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526  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. 
527  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. 
528  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.

529  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)       
530  General Category / All Things Lincoln Assassination / Re: Booth's Pistol on: November 16, 2010, 04:22:30 PM
 Grin
531  General Category / All Things Lincoln Assassination / Re: Booth's Pistol on: November 16, 2010, 04:10:40 PM
Contrary to popular belief,  I think a cold winter morning is the best time to visit.  Zero tourists, hardly any staff and you can only wish that another person would come by just to have a conversation.  On the day I took these, it was just me and the ghosts. ( click on pic to enlarge)
532  General Category / All Things Lincoln Assassination / Re: Prime Source, Hear-say, or worse? on: November 15, 2010, 09:10:37 PM
John,

Someone asked the same question on another forum.  I thought that this was a good answer to the question...  What is a prime or primary source? 

A.  A primary or prime source (also called original source) is a document, recording or other source of information such as a paper or a picture for instance,
that was created at the time being studied, by an authoritative source, usually one with direct personal knowledge of the events being descibed.  It serves
as an original source of information on the topic.  Primary sources are distinguished from secondary sources, which often cite, comment on, or build upon
primary sources. 

Better keep "The Evidence" handy.   Grin


533  General Category / All Things Lincoln Assassination / Re: Questions about Joseph Cantor and Franklin Robey on: November 12, 2010, 10:28:51 PM
Uh, pickled feet, intestines and bladderball headcheese?  Excuse me for a moment while I return my bowl of ice cream to the freezer and grab some Tums.
Laurie, the obituary entitled "The Last Survivor" is what led me to this gravesite.

  "...the death of Mr. Franklin Robey removes the last of those who befriended John Wilkes Booth and aided him to cross the Potomac during his flight from Washington
  after the assassination of Lincoln.  Dr. Samuel A. Mudd, Colonel Samuel Cox and Mr. Thomas A. Jones were intimately concerned in Booth's escape and have all been
  laid to rest.  Robey was then overseer for Col. Cox [at Rich Hill] and guided Booth and Herold from the latter's [Cox's] house to the place of concealment in the woods.
  During the days of hiding [April 16-21] the horses [of the fugitives] became restive and the fear that their neighing might bring about the discovery led to the decision
  to kill them.  Mr. Robey knew of the location of certain quicksands and to these he and Herold rode the horses and shot them as they sank, bridled and saddled.  A
  martingale ring was broken off in the passage through the undergrowth and this ring Mr. Robey kept for a long time.  Robey died at "Waverly" the 18th of Dec.1896 of
  typhoid fever at 65 years of age...A successful farmer, highly respected and good citizen, he was buried in the cemetery of the Methodist Church at Newton in Charles
  County..."
 

                           
534  General Category / All Things Lincoln Assassination / Re: Questions about Joseph Cantor and Franklin Robey on: November 12, 2010, 08:27:41 PM
Thanks Laurie,  your tip puts me a bit closer to the location.  I'm trying to get the coordinates for Dave and It looks like I can get a little closer than Cracklingtown Rd.
You are right about Gallant Green near the IWL, so I'll look for the farm the next time I go by.

During the summer, I met the gentleman in the "new house beside the tiny thicket".  (My God Woman! Is there a place you haven't been!)
Anyway, he was nice enough to show me the graves that he was aware of.  The graves with large stone carvings over them were completely covered by soil and growth. No Franklin Robey among those he pointed out.   We gently took a brush and some water over one of the stones and wouldn't ya know, Laurie wins another
keychain.  Here ya go.

I think I need to talk to the guy in the new house about another trip into the graveyard.    
535  General Category / All Things Lincoln Assassination / Questions about Joseph Cantor and Franklin Robey on: November 12, 2010, 03:57:59 PM
I'm trying to locate the home where Joseph Cantor lived, and i'm not having much luck.  It's somewhere near Cracklingtown Rd. in Hughesville.
Does anyone know if the house is still standing or where it may have been located.

I'm also still searching for the grave of Franklin Robey without success.  Any thoughts?
 
536  General Category / All Things Lincoln Assassination / Re: Booth Escape Route on: October 25, 2010, 01:33:41 PM
Sorry, I deleted part of the post. Eleanora Bowling Kane, of Towson, a descendant of Bryantown residents of of that period, tells the story of
her Confederate grandfather, Aloysius.  Laurie, I'll try to get a copy for you.   Smiley   
537  General Category / All Things Lincoln Assassination / Re: Booth Escape Route on: October 25, 2010, 11:06:17 AM
John,
 As your trusty guide and student, i'm always ready to tour.  Time for your roadtrip.   ; 

Mike,
 I remember reading about St. Mary's being used for clandestine activity, but I couldn't find the statement until your post about the
bicentennial edition.  Look on Pg. 66 under the chapter on Bryantown.  Near the end of the chapter, on pg. 77 is a comment on one
incidents.

The Civil war created divided sympathies in Bryantown as in other parts of the country, but Southern Maryland was considered enemy
territory by Union soldiers.  Eleanora Bowling Kane, a descendant of Aloysius Bowling, entrusted with secret papers, hid from the Union
soldiers in the St. Mary's Church belfry by straddling the beams. From his lofty perch he viewed the Union men fruitlessly searching for him in
the church and on the grounds. 

Since Dr. Mudd was part of these activities, what could be more discreet for him than having a nice little chat with friends (Booth) before or
after Mass.   Just my poinion.

Here's a tidbit in the book.  Members of the Mudd and Bowling were business partners, operating a store in Bryantown for many years. 
538  General Category / All Things Lincoln Assassination / Re: "Twenty Days" on: October 22, 2010, 07:04:27 PM
John,
I will always value your opinion on any subject concerning the assassination.  Thanks for your input on this post as well.  Because the photos are of such poor
quality, the most I was hoping for was to show some of the very slight similarities between the men in question.  You're right, why would any of them except
Booth want be at the inaugural. They weren't exactly part of the fanclub. It's a tough call, but something was going on at the time of the inauguration.  

Col Foster's report concerning Louis J. Wiechmann. (The Evidence pg. 1322)

                                                                    ..on one occasion a witness says about the time of the inauguration
                                                                     he (Wiechmann) spoke in relation to a plot which he thought was to
                                                                     assasinate all of the officers.



Excrerpt from testimony of Louis J. Wiechmann;

                                                                     Friday evening she(Mrs. Surratt) chased the young ladies and myself upstairs
                                                                       to our room and remained alone in the parlor. Some six or eight weeks before,
                                                                       when accompanying her to church, I asked her why John brought such fellows as
                                                                       Atzerodt & Herold to the house and associated with them. She said John wished
                                                                       to make use of them.
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539  General Category / All Things Lincoln Assassination / Re: "Twenty Days" on: October 22, 2010, 03:35:58 PM
....maybe   .... maybe not....  Undecided    

                                                  
  


 



                                                          
                                                                                                                                       TwentyDays vs. later photo of Dr. Mudd
540  General Category / All Things Lincoln Assassination / Re: "Twenty Days" on: October 22, 2010, 10:42:20 AM
I'll end my conspiracy theory for the day with the other person dressed in uniform to the right of center of both pictures. In the Days pic, the soldier is standing with a fixed bayonet, a bright beam just beneath the tip.  In the next photo, the soldier has put down the weapon and seems to be attending to a person sitting with their head fallen forward, as if incapacitated. He is wearing a coat that is very similar to the one worn by the man behind him.  The soldier in the Twenty Days photo is looking directly over his shoulder and in the next photo (in high resolution) appears to be calling out to the man in the lower right corner.


  
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