The Windham County vital records, the Barbour Collection, and other versions of family records from the period show that four children were born to THOMAS LINCOLN and ELIZABETH JOHNSON. But there is evidence that two more children were born who were missed in the vital records of the county. The two that were missed are JONATHAN and William, but we will see that they are mentioned in records of Ontario County, NY, and are directly or indirectly associated with their siblings there.
The vital records of Windham, Windham, CT, show Orrymell, Jabez and Charles to be sons of THOMAS and ELIZABETH. Evidence that JONATHAN is a brother begins when Orrymell and JONATHAN marry sisters, Eunice and RUTH SOUTHWORTH. They then all move to Otsego County, NY. William Lincoln also appears in Otsego County, in the 1810 Census.
The presence of these brothers in Ontario County, NY, begins with the purchase of 115 acres by Orrymell in South Bristol on Nov. 16, 1825. Over the next several years that land would be transferred to sons, Lucius and Loring.
Between 1825 and 1843, nineteen separate land transactions were recorded, involving four lots along the Naples-South Bristol township line. The transactions all involved JONATHAN and his children, or Orrymell and his children. JONATHAN settled in Lot 12 of South Bristol township, while Orrymell settled in Lot 1. No trace of any other Lincoln families can be found in that part of Ontario County.
On July 7, 1838, JONATHAN purchased 211 acres of land in Lot 9 of South Bristol township. On Nov. 29, 1838, two parcels of that land were transferred by JONATHAN to son Lester, and son-in-law David Steere. The deed to Lester was witnessed by David Steere and Charles Lincoln. The deed to David Steere was witnessed by Lester and Charles Lincoln. This is the only evidence of Charles in Ontario County, but it shows a close tie between Charles and JONATHAN.
The strongest piece of evidence that ties these brothers together is the will of William, dated April 19, 1855. He declared that his heirs were (1) JONATHAN LINCOLN "of Winslow, Illinois, a brother", (2) the children of Orrymell and (3) a brother, name unknown. Orrymell had died the year prior to the writing of the will, thus his children replaced him as heirs. The "unknown" brother was probably Jabez, who didn't travel west with the other brothers. Charles, not mentioned in the will, may have died earlier, but is not likely to have been the "unknown" brother as he had been living in Ontario County.
Orrymell's wife, Eunice Southworth, is the sister of RUTH SOUTHWORTH. These couples left Connecticut and settled in Otsego County, NY, in the early 1800's. Then, about 1825 both families moved to Ontario County, NY.
Both Orrymell and his wife, Eunice, remained in Ontario County, and died in Naples. They are buried in Seaman's Cemetery, in Naples. The tombstone of Orrymell is not to be found. The tombstone of Eunice says, "wife of Oramill." The spelling of his name took on many variations throughout his life. The spelling in Windham was "Orrymell."
William Lincoln is known to have been in Ontario County in 1835, as he purchased land in Naples that year. In 1850 he is listed in the U. S. Census for Naples, shown to be age 70, born in CT. His wife, Abigail is listed as age 66, born in New York.
His will was dated April 19, 1855, submitted to Surrogate Court on June 19, 1855, and proved August, 1855, the administrator being Shotwell Powell, a neighbor, friend and attorney. William is buried in
Seaman's Cemetery, near the gravesites of Orrymell and Eunice.
|all children born in Windham, Windham, CT|
wife Eunice Southworth
JONATHAN LINCOLN, Sr.
wife RUTH SOUTHWORTH
wife Abigail A. _______
wife Abby Scott