A judge in Washington, D.C. who allows Mr. and Mrs. Lincoln to inter Willie in his crypt until the president and his family return to their home state of Illinois, where they plan to bury Willie on their own plot. This aspect of Lincoln in the Bardo is historically accurate, as Willie Lincoln lay in Judge Carroll’s crypt until 1865, when Abraham Lincoln was assassinated and transferred to Illinois along with his son.
Judge Carroll Character Timeline in Lincoln in the Bardo
The timeline below shows where the character Judge Carroll appears in Lincoln in the Bardo. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
...be temporarily interred. “They have been loaned a place in the crypt belonging to Judge Carroll,” Isabelle writes. It is now nighttime, and she assures her brother that she’s grown accustomed... (full context)
...final entry in the cemetery logbook, explaining that he has just returned from visiting the Carroll crypt to make sure everything is all right. Inside, he saw Willie Lincoln’s coffin poking... (full context)