John Bascom Mercer and Mary Lilly Mercer at the photographer's studio.
John Bascom Mercer (1855-1913) was a respected shoe merchant in Wilmington, NC. His older brother died at Gettysburg. He invented and patented a metal coin holder. John's wife, Mary E. Lilly Mercer (1868-1935), was born in Albemarle, NC. Both are buried in Oakdale Cemetery.
Shoe stores; Patents
Cape Fearians Vertical Files, "Mercer, John B. & Mary Lilly"
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