Old Swedes Churchyard Walking Tour
Over 15,000 people are buried here at Old Swedes. Many, like Miss Vining, are buried in unmarked graves. Her grave is believed to be in the southern area of the yard.
Mary was the daughter of John Vining, a Chief Justice and Speaker of the Delaware Assembly. During the Revolutionary War era, she was known as the belle of Wilmington. She was courted by General "Mad" Anthony Wayne, sketched by Major John André and was a lifelong correspondent with General Lafayette. She became well known within the courts of Europe through these contacts.
Mary Vining never married. In her later years she cared for the orphaned sons of her brother, a former U.S. Senator. She outlived her family and her economic and social status declined.
Erected by The National Society of the Colonial Dames of America of the State of Delaware. (Marker Number 16.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Cemeteries & Burial Sites • Churches & Religion • Women.
Location. 39° 44.293′ N, 75° 32.411′ W. Marker is in Wilmington, Delaware, in New Castle County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of North Church Street (U.S. 13) and East 7th Street, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 612 N Church St, Wilmington DE 19801, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Garesche, Bauduy, Deschappelle Families (a few steps from this marker); South Portico (a few steps from this marker); Christiern and Maria Brynberg (within shouting distance of this marker); "K. C." and "B. C." Stones (within shouting distance of this marker); Charles Springer (within shouting distance of this marker); Graffiti Doors (within shouting distance of this marker); Major Peter Jaquett (within shouting distance of this marker); East Wall Letters (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Wilmington.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 7, 2021. It was originally submitted on June 7, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 50 times since then. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on June 7, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.