Happy Mother's Day! Mary Surratt's mother, Elizabeth Ann Webster Jenkins, was widowed when her husband, Archibald Jenkins, died in the fall of 1825. Elizabeth was left her husband's estate, young son John, and two-year-old Mary.
It is likely Mary was influenced by her mother's strong will and abilities. Far from a helpless widow, sources indicate Elizabeth was highly competent. She conserved her husband's estate, which included eleven slaves and more in dispute, bought land, and managed it well.
Mrs. Jenkins outlived her daughter by almost thirteen years, dying on June 8, 1878, aged 84. She is buried in a well-marked grave in the little cemetery at St. Ignatius Catholic Church on Brinkley Road in Oxon Hill.