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Mathew Street origins and Major Henry Rathbone


Major Henry Rathbone

Hi Rob

1. Who is Mathew Street named after? She asked if it was a Leiutenant John Mathews. But if it was surely it would have been called Mathews Street?

2. Major Henry Rathbone was present when Lincoln was assassinated. She wanted to know if he was a member of the Liverpool Rathbone family. There’s a piece about him on Wiki but no real clues as to his ancestry. It would be neat if there was another Liverpool link to Lincoln’s assassination!

Ron

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26/04/2011 - Posted by | Mathew Street origins and Major Henry Rathbone | , , ,

5 Comments »

  1. Ron,

    I found this information regrding Major Rathbone,

    Basil Rathbone the actor was a distant cousin of Maj. Henry Rathbone, who was part of President Abraham Lincoln’s theatre party the night Lincoln was assassinated. Maj. Rathbone himself was stabbed by John Wilkes Booth as the latter was escaping, but the wound was not fatal. Maj. Rathbone later married Clara Harris, who was also in the Lincoln party, but he murdered her in a jealous rage in 1875 and spent the rest of his life in an insane asylum.

    Rob Ainsworth
    Liverpool History Society

    Comment by Liverpool History Society Questions | 26/04/2011 | Reply

  2. Ron,

    I believe Mathew Street was originally called Pluckington Street as the land it ran through was owned by Mathew Pluckington. It was later renamed (for some reason I do not know) to the Christian name of Mr Pluckington. I hope this is of some use.

    Regards

    Rob

    Comment by Rob Ainsworth | 20/05/2011 | Reply

  3. father theobald mathew came to give the pledge from cork in Ireland
    Visited Liverpool !840 s

    Comment by C J MATHEW | 26/07/2011 | Reply

  4. So does anyone know who Mathew st is named after?

    Comment by Joe | 28/08/2011 | Reply

  5. It is mentioned in my reply to the question, Mathew Pluckington.

    Rob Ainsworth
    Liverpool History Society

    Comment by Liverpool History Society Questions | 28/08/2011 | Reply


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