|Abraham Lincoln was born 12th
February 1809 in a rough hewn cabin near Hodgenville
Kentucky. In 1861 he became the President of
Unfortunately as history shows he was assassinated on 14th April 1865 whilst watching the play The American Cousin in the Fords Theater by John Wilkes Booth. Actually passing from this life in the early hours of the morning on the 15th April 1865.
However, this 16th president of the United States can trace his ancestry all the way back to a small village in Norfolk.
In 1637 Abrahams great, great, great, great grandfather Samuel Lincoln of Hingham Norfolk sailed on the John and Dorothy ship for the new world, settling in Massachusetts. Samuels was then aged just 15 and in England had been a weavers apprentice.
His grandfather was Richard Lincoln who it is believed was also born in Hingham, Norfolk but who spent the majority of his life in the village of Swanton Morley Norfolk.
Richard Lincoln was wealthy enough to build himself a
mansion in Swanton Morley, a mansion that still stands
today but is now the village inn called The Angel.
The church still has a 'Lincoln Bible which dates from 1686.
|In 1615 Richard Lincoln decided
to change his will effectively disinheriting his son
Edward from inheriting his wealth in favour of his fourth
wife and her children. Richards mother Elizabeth Remsching
of Swanton Morley had been Richard Lincolns first
Richard now with no expectations of inheriting his fathers considerable wealth left Swanton Morley for Hingham where he eked out a poor living on some land that his father had left him. It was here that Samuel Lincoln was born on 24th August 1622.
It was probably as a result of this poor existence that
Richards sons (three out of the four) including Samuel
decided to seek their fortune in the New World rather
than remain in England.
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