The earliest known image of Willie Lincoln; In 1862 Mary's favorite son, Willie, died in the White House. This led to a tormented period of mourning. According to Elizabeth Keckley, Mary's seamstress, her grief was so overbearing that Mr. Lincoln warned she would have to be sent to an asylum if she couldn't control it.
William Wallace Lincoln, 11-year-old son of Abraham and Mary, died at the White House on February 20, 1862. He apparently died of Typhus, contracted by contaminated water. Elizabeth Keckly, the former slave who designed Mrs. Lincoln's beautiful wardrobe, washed and dressed him. When the President gazed at him, he mourned, "My poor boy, he was too good for this earth. God has called him home..."
William Wallace Lincoln ("Willie") was born on December 21, 1850. He was the third son of Abraham and Mary Todd Lincoln. Willie was named after Dr. William Wallace who had married Frances, one of Mary's sisters. Willie was more like his dad than older brother Robert; he had the same magnetic personality of Abraham Lincoln.
Mary Todd Lincoln Birth: Dec. 13, 1818 Death: Jul. 16, 1882 Presidential First Lady. She was born to pioneer settlers in Kentucky. When Mary Lincoln was seven, her mother died and her father remarried.At 21 she moved to Springfield to live with a sister and that is where she met Abraham Children: Robert Todd Lincoln (1843 - 1926)* Edward Baker Lincoln (1846 - 1850)* William Wallace Lincoln (1850 - 1862)* Thomas Lincoln (1853 - 1871)*
Thomas "Tad" Lincoln III - Fourth and youngest son of Abraham and Mary Lincoln. The nickname "Tad" was given to him by his father, who found him "as wiggly as a tadpole" when he was a baby. He had free run of the White House, and there are stories of him interrupting Presidential meetings, collecting animals, and charging visitors to see his father. He died at the age of 18 on July 15, 1871, in Chicago.
Abe married Mary Todd, the cousin of his law partner John T. Stuart. Abe and Mary married in Springfield, Illinois on November 4, 1842. Abe and Marry had four children all born in Springfield, Sangamon County Illinois. There are Robert Lincoln, Edward Baker Lincoln, William Wallace Lincoln, and Thomas Lincoln.
The Engine "Nashville" that pulled Abraham Lincoln's funeral train. On Apr. 21, 1865 the train, known as "The Lincoln Special," with Lincoln's portrait fastened to the front, left Washington DC and travelled to Springfield, IL, arriving on May 3, 1865. On board along with Lincoln's remains were those of his son William Wallace Lincoln, who had died in the White House at the age of 11 of typhoid fever. The train also carried Lincoln's eldest son Robert Todd Lincoln and approximately 300…
Willie Lincoln’s death: A private agony for a president facing a nation of pain
The 11-year-old son of Abraham & Mary Lincoln lay ill in a huge carved rosewood bed, fighting typhoid. At five p.m. on February 20, 1862, William Wallace Lincoln died. Elizabeth Keckly, the former slave who designed Mrs. Lincoln's beautiful wardrobe, washed & dressed him. When the president gazed at him, he mourned, "My poor boy, he was too good for this earth. God has called him home. I know that he is much better off in heaven, but then we loved him so. . . . .Christopher Bing…