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Clara Hamilton Harris Rathbone
Birth: Sep. 4, 1834
Albany
Albany County
New York, USA
Death: Dec. 23, 1883
Hildesheim
Hildesheimer Landkreis
Lower Saxony (Niedersachsen), Germany

American folk figure. Clara was the daughter of US Senator Ira Harris of New York. After her mother died, her father married a widow whose son, Henry Rathbone, would grow up to be a Union soldier during the Civil War. Clara and Rathbone were engaged at the time they accompanied President and Mrs. Abraham Lincoln to Ford's Theater in Washington, DC, on the President's last night alive (April 14, 1865). Clara and Rathbone married 2 years later, on July 11, 1867. They had 3 children, the oldest of whom, Henry Riggs Rathbone, would grow up to represent Illinois in the US House of Representatives. After Henry Rathbone Sr was appointed US Consul to Hannover, Germany, in 1882, his mental health deteriorated rapidly and he murdered Clara. He lived out his remaining years in a mental institution, and their children were returned to the United States to be raised by an uncle. Clara was buried in Germany, and her husband was buried in a grave next to hers following his death in 1911. Both bodies decomposed completely, and the graves were reused in 1952. 
 
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 Parents:
  Ira Harris (1802 - 1875)
  Louisa Tubbs Harris (1809 - 1845)
 
 Spouse:
  Henry Rathbone (1837 - 1911)
 
 Children:
  Henry Riggs Rathbone (1870 - 1928)*
  Gerald Lawrence Rathbone (1871 - 1936)*
  Clara Pauline Rathbone Randolph (1872 - 1918)*
 
 Siblings:
  Frederick B Harris (1830 - 1830)**
  Clara Hamilton Harris Rathbone (1834 - 1883)
  Amanda Judson Harris Miller (1836 - 1902)*
  William Hamilton Harris (1838 - 1895)*
  Louise Hannah Harris (1840 - 1903)*
  Pauline Harris (1850 - 1922)**
 
*Calculated relationship
**Half-sibling
 
Burial:
Stadtfriedhof Engesohde
Hanover
Hannoversche Landkreis
Lower Saxony (Niedersachsen), Germany
 
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Record added: Apr 17, 2006
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Clara Hamilton <i>Harris</i> Rathbone
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- Jim
 Added: Apr. 15, 2016
May God bless her, and may she be in eternal peace and happiness with Major Rathbone...
- KP
 Added: May. 8, 2015

- Hazelnuts & Bolts
 Added: Apr. 6, 2015
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