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..."
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 ("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.
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…
In June of 1859 Willie went to Chicago with his father who had legal business in that city. Father and son stayed in the Tremont House. Willie wrote a letter to his friend, Henry Remann, about his wonderful experience.
February 20, 1862: Lincoln's son and wife die - William Wallace Lincoln, the 11‐year‐old son of President Abraham Lincoln and first lady Mary Todd Lincoln, die at the White House, apparently of typhoid fever.
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.
This artwork of President Abraham Lincoln, his wife, and two sons, Robert and Tad, was found in a family album belonging to Mrs. James Gaines of Philadelphia. Because it shows the entire Lincoln family, it is considered quite rare. Its owner is a descendant of William Wallace, who was married to one of Mary Todd's sisters.