Wheaton-McGuire House - 125 St. Catherine Street
Margaret Page, daughter of Lettie Stanton and William Page, posed in a studio portrait.
Margaret Page McGuire and her four daughters gathered on the front porch of the Wheaton- McGuire House for a picture. Standing (left to right) are Lettie Wheaton and Mattie Wheaton; seated are Marguerite McGuire and Ida McGuire.
The Wheaton-Mcguire House was built as the residence of Margaret Page and Albert Wheaton, the father of her two oldest daughters. Mississippi law prohibited their interracial marriage.
After the death of Wheaton, Margaret Page married Miller "Pony" McGuire and had three more children. McGuire's blacksmith shop operated at 33 St. Catherine Street.
The house at 125 St. Catherine Street has sheltered generations of matriarch Margaret Page McGuire's family members, who have made significant civic and cultural contributions to the Natchez community.
William "Willie" McGuire was the only son of Margaret
Thelma Wallace Williams, daughter of Marguerite (McGuire) and Dr. William Wallace, retired from teaching in New York and moved into her grandmother's home in Natchez. She started an enrichment program for African American young people.
She headquartered her program across St. Catherine Street in the Angelety House, where she created a gallery for exhibits and operated the Mostly African Market to raise funds to support the program. She also became the guardian of her family's cultural history.
Birdie Simmons (left), who lived on McCabe Alley, worked for the McGuire family as the housekeeper. She was one of the many household workers who lived in the alleys off St. Catherine Street.
William Wallace, brother of Thelma Williams, enjoys a snack with childhood friend Geraldine Nelson.
Erected by City of Natchez.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African Americans • Settlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the Mississippi - Natchez Trails series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1940.
Location. 31° 33.404′ N, 91° 23.307′ W. Marker is in Natchez, Mississippi, in Adams County. Marker
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Smart-Griffin-Angelety House - 180 St. Catherine Street (a few steps from this marker); Music on St. Catherine Street (within shouting distance of this marker); Papa Lightfoot & The Natchez Blues (within shouting distance of this marker); 156-166 St. Catherine Street (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Natchez Civil Rights Movement - 1965 - Pivotal Year (about 400 feet away); St. Catherine Street - John Nosser and Nosser City (about 700 feet away); America's Domestic "Slave" Trading Routes To The Deep South (approx. 0.2 miles away); History of St. Catherine Street (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Natchez.
Credits. This page was last revised on February 22, 2018. It was originally submitted on February 22, 2018, by Cajun Scrambler of Assumption, Louisiana. This page has been viewed 192 times since then and 20 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on February 22, 2018, by Cajun Scrambler of Assumption, Louisiana. 2. submitted on February 22, 2018.