Possibly Anna Belle Gray (ca. 1908)

Possibly Anna Belle Gray (ca. 1908)

1902: Willie Arnold Wilson born to William Ransom Wilson and Leona Mitchell Wilson in Minden, Louisiana. (December 13, 1902)

1907: Anna Belle Gray born to Lott Dulin Gray and Alice Madora Thompson in Chickasaw County, Mississippi.(February 20, 1907). Alice died in the fall of ‘slow fever’.

1910: U.S. Federal Census (Chickasaw County, MS) shows Anna Belle as a resident of her grandparents’ household (Civil War veteran John F. Thompson, pictured here).  Her widowed father and siblings are shown as living with Archie and Belle (Gray) Houston, Lott’s older sister.

1910 Census shows Tip, Edna and Lott Dulin Gray living with his sister, Belle Houston and her family.
1910 Census shows Tip, Edna and Lott Dulin Gray living with his sister, Belle Houston and her family.
Anna Belle Gray

1910 Census: 3 year old Anna Belle Gray lives with her grandparents

1920: U.S. Federal Census (Chickasaw County, MS) lists Anna Belle as a resident of her father’s household, along with older siblings Tip (Thompson Everett Gray) and Edna (Nancy Edna Gray). Edna married James Earl Trussell the next fall (October 15, 1921).

The Gray family together again...with a stepmother.

1920 Census: The Gray family together again...with a stepmother.

1926: Anna Belle Gray married Willie Arnold Wilson. (June 6, 1926) Like his father and his older brothers, Willie worked in the newspaper industry.

Marriage license of Willie & Anna Belle Wilson

Marriage license of Willie & Anna Belle Wilson

1929: Their first child (Billy) is born in late February.

1930: U.S. Federal Census (Greenville, MS) shows Willie, Anna Belle and their baby boy, Billy. Willie’s mother, Leona, died in March. Anna Belle’s father, Lott Dulin, had a heart attack and died in July. Anna Belle was in the late stages of pregnancy and unable to attend the funeral.

Willie, Anna Belle and Billy Wilson

1930 Census: Willie, Anna Belle and Billy Wilson

193o: Their second child (Barbara Ann) is born in September.

1948: Willie’s death in Clarksdale, MS. Buried in Oak Ridge Cemetery, Clarksdale, MS. (August 22, 1948)

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2002: Anna Belle‘s death in Memphis, TN. Buried in Oak Ridge Cemetery, Clarksdale, MS. (June 12, 2002).

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