1 October, 

1874, Cincinnati, Ohio. 

A LINCOLN LETTER 

Mr. William H. Torr, of Burlington, N. J., has found 
among his files a photographic copy of a letter which 
President Lincoln wrote to Miss Eliza P. Gurney of Bur- 
lington. Miss Gurney was a Quaker and headed a peace 
movement in the civil war. Here is the letter: 

Executive Mansion, 
Washington, Sept. 4, 1864. 
Eliza P. Gurney: 

My Esteemed Friend — I have not forgotten — prob- 
ably never shall forget — the very impressive occasion 
when yourself and friends visited me on a Sabbath fore- 
noon two years ago. Nor has your kind letter, written 
nearly a year later, ever been forgotten. In all, it has 
been your purpose to strengthen my reliance in God. 

I am much indebted to the good Christian people of 
the country for their constant prayers and consolations, 
and to none of them more than to yourself. The pur- 
poses of the Almighty are perfect and must prevail, 

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though we erring mortals may fail to accurately perceive 
them in advance. We hoped for a happy termination of 
this terrible war long before this; but God knows best 
and has ruled otherwise. We shall yet acknowledge His 
wisdom and our own error therein, mean-while we must 
work earnestly in the best light He gives us, trusting 
that so working still conduces to the great end He or- 
dains. 

Surely He intends some great good to follow this 
mighty convulsion, which no mortal could make and no 
mortal could stay. 

Your people, the Friends, have had and are having 
a very great trial. On principal and faith, opposed to 
both war and oppression, they can only practically op- 
pose oppression by war. In this hard dilemma, some 
have chosen one horn and some the other. For those 
appealing to me on conscientious grounds, I have done 
and shall do the best I could and can, in my own conscience 
under my oath to the law. That you believe this I doubt 
not; and believing it I shall still receive, for our country 
and myself, your earnest prayers to our Father in heaven. 

Your sincere friend, A. Lincoln. 

CONNECTICUT MARRIAGES 

Lincoln, Abia, widow, and Daniel Savage, 8 May, 1777, 

Middletown, Conn. 
Lincoln, Clarissa and David Lincoln, I September, 1796, 

Windham, Conn. 
Lincoln, David and Clarissa Lincoln. 1 September, 1796, 

Windham, Conn. 
Lincoln, Elisha and Rhuma Crosman, 18 April, 1781, 

Fairfield, Conn. 
Lincoln, Henry A. and Sophia Fenn, 6 December, 1840, 

Washington, Conn. 
Linkhorn, Jacob and Elizabeth Scott, 12 March, 1797, 

Norwich, Conn. 

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Lincoln, Jonah and Lucy Webb, 1 May, 1783, Windham, 

Conn. 
Linkon, Nathaniel and Agnes Austin, 21 December, 1757, 

Mansfield, Conn. 
Linkon, Samuel and Experience Lamb, 14 November, 1729, 

Norwich, Conn. 
Linkon, Samuel and Mary Austin, 14 March, 1758, 

Mansfield, Conn. 
Lincoln, Sarah K. and Festus Felt, 9 December, 1844, 

Hartford, Conn. 
Linkon, Temperance and Samuel Abbey, July, 1766, 

Mansfield, Conn. 

LINCOLN A CLOSE OBSERVER 

Lincoln, one of the greatest of observers, was himself 
the least truly observed. God had built him in the back- 
yard of the nation, and there, wrapped in homely guise, 
had preserved and matured his pure humanity. He 
was heard, but seems rarely, if ever, to have been truly 
seen. The reports we have of him do not satisfy, do 
not justify themselves, are inconsistent. The Eastern, 
Old- World eye could not read beyond the queer hat, 
bad tailoring, and boots you could not now give away — 
and he was so long he fairly had to stoop to look the little 
world in the face. Never have bad tailoring and homely, 
deferential manner so completely hidden seer, jester, 
master of men, as did these simple accoutrements this 
first great gift of the West. The world ever reads simple 
deferential manner — true evidence of innate refinement — 
as weakness, timidity and indecision, just as it reads 
strength in noise, and power in abuse. It is said of sound 
that volume will start a tear more quickly than quality, 
of tone. But it is surprising that professional observers, 
artists and writers alike have drawn and redrawn an un- 
true picture of this man. Out of the hundreds of Lin- 
coln's pictures few are reliable, even as records of fact. 

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THE CONNECTICUT LINCOLNS 

The first Lincoln to appear in Windham county. 
Conn., was Samuel Lincoln, about 1692, claimed to have 
come from Taunton, Mass., via Norwich, Conn. He 
married, in Windham, 2 June, 1692, Elizabeth Jacobs, 
The children were: I, Samuel, born 20 January, 1693, 
died 169^; 2, Samuel, born 29 November. 1693, died 29 
November, 1724; 3, Mercy, born 4 December, 1698; 
4, Jacob, born 10 May, 1696; 5, Thomas, born 24 October 
1701; 6, Jonah, born 23 July, 1704; 7, Nathaniel, born 11 
April, 1705, died 1705; 8, Elizabeth, born 

Samuel Lincoln, son of Samuel Lincoln, married 
Ruth Huntington, 22 August, 1 723; she was born 8 August, 
1699 and died 6 October, 1757. Their children were: 
I, Samuel; 2, John; 3, Nathaniel; 4, Joseph; 5, Eleazer; 
6, David; 7, Eleazer; 8, Daniel. (?) 

Jacob Lincoln, son of Samuel Lincoln, married 28 
April, 1736, Abigail Mason. Their children were: 1, 
Jacob; 2, Daniel; 3, Joseph; 4, Abigail; 5, Nathan; 6, 
Hezekiah; 7, Ann; 8, Elijah. 

Through the courtesy of Mrs. Edward Burnham of 
North Windham, Conn., we are permitted to take a 
copy of some records from an old family Bible (now in her 
possession), concerning the Lincoln family. The entries 
were made by John Linkon (son of Samuel Linkon and 
his wife, Ruth Huntington). He was grandson of Samuel 
Linkon and his wife, Elizabeth Jacobs. 

"John Linkon, born 29 July, 1726 married 1753 to 
Rebecca Fenton buried my wife 26 March, 1758. Mar- 
ried 30 May, 1758 to Annah Stoel. Hannah 
Linkon born 21 January, 1759. Jonah and Jerusha 
were born 1760. Olive Linkon born 24 June, 1763. 
Brother Eleazer Linkon died 13 November, 1754. My 
mother Ruth Linkon died 26 October, 1757. Hannah, 
my wife, died 3 February, 1791. John Linkon died 7th 
June, 1810 aged 84." 

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All entries were made by this John Linkon except the 
last record of his own death. 

The lineage of Ruth Huntington is as follows: 
Simon (1) Huntington, born about 1583, married Mar- 
garet Beret, born about 1593; Christopher (2) Hunting- 
ton died 1691, married Ruth Rockwell, born August, 
1633; Captain Thomas H. (3) Huntington, born 18 March, 
1664, died 7 November, 1732, married, 10 February, 
1686, Elizabeth Backus, he died 1728; Ruth (4) Hunt- 
ington, born 8 August, 1699, married, 22 August, 1723, 
Samuel Linkon. 

Joseph Russell, born 5 June, 1717, died after 1760, 
married in Ashford, Conn., 13 May, 1742, Hannah Link- 
ham, presumably Lincoln. She was probably born 
about 1720-1726, and died after 1760. Their children 
were: 1, John, born 16 October, 1742-3; 2, Mary born 
3 October, 1744; 3, Elisha, born September 29, 1746; 
4, Hannah, born 8 June, 1749; 5 Nathan, born 7 April, 
1751 ; 6, Josiah, born 7 May, 1756; 7, Anna, born 24 June, 
1758; 8, Benjamin, born 26 November, 1763. 

(To be Continued) 



MASSACHUSETTS MARRIAGES 

(Continued from Page 79) 

Lincoln, Joseph C. and Florence E. Sargent, 12 May, 

1897, Chelsea, Mass. 
Lincoln, Joshua and Deborah Hobart, 20 April, 1666, 

Hingham, Mass. 
Linkoln, Joshua and Hannah Palmer, 12 February, 

1693, Boston, Mass. 
Lincoln, Joshua and Deborah Hobart, 20 April, 1700, 

Hingham, Mass. 
Lincoln, Joshua and Johanna How, 10 February, 1718, 

Boston, Mass. 
Lincoln, Joshua and Mary Dwelley, 18 February, 1731, 

Hanover, Mass. 

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Lincoln, Joshua and Rachel Stodder, 20 December, 1733, 
Hingham, Mass. 

Lincoln, Josiah and Anna Getchell, 1 1 September, 1 799, 
Boston, Mass. 

Lincoln, Julia A. and William G. Whipple, December, 
1841, Franklin, Mass. 

Lincoln, Julia A. and James Miller, 28 November, 1848, 
Oakham, Mass. 

Lincoln, Kezia and Daniel Kempton, 10 May, 1777, 
Rochester, Mass. 

Linkon, Kezia and Thomas Tobey, 5 October, 1794, 
Rochester, Mass. 

Lincoln, Laban and Susan Lincoln, 15 March, 1817, 
Norton, Mass. 

Linchon, Leah and John Rogers, 6 March, 1723, Pem- 
broke, Mass. 

Lincoln, Levi and Sintha Franklin, 26 May, 1785, Nor- 
ton, Mass. 

Lincoln, Levi and Lucy Bonney, 30 June, 1799, Pembroke, 
Mass. 

Lincoln, Levi and Sophia Dimond, 1 3 April, 1 809, War- 
ren, Mass. 

Lincoln, Levi and Eliza Wilder, 25 June, 1825, Winchen- 
don, Mass. 

Lincoln, Levi and Ann L. Whiting, 24 March, 1828, 
Barre, Mass. 

Lincoln, Levi and Malinda Miles, 18 April, 1816, Rut- 
land, Mass. 

Lincoln, Lewis and Elizabeth Broard, 1 May, 1 833, Barre, 
Mass. 

Lincoln, Lewis and Catherine H. Alger, 1 1 October, 
1840, Norton, Mass. 

Lincoln, Lot and Joana Elmes, 29 February, 1 776,[Scituate 
Mass. 

Lincoln, Louisa and Abraham F. Robinson, 29 July, 1830, 

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Oakham, Mass. 
Lincoln, Louisa F. and William W. Farrington, 31 March, 

1849, Upton. Mass. 
Lincoln, Love and Benjamin Pratt, 8 February, 1752, 

Weymouth, Mass. 
Lincoln, Lovisa and Leonard Marsh, 11 March, 1832, 

Warren, Mass. 
Lincoln, Lowell and Clara A. Lothrop, 22 December, 

1863, Boston, Mass. 
Lincoln, Lucinda and Oliver Clapp, 6 September, 1794, 

Petersham, Mass. 
Lincoln, Lucinda and Henry Bragg, 13 April, 1806, Wren- 

tham. Mass, 
Lincoln, Lucinda and Elias Blake, 11 April, 1813, Wren- 

tham, Mass. 
Lincoln, Lucinda and Lyman Baker, 9 March, 1843, 

Westminster, Mass. 
Lincoln, Lucinda and Benjamin Harvey, 17 March, 1846, 

Norton, Mass. 
Linco'n, Lucretia and Lemuel Bates, 29 May, 1761, 

Abington, Mass. 
Lincoln, Lucy or Sally and Simeon Rich, 2 March, 1776, 

Warren, Mass. 
Lincoln, Lucy and Francis Litchfield, February, 1781. 

Scituate, Mass. 
Lincoln, Lucy, widow, and Isaac Tyler, 9 February, 1795, 

Warren, Mass. 
Lincoln, Lucy and Dr. Abner Fairfield, 23 January, 1803 

Warren, Mass. 
Lincoln, Lucy and Samuel Lincoln, 3 April, 1808, Norton, 

Mass. 
Lincoln, Lucy and Enoch Goodie, 19 July, 1814, Oakham, 

Mass. 
Lincoln, Lucy and Cephas Bryant, 3 March, 1816, Pem- 
broke, Mass. 

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Lincoln, Lucy and Rev. Joseph B. Goddard, 19 Septem- 
ber, 1827, Petersham, Mass. 

Lincoln, Lucy and Asa Williams, Jr., 13 January, 1833, 
Norton, Mass. 

Lincoln, Luke and Rebekah Wait, 29 November, 1759, 
Petersham, Mass. 

Lincoln, Luke and Polly Thorndyke, 4 April, 1795, 
Winchendon, Mass. 

Lincoln, Luke and Martha W. Carter, 9 October, 1831, 
Leominster, Mass. 

Lincoln, Lurana and Josiah Woodward, Jr., 2 December, 
1822, Norton, Mass. 

Lincoln, Luther and Rachel McComber, 9 February, 1792, 
Norton, Mass. 

Lincoln, Luther and Lucy Whitemore, 7 March, 1826, 
Pelham, Mass. 

Lincoln, Mrs. Lydia and Solomon Gilbert, 21 August, 
1755, Stoughton, Mass. 

Lincoln, Lydia and Ebenezer Wetherell, 30 July, 1765, 
Norton, Mass. 

Lincoln, Lydia and Samuel Buss, 18 June, 1772, Leomin- 
ster, Mass. 

Lincoln, Lydia and Nathan Prentiss, 20 October, 1791, 
Petersham, Mass. 

Lincoln, Lydia and William Pierce, 29 May, 1797 , Peters- 
ham, Mass. 

Lincoln, Lydia and Aden Davis, 28 February, 1808, Oak- 
ham, Mass. 

Lincoln, Lydia L. and Wyatt C. Boyden, 9 February, 
1834, Beverley, Mass. 

Lincoln, Lydia and David Combs, 11 March, 1837, 
Warren, Mass. 

Lincoln, Marcy and James Andrews, 19 April, 1801, 
Norton, Mass. 

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Lincoln, Maria and John Porter, Jr.. 24 October, 1750, 

Weymouth, Mass. 
Lincoln, Mark and Mary Carter, 20 October, 1757, 

Lancaster, Mass. 
Lincoln, Marshall T. and Lucinda Myrick, 5 May, 1827, 

Pelham, Mass. 
Lincoln, Mart and Susanna Hall, 3 February, 1791, 

Raynham, Mass. 
Lincoln, Martha and Joseph Hudson, 30 July, 1717, 

Boston, Mass. 
Lincoln, Martha and Moses Lincoln, 12 December, 1717, 

Hull, Mass. 
Lincoln, Martha and Leonard M. Parker, May, 1814, 

Worcester, Mass. 
Lincoln, Martha E. and Elisha Shaw, 8 June, 1744, 

Westford, Mass. 
Lincoln, Mary and WiUiam Allen, 26 September, 1717, 

Boston, Mass. 
Lincoln, Mary and Jonathan Burr, 19 April, 1720, Boston, 

Mass. 
Lincoln, Mary and Salem Poor, 4 June, 1732, Boston, 

Mass. 
Lincoln, Mary and Thomas Jenkyns, 17 August, 1732, 

Boston, Mass. 
Lincoln, Mary and James Hall, 11 May, 1749, Hingham, 

Mass. 
Lincoln, Mary and Peter Whitmarsh, 19 June, 1756. 

Weymouth, Mass. 
Lincoln, Mary and Joseph Elmer, Jr., 29 November, 

1759, Scituate, Mass. 
Lincoln, Mary and Solomon Briggs, 7 February, 1763, 

Norton, Mass. 
Lincoln, Mary and William Stetson, 19 July, 1764, 

Scituate, Mass. 

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Lincoln, Mary and Levi Doane, 18 July, 1779, Scituate, 

Mass. 
Lincoln, Mary and Abner H. Litchfield, 19 March, 1780, 

Scituate, Mass. 
Lincoln, Mary and William O'Brion, 8 October, 1811, 

Boston, Mass. 
Lincoln, Mary and Elijah Whiton, 3d, 31 January, 1813, 

Weymouth, Mass. 
Lincoln, Mary and Levi Holden, 6 October, 1816, West- 
minster, Mass. 
Lincoln, Mary and Foster Walker, 25 December, 1832, 

Warren, Mass. 
Lincoln, Mary A. and WilHam Davis, 1 May, 1837, 

Norton, Mass. 
Lincoln, Mary Jane and Joseph Adams, 28 September, 

1844, Norton, Mass. 
Lincoln, Mary E. and John H. Briggs, 25 March, 1846, 

Weymouth, Mass. 
Lincoln, Mary E. and Joshua Young, 23 January, 1847, 

Dedham, Mass. 
Lincoln, Mary E. and Henry B. Richardson, 13 July, 

1869, Amherst, Mass. 

Lincoln, Mary W. and Charles E. Fay, 22 November, 

1870, Boston, Mass. 

Lincoln, Mathew and Abigail Lincoln, 1 November, 1725, 

Boston, Mass. 
Lincoln, Matilda M. and Samuel Cone, 26 May, 1824, 

Norton, Mass. 
Lincoln, Mehitable and Samuel Foss, 9 July, 1714, 

Boston, Mass. 
Lincoln, Mehitable and John Russell, 10 April, 1740, 

Warren, Mass. 
Lincoln, Mellen and Ebenezer Porter, 24 December, 1749, 

Weymouth, Mase. 

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Lincoln, Mercy and David Snow, 13 February, 1804» 

Brewster, Mass. 
Lincoln, Mercy and Levi Harris, 14 February, 1824, 

Westminster, Mass. 
Lincoln, Mercy M. and Elisha Shaw, 16 September, 1844 

Westford, Mass. 
Lincoln, Minor S. and Elizabeth Wheaton, 17 May, 1818^ 

Norton, Mass. 
Lincoln, Miranda A. and Eliab T. Farrington, 24 Decem- 
ber, 1844, Upton, Mass. 
Lincoln, Mollie and Ezra Godfrey, 30 March, 1764, 

Norton, Mass. 
Lincoln, Molly and Robert Goold, 4 February, 1783» 

Hull, Mass 
Lincoln, Molly and Bezeleel Shaw, 26 June, 1786, Norton, 

Mass. 
Lincoln, Mordecai and Mary Chapin, 17 December, 1701, 

Braintree, Mass. 
Lincoln, Mordecai and Abiah Ells, 30 November, 1758 

Scituate, Mass. 
Lincoln, Morris and Nabby Bent, 25 December, 1814, 

Barre, Mass. 
Lincoln, Morris and Susan Thayer, 4 October, 1822, 

Barre, Mass. 
Lincoln, Moses and Martha Lincoln, 12 December, 1717, 

Hull, Mass. 
Lincoln, Nabby and James Smith, 20 November, 1806, 

Wayland, Mass. 
Lincoln, Nancy and Isaac Reed, 17 January, 1819, 

Abington, Mass. 
Lincoln, Nancy and Samuel Hunt, Jr., 19 October, 1824, 

Norton, Mass. 
Lincoln, Nancy and Isaac Drew, 24 August, 1845, Norton, 

Mass. 

(To be Continued) 

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