1859 - 1942 (83 years)
||Mary Aveline BENTON |
||9 Jan 1859
||Bon Secour, Alabama
|Also Known As
||seamstress, shrimp factory worker |
||23 Feb 1942
||Fort Pierce, Florida
||Riverview Memorial Cemetery, Ft. Pierce, Florida
- middle name listed in various documnets as Avalon, Aveline or Avoline
When Mary was 16 years old, she worked for a wealthy family in Biloxi as a seamstress. One day while making a gown, she fell onto a desk and a pair of scissors jabbed her in the eye. Dr. Lawson St. George was called to examine her. Her eye was turned completely inside out. Dr. St. George used raw oyster shells to get her eye turned around. She never did get her eyesight back in that eye, but the doctor fell madly in love with her and became her first husband. After they were married a few years, he died in a typhoid outbreak.
Working at shrimp factory in 1901 when notified that second husband James Lawrence Slay was killed by train. She became very depressed, took to her bed and asked God to let her die.
Employed by wealthy Biloxi families to tailor and create dresses, gowns and men’s suits.
Instrumental in helping Slay family establish alteration and dry cleaning business in Biloxi.
Lived last 18 years of her life in Ft. Pierce, Florida with granddaughter Anna Kitty (Darty) Layne.
||10 Nov 2009 |
||James Lawrence SLAY, Sr., b. 24 Mar 1858, Florida , d. 8 Sep 1901, Biloxi, Mississippi (Age 43 years) |
||1 Mar 1882
||Baldwin County, Alabama
- Lived on the corner of Oak Street and Howard Avenue in the Point Cadet area of Biloxi, Mississippi.
| ||1. Name unknown SLAY|
| ||2. Julia SLAY|
|+||3. William Gray SLAY, b. 22 Dec 1882, Bon Secour, Alabama , d. 1962, Biloxi, Mississippi (Age 79 years)|
| ||4. Thomas Calvin SLAY, b. 1884, Alabama , d. 1965 (Age 81 years)|
|+||5. James Lawrence SLAY, Jr., b. 23 Jan 1887, Alabama , d. 9 Jun 1955, Mobile, Alabama (Age 68 years)|
| ||6. Anna Evelyn SLAY, b. Sep 1887, Bay Minette, Alabama or Mississippi? , d. 1894 (Age ~ 6 years)|
| ||7. Kitty Amelia SLAY, b. Sep 1888, Bay Minette, Alabama , d. 1931 (Age ~ 42 years)|
|+||8. Robert Edward SLAY, b. 11 Nov 1890, Bon Secour, Alabama , d. 24 Oct 1975, Fort Pierce, Florida (Age 84 years)|
||18 Feb 2016 |
||Group Sheet | Family Chart