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Emilie Todd 760

  • Born: 19 Nov 1836, KY 273
  • Marriage: Brig. Gen. Benjamin Hardin Helm I on 20 Mar 1856 in Frankfort, KY
  • Died: 20 Feb 1930, Louisville, , Kentucky at age 93 759
  • Buried: 22 Feb 1930, Lexington Cemetery, Lexington, , KY 273

bullet  General Notes:

Affectionately called "Little Sister" by her siblings, including Mary Todd (Lincoln).

Southern sympathizer during the Civil War.

According to one online source (not sure it's genuine), Emily (sic) was Mary Todd Lincoln's half-sister. In 1856 she married Benjamin Helm, a Confederate general. After Helm's death in 1863, Emily passed through union lines to visit her sister in the White House. This caused great consternation in the Northern newspapers. Emily Helm took an oath of loyalty to the union and was granted amnesty.


bullet  Noted events in her life were:

Occupation. 761 "Mrs. Helm [Emilie Todd], like her half sister, Mrs. Lincoln, was accomplished in the cultural arts which the "Athens of the West" afforded in her day."

Travel, Dec 1863, Washington, D.C. 759 Following the battlefield death of her husband, Mrs. Helm visited her sister in Washington, D.C. She and her children were given written permission by Lincoln to cross the north-south line. She and Mary Lincoln shared their grief; Emilie just having lost her husband, and the Lincolns just having lost their son, Willie. Washington was not warm to the idea of having the wife of a southern general in the White House, and Emilie was outspoken about the southern cause. This further enraged one senator in particular. Emilie's visit lasted one week. Lincoln wrote a letter she was to carry home with her, in the hopes of protecting her safety. In return, she was asked not to embarrass the president.

Residence. 759 Because she didn't like the state of military rule in her homestate of KY, she moved to Indiana. She earned her livelihood as a church organist at Christ Church in Madison, IN. She lived here for 10-12 years.

Residence: Louisville, , Kentucky, then Elizabethtown, KY. 759 She lived in Louisville for about 2 years before moving to Elizabethtown. In Elizabethtown, she owned a "dignified, gray brick home on Poplar Street, " built in 1820.

Occupation: Postmistress : Elizabethtown, KY. 759 Appointed to the position by Pres. Chester A. Arthur.

Residence: near Lexington, KY. 759 "Moving again to Louisville, after giving up her position in the Elizabethtown postoffice, she made her residence in that city for a short period. Ben Hardin had always promised his mother to buy a Blue Grass farm, as soon as he could make the money, and in 1912 he purchased the colonial home of Colonel Abraham Bowman, situated near Lexington on the Bowman's Mill Road. This farm was formerly the property of General Levi Todd on which their pioneer ancestor had erected Todds Fort in 1778. There, in an atmosphere of the past, surrounded by the trappings of her soldier-husband, and deeply imbued with the Lincoln tradition, she died 2-20-1930, at the remarkable age of 93 years."

Residence, Feb 1930, Bowman Mill Road, Fayette, KY. 273

Death: Fayette County, KY. 273 Cause of death -- pneumonia


Emilie married Brig. Gen. Benjamin Hardin Helm I, son of John LaRue Helm and Lucinda Barbour Hardin, on 20 Mar 1856 in Frankfort, KY. (Brig. Gen. Benjamin Hardin Helm I was born on 2 Jun 1831 in Bardstown, , KY,19,35 died on 20 Sep 1863 in Chicamauga and was buried in Helm Family Cemetery, Elizabethtown, Hardin, KY, USA.)

bullet  Marriage Notes:

Grand reception followed at Buena Vista, the country home of thee Todds.
"Being an aristocratic and estimable lady, this marriage was looked upon with favor by both the Todd and Helm families and the young matron endeared herself to all of her husband's Elizabethtown friends." -- source: Lincoln Lore, 1-1972

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