The Lincoln family is an American family of English origins. It includes the fourth United States Attorney General, Levi Lincoln, Sr., senators Levi Lincoln, Jr. and Enoch Lincoln, and Abraham Lincoln, the sixteenth President of the United States. There are ten known descendants of Lincoln. The president's branch of the family is believed to have been extinct since its last undisputed descendant, Robert Todd Lincoln Beckwith, died on December 24, 1985, without any acknowledged children.[nb 1]
|Current region||Hingham, Massachusetts (1st generation)|
Springfield, Illinois (7th generation)
|Etymology||Lincoln derives from the Welsh element lynn, meaning "lake or pool" and the Latin element colonia, meaning "colony."|
|Place of origin||Hingham, Norfolk, England|
|Founder||Samuel Lincoln (1622–1690)|
Levi Lincoln Sr.
Levi Lincoln Jr.
Robert Todd Lincoln
|Traditions||Anglicanism / Episcopalian|
|Estate(s)||Levi Lincoln house|
Mordecai Lincoln House
Mary Todd Lincoln House
The Lincoln family does have other surviving relatives who share common ancestors with the sixteenth president, including LGBT activist Konrad Juengling, who descended from Lincoln's great-grandfather John Lincoln. Actor George Clooney is a distant cousin of Lincoln.
Roots in EnglandEdit
Samuel Lincoln's father Edward Lincoln was born about 1575 and remained in Hingham, Norfolk, England. He died on February 11, 1640, and was buried in the graveyard of St Andrew's Church. Edward was the only son of Richard Lincoln (buried 1620) and Elizabeth Remching. After the death of his wife, Richard married three more times. There is some debate and at the time, some contesting discussions relating to the contents of Richard's will. Richard was left an inheritance from his father who in turn had it left from his father before him. By convention, his son Edward would inherit the lands and holdings in Hingham, Norfolk, but Richard's 4th wife had instead convinced him to leave the entire proceeds of the will to her and his three youngest children. With no reason to stay, Edward's children, including Thomas 'the weaver' Lincoln and Samuel Lincoln of Hingham, Norfolk, England, made the perilous journey to the New World.
The Lincoln family arrived in Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1637, when Samuel Lincoln (1622–1690), the son of Edward Lincoln, sailed on the ship John & Dorothy from Great Yarmouth. He is considered as the patriarch of the Lincoln family in the United States.
Abraham Lincoln (1809–1865) was a lawyer, politician and the 16th president of the United States from 1861 to 1865. He was born in a one-room log cabin on Sinking Spring Farm near Hodgenville, Kentucky, to Thomas Lincoln and Nancy Hanks. He married Mary Ann Todd and had four children: Robert, Edward, Willie, and Tad.
Robert Todd Lincoln Beckwith (1904–1985) was a gentleman farmer and great-grandson of Abraham Lincoln. He became the last undisputed descendant of Abraham Lincoln when his sister, Mary, died in 1975, having no children.
Family tree and lineageEdit
This table sets out the ancestors and descendants of President Abraham Lincoln for ten generations.
|Lincoln family tree (open at right)|
- Nancy Hanks Lincoln heritage – Abraham Lincoln's mother's family heritage
- Robert's second wife did have a son, named Timothy Lincoln Beckwith, and listed Robert as the father, which would make Timothy Abraham Lincoln's great-great-grandson and only living descendant. Robert, who had undergone a vasectomy years earlier, denied paternity of the child, and a divorce court ruled that Robert was not the father.
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- Donald, Lincoln, p. 84.
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- Grzyb, Frank L. (2013). Hidden History of Rhode Island and the Civil War. The History Press. p. 17. ISBN 978-1-62619-231-7.
- Thomas Lincoln Jr., Abraham Lincoln's younger brother, was born in 1812 at Knob Creek Farm in Kentucky and died 3 days later, having contracted an unknown sickness. Treated by Doctor Daniel B. Potter of Elizabethtown, the baby did not survive despite his efforts to save the child.
- Duniho, Terence L. "Descendants of Abraham Lincoln, Generation No. 3". Retrieved June 6, 2016., from New-York Tribune article "Mrs. Charles Isham Dies; Lincoln's Granddaughter", dated October 23, 1938.