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526  General Category / All Things Lincoln Assassination / Re: Trivia on: November 25, 2010, 08:12:30 AM
Performing with his brothers in the play Julius Caesar.
527  General Category / All Things Lincoln Assassination / Re: Who is Parson Wilmer? on: November 24, 2010, 11:57:05 PM
Happy Thanksgiving  Smiley
528  General Category / All Things Lincoln Assassination / Re: Who is Parson Wilmer? on: November 24, 2010, 11:49:22 PM
Who's on 3rd?  A:  Their son Lemuel. 
The homer is his wife, Henrietta Brawner.  Her brother is James A. Brawner and her sister, Mary, was the wife of Richard M. Smoot.

From what I have read in the testimony of Col. Wells, Dr. Mudd said Herold inquired about the direct road to Dr. Wilmer's.  I don't see him referred
to in any other way, so far.  IMO Booth never intended to go to Dr. Wilmer's.  I think it was a way for Mudd to throw the feds off and at the same time add a liitle
something for the Union sympathizer Wilmer(s).  Remember that master manipulator thing M. Kauffman spoke of?  It may have been Mudd's turn to have a go at it.  Letters from Rev. Wilmer to Bishop Whittington reveal the problems of his son, Dr. William Wilmer.  One read,  "Due to his strong Union sympathies, he has been scorned by many of his former patients and has lost much of his practice."  Mudd knew that whether the feds went to the Reverend's (DAD) or the Doctor's ,(son) the house would be thoroughly and disrespectfully searched, and it was.

I'll include an extra photo of the view from the front of the church.  Directly across the road, about 30yrds into the woods, is where Rev. Wilmer's house once stood.
And yes, the school was beside the church. This doesn't necessarily have to fit in the story, but I think having, on one side, family members selling the boat to be used in the abduction plot of Lincoln and then not-so distant relatives that were Lincoln's friend(s) is a little interesting. IMO     
 
 


529  General Category / All Things Lincoln Assassination / Re: Who is Parson Wilmer? on: November 24, 2010, 10:10:09 PM
Who's on 2nd?  A:  His wife Jane.  (note; this inscription is on the opposite side of the marker shown above)
530  General Category / All Things Lincoln Assassination / Re: Who is Parson Wilmer? on: November 24, 2010, 10:01:40 PM
OK.

Who's on first?  A:  Rev. Lemuel Wilmer...also known as "Parson" Wilmer.
(click on pic)
531  General Category / All Things Lincoln Assassination / Re: Who is Parson Wilmer? on: November 24, 2010, 08:48:14 PM
Correction: That would make Richard M. Smoot and Lemuel Wilmer brothers-in-law.  James A. Brawner's sister Mary was Richard M. Smoot's wife, and his other sister,
Henrietta, was Lemuel Wilmer's wife. So there ya go.
532  General Category / All Things Lincoln Assassination / Re: Who is Parson Wilmer? on: November 24, 2010, 08:13:42 PM
Finishing this thing up, Lemuel Wilmer, son of Rev. Lemuel Wilmer and Jane Henrietta Frisby, m. 10th JULY 1861, Henrietta M. Brawner,
dau. of Henry Middleton Brawner and Catharine Robertson.  (Old Kent; The Eastern Shore of MD. by George A. Hanson)
Conclusion:  James A. Brawner and Lemuel Wilmer, son of Parson Wilmer, were in fact brothers-in-law. 
 
 
533  General Category / All Things Lincoln Assassination / Re: Who is Parson Wilmer? on: November 23, 2010, 08:25:57 AM
Correction for the dates I posted for Rev. Wilmer.  1795-1869 are the correct dates, just as you posted Laurie. The dates for the others are the best I could
give at the time. Some markers are barely legible.  We'll go by your list to make corrections to my dates, if necessary.  I should have done rubs while I was there.
The church is only a five minute ride from home, so let me know if you think we need them.
   
534  General Category / All Things Lincoln Assassination / Re: Who is Parson Wilmer? on: November 23, 2010, 12:05:19 AM
It doesn't take much to make this Boothie happy.  Grin   (Click on pix to enlarge)
535  General Category / All Things Lincoln Assassination / Re: Who is Parson Wilmer? on: November 22, 2010, 11:59:25 PM
I spent a good part of the day at Piney Church.  The Reverend I spoke with was very helpful in answering some of the questions I had about the Wilmer family.
I was given a small booklet on the history of the church and found some very interesting things I'd like to share, but first things first.

Laurie , 
Check me on these dates, if you would.  I think we have Rev. Lemuel Wilmer, (1795-1896) his wife Jane, 1st born John, (1817-1843) 2nd an 3rd born, Lemuel and Ann Elizabeth (both died Oct. 17, 1823) 4th b. Rebbeca, (1826-1902) 5th b. William, (1830-1890) 6th b. Mary, (1832-1894) 7th b. Lemuel (1835-1880).This represents Rev. Wilmers entire immediate family.  William (1830-1890) was probably the one that Dr. Mudd was referring to when he made the statement to Col. Wells about Herold asking for Dr. Wilmer.  William Wilmer was a doctor.  I checked the trial testimony of Col. Wells (test. concern. Dr. Mudd) on the Surratt Webpage to verify the correct language that Herold used.  It was Dr. Wlimer. 

Now, some really cool stuff.  After taking photos of the markers I went home and immediately began reading the booklet that the Reverend had given me.  It said
that Rev. Wilmers house was in a wooded area just across the road.  Soooo... I rode back over to see the nice Reverend again, and with the help of a couple of workers from the church, made my way into the woods.  These men have attended services here for many years and explained that over the past several decades many of the
church members have gone into the woods to take bricks from the long abandoned Wilmer house.  They gave me a general idea where the house was located and
told me that if I come across a filled-in well, I'm close.  I was told the house was made of brick, and that if I find any, it would have come from the house because the church has always owned the property and only one house was ever built on it.  Rev. Lemuel Wilmer's.  Three hours later...  PAYDIRT!...well pieces of brick actually.  Cool


   
536  General Category / All Things Lincoln Assassination / Re: Who is Parson Wilmer? on: November 22, 2010, 09:57:00 PM
Rev. Wilmers grave is in the background.
537  General Category / All Things Lincoln Assassination / Re: Who is Parson Wilmer? on: November 21, 2010, 02:15:45 PM
Yes it does and thank you for checking. Isn't geneology fun! Not! They should have made it a rule long ago that said you cannot name your children after
yourself.  Can you imagine trying to trace the history of a family like George Foreman? (the grill guy)  That man has six boys all named George.  We wouldn't
stand a chance.

I'll send you the document and if you see anything that might get us closer, let me know.  Thanks again. 
538  General Category / All Things Lincoln Assassination / Re: Who is Parson Wilmer? on: November 20, 2010, 09:42:53 PM
Laurie,
I was told that the Rev. would have been an older gentleman at the time and that the chance is slim.  The document did not refer to him as Rev. only Lemuel Wilmer and wife Henrietta (Brawner) Wilmer.  My error. Embarrassed  I am being encouraged to find out if Rev. Lemuel Wilmer had a son by the same name.  Like you said,  any connection between an ardent Union man like Wilmer and the James Brawner/Richard M. Smoot duo would be something.  Do you or anyone here know if there was a Jr. in
that family?  Curiosity is killin' this cat. 
539  General Category / All Things Lincoln Assassination / Re: Who is Parson Wilmer? on: November 20, 2010, 12:10:17 PM
Thanks John,
I brought up the story because of a document I found at the Coll. of So Md. relating to Richard Mitchell Smoot.  While trying to find a picture of Smoot's home in Port
Tobacco, prior to his moving to "Ellerslie", I came across a deed by Catherine Brawner.  Her husband, Henry testified that he saw Atzerodt in Port Tobacco on March 3rd, 1865. Here's the kicker. If I'm reading this thing right, Catherine lists her daughters as Mary, who is wife of Richard M. Smoot and Henriett, wife of Rev. Lemeul Wlimer.
They are the same family that owned the "Brawner" or "St. Charles Hotel" in Port Tobacco where Williams offered Thomas Jones the reward for information leading to Booth.  If correct, this would make R.M Smoot and the Rev. brothers-in-law.  Talk about a family feud.  I sent a copy of this to Randal, (help correct if i'm wrong) i'd like for you to take a look as well John.

540  General Category / All Things Lincoln Assassination / Who is Parson Wilmer? on: November 20, 2010, 10:58:52 AM
According to Dr. Mudd, the fugitives asked the way to Dr. or Mr. Wilmer's at Piney Church.  For nearly 47 years ,including the years that spanned the Civil War, " Piney" was ministered by the Rev. Lemuel Wilmer.  One parishioner told the story of how Mr. Wilmer offered up the "bidding prayer" to his congregation, which was divided
in its sympathies.  At first all knelt, Union supporters and Confederate sympathizers alike.  But when the Rector said,  "Ye shall pray for the President of the United
States," the latter rose hurriedly, stood while the name "Abraham Lincoln" was uttered, then returned to their knees for the finish of the prayer.

In the cemetery on the right side of the church are nine stones that face south, graves markers of Southern sympathizers, an unmistakable reminder of
the divided loyalties of Charles County during years of the Civil War.  (Chas Co. History Bicentennial Edition)

I'm going to check Rev. Wilmers grave marker to see if the name Parson is anywhere on the marker.  The question is, were Mr. Wilmer, Rev. Lemuel Wilmer, Parson Wilmer
and Dr. Wilmer all the same person?  (click on pic)       
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