Jessie Harlan Lincoln

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Jessie Harlan Lincoln
Jessie Harlan Lincoln.jpg
Jessie Harlan Lincoln in her 30s
Born (1875-11-06)November 6, 1875
Chicago, Illinois
Died January 4, 1948(1948-01-04) (aged 72)
Rutland, Vermont
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.[1][2]

Early life[edit]

Jessie Harlan Lincoln (right), with her siblings Abraham II (top) and Mary (left)

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.[3] 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.

First marriage[edit]

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.[4] 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.

Later life[edit]

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.

On January 4, 1948, Jessie Harlan Lincoln died at the age of 72 at Rutland Hospital in Rutland, Vermont, the same place where her daughter, Mary would die 27 years later.[5]

Jessie's sister and brother were, respectively:

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Biography and Family Line of the Lincolns". Retrieved February 26, 2009. 
  2. ^ "The Family of Mary Lincoln". Retrieved February 26, 2009. 
  3. ^ "Abraham Lincoln's Descendents". 
  4. ^ Lincoln's Sons, p. 333
  5. ^ "Descendents of Abraham Lincoln".