George Morgan Wilson Letter

Contributed by Harry Keith Wilson.

The following is an undated letter written to my grandfather George Morgan Wilson by his sister Sarah Ann Wilson. I am posting it because it mentions several Drew County people.

At Home Nov.

Mr. George Wilson
Concordia, Miss.

M Dear Brother,

I received a letter from you yesterday written sometime in Oct. We were awful glad to hear from you and to know that you were well. There has been a great deal of sickness in this section of country but health is improving rapidly. Every body had made fair crops and the young people are beginning to dance over it. Had a Socialile at William's last week. None of our family attended the fair. Janie was quite sick during the time, and John had such a sore foot he could not wear his shoe. Mrs Matthews said the floral hall was full of beautiful flowers, fruits, and all kinds of fancy work. The farmers made a nice exhibition of produce. Stock was poorly represented. There was a young man go his leg broke at the fair. I can't think of his name just now.

I have not seen Berta to deliver your message. Comilla was here a few days before the fair. She said she wished you had been home as she expected to attend the state fair and wanted you to go with her. If reports are true nearly all the girls at Union Ridge are going to get married this winter. Mollie DeLanney & Joe Sanderlin, Miss Mary Peniston & Mr. Scarbough, Miss Jenine Sanderlin & Jeff Haynes, Miss Nannie Sanderlin & Ernest Peniston, Miss Nannie Tomllin & Willie Sanderlin. If you and cousin Tom expect to get Sanderlins you had better hurry back before the old ladies are spoken for. Mary has been staying at Henry Burks's since her school was out. I heard from her and Halleck two days ago. They were in good health. William & Virginia are well. William has made a good crop of cotton, but little corn.

Bertha is beginning to talk. She stays with us three or four days at the time. She is a sweet child and a good one. Ma is in good health. She is staying with Mrs. John Slemmons this week. Mrs. S. is sick. Janie is off on a visit. I have a lonesome time by myself. John has rented Dick Cows gin. I do not see him often from daylight till dark. John saw Jinnie Thomasson last night. He said he could not go over there for three or four weeks yet as he was not through with crops. If that time will suit you let him know and he will go over. I could not get my letter finished last night. Can not finish now as I have a chance of sending to the office. Write soon & often to your affectionate Sister.

Sallie A. Wilson

Further Information

My grandfather was George Morgan Wilson. He was born in Drew County in 1856 and died there in 1937. He and his family lived near Rough and Ready on the Old Troy Road. His father Abel Pennington Wilson and family moved there from Monticello, Georgia in 1849. George Morgan Wilson was temporarily in Mississippi at the time of the letter. The letter had to be sometime after 1880 because I think that the Bertha that it talks about was born in 1880. She is I think, the grandmother of Carlton Measels who is a subscriber to ARDREW. The William it talks about was William Jefferson Wilson who was Bertha's father and a brother to my grandfather. My family grew up on land about a mile southeast of Rough and Ready that once belonged to George Morgan Wilson. My mother Pauline Davis Wilson, lived on the place until she died last year. Remnants of George Morgan Wilson's pear orchard are still near there.

I don't know who the Jennie Thomasson was. I don't know if all of those people it mentioned got married or not. Do you?

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