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Thomas Gourlay looks through the letter that his (Credit: Charles Eckert)

Thomas Gourlay looks through the letter that his grandfather Thomas Payne Gourlay wrote about being at Ford's Theatre when President Lincoln was killed. (April 9, 2012)

Assassination of Abraham Lincoln

When Abraham Lincoln was assassinated 147 years ago this weekend, at least four relatives of North Babylon resident Thomas Gourlay are known to have been in Ford's Theatre -- three of them on stage. (April 13, 2012)

A print, circa1865, of the assassination of Abraham
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A print, circa1865, of the assassination of Abraham Lincoln.

Thomas Gourlay recounts the story of his family
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Thomas Gourlay recounts the story of his family members being at Ford's Theatre when President Lincoln was assassinated. (April 9, 2012)

Thomas Gourlay looks through the letter that his
(Credit: Charles Eckert)

Thomas Gourlay looks through the letter that his grandfather Thomas Payne Gourlay wrote about being at Ford's Theatre when President Lincoln was killed. (April 9, 2012)

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Margaret Gourlay was in the play at Ford's
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Margaret Gourlay was in the play at Ford's Theatre on the night Lincoln was assassinated.

Thomas Payne Gourlay, who was in the audience
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Thomas Payne Gourlay, who was in the audience at Ford's Theatre when President Abraham Lincoln was assassinated

Thomas Cameron Gourlay was a stage manager and
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Thomas Cameron Gourlay was a stage manager and actor at Ford's Theatrer when President Abraham Lincoln was shot, his great grandson Thomas Gourlay said.

Jeanne Gourlay was was an actress on stage
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Jeanne Gourlay was was an actress on stage at Ford's Theatre when President Abraham Lincoln was assassinated.

A letter written in 1906 by Thomas P.
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A letter written in 1906 by Thomas P. Gourlay describes the scene when President Abraham Lincoln was shot at Ford's Theatre in Washington 147 years ago. The letter states that Gourlay was in the audience with his brother Robert while three other family members appeared in the play on stage.

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A letter written in 1906 by Thomas P.
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A letter written in 1906 by Thomas P. Gourlay describes the scene when President Abraham Lincoln was assassinated at Ford's Theatre in Washington 147 years ago.

A letter to Jeanne Gourlay describes the night
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A letter to Jeanne Gourlay describes the night at Ford's Theatre when President Abraham Lincoln was killed.

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