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WILKES,Zurilda Amis was born 17 Nov 1830 in Culleoka, Tennessee, the 3rd child of Thomas Amis and Hannah Gordon Kennedy. She was most likely named after Hannah's younger sister, Zurilda, who was about 2 years old at the time of the birth of Zurilda Amis. On 1 Jan 1857, she united in Holy Matrimony with Rev. William Harris Wilkes. He was a widower having been married previously to Zurilda's sister, Mary Kennedy Amis, who died in 1855, leaving W. H. with three small children at home. W. H. and Zurilda had one child - a daughter for which Zurilda named Mary Kennedy Wilkes, in honor of her sister. Zurilda Wilkes died on 28 Feb 1860 from consumption and was laid to rest at Wilkes-Campground Cemetery, near the final resting place of her sister, Mary. Inscription in part reads: Zurelda wife of Wm H. Wilkes & daughter of Tho's & Hannah Amis born Nov 17th 1830 died Febry 28th 1860. Revised
information by Rick Gray 10/16/2004.
Photo by Suzanne Davison, May 2003