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John Wilkes Booth (1838 - 1865)

John Wilkes Booth
Born in Bel Air, Harford Co, Maryland, U.Smap
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Died in Port Royal, Caroline Co, Virginia,
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John Wilkes Booth was an American stage actor who assassinated President Abraham Lincoln at Ford's Theatre, in Washington, D.C.


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Booth was born on May 10, 1838 near Bel Air, Maryland to English actor Junius Brutus Booth and his mistress Mary Holmes. His parents were married on John's 13th birthday.[1]

He was a member of a famous acting family, and a fierce partisan of the Confederacy, John Wilkes Booth achieved even greater infamy for assassinating US President Abraham Lincoln at Ford's Theatre in Washington, D.C. on April 14, 1865.

Booth was the subject of a 12-day manhunt through Maryland and Virginia after he shot Lincoln at Ford’s Theatre. Union cavalry pursued him to the Garrett farm, burned down the barn to flush Booth out, then, as he rushed out, killed him with a bullet to the neck.

Booth was buried with the ashes of his brothers at Green Mount Cemetery in Baltimore, Baltimore City, Maryland.


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An article published 15 April 2019 in the Philadelphia Inquirer reports the stunning results of a modern facial recognition comparison of the photo above with two others of men with different names taken 1877 (John St Helen) and 1903 (David E George): a 97% match and a 99% match. The rumor that Booth didn't die in that Virginia tobacco barn might be true.

No opinion here. Just reporting.

The article also says that a Discovery Channel segment devoted to the experiment was scheduled to run on Wednesday the 17th (yesterday evening).

posted by Deborah Shaw
Photo of "Maggie Mitchell, actress and friend of John Wilkes Booth" here:

Also, a photo of Sergt. Boston Corbett of the 16th New York Cavalry, who shot J. Wilkes Booth on April 26, 1865, is here:

posted by S Leonard
John's mother is Mary Ann Holmes
posted by Nicholas Proctor

Rejected matches › John Booth (1840-)John Booth (1839-)

John is 26 degrees from Mary McCauley, 31 degrees from B. W. J. Molier and 15 degrees from Henry VIII of England on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.