I am trying to track down information regarding my Great Grandfather;
George Atwood Wilson, Jr.
Family History/Family Story:
This is what I remember my Nana, Margaret Mary (Wilson) [Higgins], Couzzo, and my Great Uncle George Dunlea Wilson telling me about their father George Atwood Wilson Jr.:
* He told his children that he was Adopted into the Wilson Family and that he was "Indian"
*Uncle George claimed he found Records in Maine (he referenced Waterville, ME) proving that George Atwood Wilson Jr's Biological Grandparents (from what side, he couldn't recall) were a French Furtrader & a Chief's daughter from the Cherokee Tribe (What was a Cherokee woman doing in Maine in the latter 1800's?), this story was further corraborated by my Nana; with the difference of: She claimed this Chief's daughter was not Cherokee, but from a Maine/Canada border tribe. (Which would make more Geographical sense to me), She could not recall the name of the Tribe.
* Both my Nana & Uncle George said that there was a Birth Record in our family's possesion that had: "Metis", "Maytee-see", or "Martaize", and claimed it was his original/birth surname; where it says Surname on record. I (Renee), personally remember talking over the phone with my cousin Janet (d/o George Dunlea Wilson) from when I was a teenager, she had the (above mentioned Birth Record) in hand and was able to read the details to me over the phone; There was no Mother or Father listed. No date. No place. Where it said "Surname:" on document was written "M.E.T.I.S" with an accent over the E. She told me her father found this record stuffed in George Atwood Wilson Jr's Military papers, in a box, in G.A.W. Jr's Attic, in Howe's Neck, MA. As of this date, my cousin Janet has misplaced this document somewhere in her home; as of Feb. 2011, she assured me; "Well, I know I haven't moved in over 20 years, so it has to be in the house somewhere. I will look for it and let you know when I find it; I'll scan & copy for you."
*George had brothers: Jean (Eugene possible), & Arthur, unkn if biological or adopted, Arthur was an inventor, he lived in Seabrook, NH. George Atwood Wilson would visit the "Family Cabin/Farm" in Seabrook, NH ~Nana & Great Uncle George both mentioned this.
*That he lived in these places: Seabrook, NH, Waterville, ME, Boston, MA~Nana & Uncle George.
*George Atwood Wilson Jr worked for an early Telephone Company of New England area. (Found muliple references to this occupation is several Census's "Telephone Insptr"/Lineman also down on WWI draft card.)
*He died in a "Old Soldier's Home" in Chelsea, MA (Have confirmed he did die in Chelsea, MA (See Below)
Place: Heath, Franklin, Massachusetts, USA
I, Renee M. Boudreau, do state and declare that on November 25, 2011, I called the City Clerk's Office of Chelsea, MA (at phone number:1-617-466-4050), and spoke with a "Patty" of said office.
I requested any information about a Death Record of & any listing of: George Atwood Wilson, Jr, in their Records.
I provided information about his death date of June 17, 1935; citing that I had found a reference to this date in Vital Statistics of Chelsea, MA for a Geo. A. Wilson, Jr, at NEHGS the previous month.
Patty was able to find a death record for: George Atwood Wilson, death: June 17, 1935 in Chelsea, MA
She was able to further read to me this (below) information:
Name: George Atwood Wilson
Birthplace: Littletown, New Hampshire, USA
Father: George A. Wilson
Mother: Carrie Witham
Spouse: Josephine A. Dunlea
Death Date: June 17, 1935
Death Place: Chelsea, MA, USA
Burial Place: New Calvary Cemetery, Boston, MA, USA
Cause of Death:
Chronic Miocardisis with Cardio Decomposation
Patty did also tell me that on this record there was no Birthdate listed.
I thanked Patty for the information and her help and told her that I intend (at some future date) to Request a Certified Copy of this (above mentioned) Death Record.
I, Renee M. Boudreau, state and declare that the above information/event did take place to my firsthand knowledge and is true and accurate. And, further, that the above did occur within the firsthand presence/was witnessed by my mother, Margaret (Higgins) Boudreau.
Further info from Records I have obtained/found:
*Marriage to Josephine Dunley (Birth name: Johanna Agnes Dunley. Family name was also variantly spelled as Dunlea)
1908 in Boston, MA. George's Parents are down as:
George A. Wilson & Carrie T. Witham
(Parents info matches George's Death record information)
*Military Record of National Guard of Maine; Augusta
Name: George Atwood Wilson Jr.
Birthdate: Oct. 1872 in Manchester, NH
(This birthdate & name matches the same info given on all of George A Wilson Jr's Children's Birth Records of Boston, MA)
Enlistment Year: 1899
Discharge: Honorable; by reason of enlistment in 43rd US Vol.Inf.
Discharge Year: 1899
(Family Story from Nana claimed George Atwood Wilson lied about his age to Enlist; and that he served in the Spanish-American War in the Phillipenes)
(I have a scanned copy of above Military Record)
I have never heard of Littletown, New Hampshire; is this town now called Littleton?
I did call LITTLETON, NH City Clerk's Office and left a mssg regarding George Atwood Wilson (just incase :) )
Any further info./Birth Info/Info regarding possible Adoption of the above Mentioned George Atwood Wilson JR is EXTREMELY appreciated; as I have been working on his mystery & origins since I was 12 years old. It's been over 17 years now...
Hope you all had a good Thanksgiving.
Thank you for any help,
~Renee M. Boudreau
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