Emilia Wilson was born in 1804. Little else is know about her life, other than that she lived in Clay County, Missouri, at least for a time. She was married to an “A. Wilson,” and it’s possible her maiden name was Turrentine. She died in 1885.
This is a photocopy of a 4-page holograph letter written by A. and Emilia Wilson from Clay County, Missouri on 4 July 1836 to Samuel Turrentine in Orange County, North Carolina, Red Mountains. The letter opens with “Dear brother and sister,” and the writers talk about how well the family in Missouri is doing. Quickly, the letter turns to the topic of the sudden influx of members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Clay County area, and how there’s a general fear and suspicion of them from the Wilsons and other people already residing there. They talk about how the unrest between the Saints and the residents of Missouri is increasing, but it seems cruel to fight a people who has broken no law. The writers are confident nonetheless that if it came to it, they could win a fight against a Mormon. They close their letter to Samuel with a promise to “write to mother and give her a full account of it.” It is signed, “A Wilson, Emilia Wilson.