We the People: Researcher to present Oklahoma ties to Lincoln assassination

Sharon Burns: The Rev. Wade Burleson of Enid will present “On the Verge of Insanity: The Assassination of Abraham Lincoln and the Bizarre Connection to Oklahoma” at the Edmond Genealogical Society meeting.
By SHARON BURNS, For The Oklahoman Published: February 17, 2014
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The Rev. Wade Burleson, of Enid, will present “On the Verge of Insanity: The Assassination of Abraham Lincoln and the Bizarre Connection to Oklahoma” at the Edmond Genealogical Society at 6:30 p.m. today at the Edmond Historical Museum, 431 S Boulevard, Edmond.

Burleson has researched John Wilkes Booth and presents a convincing argument to consider a mysterious story about the shooter who lived and died under an assumed name in Enid.

He is a pastor, writer and a vocational historian and is well acquainted with genealogical research.

On the maternal side of his family, Burleson is the direct grandson (16x) of Geoffrey Chaucer, the father of English literature. His (7x) great-grandfather, John Crawford Burleson (1729-1776), served under George Washington and died in the Battle of Trenton in December 1776.

For more information about Burleson, go to his website www.wadeburleson.com.

For more information about the Edmond Genealogical Society go to www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~okegs/ or www.facebook.com/EdmondGenSoc.

Genealogy notes

The Central Oklahoma Chapter of Germans from Russia will meet at 7 p.m. Feb. 18 at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 1800 NW 36.

Lisa Lance will present “Storytelling.” She will share her personal story of how she began storytelling. Lance will use photos and artifacts to demonstrate how family members — grandpa, mother and father and children — can have fun in telling their family story.



CONTACT

If you have a question, event, idea or an experience you wish to share, email Sharon Burns at sburns@opubco.com.

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