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[p. 47] his wife and five children, sailed on the ship Diligent for America. There were one hundred and thirty-three passengers, among whom was Robert Peck, M. A., rector of the parish of Hingham, England. The occasion of their departure seemed to have been trouble in church matters. The rector, with the sympathy and aid of most of the emigrating party, had pulled down the rails of chancel and altar and leveled the latter a foot below the church, as it remains to this day. Being persecuted by Bishop Wain, they sold their estates for half their real value and determined to find a new home.

The party landed in Boston August 10, 1638, and immediately proceeded to their destination, Bear Cove, now Hingham, named for the home of the Cushing family in England. Here they found Samuel Lincoln, also from Norfolk county, England, who had come to this country with his wife and eight children the year preceding. From his eldest son, Samuel, descended Levi Lincoln, Attorney General of the United States and Lieutenant-Governor of Massachusetts.

From Daniel Lincoln, the second son of Samuel Lincoln, who came to this country from England, are descended the Cohasset Lincolns, my ancestors, who married into the Cushing family.

From Samuel's third son, Mordicai, came Abraham Lincoln.

To go back to the colonists at Hingham: At a town meeting in 1638, a house lot of five acres on Pear Tree hill, Bachelor street, now Main street, was given to Matthew Cushing and it continued in possession of the family until 1887. Matthew was early engaged in the affairs of the town and was deacon in Reverend Hobart's church.

His eldest son, Daniel, inherited, as the custom was, most of the property. He married Elizabeth Jacob. He was an active magistrate for many years and town clerk of Hingham in the years from 1680 to 1695. He was delegate to the General Court.

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