. The nomenclature in this passage is somewhat puzzling. “Miss Q.” can only mean “Mistress
Quincy,” the wife of Col. Josiah Quincy, since she is immediately identified as the
“Mother” (actually stepmother) of “Miss” (i.e. Mistress) Lincoln, that is to say of
Hannah (Quincy) Lincoln. From this it is evident that Elizabeth (Waldron) Quincy,
the Colonel’s 2d wife, was living in Dec. 1760, though the date of her death is usually
given as 1759. (Quincy married a third time, but not until 1762.)
Cite web page as: Founding Families: Digital Editions of the Papers of the Winthrops and the Adamses, ed.C. James Taylor. Boston: Massachusetts Historical Society, 2015.