history of Hingham

In the early 17th century, a number of Puritan residents of Hingham, led by the former vicar of Hingham Robert Peck and his associate Peter Hobart, emigrated to the then colony of Massachusetts, where they founded the town of Hingham, Massachusetts. Those who left were so prominent in the community that the town was forced to petition Parliament for help, claiming that it had been devastated by the loss. Amongst their number were Samuel Lincoln, an ancestor of President Abraham Lincoln, as well as Edward Gilman Sr., ancestor of Nicholas Gilman, New Hampshire delegate to the Continental Congress and signer of the U.S. Constitution. Today the memorials to the family of Gilman, ancestors of those who came to America, are still visible in the St. Andrew’s church in Hingham.