Gene Notes

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Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Wedding Wednesday - Beckwith and Lincoln

From Newark Daily Advocate, Newark, Ohio, 11 November 1897  and Olean Democrat, Olean, New York, 11 November 1897.  She was my fourth cousin twice removed through my ancestors (5th great grandparents) James Parker & Mary Todd and fifth cousin twice removed through Robert Todd & Isabella Bodley, my 6th great grandparents. The Parkers and Todds intermarried a lot.

Jessie Lincoln Beckwith, the granddaughter of Abraham Lincoln and the youngest daughter of Robert T. Lincoln, ex-secretary of war, who has incurred parental displeasure and got herself talked about in the newspapers by running away with and marrying Warren W. Beckwith, an athletic, good looking young man, is a pretty, fair-haired young woman of 21 years and much independence.  Mrs. Beckwith's home for an umber of years has been Chicago, but she has passed but little time there.  As a girl in her teens she lived in London with her parents while her father was United States minister to the court of St. James.  She also attended school abroad, and since her return to this country has spent much of her time visiting with her mother in Mount Pleasant, Ia., where she met Mr. Beckwith.  Her husband is a young man of 23, and his father is Captain W. Beckwith, a prominent citizen of Mount Pleasant, who owns several large stock farms.  Young Beckwith has not settled down to business yet, being barely through college and still much interested in college athletics, particularly football.

Miss Lincoln Married.  Chicago, Nov. 11. -- Miss Jessie Lincoln, daughter of Robert T. Lincoln, and Warren Beckwith a young business man of Mount Pleasant, Ia., were married at Milwaukee.

Copyright 2010, ACK for Gene Notes


  1. Sarah Vowell refers to Robert Lincoln as "Jinxy McDeath." Not only was he present at his father's assassination, he was also there when Garfield and McKinley were shot! He later got invited to the White House for some function, and his diary read, "If only they knew, they wouldn't want me."

  2. Apparently this marriage was jinxed too. It ended in divorce.