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Historical Markers of Shelby County

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Eugene Magevney

Born in County Fermanagh, Ireland, 1798; immigrated to the United States, 1828; settled in Memphis, 1833. His home was the scene of three important religious occasions in Memphis: first Catholic mass, 1839; first Catholic marriage, 1840; first Catholic baptism, 1841. Magevney, pioneer teacher and civic leader, died in the yellow fever epidemic of 1875. In 1941 the family gave this site to the city.