This is a portrait of John R. Wilson who is Prince's Great Great Grandfather.
I thought I would try to give a little Memorial Day Tribute to him therefore, if anyone can help me locate his grave I would be very thankful.
William Wilson along with his brothers belonged to Sumpter's Command during the Revolutionary War. After the war, he settled near Milton in Ruterford County, Tennessee around 1800. He had and six children. They are as follows: John Robertson, born April 4, 1799. Died Cottage Home later known as Waveland August 8, 1854; William died before reaching maturity; James went to Alabama when grown and was never heard from again; Thomas settled on a farm near his father's and raised a large family; Sallie married John Farr and had several children one of whom was John Farr, Jr. who lost a leg in the Great Conflict and later he was the Register of Rutherford County.
John Robertson Wilson had to study and teach school alternately to get an education. In 1815 or there abouts he attended Samuel P. Black's school in Murfreesboro. This is where he met his future bride, Eliza Pitts Black.
In or around 1821 he studied medicine under Dr. Wilson Yandell (Eliza's Uncle) in Rutherford County.
He attended Medical School at Transylvania College in Kentucky, being a special pupil of Dr. Dudley and Dr. Drake. In 1825 he graduated and also married Eliza. He commenced practising medicine in McMinnville with Thomas C. Black (Eliza's brother). They made $2,000.00 the first year which was considered really good at that time.
John and Eliza moved sometime between 1826-1833 to Murfreesboro. They bought a farm on Stewart's Creek and there their sons John and Samuel were born. Both children died in infancy.
In 1833 they sold the farm in Murfreesboro and moved to Mississippi. Another farm was bought near Lexington, Mississippi in Holmes County.
Since the atmosphere in Mississippi did not agree with Eliza they sold out and in 1836 moved back to Tennessee. In Tennessee they bought Cottage Home (Waveland). Remember in previous post of Cuden Will and Cuden Mary Lu, I mentioned Waveland was torn down and the Nashville Airport built a much needed runway for the airport. What a shame that they did not put that runway somewhere else. At the same time, they also bought a place twelve miles south of Yazoo City on the Yazoo River. This would play a major part in their future lives.
From 1837-1846 John practiced medicine extensively with his partners (I need to be sure before I type just who they were) . In 1847, John decided to open up and cultivate the "Yazoo Swamp", going down there on the Natchez Trace every winter until his death.
During his medical career on November 20, 1831 he performed a famous operation ( gastronomy to relieve intussception of the bowel) later to be written about in February 1949 by his grandson, Dr. Owen H. Wilson .
Dr. John Robertson Wilson died at his home in Nashville on August 8, 1854. He by all accounts was buried there. So what happen to the grave when the Airport tore down Waveland. Did they just pave over him like was done in San Diego old town? If they moved the grave, I have yet to find out where.
Mimi said she remembers going to the grave site and it was one of those old time ones where the entire grave is covered with concrete. One Sunday, we road around trying to see if anything was familiar to her but alas, there was nothing the same as she said "everything is different."
The Kitty Justice is his grave will not have any flowers this weekend as we cannot locate him. My questions, should not the Nashville Metropolitan Airport have a record of where JR was moved?