Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Tudor Hall and the Booths in Aegis, April 13, 2011

An article entitled "Civil War Divides Harford" by Bryna Zumer appears on the front page of the April 13, 2011, edition of the Aegis (newspaper published in Harford County, Maryland). Dinah Faber, Coordinator of Spirits of Tudor Hall, is quoted speaking about Tudor Hall and the Booth family under the heading "Ambivalent History" on page A6 of the article. To read part one of the article, please use the link below.


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im leaving this comment to hopefully find some insight or leave some. My 5 greats uncle is john wilkes booth my mothers maiden name was booth from virginia and maryland somehow we are related. I have been doing research and have found no connection but was told as a child that we are related to him J.W.B.

Spirits of Tudor Hall said...

Dear Anonymous, please send an email to so I can refer you to a researcher who may be able to help you. Dinah Faber, Coordinator, Spirits of Tudor Hall

Spirits of Tudor Hall said...

Mary, thanks so much for the link to the Aegis article. I've added it to the post.

Anonymous said...

Edwin Booth, anguished over the senseless act committed by his brother, expressed his sorrow in an open letter to the citizens of the United States. It read:

New York, April 20, 1865

To the people of the United States.

My fellow citizens:

When a nation is overwhelmed with sorrow by a great public calamity, the mention of private grief would under ordinary circumstances be an intrusion, but under those by which I am surrounded, I feel sure that a word from me will not be so regarded by you.

It has pleased God to lay at the door of my afflicted family the life-blood of our great, good and martyred President. Prostrated to the very earth by this dreadful event, I am yet but too sensible that other mourners fill the land. To them, to you, one and all go forth our deep, unutterable sympathy; our abhorrence and detestation of this most foul and atrocious of crimes.

For my mother and sister, for my two remaining brothers and my own poor self, there is nothing to be said except that we are thus placed without any agency of our own. For our loyalty as dutiful, though humble, citizens, as well as for our consistent, and as we had some reason to believe, successful, efforts to elevate our name, personally and professionally, we appeal to the record of the past. For our present position we are not responsible. For the future --alas! I shall struggle on, in my retirement, with a heavy heart, an oppressed memory and a wounded name --dreadful burdens -- to my welcome grave.

Your afflicted friend,

Edwin Booth