Two of a Kind

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I came across something unusual in the continuing search for Emmett Wilson information from his brother A. Max Wilson’s descendants.

Let me rephrase that: What I found may not have been all that unusual in the early 1900s, but it is a little unusual today.

Let’s take another look at A. Max Wilson’s information in the 1910 U.S. Census:

1910 U.S. Census, Blountstown, Florida. Source: Ancestry.com

1910 U.S. Census, Blountstown, Florida. Source: Ancestry.com

Note the two four-year-old daughters: Lois Wilson and Labelle (who also went by Belle) Wilson.

They were twins.

Twins tend to run in families, and in this large family, does it ever. To wit: Emmett had a fraternal twin brother, Julian. Percy Wilson, the third oldest son, had fraternal twins, Percy Jr. and Bonnie.

And now, we see that Max Sr., the oldest son, had twins: Lois and Labelle. I don’t know if the girls were identical or fraternal; it would be great to know that detail.

With apologies to The Patty Duke Show. Source: dvdtalk.com

With apologies to The Patty Duke Show. Source: dvdtalk.com

They laughed alike. They walked alike. Sometimes they even talked alike…et cetera, et cetera.

And, they married alike.

As in, the same man.

But not at the same time, of course.

Here’s the story: Labelle was first married to Clark McKinley Gillespie.

Labelle was not quite 30 years old when she died, according to the Alabama Death Index. Also, the Elmwood Cemetery in Birmingham has only 50 percent of the burials photographed in Find-a-grave; alas, Labelle's has not yet been recorded. Source: Ancestry.com

Labelle was not quite 30 years old when she died, according to the Alabama Death Index. Also, the Elmwood Cemetery in Birmingham has only 50 percent of the burials photographed in Find-a-grave; alas, Labelle’s has not yet been recorded. Source: Ancestry.com

Labelle is enumerated in the 1930 Census as “La Belle”, and worked as an operator at the local telegraph company.  Clark is listed as McKinley Gillespie. They have one son:

1930 U.S. Census, Birmingham, Alabama. Source: Ancestry.com

1930 U.S. Census, Birmingham, Alabama. Source: Ancestry.com

Clark worked most of his life as an electrician, according to both the Census and City Directories for Birmingham, Alabama.

I figured out that Clark married Labelle’s twin sister, Lois, after checking the 1940 Census:

Lois is now married to Clark. Not Kent. Gillespie. Source: Ancestry.com

Lois is now married to Clark. Note that there are two older children, and an infant. Source: Ancestry.com

According to the Alabama Select Marriages database, Clark and Labelle were married in 1927:

When you click on the spouse's name in both records, it reveals their parents -- and Labelle and Lois have the same parents, according to the record. Source: Ancestry.com

When you click on the spouse’s name in both records, it reveals their parents — and Labelle and Lois have the same parents, according to the record. Source: Ancestry.com

Labelle died in 1936, according to the death record above. We don’t know the circumstances of Labelle’s death. It seems as if it was tragic: Labelle was a young woman with two small children.

Then, Clark married her sister, Lois, on March 25, 1937, almost exactly one year after Labelle’s death.

Lois Wilson, bride of Clark, as of March 25, 1937, reported in Alabama Select Marriages database. Source: Ancestry.com

Lois Wilson, bride of Clark, as of March 25, 1937, reported in Alabama Select Marriages database. Source: Ancestry.com

Labelle and Clark had two children, a son, Stanley and a daughter, Margaret. In the 1940 census, Stanley is 11 and Margaret, 9.  Stanley was born around 1928; Margaret, around 1931. Also, according to the census, Lois and Clark had a son, Clark, Jr. Lois and Clark Sr. may have had other children.

Lois died in 1974.

Clark Jr. died in 1982.

Clark Sr. died in 1984.

Stanley died in 2007.

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This branch of Max Wilson’s family may not have any information about Emmett and the original Wilson siblings; but, I have a few more leads to check. If there is additional Emmett Wilson info from this branch, I’ll be sure to let you know.

 

 

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