Friday, August 31, 2018

52 Ancestors 52 Weeks - Week 35

Minnie Belle Wilson

Minnie Belle was the daughter of Ephraim Wilson and Louisa J. Alexander. Louisa was a sister of my great-grandfather, William Hays Alexander. Minnie was the only girl born to Louisa and Ephraim, among 5 children. She was born in Jackson County, Indiana, on March 6th, 1870.

I don't know much about her until she shows up with a son named Clyde. She was 19 when he was born and he took her name, Clyde Wilson. As I spoke of this in week 34 when I wrote about George Eisel. Minnie married George on November 11, 1896. Minnie was 26 years old, and Clyde was 7. From all written accounts, George treated Clyde as his own.

George died in 1923 and apparently left his business to Clyde. Minnie was living with him and his wife at the time of her death. Clyde continued with the Wilson Processing Plant, which was Wilson Meat Market when George died. It is my belief, only my belief, that Clyde took care of Minnie for the rest of her life.

Minnie died on March 12, 1950, at the home of her son. She was 80 years old.  Her Obituary below:

Jackson County Banner
March 15, 1950

Eisel-Funeral services for Mrs. Minnie Eisel, 80, were conducted Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock from the Zabel Funeral Home in Brownstown. She had died at the home of her son Clyde Wilson in Brownstown, at 6 a.m. Sunday.

Mr. John U. Phelps, pastor of the Brownstown Christian church was in charge of the service. Burial followed in the Fairview cemetery.

She was born in Jackson County on March 6, 1870, the daughter of Ephriam and Louisa Alexander Wilson, both of whom are deceased. She married George Eisel, who preceded her in death a few years ago, in Brownstown.

Mrs. Eisel was a life-long resident of this county. She was a member of the Brownstown Christian Church, where she had made many friends.

For the past nine months she had been ill in Brownstown. Surviving are her son, and a brother. Pirtle Wilson, also of Brownstown.

Jackson County Banner; Brownstown, Indiana; Wednesday, March 15, 1950; Page 1

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