About 1823 Marcus Brutus Winchester 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.
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.
Marcus Brutus Winchester (1796 - 1856)
Winchester Cemetery (Defunct)
Created by: Vincent Astor
Record added: Feb 10, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 33716706
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