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Turning 200: Indiana and Abraham Lincoln

This week on Noon Edition, we discussed the 200th birthday of Abraham Lincoln. Joining us in the studio were DNR State Parks and Reservoirs Archaeologist Staffan Peterson, and Associate Editor of the Journal of American History Stephen Andrews.

  • Anne Higley

    Hi,
    The last caller asked about day trips from B-town. I’m a transplantee from Charleston, IL, which is about 2 hours, 20 minutes west of here. Lincoln practiced law in the town and, as the caller mentioned, legal documents of his still pop up from time to time. The Lincoln family cabin and farm, which is a state historic site, is also about 15 minutes from Charelston. In addition to very nice museum devoted to the Lincoln family and farm life in the area, the site also has a replica of Thomas Lincoln’s log cabin. If you’re traveling to Charelston, though, call ahead. In the past year former Gov. Blagojevich closed many state historic sites including the Lincoln farm. Word has it the new governor has plans to reopen the sites. Hope this is helpful to the caller.

    Thanks!

  • Charlie Matson

    Are there any direct descendants of Abraham Lincoln?

    No. Robert Todd Lincoln, the only son to reach adulthood and marry, had three children: Mary, Abraham and Jessie. Mary’s only child, Lincoln Isham, had no children. Abraham lived from 1873-1890 and had no children. Jessie had two children, Mary Beckwith and Robert Todd Lincoln Beckwith, neither of which had any children.

  • Robert Reynolds

    According to Google:

    Of Lincoln’s four sons, only Robert lived to maturity, so any descendants would have to trace their lineage back to him. In 1868 Robert married Mary Harlan and they had three children: Jessie, Abraham (known as Jack), and Mary.

    Abraham died at the age of 17, before marrying. Mary married Charles B. Isham and bore him one son, Lincoln Isham, who married Leahalma Correa. That marriage was childless, leaving it up to Jessie to continue the Lincoln family line. She eloped to marry Warren W. Beckwith, with whom she had two children, Mary Lincoln Beckwith and Robert Lincoln Beckwith, before divorcing in 1907.

    http://www.angelfire.com/my/abrahamlincoln/Descendants.html

    In 1915 Jessie remarried, to explorer Frank E. Johnson. That marriage, childless, also resulted in divorce in 1925. Undaunted, Jessie then married for a third time, this time to Robert J. Randolph, in 1926. That marriage produced no offspring.

    Mary Lincoln Beckwith, great-granddaughter of President Lincoln, never married. Her brother, Robert Lincoln Beckwith, married twice, to Hazel Holland Wilson and Annemarie Hoffman. He never had any children, and when he died in 1985 the Lincoln line ended. There are no direct living descendants of Abraham Lincoln.

  • Jody Denton

    I recently helped my son (3rd Grader) with a school project about Abraham Lincoln and we were interested in learning that Abraham Lincoln was the only president to have a US Patent for an invention. It really interested my son to learn that President Lincoln was an inventor and a mechanical individual. He submitted a short research paper about the invention. I’m surprised that a lot of people are not knowledgeable about this (including myself) and thought I would share this so that others can Google and read more about this. Very interesting.

  • Charlie Matson

    Are there any direct descendants of Abraham Lincoln?

    No. Robert Todd Lincoln, the only son to reach adulthood and marry, had three children: Mary, Abraham and Jessie. Mary's only child, Lincoln Isham, had no children. Abraham lived from 1873-1890 and had no children. Jessie had two children, Mary Beckwith and Robert Todd Lincoln Beckwith, neither of which had any children.

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