23 April 2016

Mrs. Quisenberry, Booth And Iturbide

An excerpt from  Genealogical memoranda of the Quisenberry family...

After the assassination of President Lincoln, in April, 1865, by John Wilkes Booth, the assassin and his confederate, Herold, fled together, and at Port Tobacco, Maryland, they crossed the Potomac in a boat, for which [John Wilkes] Booth paid twenty dollars in gold, and landed in Virginia on the farm of a man named Bryan, a near neighbor of Mrs. Quisenberry's.

She [Mrs. Elizabeth Rousby Quisenberry] was the daughter of a Mr. Green, of Rosedale, an estate between Washington and its suburb of Tenallytown. Her sister [Alice] had married the son of the Emperor Iturbide, of Mexico, and Mrs. Quisenberry's nephew [Don Augustin De Iturbide] was, at the very time Booth stopped at this house, a protege, and perhaps adopted son, of the Emperor Maximillian.

Don Augustin De Iturbide 

This little incident seems to connect, in some measure, the fates of two distinguished men, one of whom speedily followed the other to a violent death.

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