John M. Winchester, deceased, was born in Jefferson County, Ind., on March 23, 1826, and died October 28, 1887. His parents were Serrill and Mary A. (Miller) Winchester. The father was born in Hardin County, Ky., on March 4, 1804, and the mother in Rutherford County, N. C., on April 2, 1803. Their deaths occurred October 1, 1854, and June 3, 1867, respectively. To the parents the following children were born: John M. (subject); Nancy S., June 16, 1827; Jane S., June 28, 1828; William R., March 1, 1830, died November 18, 1844; Harvey C., March 16, 1832; Minerva, September 17, 1833, died March 20, 1861; Jordan M., January 23, 1835, died September 8, 1858; Malissa A., born May 31, 1837; Washington N., December 27, 1838, died July 13, 1841; Louisa, born June 27, 1844, died June 27, 1844.

The subject of this sketch followed farming as a vocation, and returned to Franklin, in August, 1881. On August 20, 1851, he was married to Harriet B. Demaree, and to this union eight children were born, five of whom still survive. The wife died October 17, 1864, and on December 26, 1865, he was married to Mrs. Elizabeth A. Fisher, who was born in Johnson County, Ind., on January 20, 1839, and is the daughter of James H. and Jane (Dobbins) Graham. James Graham was born in Shelby County, Ky., on June 6, 1809, and died April 29, 1886. Jane Graham was born in Pendleton District, S. C., on November 10, 1815. They were married March 13, 1834. To this union the following children were born: Mary A., born March 24, 1835; Charles H., November 14, 1836, who served in Company F, Fifth Indiana Cavalry, and was a prisoner in Libby, Salisbury and Andersonville prisons, escaping from the latter; John F., born December 30, 1840, served in Company I, Seventeenth Indiana Regiment, died in West Virginia in 1861; Robert G., born October 15, 1843, deceased; Margaret J., September 3, 1845, deceased; Thomas W., February 12, 1849; James W., December 24, 1850; Belle C., April 12, 1853; Washington F., October 22, 1856.To the union of our subject and Mrs. Elizabeth Fisher, no children were born.

On October 29, 1857, Elizabeth A. Graham, widow of our subject, was married to James M. Fisher, who was born December 15, 1839, in Johnson County, Ind. He enlisted in August, 1861, in Company F, Seventh Regiment Indiana Infantry, and left Franklin August 29, of the same year. He was a noncommissioned officer of the company, and was killed in the skirmish line on North Ann River, Virginia, during the Wilderness campaign on May 24, 1864, and his remains were buried in Arlington National Cemetery, Virginia. To the union of Mr. Fisher and Elizabeth A. Graham, two sons were born, as follows: Irwin, August 14, 1858, and Charles L., August 15, 1860.

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Banta, D.D. History of Johnson County, Indiana, Chicago, IL: Brant & Fuller, 1888, page 674.