Am seeking any information about Edward and Mary, and their daughter, Leora (1883). Could it have been "Leona?" Sons Charles, Walter and Franklin P. all settled in Hughes County, OK. Frank was my husband's grandfather. Lois Wilson Merchant was my mother-in-law.
The story has been told that Edward A. Wilson might not have been his real name, and that he might have deserted from the army. The census report shows his place of birth as Pennsylvania, and his parents' place of birth as England. Mary's father is shown to have been born in Virginia, and her mother in Louisiana. I have a photo of Mary on my tree at Ancestry.com.
In 1900, they were in Yell County. Also, they each may have been married before and had a blended family.