Lawrence Lewis Conrad was born in Pass Christian, MS. He was a son of the Hon. Charles Magill Conrad (1804-1878) and his wife, Mary Eliza Angela Lewis (1813-1839). Charles M. Conrad was the Secretary of War in the administration of Millard Fillmore and a fervent advocate of secession in 1860. Lawrence attended the University of Virginia in sessions 33-35 (1856-1859). He served in the Louisiana Tenth Infantry during the Civil War.
In 1872, Lawrence Conrad, now a prominent Baltimore lawyer with extensive estates near New Orleans, married Sallie Howard Worthington (1842-1917), of a notable Baltimore family. The couple had two children, Charles Angelo Lewis Conrad (b. 1873) and Marie W. Conrad (b. 1884), who was born after her father’s death.
In August 1883, Conrad and his wife and son went to her family’s home near Reisterstown, MD to spend the summer. Mrs. Conrad had been an invalid for some years and suffered from episodes of near insanity due to the pain from neuralgia of the stomach. As related in the Washington Post, on the night of August 7th, “About 12:20 o’clock Mrs. Conrad ran screaming into her mother’s room, which adjoins the one occupied by herself and her husband. She … cried out, ‘Oh my God, I have hurt Mr. Conrad.’” When her mother came into the couple’s room, she found “her son-in-law dead, the blood trickling from a wound in the head back of the left ear and a Remington revolver of 32-calibre on the bed. The relations between Mr. Conrad and his wife have always been of the most tender and friendly character. They had been married fourteen years.” At the inquest, Mrs. Conrad said that she had intended to stop the pain by suicide and accidentally discharged the gun at her husband. The coroner’s jury returned a verdict of death by accident.
The Conrad family, parents and children, are buried in the Saint John’s Episcopal Church Cemetery, in Reisterstown, MD.
[Note: L. L. Conrad’s wife’s name is given as Minnie Worthington on the marriage certificate, though most sources, including her tombstone and her husband’s will, give her the name Sallie Howard Worthington.–JLC]
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- Conrad family tombstones, St. John’s Episcopal Church Cemetery, Reisterstown, MD. Findagrave.com (Accessed 5/18/12)
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- “Shot dead by his wife: a prominent Baltimore lawyer killed as he lay in bed.” Aug. 8, 1883. ProQuest Historical Newspapers: The Washington Post (1877-1994), p. 1.