Victoria Theresa Mims1,2,3

ID# 2491, (1838 - 1895)
FatherJohn H. Mims4,5 (6 Jun 1806 - 11 Apr 1850)
MotherCaroline Hanson Cresap4,6,5 (6 Jul 1811 - 25 Feb 1904)

Key Events:

Birth: 26 Sep 1838, Eddyville, Caldwell Co., Kentucky7,8,9
Marriage: Willis Benson Machen, 10 Sep 18597,10,11
Death: 24 May 1895, Clinton, Hickman Co., Kentucky12,13,9
Burial: Riverview Cemetery, Eddyville, Kentucky14,15

Spouse:Willis Benson Machen (5 Apr 1810 - 29 Sep 1893)
     Children:

  • Minnie Machen29,30,31 (1860 - )
  • Maggie Machen32 (6 Apr 1862 - 20 Sep 1864)
  • Frank P. Machen29,33,34 (abt 1866 - bef 1937)
  • Willis Benson Machen Jr.29,30,34 (1 May 1869 - )
  • Charles Victor Machen29,30,34 (abt 1873 - )
  • Albert S. Machen35 (abt Feb 1876 - Oct 1876)
  • Marjorie Machen29 (say 1881 - )
ChartsDescendants of Linah and Rebeccah (Davis) Mims
AncestryThe Linah Mims - Rebecca Davis Family

Copyright Notice

Narrative:

     
Victoria Theresa Mims
photo courtesy Scott Haun
Victoria Theresa Mims was born on 26 Sep 1838 in Eddyville, Caldwell Co., Kentucky.7,8,9 She was probably the female under age 5 listed in the household of her father, John H. Mims, in the 1840 Federal Census of Caldwell Co., Kentucky.16
     Her father died on 11 Apr 1850, when Victoria was 11 years old.17,18 She appeared on the 1850 Federal Census of Caldwell Co., Kentucky, in the household of her mother, Caroline Hanson Cresap.19,20
     Victoria married Willis Benson Machen, son of Henry Ballinger Machen and Nancy Tarrant, on 10 Sep 1859.7,10,11
     Victoria and Willis appeared on the 1860 Federal Census of Eddyville, Lyon Co., Kentucky, enumerated 14 Aug 1860, reporting real estate of $23,500 and personal estate of $70,040. His children Henry, Edward, John, Mary and Elizabeth were listed as living with them, as was Elizabeth Gracey, orphaned daughter of Mathew Lyon Gracey and Maria Tilford, but not a relative of Willis and Victoria. He reported 26 slaves in 6 slave houses, of which one, a 13 year-old male, was reported as a fugitive.21,22
     Victoria and Willis appeared on the 1870 Federal Census of District No. 1, Eddyville, Lyon Co., Kentucky, enumerated 5 Jun 1870, reporting real estate of $17,000 and personal estate of $1100. Their children Minnie, Frank and Willis, and his son John by a previous marriage were listed as living with them.23
     Victoria and Willis appeared on the 1880 Federal Census of Eddyville, Lyon Co., Kentucky, enumerated 1 Jun 1880. Their children Minnie, Frank, Willis and Charles were listed as living with them.24
     After her husband's death, Victoria was forced to sell her beloved home "Mineral Mount" in Eddyville. She moved in with her sister Mary in her home in Clinton, Kentucky.25
     Her husband died on 29 Sep 1893 in Hopkinsville, Kentucky.26,27,28
     Victoria died on 24 May 1895 in Clinton, Hickman Co., Kentucky, at age 56, committing suicide by shooting herself in the head in the home of her sister Mary, where she was living at the time.12,13,9 She was buried in Riverview Cemetery, Eddyville, Kentucky.14,15

Citations

  1. [S2003] John Mims Family Bible, shows name as Victoria T Mims.
  2. [S736] Cresap and Cresap, History of the Cresaps, pg 322, shows name as Victoria F. Mims, but pg 360 shows Victoria Theresa Mims.
  3. [S568] Caroline H. Mims household, 1850 U.S. Census, Caldwell Co., Kentucky, shows name as Victoria F. Mims.
  4. [S2003] John Mims Family Bible.
  5. [S736] Cresap and Cresap, History of the Cresaps, pg 322.
  6. [S568] Caroline H. Mims household, 1850 U.S. Census, Caldwell Co., Kentucky, shows them in same household, apparently as mother and child.
  7. [S2003] John Mims Family Bible, shows date.
  8. [S49] Freeman, Family File "David and Deborah.GED," 31 Jul 1998, shows date, town, county as Lyon, and state. However, Lyon county was not formed out of Caldwell Co. until 1854.
  9. [S2080] Victoria T. Machen grave marker, Eddyville Cemetery, shows date.
  10. [S736] Cresap and Cresap, History of the Cresaps, pg 360, shows year.
  11. [S1808] Willis B. Machen household, 1860 U.S. Census, Lyon Co., Kentucky, shows them in same household, apparently as husband and wife.
  12. [S7465] "Ended her Suffering," The Mansfield News, 26 May 1895, dated Clinton, Ky, May 25, shows cause of death and at the home of her sister.
  13. [S2003] John Mims Family Bible, shows date, town, and state.
  14. [S2003] John Mims Family Bible, shows cemetary.
  15. [S2080] Victoria T. Machen grave marker, Eddyville Cemetery.
  16. [S1798] Jns. H. Mims household, 1840 U.S. Census, Caldwell Co., Kentucky.
  17. [S2003] John Mims Family Bible, shows date, as 11th.
  18. [S2082] John H. Mims grave marker, Eddyville Cemetery, shows date, as 12th, and town.
  19. [S568] Caroline H. Mims household, 1850 U.S. Census, Caldwell Co., Kentucky.
  20. [S647] Caroline H. Mims, owner, 1850 U.S. Census, Caldwell Co., Kentucky, slave schedule.
  21. [S1808] Willis B. Machen household, 1860 U.S. Census, Lyon Co., Kentucky.
  22. [S414] Willis B. Machen, owner, 1860 U.S. Census, Lyon Co., Kentucky, slave schedule.
  23. [S1805] W. B. Machen household, 1870 U.S. Census, Lyon Co., Kentucky.
  24. [S1670] Willis B. Machen household, 1880 U.S. Census, Lyon Co., Kentucky.
  25. [S1937] Haun, "Re: Sublett - Haun Connection," e-mail to author, 27 Jul 2008.
  26. [S736] Cresap and Cresap, History of the Cresaps, pg 360, shows year, as 1894.
  27. [S686] Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, online, record for Machen, Willis Benson, (1810 - 1893), shows date, with year as 1893, town, and state.
  28. [S500] Findagrave.com, online, memorial #7932701, Willis Benson Machen, shows date, with year as 1893.
  29. [S49] Freeman, Family File "David and Deborah.GED," 31 Jul 1998, and reports Battle, Perrin & Kniffin, Kentucky: A History of the State 2nd ed., (Caldwell Co.: 1885) shows same.
  30. [S736] Cresap and Cresap, History of the Cresaps, pg 360.
  31. [S1670] Willis B. Machen household, 1880 U.S. Census, Lyon Co., Kentucky, shows the child as a daughter of Victoria's husband.
  32. [S2081] Maggie Machen grave marker, Eddyville Cemetery.
  33. [S1805] W. B. Machen household, 1870 U.S. Census, Lyon Co., Kentucky, shows then in household, apparently as parent and child.
  34. [S1670] Willis B. Machen household, 1880 U.S. Census, Lyon Co., Kentucky, shows him as son of her husband.
  35. [S1938] Albert S. Machen, death register.