MARGARET E. RHOADES WILSON: 

Margaret E. Rhoades married Alfred McElroy Wilson on February 13, 1870.   Alfred McElroy Wilson was the youngest child of James and Margaret McElroy Wilson.  Alfred is a descendant of James Wilson, a signer of the Declaration of Independence.   His legal career began in 1839 and covered almost seventy years.  During the War Between the States he heartily espoused the cause of the South and took part in the strife as commander of a local military organization and took part in a number of serious battles.  At one point his fine home was torched and he and his family ended up without any shelter and penniless.  He and his family moved into an old deserted shanty and he worked diligently to rebuild his home and future.  He served as U. S. District Attorney, Mayor of Fayetteville (1866-1867), County Clerk of Carroll County, State Senator, Circuit Court Judge, and was the only Commissioner to serve the entire four years on the Cherokee Commission (1889-1893).  He was the first federal prosecutor for the Western District of Arkansas.  He was instrumental in establishing the University of Arkansas as well as bringing the first railroad to Arkansas.  He was candidate for Governor in 1880.  The story of his accomplishments alone would fill a large volume.  He was twice married; he had four sons by his first wife, Isabelle Dickson, who died when her fourth son was three months old in the year 1857.  He lived alone thirteen years, then remarried, Margaret Rhoades and had three more children, Belle, Neil and Hugh.  Alfred's oldest son, Robert James Wilson, inherited his father's industry, talents, and longevity.  He was Northwest Arkansas' foremost lawyer for many years, and served as a State Senator for forty years.  He lived to be ninety-four years old.  His son, Allen, was likewise an able lawyer, and like his father and grandfather before him, served as Mayor of Fayetteville.