Timothy Lincoln Beckwith

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Timothy Lincoln Beckwith
Born (1968-10-14) October 14, 1968 (age 49)
Williamsburg, Virginia, U.S.
Occupation Attorney (Florida State Attorney's Office)
Parent(s) Annemarie Hoffman, father is debated

Timothy Lincoln Beckwith (born October 14, 1968) is the son of Annemarie Hoffman and claimed by Hoffman to be the son of her husband Robert Todd Lincoln Beckwith, which would make Beckwith the great-great grandson, and the only known living descendant, of Abraham Lincoln. However, Robert Todd Lincoln Beckwith claimed to have had a vasectomy in the early 1960s, making it debatable whether Timothy Beckwith is a Lincoln descendant.

Early life[edit]

Timothy Lincoln Beckwith was born on October 14, 1968, in Williamsburg, Virginia, to Mrs. Annemarie Hoffman Beckwith, then married to Robert Todd Lincoln Beckwith. His mother grew up in Hanover, Germany, moved to the United States and became a student at the College of William and Mary. She married Beckwith in 1967. Six months after the marriage, Beckwith received a letter indicating that his wife was pregnant. However, Robert had had a vasectomy six years before he and Annemarie were wed. He visited his doctor and concluded that he was ‘completely sterile’.

Just before the baby was born, Robert urged his wife to list the baby’s father as unknown on the birth certificate and gave her $7,500 plus the hospital cost. However, when Timothy was born, she listed Robert as the father and gave the child the name Timothy Lincoln Beckwith, after his claimed father. Annemarie then returned to Europe with her son.

Robert filed divorce proceedings, charging his wife with adultery. In 1976, the District of Columbia Superior Court ordered Annemarie, who was by then back in the United States, to appear in court with her son, so that Timothy could take blood tests to determine if he was Beckwith's son.[1] Annemarie refused and the Superior Court accordingly ruled in September that her son was the product of an 'adulterous relationship'. However, since Timothy had not actually been proven to not be Beckwith's son, the Court said that the boy retained the right to present a future claim of being a Lincoln descendant, thereby inheriting the Lincoln estate.[2]

Robert Todd Lincoln Beckwith died in 1985 and Annemarie moved to West Berlin. By 1994, she was said to have remarried and was living somewhere in the United States.[3]

Adult life[edit]

Timothy Lincoln Beckwith currently lives in West Palm Beach, Florida, where he is an attorney with the Florida State Attorney's Office.[4] He received his J.D. degree from the University of Florida College of Law.[5] Several charitable institutions were designated to receive the proceeds of the Lincoln family trust in the absence of an heir: the American Red Cross, Iowa Wesleyan College, and The First Church of Christ, Scientist. When Robert Todd Lincoln Beckwith died, these legatees agreed that a considerable sum of the money would go to Timothy, in exchange for his surrendering any future claim, thereby securing their legacies.[3] Timothy has always avoided public attention and does not grant interviews.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ You, Brenda (April 20, 1994). "The Real End Of The Line For Abe". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved August 25, 2016. 
  2. ^ Holley, Joe (March 17, 2009). "Lincoln's Twisted Family Tree". Post Mortem. The Washington Post. Retrieved March 14, 2016. 
  3. ^ a b Beschloss, Michael (February 28, 1994). "LAST OF THE LINCOLNS". The New Yorker. Retrieved March 14, 2016. 
  4. ^ a b Higgins, Will (February 6, 2013). "Indiana museum exhibit tries to debunk Lincoln myths". USA Today. Retrieved March 15, 2016. a Florida lawyer ... 'I don't do interviews,' said Timothy Lincoln Beckwith, politely, in the briefest of phone interviews from his law office in West Palm Beach, Fla. 'Let's let the past be the past.' 
  5. ^ "Timothy Lincoln Beckwith Member Record". Florida Bar. July 27, 2015. Retrieved March 14, 2016. 

Notes[edit]

  • "Lincoln's Great-Great Grandchild Involved in Paternity Suit Here", Virginia Gazette, July 25, 1969.

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