7/9/14

From the Scrapbook of Shirley Sorrell 8

by Glenn N. Holliman



Shirley Sorrell, great great grand daughter of Isaac and Caroline Greer Wilson, continues to share photographs she has collected of her parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles and cousins.



Below, a picture in the 1940s of Roger Donnelly, left, followed to the right by Mayme Donnelly.  Next moving right is John T. Sutherland and his wife, Mayme's daughter, Rebekah Donnelly Sutherland.  The picture was taken at the Mayme Donnelly home in Sutherland, North Carolina.





Below, in 1937, in Sutherland, a picture was taken of the oldest children of Bessie and Conley Wilson, who are also the grandchildren of John (1855-1928) and Rebecca Wilson (1862-1952) who is sitting center on the front row. 



Back row, left to right are:  Bessie's oldest son, Boyd Wilson and his wife, Lexie holding the baby named Gloria.  Then Coney's oldest son, Argus and his wife, Grace Wilson holding baby Betty.  Finally on the back row is Conley's daughter Marie and husband Don Marsh with baby Shirley Marsh



In the front, left is Bessie Wilson Wilson holding Boyd's son, Robert.  Then Rebecca Wilson Wilson and finally Conley Wilson. 

Robert James Wilson was born August 25, 1932 and died of leukemia on August 16, 1950.  Gloria Jeanette Wilson entered life on October 5, 1934, William Boyd Wilson March 9, 1936 and Annabel Wilson, July 31, 1938.


Corrections, additions and your own photos, most welcome.  GNH

We invite you to rediscover your heritage at a Wilson, Greer, Wilcoxson, Osborne, Forrester, Adams and other families Forum, Saturday, 9 :30 am, July 19, 2014 in the community room of the Boone, North Carolina public library.  Sunday, July 20th is also the annual Wilson Homecoming at Sutherland United Methodist Church in Ashe County.  Join us for dinner, 6 pm at the Rustica restaurant in Boone, NC on Friday, July 18th.

For details and schedule on the above event and web site, watch this space and/or contact glennhistory@gmail.com.  Isaac and Caroline Greer Wilson are great, great grandparents of this writer.

6/26/14

From the Scrapbook of Shirley Sorrell 7

by Glenn N. Holliman


The sun was shining brightly on a September's day in Wilson Cove in Sutherland, Ashe County, North Carolina in 1935 when this picture of John and Rebecca Wilson Wilson's descendants was taken.  Shirley Sorrell has saved this and other photographs and has identified these family members. 

Below, the grandchildren of John and Rebecca.


Below are the son-in-laws of John and Rebecca Wilson. Front row, left to right are Earl Donnelly married to Mayme and Shirley Hurt, wed to Ruth.  Back row, left to right are Chall Osborne married to Minnie, William Wilson married to Cal,  Bower Duncan wed to Margaret (Maggie) and Arlie Wilson whose wife was Bessie.



When one analyzes the occupations of the son-in-laws, we begin to see the increasing economic diversity of the North Carolina highlands.  Several had moved to medium size cities for employment.  Two had become educators.  Only one remained a farmer in this generation.

Earl Donnelly was a hardware store salesman.  Shirley Hurt was a paint company salesman in Greensboro, NC and did landscaping. Chall Osborne was a farmer in Ashe County although he and Minnie had gone out west to tend sheep. William Wilson married his first cousin Cal.  He graduated from Trinity College (now Duke), class of 1914.  He served in the U.S. Army and worked for Liggett and Myers Tobacco in Durham from 1920 to 1959.  His father was the Methodist missionary to Japan who wrote the Wilson family memoirs of the violent 1860s. Bower Duncan served as a teacher principal and superintendent in Ashe County schools.  He attended Appalachian and Wake Forest, served in World War I and as a magistrate for many years.  

Arlie Wilson ran a store in Mabel community, and taught in Watauga and Wilkes county schools.  He and Bessie later moved in with Rebecca Wilson Wilson to care for her.

 In 1935, the U.S. Congress passed the Social Security Act ensuring retirement benefits to older Americans.  The descendants of John and Rebecca Wilson Wilson, unlike Rebecca, would be able to live their senior years more independently.

Below, a picnic at the reunion.  Shirley Sorrell has identified several of the persons as Deronda Donnelly, Ernest WilsonDon Wilson, Becky Donnelly and Geraldine Wilson in the middle of the photograph.  Additional identifications welcome.


 We invite you to rediscover your heritage at a Wilson, Greer, Wilcoxson, Osborne, Forrester, Adams and other families Forum, Saturday, 9:30 am, July 19, 2014 in the community room of the Boone, North Carolina public library.  Sunday, July 20th is also the annual Wilson Homecoming at Sutherland United Methodist Church in Ashe County.  The Family Forum begins at the Rustica Restaurant, Boone, NC. 6 pm, July 18th.  Email glennhistory@gmail.com for reservations, please.

 For details and schedule on the above event, contact glennhistory@gmail.com.  Isaac and Caroline Greer Wilson are great, great grandparents of this writer.

6/11/14

From the Scrapbook of Shirley Sorrell 6

by Glenn N. Holliman

We continue with our series on the Wilson and associated families of Sutherland, North Carolina. Thanks once more to cousin Shirley Sorrell for making available these marvelous photographs from 1935 of the John and Rebecca Wilson family reunion in Sutherland, North Carolina

Right, Annie Greer Heaton of Banner Elk, NC with Shirley Sorrell, front right, and Geraldine Stansbery Holliman Feick, back right.  This picture was made at our Wilson-Greer family forum in 2012.  Another is planned this July 19 and 20, 2014.
 
In 1935, the United States struggled to escape the Great Depression.  Ashe County historian, Arthur Lloyd Fletcher, states that the sheriff reported in 1932 to the County Board of Supervisors that enforcing the property tax law would result  in foreclosure of more than half the homes in Ashe county!   Such were the economic challenges of our ancestors in those difficult times.  

Shirley has identified the ten surviving children below.  John Wilson, born 1855, died in 1928.  His parents are Isaac (1822-1864) and Caroline Greer Wilson (1828-1911).

The Rebecca and John Wilson Descendants Family Reunion 1935

Above, front row in the summer of 1935: Ruth Wilson Hurt (1903-1999) , Bessie Wilson Wilson (1887-1976), Rebecca Wilson Wilson (1862-1954), and Conley Wilson (1882-1957).  Back row: Preston (1900-1989), Robert (1906-1987), Cal (1898-1999) , Margaret (1894-1992), Mayme (1892-1975), Minnie (1896-1987) and Don (1890-1975).

Four children died in infancy or childhood, Nora (1881-1887), Edgar (1883-1885), Boyd (1885) and Nancy (1912).


Above, from the same reunion, we have this picture of several generations. Shirley has made it easy for us to identify our ancestors.  Below is a numbered photograph and then under it, are numbers and names.


1. Roger Donnelly, son of Mayme Wilson and Earl Donnelly
2. Meridith Duncan, son of Bower and Margaret (Maggie) Wilson Duncan
3. Robert Wilson, son of Boyd and Lexie Wilson
4. Emojean Wilson Suggs, daughter of Ruth Kilby and Preston Wilson
5. Ruthel Wilson Merritt, daughter of Preston Wilson
6. Mary Wilson, daughter of Olive and Oscar Wilson, son of Ellen and Robert Wilson
7. Shirley Hurt Brand, daughter of Ruth Wilson and Shirley Hurt
8. Irene Wilson, daughter of Olive and Oscar Wilson, son of Ellen and Robert Wilson
9. Worth Wilson, son of Olive and Oscar Wilson, son of Ellen and Robert Wilson
10. Alice Wilson, mother to Arlie Wilson, husband of Bessie Wilson
11. Rebecca Wilson Igneizi, only daughter of Cal Wilson and William Wilson
12. Rebecca Wilson Wilson (b 1862), wife to John (1855-1928), sister to Ellen Wilson
13. Rebecca Hurt Johnson, daughter of Ruth Wilson and Shirley Hurt
14. Ellen Wilson Wilson, wife of Robert and sister to Rebecca Wilson Wilson
15. Virginia Hurt Breeden, daughter of Ruth Wilson and Shirley Hurt
16. Geraldine Wilson, daughter of Preston Wilson
17. Ernest Wilson, son of Bessie and Arlie Wilson
18. Olive Kilby Wilson, wife of Oscar Wilson, son of Ellen and Robert Wilson
19. Maude 'Tincey' Williams Wilson, wife of Clyde Wilson
20. Don Wilson, son of John (b 1855)
21. Conley Wilson, son of John (b 1855)
22. Shirley Hurt, husband to Ruth Wilson Hurt
23. Rebecca Donnelly Sutherland, daughter of Mayme Wilson (b 1892) and Earl Donnelly
24. Grace Donnelly Wilson, wife to Argus Wilson, son of Conley
25. Betty Wilson Elmore, daughter to Argus and Grace Wilson (baby in Grace's arms)
26. Ruth Wilson Hurt, daughter of John (b 1855)
27. Lexie Lawrence Wilson, wife to Boyd Wilson, son of Bessie and Arlie Wilson
28.Gloria Wilson Heimburger, daughter of Boyd and Lexie Wilson
29. Shirley Hurt, husband to Ruth Wilson
30. Boyd Wilson, son of Bessie and Arlie Wilson
31. Chall Wilson, husband to Minnie Wilson, daughter of John (b 1855)
32. William Wilson, husband to Cal Wilson
33. Arlie Wilson, husband to Bessie Wilson
34. Ruth Kilby Wilson, wife of Preston Wilson, son of John (b 1855)
35. Clyde Wilson, son of Bessie and Arlie Wilson 
36. Oscar Wilson, son of Ellen and Robert Wilson (b 1860)
37. Bessie Wilson, daughter of John (1855)
38. Unidentified blond boy
39. Cal Wilson, daughter of John (1855)
40. Preston Wilson, son of Rebecca and John (1855)
41. Argus Wilson, son of Conley
42. Bower Duncan, husband of Margaret (Maggie) Wilson
43. Deronda Donnelly, son of Mayme Wilson Donnelly
44. Earl Donnelly, husband to Mayme Wilson
45. Shirley Ann Marsh (b 6/15/1935), daughter of Marie Wilson (Conley's daughter) and Don Marsh

If one discovers any discrepancies in the above, please let us know.  One of the positive features of a blog is one can go back and change, add or subtract copy. 


Next posting yet more reunion photographs from the John Wilson family of Ashe County, North Carolina....



We invite you to rediscover your heritage at a Wilson, Greer, Wilcoxson, Osborne, Forrester, Adams and other families Forum, Saturday, 9:30 am, July 19, 2014 in the community room of the Boone, North Carolina public library.  Sunday, July 20th is also the annual Wilson Homecoming at Sutherland United Methodist Church in Ashe County.  A Friday evening, 6 pm, July 18th get acquainted dinner will be held at the Boone, NC Rustica Restaurant.  For reservations and details, email glennhistory@gmail.com.