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Chapter 149: Gentleman in Waiting

October 4, 2021Chevy Chase, Maryland March, 1908 was a prime social month for Emmett: He was selected to be a Gentleman in Waiting for the Pensacola Mardi Gras court, featuring Miss Stella Clare Avery as Queen of the Mardi Gras. This was a huge accomplishment for Emmett. It meant he […]

History of Florida, Past & Present

In 1923, Harry Gardner Cutler published a ginormous compendium of Florida biographies, complete with similarly sized title History of Florida: Past and Present, Historical and Biographical. Three volumes complete the set, and today, it is available via Google Books at this link. It’s an interesting and informative resource; in fact, […]

Wise Wiselogels

Here’s the obituary for Louis Wiselogel, father of Lula Wiselogel Wilson Grether, Emmett’s sister-in-law. I found it while I was looking for something else (naturally)! Lula married Emmett’s older brother, big shot politician and gubernatorial candidate Cephas Love Wilson in 1893. It was not an easy marriage for Lula; a […]

The Runaway Incident

  Friends, I’m happy to report that I’ve hit a treasure-trove of new information on Cephas Love Wilson, Jr., oldest son of Cephas Love Wilson Sr., Emmett’s closest sibling, law partner, and executor of his estate. I’m thrilled with the amount of information I’ve turned up; not only does it […]

Spring Cleaning

On Tuesday, I posted final grades for the spring semester of my classes. Typically, I take the week in between spring and summer semesters to clean out files, finish last minute prep work, and and prepare for the next set of classes. In addition, I decided to do some Emmett […]

Dissecting the Message, Part III

We continue to dissect Cephas Love Wilson’s letter to Emmett Augustus Meade, dated January 6, 1910: “Uncle Meade” was The Reverend Everard Meade, O.D., “Gentleman, Soldier, Man of God.” He was the rector of the historic Pohick Episcopal Church in Lorton, Virginia (about 30 miles south of Washington, D.C.), which […]

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 […]

Dissecting the Message, Part I

In the last post, we took a close look at a letter written by Cephas Love Wilson to his brother-in-law, Emmett Augustus Meade in January, 1910.  Today, we’ll do what I think is the fun part of corresponding research — dissecting the text of the letter! I’ll take a few […]

Intestate Man

The search for Cephas Love Wilson’s descendants continues. I had a brainstorm last week about how I might track down the descendants — or, at least where Cephas’ papers, books, and unfinished client work would have gone when he died in 1923: Find his will. So, I asked my friend, […]