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Re: Bushwacker Bill Wilson's Death

I have recently come across the website William P Jackson Family History of Missouri. In that article, they recount the story of Bill's death as it was passed down through their side of the family. Phillips Jackson's brother, John, married Mary Noakes, after Bill's death. According to them, Bill wrote (in someone else's name) to Mary, informing her of her husband's murder in Texas. She was in on the deception. The family was told Bill Wilson lived to a ripe old age. Bill's brother, Napoleon, claimed he was killed in 1869 for his money, but who knows? Does it really make sense that a man could make it through the entire war, never receiving a scratch, only to fall victim to a couple of not too bright outlaws? Maybe the reason we haven't been able to locate his grave, is because he didn't die where we believed. It's something to think about.

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