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Memphis in Shelby County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
 

Winchester Cemetery

 
 
Winchester Cemetery Marker image. Click for full size.
By Steve Masler, September 3, 2015
1. Winchester Cemetery Marker
Inscription. The Winchester New Burying Grounds was established in 1828 as the first cemetery by Andrew Jackson, John Overton, and James Winchester, the three original land owners of Memphis. At that time, the city government was less than two years old. Prior to this there was a small cemetery at Poplar and Third. Through the 1830's, the 40's and 50's Winchester was the principal city cemetery. The last burial there was in 1874. The cemetery occupied 10.82 acres bounded by what is now Lane Ave. on the south, the old L&N railroad on the north, Danny Thomas Blvd. on the west, and Manassas St. on the east.

As a result of neglect and vandalism beginning during the Yellow Fever epidemics, the cemetery went to ruins. The desecration resulted in protests by citizens and lawsuits by relatives. In 1931 a park was established on the 7 acres that you now see. Among those buried there were the victims of the Helen McGregor Steamboat disaster, William Lawrence, the first city surveyor, Henry Van Pelt, the first editor of the Appeal, and Marcus Winchester, our first mayor who in 1819 set up the first store in Memphis and in 1821 the first post office. Winchester's grave is located under what is now the city garage on the west side of the property.
 
Location. 35° 9.126′ N, 90° 2.168′ 

Winchester Cemetery Marker along Lane Road at Winchester Park image. Click for full size.
By Steve Masler, September 3, 2015
2. Winchester Cemetery Marker along Lane Road at Winchester Park
W. Marker is in Memphis, Tennessee, in Shelby County. Marker is at the intersection of Lane Ave. and St. Jude Place, on the right when traveling north on Lane Ave.. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Memphis TN 38105, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. St. Mary's Cathedral Chapel and Diocesan House (approx. 0.4 miles away); Collins Chapel Christian Methodist Episcopal Church (approx. half a mile away); Poplar Tunes / One-Stop Shop (approx. half a mile away); Mallory-Neely House (approx. half a mile away); Chickasaw Trail (approx. 0.6 miles away); Lauderdale Courts / Presley Family at Lauderdale Courts (approx. 0.6 miles away); Lowenstein Mansion (approx. 0.6 miles away); St. Mary's Catholic Church (approx. 0.7 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Memphis.
 
Also see . . .
1. Winchester Cemetery. Includes list of all burials (Submitted on September 4, 2015, by Steve Masler of Memphis, Tennessee.) 

2. Memphis, TN Steamboat HELEN McGREGOR Explodes, Feb 1830. (Submitted on September 4, 2015, by Steve Masler of Memphis, Tennessee.)
 
Categories. Cemeteries & Burial Sites
 
Winchester Cemetery at Winchester Park image. Click for full size.
By Steve Masler, September 3, 2015
3. Winchester Cemetery at Winchester Park
City Garage over the grave of Marcus Winchester at Winchester Cemetery image. Click for full size.
By Steve Masler, September 3, 2015
4. City Garage over the grave of Marcus Winchester at Winchester Cemetery
Postcard of Old Winchester Cemetery image. Click for full size.
By Steve Masler
5. Postcard of Old Winchester Cemetery
taken 1840. from http://memphislibrary.contentdm.oclc.org/cdm/compoundobject/collection/p15342coll3/id/107/rec/6
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Steve Masler of Memphis, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 120 times since then and 8 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Steve Masler of Memphis, Tennessee. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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