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Family of Frances Ione BURTON (69) & Thomas L. WILSON

151. Doctor Robert Burton WILSON. Alias/AKA: "Bob".

Dr. Wilson was reared on a farm about three miles east of Clarksburg on the Clarksburg-Yuma Road. When he finished medical school, he began his practice with Dr. Homer McGill, his father-in-law in Clarksburg. He practiced there for 15 years. In 1946, he purchased the office of the late Dr. Virgil Massey and moved to Huntingdon. He later built the Wilson Clinic on East Paris Street. This clinic was later converted into the Wilson Clinic. The Clinic later had four doctors: Dr. Wilson, Dr. Jerry Atkins, Dr. Scott Portis and Dr. James Williamson. Dr. Wilson served on the Huntingdon School Board and on the Advisory Board of the Freed-Hardeman College in Henderson, Tennessee. Dr Wilson was a graduate of the University of Tennessee Medical School in Memphis, Tennessee. Dr. Wilson had the confidence of his peers in South Carroll County, Tennessee. His first baby delivery was twins - Aline and Carline Burgess. He was one of the country doctors who provided on site services. He was on the road in all kinds of weather - did not make any difference what time of day or night. Mrs. Lillie Whitehorn Crider provided me her personal experience with Doctor Wilson. Ms. Lillie was sick and was living about four miles Southwest of Clarksburg -now the Roans Creek Road. She had a life threatening illness. Eyewitnesses said they would see Doctor Wilson come down the road in his old car - visit for a little while with Ms. Lillie - then return to Clarksburg. In about an hour, he would make the return the trip. This went on throughout the entire day and night. Finally, Ms. Lillie pulled through and lived to be in her late eighties.

My grandfather, Jessie Pendergrass, told me his children were sick. He lived about four miles West of Clarksburg on the Jackson Clarksburg Road. He sent for Doctor Wilson - this was during the period of the 30s and 40s. The roads were improved dirt roads, actually impassable in the winter for cars and for horses and wagons for that matter. Dr. Wilson came out in the night. On the way, he got mired in the mud. My grandfather harnessed his mules and pulled Dr. Wilson and car to the house behind his mules. Doctor Wilson's office in Clarksburg was located in the house which is now located (1998) between the Oma's Antik Haus store and The Clarksburg Supermarket.

Robert Burton married Sara Elizabeth McGILL, daughter of Doctor Daniel B. Homer McGILL (1857-1941) & Donie JAMISON (1867-1941). Resided in Clarksburg, 13th District, Carroll County, Tennessee in 1941.

Sara remained in Carroll County. She graduated from Clarksburg High School in 1924. She finished at David Lipscomb College in Nashville which at that time was a two year college. In 1928, she married Robert Burton Wilson, a medical student in the University of Tennessee at Memphis.

They had one child:
266 i. Rebecca Frances (Adopted)

152. Doctor Paul W. WILSON. Born in 1905 in Carroll County, Tennessee. At the age of 74, Paul W. died in 1979. Occupation: Physician.

Dr. Paul Wilson served as Flight Surgeon in the Army Air Corps in World War II. In 1960, he was a delegate to the Republican Convention. He was state Republican Committeeman from the 8th Congressional District. He held the rank of Major until his death. He was also very active in the local civic affairs. The Wilson Park in Dresden, Weakley County, Tennessee is named in his honor.


Paul W. married Helen SMITH, daughter of John Henry SMITH & Rosa ?.

They had one child:
i. Mignon Smith. Born in 1935 in Tennessee. At the age of 68, Mignon Smith died in Mt. Stirling, Kentucky on 17 Oct 2003. Buried on 21 Oct 2003 in Sunset Cemetery, Dresden, Weakley County, Tennessee. Resided in Mt. Stirling, Kentucky in Oct 2003.

Mignon graduated from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Physical Education and a Master of Arts in Microbiology from the University of Tennessee in Memphis, Tennessee. She was with the Diagnostic Animal Clinic at the University of Kentucky until her mother died in 1984. As of 1986, she lived in Frankfort, Kentucky.

Obituary: Mignon Smith Wilson, 68, of Mt. Sterling, Ky., formerly of Dresden, retired microbiologist for Frankfort Regional Hospital and University of Kentucky Diagnostic Lab and former teacher, died Friday in Mt. Sterling. Graveside services will be at 1 p.m. today in Sunset Cemetery. Bowlin Funeral Home has charge. She was a member of the Church of Christ, Montgomery County Arts Council and Montgomery County Historical Society.


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