Re: John Wilkes Booth
Rick, thank you for your email.I need to know the details of how you believe you connect to John Wilkes Booth and the Booth family of Bel Air, Harford Co., Maryland.As the researcher for a group of "Boothies" I have answered quite a number of queries from people who believed themselves to be related and, unfortunately, there was nothing to prove this relationship.Booth is a very common surname in the UK and in the US and none of them are related to the family of Junius Brutus Booth, Sr.There are other Booths in Maryland and they are not related.Indications are that the JBB, Sr. family had its origins in Portugal and they were Sephardic Jews who fled to England in the 1600s.
As for your claim that you are directly related to John Wilkes Booth, I cannot see how this is possible.Let's take a look at his siblings for a moment and see if there's a way this might be.
> Junius Brutus Booth, Jr., married 3 times, 6 children; 2 died in childhood, son Sydney married, 1 daughter, no children known; son JBB III married, no children; daughter Blanche married, no children; daughter Marion married, both children died before the age of 10 years.
> Rosalie, never married, no children.
> Henry, Frederick, Elizabeth and Mary Ann all died in childhood (Henry was 12, the others younger), none were married, no children.
> Edwin, married twice; daughter Edwina married Ignatius Grossman, two children--Mildred (married 3 times, but her children had the Waterbury surname) and son Ted (one daughter), son died at birth.
> Asia, married John Sleeper Clarke; the only children who married: Creston (married actress Adelaide Prince, nee Rubenstein; she had two children from her first marriage but she and Creston had no children together; her son Harry used the surname Clarke and was the screenwriter for the Ma and Pa Kettle movies) and Dorothy (married twice; she had a daughter Ethel from her first marriage to Rhys Morgan, but I haven't been able to find her after 1901 in London, England).
> Joseph Adrian, married 2 times; his first wife died in childbirth and the child did not survive.With his 2nd wife, Cora Mitchell (a cousin through JBB, Sr.'s sister Jane who married James Mitchell), he had a son but that child died at about age 2 years.
Junius Brutus Booth, Sr. had 2 brothers and a sister but the brothers died as young children and his sister, mentioned above, was married to a Mitchell.
You may email any documention to me at [email protected] and I will be happy to take a look at it.From the description of the book your information came from, it sounds like a number of books I have seen in the past where many people with the same surname are lumped together, famous/infamous people are highlighted, and the first time the surname appears is said to the origin of the family.My uncle had a similar book for our Martin family and according to this book, our family was English and went back to the days of The Conqueror.He even had a framed Coat of Arms which looked nice on the wall except for one thing--our family were Swiss and had no Coat of Arms.
I look forward to receiving a scan of the documention you mention.