|Cora was born during the
difficult and turbulent days of the Civil War on
03 July 1862. On her third birthday, the country
was hanging to death in Washington D.C. the four
conspirators (Mrs. Surratt, Payne, Herold,
Atzerodt) involved in the assassination of
President Abraham Lincoln.
enough, Cora's younger sister Lucretia was born
exactly eight years after President Abraham
Lincoln was laid to rest. Born appoximately 250
miles from the late President's home town of
Springfield, Lucretia was born in Smithton,
Pettis Co., Missouri on 04 May 1873.
was just a couple months shy of her 7th birthday,
Lucretia's older sister Cora married John Monroe
Williams on 03 Mar 1880. About eleven years
later, shortly before her 18th birthday, Lucretia
married Albert Pruess. A member of the Christian
Church, she died before her 25th birthday at the
home of her sister Cora in Lexington, Ray Co.,
Missouri on 04 Apr 1898.
death followed not quite a year and a half later
on 13 Sep 1899 when she was thirty-seven years