Does anyone have a male Winchester (Ben[jamin]) married/connected to a Ms. MATHIS (maiden name)? Ben was born in TN, married a MATHIS girl (probably after coming to AL.) Together, they produced a son, Thomas Winchester b. 7/4/1865 in Birmingham, AL.
The 1870 Census Index (sorted by birthplace of Ben-TN), shows a Benjamin F. Winchester in Marshall Co., KY, but I found no other Winchesters listed in that county. Thomas was not found. In their travels to IL, they could possible have been in KY at that time.
Thomas left AL and, in 1894, married a Lou (Travelstead) Goots/Gooch in Posey Co. IN. He resided in White Co. IL at that time. He later married Anna Peerman in Posey Co..
I would suppose that their travels went from TN>AL>TN>KY>IL/IN
I can find no proof of Ben's wife's maiden name. Given name may have been Mary.
I have searched all censuses. AL Birth and Marriage records don't exist for that time period.
Sorry for the long-windedness, and thanks for all help.