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Mrs. Mary Ralston, daughter of William Herndon

Mary Ralston, daughter of William Herndon. Yes, the William Herndon who was Lincoln’s law partner!

 

You might remember something about the Lincoln- Herndon law office. Did you know that William Herndon’s daughter, Mary Ralston, lived in the King’s Daughters home for nine years before her death at age 99? She is believed to have been the last living person connected to the Lincoln family and the end of that. See the following SJR articles with memories, a photo at the gravesite from 1917 when William Herndon received a new headstone (Mary is the second from the gravestone on the left in black, she was 61 at this time), and some memories and a recipe Mary was known for from the late KDO historian Sharon Hohimer.

Jennifer Sylvia