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Mary Aveline BENTON

Female 1859 - 1942  (83 years)


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  • Name Mary Aveline BENTON 
    Born 9 Jan 1859  Bon Secour, Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Also Known As Evie 
    Occupation seamstress, shrimp factory worker 
    Died 23 Feb 1942  Fort Pierce, Florida Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Riverview Memorial Cemetery, Ft. Pierce, Florida Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • 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.
    Person ID I342  MyFamilyInfo
    Last Modified 10 Nov 2009 

    Father John SWIM,   b. 1825, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother Kitty NELSON,   b. Abt 1865, Gaston, Sumter, Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F245  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Dr. Lawson E. ST. GEORGE,   d. 1881, Panama Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married 10 Oct 1878  Baldwin County, Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
    +1. Lawson Edna ST. GEORGE
    Last Modified 18 Feb 2016 
    Family ID F250  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 James Lawrence SLAY, Sr.,   b. 24 Mar 1858, Florida Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Sep 1901, Biloxi, Mississippi Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 43 years) 
    Married 1 Mar 1882  Baldwin County, Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • Lived on the corner of Oak Street and Howard Avenue in the Point Cadet area of Biloxi, Mississippi.
    Children 
     1. Name unknown SLAY
     2. Julia SLAY
    +3. William Gray SLAY,   b. 22 Dec 1882, Bon Secour, Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1962, Biloxi, Mississippi Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years)
     4. Thomas Calvin SLAY,   b. 1884, Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1965  (Age 81 years)
    +5. James Lawrence SLAY, Jr.,   b. 23 Jan 1887, Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Jun 1955, Mobile, Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 68 years)
     6. Anna Evelyn SLAY,   b. Sep 1887, Bay Minette, Alabama or Mississippi? Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1894  (Age ~ 6 years)
     7. Kitty Amelia SLAY,   b. Sep 1888, Bay Minette, Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1931  (Age ~ 42 years)
    +8. Robert Edward SLAY,   b. 11 Nov 1890, Bon Secour, Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Oct 1975, Fort Pierce, Florida Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 84 years)
    Last Modified 18 Feb 2016 
    Family ID F237  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 3 Thomas C. MORRISON 
    Married 8 Nov 1906  Mobile County, Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Last Modified 18 Feb 2016 
    Family ID F254  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Headstones
    Mary, Thomas & Kitty Slay
    Mary, Thomas & Kitty Slay