|Death: ||Dec. 29, 1870|
District of Columbia
District Of Columbia, USA
She was originally interred in Oak Hill Cemetery in the vault of Alexander Ray at North Hill, Lot 293. Her remains were later removed to Oakland Cemetery in Iowa. She died of tuberculosis shortly after giving birth. Her sister, Amanda, became the third wife of General William Worth Belknap.
On January 21, 1869 as Carita L. Tomlinson, she married W.W. Belknap at Keokuk, Lee County, Iowa.
The Evening Star Friday, December 30, 1870
Death Of Mrs. Belknap
It is our painful duty to announce the death of Mrs. Carita Tomlinson Belknap, wife of the Secretary of War, which occurred at her residence, on 15 ˝ Street, opposite Lafayette Square, yesterday afternoon. Mrs. Belknap was but thirty-one years of age and during her short residence in this city won many friends by her amiable disposition and unaffected manners. Her death was not unexpected as she had long been a sufferer from consumption and has been gradually sinking since she was confined to her bed last October. Mrs. Belknap was the daughter of Dr. Tomlinson of Harrodsburg, Kentucky, a distinguished citizen of the State and after his death she moved to Keokuk, Iowa, to reside with her sister and there she met with and was married to Mr. Belknap. She was fully conscious to the last and bid an affectionate farewell to her family and friends as they were grouped about her bed. The Secretary has the sympathy of our entire community in his bereavement. The funeral will take place from St. John’s Church, Lafayette Square, on Sunday next at 2 o’clock PM and the remains will be conveyed to Oak Hill Cemetery, where they will be placed in a vault and subsequently removed to Iowa.
The Critic Record Monday, January 2, 1871
Yesterday afternoon, at 2 o'clock, the funeral of Mrs. Belknap, wife of the Secretary of War, General Belknap, took place at St. John's Church. It was the wish of the deceased that the funeral should be as private as possible, but the church was filled to its utmost capacity. Among the distinguished persons present were President Grant, Vice President Colfax, Speaker Blaine, all the cabinet officers and members of Congress resident in the city. The funeral services were conducted by Rev. Vaughan Lewis, pastor of the church. The pall-bearers were Secretary Fish, Postmaster General Creswell, Judge Miller, of the Supreme Court, General Horace Porter, C.P. Marsh Esq., of New York, General Michler, Secretary Robeson, General Ricketts, General Sherman, W.S. Huntingdon Esq., Commodore Alden and General E.W. Rice, of Iowa. The remains were interred at Oak Hill Cemetery.
John Atwood Tomlinson (1793 - 1862)
Elizabeth Morris Thompson Tomlinson (1800 - 1864)
William Worth Belknap (1829 - 1890)
Mary Atwood Tomlinson Bowman (1822 - 1876)*
Charles Curtiss Tomlinson (1824 - 1851)*
William M. Tomlinson (1827 - 1909)*
Lucy Rebecca Tomlinson Garvin (1835 - 1862)*
Caroline S. Tomlinson Belknap (1836 - 1870)
Amanda Tomlinson Belknap (1840 - 1916)*
James Addison Tomlinson (1840 - 1913)*
John Atwood Tomlinson (1842 - 1874)*
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Record added: Aug 31, 2012
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