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Joseph Alexander Mabry, Sr
Birth: 1826
Death: Oct. 19, 1882
Knoxville
Knox County
Tennessee, USA

Folk Figure. The gunfight which left Joseph Mabry Sr, his son Joseph Jr, and Thomas O'Conner dead was immortalized in Mark Twain's book, "Life on The Mississippi." Thomas O'Conner was a bank president and one of the richest men in Tennessee. Following a business dispute, Joseph Mabry, Sr, a wealthy (and eccentric) businessman, threatened his life. The next day, O'Conner shot him dead on Gay Street in Knoxville. The victim's son, lawyer Joseph Mabry, Jr., was nearby. He and O'Conner became involved in a gunfight which left them both dead. Twain, intrigued by the story, recalled the event in Chapter 40 of his book, "Life on The Mississppi." Today the Mabry House is one of Knoxville's historic attractions. (bio by: Evening Blues) 
 
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 Spouse:
  Laura Evelyn Churchwell Mabry (1833 - 1906)*
 
 Children:
  Joseph Alexander Mabry (1855 - 1882)*
  Clarence Mabry (1859 - 1860)*
  Charlton Mabry (1862 - 1866)*
  Lawrence C Mabry (1866 - 1952)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Old Gray Cemetery
Knoxville
Knox County
Tennessee, USA
 
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Originally Created by: Evening Blues
Record added: Nov 03, 2003
Find A Grave Memorial# 8055463
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