Joel Fowler Wilson and his wife Ellender Coker Wilson begat many children, one of his younger children being my great-grandfather William Ransom Wilson. Joel lived in Attala County, Mississippi (Kosciusko) but ventured west to Joshua, Texas (south of DFW) to visit his son Isom. His beloved wife died and is buried there. Click on photos to see them larger.
This is the text of his obituary in the May 27, 1898 issue of the Mississippi Farmer (page and article image at bottom):
- All that was mortal of this grand man was laid to rest in the city cemetery here Wednesday after the funeral service at the Baptist Church by Rev. W.H.H. Fancher of French Camp. Joel Wilson was born in Georgia 18??, married in Yellowbusha (Yalobusha) co 18??, ordained as a Baptist minister 1856. He had long resided in this county, and few men were better known and he was universally like by all denomination and people who knew him. Not only (to?) the Baptists was he a faithful minister, but the county a useful citizen. He moved to Texas a few years ago and his beloved wife was called to her heavenly home. He returned to Attala county last year and resided with his son Rev. Dixon L. Wilson near Sardis where he died Monday, May 23, 18??.
[Photo and obituary courtesy of Roy L. Wilson, Jr., 1921-2008]