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Clara Harris Rathbone
Birth: 1834, USA
Death: Dec. 23, 1883, 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 T Harris (1809 - 1845)
 
 Spouse:
  Henry Rathbone (1837 - 1911)
 
 Children:
  Henry Riggs Rathbone (1870 - 1928)*
 
 Siblings:
  Frederick B Harris (1830 - 1830)**
  Clara Harris Rathbone (1834 - 1883)
  Amanda Judson Harris Miller (1836 - 1902)*
  Louise Hannah Harris (1840 - 1903)*
 
*Calculated relationship
**Half-sibling
 
Burial:
Stadtfriedhof Engesohde
Hanover
Hannoversche Landkreis
Lower Saxony (Niedersachsen), Germany
 
Created by: Collins Crapo
Record added: Apr 17, 2006
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- J. Bruce Fox
 Added: Sep. 10, 2014
God bless you always for your courage and faith in God. From your great great grand niece.
- Susan D. Harris
 Added: Dec. 18, 2013

- Hether Belusky
 Added: Oct. 28, 2013
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