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A Disinherited Ancestor, Family Feuds and how Lincoln Very Nearly was not President
A little bit about Abraham Lincoln
Abraham Lincoln was the 16th President of the United States. He was born on 12th February 1809 near Hodgenville in Kentucky in a small wood cabin. Although he came from humble beginnings, he grew up to be one of the most powerful men in America. He died in Washington on 15th April 1865. He was assassinated by John Wilkes Booth. He was in office from 1861 to 1865. His mother passed away when he was just 9 years old and this affected him greatly. He resented his Father. This was mainly due to his lack of education and tardiness. Lincoln was a clever man and self taught himself law. He issued the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863 that meant that slaves would be free forever.
He married Mary Todd, and between them had 4 children. Although only 1 lived to adulthood. Lincoln is certainly regarded as one of greatest leaders in the Country's history.
Whatever you are, be a good one.— Abraham Lincoln
The bust of Abraham Lincoln
Hingham, in Norfolk, England
Hingham is a market town in South Norfolk, England. With a population of 2367 people (recorded in 2011). It is quite a small market town, but is rich is history. One such piece of history that Hingham is proud of is the connection with the former President of the United States, Abraham Lincoln. I was born in Hingham and have been inside St Andrew's Church many times. Although I have looked at the bust of Abraham Lincoln on numerous visits to the Church, I never really did realise how important this is in a historical context.
St Andrew's Church is located in the heart of Hingham and is a 14th Century mediaeval Church. As you can see from the photograph, there is a bust of Abraham Lincoln in the Church. This is situated in the north aisle of the Church. The bust of President Lincoln was unveiled in 1919 by the American Ambassador, John Davis.
St Andrew's Church, Hingham, Norfolk
Lincoln's connections with Hingham, Norfolk
Samuel Lincoln was an apprentice weaver in Norwich when he moved to the USA. Ironically, he moved to Hingham in Massachusetts. Richard Lincoln was Abraham's great-great-great-great-great-great Grandfather. Richard's son from his first marriage, Edward, expected to get his inheritance when his Father passed away. But, on the death of Richard, he left it all to his son from his fourth marriage. As you can imagine, Edward was none too pleased about this. At the time, Edward had a cottage in Hingham, Norfolk. Samuel spent his early days here before moving to America.
Samuel is Edwards son. And some historians say that if Edward had of inherited the money, they may never of have moved to America. Of course, this would have changed the path of history, and Abraham would never of become President of the USA.
Samuel was born in 1622 and left Norfolk for America when he was 15 years old. Samuel and his wife, Martha, had 11 children. Although 3 of them died when they were young. Abraham is a descendent of his fourth child, Mordecai. Samuel was baptised in St Andrew's Church, Hingham, Norfolk.
Inscription on the bust of Abraham Lincoln
In this parish for many generations
Lived the Lincolns
ancestors of the American Abraham Lincoln
To him greatest of lineage
many citizens of the United States
have erected this memorial
in the hope that for all ages
between that land and
this land and all lands
there shall be
malice towards none
with charity to all
With Malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right, as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation's wounds.— Abraham Lincoln
Although, as I say, I come from Hingham, I paid little attention to the relevance of how Abraham Lincoln is connected to both Hingham in Norfolk, and Hingham in Massachusetts. It wasn't till I grew up I started paying more attention to this and started doing some research and looking into this. I now feel proud that I was born in such a small village (as it was when I was born in the 60's!) that has such a connection with one of the most powerful men in America. I knew little about the background as to why Abraham had a connection with Hingham, but am glad that I come from somewhere with such a strong connection.
The house Richard Lincoln lived in, in Swanton Morely, Norfolk
Be sure you put your feet in the right place, then stand firm.— Abraham Lincoln
© 2017 Louise Powles