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Wilson Research

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When I first started looking for my great-grandmother, this is all I knew: From my great-grandfather’s Civil War pension file, I know my great-grandmother was named Mary E. Moore; I know that she had two children by my great-grandfather, and that they lived in LeFlore county, Oklahoma at the time of his death. I know that she could read and write.
Through tenacity, which included 3 years of building out DNA matches' trees to find where they intersected, I have concluded that Mary Elizabeth Wilson is my great-grandmother.
This page is designed to show the current state of my research.
To do list:
  1. Create timeline of events for each decade
  2. Create family group sheets for each main member
  3. Seek additional resources for each person.
  4. Any overlooked early sources? Tax records, for example?
  5. Write detailed research profiles on each person in the family.
  6. Coded segment matches from DNA Painter

Wilson List

Family with Eliza McCullen:
Family with Ellen Lingo:

Wilson Timeline


1832 James Washington Wilson Birth 11 Dec 1832 Alabama 1850 to 1870 censuses show 1832; no source for exact date
1836 Eliza McCullen Birth 1835-1836 Alabama 1850 to 1870 censuses


1850 James W. Wilson Dallas, Alabama 1850 Census
1850 Eliza McCullen Dallas, Alabama 1850 Census
1857James & Eliza Marriage 29 Oct 1857 Dallas, Alabama

Alabama Marriages


1860 James W. Wilson Old Town Beat, Dallas, Alabama 1860 Census
1860 Eliza McCullen Old Town Beat, Dallas, Alabama 1860 Census
1860Mary Wilson Old Town Beat, Dallas, Alabama 1860 Census

Mary Elizabeth Wilson

Mary was born in Alabama, the daughter of James and Eliza (McCullen) Wilson. Her younger siblings were UG (Eugene) (Gustavus) Wilson, Louisa Wilson Biby, and Iwilda Wilson Beach.
She married William Moore and they had four children: James, John, Hettie, and Laura. They may have had two additional children who died in infancy.
William died in 1889 in Fayetteville, Arkansas, and even though no marriage record has been found, Mary appears to have then married my great-grandfather William J. Crook. They had two children, Susan May Crook and William Eugene (Gene) Crook. My great-grandfather died in 1892, and because she was not eligible for his pension, Mary lost Susan and Gene.
A marriage record for Mrs. M.E. Crook shows her marrying A. Hazelip in Brentwood, Arkansas, on September 17, 1895.
One of my fairly close DNA matches showed a Dock Rector married to a Delia Hazelip. I searched in trees on Ancestry for Dock Rector, and finally found a first name for him--Nathaniel. I then searched for Nathaniel Haslip, and found them in the 1900 census--Andrew and Mary living in 1900 in Watalula Township in Franklin county, Arkansas. I found them again in 1910, when they're living in Van Buren, Crawford, Arkansas.
I'm not sure why Nathaniel Haslip decided to go by Dock Rector, but because his sister is living with him in 1930, I feel certain that Nathaniel and Dock are the same person. In 1930, Dock is living with his wife Delia, his daughter, Loretha, and Mary and Andrew's youngest daughter, Gladys.
My DNA also matches several descendants of Iwilda Beach, Mary's sister. They match on Chromosome 6. One person shares 17.6 cM with me, between 110599714 and 132144213. The other person shares 17.5 cM with me, between 110359250 and 132826064. This gave me a strong indication that this meant they might be related to each other on the Wilson line.
DNA shows that I am related to descendants of UG Wilson, Louisa Biby, and Iwilda Beach. I am also related to descendants of Hettie and Laura Moore. These relationships are within the ranges provided by Blaine Bettinger. Ancestry DNA Thrulines also show the possibility of various ancestors with surnames including Burdine. Eliza McCulloch is descended from Burdines.
In 1900, Mary reports that she has given birth to 11 children, of whom 8 are living. The 8 would be her four children by William Moore; her two children by William Crook; and her two children by Andrew Hazelip. In 1910, she has given birth to 2 additional children.
It turns out that, as I hypothesized, Andrew Hazelip had a son named John by his first wife who married Mary's daughter Hettie Moore. So mother and daughter married father and son.
I obtained Mary's death certificate, which shows that she died as Mary Elizabeth Hazelip on December 30, 1915. Her parents are listed, but no burial location is given.
I surmise that my cousin Minnie Crook Watkins and my Aunt Frankie Crook Bryant, who raised Susan, Gene, and their half-siblings Minnie, George, and Perry, may very well have left Fayetteville, Arkansas to make it more difficult for Mary to track her children.

Coded Chart of Wilson DNA matches

While it is easiest to compare DNA with a chromosome browser, many of my matches are in Ancestry DNA, which for some inexplicable reason, lacks this feature. Fortunately, some of my Ancestry matches are also in services which have chromosome browsers, including 23andMe, Family Tree DNA, and GEDMatch. The advantages of Ancestry are the large number of users and the ability to guess how someone is related to you using the "Shared Matches" feature.
Blaine Bettinger's Shared cM Project Relationship chart is a useful guide to half and full relationships.
DN 135 cM Laura Belle Moore Mary's daughter by William Moore
JN 173 cM Louisa Wilson Biby Mary's sister
AN 225 cM Homer Wilson Mary's half brother
DE 040 cM Calvin Ward Jr. Mary grandson
FA 053 cM Hattie Easter Moore Mary Wilson daughter
MB 053 cM Iwilda Wilson Beach Mary's sister
BB 058 cM Nathaniel Haslip (Dock Rector) Mary's son by Andrew Haslip
EG 063 cM Iwilda Wilson Mary's sister
UW 070 cM "Eugene" UG Wilson Mary's brother
DR 071 cM Susan Crook Mary's daughter by William Crook



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