Minerva Buckner Sayre

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Minerva Buckner Sayre (Machen)

Also Known As: "Minnie"
Birthdate: (98)
Birthplace: Eddyville Lyon County Kentucky
Death: Died in Montgomery Montgomery County Alabama
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Willis B. Machen, U.S. Senator and Victoria Teresa Machen
Wife of Anthony Dickson Sayre
Mother of Anthony Sayers, Jr.; Marjorie Brinson; Rosalind Sayers and Zelda Fitzgerald
Sister of Marjorie Machen; Willis Machen and Charles Machen

Occupation: Author
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About Minerva Buckner Sayre


Wife of Judge Anthony D. Sayre, and daughter of Senator Willis B. Machen. An artistic and eccentric person, Minnie (as she was always called) had an opportunity as a young woman to join the Drew-Barrymore theater company, but was forced to decline. Minnie bore six children- Marjorie, Daniel (who died at 18 months), Rosalind, Clothilde, Anthony Jr, and Zelda (who married F. Scott Fitzgerald).

When her son Daniel passed away, she was so overwrought with depression until her doctor advised that she should be strong for little Marjorie, who still needed her. She eventually pulled herself together and bore her husband four more children.

She outlived her respected husband by over thirty years- she died of a ripe old age of 97 in 1958.

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Minerva Buckner Sayre's Timeline

Eddyville Lyon County Kentucky
Age 26
Age 29
Age 34
July 24, 1900
Age 40
Montgomery, AL
Age 98
Montgomery Montgomery County Alabama