Mary Todd Lincoln funeral ledger found in Illinois capital

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