Mary Lincoln Beckwith

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Mary Lincoln Beckwith

Also Known As: "Peggy"
Birthplace: Mount Pleasant, Henry County, Iowa, United States
Death: July 10, 1975 (76)
Rutland, Rutland County, Vermont, United States
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Warren Wallace Beckwith and Jessie Harlan Lincoln
Sister of Robert Todd Lincoln Beckwith and Beckwith
Half sister of Private and Private

Managed by: Walter William Dalitsch, III
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About Mary Lincoln Beckwith

Mary Lincoln "Peggy" Beckwith (August 22, 1898 – July 10, 1975) was a prominent descendant of Abraham Lincoln. She was one of the last two descendants (great-grandchildren) of Abraham Lincoln, along with her brother Robert Todd Lincoln Beckwith.

Beckwith was born to Jessie Harlan Lincoln and Warren Beckwith on August 22, 1898, in Mount Pleasant, Iowa. She got the nickname “Peggy” from her grandfather Robert Todd Lincoln, who described her hair as "flying in the sun" when he wrote to his Aunt Emile Todd Helm.

Raised with her brother at Hildene, the family estate in Vermont, she later grew up in Washington, D.C., and was said to have become "a squat, fair-haired, blue-eyed, chain smoker who golfed and dabbled in oil painting and sculpture."

Peggy was apparently a lesbian, and later in life became an eccentric recluse at Hildene, which she inherited following the death of her grandmother, Mary Harlan Lincoln. Never married, she died on July 10, 1975 at around 2:15 a.m. at Rutland Hospital in Rutland, Vermont. She had requested that her ashes be spread over her estate; this request was granted and there was no funeral or memorial service held. Upon her death, her brother Robert Todd Lincoln Beckwith became the last living descendant of Abraham Lincoln.

1900 United States Federal Census about Mary Beckwith Name: Mary Beckwith Age: 1 Birth Date: Aug 1898 Birthplace: Iowa Home in 1900: Chicago Ward 22, Cook, Illinois Race: White Gender: Female Relation to Head of House: Granddaughter Marital Status: Single Father's Birthplace: Iowa Mother's Name: Jessie Beckwith Mother's Birthplace: Illinois Occupation: View on Image Neighbors: View others on page Household Members: Name Age R T Lincoln 56 Mary Lincoln 53 Jessie Beckwith 24 Mary Beckwith 1 John Tiderman 27 Helen Scholander 31 Delia Drury 22

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Mary Lincoln Beckwith's Timeline

August 22, 1898
Mount Pleasant, Henry County, Iowa, United States
July 10, 1975
Age 76
Rutland, Rutland County, Vermont, United States