Martha Bulloch was a southern lady, born in Hartford, Connecticut.
"The summer of 1835 found the Bulloch family living in Hartford, Connecticut ... on July 8, 1835, a daughter named Martha (Mittie) was born. The family remained in the North until shortly before their move to upcountry Georgia."
Martha married on Dec. 22, 1853 to Theodore "Thee" Roosevelt Sr. [1831-1878] Their four children:
Martha "Mittie" Bulloch Roosevelt died on Feb. 14, 1884 in the same house and the same day as her daughter-in-law, Alice Hathaway Roosvelt (Martha died of typhoid fever). Martha was age 49.
Mittie came down with a fever which doctors thought might be typhoid. Two days after the birth of her grandchild, at about 3:00 a.m. on St. Valentine's Day. Her son, Theodore, split a vigil between her bed and that of his dying wife one floor above. Mittie died of the fever. She is buried in Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn, New York
TR described his mother - "My mother, Martha Bulloch, was a sweet, gracious, beautiful Southern woman, a delightful companion and beloved by everybody. She was entirely "unreconstructed" (sympathetic to the Southern Confederate cause) to the day of her death.” Friends described her as “a glowing, quick-witted, narrow-waisted black-haired beauty”.
See also: FDR Library: [www.fdrlibrary.marist.edu/children Mittie] accessed March 13, 2007
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