Illinois

Mary Todd Lincoln funeral ledger found in Illinois capital

  • This May 18, 2016, photo shows an itemized list of expenses believed to be from the 1882 funeral of Mary Todd Lincoln at the Boardman-Smith Funeral Home in Springfield, Ill. 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. (Rich Saal/The State Journal-Register via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT

    This May 18, 2016, photo shows an itemized list of expenses believed to be from the 1882 funeral of Mary Todd Lincoln at the Boardman-Smith Funeral Home in Springfield, Ill. 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. (Rich Saal/The State Journal-Register via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT  (The Associated Press)

  • In this May 18, 2016 photo, Butler Funeral Homes president Chris Butler looks through ledgers kept by the Boardman-Smith Funeral Home in Springfield, Ill. Boardman-Smith, which was founded in 1848 and acquired by Butler last year, handled the funeral arrangements for Mary Todd Lincoln. An itemized list believed to be from the former first lady's funeral has resurfaced after the two Springfield funeral homes merged. (Rich Saal/The State Journal-Register via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT

    In this May 18, 2016 photo, Butler Funeral Homes president Chris Butler looks through ledgers kept by the Boardman-Smith Funeral Home in Springfield, Ill. Boardman-Smith, which was founded in 1848 and acquired by Butler last year, handled the funeral arrangements for Mary Todd Lincoln. An itemized list believed to be from the former first lady's funeral has resurfaced after the two Springfield funeral homes merged. (Rich Saal/The State Journal-Register via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT  (The Associated Press)

  • This May 18, 2016, photo shows an itemized list of expenses believed to be from the 1882 funeral of Mary Todd Lincoln at the Boardman-Smith Funeral Home in Springfield, Ill. 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. (Rich Saal/The State Journal-Register via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT

    This May 18, 2016, photo shows an itemized list of expenses believed to be from the 1882 funeral of Mary Todd Lincoln at the Boardman-Smith Funeral Home in Springfield, Ill. 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. (Rich Saal/The State Journal-Register via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT  (The Associated Press)

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 (http://bit.ly/27HeY0G ) 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.

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Information from: The State Journal-Register, http://www.sj-r.com