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vember 3, 1734, married, March 6, 1755. He prob-
ably settled at South Milford about 1750. He and
his brother Jephthah were maltsters and followed
their trade. One of their mill-stones is said to re-
main on the premises they occupied. Their place
was near the present junction of Mellen and South
Main streets. He was a man of some prominence
in town affairs. He died October 2, 1809, at Mil-
ford. His widow died January 8, 1816. Their chil-
dren were: Sarah, born in Milford precinct, May 17,
J 755. died September 13, 1757 ; Abijah, born in
Milford. March 29, 1759, died young; Thomas, born
in Milford, July 29, 1761, untraced; Sarah, born in
Milford, July 21, 1763, married Ephraim Hayward,
December 3, 1787; Abijah, born in Milford, No-
vember 21, 1767, married Polly Breck, 1790; he died
December 22, 1819: Lydia, born in Milford, in 1769,
married John Chapin, 1791 or 1792.

(V) Lydia Wedge, daughter of Daniel Wedge
(4), was born in Milford, Massachusetts, 1769. She
married John Chapin and was the mother of Har-
riet Chapin (Mrs. Hiram Cutting). See sketch
of George H. Cutting and family. See also Chapin

LINCOLN FAMILY. Thomas Lincoln (1),
the immigrant ancestor of Dr. Jacob R. Lincoln,
of Millbury, Massachusetts, was one of five or more
immigrants named Thomas Lincoln, who came to
New England before 1638, and four of them lo-
cated with other Lincolns at Hingham, Massachu-
setts. They seemed to be related and as most of
them were from Windham and Hingham in old
England, this Thomas, who was designated "the
miller," was doubtless also born in that locality
in the old country. Thomas, the miller, was a pro-
prietor of Hingham in 1635. He was born about
1603. He drew a houselot of five acres at Hing-
ham, July 3, 1636, situated on what is now South
street, near Main, and later drew other lots for
planting. Before 1650 he had removed to Taun-
ton, Massachusetts, and had established a gristmill
there on Mill river at a point now nearly in the
heart of (he city, near the street leading from the
railroad station to City Square. It is said that
King Philip and his chiefs once met the colonists
in conference in this mill. He served in Taunton
on the jury 1650, was highway surveyor there in
1650 and was the largest land proprietor. He be-
came interested as a stockholder in the famous iron
works, organized October, 1652, as a stock com-
pany. Among the other stockholders were Richard
Williams, Richard Stacey and George Watson, all
ancestors also of Dr. Lincoln. Work began in the
ironworks in 1656 and operations continued until
1883. The dam and mill foundation still remain a
monument to one of the first and most important
\ndustries of the colonies.

He married (first) . He married (sec-
ond), December 10, 1665, Elizabeth Street, widow
of Francis Street. Thomas Lincoln gave land in
Hingham to his son Thomas, who sold it October
11, 1662, specifying these facts. He made his will
August 23, 1683, then aged about ' eighty years ; it
was proved March 5, 1683-84 ; mentions children

given below. Children of Thomas Lincoln, the
miller, were: John, baptized February, 1639, mar-
ried Edith and had five children ; Thomas,

Jr., see forward: Samuel, baptized February, 1639,
at Hingham, and he had nine children born at Taun-
ton: Mary, baptized at Hingham, October 6, 1642,
married William Hack, who died in England be-
fore 1667; had seven children; Sarah, baptized De-
cember, 1645, at Hingham, married Joseph Willis,
of Taunton ; settled Scituatc.

Thomas Lincoln, Jr., son of Thomas Lin-
coln (1). was sometimes called "grand senior" on
the records. He was probably- born in England ;
was baptized February, 1637-38, at Hingham, by
Rev. Peter Hobart. He was one of the pioneers
at Taunton. He sold sixteen acres of land given
him by bis father on Great Plain. Hingham. He
was fined "for breaking the King's peace" —
it was easy for one to do that in those days. His
offence must have been trivial even for those days
of Blue Laws, for his fine was only three shillings,
four nence. He died about 1694, distributing his
property by deed instead of making a will, dated
May 4, 1694. He married Mary Austin, daughter
of Jonah and Constance Austin. Their children
were: Mary, born May 12, 1652: Sarah, Septem-
ber 2$, 1654, died young ; Thomas, see forward ;
Samuel, May 16, 1658; Jonah, July 7, 1660 (twin);
Sarah (twin), July 7. 1660; Hannah. March 15,
1663 : Constant, May 16. 1665. married. July 13,
1687, William Briggs ; Elizabeth. May 24. 1669;
Mercy, April 3. 1670, married William Caswell;

(III) Thomas Lincoln, son of Thomas Lin-
coln (2), was born in Taunton, Massachusetts,
April 21, 1656. He was a soldier in King Philip's
war and March 10. 1675, he and others were charged
with mutinous conduct for "breaking away from
the army" under the leadership of Lieutenant Rob-
ert Barker and was fined eight pounds. He mar-
ried (first) Mary Stacey. daughter of Richard and
Abigail Stacey. Her father died 1687. He mar-
ried (second). November 14. 1689, Susannah Smith,
daughter of Samuel Smith. She was born Janu-
ary 25, 1664. A deed in Bristol county records
proves one son of Thomas to be Nathaniel, see

(IV) Nathaniel Lincoln, son of Thomas Lin-
coln (3). was born in Taunton, about 1684. He
was sergeant in the local company and was in the
service. He bequeathed his gun and military things
to his grandson, son of his son Nathaniel. Nathaniel
owned, the grist mill and his father-in-law ran the
saw mill at Taunton. Lincoln's mill was three
miles west of Taunton, now Westville. His will
was dated October 17, 1757, and proved May 9,
1761. He died March 22, 1761, aged seventy-seven
years. He married Alice Andrews, daughter of
Captain John and Alice (Shaw) Andrews. Their
children were: Nathaniel, see forward: Ichabod,
born 1727. died September 26, 1768: Alice, married
Benjamin Briggs, of Rehoboth : Mary, married
Peter Pratt, of Taunton : he died Februarv 16,
T760; Constant, married Samuel Torrey, of Taun-
ton: Martha, married Richard Liscomb ; Susannah,
married George Burt, of Taunton.

(V) Nathaniel Lincoln, son of Nathaniel Lin-.
coin (j), was born at Taunton. Massachusetts,
1725. He married. October 11, 1743. Elizabeth Rob-
inson, daughter of Increase Robinson, Jr., and wife
Mehitable Williams. Their first two children were
born in Taunton, then they removed to Rehoboth,
where, December 27, 1750, he bought the home-
stead of Nathaniel Cobb. He removed to New
Braintree probably in 1759. and January 6, 1763,



bought land of David Gilbert, Jr., nineteen acres
on lot No. 9 and added to house lot bought April
ii. 1 759. OI Beriah Haws. Later he added more
land. His farm was north of the road leading to
the meeting house ; he deeded it to his son Nathan-
iel, May, 1774, and removed to Petersham probably
in 1778. He bought, March 17, 1784, the farm form-
erly owned by Henry Chase ; he was then living
in Petersham. In his father's will dated October
17. '757, ne was bequeathed half of the grist mill
at Taunton and other lands, etc., but the bequest
was revoked for some unknown reason in the
codicil. He probably died at Attleboro, aged eighty
years. Children of Nathaniel and Elizabeth Lii>
coin were : Nathaniel, born probably at Taunton,
removed to New Braintree; tanner: married, June
7, 1791, Ruth Delanoe, widow; Sophia, married,
February 6, 1766, Joseph Parker, Jr., of New Brain-
tree, removed to Kingston, Vermont ; Rachel, born
June 15, 1749, at Rehoboth, married, in New Brain-
tree, July ir, 1771, Henry Chase, Jr., who was born
at Petersham, November 4, 1748; Stephen, see
forward; Lemuel, born April 16, 1754, at Rehoboth;
Loved, born August 26, 1758, at Rehoboth; settled
at Lewiston, Maine: married (second), December
19, 1805, Betsey Hodgkins; was a soldier in the
revolution ; he died April 9, 1850.

(VI) Stephen Lincoln, son of Nathaniel Lin-
coln (5), was born at Rehoboth, December 3, 1751,
and removed with his father to Braintree, Massa-
chusetts, about 1759. He learned the trade of tan-
ner and may have been associated in business with
his brother Nathaniel. He served in the revolu-
tionary war from August I, 1778, to February, 1779,
in the Rhode Island campaign in which General
John Sullivan attempted unsuccessfully the siege
of Newport.

He married, at Oakham, April 29, 1779, Lydia
Foster, daughter of Lieutenant Ebenezer and Han-
nah (Parlin) Foster. He settled at Oakham and
built his first log house on Bogel hill, where sev-
eral of his children were born. His father-in-law
settled in that vicinity in 1756. Stephen purchased.
March 6. 1783, the estate of Silas Hill of ninety-
two acres, on which he was then probably living,
for two hundred and one pounds. November 9,
1787, he bought another lot of Ala Adams, of
Natick, fifty acres adjoining, and in the year fol-
lowing purchased twenty-five acres of EzTa Pepper,
of New Braintree, also adjoining. April 27, 1790,
he bought of Nehemiah Putnam twenty-four acres,
part of the farm once of Thomas Bogel. In 1784
he built the large houses till standing on the north
side of the road from Rutland to Barre Plains, at
the foot of the hill, on the top of which was form-
erly the residence of Lieutenant Foster, mentioned
above, in which Mrs. Lincoln was born. An ex-
cellent picture of the house is to be found in a
pamphlet printed about the Lincoln family of Oak-
ham. Lincoln built a tannery nearly opposite his
house and carried that on in addition to his farm-
ing. It is said that he used to hide his money in an
old shoe in the chimney of the tannery. He was a
member of the Congregational church at Oakham ;
was chorister from June, 1779. He was highway
surveyor of the town 1780-92-98, fire warden 1784,
selectman from 1791 to 1798 inclusive. He was
a man of fine physique, large and tall; his wife
was small. He died March 16, 1840; his wife died
April 8, 1839. and both are buried in the cemetery
on the Barre Plains road, two miles northwest of
Oakham Centre. There is an error in the age given
on his gravestone. When he died he had sixty-
five grandchildren.

Children of Stephen and Lydia were : Abner

F, born February 11, 1780, died at North Brook-
field, January 31, 1857; married, at Rutland, May
26, 1868, Rebecca Smith, daughter of James and
Mary (Browning) Smith, of Rutland, and they
had ten children. Hannah, born September 25,
1781, died at Watertown, April 9, 1858; married
at Oakham, Augftst 19, 1810, Amos Hunter, son of
William Hunter; they had eleven children. Lydia,
born at Oakham, March 2, 1784, died there October
26, 1847; married, March 15, 1808, Adin Davis, son
of _ Deacon Davis ; he was a blacksmith, wheel-
wright and farmer; they had ten children. Lucy,
born at Oakham, October 23, 1786, died at Saco,
Maine, September 22, 1822 ; married, July 19, 1814,
Enoch Goodale, son of David and Dorothy (New-
ton) Goodale; he was a publisher and book dealer
for twenty years in Saco, Maine ; also dealer in
paints, oils and drugs ; had three wives ; four chil-
dren. Elizabeth, born September 7, 1788, died in
New York city, August 6, 1853 ; married, at Oak-
ham. March 28, 18 14. Luther Hunter, son of An-
drew and Dolly ( Ho we> Hunter ; they had eight
children. Levi, born November 3, 1790, died at
Hartford, Connecticut, January 31, 1868; married,
at Rutland, July 9, 1816, Malinda Miles, daughter
of Barzillai and Sarah (Reed) Miles; was a gold
beater by trade ; became a noted inventor of card
machinery and other devices ; they had five chil-
dren. Stephen, Jr., born at Oakham, November 29,
1702, died October 25, 1886; married, at Princeton,
February 6, 1822, Betsey Brooks, daughter of Jonas
and Lydia (Temple) Brooks; married (second),
at Oakham, April 2, 1829, Martha Ward Skerry,
daughter of Captain Samuel and Content (Ward)
Skerry, of Salem : he was a manufacturer of wire-
works, was sergeant of Washington Grenadiers and
served in the war of 1812 ; was member of Con-
gregational church and superintendent of the Sun-
d.iy school; had two children. Sarah, born May 19,
1795. died March 15, 1851 ; married, February 2,
1819, Loren Haskill, son of Simeon and Ruth
(Haskill) Haskill, of Oakham: he was a shoe
manufacturer ; they had six children. Justus, see
forward. Mary, born December 17, 1799, died un-
married at Elizabeth, New Jersey, November 7,
1882. Louisa, born at Oakham, September 3, 1803,
died September 18, 1881 ; married, July 29, 1830,
Abram Fav Robinson, son of John and Susanna
(Fay) Robinson: he was a book publisher; they
had five children.

(VII) Justus Lincoln, son of Stephen Lincoln
(6), was born at Oakham, May 20, 1797, and died
at Rutland, November 20, 1875. He settled in Dor-
chester, Massachusetts, removing to Worcester in
1827 and to Hartford, Connecticut, 1833. After a
short time there and at Oakham he settled in Rut-
land. Massachusetts. He learned the trade of gold
beater and was afterwards a farmer. He was of
a musical temperament and leader of the choir of
Old South Church, Boston, and elsewhere.

He married, at Boston, November 24, 1823,
Maria Watson, who was born in New York, Au-
gust 18. 1799, and died at Rutland, September 28,
1842. Their children were: William Henry, see
forward. John Kent, born July 5, 1828, died at
Bangor. Maine, May 20, 1887 ; married, at Bidde-
ford, September 4. 1851, Olive F. Dame, daughter
of Ivory and Lydia (Stone) Dame, of Saco: she
was born at Biddeford. August 26, 1830. resided at
Winchester and had three children: Ellen Maria,
Mary Emma, and Frederick Dame ; he was a den-
tist, graduate of the Bangor Theological Seminary
in 1862: enlisted ^1862: chaplain of Twenty-second
Maine: injured by a fall in the war and was unable
to continue the ministry afterwards. Maria Louisa,



born March 17, 1831, married Rufus B. Miles, son
of Barzillai and Sally (Tidd) (Reed) Miles, as
second wife ; he was born at Rutland, October 23,
1809, died October 27, 1S91 ; they had three chil-
dren — Charles H., Etta Louise and Arthur L. ; Mr.
Miles was deacon, selectman, assessor and promi-
nent citizen. Albert Watson, born June 2, 1833,
resided at 20 Piedmont street, Worcester; married,
August io,- 1853, Julia S. Ware, daughter of Archi-
bald Hazen and Caroline (Coley) Ware, of Oak-
ham ; she was born in Brookfield, April 16, 1833,
and they have four children — George Hazen, Caro-
line Maria. Jane Elizabeth and William Henry.
Charles Davis, born December 26. 1836. was in the
railroading business ; married, at Biddeford. Maine,
October 25. i860, Henrietta Berry, daughter of Will-
iam and Olivia (Dudley) Berry; she was born in
Lyman. Maine. February 9, 1838, and died at St.
Augustine, Florida. May 27, 1S66. He was on spe-
cial duty in the Department of the South in the
civil war for the government ; left two children —
Fannie Forrester and Hattie Maria.

(VIII) Dr. William Henry Lincoln, son of Jus-
tus Lincoln (7), was born in Dorchester. Massa-
chusetts, August 19, 1825, and died at Millbury,
October 14. 1892. His early education was re-
ceived in the common schools supplemented by a
course at the South Paris Academy, South Paris,
Maine. He first studied dentistry and began to
practice that profession in Portland, Maine. While
there Dr. S. B. Chase encouraged him to study med-
icine and gave him the use of his library. He was
able to enter Bowdoin Medical School in 1850, and
for the next six years he practiced dentistry to
pay his way through the medical course. He re-
ceived his degree of M. D. in 1856 and at once
began to practice medicine at Turner, Maine. In
1859. after the death of his wife, he removed to
Hubbardston, Massachusetts, and practiced there
until he enlisted May 27, 1862. He was assistant
surgeon of the Seventh Massachusetts Volunteer
Infantry, then in the field before Richmond ; he be-
came surgeon, September, 1863, and served until
June 27, 1864. when he was mustered out. He
settled in Millbury, Massachusetts, where he en-
joyed a large and laborious practice for the re-
mainder of his life. He was a member of the
Massachusetts Medical Society and of the Wor-
cester District Medical Society. He was a member
of Olive Branch Lodge of Free Masons and was
member and officer of several other Masonic bodies.
He was a member of George A. Custer Post, Grand
Army of the Republic. He was an active member
of the Second Congregational Church. Dr. Lin-
coln was a man of strong convictions, earnest, blunt
and outspoken. He was interested in public affairs
and was influential in the Republican party, to
which he belonged. As a physician and surgeon
he had ability of high order and was eminently suc-
cessful in his practice.

He married at Burnswick. Maine, May, 1857,
Laura Nudd, daughter of Martin and Martha (Hig-
pins) Nudd. She was born at Waterville, Maine,
September 12, 1833, died May, 1858. He married
(second), at Hubbardston, Massachusetts, August
I, 1850. Eunice Ann Read, daughter of Jacob and
Hannah (Maynard) Read, of Worcester. She was
born in Rutland, February 7, 1837. Children of Dr.
William H. and Eunice Ann Lincoln were: Laura
Bell, born April 17, 1861, married Frank E. Powers
< see sketch of Powers family) ; Jacob Read, see
forward: Charles Henry, born April 22, i86g, re-
sides in Millbury, is assistant librarian in the Con-
gressional Library at Washington ; married Mary

(IX) Dr. Jacob Read Lincoln, son of Dr. Will-
iam Henry Lincoln (8), was born in Worcester,
Massachusetts, September 4, 1862. He attended the
public and high schools of Millbury, where his
father settled after the civil war. He studied medi-
cine and was graduated from Harvard Medical
School in 188S. He received his hospital training
in the United States Marine Hospital in Maine, and
Boston City Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts. In
1889 he came to Millbury, and now enjoys the con-
fidence of the members of his profession as well as
of his townsmen and patients. He is examining
surgeon for the pension department of the United
States, a position which requires his presence in
Worcester one day each week. He is a member of
the Worcester District Medical Society and of the
Massachusetts Medical Society. He is interested
in town affairs and public questions, and a mem-
ber of the board of health. He is a trustee of the
Millbury Savings Bank, and a member of its board
of investment. He takes an active interest in the
Masonic order and is a past master of Olive Branch

Dr. Lincoln married, December 5, 1889, Frances
Willard Morse, daughter of Charles D. and Anna
E. (Willard) Morse, of Millbury, Massachusetts.
She was born in Millbury, December ir, 1865.

PARKIS FAMILY. George Parkis or Park-
hurst (1), immigrant ancestor of the Parkis family
of Whitinsville, and of Henry W. Parkis. of Lin-
wood, Massachusetts, was born in England and
was an early settler at Watertown, Massachusetts.
He was a yeoman. In 1642 he was one of the
proprietors of the town of Watertown. He was
admitted a freeman May 10, 1643. He married

(first) Rebecca . He married, about 1644,

Susanna Simpson, widow of John Simpson, for
his second wife. He removed to Boston in 1645,
and his wife confirmed deeds of land in 1651 and
1655. June 13, 1655, he sold to John Traine land
which had been granted to John Simpson. In 1642
he was proprietor of his homestall and twelve acres
besides five other lots in Watertown. October 4,
1645, then of Boston, he sold to John Coolidge and
Thomas Hastings a lot of land he had bought of
Hugh Mason. December 20, 1648, he sold to
Thomas Arnold, his son-in-law, thirty acres of land
in Watertown. March 5, 1648-49, he sold to Will-
iam Page ten acres near the Great pond. Children
of George and Rebecca : George. Jr., born 1618
in Watertown. married Sarah Brown and (second)
Mary Phyla ; Phebe, married Thomas Arnold : Jo-
senh. see forward ; Deborah, married John Smith ;
Elizabeth, married (first) Emanuel Hilliard and
(second) Joseph Murray; Mary, married Rev.
Thomas Carter. Children of George and Susanna
Parkhurst: Daniel, baptized at Boston. June 10,
1649: Joshua, baptized March 7, 1652; Caleb, bap-
tized February 26, 1653-54.

(II) Joseph Parkis (Parkhurst), son of George
Parkhurst (1), was born in England, about 1625.
He came to Watertown, Massachusetts with his
oarents about 1640. He settled in Chelmsford,
Massachusetts. He was admitted a freeman in 1690.
He married. June 6, 1650, Rebecca Reed, and she
died in 1709. Their children: Mary, born August
10, 1657. married Thomas Blodgett ; Rebecca, born
August 14, 1659; Joseph. Jr.. born January 12, 1661,
see forward ; Abigail, born March 14. 1664. married
Nathaniel dimming : Ebenezer. born December 2,
1671, settled in Chelmsford. (See history of Gil-
sum. New Hampshire).

(III) Joseph Parkis (Parkhurst), son of Joseph
Parkis (2), was born in Chelmsford, Massachu-

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setts. January 12. 1661. He removed from Chelms-
ford, Connecticut, to Plainfield, Connecticut, about
l6og. He was in Plainfield, February 28, 1704, and
sold rights in Killingly in 1708 to Mark Hewlett.
He was with Matthias Britton, Ephraim and Isaac
Wheeler, Samuel Howe. John Yeomans. at Plain-
field in 1706. With him came from Chelmsford
Jacob Warren, Edward, Joseph and Benjamin
Spaulding. He married Eunice Spaulding. She
was born July 12, 1661. died January 19, 1743. He
died December II, 1720. Their children were:
Timothy, born January 14, 1689, died March 3,
1770; married Elizabeth Cady; John, born 1690,
died January 10, 1777: Eunice, born June 4, 1692,
married Thomas Marsh: Joseph, born August 5,
1695, married (first) Sarah Lawrence, (second)
Judith Johnson : Hannah, born August 25, 1698 ;
Samuel, born April 25, 1701, see forward; Mary,
born November 18. 1702, married Thomas Pierce.

(IV) Samuel Parkis (Parkhurst), son of Jo-
seph Parkis (3), was born in Chelmsford, Massa-
chusetts, or Plainfield, Connecticut, April 25, 1701,
died at Plainfield, May 22, 1778. He was brought
up in Plainfield. He married (first) Esther Spauld-
ing and (second) Mary Hutchins. He had eleven
children, among whom were: Job, born April 17.
1740: Lemuel, see forward: Willard. father of Gould
T. Parkhurst. and grandfather of G. H. Parkhurst.
lately of North Bridgewater, Oneida county, New

(V) Lemuel Parkis (Parkhurst). son of Samuel
Parkis (4), was born in Plainfield, Connecticut,
about 1740. He was brought up there and edu-
cated in the Plainfield schools. He was a soldier
in the revolution in the Sixth Company under Cap-
tain Waterman Clift, of Plainfield, in 1775, and
was probably at the battle of Bunker Hill, being in
the service from May 20 to December 15, 1775.
The company was raised on the first call for troops
April. 1775. and was in the Boston camps in Gen-
eral Spencer's brigade under Colonel Samuel Holden
Parsons, of New London. Connecticut. He was
also a private in Captain Dixon's company. Colonel
Sage's third battalion. Wadsworth brigade, raised
June, 1776, to re-inforce Washington in New York.
He served with his company at New York city
and on Long Island and in the battle of White
Plains. He enlisted in the Fourth Regiment of
the Connecticut line in 1777. He was at Peekskill
in 1777, and in Pennsylvania in the fall of 1777
under General McDougall. He was in the battle
of Germantown. October 4, 1777, on the left flank
of the army and went through the winter of 1777-78
at Valley Forge. He was in Varnum's brigade when
it made a brave defense of Fort Miffin on the
Delaware. He married . Among their chil-
dren was Job, born about 1770.

(VI) Job Parkis (Parkhurst), son of Lemuel
Parkis (<0. was born about 1770. He went to New
York when young, but returned to Connecticut.

He married (first) Case. They had three

children. He married (second) and had three
more children. The children: Roxanna, George,
settled at Rockville. Connecticut, and had six chil-
dren — Josiah. Chauncey, Jenny. William, Priscilla,
Annis : Ira, see forward : Chauncey, resided at
Sherborn, Chenango county, New York, married
Eliza and had daughter Hattie; Annis, married
Boice; Lois.

(VII) Ira Parkis (Parkhurst), son of Job
Parkhurst (6), was born in 1806, at Middlefield.
Cherry vallev, New York. He was a wool sorter
by trade. He was brought up on a farm in his
native town with two brothers and three sisters.
After the death of his mother he lived with his

grandfather Case, a man of decided character and
often selected as referee by his neighbors in case
of dispute. When a young man Ira removed to

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