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Chapter 62: My Grandfather

February 10, 1903 Dr. F.C. Wilson’s Home Chipley, Florida I’m in Chipley for a few days visiting my father, stepmother, and Grandfather Maxwell. He now lives with my father; Grandfather Maxwell is  frail these days.  Although Grandfather has been living with my uncle Evelyn Maxwell in Pensacola, Grandfather prefers to […]

Chapter 48: She Wore a White Ribbon

January 12, 2020Chevy Chase, Maryland I’ve been thinking deeply about this new article on Emmett’s mother that I located during one of my regular database re-check activities two days ago, and wishing I’d been able to find it at the start of Emmett Wilson’s research project. But then, the ancient […]

Chapter 26: I Suddenly Grew Up

The final page of Katie Wilson Meade’s narrative is brief: There were no wharves or piers to land near, so the “big” boys jumped over-board and carried us in their arms. It was a lot of fun! We were much freer out there because there was no jungle to breed […]

Chapter 25: We Began a New Life

Page six of Katie Wilson Meade’s narrative continues from the trip out of the jungle back to civilization. This section picks up from the last sentence of page five in the previous post. The men walked along side of the wagon, so when the oxen got stubborn the men yelled […]

June 23, 1891

  On June 22, 1891, Emmett’s father, Dr. Francis C. Wilson, returned to Chipley, and his family, after a four-month separation. Dr. Wilson had been in Kentucky, attending medical school for one semester, to obtain a now-required medical credential so that he could continue to practice medicine in Florida. The […]

Elizabeth Maxwell Wilson, Part III

We continue with the story of Emmett’s mother, Elizabeth Maxwell Wilson. In our last post, Emmett’s parents were living in Holly Springs, Mississippi, with six young children, renting a house next to Elizabeth’s sister, Lucy Maxwell Meade and her husband, Everard. The Wilsons has been married almost 10 years, with […]

Elizabeth Maxwell Wilson, Part II

It is difficult to write about Emmett’s mother, Elizabeth Maxwell Wilson, because most of the details of her story are couched in her husband Dr. Frank Wilson’s story. Bear with me as I tease out the details about Elizabeth. As mentioned in an earlier post, Dr. Wilson started his medical […]

Elizabeth Maxwell Wilson, Part I

Emmett’s mother, Elizabeth Maxwell Wilson, has been an enigma. Of all the women in Emmett’s life, it is clear that Elizabeth Maxwell Wilson had the most impact. But ironically, it has been hard to find anything out about her. For almost three years, I hadn’t found much other than she […]