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William Wirt Winchester was born June 22, 1837 in Baltimore, Baltimore County, Maryland, United States, the son of Oliver F. Winchester and Jane E. (Hope) Winchester. He was the brother of Hannah Jane Winchester.
William married Sarah L. Pardee on September 30, 1862 in New Haven, New Haven County, Connecticut, United States. They had one child, Annie in June of 1866, who died at the age of one month. 
William's father was responsible for the development of the Winchester Rifle. He died on December 11, 1880, passing ownership of the Winchester Repeating Arms Company to William but William died of tuberculosis shorty after that on March 7, 1881.
William's wife Sarah began to believe the family was cursed by the spirits killed by the Winchester rifle. She moved to San Jose, California and began building a chaotic mansion now known as the Winchester Mystery House in an effort to appease these evil spirits.  
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