old Hingham emigrants
The following people, associated in some way with old Hingham, emigrated in the year shown in brackets after their name.
Thomas Barnes (1637), a weaver in Hingham, and his wife, Anna. Richard Baxter (1638), a servant of Francis James.
John Beale (1638), shoemaker, his wife Nazareth (daughter of Edmund Hobart), his five sons, three daughters and two servants. The children were named Martha, Mary, Sarah, John, Nathaniel, Jeremiah, Joshua and Caleb. Only the last three were children of Nazareth and only Caleb was born in old Hingham. John, senior, died in 1688, reputed to be 100 years old.
James Buck (1637), a servant of Philip James in Hingham. He was granted a house lot in new Hingham and married the following year. His brothers Isaac and John also went to America: John may have gone to Hingham, but Isaac did not.
Henry Chamberlain (1637), blacksmith in Hingham, with his wife Grace, his mother Christian and two of his three sons (John, Robert and Henry) had land granted but did not stay in Hingham as they settled in Hull. Chamberlain’s Run, near Rocky Hill in new Hingham, probably took its name from him.
Thomas Chubbock (1633) and his wife, Alice, nee Hobart. He was born in Hardingham but thought to be working in Hingham when he emigrated.
Anthony Cooper (1635) with his wife, four sons, four daughters and four servants was granted a house lot. The names of only 5 children known. John, Anthony, Jeremy, Deborah and Sarah. These were all born in England, but only the first four were baptised in Hingham, Norfolk.
Thomas Cooper (1638) with his wife and daughters Rachel and Elizabeth was granted land but later moved to Rehoboth.
Matthew Cushing (1638), a yeoman, with his wife Nazareth, nee Pitcher, and five children, Daniel, Jeremiah, Matthew, Deborah and John. He was very active in town affairs and made a deacon of the church. His eldest son, Daniel, became a magistrate, selectman and town clerk and left many records about early settlers. The second son, Jeremiah, was later lost at sea.
Theophilus Cushing (1633) was born in Hardingham in 1584, but was a servant to John Haynes in Hingham. He arrived on the ‘Griffin’ with his master and lived for some years on his farm. He later settled in Hingham where he lived to be nearly 100, but was blind for tile last 25 years.
John Cutler (1637) with his wife Mary, seven children and one servant.
Robert Cutler (1636).
John Farrow (1635), born and resident in Hingham, With his wife Frances and daughter Mary were granted 5 acres of land.
Adam Foulsham (1637) went as part of Edmund Pitts’ group.
John Foulsham or Folsom (alias Smith) (163t3), yeoman, with his wife Mary (nee Gilman) and probably one baby, John. Helped by Joshua Hobart, he “utilised certain streams for the purpose of erecting saw mills and mills”. In 1645 he was “chosen as one of seven men to order town affairs”. He had seven children, the youngest of which was killed by Indians.
Stephen Gates (1638), his wife Anne, nee Veare, and two children, Mary and Elizabeth. They later left Hingham for Cambridge.
Henry Gibbs (1633?) is said to have emigrated, but there are no records of him in either old or new Hingham.
Edward Gilman (lEi3J), a sawyer in Hingham but born in Caston, went with his wife Mary, nee Clarke, his sons John, Moses and Edward and daughters Sarah and Lydia, together with three servants. He was granted land but did not stay in Hingham. He later conveyed his house, which he had bought from Nicholas Jacob, to his son-in-law Daniel Cushing. Edward junior was one of a group of four young men who built the gallery in the first meeting house in new Hingham.
Peter Hallock (1640), who probably worked in Hingham, with his wife (nee Howell), son William and a step-daughter.
John Hawke (1630) with his sons Adam and Stephen went to New England before Hingham was founded but never resided there.
John Haynes (1633) lived at Gurney’s Manor, Hingham, probably from 1616, when he married Mary Thorneton, to at least 1627 when she died and was buried in Hingham. He also had estates in Wramplingham and Wymondham and was a rich man with an income of £500 a year according to the 1621 tax assessment. Subsequently he bought a property at Copford in Essex from which he emigrated. He did not settle in Hingham and later became Governor of Connecticut.
Edmund Hobart (spelt Hubbard in old Hingham) (1633) and his children were all born in Hingham. They landed at Charlestown from the ‘Elizabeth Bonaventure’, but came to Bare Cove the same year, probably to help establish the settlement, although he did not reside there permanently until his son Peter arrived in 1635, in which year tile place was renamed Hingham. He drew a house lot in the town. His wife, Margaret, nee Dewy, and five of his seven children travelled with him. They were Edmund (junior), Thomas, Rebecca, Joshua and Sarah. (Other daughters, Alice and Nazareth, came as the wives of Thomas Chubbock and John Beal, respectively.)
Edmund, junior, came with his wife, Elizabeth, nee Elmer, in the family group. This Edmund also drew a house lot, together with other lots for planting. He was a weaver, constable and selectman and had seven children.
Thomas emigrated with his wife Ann, nee Plomber.
Joshua became prominent in town affairs, becoming a member of the Ancient and Honourable Artillery Company and captain of the military force in the town. He was head of a company on active service in Philip’s War. (In the 1670s King Philip of Spain was ravaging settlements on the Atlantic coast. In April, 1676, several houses in south Hingham were burned.)
Rev. Peter Hobart (1635), son of Edmund (see above) came to Bare Cove with his wife and four children. He had been educated at Magdalen College, Cambridge (B.A. and M.A.) and had probably been living in Southwold, Suffolk. He married twice and had 18 children in all. He became the first minister of the church in Bare Cove which was renamed Hingham that year. There is a memorial tablet to him in Hingham cemetery “IN MEMORY OF REV. PETER HOBART WHO DIED JAN. 20TH 1679 IN THE 75TH YR. OF HIS AGE AND 53RD OF HIS MINISTRY, 9 YEARS OF WHICH HE SPENT IN HINGHAM, GREAT BRITAIN AND 44 IN HINGHAM, MASSACHUSETTS”.
Esther Hunting (1639) nee Seaborne, wife of John Hunting, an itinerant lay preacher, was born in Hingham about 1597. They settled in America in Dedham
Nicholas Jacob his wife Mary and two children, John and Mary came with their cousin Thomas Lincoln, a weaver. Nicholas was granted 3 acres (a house lot) and other planting land. He became a freeman, selectman and deputy to the General Court, eventually having 8 children. His son John became Captain of the Artillery Company.
Francis James (1638), yeoman, his wife, Elizabeth, and two servants, Richard Baxter and Thomas Suclin.
Philip James (1638) (brother of Francis), a yeoman in Hingham, his wife Jane, four children and his servants, Edward Mitchell and William Pitts. Philip died soon after his arrival.
William Large (1635) is said to have been working in Hingham.
Daniel Lincoln (1633) was a brother of Samuel and Thomas Lincoln who are listed below. Little is known of Daniel other than that he was a husbandman who died unmarried in 1644, aged 24.
Samuel Lincoln (1637) was born in Hingham, one of seven children of Edward, and baptised, probably by Robert Peck, on 24th August, 1622. He was later apprenticed to Francis Lawes, a weaver of Carleton Rode, Norwich. Francis emigrated with his wife Lydia, daughter Mary and two servants, Anne Smith and Samuel Lincoln, on 8th April, 1637. They sailed in the ‘John and Dorothy’ of Ipswich and reached Boston on 20th June. Samuel must soon have left Lawes because he settled in what was by then Hingham, where his two brothers, Daniel and Thomas, were already living. Samuel Lincoln’s great-great-great-great-grandson, Abraham Lincoln, was to become the 16th President of the United States.
Thomas Lincoln (1633). There is some confusion about the origins of the men of this name who settled in Hingham. One, a cooper, came from the West Country; another, a husbandman, came from Wymondham. A third, a weaver, is said to have been born in Hingham, but there is no record of his baptism. He went with his cousin, Nicholas Jacob but did not settle in Hingham until 1635 when he was given 5 acres of land.
George Ludkinge (1635), his wife and son Aaron. George died in 1648
George Marsh (1635), his wife Elizabeth and four children, Thomas, Onesephorus, Elizabeth and Mary. George was made a freeman in 1636 and selectman in 1645
Edward Mitchell (1638), a servant of Philip James. John Morfield (1638), a servant of Philip James.
John Page (1635), born in Hingham about 161.4 and worked there as a carpenter.
Joseph Peck (1638), his second wife and four children, Joseph, Nicholas, Simon and Rebecca, two men servants and three maid servants.
Robert Peck (1638) (probably brother of Joseph), his wife Anne, nee Lawrence, their children and two servants. As described above, he returned to England in 1641 with his wife and son Joseph. There is some disagreement about which children went to America with him. One account states they were just Joseph and Robert whilst another says Thomas and Ann also accompanied him. He is said to have left a daughter behind in America when he returned.
Edmund Pitts (1637), his wife Ann, daughter Mary (died 1641), brother Leonard and Adam Foulsham. Edmund was born in 1613 in Hackford and, was a weaver in Hingham.
Leonard Pitts (1637), a mariner and master of a shallop, and his brother Edmund.
William Pitts (1638), a servant of Philip James, was also born in Hackford and probably related to Edmund.
Frances Ricroft (or Rycraft) (1638) nee Pitcher, widow of John, whom she married in Hingham in 1624.
William Ripley (1638) with his wife, sons John and Abraham and daughters Mary and Sarah. Although recorded as coming from Hingham, all his children were baptised in Wymondham. He was a weaver. His eldest son, John, married Elizabeth Hobart (daughter of Peter) and daughter Sarah married Jeremiah Beal.
Judith Smith (1638), nee Cooper, wife of Henry, is said to have been born in 1602 in Hingham. She was living in Hempnall when she emigrated.
Ralph Smith (1633), probably single. He died in 1640.
Thomas Suclin (1638), a servant of Francis James.
John Tower (1637), born in Hingham in 1609, was a farmer and planter who was granted 3 acres of land. He later married and had ten children.
John Tufts (1638), a servant of Thomas Cooper.
James White (1640), who it is believed worked in Hingham, went about this time.
The number of settlers from Norfolk who emigrated to new Hingham was 206 and the majority of these came from old Hingham. The individuals recorded above number 170, but not all of these settled permanently in new Hingham and some had moved elsewhere in England before they emigrated.