Jessie Harlan Lincoln
|Jessie Harlan Lincoln|
Jessie Harlan Lincoln in her 30s
November 6, 1875|
|Died||January 4, 1948
|Spouse(s)||Warren Wallace Beckwith (1897–1907)
Frank Edward Johnson (1915–?)
Robert John Randolph (1926–?)
|Children||Mary Lincoln Beckwith and Robert Todd Lincoln Beckwith|
|Parent(s)||Mary Eunice Harlan and Robert Todd Lincoln|
Jessie Harlan Lincoln (November 6, 1875 – January 4, 1948) was the second daughter of Robert Todd Lincoln, the granddaughter of Abraham Lincoln, and the mother of Mary Lincoln Beckwith and Robert Todd Lincoln Beckwith, the last undisputed Lincoln descendant.
Jessie Harlan Lincoln was born on November 6, 1875, in Chicago, Illinois to Mary Eunice Harlan and Robert Todd Lincoln. She was the last of three children of Robert Todd Lincoln. After her brother, Abraham Lincoln II, died on March 5, 1890 in London at the age of 16, the family decided three years later to return to America, ultimately to Mary Eunice Harlan’s mother's residence in Mount Pleasant, Iowa. Jessie and her sister were piano students in the summer session of Iowa Wesleyan in 1886. She was later initiated into the Pleasant Chapter A of the P.E.O. Sisterhood on December 31, 1895, an organization of which her sister, Mary "Mamie" Lincoln, had become a member more than 11 years prior.
On November 10, 1897, she married Warren Wallace Beckwith, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, at 2:30 in the afternoon. Beckwith was a member of the Mt. Pleasant Football Team and Jessie’s father, Robert, strongly and bitterly opposed the couple's being together. He believed their relationship had ended until news of their elopement reached him and his family. He hurried to Jessie’s room only to find it empty and that Jessie had married several hours before. In 1898, she gave birth to her first child, Mary Lincoln Beckwith, in Des Moines County, Iowa. She continued to live in Mount Pleasant, Iowa and on July 19, 1904, had her second and last child, Robert Todd Lincoln Beckwith, named after her father.
In 1907, Jessie divorced Warren Beckwith. Her second marriage was to Frank Edward Johnson in 1915. Robert John Randolph became Jessie's third and final husband in 1926. Her later two marriages did not produce any more children.
Jessie's sister and brother were, respectively:
- Mary "Mamie" Lincoln, October 15, 1869 – November 21, 1938
- Abraham "Jack" Lincoln II, August 14, 1873 – March 5, 1890