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Re: Marcus Brutus Winchester d.1856 & wife Mary
Posted by: Caroline Thompson (ID *****2598) Date: October 10, 2011 at 05:12:00
In Reply to: Re: Marcus Brutus Winchester d.1856 & wife Mary by Scott Andrews of 1310

Mary Winchester born Maria Louise Amarante Regis Loiselle, New Orleans, New France, USA 1806.
from: Find A Grave Memorial# 17768844
About 1823 he married Mary Loiselle of New Orleans, and most historians agree that she was a woman of color. They had six daughters and two sons. Possibly because of his marriage and the hardening of racial lines, Winchester's career declined. He moved with his family to his farm three miles outside Memphis and was involved in a variety of lawsuits and financial difficulties. After his wife's death in 1840, he married a nineteen-year-old widow, Lucy Lenore Ferguson McLean, in 1842. She died in 1861 with no children. He served as a delegate to a railroad convention in St. Louis in 1849 and was elected to the state legislature in 1851. The cemetery, named in honor of his family, fell into disuse and was eclipsed by the fashionable Elmwood Cemetery. There is one published list of inscriptions dated 1897. By the 1920s it was a ruin and some transcriptions were made of the remaining known interments. All who could afford to be had been transferred to other cemeteries. Only a handful of stones remained which have since disappeared. The remainder of the burials lie under a public park created in 1931 with municipal buildings erected on the west side. Marcus Winchester and a wife (possibly Mary Loiselle) lie under one of these structures (City Garage)




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