The builder was Sarah Winchester, who started the project in 1884 as the 44 year-old widow of William Wirt Winchester, whose father—Oliver Fisher Winchester—manufactured the popular Winchester Repeating Rifle. Sarah Pardee married William in 1862 and reports say they had a wonderful life in New England.It was no surprise then, that she married the heir to the Winchester Repeating Arms fortune, William Wirt Winchester in 1862. Family Life. The couple's only child, Annie Pardee Winchester, was born four years later but their joy would be short lived.
Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com: accessed ), memorial page for William Wirt Winchester (22 Jun 1837–7 Mar 1881), Find A Grave Memorial no. 7027575, citing Evergreen Cemetery, New Haven, New Haven County, Connecticut, USA ; Maintained by Graveaddiction (contributor 46528400) .