Timothy Lincoln Beckwith

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Timothy Lincoln Beckwith
Born (1968-10-14) October 14, 1968 (age 50)
Williamsburg, Virginia, U.S.
Education University of Florida College of Law
OccupationAttorney (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 Timothy Beckwith the great-great grandson, and the only known living descendant, of Abraham Lincoln. However, Robert Beckwith had a vasectomy in the early 1960s, and a divorce court ruled that he was not the father.

Robert Todd Lincoln Beckwith Descendent of Abraham Lincoln

Robert Todd Lincoln Beckwith was an American gentleman farmer known as a great-grandson of Abraham Lincoln. In 1975, he became the last undisputed descendant of Lincoln when his sister, Mary Lincoln Beckwith, died without children. Though Timothy Lincoln Beckwith was born to second wife Annemarie Hoffman Beckwith in the midst of divorce proceedings in 1968, Robert Beckwith contended—and the court agreed—that his paternity was highly unlikely, as he had undergone a vasectomy in the early 1960s.

Abraham Lincoln 16th president of the United States

Abraham Lincoln was an American lawyer and politician who served as the 16th president of the United States from 1861 until his assassination in April 1865. Lincoln led the nation through the American Civil War, its bloodiest war and its greatest moral, constitutional, and political crisis. He preserved the Union, abolished slavery, strengthened the federal government, and modernized the U.S. economy.


Early life

Timothy Lincoln Beckwith was born on October 14, 1968, in Williamsburg, Virginia, to Annemarie Hoffman Beckwith, who was 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, and six months later Beckwith received a letter indicating that his wife was pregnant. However, Robert had undergone a vasectomy six years prior to the marriage. He visited his doctor and concluded that he was "completely sterile."

Williamsburg, Virginia Independent city in Virginia

Williamsburg is an independent city in the Commonwealth of Virginia, United States. As of the 2010 U.S. Census, the population was 14,068. In 2014, the population was estimated to be 14,691. Located on the Virginia Peninsula, Williamsburg is in the northern part of the Hampton Roads metropolitan area. It is bordered by James City County and York County.

Vasectomy surgical procedure for male sterilization

Vasectomy is a surgical procedure for male sterilization or permanent contraception. During the procedure, the male vas deferens are cut and tied or sealed so as to prevent sperm from entering into the urethra and thereby prevent fertilization of a female through sexual intercourse. Vasectomies are usually performed in a physician's office, medical clinic, or, when performed on an animal, in a veterinary clinic—hospitalization is not normally required as the procedure is not complicated, the incisions are small, and the necessary equipment routine.

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

Some time later, Robert filed for divorce, charging his wife with adultery. In 1976, the District of Columbia Superior Court ordered Annemarie, who had by that time returned to the United States, to appear in court with her son and allow a blood sample to be taken from the child to determine paternity. [1] When Annemarie refused, the court ruled that Timothy was the product of an "adulterous relationship" but still determined that a future claim by Timothy to be an heir was not foreclosed because the paternity test was not completed. [2]

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. [3] After Robert Todd Lincoln Beckwith died in 1985, Annemarie and her then-17-year-old son agreed to a settlement in which they would give up all claims in exchange for an undisclosed amount, later reported to be more than $1 million. [4]

American Red Cross also known as the American National Red Cross, is a humanitarian organization that provides emergency assistance, disaster relief and education in the United States.

The American Red Cross (ARC), also known as The American National Red Cross, is a humanitarian organization that provides emergency assistance, disaster relief, and disaster preparedness education in the United States. It is the designated US affiliate of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and the United States movement to the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement.

The First Church of Christ, Scientist

The First Church of Christ, Scientist is the administrative headquarters and mother church of the Church of Christ, Scientist, also known as the Christian Science church. Christian Science was founded in the 19th century in Lynn, Massachusetts, by Mary Baker Eddy with the publication of her book Science and Health (1875).

After the marriage, Annemarie lived in West Berlin, but by 1994 she was reportedly remarried and living somewhere in the United States. [3]

West Berlin political enclave that existed between 1949 and 1990

West Berlin was a political enclave which comprised the western part of Berlin during the years of the Cold War. There was no specific date on which the sectors of Berlin occupied by the Western Allies became "West Berlin", but 1949 is widely accepted as the year in which the name was adopted. West Berlin aligned itself politically with the Federal Republic of Germany and was directly or indirectly represented in its federal institutions.

Adult life

Timothy Lincoln Beckwith lives in West Palm Beach, Florida, where he is an assistant state's attorney at the Palm Beach County State Attorney's Office. [5] He received his J.D. degree from the University of Florida College of Law in 1995 and was admitted to The Florida Bar. [6] Timothy has always avoided public attention and does not grant interviews. [5]

West Palm Beach, Florida City in Florida

West Palm Beach is a city in and the county seat of Palm Beach County, Florida, United States. It is located immediately to the west of the adjacent Palm Beach, which is situated on a barrier island across the Lake Worth Lagoon. The population was 99,919 at the 2010 census. West Palm Beach is a principal city of the Miami metropolitan area, which was home to an estimated 6,158,824 people in 2017.

Juris Doctor The Juris Doctor degree (J.D. or JD), also known as the Doctor of Jurisprudence degree (J.D., JD, D.Jur. or DJur), is a graduate-entry professional degree in law and one of several Doctor of Law degree

The Juris Doctor degree, also known as the Doctor of Jurisprudence degree, is a graduate-entry professional degree in law and one of several Doctor of Law degrees. The Juris Doctor is earned by completing law school in Australia, Canada, the United States, and some other common law countries. It has the academic standing of a professional doctorate in the United States, a master's degree in Australia, and a second-entry, baccalaureate degree in Canada.

The Florida Bar

The Florida Bar is the integrated bar association for the state of Florida. It is the third largest such bar in the United States. Its duties include the regulation and discipline of attorneys. The Florida Bar is also responsible for the governing of Florida Registered Paralegals.


  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. 1 2 Beschloss, Michael (February 28, 1994). "Last of the Lincolns". The New Yorker. Retrieved March 14, 2016.
  4. Kleinberg, Eliot (February 12, 2018). "Is assistant state attorney last living descendant of Abraham Lincoln?". Palm Beach Post. Retrieved June 15, 2018.
  5. 1 2 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.'
  6. "Timothy Lincoln Beckwith". The Florida Bar. July 27, 2015. Retrieved 2018-07-07.