Smithfield, A Pictorial History: by Dashiell
John (Shady) Wilson, Jr. (1849-1899) of Surry County marrried Mary Eliza Jordan in 1871.
S. Mason was one of the original streets in the town of Smithfield. In 1940 W.H. Sykes Sr. bought from the heirs of T.J. and Addie Seward a nine acre tract known as the "John Shady Wilson lot at the end of the old street and devolped Sykes Court. There had been a home of Congressman Joel Holleman on this lot at the time of Joel's death in 1844. John Wilson bought the property in 1888, demolished the house and built a two-story frame. In 1901 it was sold by the Wilson heirs.
Caption under a house picture: This Victorian residence, was built about 1889 for John Wilson Jr. of "Ellerslie", Surry Co across the end of S. Mason Street on a nine acre tract.
Another of my books mentions "Ellerslie" but does not mention John Wilson's name with it. A James Wallace Simpson lived there from 1831 to 1860. Wilson may have bought it after that. The area is known as Bacon's Castle on current maps of Surry Co.
There is a home in IOW called Elmwood (Wilson House that was the home of the Wilson family since 1845 when Wm. H.J. Wilson, son of Samuel and Lucretia Baugh Wilson bought the property. Wm. married Virginia Underwood. After her death he married her sister and their marriage was recorded in Raleigh, NC. He died in 1868. One of their sons, William Virginius received the tract of land on the courthouse road.
Hope this give you more clues.
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