In Memory...July 22, 2003
 
It was 165 years ago today (July 22, 1838) that Maximillan, Mary, Mary Anne, and baby William Wildes were murdered by Seminoles at their home in Ware County, GA.  Soon after Billy Bowleg's tribe murdered these family members, the Seminoles were ordered out of Georgia by Oglethorpe.
 
Four sons survived the massacre: Reuben, Jesse, James, and John.  The descendants of these sons meet the second Sunday in October at the Okeefenokee Swamp Park in Waycross, GA.  Two family history books have been written; the first in 1964 and the second in 1984.  The third book is currently in the works and is due to be ready at the 2004 family reunion.
 
The 2004 family reunion will be a special event.  It will be the 50th anniversary of the family gathering to remember the massacre and to meet as many cousins as they can.  There will be displays of "old timey" items (antiques), stories, music, games, and everyone is asked to come dressed in costume as if the year was 1838.  Anyone that is interested in learning about the history of the Wildes Family Massacre or just wants to meet about 300-400 members of the family are invited to attend any second Sunday in October.
 
If there are any further questions, contact:
Sarah Reynolds
Route 11 Box 120
Lake City, FL 32024
386-941-9640
maxwildes@yahoo.com
 
Also, if anyone has information that is relevent to the Wildes Family History Book, please contact me for I am gathering that information and writing the book.

"The Last Indian Massacre in Georgia" by Gertrude Wildes Johnson