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  • ID: I64
  • Name: Marcus Brutus WINCHESTER 1 2
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 28 MAY 1796 in Cragfont, Sumner Co., TN
  • Death: 3 NOV 1856 in Memphis, Shelby Co., TN
  • Occupation: Land Trader, 1st Mayor Of Memphis, TN, 1st Postmaster
  • Note: 3 4

    Captured with with his father in the War of 1812 and interred with him in Quebec. Both later released.
    Andrew Jackson, James Winchester , his son Marcus B. Winchester, and several other men were responsible for the laying out and organization of Memphis, TN. Marcus was one of two of the first Memphis merchants along with Isaac Rawlings. One of these two men was the first mayor of Memphis. Records show one or the other, but my grandmother ROY always said it was Marcus.

    Winchester Park on Main Street in Memphis was donated to the city by Marcus B. Winchester with the provision that it could never be used except as a park. In the late 1940s, the city wanted to build a parking lot under the park. This was sucessfully stopped by Winchester heirs (Valerie Williams Roy, my grandmother).

    Frances Wright, the founder of Nashoba, was a woman. She and her sister, Camilla were protegees of LaFayette and through him were introduced to Thomas Jefferson and thru him to Andrew Jackson. They visited the United States in 1818 and were very moved by the general acceptance of slavery. They bought land in 1825 near present day Memphis and started Neshoba (Indian word for Wolf) which was an experimental colony that wanted to find an alternative to slavery. Blacks were to be educated and taught philosophy of freedom. The work of building the colony took up more time than teaching its principles and it failed by 1828. The 31 slaves were transported to Haiti where they were set free. Frances (Fanny) married a D'Arsumont and had a duaghter named Sylva, who married a Guthrie. Marcus B. Winchester is considered locally to be the first Mayor of Memphis. Founders of Memphis are John Overton, Andrew Jackson and James Winchester. They!
    all lived near Nashville and had fine homes which are all still there and open to the public for tours. They never moved to Memphis but sent numerous relatives here. Overton and Winchester had children. Jackson had no direct issue, but his wife's nephews and nieces came here. One of the Donnleson nieces married John C. McClemore, who bought Jackson's share of the land and is considered the fourth founder.
  • Military:
    Entered the army at age 17 and served as an aide to his father, General James Winchester.
  • Change Date: 21 MAY 2003



    Father: James WINCHESTER b: 6 FEB 1752 in Carroll Co., MD Near Westminster, MD "White Level" c: in 3rd Child
    Mother: Susan BLACK b: BEF NOV 1777 in SC

    Marriage 1 Marie Louise Amerante Regis LOISELLE
    • Married: ABT 1823 in ?Sumner, CO., TN 2
    Children
    1. Has Children Laura WINCHESTER b: DEC 1825 in Memphis, Shelby Co., TN
    2. Has No Children Robert Owen WINCHESTER b: 25 AUG 1827 in ?St. Louis
    3. Has Children Valeria WINCHESTER b: 1837 in Memphis, Shelby Co., TN
    4. Has Children Frances E. Wright WINCHESTER b: 1829 in Memphis,Shelby Co., TN
    5. Has No Children Louise WINCHESTER b: 1832
    6. Has Children Loisel (Loiselle) WINCHESTER b: 1835
    7. Has No Children Valeria (Valerie) WINCHESTER b: 1837 in Memphis, Shelby Co., TN
    8. Has No Children Selima WINCHESTER
    9. Has Children Lisida WINCHESTER b: 1839

    Marriage 2 Lucy Leonora MCLAIN
    • Married: 17 AUG 1842 in Davidson CO, TN

    Marriage 3 Mary ?WRIGHT b: ABT 1800 in Ireland
    • Married: ? in ?

    Sources:
    1. Type: Internat. Geneal. Index, LDS
    2. Type: Book
      Periodical: WINCHESTER-Descendants of William WINCHESTER
      Author: Col. & Mrs. Louis Farrell
      Publication: Unk.
    3. Type: Book
      Author: Susan Black Winchester Scales
      Periodical: Long, Long Ago- Reminiscences of Cragfont
      Publication: Quality printing Company, 1992, Second Printing
    4. Type: E-Mail Message
      Author: Hunter Johnson
      Date: 21 May, 2003
      Location: hjohnst@bellsouth.net
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