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Mary Bohannon
Status: Deceased
Date of death: c.1864
Also known as: Mary Elizabeth Tate
Marital status: Married
Relatives: Leonidas Tate - father
Relationships: Cullen Bohannon - husband
Joshua Bohannon - son
Unnamed stillborn twins
Behind the scenes
Portrayed by: Kassia Warshawski
Season: 1
First episode: "Immoral Mathematics"
Last episode: "God of Chaos"
Appearances: 3 episodes (see below)

Mary Bohannon was the wife of Cullen Bohannon.


Background information[]

Mary was a Northerner and the youngest daughter of railroad magnate Leonidas Tate. The Tate family was well acquainted with Thomas and Hannah Durant, and the two families would summer together on Long Island Sound.  ("The Lord's Day") Mary later went on to marry Cullen Bohannon at Christ Church, presumably in New York City. Together, the two had a son. The family lived and worked on the Bohannon farm in Meridian, Mississippi. She could persuade Cullen to do almost anything. She even convinced Cullen to release their five slaves and take them on at wages. ("Pilot")

Season 1[]

Main article: Season 1

Some time during the end of the war in 1865, several Union soldiers, including Daniel Johnson, came upon the Bohannon farm. They burned the barn, killing Mary and Cullen's son and Bethel, the former slave that raised both Cullen and the boy. The soldiers looted the house and raped Mary. Johnson claimed, shortly before his own death, that the Sergeant (who Cullen believed was Frank Harper) strangled Mary and hanged her from the porch. ("Pilot")

Cullen remembers Mary vividly on two separate occasions. The first is when he is locked in a box car on suspicion of murder, and he recalls her stitching a scene of their home. The second is when he recalls the day he returned from the war and found her dead. ("Immoral Mathematics", "God of Chaos")


Season 1 appearances
"Pilot" "Immoral Mathematics" "A New Birth of Freedom" "Jamais Je Ne T'oublierai" "Bread and Circuses"
"Pride, Pomp and Circumstance" "Revelations" "Derailed" "Timshel" "God of Chaos" *

* - appears as a corpse.