It looks like my brick wall will be standing longer than I will!
The 1st time I find Abram/Abraham Wilson/Willson, my great Gfather, he is on the 1870 Morgan County, AL census. I do not know who his parents were and I don't know the names of any of his siblings. This 1870 census shows him as 18 yrs old (born ca 1850-51) somewhere in GA. I have been unable to find Abram anywhere in GA. It has been said that his parents were from SC. I don't know if Abram/Abraham was his first or middle name, so this hinders me greatly.
In October of 1870, Abram married Sarah Jane Nesmith, also of Morgan Co, AL, in neighboring Lawrence Co, AL. Sarah Jane Nesmith was related to the above Woodall and Vest families.
Apparently, Abram wasn't old enough to marry without a signed letter giving him permission to marry Sarah Jane. I have a copy of a letter sent to the judge giving him permission and it is signed by H W Crosby and Sarah E. Crosby. I had so hoped that the letter would be signed by Abram's parents but it wasn't to be. I have no idea why this couple had the authority to sign unless there was a legal connection to Abram, or maybe it was because his parents were deceased or lived too far away.
In the Spring of 1874, Abram up and disappeared just shortly before my Grandfather, WilliamMartin Wilson, was born. He was never seen again and my Grandfather was reared by his mother and her family. As far as can be determined, he never knew his father or if he did, he never passed down to his own family any information about Abram, Abram's parents, Abram's siblings or what really happened to him. Some in Grandad's family thought perhaps Abram had been murdered. I'm not sure, but if Grandaddy did know some of thestory, he probably didn't know the whole story. If by chance he did, he apparently never told his own children.
I believe that Abram had a sister, Sarah, who married a Hugh W. Crosby. She is shown on the 1870 Morgan Co AL census as living in household #420, being 21 yrs old and b. in GA. Abram is shown living next door in household #421 with Mary Woodall, age 33 born in SC. There is no one else listed in Mary's household. I don't know if Abram was related to Mary Woodall or not. This is one reason that I believe this Sarah could be a sister. I've looked endlessly for information on her but have had no results. On this census, Sarah Crosby is shown with only herself and a 9 month son, James W Crosby, born 1869 AL. It also indicates that she was blind. Her husband is not shown in the home. But...in 1880, I did find this Crosby family in the Seminole, Chattooga Co, GA census.
Shown on that census:
Hugh W. Crosby, 35 yrs old, white male, born AL (estimate ca 1845); his father born NC-mother born NC
Sarah, wife, age 29 yrs, w/f, born GA (est. ca 1849-51); her father born SC-mother born SC
James W., son age 11, w/m born AL 1869; his father born AL-mother born GA
Milton, son; 8 yrs, w/m, born AL (est. ca 1872)
Lafayette, son; 7 yrs, w/m, born TN ( est. ca 1873)
John G., son; 4 yrs, w/m, born GA (est. ca 1876)
It would seem that this couple was the same couple that signed that letter giving Abram permission to marry. This is the 2nd reason that I believe Sarah Crosby was a sister.
I've looked many, many times for more information on my Great gfather Abram, on Sarah Crosby, Hugh W. Crosby and Mary Woodall but I've come up empty every time.
I would appreciate any info found regarding Abram/Abraham Wilson/Willson, Sarah Crosby, Mary Crosby and for Hugh W Crosby, or.... other ideas/suggestions for ways to look for them. Seems like I've tried every way I can think of for tracking them down and I always hit that brick wall.
Any help at all would be greatly appreciated,