Our progenitor Richard Lawrence Gwinn, Sr. was born in 1833 in Newton County, Georgia. He was the son of Minor Gwinn and Mary Ann Scott Melton. Richard Lawrence died on December 1, 1898, at the age of 65.

Richard Lawrence married Elizabeth Agnes Burns in 1858 in Americus, Georgia. Elizabeth Agnes was born in Macon, Georgia on November 8, 1836. She was the daughter of Lawrence Burns. Elizabeth Agnes Burns reached 61 years of age and died in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1898.

Richard Lawrence Gwinn Sr. and Elizabeth Agnes Burns had five children:

Mary Cornelia Gwinn was born in Americus on January 6, 1865. She died in Baltimore, MD, on March 12, 1925, at the age of 60.

Richard Lawrence Gwinn, Jr. was born in Baltimore, Maryland May 30, 1867. He died in the Mt. Washington section of Baltimore, Maryland on June 30, 1932, at the age of 65.

Elizabeth Rose Gwinn, known as Bessie, was born on November 30, 1871. She died May 2, 1939.

John Chesley Gwinn was born in 1873. He died in 1873. His death was caused by a nurse who by mistake gave him Croton oil instead of “sweet oil.” At the time Chesley’s mother, Elizabeth Agnes Burns Gwinn was caring for his father who was very ill with typhoid fever.

Thomas Ross Gwinn was born in Washington, D.C. on September 1, 1883. He died in Washington in 1962 at the age of 78.

Richard Lawrence Gwinn, Jr.’s first marriage was to Mary Agnes Roche, known as Mamie.