Mary Todd Lincoln funeral ledger found in Illinois capital
Springfield, Ill. — An itemized list believed to be from former first lady Mary Todd Lincoln’s funeral has resurfaced after two of Springfield’s oldest funeral homes merged.
The (Springfield) State Journal-Register reports that the list shows her 1882 funeral cost almost $280. The expenses range from $225 for a casket to $1.50 for crepe and ribbon.
The list was included in stacks of fragile ledgers acquired by Butler Funeral Homes of Springfield through the buyout last year of Boardman-Smith Funeral Home.
Butler Funeral Homes is creating a “Lincoln Room” where the Mary Lincoln Todd ledger entry will be displayed with other documents tied to Springfield’s funeral history. Among the other items are a pair of funeral biers thought to have ties to the Lincoln family, but they haven’t been verified.