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1 By George Lincoln.



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HISTORY OF PLYMOUTH COUNTY.



and nine months. He was a son of Solomon and !
Lydia (Bates) Lincoln, and a descendant in the j
sixth generation from Samuel Lincoln, who settled in I
Hingham in 1037.

In his early life he attended the private school |
kept by Miss Sally Stowell, on what is now South \
Street, near Hobart's bridge, where he continued I
until the autumn of 1809, when he became a pupil
in the public school of the North Ward, of which the i
late most respected Artemas Hale, of Bridgewater,
was at that time the teacher. Mr. Hale was suc-
ceeded by William Brown, Jerom Loiiug, Abel
Cushing, and John Milton Reed, of whom, aud
especially of Mr. Hale, the deceased often spoke in
after-life in words of kindness and respect as his early
instructors in the public school. On the 2d of No-
vember, 1813, while yet a lad under ten years of
age, he had so far advanced in his studies as to be
admitted into Derby Academy. Here, with Rev.
Daniel Kimball (II. C. 1800) as the preceptor, his
progress was rapid, and in April, 1819, he left the
academy to pursue a course of classical studies under
the tuition of Rev. Joseph Richardson (D. C. 1802),
of Hingham. In September following, when but fif-
teen years of age, he entered the Sophomore class of
Brown University, and was graduated in 1822. His
commencement part was " The Family of the Me-
dici."

Among his college classmates were Rev. Alexia
Caswell, LL.D. (who became president of Brown
University), Hon. Isaac Davis, Hon. Samuel L.
Crocker, and Hon. Jacob H. Loud, the latter a native
of Hingham.

Ou leaving college Mr. Lincoln taught a grammar
school for about eight months at Falmouth, Mass.,
spending his leisure hours in reading and in study.
After he left Falmouth he returned to Hingham,
and, Nov. 21, 1S23, commeuced the study of law in
the office of Ebenezer Gay, Esq., — Jacob H. Loud
and Benjamin Fesseuden being also students with Mr.
Gay at that time. Nov. 21, 1820, he was admitted
to practice as an attorney at the Court of Common
Pleas, iu Plymouth, Judge Strong presiding.

Aside from his professional duties, however, he
found time to write the history of Hingham, aud
this work of itself is a lasting monument to his mem-
ory. His inherited taste for geuealogical studies, for
the recordiug of conversations held with the aged,
and for collecting ancient documents aud antique
relics, aided him in a great measure, no doubt, in
gathering the material for this history ; aud its care-
fully prepared pages attest the scholarly attainments
as well as the well-matured mind of the compiler,



who, it should be borne in miud, was but twenty-
three years of age when the book was published.

It was through his instrumentality, while a mem-
ber of the school committee in 1828, that a radical
change in the whole school system of Hingham was
effected. He was repeatedly chosen moderator at the
town-meetings and other gatherings of the citizens,
and he always presided with dignity and impartiality.
Whenever there was a demand for literary work, or
when new measures were contemplated or intricate
cases were to be brought before the courts, his services
were invariably called into requisition.

Mr. Lincoln represented the town at the General
Court in 1829, also in 1841, and in 1830-31 was
elected senator. lie was not what we should term a
politician, but as a firm supporter of the Whig party
he wrote many able articles for the local newspaper in
support of the principles advocated by that party.

March 17, 1841, he was appointed United States
marshal. He also was a master in chancery for the
county of Plymouth, which position he resigned
March 10, 1843. He received the appointment of
bank commissioner in 1849, was cashier of the Web-
ster Bank, in Boston, from 1853 to 18U9, and its
president from 18G9 to 1876. He was a member of
the Massachusetts Historical Society, and also of the
New England Historic Genealogical Society, and fre-
quently contributed to the publications of both.

In local affairs he held many positions of trust
and responsibility, which he filled with great satisfaction
to the public and with credit to himself. He was a
director of the Hingham Mutual Fire Insurance
Company from 1833 to 1864, and president of the
company from 1846 to 18G4. He also was a director
for many years and president of the Hingham Ceme-
tery corporation, of the trustees of Loring Hall, of
the Hingham Public Library, and of the Hingham
Agricultural and Horticultural Society.

Mr. Lincoln was a ready and efficient writer, and
his pen was never long idle. Iu years past he was a
constant contributor to the columns of the Hingham
Gazette, the Patriot, and the Journal, and many of
these articles, especially those written over the signa-
ture " Beutley," in the Gazette, were argumentative
aud scholarly. As an orator, a correspondent of the
Christian Reflector, in giving an accouut of the pro-
ceedings at the commencement at Brown University,
in 1846, spoke of him as follows:

"The closing exerciao waa the oration before the Phi Uetit
Kappa, delivered by lion. Solomon Lincoln, of Uiughaui. The
subject of hid oration waa happily choaen : 'The present aspect
of historical 3tudios, and the duty of American scholars to cul-
tivate them.' . . . The style of tho oration was chaste, lucid,
and classical, the delivery simple and earnest. He was heard





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with interest to the close, — an interest in no respect diminished
by the unassuming and suggestive manner in which lie ani-
luaJverted upon the opinions of distinguished authors."

The following is a partial list of Mr. Lincolu's
publications :

An Oration delivered before the Citizens of Hincr-
haiu on the Fourth of July, 1S26. Hinghatu, Caleb
Gill, Jr. 1826.

History of the Town of Hinghatu, Plymouth
County, Massachusetts. Hingham, Caleb Gill, Jr.,
and Farmer & Brown. 1827.

An Historical Sketch of Nantasket. Hingham.
Printed by Jedediah Farmer. 1830.

An Oration pronounced at Plymouth, at the re-
quest of the young men of that town, on the Cen-
tennial Anniversary of the Birthday of George
Washington. Plymouth. Mass. Printed by Allen
Dau forth. 1832.

An Oration delivered before the Citizens of the
Town of Quincy on the Fourth of July, 1835, the
fifty-ninth Anniversary of the Independence of the
United States of America. Hingham, Jedediah
Farmer. 1S35.

An Address delivered before the Citizens of the
Towu of Hingham on the twenty-eighth of Septem-
ber, 1835, being the Two hundredth Anniversary of
the Settlement of the Town. Hingham, Jedediah
Farmer. 1835.

Notes on the Lincoln Families of Massachusetts,
with some account of the family of Abraham Lincoln,
late President of the U. States. Reprinted from the
Historical and Genealogical Register for October,
1865. Boston. David Clapp & Son, printers. 1865.

Memoir of the Rev. Charles Brooks. Reprinted
from the proceedings of the Massachusetts Historical
Society. Cambridge. John Wilson & Son. University
Press. 1880.

Mr. Lincoln married, Nov. 13, 1837, Mehitable
Lincoln, a daughter of Welcome and Susanna (Gill)
Lincoln. She died Sept. 21, 1873, having had
three children, all of whom were born in Hingham,
and survive their parents, viz.: Solomon (H. C.
1857), Arthur (H. C. 1863), and Francis Henry (H.
C. 1867). Mr. Lincoln in his social life was one of
the most engaging of men. His remarks upon all
the questions of the day were interesting and edify-
ing, and his general culture made him a brilliant con-
versationalist.

William Henry Osborne was born at Scituate,
Mass., Sept. 16, 1S40, and is the son of Ebcnezer
aud Mary (Woodman) Osborne. His paternal an-
cestor was George Osborne, of that part of Pembroke
now Hanson, and his maternal ancestor was Richard



Mann, of Scituate, who was one of the Cunahassett
proprietors of that town. His great-grandfathers,
JoIib Mann and George Osborne, were both soldiers
in the Revolution, and the last named was borne
upon the alarm-list at Lexington, April 19, 1775.
Two of his great-uncles were on board the ship with
Capt. Luther Little, in the war of the Revolution.

Mr. Osborne removed with his parents to East
Bridgwater in the year 1850, and lived afterwards
in Bridgewater about three years, returning to East
Bridgewater in 185-4, where he has since that time
made his home. He was educated at the public
schools in East Bridgewater and Bridgewater, at the
East Bridgewater Academy and State Normal School
at Bridgewater, where he graduated in July, 1860.
He taught a public school during the autumn of
1860 and the winters of 1860 and 1861.

In the spring of 1861, Mr. Osborne's patriotism
was stirred by the excitement of the times, and he
resolved to serve his country in the war of the Re-
bellion. On the 18th day of May, 1801, he enlisted
at East Bridgewater as a private iu Company C,
which company formed a part of the Twenty-ninth
Regiment of Massachusetts Volunteers. His regi-
ment remained in the department of Southeastern
Virginia till June, 1862, during which time he was
in the engagement of the 8th and 9th of March,
1862, at Newport News, and was with his regiment
in the expedition at Norfolk and Portsmouth. On
the 9th day of June, 1862, his regiment joined the
Army of the Potomac at Fair Oaks, Va., and made
part of the famous Irish Brigade under Gen. Thomas
Francis Meagher. This regiment was at the front
nearly every day for several weeks and coustantly
under fire. Mr. Osborne, with his company, was en-
gaged in a sharp skirmish with the enemy June 15,
1862, when his company suffered its first loss in
battle. He was in the battle at Gaines' Mill, one of
the bloodiest engagements of the campaign, June 27,
1862, in that at Peach Orchard and Savage Station,
June 29, 1862, at White Oak Swamp Creek, and
Charles City Court-House, June 30, 1S62, and iu
the battle of Malvern Hill, July 1, 1862. At the
last-named battle he was struck by a mu.~ket-ball in
the chest, and was carried off the field insensible, aud
left as dead. By the efforts of surgeons, however,
he was restored to consciousness, when he seized the
gun of a dead soldier, and in the darkness found his
way to the front, aud joined an Irish regiment of the
brigade. He had been iu the ranks, however, but a
short time, when he was struck in the left leg by a
fragment of shell and severely wounded. The field
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of troops were in motion, batteries were dashing to
the front, and riderless horses were rushing over the
field in great disorder. To escape death from these
causes the young soldier, upon hands and knees,
crawled into the edge of a friendly forest, and lay
bleeding and unattended till near midnight, when dis-
covered by a party of stretcher-bearers, he was taken
by them to the field-hospital at the Pitts House. The
next day, at daybreak, preparations were made for in-
stant retreat. Some five hundred wounded soldiers
had been gathered at this place.

By ten o'clock, however, it was apparent, by the
presence of the enemy in large numbers, that the
wounded were to be taken prisoners. After remain-
ing at the Pitts House and at Savage Station some
fifteen days, Mr. Osborne was carried by the enemy
to Richmond, and fortunately released on parole of
exchange, July 18, 1862. After his release he was
taken to St. Luke's Hospital, New York City, and
remained under treatment till Jauuary, 1S63, and
then was discharged as unfit for service.

Mr. Osborne, upon returning home, engaged again
in teaching, and took charge of a public school at the
village of Elmwood, East Bridgewater, and in April,
1863, he began to read law with Hon. B. W. Harris,
at East Bridgewater. He was admitted to practice at
the Plymouth County bar at the October term Supe-
rior Court, 1864. He began the practice of law at
once after his admission, and has continued to reside
at East Bridgewater ever since.

Mr. Osborne represented the Eleventh Plymouth
Representative District in the General Court in the
year 1871, and was an active and useful member of
the Committee of Probate and Chancery.

He was elected to represent the Eighth Plymouth
Representative District for the year 1883, and was
placed upou the Judiciary Committee. His former
legislative experience, legal training, and mature
years rendered his services valuable, and his active,
ready participation in debate gave him a full share of
influence upon the floor of the House.

Mr. Osborne has always been a member of the
Grand Army of the Republic, and for many years
was commander of the Post at East Bridgewater,
and has been of the staff of Gen. Horace Binney
Sargent. He is always the zealous friend of the
soldier. No memorial day has passed, we believe,
since its institution on which lie has not addressed
the Grand Army at some place iti public discourse.
He lias written and published, by request, the " His-
tory of the Twenty-ninth Regiment," a most gracious
and feeling tribute to his comrades, a work of marked
ability, and involving a great amount of labor.



As a lawyer and advocate, Mr. Osborne is able and
eloquent, also industrious, zealous, and persevering
in the interests of h is clients. The large and increas-
ing business of his office, and his practice in the
courts, show that his ability is recognized, and the
value of his professional services is appreciated, ami
that he ranks among the most successful lawyers of
the county.

The regard in which Mr. Osborne is held by
his townsmen and comrades is the best testimony to
his worth, and the priceless service he rendered the
country in its days of peril commands our highest,
respect and esteem.

Hon. John F. Andrew, son of Massachusetts'
famous " war Governor," was born in Hingham, Nov.
26, 1850. His ancestors came to America from
England about the middle of the seventeenth cen-
tury, and settled in Massachusetts. He is descended
in a direct line from Francis Higginson, the first
minister of Salem, and on the maternal side he traces
his lineage to a sister of Maj.Gen. Benjamin Lincoln,
famous in Revolutionary history as being the officer to
whom Cornwallis surrendered his sword at Yorktowu.
After preparing for college at one of the leading
private schools of Boston, Mr. Andrew entered Har-
vard College, and graduated from that institution in
the class of 1872. After completing his literary
course, he made an exteuded tour of the Continent,
spending more than a year among the historic scenes
of the Old World.

Upon his return to America he entered as student
in the Harvard Law-School, and after graduating
from there he prosecuted his legal studies still further
in the office of Brooks, Ball & Story. He was ad-
mitted to the bar of Suffolk County in 1875, and at
once entered upon the practice of his profession in
the courts of Boston. Mr. Andrew represented the
Ninth Boston District in the Lower House of the
Massachusetts Legislature for the three consecutive
years of 1880, 1881, and 1882, and served as a lead-
ing member of several important committees, among
which may be mentioned the Judiciary Committee,
one of the most important in the House. He served
on this committee each of the three years he was in
the House. In 1882 he was chairman of Committee
on Expediting Business, and also member of the
Committee on Revision of the Statutes. In 188-1
he was elected to the Massachusetts Senate, where he
also served on the Committee on the Judiciary, and
on the Committee on Election Laws, CommittL-e on
Bills in Third Reading, and was chairman of Com-
mittee on Street Railways. He was a delegate to the
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and during the Presidential campaign of that year
was president of the Young Men's Republican and
Independent Organization of the City of Boston.

The district from which he was elected is the same
. from which Governor Andrew was elected to the same
position afterwards held by his son, and many of the
distinguishing traits which render the former so con-
spicuous a figure in national history have descended
in a marked degree to the latter. Like his father,
he is no blind adherent to party lines or measures,
but is independent in thought and action, giving his
support to the principles he believes best adapted to
conserve the interests of the greatest number, and to
those men on whose ability and integrity he can best
rely, under whatever party banner they may be en-
rolled.

He was made a member of the New England His-
toric Genealogical Society in 1872.

Joseph Sampson Beal, the subject of this sketch,
born in Kingston and still living, has always resided
in his native town. He is the eldest son of Thomas
Prince Beal and Betsey (Sampson) Beal, and was
born Aug. 7, 1814. He married Permelia, daughter
of Joseph Holmes, Esq., of Kingston.

His father was the son of David and Lydia (Prince)
Beal, the latter the daughter of Capt. Thomas Prince
aud Lydia (Delano) Prince. His mother was daugh-
ter of Col. Joseph aud Judith (Drew) Sampson.
Col. Joseph Sampson was a direct descendant in the
fourth generation from Henry Sampson, of the com-
pany of the " Mayflower" of 1020. Mr. Beal was
fitted for college at the Bridgewater Academy, under
the instruction of Hon. John A. Shaw, aud was
graduated at Harvard University, of the class of
1S35. Among his classmates were Hon. E. Rock-
wood Hoar, Hon. Amos A. Lawrence, Professor
Lemuel Stephens, and George Bemis, Esq.

He read law in the office of his father, and was
admitted to practice at the Plymouth County bar in
December, 1838, and was for many years associated
in the practice of law with his father at Kingston.

Mr. Beal was early actively interested iu the pub-
lic schools of his native town, and was placed upon
its school committee. He was sent by his townsmen
to represent them in the General Court, and has
served for two consecutive terms the First Plymouth
Senatorial District in the Senate of the common-
wealth. He was also Register of Probate for Plym-
outh County from the year 1853 to 1855.

For many years Mr. Beal served the Old Colony
Railroad corporation with fidelity as auditor of its
accounts, aud has been intrusted with large amounts
of property of others to administer in trust. He



has ever been a man of the utmost fidelity iu all
matters of duty. He is a warm friend, and scru-
pulously honest, exact, and methodical in all his
dealings.

No labored encomium could say more for Mr. Beal
than that he commands to-day the respect and confi-
dence of all his townsmen, among whom he has lived
from his earliest years.

Bradford Kingman was born in that portion of
the city of Brockton known as Campello, Jan. 5,
1831, and is a lineal descendant of Henry Kingman,
who came from Weymouth, England, in 1035, and
became an early resident of Weymouth, Mass., and
from whom nearly all of that name originated in
this country. He is the eldest sou of Josiah Wash-
burn and Mary (Packard) Kingman. His early
days were spent in the duties pertaining to a large
manufacturing establishment for the manufacture of
cabinet furniture of all kinds, attending the district
schools of his native village, supplemented by an at-
tendance in the Adelphian Academy, then under the
care of Messrs. Silas L. and L. F. C. Loomis, in the
central village, and afterwards at the Williston
Seminary, East Hampton, Mass. Studied law with
Lyman Mason, Esq., of Boston, attending the law
lectures at Harvard College by Professor Emery
Washburn. Admitted to the Suffolk bar, Boston,
April 21, 18G3, and was appointed justice of the
peace by Governor Andrew, Jan. 22, 1864 ; trial
justice, for the trial of criminal cases, for Norfolk
County several years; also notary public for the same
county, and is an attorney and counselor-at-law.
Resideut of Brookline, to which place he removed
May 1, 1856. He is a commissioner of deeds for
several New England and the Western States.

For several years past Mr. Kingman has given
much attention to the study of local history, contrib-
uting to various magazines and newspapers. In 1866
he published an elaborate " History of North Bridge-
water, Massachusetts," 696 pages, and is engaged iu
the preparation of a complete " History of Brookline,
Massachusetts," soon to be issued.

In October, 1870, Mr. Kingman became the
pioneer in the newspaper enterprise of Brookline by
publishing the Brookline Traitscrijjt, of which he
was editor and proprietor for more than two years.

Among his contributions may be mentioned " His-
torical Sketches of the Churches of North Bridge-
water, Massachusetts," published in the Congrega-
tional Quarterly several years since ; " Memoir of
Deacon Lewis Bradford," of Plympton, Mass. ; " His-
tory of Andover" and " North Andover," in the
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the City of Brockton," in this history of Plymouth
County, 1884.

He haB in press, to be issued soon, an entire list of
" Inscriptions in Old Burial Hill," Plymouth, Mass.,
and a list of the many burials iu the oldest grave-
yards of Brocktou, also the " Kingman Memorial."

Mr. Kingman was elected a resident member of
the New Eugland Historic Genealogical Society, Feb.
6, 18til, and is now a life-member of the same ; mem-
ber of the Pilgrim Society, Plymouth, Mass. ; Essex
Institute, Salem, Mass. ; Weymouth Historical So-
ciety, Webster Historical Society, and correspond-
ing member of the Winconsin State Historical So-
ciety.

Mr. Kingman married Susan Bradford, daughter
of Capt. Thomas and Susanna (Bradford) Ellis, of
Plympton, Mass., Jan. 1, 1852, a direct descendant
in the eighth generation from Governor William
Bradford, who came to Plymouth, Mass., from Aus-
terfield, England, in 1020, and became a leader of
the Pilgrims, and left a valuable record of the doiugs
of the colonists in the earliest settlement of Plym-
outh. They had one daughter, Carrie Parker King-
man, born in Brookline, Mass., July 15, 1858, died
Sept. 18, 1859.

Daniel Howard was the son of Daniel aud Vesta
(Howard) Howard, born in North Bridgewater (now
Brockton), Feb. 0, 1775 ; fitted for college with Rev.
Jonathan Strong, of Raudolph, and Rev. John Reed,
of West Bridgewater; taught school one year at
Weymouth Landing ; graduated at Harvard Col-
lege, Cambridge, in 1797 ; studied law with Judge
Nahum Mitchell, of East Bridgewater, Mass. ; com-
menced practice at Turner, Me. ; from thence he re-
moved to Bucktield, Me., afterwards to New Gloucester,
Me., then to Jay, Me., from which place he removed
to East Vassalboro' about 1832 or 1833. He was
a man of very respectable talent, although uot dis-
tinguished ; of modest, unassuming demeanor, and
haviug never taken an active part in political matters,
has never occupied any public offices ; he was not
a political office-seeker, ehoosiug private life to that
of public contention and strife. He was a man of
very temperate habits and strict integrity ; has had a
family of seven children, most of whom are married
and have families of respectability. He married, first,
Susan Kingmau, of East Bridgewater, Mass., 1802 ;
second, Mary Hall, of New Castle, Me., 1809. He
died at Vassalboro', Me., April 30, 1804.

Lucius Kingman was the son of Eliphalet and
Zilpha (Edsou) Kingman, born Jan. 23, 1803 ; grad-
uated at Brown University, Providence, 1830 ; rep-
resented the town of North Bridgewater (now Brock-



ton) in the Legislature of Massachusetts several times ;
and was engaged in the land-office of the United States
at Quincy, 111., and an attorney and counselor-at-law.
He married Lucia Holmes, of Kingston, Mass., Nov.
17, 1835, and had six children. His son, Dr. Eugene .
Kingman, is an eminent physician in Providence, R. I.

Caleb Howard was the son of Thomas JefFurson
and Laviua (Tilden) Howard, born in North Bridge-
water (now Brockton), Aug. 2, 1S34; studied law at
Philadelphia and the Cambridge Law-School ; removed
to the Sandwich Islands.

Melville Hayward was the sou of Ambrose
aud Hannah (Howlandj Hayward. born iu North
Bridgewater (now Brockton), April 21, 1836; was
a student at the Adelphian Academy, graduating in
January, 1850; removed to Williamsburg, Long
Island, iu May, 1851, studied law with P. J. Fish,
Esq., admitted to the bar in New York in 1857. Iu
the call for troops in April, 1361, he enlisted with
the famous New York Seventh Regiment for service,



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