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Mallory, Toreada D. Gardner

(born: 1868  -  died: 1911) Toreada Mallory, born in Kentucky, was a soprano singer who lived in Chicago. Her name was Toreada D. Gardner when she married Henry C. Mallory in Kansas City, MO, May 9, 1893, according to their marriage license. The couple lived in Chicago, according to the 1900 U.S. Federal Census. They were living there in 1898 when their newborn son died [source: Cook County, Illinois, Death Index]. Henry was a day laborer and Toreada was a concert singer. According to Anne M. Knupfer, Toreada Mallory was a well-known soprano in Illinois. Mallory was the aunt of poet and Kentucky native Bettiola Fortson. (See the Fortson entry in Toward a Tenderer Humanity and a Nobler Womanhood, by A. M. Knupfer.)

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