A few days ago Roger Norton left the following comment on this blog:
“Dave, please excuse going off topic. But I am looking for a younger pair of eyes on this one. On my Mary Surratt page at http://rogerjnorton.com/Lincoln26.html I have a photo identified as Isaac Surratt. Basically it’s Laurie, Joan Chaconas, and I against the world on this one – do you think that is Isaac or is it really just another photo of John? What do younger eyes see? The one author I can find that agrees with Laurie, Joan, and me is Roy Chamlee.”
The picture Mr. Norton is referencing is John Surratt’s wanted poster photo:
The picture used in the wanted poster came from the Surratt boardinghouse after it was searched.
It has been proposed, as Roger states, that the picture is not of John but rather of his brother Isaac. It’s a hard point to prove because while there are a few photos of John in his younger years to compare it to, there is only one known photograph of Isaac Surrat known to exist. Still, it’s an interesting possibility and one worthy of dicussion.
So, what do you think? Does this wanted poster photo look more like John or Isaac? Post your views in the comment section below. I’ll wait a while and then chime in with my opinion.
Hi Dave. I think it looks like John.
Look at the ears.
Just an FYI: Joan Chaconas and I found this disputed photo of Isaac Surratt in the Library of Congress (yes, the building – not online) back in about 1978, and it was clearly identified as being of Isaac Douglas Surratt, son of the condemned Mary Surratt.
There was no dispute as to who it was until John C. Brennan and Fr. Robert Keesler found a CDV of the photo about ten years later in a flea market labeled as John Surratt. When Joan and I contacted the LOC at that point, the photo could not be found.
The only other known photo of Isaac is what appeared in the Baltimore newspapers at the time of his death in 1907. He was 66 at the time of his death, and this photo appears to me to be of a man in his early- to mid-50s. With the extra added attraction of that handsome mustache and full goatee, it is difficult to determine the mouth. The lower lip and the rather blunt end to the nose makes me continue to think that it is Isaac.