Thursday, June 6, 2024

Randy's Cousins -- 6th Cousin 4x Removed John Wilkes Booth (1838-1865), the Famous Actor and Assassin

 This week's famous cousin is my 6th cousin 4x removed John Wilkes Booth (1838-1865), the famous actor and assassin of President Abraham Lincoln.

Here is his FamilySearch Family Tree short biography:

When John Wilkes Booth was born on 10 May 1838, in Bel Air, Harford, Maryland, United States, his father, Junius Brutus Booth Sr, was 42 and his mother, Mary Ann Holmes, was 35. He married Izola Martha Mills on 9 January 1859, in Cos Cob, Greenwich, Fairfield, Connecticut, United States. He lived in Baltimore, Baltimore, Maryland, United States in 1850 and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States in 1860. His occupation is listed as actor in United States. He died on 26 April 1865, in Port Royal, Caroline, Virginia, United States, at the age of 26, and was buried in Green Mount Cemetery, Baltimore, Baltimore, Maryland, United States. 

The Wikipedia profile for John Wilkes Booth is here.  

John Wilkes Booth (May 10, 1838 – April 26, 1865) was an American stage actor who assassinated United States President Abraham Lincoln at Ford's Theatre in Washington, D.C., on April 14, 1865. A member of the prominent 19th-century Booth theatrical family from Maryland, he was a noted actor who was also a Confederate sympathizer; denouncing President Lincoln, he lamented the then-recent abolition of slavery in the United States.

Here is the Relative Finder chart showing my relationship to John Wilkes Booth: 

My most recent common ancestors with 6th cousin 4x removed cousin John Wilkes Booth are my 9th great-grandparents Obadiah Holmes (1610-1682) and Catherine Hyde (1610-1684).

Are you related to John Wilkes Booth?  Check out his profile on the FamilySearch Family Tree and click the "View Relationship" link at the top of the page.  Note that you have to have your profile connected to the FamilySearch Family Tree in order for this to work.

This shows that you never know to whom you might be related!!!  I'm having lots of Genealogy Fun.  Click here to see all of my famous cousins.


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