Not Quite the MOC


I found this brief article about Emmett while doing a periodic database check last week:

Source: The Richmond Times-Dispatch, Friday, June 21, 1912.

It is another piece related to the dedication of the Florida window, in the Old Blandford Church in Petersburg, Virginia. (More details about Emmett and the Florida window can be found here.)

What’s interesting is that the reporter calls Emmett a “…member of Congress from that State (Florida) …”, which really isn’t true. Emmett won the Democratic party nomination for the Third Congressional District of Florida only three weeks earlier.

He still had to win the general election in November. But in 1912, Florida was primarily a one-party state, and Emmett, the neophyte politician, would win the seat with more than 90 percent of the vote.


The Pensacola (Fla.) Memorial Association


In the continuing saga of rechecking all sources that have some connection to Emmett Wilson, I found this interesting article about the dedication of the Florida window in Blandford Church, Petersburg, Virginia. (I blogged about this road trip, here.)

Source: The Confederate Veteran, Volume 20, page 406, via Google

The article contains interesting history about the association, as well as details about the dedication. Julia Anderson Maxwell and Emmett Wilson were cousins, as both Julia and Emmett’s grandfather was Augustus Emmett Maxwell.

The window is beautiful, as is the Old Blandford Church.

Emmett’s window; also known as the Florida window. Old Blandford Church, Petersburg, Virginia

Julia Anderson Maxwell


Readers, early on in the Emmett Wilson research, I found this article from The Richmond (Va.) Times-Dispatch:

The unveiling of the Florida window at Blandsford Church. Source: The Richmond Times-Dispatch, June 23, 1912.

The unveiling of the Florida window at Blandsford Church. Also, a clue to a potential lead/family member, and an error. Emmett wasn’t elected to the Senate. Source: The Richmond Times-Dispatch, June 23, 1912.

Julia Maxwell, Emmett’s first cousin, was the only daughter of Emilie Cussen and Walker Anderson Maxwell, who were married in 1902, in Richmond, Virginia. Julia, named for Walker’s mother, Julia Anderson Hawkes Maxwell, was born in 1904 in Marianna, Florida.

Matthew Leonidas Dekle, of Marianna, Florida. Source: Makers of America

Matthew Leonidas Dekle, of Marianna, Florida. Source: Makers of America: An Historical and Biographical Work by an Able Corps of Writers, Vol. 2, 1909

In 1909, Walker ‘died suddenly’, owing his employer, M.L. Dekle, a lot of money. As mentioned in an earlier post, Emmett’s brother, Cephas, handled the legal paperwork and Walker’s life insurance probably settled the debt. I still haven’t found out what, exactly, was the cause of death.

When Walker died, Emilie and Julia moved in with W.E.B. and Eudora Wilson Smith (Emmett’s sister and brother-in-law, and Walker’s niece) in Marianna in 1910. Julia was only five years old.

We don’t know if Emilie and Walker had other children; the 1910 Census asked respondents for the number of children born and children living, but both items are left blank for Emilie Cussen Maxwell. It’s likely Julia was an only child.

We next hear about Julia in June, 1912, right after Emmett won the primary for U.S. Congressman. The Ladies’ Memorial Association invited Emmett to Petersburg, Virginia, for the dedication of the Florida window at Blandford Church. Emmett was the keynote speaker, as noted in the article above, and his cousin, 12-year-old Julia Anderson Maxwell, unveiled the window for the event.

The Florida window at Blandford Church, Petersburg, Virginia. This is the window Emmett helped dedicate in June, 1912. Source: Florida

The Florida window at Blandford Church, Petersburg, Virginia. This is the window Emmett helped dedicate in June, 1912. Source: Florida

We don’t find any other information about Julia until 1925. She’s now living in Washington, D.C., at the Elizabeth Somers YWCA building on M Street, N.W. Her mother is nowhere to be found; Emilie may have remarried; but more likely, I think that Emilie died, and Julia was on her own before her 21st birthday.


It's Belgium Week for the YWCA campers! Source: Washington, D.C. Evening Star, 1925



This article, from the Washington, D.C. Evening Star is dated July 19, 1925. All of the young women listed here are residents of Elizabeth Somers YWCA, and, Julia is listed as a ‘senior’; perhaps a resident of the YWCA of senior status, since Julia did not go to college, according to the 1930 Census.

Speak of the 1930 U.S. Census, Julia was 26, still living in the Elizabeth J. Somers YWCA in Washington, D.C., and is listed as a librarian for the U.S. Navy. I have found several other articles that indicate she lived for several more years at the YWCA, then eventually moved to Alexandria, Virginia. She made a good career for herself, never married, remained very active with YWCA activities, fundraisers, and other community service projects.

Julia died in 1995 and is buried at St. Mary’s Catholic Church Cemetery in Alexandria.

Julia Anderson Maxwell. Source:

Julia Anderson Maxwell. Source: