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Chapter 45: On Frank Jr.

October 21, 2014 McKeldin Library Research Carrel University of Maryland Campus, College Park Sometimes when I hit a dead end in the Emmett Wilson research trek, I try a side-road, namely, I stop looking directly for Emmett and instead dig around for information about his siblings. I figure with nine […]

Chapter 11: First Contact

I remember Saturday, June 8, 2013, as one of those glorious late Spring days in Maryland — the sky was clear blue without a cloud in sight, the temperature around 72, the trees were (finally!) all full with fresh green leaves. The plants I’d set out a few weeks earlier […]

Family Disease

My sponsor cornered me after a meeting a few days ago. She hadn’t seen me in awhile — weeks — which isn’t a good thing for alcoholics in recovery. “Where have you been? What’s up?” She asked. Demanded, actually. So we sat down together in a coffee shop, and talked. […]

that which is most familiar

“We seek out what is familiar and comfortable emotionally, even though what is familiar and comfortable may not be healthy.” — Carolyn Hax, The Washington Post, June 2018 Everyone does this, alcoholic or not. “Fixing” Emmett’s unhealthy drinking habit would have been possible if he’d had help with a competent […]

On to the Second Draft

The review of the first draft is finished. It’s a five-chapter mess, not counting the bibliography and notes section. It is a relief to have gotten through a complete first draft. But, no lie, the real work begins with the second draft. I’m not sure when I’ll have a final […]

Journaling & Self-Editing Finds

I’ve been posting less on Emmett’s blog this month because I’m working on Emmett Wilson-related articles to submit to two publications: I met the representatives of the Little Patuxent Review literary journal when I was at the AWP Conference two weeks ago. Two weeks ago, they told me to submit […]

Dissecting the Message, Part II

Picking up where we left off in our last post: Cephas’ letter to Emmett Meade (Cephas’ brother-in-law) also mentioned a woman named ‘Jeanet.’ She was not married to Jhon Burton; she never married, in fact. Jeanet Love McKinnon (1880-1940) was a member of the Wilson family by marriage; she was […]

Medium, Message, Context

As promised in the last post, I’ll now walk you through the process I use to review artifacts that inform my research on Emmett Wilson. Here’s a document I received from Emmett’s grand niece, Elizabeth, who is the granddaughter of Katie Wilson Meade. Elizabeth’s original note with this document said […]

The Mystery of the Pocket Watch

There’s Wilson family lore about a silver pocket watch that’s I’d love to prove. I don’t know what it looked like, other than it was smooth, silver, and had Emmett’s grandfather’s initials engraved on it — AEM — for Augustus Emmett Maxwell. It probably had a chain, and maybe a […]

Circle of Family: Julian Anderson Wilson

In the quest to find intimate details about Emmett, I’d always thought that the person who would have known him best, the person who would have been closest to Emmett was his twin brother, Julian Anderson Wilson. Julian was named for Elizabeth Maxwell Wilson’s stepmother, Julia Anderson Hawkes Maxwell. He […]