Neff-Guttridge Collection:
The Will of John Wilkes Booth

Published August 2003 by John Wiley & Sons

Cover image of Dark Union, a book by Leonard Guttridge and Ray Neff, concerning the circumstances surrounding the assassination of Abraham Lincoln and the whereabouts of John Wilkes Booth after Lincoln's death
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The will of John Byron Wilkes of India (alias John Wilkes Booth) is an important evidentiary source for the Neff-Guttridge conclusion in Dark Union: The Secret Web of Profiteers, Politicians, and Booth Conspirators That Led to Lincoln's Death that John Wilkes Booth escaped and thus avoided retribution for the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. A PDF of a certified copy of the will, which is found in the file of Samuel Baysinger in the probate records of Brazil, Clay County, Indiana, is provided below. This will is quoted in the book but appears as an image only here. Click on the thumbnail image below to view or download it.

Thumbnail of official recording of John Byron Wilkes's will in Brazil, Clay County, Indiana probate file of Samuel Baysinger, who died ca. 1930
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