Marshall Winn and Louisa Cedelia (Shore) Winn
Marshall Winn was born 18 April 1842 in Toulon, Stark County, Illinois. His parents were Thomas and Mary Ann (Johnson) Winn.
Louisa Cedelia Shore was born 7 February 1844 in LaFayette village, Stark County, Illinois. Her parents were John and Mary Ann (Brandenburg) Shore.
One month after Louisa's 17th birthday, on 7 March 1861 her father John Shore died. Her mother Mary Ann Shore remarried to Richard C. Baker on the following New Year's day, 1 January 1862. Louisa then lived with her mother and stepfather until her marriage to Marshall.
Marshall and Louisa were married on 23 Dec 1869, and settled in Wyoming, Illinois.
Marshall and Louisa's marriage was marked almost from its beginning by their caring for her other family members. They took her niece Cora Shore (1871) and her nephew Jesse Shore (1880) into their home, after the deaths of their mothers. Our family is directly descended from her nephew, Jesse Shore.
Many of our family's records were handed down from Louisa to Jesse Shore.
Here is our family relationship to Marshall and Louisa.
Louisa Shore was a daughter of John Shore and Mary Ann (Brandenburg) Shore, and sister of William Thomas Shore (b. 1846), our direct relative.
William's first wife (Cora Dick) gave birth to their son (Winfred Shore) in 1869. She was then 16 years of age. Cora died in 1871 at age 18, two weeks after giving birth to their daughter (also named Cora). Louisa and Marshall took the little child into their home and cared for her. She did not survive to her second birthday.
William remarried (Ianthe Talbott) in 1873. Ianthe died in 1880, leaving two sons, Albertus Arthur Shore and Jesse Perry Shore, ages 5 and 2 years. Louisa and Marshall took Jesse Shore into their home, and reared him to adulthood.
Our family is directly descended from Jesse Shore.
Louisa's obituary (1931) reads: "she gave a home to her nephew, Jesse Shore, and her niece Cora", as well as to a granddaughter. Her obituary mentions that she was survived "by two nephews, Jesse and Bert Shore."
Our family owes gratitude to Louisa and Marshall for caring for Jesse in their family, bringing him up from a 2-year-old child into adulthood.
When Jesse married, he named his first daughter Mary Louise Shore. He might have given her middle name in gratitude to his aunt Louisa Cedelia (Shore) Winn, who nurtured him as a small child.
Marshall and Louisa Winn had one child, their son Edgar Winn. In addition to taking into their home Louisa's niece Cora Shore (1871, newborn) and nephew Jesse Shore (1880, age 2 yrs), they also cared for their son Edgar Winn and grandson Dean Winn (1900, age 5) after the death of Edgar's wife.
Marshall and Louisa Winn's son Edgar Winn was born on 13 September 1870, and died on 16 April 1938. He married Mary Jane Francis on 1 November 1892 in Stark County, Illinois. She was born in 1875, and died in 1898.
Edgar and Mary Jane Winn had one child, their son Dean Harold Winn. He was born on 4 July 1894, and died on 10 September 1948 in Wyoming, Stark County, Illinois.
Dean Winn married Marie Louise Cox. They had three surviving children, their daughters Dorothy Juanita Winn (b. 1 October 1911), Alice Louise Winn (b. 4 March 1918), and Deana Marie Winn (b. 22 October 1919). A fourth child, Mary Jane Winn was born in 1921 and died in that same year.
Dorothy Juanita Winn (1 October 1911 - 12 August 2005) married Eugene Henry Jackson (1911-2004). They were married on 10 October 1936 in Canton, Fulton County, Illinois.
Alice Louise Winn (4 March 1918 - 13 January 1992) married Elliott Leroy Breese (1916-2007). They were married on 20 April 1941 in Wyoming, Stark County, Illinois.
Deana Marie Winn (22 October 1919 - 11 August 1999) married Roy B. Bennett (1913-2009). They were married on 30 May 1941 in Peoria, Illinois.
Edgar Winn remarried to Wilhelmina Schutz. The 1910 U.S. Federal Census shows them married six years, with one child, their son Harold E. Winn, age one year and five months. The child was born in 1908 and died in 1911.
Much of the caring for family, brought into our time by our ancestor Jesse Shore, must have come from his childhood. He grew from a 2-year old child into adulthood in Marshall and Louisa's home. He shared their home with their own son and with the other children they nurtured.
Louisa's life bridges important years in our heritage. She knew people whom some of us still remember well. She knew ones who came earlier, whom we could never know. Our heritage has lived through her years.
- As a child (born 1844), she was held and nurtured by Mary Ann and John Shore. They were gone many years before any of us were born.
- As a mother and aunt, she held and nurtured her nephew Jesse Shore (born 1877), orphaned to her at two years of age.
- It was Jesse who, grown up and with his wife Anna, gave life to all who are in our family today. He also gave a tradition of caring for our family, probably found in his childhood with Louisa.
Stories she told to Jesse about her life in the early Shore/Brandenburg home might have been his inspiration for saving so much of our heritage. As a two-year old, his parents' memory must have been preserved for him by his aunt Louisa. Through her, we have so many items preserved for us today.
Photographs of Louisa Cedelia (Shore) Winn have been found in our family, and are shown below. They show her as an elderly lady. No photographs have been found so far of her younger years.
Louisa's obituary mentions the home they lived in, where they were "often visited by Indians to whom Mrs. Winn never became accustomed".
Note: The "Odds and Ends" page of our Family Site shows some early photos of Wyoming, Illinois.
Marshall served with the Illinois 2nd Light Artillery Regiment during the Civil War. Letters exist in the family from him to his future bride, both during and after the war. Those letters are shown below. Immediately after the war he owned a business as a harness-maker. By 1900 he was occupied as an insurance agent.
Louisa did extensive charitable work in addition to caring for her family. Her work included making quilts to raise funds for war relief. Her obituary (1931) mentions:
"... This was about the time of the Civil war. One of her enterprises was that of making quilts, which she sold to help raise funds for the war. One of these quilts is now in the possession of her family."
Louisa gave the quilt to her nephew, Jesse Perry Shore. It went to his daughter Jessie Kathryn (Shore) Kollenberg, who gave it to her niece and nephew Jean (May) Roberts and James Roberts. A photo of the quilt is shown below.
Marshall died on 17 March 1904. Louisa died on 26 June 1931. They are buried at Wyoming Cemetery, Wyoming, Illinois.
All of these Family Documents are shown below.
The 1850 US Federal Census lists the Thomas Winn household, with "Marshall" as an 8-year old child.
The 1850 US Federal Census also lists the John Shore household, with "Louisa C." as a 6-year old child.
The 1860 US Federal Census lists the Thomas Winn household, with "Marshall" now a young man of 18 years.
The 1880 US Federal Census shows Marshall and Louisa married, with their son Edgar and nephew Jesse Shore living with them. Marshall's occupation is shown as Harness Maker.
The 1900 US Federal Census shows Marshall and Louisa's household, with their son Edgar and grandson Dean (age 5) living with them. Edgar's first wife Mary had died in 1898. Marshall's occupation is shown as Insurance Agent, "1 month not employed". Edgar's occupation is shown as Day Laborer, "3 months not employed".
The 1910 US Federal Census for Edgar Winn shows Edgar and his second wife Wilhelmina with an infant son, Harold E. Winn. Edgar is age 39; Wilhelmina is age 31, and Harold is one year and five months. They are living in Canton Township. Edgar's occupation is shown as Harness Maker (the same as his late father Marshall Winn had after returning from the Civil War).
The 1920 US Federal Census for Edgar Winn shows Edgar and Wilhelmina Winn living alone in Peoria. Their child Harold had died in 1911. Edgar's occupation is shown as Chauffeur, Oil Truck; Wilhelmina's is shown as Forelady, Glove Factory.
The 1920 US Federal Census for Louisa Winn shows her, age 75 and widowed, living with the Eckley family. In a letter of that year to her nephew Jesse Shore, she mentions that an enclosed photo was taken at the Eckley's. It is the small photo shown below, of her sitting in a chair "getting warm by the register".
The 1920 US Federal Census for Dean Winn shows Dean and Marie Winn's family, with three daughters and Marie's widowed mother Alice M. Cox living with them. They are living in Toulon. Dean's occupation is shown as Carpenter.
The 1930 US Federal Census shows Louisa Winn, age 86 and widowed, living in Peoria with her son Edgar and his wife Wilhelmina.
The 1930 US Federal Census shows Dean and Marie Winn, and their three daughters: Dorothy Juanita, Alice Louise, and Deana Marie. Their youngest child Mary Jane was born in 1921 and died in that same year.
Six envelopes are addressed to "Miss L. C. Shore" in La Fayette, Illinois. These envelopes are postmarked from New York and Chicago. They are envelopes 1, 2, 3, 24, 25 and 26.
These envelopes bear the same handwriting that is on envelopes addressed to Louisa's father, John Shore, from England.
The handwriting is the same on letters mailed in England and in America. This raises the possibility that other Shore family members came from England to America.
If the letters that were in the envelopes can be found, they might show whether more members of the Shore family came to America. So far only the envelopes have been found.
Possibly the letters were handed to a ship's passenger in England, to be mailed after arriving in America. They are, however, consistently postmarked from New York and Chicago.
Envelopes with the same handwriting are in the Family Gallery for John and Mary Ann (Brandenburg) Shore. The handwriting appears to be that of John's brother, Thomas Shore.
Many envelopes show a long correspondence from Marshall to Louisa before their marriage in 1869. Some were sent to her before the Civil War, some from Marshall's assignments during the war, and others were sent after he returned. All of the envelopes found so far are shown below.
These envelopes were passed down to Louisa's nephew Jesse Shore.
The envelopes are empty, and the letters they contained have not be found so far.
Two letters have been found from Marshall to Louisa, and are shown below. An 1865 letter was to "My Dear Friend"; by 1868 she was "Dear Delia". They were married in 1869.
Letters from Louisa to Marshall have not been found, but some may still be in our family or in the Winn family.
A photograph shows Louisa sitting at the front door of their home in Wyoming, Stark County, Illinois. It is dated 1894 on the back. Another photograph shows her and her grandson Dean Winn (b. 1894) in front of the home. The child appears to be about five years old, so the photograph is from about 1899.
An 1897 photograph of Stark County businessmen shows Marshall Winn (top row, third from left).
A photograph shows Marshall in front of his harness-making shop. Writing on the back by Jesse Shore, Marshall's nephew, names the four people in the photo: Marshall Winn, Al Conover, Edgar Winn (Marshall's son), and "Tom" (full name not given). The photograph probably dates from about 1895. The 1880 census shows his occupation as harness-making; by 1900 the census shows him as an insurance agent, perhaps reflecting the growing use of automobiles for transportation.
The receipt shown below was passed down to Jesse Shore. It is dated 4 Feb 1865 and shows $25.00 received from "Madison Winn" for "filling quota of Toulon Township". The documentary stamp has been cut from it. It might have been related to the Civil War. Madison Winn is Marshall's brother.
Letters from Louisa and members of her family to her nephew Jesse Shore are shown below.
One of the letters (1920) contains three photographs of Louisa and her family.
The letter was written on 15 June 1920, and states that the smaller photo was taken "last winter" when she was "over to Eckley getting warm by the register". The Eckley and Winn families are early settlers of Stark County, Illinois and are close relatives.
The other two photographs were taken on the same day, marked 23 May 1920.
One of these photos shows four generations in the Winn family: Louisa's grandson Dean Winn, Louisa, her son Edgar Winn, and her oldest great-granddaughter Dorothy Juanita Winn.
The other photo shows Dean and Marie Winn's three children: Dorothy, Alice, and Deana Marie.
The 1920 letter and its three photographs are shown below. From these photos we see Louisa (Shore) Winn later in her life. She had been widowed on the death of Marshall in 1904, and was now a mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother.
A biography describes the life of Marshall and Louisa. It shows Marshall's military service in the Civil War, occupation after the war, and his involvement in civic responsibilities. It shows Louisa's activity in civic organizations. The biography also mentions their nephew, Jesse P. Shore at age 3 years, living in their home.
Another letter (1921) from Louisa to Jesse Shore is shown below.
A Christmas card (1921) from Louisa's son Edgar Winn and his wife Wilhelmina ("Minnie") congratulates Jesse on his new home at 716 Denver Blvd., San Antonio. This card also is shown below.
Today it is possible that the latest generation of our "Winn family cousins" might have photos, letters and records of our family.
One of Louisa's quilts is shown below.
A letter is written to Louisa, dated 15 Jan 1855, from her cousin William Brandenburg. It describes names and events in the Brandenburg family at that time. As Louisa was born 7 Feb 1844, she received the letter before her 11th birthday. The letter is shown below.
A poem is written to Louisa from her friend Carrie. Carrie's family name, and the date she sent the poem to Louisa, are as yet unknown. It is shown below.
A poem is written to Louisa from her cousin Alfred Thomas Shore. It describes "The Evergreen" tree as a symbol of love. It is shown below.
Shown below are Louisa's obituary, and the gravesites of Marshall, Louisa, and members of their family.
Here are some images.
7 January 2014