Isabel Rockefeller Lincoln

Isabel Rockefeller Lincoln
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Lincoln in 1930
Isabel Stillman Rockefeller

June 23, 1902
DiedMarch 23, 1980(1980-03-23) (aged 77)
EducationWestover School
Alma materColumbia University
(m. 1925; died 1968)
Parent(s)Percy Avery Rockefeller
Isabel Goodrich Stillman

Isabel Stillman Rockefeller (June 23, 1902 – March 23, 1980) was a member of the Rockefeller family.

Early life and education

Isabel was born on June 23, 1902 to Percy Avery Rockefeller (1878–1934) and Isabel Goodrich Stillman. Percy Rockefeller, a financier and industrialist, was the son of Standard Oil co-founder William Avery Rockefeller Jr. (1841–1922) and his wife, Almira Geraldine Rockefeller. He was also a nephew of Standard Oil co-founder John Davison Rockefeller. Isabel Stillman was the daughter of James Jewett Stillman (1850–1918), a banker, and Sarah Elizabeth Rumrill. Together Percy and Isabel had five children:

  • Isabel Stillman Rockefeller (1902–1980)
  • Avery Rockefeller (1903–1986)
  • Winifred Rockefeller (1904–1951)
  • Faith Rockefeller (1909–1960)
  • Gladys Rockefeller (1910–1988)

She attended Westover School and was a member of Junior League, of which she took an active part. She became a member of the advisory board and helped produce a play called Ready Made. She also performed singing and dancing numbers. She studied bacteriology at Columbia University for three years, and then went to Europe for 5 months with her mother. She was a frequent face in New York City high society after her introduction as a debutante in 1920.

Lincoln was a member of the board of trustees St. Luke's–Roosevelt Hospital Center (Mount Sinai Morningside as of 2020) from 1956 until her death in 1980.[1]

Personal life

In January 1925, a false rumor was spread that she was to marry Alexander Thayer, son of Russell Thayer of Philadelphia.

In June 1925, it was announced that she would marry Frederic Walker Lincoln IV. Her double cousin William Avery Rockefeller III (1896–1973) was married to a sister of Frederic. The day before Isabel's marriage to Mr. Lincoln, a large party was held in their honor by William Avery Rockefeller III.[2] The wedding was held on September 26, 1925 at Christ Episcopal Church in Greenwich, Connecticut by Rev. John Lewis. The day after the wedding, the newlyweds were again honored at a large function at the Field Club of Greenwich. A week-long honeymoon in Buenos Aires[3] followed in November.[4] Isabel and Frederic had four daughters:[5]

  • Isabel Lincoln (b. 1927),[6] who married Basil B. Elmer in 1951[7]
  • Calista Lincoln (1930–2012), who married Henry U. Harder in 1952[8]
  • Percy Lincoln, who married William B. Chappell
  • Florence Lincoln, who married Thomas L. Short

Lincoln died on March 23, 1980.[1]

See also


  1. ^ a b "Obituary 7". The New York Times. March 25, 1980. Retrieved 18 April 2016.
  2. ^ "ISABEL ROCKEFELLER HONORED AT DINNER; Cousin Entertains in Compliment to Her and F. W. Lincoln, Whom She Weds Today". The New York Times. September 26, 1925. Retrieved 18 April 2016.
  3. ^ "F.W. Lincoln Jrs. In Buenos Aires". The New York Times. November 4, 1925. Retrieved 18 April 2016.
  4. ^ "ISABEL ROCKEFELLER TO MARRY SATURDAY; Will Wed F. W. Lincoln in Greenwich, Conn. -- Plan Honeymoon in Buenos Aires". The New York Times. September 24, 1925. Retrieved 18 April 2016.
  5. ^ "Frederic W. Lincoln, 69, Dies. Headed Medical College Board". New York Times. April 8, 1968. Frederic Walker Lincoln, who retired as chairman of the board of trustees of the New York Medical College and Flower and Fifth Avenue Hospitals in 1965, died ...
  6. ^ "I Daughter to Mrs. F. W. Lincoln Jr". The New York Times. August 10, 1927. Retrieved 18 April 2016.
  7. ^ "MISS ISABEL LINCOLN WILL BE WED JUNE 25". The New York Times. June 1, 1951. Retrieved 18 April 2016.
  8. ^ "Deaths: HARDER, CALISTA LINCOLN". The New York Times. 2 September 2012. Retrieved 18 April 2016.

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