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Natchez in Adams County, Mississippi — The American South (East South Central)
 

Wheaton-McGuire House - 125 St. Catherine Street

Natchez Trails

 
 
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By Cajun Scrambler, July 8, 2017
1. Wheaton-McGuire House - 125 St. Catherine Street Marker
Inscription. Lettie Stanton, most likely born into slavery and possibly at Brandon Hall, had a stable relationship with cotton planter William Page, who never married anyone else and fathered her two daughters, heirs to the Page estate.

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 Page McGuire. The family portrait at left includes wife Oneida and son Woodrick, who died in the Rhythm Night Club fire in 1940.

Thelma Wallace Williams, daughter of Marguerite (McGuire) and Dr.

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July 8, 2017
2. Wheaton-McGuire House - 125 St. Catherine Street Marker
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.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Natchez Trails marker series.
 
Location. 31° 33.404′ N, 91° 23.307′ W. Marker is in Natchez, Mississippi, in Adams County. Marker is on Saint Catherine Street near O'Brien Street, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 125 St. Catherine Street, Natchez MS 39120, United States of America.
 
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.
 
Categories. African AmericansSettlements & Settlers

 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 22, 2018. This page originally submitted on February 22, 2018, by Cajun Scrambler of Assumption, Louisiana. This page has been viewed 78 times since then. Photos:   1. submitted on February 22, 2018, by Cajun Scrambler of Assumption, Louisiana.   2. submitted on February 22, 2018.
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