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Sarah Winchester

AKA Sarah Lockwood Pardee

Born: Sep-1839
Died: 5-Sep-1922
Location of death: San Jose, CA
Cause of death: unspecified
Remains: Buried, Evergreen Cemetery, New Haven, CT

Gender: Female
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Relative

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Winchester Mystery House

Heiress to the Winchester Repeating Arms Company, Sarah Winchester moved to San Jose, California, in the 1880s and constructed a 160-room mansion. Its haphazard design is the result of 40 years of additions, and many unusual features are present -- stairways to nowhere, doors that open to abrupt drops, labyrinthine floor plan. Speculation as to the reason for her obsession usually includes escaping the ghosts of those killed by her family's armaments. The mansion sustained substantial damage in the 1906 Earthquake. After Winchester's death in 1922 the contents were auctioned, and in the 1970s the buildings were turned into a tourist attraction, the Winchester Mystery House. Every decade or so new rooms are "discovered" to attract further attention.

Father: Leonard Pardee
Mother: Sarah W. Burns
Sister: Sarah Pardee (d. infancy)
Sister: Mary Pardee Converse
Sister: Antoinette Pardee
Brother: Leonard Pardee, Jr.
Sister: Isabelle Pardee Merriman
Sister: Estelle Pardee
Husband: William Wirt Winchester (b. 1837, m. 30-Sep-1862, d. 7-Mar-1881 tuberculosis, one daughter)
Daughter: Annie Pardee Winchester (b. 12-Jul-1866, d. infancy)

    Risk Factors: Arthritis

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