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Asia Booth

Born: Nov 19, 1835

Death: May 16, 1888

Birthplace: Baltimore

Nationality: United States

Asia Booth

Date of Birth : Nov 19, 1835
Date of Death : May 16, 1888
Birth Place : Baltimore

Asia Frigga Clarke nee Booth was the youngest daughter in the family of 10 children born to Junius Brutus Booth and his wife Mary Ann Holmes. Her famous brothers were Edwin Booth and John Wilkes Booth. Asia was named for the continent where her father thought the Garden of Eden had been located. On April 28, 1859, Booth married John Sleeper Clarke at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, in Baltimore, Maryland. The couple had eight children, two of whom, Creston and Wilfred, became actors. Because of the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, in 1865, by her brother John Wilkes Booth and the effect this had upon the family, her husband and she emigrated to England, where they remained. Asia became the poet and writer in the family, and through her work, some insight was gained into the lives of the Booths, particularly John Wilkes. The Unlocked Book: John Wilkes Booth, a Sister's Memoir was written in 1874, but she kept its existence secret, fearing it would upset her husband. He had been imprisoned and forced to testify at the Lincoln assassination co-conspirators' trials, because of his family connection.

Parents


  • Junius Brutus Booth
  • Mary Ann Holmes

Spouse


  • John Sleeper Clarke

Children


  • Creston Clarke
  • Wilfred Clarke
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