Remembering pvt. william wilson local news crossville-chronicle.com data recovery nashville

The final soldier listed on our military monument among those dying in service during world war I is the son of a tennessee state legislator.

WILSON, william mose. Private. He is shown as enlisting in idaho where he had gone to live and work. He was listed in the chronicle because he is a native of the grassy cove community. The WWI database lists him as having been killed in action. His burial place was not located in any of the databases.

The father of william moses wilson was a tennessee state legislator, and his obituary is worthy of including here. CHRONICLE. November 3, 1932. Thomas E. Wilson died at his home in crossville friday morning, october 28, at 7 a.M., after an illness that had confined him to his room for many weeks.Instances served he had been in failing health for more than a year.


Burial took place in grassy cove sunday, rev. Robert hall conducted the services. Dropsey was the cause of death.

At the funeral, which was held in the little brick church in grassy cove, was the largest crowd that ever gathered there. There were more than 150 cars and close to 1000 people present. Had he lived until february 18 he would have reach his 70th birthday.

At the age of 19, mr. Wilson married miss martha davenport, sister of esquire G. W. Davenport. To this union were born 5 children, 4 of whom are still living. One son, moses, died in france during the world war. The living children are mrs.Married miss james A. Kemmer and bratcher wilson, both of grassy cove; J. C. Wilson, cowan; and floyd wilson, crossville. His first wife died july 21, 1916, she had been an invalid for several years before passing away. In april 1919, he married miss viola rhea and to this union was born one son, cordell, who also survives him along with his last wife.

When he was informed his recovery was very doubtful, he disposed of his property among his relatives and calmly prepared for the end, manifesting no fear for the future and assuring his friends that he was ready. He had been very successful in business and had a large amount of property.

During the first term of president grover cleveland he was named as gauger for the numerous licensed distilleries of several counties of this mountain section.Grassy cove in that capacity he served for several years with entire satisfaction.

In 1917 he was elected to the lower house of the legislature and served one term, and was re-rlected to the upper house the following legislative term. In spite of this being a strong republican county, he carried it in his first race by 100 votes. In both instances he served with credit and distinction and was regarded as one of the strong and influential members of the legislature.

For 36 years he was chairman of the county democratic committee and wielded such an influence that his word was practically law in the party. He was elected as one of the board of city commissioners of crossville and was also chairman of the county highway commission.Several years in both instances he served with fidelity to the best interests of the public. Never was there a breath of suspicion that he took advantage of his position to favor his own financial interests. His charge for services was always moderate and the care with which he looked to the interest of the county and town was most commendable.

A number of years ago mr. Wilson organized the cumberland bank and trust company and was its president until shortly before it was merged with the first national bank. As a citizen he had the respect of a large circle of friends and admirers.

He was not without his enemies for any person who does things is sure to antagonize some people in such a way as to arouse their dislike.Several years in business matters, he was unusually safe, met his obligations in a satisfactory manner and was regarded safe for any obligation that he might assume.

This concludes the listing of world war casualties from cumberland county that are listed on our memorial monument. Hopefully this information has been useful to some of their descendants.

Old uncle gib is a weekly historical feature published each friday. Old uncle gib is a pseudonym that was used by S.C. Bishop, who founded the chronicle in 1886. Bishop actively published the chronicle until 1948.

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