EDWIN THOMAS BOOTH was born at the Booth Farm in Harford County, Maryland, on the 13th of November, 1833, a night remarkable for a brilliant meteoric shower. It is at least pleasing to think that from an errant planet came to earth so bright a star. In negro phraseology, Edwin Booth was said to have been "born lucky" and "gifted to see ghosts," because of the meteoric phenomena and of his having been born with a caul. He was named after two of his father's friends, Edwin Forrest and Thomas Flynn, although the former actor was always somewhat piqued that Edwin did not retain the Forrest, which he insisted had been bestowed upon him.
Edwin Booth's earliest recollection of his father was in connection with sombre woods and darkness; they had travelled a whole day together, reaching the Farm late at night; a man who had accompanied them, to take back the saddle-horses hired at a distant country- place, was heard going away in the dark, as Mr. Booth, raising his little son in his arms, lifted him over the crooked snake-fence around his own woodland, and, placing him securely in the grass, said, "Your foot is on your native heath."