Introduction: In this article, Melissa Davenport Berry gives the sixth part in her series on Mayflower descendants that focuses on Katie Crocker and her family line, featuring six vintage photographs. Melissa is a genealogist who has a blog, AnceStory Archives, and a Facebook group, New England Family Genealogy and History.
Today I continue with my series “Mayflower Descendants: Who’s Who,” focusing on the lineage of the Crocker family who married into several Mayflower lines.
To recap: I am working with a client, Katie Crocker, daughter of James and Debra Sue (Pemberton) Crocker of Barnstable, Massachusetts, on her family tree. Part of this series explored Katie’s Hinckley lines that married many Mayflower scions.
A collection of six photographs was sent to me from the archivist at Sturgis Library in Barnstable, contents from the Zenas Crocker Collection MS 167.
The following subjects all descend from Mayflower lines and other notable first families of Cape Cod and are among the cousins who share Katie’s lineage.
Lizzie and Cordelia Hinckley
The first photo from the collection is Elizabeth “Lizzie” Bass Pearmain Hinckley (1841-1921) and her daughter Cordelia Pearmain Hinckley (1868-1948).
Lizzie was born to William Robert Pearmain and Cordelia Miller Smith, and descends from Gov. Thomas Prence, Samuel Hinckley, and Mayflower passengers Richard Warren, Edward Fuller, John Alden, and Priscilla Mullins.
She was a member of the Society of Mayflower Descendants and the Society of Daughters of the American Revolution. Her patriot ancestor was Josiah Miller Smith.
Lizzie married Sylvester Baxter Hinckley (1841-1906), son of Freeman Hinckley and Emily Baxter and a descendant of Mayflower passengers John Howland and Elizabeth Tilley.
Emily Baxter’s line can be traced back to Thomas Baxter and his wife Temperence Gorham, daughter of John Gorham and Desire Howland.
I found an obituary for Lizzie’s husband Sylvester in the Boston Herald, published on 17 August 1906.
This article reported:
Sylvester Baxter Hinckley, president of the defunct First National Bank of Chelsea, was for many years prominently identified with the cordage industry of New England, and was born in Yarmouth in 1841. He spent his boyhood in Chelsea, receiving his education there and finishing in a classical school at Newton. In his early manhood he was in business successively in Washington, D.C., and New York. In 1865 he went into business with his father, Freeman Hinckley [photo below], under the firm name of Hinckley Bros. & Co., in the cordage manufacturing and selling business. He retired from business 14 years ago, occupying himself actively, however, with financial matters.
In addition to his later presidency of the First National Bank, he has been a large operator in real estate.
Sylvester was a member of the Society of Mayflower Descendants and the Society of Colonial Wars in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts through his ancestor John Cobb.
The next photo from the collection is Freeman Hinckley (1812-1884), son of David Hinckley and Hannah Merchant. He married Emily Baxter (1820-1893), daughter of Sylvester Baxter and Marcy B. Parker. Freeman was the father of Sylvester Hinckley and was in business with his son and brother.
I found this notice in the Boston Daily Advertiser newspaper for the Hinckley business.
As this notice explained, a “ship chandlery and ship store business” named Howland, Hinckley & Co. and owned by David Howland, Freeman Hinckley, and David Hinckley was “this day dissolved by mutual consent.” The business was replaced by a new firm named Hinckley Bros & Co. and owned by Freeman Hinckley, David Hinckley, and Sylvester Baxter Hinckley.
Freeman Hinckley’s partners in the original business were: brother David Hinckley (1806-1868), who married Elizabeth Allen Dillingham, daughter of Lemuel Dillingham and Mercey Tobey; and David Howland (1805-1886), son of John Coleman Howland and Martha Thatcher, who married Rebecca Crocker, daughter of Loring Crocker and Alice Hinckley.
Loring and Temperance Crocker
David Howland’s wife Rebecca had a brother, Loring Crocker (1809-1887), who married Temperance Nye (1809-1872), daughter of Jabez Nye and Polly Crocker Hinckley. The next two photos from the collection feature this couple.
Here is an obituary for Loring Crocker from the Boston Daily Advertiser, published on 8 March 1887.
This article reported:
Loring Crocker of Barnstable died on Sunday. He was born August 16, 1809, in Barnstable. Residing in Boston a few years previous to 1830, he was among the earliest members of the Mechanic Apprentices Library Association. [Some notable members were Sir Isaac Coffin, Daniel Webster, John Quincy Adams, and Ralph Waldo Emerson.] In company with his brother, the late Hon. Nathan Crocker, they were for many years the largest manufacturers of salt upon the Cape.
Warren and Temperance Hinckley
Two other photos in the collection are Freeman Hinckley’s brother Warren Hinckley (1805-1877) and his 2nd wife Temperance Crosby (1805-1872), daughter of James Crosby and Temperance Goodspeed.
Warren Hinckley married 1st Caroline Goodspeed, daughter of Asa Goodspeed and Abigail Crocker.
To be continued…
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Note on the header image: “Mayflower in Plymouth Harbor,” by William Halsall, 1882. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.