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Mary J. Bailey Lincoln (Mary Johnson Bailey) Biographical Information

Identifier: SMC-016

Scope and Contents

This collection includes: various biographies of Mary J. Bailey Lincoln; an article about her from Yankee Magazine, 1996; a family newsletter, 1982; and a newsletter from the Easton Historical Society, 1983. The Easton Historical Society Newsletter is a brief biographical record of Robert Brastow Porter and Kate Leland Lincoln which includes biographies of Mary J. Bailey Lincoln a.k.a. "Aunt Mary" and Jeannie Woodbury Lincoln. Also part of this collection is a Christmas rememberance from Mr. John Greenleaf Whittier to Miss Mary E. Bailey of Amesbury. In this note to Mary Bailey, Mr. Whittier tells Mary that he suggested her to be his neighbor's future wife listing her qualities: "smart as any steel trap," "she has money in the Savings Bank," "talks in Dutch and Latin," and she is also a modern girl who knits well.


  • 1838-1996
  • 1982 - 1996


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No restrictions. Open for research.


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Biographical / Historical

Mary J. Lincoln

After graduating from Wheaton in 1864, Mary J. Lincoln taught at a Vermont country school for a year before marrying David A. Lincoln. Her sister-in-law was Jeannie Woodbury, a trustee at the Wheaton Seminary. Mary and her husband moved to Boston, but when David’s health failed, Mary worked for neighbors as a domestic. In 1879, the Boston Cooking School was established and Mary was recommended to teach there, which she did until 1885. Her first book, Mrs. Lincoln’s Cookbook was published in 1884.

From 1885 to 1889 she taught at Lasell Seminary in Auburndale, MA, and she gathered material for her Boston School Kitchen Textbook (1887), which appeared in many editions until Fannie Farmer took over publication. Among many other titles, Mary published Peerless Cookbook (1886); Carving and Serving (1887); and Frozen Dainties (1902). In 1894 she began a ten year association with American Kitchen Magazine. She was also active with the New England Women’s Press Association. In addition to writing, Mary also lectured extensively after the death of her husband.

Mary E. Lincoln

Mary E. Lincoln graduated in 1866.

Jane Eliza Woodbury

Jane Eliza Woodbury or Jeannie Woodbury, granddaughter of Caleb Woodbury, Sr. and Silence King, was born on March 7, 1945 to Caleb Woodbury Jr. and Mary Eliza Southworth. They lived in Adrien, Michigan and after high school in Minneapolis, Minnesota Jeannie began to teach school at Lake Richmond, Minnesota. In the autumn of 1864 Jeannie enrolled in the Wheaton Female Seminary of Norton and proceeded to teach at Wheaton after gradutation. She married Annes Allen Lincoln, Jr. in the Congregational Church in Norton on October 21, 1868. Jane Woodbury was also Mary J. Lincoln's sister in law. At the Wollaston Congregational Church Jeannie served as president of the Women's Board of Foreign Missions, and presidnet of the Wheaton Club from 1893 to 1896. She and her husband Ames Lincoln were both Trustees of Wheaton Seminary. She had five children and died on September 11, 1926.


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Mary J. Lincoln's biographical information includes various biographies, family newsletters, and information about her relatives Jane Eliza Woodbury and Mary E. Bailey.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Found in Collection. Acquisition information not available for this collection. Collection inputted into database in 2008.

Related Materials

Mary Johnson Bailey Lincoln Cookbook Collection may be found in the Historical Collection on Women.
Inventory of the Mary J. Lincoln (Mary Johnson) Biographical Information
Ashley Kuhn W09
Oct 2008
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Repository Details

Part of the Marion B. Gebbie Archives and Special Collections Repository

Wheaton College
26 East Main Street
Norton Massachusetts 02766